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Florida Atlantic University (English)
University of South Florida (Master's)
I was a high school teacher searching for a way to stay relevant in an indifferent world. When I discovered tutoring and WyzAnt, I found my true calling! I will never go back to classroom teaching again. There is no finer, more satisfying feeling than seeing that flash of recognition brighten my student’s face when he or she understands what was unfathomable only a moment before. There’s simply no way in classrooms today to reach every student. The last time I was in the school system, I had 130 students every day. Every day! Students need more. I am here to give it to them... one student at a time.
Over the past six years as a tutor, I’ve had students from 5 years old to 60, from beginning phonetics to preparing for graduate school. Here are a few of my favorites:
"C" was having trouble with punctuation and sentence structure. He came to me with very low self-esteem. He didn’t know what a comma was. After only one session, during which he learned among other things how to use a semi-colon (something even adults have trouble with), his confidence soared.
"L" had poor handwriting skills. Even though he could write an interesting, cogent essay, he routinely received low grades because his teachers couldn't read his handwriting. He was incorrectly diagnosed as below grade level. We started from the beginning and learned how to properly form letters. When he took his state’s standardized writing test he placed squarely in the center of “Fantastic!”
“B” was my first private tutoring student. His father was a well known lawyer, and even though B was of above-average intelligence and did quite well in school, his father constantly corrected his lazy English grammar. B just needed to understand that there are times to use informal slang, and other times (like talking to Dad!) that call for more formal language.
Of course, those are oversimplifications, but I feel certain that WyzAnt students will benefit in the same way from my tutoring. What I hear most is, “you aren’t like my other teachers…you actually LISTEN to me!”
This past winter I had two ESL students. Both were from China. They did not know each other. One had lived in this country for 40 years, and now, at 60, wanted to learn what she called "proper English." The other student was 19 and struggling to stay afloat in college after arriving in America not knowing any English at all only two years before.
For the first student, I had to undo 40 years of poorly learned grammar skills. We became good friends and are still in contact today. She practices “cocktail talk” with me so that when she and her husband give parties she can converse with her guests comfortably and with confidence about a variety of subjects.
With the second student, I had to practically attend class with him to understand what skills he needed to succeed in college. Going over his assignments with him helped him learn English and succeed in college.
I have experience tutoring grades 6-12 remedial, curative, and corrective Language Arts, English as a Second Language (ESL) for all ages, k12.com online learning, and STAR-, SAT-, ACT-, GED-, and GRE preparation.
I believe that every person can learn. My goal is not to teach, but for my student to learn. I am a facilitator. I am ardent, enthusiastic, funny and genuine when I am with a student. At least I try to be. I value every student as I value myself, and I try to be empathic always. ESL students, teens, and adult students especially have pressures and outside influences that may weigh them down and hinder the learning experience. Facilitative learning leads to growth and development of both the student and teacher. It is the whole person concept, self-directed and student-focused, in which teaching is designed to stress human potential and to enable the student to be involved in the process of becoming a learner. Facilitative learning experiences help students achieve their goals.
I know that students learn better when the subject matter is about them; it must be relevant, and students learn by doing. While it's also important to provide a safe, secure learning environment, and not embarrass or make the students feel uncomfortable in front of the teacher or their peers, it's of utmost importance that they can make themselves understood and to communicate in the language they are learning (even if it’s their native language). It's not enough for students to be able to read and write English. They have to know how to use it in the real world... to speak and be understood, to feel confidence, and to fit in.
Also, students’ cultural traditions and values must be respected. When I was a classroom teacher, I always asked my students to write a paragraph telling a story about their family’s customs or culture. People love to talk about themselves, and students are no different. It’s a way to open them up, relax them, and allow them to share their backgrounds with pride.
Using a student-centered approach encourages communication. Facilitative learning strategies give confidence and allow students to take control of their own educations. The teacher is a facilitator who provides a safe, non-threatening environment. I believe everyone is capable of learning. It’s my duty, honor and vocation to help each person unlock his or her potential. I was a high school teacher searching for a way to stay relevant in an indifferent world. When I discovered tutoring and WyzAnt, I found my true calling! I will never go back to classroom teaching again. There is no finer, more satisfying feeling than seeing that flash of recognition brighten
My ACT reading score was at 23 when I took the test in April 2015. It was a scary moment for me and I was not sure how to turn things around until I found Suzanne. Within two months she guided me to (hear this): 33 Reading, 32 English and I am looking now at colleges like Tufts, Boston University, and Boston College. I am still meeting with Suzanne to work on my ACT essay and she is putting an enormous effort to help me with my college application process as well.
Suzanne is an excellent tutor. She really knows the climate of the classroom and gave me real life tips. I tried her patience many times and she hung in there with me and this is because she had high expectations of me. I could not have done it without her help. She is also a perfectionist and wanted me to succeed. She is an excellent model for future teachers (which I hope to be.) I would be happy to recommend her. She also wanted to hear from me about how my lesson went and I am going to get back with her on it (it was fine.)
Suzanne told me tips about how to relax before and during the exam. She is good listener and good helper. I appreciate your help. Thank you.
I am an 38 year old male that was recently diagnosed with Dyslexia. If I was asked to read, I had the hardest time figuring out what the main idea was and answering questions based on what I just read. I had to read everything over and over to get it. It was a struggle.
I started intensive daily tutoring with Suzanne and what a difference it has made. I can now sound out all of the words, spell words that I would misspell before and I finally understand the main idea of the stories when I am asked to read! It's incredible!
Suzanne is a true professional. She prepares for her sessions and often brings additional materials into the tutoring sessions. She spends the time to prepare and makes the sessions interesting, meaningful and insightful. Due to her unique way of approaching the subject of reading I learn something new about myself in relation to reading comprehension every session. She is the English/Reading teacher that I wished I had in school.
I highly recommend Suzanne as a reading tutor. You will be happy with the results.
My son is a great student but American History is not in the list of favorite subjects to study. It is truly a challenge to motivate himself to work on it.
Since Mrs. Suzanne S. started working with him I have notice a complete turn around on his attitude. Mr. Suzanne S. not only dominates the subject but she is also passionate about it. This is something that my son has come to admire and enjoy. Before he didn't want to know anything about American History and now he wants to talk about what he has learned!!! As a mother is a pleasure to see this type of change in your kid.
In addition, as a teacher she took time to understand my son's learning strengths and weaknesses. His strong subject is Math and she has tailored her teaching methods to fit how he process information.
Lastly, she also set up goals which helps him stay in schedule and organize with his school work. She is now tutoring him for English Literature and helping him improve writing skills and vocabulary.
Thank you Mrs. Suzanne S. It has been truly a pleasure and a positive experience for us.
I have to say that Miss Suzanne's tutoring skills were amazing for me. I'm so grateful that I met her and requested her to be my tutor. This was so much out of my comfort zone, but she helped make me comfortable and relaxed. Anybody that needs a tutor should request her, she's a great tutor and down to earth.
Suezanne is so nice and friendly. She helped me to improve my essays and my speaking. She is a good teacher. She has a good experience in writing and speaking. Thanks alot Suzanne and Wyzant team.
Suzanne tutors both my 11 year gate son and my 9 year old daughter that lacks stimulation at the school she attends. After going through a few tutors the feedback from my kids were that she was the most understanding, helpful, and knowledgeable. She suggests additional time as needed and strives on quality and not the minutes of session used.
I would highly recommend Suzanne!!!
Suzanne is very knowledge of her subject when we had a lesson. I am grateful to have her as my tutor with completely satisfied, and highly recommended her!
Suzanne is very easy to work with and very patient. Since Windows 7 is a new program, there were a few things she needed to research but I got a lot out of our 1st session. I'm looking forward to our next session.
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The ACT writing section has changed, starting Fall 2015! I have the low down on all the changes including the new essay prompts. High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors take note! Seniors, it's not too late. Start today!
I have been a teacher for most of my adult life, and a tutor for WyzAnt for the last 6 years. My favorite success story in career development features a young Russian woman who wanted to be a fashion designer here in America but had no experience and could barely speak English. I developed a plan of action for her using language lessons about the fashion industry to help her reach her goal. We looked at schools offering fashion design, and what entrance exams might be necessary to get her in. Today she is well on her way to realizing her version of the American dream. Please contact me about tutoring with WyzAnt today!
I have been a high school English teacher for a number of years, and a tutor with WyzAnt for the last 6 years. This past school year I had several students taking tests to get into Catholic high schools in the area. I’m delighted to say all got in and qualified for their chosen academic programs! Contact me through WyzAnt today to help your middle school student get into Catholic high school. I’m ready to help!
I have been teaching ESL/ESOL for 15 years. In addition, for the last 5 years I have been taking graduate level courses in teaching ESL/ESOL to keep my skills sharp and fresh. I have experience in tutoring reading, writing, and conversational English. I also have experience setting up English programs for schools and private organizations.
I’m a former high school 11th grade English teacher. I’ve been with WyzAnt for 6 years. Language is involved with almost everything we do. Grammar is the fundamental organizing principle of language. Poor grammar distracts the listener or reader, and your message is diluted or worse, lost. Your teacher or professor wants to glide effortlessly through your essay on the Civil War, but poor grammar creates stumbling blocks. Your essay falls from a B to a C. Dazzle her with great grammar and your B becomes an A!
I have been a high school teacher for many years and a WyzAnt tutor for 6 years. I’ve helped a number of students prepare successfully for the ISEE using study materials prepared by the test maker. Each time we meet, I assign the student sections of the material to complete as homework. We then go over each section together to identify challenging concepts. For many, this is their first time taking any kind of standardized entrance exam. To help make the experience a positive one, I provide a review of key concepts and material found on tests, practical tips, and lots of practice to help students prepare successfully for test day. Please contact me through WyzAnt today!
I’ve been a certified teacher across several states for most of my adult life and a tutor with WyzAnt for the last 6 years. In addition, for the last several years I have been taking graduate level education courses to keep my skills sharp and fresh. I have experience teaching phonics for reading with students as young as 5 years old and as old as 50. There’s no age limit for learning to read. Please contact me through WyzAnt today.
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and PSAT 10 have changed, starting Fall 2015! They are tightly aligned with the redesigned SAT. High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors take note! Start today.
The thought of Public Speaking strikes terror into the hearts of many. Sometimes nerves can get the better of us and we won’t even try. I’ve been a high school teacher for a number of years and a WyzAnt tutor for 6 years. Public speaking isn’t a problem for me – now. But I remember very clearly the first time I had to give a speech. I froze, and then ran outside into the corridor. I have a student right now who couldn’t finish one sentence in front of the class. Each session we work on giving her the confidence and tools she needs to develop her public speaking skills. Please contact me through WyzAnt today. I’m ready to help you communicate!
The use of gestures
Control of the voice (inflection)
Vocabulary, register, word choice
Speaking notes, pitches
Developing a relationship with the audience
The SAT has been completely redesigned. I love the changes! No more mind-numbing vocabulary lists. The new test will be administered starting in Spring, 2016. I have the low down on all the changes including the new essay prompts. High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors take note! Seniors, it’s not too late. Start today!
I have been a teacher most of my adult life and a tutor for WyzAnt for 6 years. During that time, I’ve had students from 5 years old to 60, from beginning phonetics to preparing for graduate school, and I know that the key to academic success is developing good study skills, no matter what age.
My favorite success model is the middle school student who was getting D’s in most of her subjects and had very low self-esteem. Week after week we worked on developing her study skills – especially good test taking strategies and note taking skills, and also organization, time management, prioritization, concentration and motivation — to help her achieve academic success. Within one grading cycle she saw dramatic improvement and was soon on the honor roll. She continues to be an honor student today. Moreover, her teachers know she is an A student…and so does she!
Often what holds you back from trying is the fear of failure or the memory of a time you didn't do well. You can help break that cycle by celebrating your successes, no matter how small, and by giving yourself opportunities to succeed academically. Whether you’re in grade school, high school or college, developing good study skills will open up new horizons in learning for you. Please contact me about tutoring with WyzAnt today!
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