ACT_SAT_GRE, English, Reading, Doctoral Dissertations
ACT_SAT_GRE, English, Reading, Doctoral Dissertations
"Amazing Tutor very knowledgeable and professional "
Rick, 10 lessons with Suzanne
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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...
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 eight years as a tutor, I’ve had students from 5 years old to 60, from beginning phonetics, to preparing for graduate school, to doctoral dissertation review . 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.
Amazing Tutor very knowledgeable and professional
Suzanne did an amazing job preparing my son for an upcoming HSPT. She did a great job identifying the areas he needed improvement and focused on those. She also completed two practice tests to verifying that her efforts were working... and they absolutely were! Not only did she prepare him educationally, she recommended we have his glass prescription checked to ensure he was given the best opportunity to succeeed. She went over test taking strategies and passed on several recommendations and test taking tricks. She is sensational and would highly recommend her.Rick, 10 lessons with Suzanne
Helpful and understanding
I like how Suzanne was able to diagnose my weaknesses and help me work towards improving them. I look forward to improving my verbal scores on my GRE with Suzanne.Ezela, 1 lesson with Suzanne
Suzanne is great!
Suzanne has helped me so much these past couple weeks. I was able to review everything I needed for English and have a better understanding at the math for the ACT test now. She does an excellent job at explaining the problem and putting in ways I can understand. She is also very easy to talk to and that makes the tutoring easy to get through!Kelli, 4 lessons with Suzanne
Excellent Tutor~Highly recommend
Suzanne is an excellent tutor. Always on time and prepared and my son really enjoys working with her to prep for his ACT test. He never complains about going, then always comes home to say that he's getting a lot out of the session. Looking for a tutor? You won't find better than Suzanne.JUDY, 14 lessons with SuzanneTutor responded:
Gosh, Judy, thanks! I'm happy to say I get a lot out of the sessions too! He sure isn't shy. He asks lots of questions that help me gauge how much he understands. I thoroughly enjoy our time together!
Suzanne is amazing! I am so beyond happy I picked her to help me start my journey with my education. Today she showed me that I am a high school graduate, when I thought for the past 5 years I was not by my certificate I received when I graduated from high school. Long story but it was such a reflief to hear the great news! Suzanne made me feel very comfortable to open up to her, because she could really relate to you in so many ways. I suggest anyone who is nervous or scared to take test's or do anything with your education, to reach out to Suzanne so she could help and courage you all the way. Thank you so much Suzanne I can not wait to meet with you soon!Antasia, 1 lesson with Suzanne
It's all good. I passed!
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.)Deborah , 3 lessons with Suzanne
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.Chester, 20 lessons with Suzanne
Patient and good listener
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.Ereny, 1 lesson with Suzanne
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.Fred, 24 lessons with Suzanne
Positive experience for my teen.
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.Martha, 26 lessons with Suzanne
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