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Kylie B.

Saint Augustine, FL

$35/hour

Dynamic and Engaging Tutor

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Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL
Elementary, Deaf Ed.

Education

Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL (Elementary, Deaf Ed.)

About Kylie

An avid learner, I enjoy helping children to reach their potential in reading, mathematics, writing, and specialized subjects. I have worked with children from infancy through high school in areas concerning schoolwork, enrichment, and test prep. Whether it be homework help or the implementation of lesson plans (which I design for each client I work with), I care about the needs and overall well-being of your family. I have experience with children who are Deaf, have special needs (i.e. ADHD, lack of focus, and communication difficulties), and can also be of service to children with anxiety. I am also available after scheduled hours through email, text, and phone calls for additional questions and concerns.

With toddlers and children, I use multi-sensory learning while incorporating all three learning styles (auditory, visual, and kinesthetic). Through hands-on activities, videos, books and one-on-one support, I help children to not only succeed but actually enjoy learning. Whether the goal is to improve their reading, writing, math, communication skills, specialized subjects such as science and social studies or their development (social, emotional, and/or cognitive), I will help your child go above and beyond. I am familiar with several reading and math curriculums currently supported in schools, the Common Core, and state testing as well. I am able to look through a child's eyes and teach the way they learn: through play, writing, exercises, and real-world experience. If you want someone to connect with your child on a personal level, teach them creatively and help them excel, I am just the tutor you've been looking for.

As for adolescents and teens, I use a similar technique; however, the work is more difficult and I tend to rely on the students themselves to explain their difficulties and areas of improvement. Some of my tutoring work includes Envision Math, AP English Literature and Composition, and Algebra II. After just two weeks of working together my most recent client, a sixth grader, went from receiving D/F test grades in math to As and Bs! I put a lot of time and effort into my students' progress and success because they are my priority. I hope to see them happy and successful.

I am currently in the process of obtaining my degree and certification in Elementary Education (General) and Deaf Education (Special Education, K-12) with additional certifications in Reading and ESOL.
An avid learner, I enjoy helping children to reach their potential in reading, mathematics, writing, and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required

Please contact me for group rates and special discounts.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Saint Augustine, FL 32084
Background Check: Passed
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I have tutored several Algebra courses, both Algebra I and II. I explain the concepts and break them down step by step so a student can see how the problem is completed. I provide several visual representations such as videos, the use of a whiteboard and manipulatives to explain concepts and work through problems. Additionally, I spend time on skills in need of remedial work and enrich upon skills that are stronger.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have assisted children between the ages of five and twelve for four years. From math remediation to improving test scores, from phonics to writing, I have helped students to not only improve their performance but their confidence as well. This includes raising a sixth grader’s failing math scores to As and Bs in just two weeks of working together (2014 - present) and providing homework guidance to second and third grade siblings (2012 - 2014). Additionally, I currently tutor reading, writing and mathematics to a rising first grader. She has improved greatly and is more excited about education by the day.

I am familiar with Wilson, ELA, and SFA English curriculums in conjunction with Connected, Everyday, and Envision math curriculums. Furthermore, I have over seventy hours of training in early childhood development and education; I have also worked with special needs students (including students with difficulty focusing, ADHD and chronic illness).

Elementary Math

Elementary math is one of the subjects I tutor most often, seeing as the fundamentals learned in these years are built upon throughout the rest of the student's educational and adult career. I am familiar with Envision, Connected and Everyday Math curriculums and have assisted with schoolwork as well as developed my own lesson plans for tutoring clients. One of my most recent students, a sixth grader, went from D/Fs to A/Bs on her math tests after just two weeks of working together! I'm so proud of her hard work and she is extremely excited. I currently tutor a rising first grader in math and she is able to compute above grade-level. During my teaching sessions I am able to use activities, books, games and more to facilitate learning. Each lesson is tailored to incorporate kinesthetic, visual, and auditory learning styles.

Elementary Science

Elementary science includes a basis of several sciences- physical, chemical, and biological. I work well with all three and spend time developing an understanding of the concepts with each student. I use hands-on activities to promote understanding as well as interactive assignments, videos and manipulatives.

English

English is a passion of mine that I exercise regularly. I enjoy taking the time to help others improve and feel confident in their skills; I love helping children and teens find the ability to express themselves. I have worked with elementary, middle, and high school students in English and they have been very pleased with my services. I currently assist a high school junior in AP Literature and Composition and she has told me how her test scores are already rising in addition to her confidence. We work on outlines for literary works such as the play "Equus" and discuss the moral, political and social issues addressed. We have discussions, friendly debates and write outlines for essays and school assignments. I also help two elementary school girls with their reading, spelling and vocabulary through games and books. Additionally, I assist a middle school child in bringing her compositions to the next level; we expand upon previous lessons and learn to use new vocabulary, to express emotion, to be professional and a narrator. Each type of writing has a time and a place, something I aim to teach my students.

Grammar

From my experience, grammar is a subject learned from doing rather than reading. I teach grammar skills through text however I mostly do work with writing, including assigning papers and short paragraphs, which are then edited. I use the editing period to focus on which areas need improvement and to also point out which areas are strong. This targets where the student is struggling with grammar the most and is much more constructive than reading from a textbook.

Handwriting

I have training in the the specific time tables, skills and activities that promote fine motor development, which is crucial to good handwriting as well as training in childhood cognitive development. In addition to this, I am familiar with the Handwriting Without Tears certification program and implement their strategies, such as the efficiency and transition order, for both print and cursive writing. I have worked with toddlers and children in the development of their occupational and fine motor skills which can then be transferred to handwriting (grip, wrist movement, etc.).

Literature

My tutoring sessions focus on three main points. Understanding the literature, analyzing the piece, and responding to the work. I have used this method with an eleventh grade student and it has proved very successful for it encompasses what schools and colleges are looking for; they want a student that can read a piece of literature, understand it's concepts and importance, and then comment on the nature of the piece. Responding to literature shows more than comprehension, it takes the text further and puts thought to paper. Understanding literature is also a feature I focus on because it lays the groundwork for future material and also develops connections between time periods and social issues.

Phonics

When teaching phonics, I take great care in preparing the student for further reading. After all, phonics is the key to a strong reading foundation. I currently work with a rising first grader and in our phonics lessons I use Wilson Reading, Orton-Gillingham and Reading Recovery techniques. This combination of multi-sensory learning helps each student succeed and learn to read fluently. Part of the problem older children have with reading is that they memorized words instead of learning to decode the vocabulary and blend the sounds. I work to teach students how to read and write phonetically. My approach involves basic pen and paper in addition to activities such as singing and dance, books, and imaginative play. I also use Phonics books (such as Progressive Phonics, BOB books, and Fun Phonics Books), Wilson words/letter pairs and traditional worksheets to supplement learning.

Prealgebra

Satisfactory understanding and completion of prealgebra is necessary for high school mathematics. A solid foundation in prealgebra leads to better performance in Algebra I, a course a student does not want to fall behind in. I go through concepts and equations step by step so that a student knows how to solve the problem on their own. I also help with skills in need of improvement and can provide enrichment work for skills that require a challenge.

Reading

Reading comprehension and fluency are essential to the growth of each student in terms of their education and adult career. I use a hands-on approach that dives into the material while also acknowledging it’s real-world applications. After all, many students don't want to study a subject they can't see the value in! Coupled with this, I organize sensory activities for younger or special needs students (read and perform the action, sing and dance, read and cook) to correspond with the material covered. Today I spend time with a five year old covering phonics, reading comprehension, fluency and writing. She is now able to read for longer durations of time and is no longer daunted by the prospect of another reading piece; now she loves selecting new books to read. In 2013 I worked with a kindergartner who was a rather strong reader but needed some additional practice with fluency and vocabulary, using context clues and having motivation. Currently, I work with a high school junior requiring assistance with AP Literature and Composition. Our most recent piece, the play "Equus," led to a discussion on the political and social issues addressed in the work, the themes present and the effect of characters in the play as a whole. Overall, my experience is quite varied but it maintains a focus on being a skilled, intuitive, and questioning reader.

Study Skills

I currently work with sixth and eleventh grade students, both girls who want help with studying for exams in addition to help understanding the concepts taught. Due to a difference in age and grade I modify my lessons, test taking strategies and study skills to fit what is needed and what can be handled at the time. With the sixth grader, I teach her how to pace herself, how to make flashcards, several memorization techniques (tips and tricks) and a time frame for studying. The eleventh grader, who participates in many AP courses, needs more advanced help. We work on proficient outlines, time management, completing questions efficiently and oral data presentations. Moreover, organization, accuracy and double-checking answers are also found in the lesson plans.

Vocabulary

A large vocabulary is a tool of a strong writer and orator as well as a great test taker. I work to expand vocabulary bases through latin roots, words belonging to specific categories (for younger children) and to help with definitions. I also spend time putting the new vocabulary into context and teaching memorization skills.

Writing

I tutor writing not only in terms of English class, but for all writing pieces inside and outside of the classroom. At this time, I work on AP Literature and Composition and Honors US History II, both writing-intensive courses, with a high school junior. We discuss outlines, spelling, and grammar with a specific focus on content. With younger children, I work on staying in tense, getting ideas across clearly, and expanding upon sentences. We work on varying sentence structure as well as focusing on the intended audience.

Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL
Elementary, Deaf Ed.

Education

Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL (Elementary, Deaf Ed.)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Please contact me for group rates and special discounts.

Travel policy

Kylie will travel within 30 miles of Saint Augustine, FL 32084.