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Christine B.

Orlando, FL

$40/hour

Professional Educator Specializing in English, ESL, and most Test Prep

Background check passed as of 11/13/17
5.0 average from 1 ratings
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— Sandra, Hopkinton, MA on 11/12/17

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Rollins College
English
(Post-Bac) University of Phoenix online
Graduate Coursework
University of Central Florida Independent Graduate Teaching Preparation Program
Graduate Coursework

Education

Rollins College (English)

(Post-Bac) University of Phoenix online (Graduate Coursework)

University of Central Florida Independent Graduate Teaching Preparation Program (Graduate Coursework)

About Christine

I am a graduate from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fl and a professional teacher who loves working one on one with students to offer targeted tutoring that meet the needs of the individual learner. I currently have a B.A in English with minors in Writing and Education, and I am working on a Master's in English Language Arts Education. I have over ten years of experience teaching and tutoring various age groups (6-adult) in writing, reading, grammar, test prep and other areas, as well. I am also certified, in the state of Florida, to teach English to grades 6-12, as well as ESL Education, though my experience goes far beyond this particular area of certification.

I have a diverse background with ESE students having worked with many various at-risk students, ESL students, and I also know how to teach to the needs of each unique learner through years of assessing different learning styles. I am a patient and professional tutor who can guarantee satisfaction, dedication, and results. I love to work with all ages, including adults, and my test prep experience is extensive (ranging from FCAT, SAT, ACT, up to GRE tutoring). I also can work with many other subjects including history, psychology, sociology, math (from elementary up to geometry in particular), as well as many humanities and fine arts subjects. I have worked in schools, in one on one tutoring (both in person and online), homeschool teaching, as well as through Florida Virtual School, so I am very adaptive to different platforms. Currently, I am mostly looking for online students, but I am willing to work with students one on one that are within a few miles of my location (only because I temporarily have a transportation restriction when it comes to traveling longer distances, which I normally am fine with doing).

I am fun, easy to get along with, but knowledgeable and firm. I can offer what a college aged student simply cannot though my many years and types of experience. My pay rate is somewhat negotiable for certain situations, and I do offer a rate that goes down the longer a student needs my services.

When selecting me as a prospective tutor, please consider what type of commitment you want, as I am dedicated, and know that you can expect my fullest attention. I don't just jump at every job, I like to assess the needs of the student, parent, and if I can reliably meet the goals of all parties involved. I do not overload myself with students because I like to give myself plenty of time to pre-plan out side of sessions as well as provide continual support and access through email, texts, and phone calls in between sessions (provided this offer is not abused).

I love language, tutoring, and education in general. I am very excited about the work I participate in, and feel that teaching and learning go hand and hand, which is why I plan to further my education throughout my life. I believe that while molding a teaching experience for each individual student, it is important to consider his/her unique educational needs. This is an opportunity that the tutor is always fortunate enough to take part in that the classroom teacher must, too often, sacrifice to sheer number of students and strict lesson plan guidelines. Knowing this natural advantage to the tutoring environment, I realize that I must work to reap its benefits by paying close attention to my students and constantly tweaking my style for different learners. As such, I prefer a student that I can work with more than once or twice. It allows me to learn his/her individual needs and apply the best teaching approach. I believe strongly in tutoring that is fun, but productive and effective.
I am a graduate from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fl and a professional teacher who loves working one on one with students to offer targeted tutoring that meet the needs of the individual learner. I currently have a B.A in English with minors in Writing and Education, and I am working on a Master's in English Language Arts Education. I have Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required

Possible rate DECREASE for any of the following: 1) lessons w/in 5 mi of my location (or some online sessions) 2) commitment to 6+ hours per wk. 3) After first 15 hrs

Travel Radius
Travels within 7 miles of Orlando, FL 32828
Background Check: Passed

"Review of Essay"

- Sandra, Hopkinton, MA on 11/12/17
Music:
Music History
English:
ACT Reading,
English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar,
Literature, Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Reading
History:
Music History
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar,
Reading
Business:
ESL/ESOL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT Reading

This is an area I have a lot of expertise with, and I have worked with many students on all portions of the test, but I am a certified English high school teacher with close to ten years of experience teaching and tutoring students of all ages (including college students and adult ESL students), so I am especially helpful with tutoring the Reading portion of the test.

A lot of the teaching I have done includes different test-prep, including SAT, ACT, GED, and even GRE. I also worked for the Princeton Review, which most test tutoring programs are modeled after, and they require their tutors to be in the 95th percentile range to even quality for their training (which is very intense), so with me, I can guarantee professional service that is targeted specifically to a student's unique needs and learning style.

I am trained to help assess students vs just teaching out of some universal book, so I can offer pointers that are specific to what I notice each student needs the most focus with (for example, learning quick test vocabulary by recognizing roots and most commonly tested words, easy grammar rules that show up most on the test, comprehension time saving techniques, writing assistance, and various 'test prep tricks' to boost last minute points by understanding the best way to tackle questions). These are the types of things that can easily bring an ACT score up by 5-7 points, and a younger, college aged tutor simply cannot provide this type of targeted attention. Ten years of practice with every type of student has really made me know how to do this with even the most challenging students.

I absolutely love working one on one with students because that is when I can really be of the most assistance to an individual's needs. This is also the case for any and all test prep tutoring.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked with hundreds of grades K-6 students since I started tutoring in 2004. When I graduated Rollins in 07, I thought my calling was with college students, so I decided to go for my teaching certification in secondary grades first. Yet, I did a lot of tutoring before I was hired as a teacher, and at that time, most of my students were from grades K-5. Since then, I've continued to tutor K-6, as well. Therefore, I have not added the state certification to my teaching credentials, yet, but I still have a large range of experience with this age group in all subject areas; I even home schooled a 2nd grader creating the curriculum from scratch.

English

I am a certified English teacher for students in grades 6-12. I majored in English in college, and I am currently pursuing my M.A in English Language Arts Education, so English is my area of greatest experience, education, and expertise. I have added experience teaching ESL students, and I am also comfortable with tutoring English related test-prep. I have worked with students ranging from pre-K through college.

Grammar

I have a background in teaching English, and I am especially interested in how English varies structurally from other languages. Because of my background studying and teaching English, I can make grammar seem much less random for students. I believe in teaching grammar structurally as opposed to descriptively, and this helps students to understand the way the grammar is working on the language, so that they can begin to recognize patterns in language. This method is especially great for ESL students, but it is helpful for anyone because it takes the mystery out of grammar.

Reading

I have been an English teacher who works with a specialization in Reading for over ten years. I have experience with students of all ages from Kindergarten to adult education. This includes work with many ESL and ESE students, so I have a knack for assessment, which is essential, versus a tutor who just 'wings it," and once I assess ability, I create a targeted plan unique to each student's needs. This means I can help improve comprehension, attention, fluency, vocabulary, pronunciation, and much more. I also try to incorporate interests the student already has in varied topics, to make the process more fun, keeping them hopeful about the joy and benefits of reading. In addition, I use proven methods of tracking progress, so it is always clear which areas are showing the best improvement and which are higher need areas. In this way, no time is wasted in my tutoring methods. Go with the best and most experienced when it comes to reading! it is hard for beginner tutors to make the kind of gains I can ensure, and I truly love the work as well as understanding the differences in each client's needs.

Rollins College
English
(Post-Bac) University of Phoenix online
Graduate Coursework
University of Central Florida Independent Graduate Teaching Preparation Program
Graduate Coursework

Education

Rollins College (English)

(Post-Bac) University of Phoenix online (Graduate Coursework)

University of Central Florida Independent Graduate Teaching Preparation Program (Graduate Coursework)

Review of Essay

Christine did an outstanding job reviewing and editing a high school essay with very little turnaround time. She not only reviewed for grammar and flow but gave some concrete suggestions on how to improve the essay. She was able to do this all remotely as we live in different states. I would highly recommend her.

— Sandra, Hopkinton, MA on 11/12/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Possible rate DECREASE for any of the following: 1) lessons w/in 5 mi of my location (or some online sessions) 2) commitment to 6+ hours per wk. 3) After first 15 hrs

Travel policy

Christine will travel within 7 miles of Orlando, FL 32828.