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Suzanne S.

Clearwater, FL

$50/hr

ACT_SAT_GRE, English, Reading, ESL Tutor

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Background check passed as of 10/22/09
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ACT Master
— Chester, Clearwater, FL on 7/18/15

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Florida Atlantic University
English
University of South Florida
Master's

Education

Florida Atlantic University (English)

University of South Florida (Master's)

About Suzanne

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.

Education Philosophy:

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.
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Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Clearwater, FL 33763
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"ACT Master"

- Chester, Clearwater, FL on 7/18/15

"Patient and good listener "

- Ereny, Clearwater, FL on 6/18/15

"Excellent Tutor "

- Fred, Clearwater Beach, FL on 1/30/13

"Positive experience for my teen."

- Martha, Clearwater, FL on 1/8/13

"Respect for Suzanne"

- Asa, Huntington Beach, CA on 6/18/12

"She is so nice person"

- Ranya, Huntington Beach, CA on 4/18/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Linda, Huntington Beach, CA on 2/29/12

"Great Tutor"

- Linda, Newport Beach, CA on 12/6/10

"Learned a lot!"

- Terri, Port Orange, FL on 11/26/09
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
History:
American History, Geography, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Reading, SAT Reading,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
Career Development,
COOP/HSPT,
GED, GRE, ISEE,
PSAT,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT English

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!

ACT Reading

The ACT essay prompts have been changed, starting Fall, 2015. The reading section is still the same. High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors take note! Seniors, it’s not too late. Start today!

Career Development

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!

COOP/HSPT

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!

ESL/ESOL

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.

Grammar

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!

ISEE

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!

Phonics

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.

PSAT

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.

Public Speaking

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!

Skills include:

Oratory
The use of gestures
Control of the voice (inflection)
Vocabulary, register, word choice
Speaking notes, pitches
Using humor
Developing a relationship with the audience

SAT Reading

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!

Social Studies

The term Social Studies comprises a number of subjects including civics and government, U.S. and world history, culture, economics, and geography. I’ve been a teacher for most of my adult life and a tutor with WyzAnt for the last 6 years, during which time I’ve come into contact with most of them. I most recently had two 8th grade best friends who studied the U.S. Constitution under me. Each started with less than stellar grades and study habits. Within one grading period both brought up their grades substantially, and ended the school year at the top of their class.

In addition, I had three 6th graders, in different schools, who were studying world history. It was so interesting seeing how the same subject matter got different treatments, based on different textbooks from two private schools and one public school. Also, I had a very successful homeschooled 8th grader studying U.S. History. I love Social Studies! Contact me through WyzAnt today. Let’s get ready to excel!

Study Skills

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!

Florida Atlantic University
English
University of South Florida
Master's

Education

Florida Atlantic University (English)

University of South Florida (Master's)

ACT Master — 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 eno ...

— Chester, Clearwater, FL on 7/18/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Suzanne will travel within 5 miles of Clearwater, FL 33763.

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