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Florida Southern College (B.A. Education)
University of Central Florida (MEd)
University of Central Florida (EdD)
Helping students succeed is what I love to do, and I believe each and every student can be successful! I am much more effective than your average tutor or teacher. As an Educational Specialist, I target specific practice areas for each student, and I have helped countless private, public, home school, undergraduate and graduate school students make outstanding progress. I have tutored students in kindergarten through college, ages 4 - 40+ in Reading, phonics, English grammar, proofreading, vocabulary, writing, math, science, social studies, study skills and SAT, PSAT, ACT, ASVAB, FCAT, ISEE, TEAS, TABE, and GED prep. I have also assisted Multicultural Students studying at UCF's CMMS Center for Multilingual Learners. The youngest student I have helped is in pre-k and the oldest, an adult in graduate school working to complete a doctoral thesis. I offer the very best in professionalism, effectiveness, and teacher experience.
I am patient, encouraging, and a truly caring, experienced educator adept at discovering how each student learns best! Students enjoy working with me because I help each build skills and confidence. Both essential for true success! I have tutored gifted and regular education students needing study skills, test prep or homework help, college students, students with reading challenges, specific learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity, ADD, English language learners, and children on the autism spectrum. I have helped undergraduate/graduate students prepare research papers including masters and doctoral theses and provided corporate training for employees. In addition, I was certified through the Florida Department of Education in six areas: Reading, Social Studies, English, Specific Learning Disabilities, ESOL and as an Educational Specialist. My certification was current until 2012.
If your student is struggling, I'd be glad to complete a skills assessment to identify challenging areas. When a student struggles, he or she may have underlying skills needing review. It's also helpful to identify how each student learns best because not all students learn in the same way. One on one tutoring is a great resource to help students move ahead, work at their own pace, or fill in gaps. Proven experience truly counts and will make a real difference for you and your student!
Thank you for reading my profile.Together, we will build success, skills, and confidence for your student! I will gladly answer any questions you may have, and I hope to hear from you soon!
Ann Helping students succeed is what I love to do, and I believe each and every student can be successful! I am much more effective than your average tutor or teacher. As an Educational Specialist, I target specific practice areas for each student, and I have helped countless private, public, home school, undergraduate and graduate school students
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Ann was very prepared to help me get a higher score on my TEAS Test. She was very patient and showed me specific ways to get the right answer. Overall, I improved my science score from a 50% to a 70.8% with the tutoring from Ann and Jack. She was very attentive during each tutoring session and I would recommend her to anyone that needs help regarding these subjects! Thanks again!
This is our first meeting and Ann was excellent with our two boys. Very patient, very knowledgeable, and very confident in her gift to help children and adults achieve their goals.
Ann helped me study for my TEAS Exam. I took the test once before in December 2015 and then I got tutored for my test in February 2016. She helped me increase all of my individual scores in each section, which together increased my overall score by 12%. She was very easy to get in touch with and helped with organizing a schedule of study materials for each session and for myself at home. She thoroughly and patiently explained the answers to questions I would have and encouraged me to be confident in the answers I was choosing. I would recommend her to anyone needing tutoring help! Thank you again!!
Ann helped me prepare for the TEAS exam, and she did an excellent job. She really helped strengthen my math skills which was my weakest subject. She is extremely sweet and very patient. I would definitely recommend her to anyone seeking tutoring help.
My daughter began working with Ann about seven months ago. She is 11 years old and has always struggled with reading. We first noticed the problem in second grade, so this is something we have been dealing with for several years. Before coming to Ann I tried everything I could think of to help my daughter, from moving from public to private school, Kumon and school provided services. While she did always improve nothing has compared to the gains she has made in working with Ann.
When my daughter first began with Ann at the end of last Feb her skills were evaluated and even though she was about half way through fourth grade she was reading on a mid third grade level, so she was over a full year below grade level. Ann just reevaluated her for the beginning of the new school year and she is now reading slightly above her current grade level! So, in seven months (including summer when we didn't spend a lot of time with Ann) my daughter has come from being more than a year behind to being a little bit ahead!
Ann has an amazing way of connecting with my daughter and getting her excited about the work they are doing together. Ann personalizes her teaching to meet my child's personality, interests and needs.
What Ann has been able to do for my daughter is worth every penny we pay and every mile we drive to get to her! Raising children takes a village, Ann is an instrumental member of our village.
Ann was wonderful with my daughter who has learning disabilities and makes the lessons fun. She is excellent recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of the student and tailors a unique lesson plan to get the best out of my daughter. Thank you!!
Thank you for your kind, encouraging remarks! I enjoyed meeting both you and your sweet daughter! I do look forward to assisting her.
I have been working with Ann for a few months now, and she has helped so much. I have been seeing her for help on my TEAS test for nursing school. I would definitely recommend her for other students looking for help on the TEAS test. She breaks down the sections of the test, and works you through each one. She provides plenty of practice tests and skills to master each area. I have learned great tips to help me with the information on the test, and tips to help me prepare mentally and emotionally. If you need help on the TEAS, Ann is the best one for the job!
Ann was an amazing TEAS tutor and was very patient and helpful. My score in my English area went up from an 83 to a 100% and overall my TEAS score went up from an 82.7 to an 86.7! She was great at explaining things and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a TEAS tutor!
Ann has assisted my daughter in raising her Critical Reading SAT score by helping her focus on the skills needed. Ann has been patient and understanding. I appreciate the time and tutoring she has given my daughter.
Thank you, Laurie, for your kind remarks! I enjoyed working with Meagan and hope she now feels more confident on her SAT!
Ann has gone above and beyond for me while preparing for my TEAS. Twice a week we meet and I feel like it has helped tremendously, especially in English. She takes her time with me and really makes sure I get each topic before we move on to the next. She is a great, patient and kind tutor and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to learn from her.
Thank you for your kind and encouraging comments! It's been my pleasure to work with you. I know you will continue to show wonderful progress, and I wish you all the best as you take your TEAS test.
Mrs. Ann is such an amazing tutor. She is very patient and she has helped me learn so much in the few sessions we have had. I could not ask for a better tutor. I will continue to use her and refer her to people who need help with the nursing TEAS test or any other tutoring help.
After 6 sessions with Mrs. Ann, I must say I could not have asked for a better tutor. She has helped me prepare for the TEAS test better than I could have ever imagined. I feel I am absolutely prepared for the test and I cannot wait to see my results. Thank you so much to an amazing tutor!
Thank you for your wonderful comments! My pleasure to help you prepare for your TEAS test!!
Ann is not only very knowledgeable, but she is also very kind and manages her time well. She is very easy to reach, quick to respond, and gives a detailed review of what she has been teaching at the end of each session. She helps both the guardian and student realize what they have to work on and that it is reachable.
Ann is a wonderful tutor she is very patient and will help you with everything! I would recommend her to anybody because she's understanding and really wants to help you learn.
Thanks so much for your recommendation! I am looking forward to hearing all about your fine scores on the TEAS. Please keep me posted.
Wow! My son said, "One thing that I like about Ms. Ann is that not once did I feel like I was working." Ann engages in meaningful ways to inspire others to learn. She is a master-level teacher. My son is actually looking forward to his tutoring. Thank you, Ms. Ann!
Thank you, Michele, for the encouraging words and the opportunity to work with him! I look forward to our progress together.
I can't say enough good things about Ann! She is extremely patient, and knowledgeable on different techniques to help me learn. She is experienced and I truly feel, if anyone will ever be able to help me improve my skill set, it will be her. I have all ready recommended her to other people. I know she may cost a little more than other tutors, but it is worth every penny. She knows exactly how to pinpoint the areas in which I am strong and/or weak. She has a ton of material to use to help me understand concepts and for additional practice. She is also aware of what material would help me the most depending on what type of learner I am. If it weren't for WyzAnt, I would have never found her and I am so glad that I did!
Thank you Anne for your feedback! I can already see your improvement and look forward to working with you in the New Year to help you achieve even greater success.
As I am preparing to take my SAT, Mrs. Ann has helped me so much with the language portion! She provides extremely useful tips and truly cares about her student! She is truly a pleasure to work with. I would definitely recommend Mrs. Anne to anyone looking for a SAT tutor! Mrs. Anne has helped me effectively structure my essays, which has also improved the structure of other essays that I have to write for school.
Thanks so much Kina for your recommendation! You have made excellent progress with your SAT prep and can now write a topic notch essay. I am looking forward to reading your final essay before you try your upcoming test. Your reading is also showing fine improvement and I look forward to learning your SAT scores!
Working with Ann has been a great experience! While working on my TEAS test, Ann has been very patient on helping me find my problem areas and making sure I conquer them on the test. She is flexible, easy to contact and overall a great tutor. I just took my TEAS test again and raised my score from a 75 to an 88! Thank you so much Ann!
Katherine, that is great news!! I am so proud of you and all the effort you put forth. Your scores are well deserved, and I am so glad to have been apart of your success. Your intelligence + your hard work + a fine tutor paid off...in your great scores. Your future is bright, and you will make a wonderful nurse.
I have had two excellent sessions with Ann and she really knows what she is talking about. Working with her has helped me blaze through my study guide and learn material so much quicker than I am in the class room. I look forward to studying with her again soon!
Hi Max! So glad your AP American History is now going well!! I look forward to working with you again, soon.
Ann is the perfect fit for my daughter. She is kind and caring but also helps her to reach outside of the box. My daughter was struggling with some concepts in both math and reading and Ann is helping her to reach her full potential. Highly recommend her to anyone!
Hi Myra, your daughter is a real pleasure to teach! She has so much potential and is such a sweet, hard working student. I am so pleased that she completes all her suggested practice each week. It will make a big difference, for sure. Thank you for adding your words of encouragement.
I have been trying to find a tutor that would be able to get through to my son. He has a hard time grasping Language Arts and grammar, and I had all but lost hope. This comes from my son, "Mom, she teaches like my favorite teacher." His favorite teacher left his school last year. I can see that sparkle again when he picks up a book to read. She is an angel!
Thank you for your wonderful feedback! I am so glad your son believes I teach like "his favorite teacher." He is a delightful young man and together we can overcome his challenges. See you soon!
Upon meeting with Ann S. she had a good comfortable rapport with both of my children. They both enjoyed their sessions with her. She is very organized, and seems to understand both their needs. I look forward to seeing the journey of their learning.
Thank you, Trish, for your kind comments. I so enjoy helping both of your sons and I, too, look forward to seeing their fine progress. Many thanks, Ann.
I have been using WyzAnt tutoring service for about six months now once a week preparing for my GED. Ann is a very patient and kind teacher who genuinely cares about her students and their futures. She connects with her students and uses different types of teaching methods based on the individuals needs. I will be taking my GED exam in two weeks and I couldn't be more pleased with everything I've learned from Ann and the progress I've made. I am confident I will pass thanks to the time and effort she's put in for me and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an excellent tutor!
P.S. I passed the GED (all parts)!!
Hi Christine, wow! What a fabulous job you did!! Your scores when you passed ALL portions of the GED were absolutely outstanding. Congratulations!!
Our usually shy daughter warmed right up to Ann, who is very patient and kind. Our daughter also said "I like the way Miss Ann teaches me. I'm looking forward to see her next week."
High praise! Thank you, Ann.
Good Morning Susan,
I truly enjoyed meeting with your sweet daughter for our first session. She is a delight to teach and I, too, am looking forward to some wonderful lessons together.
Thank you very much!
Ann is an awesome tutor and genuinely cares about helping her students! I was a little surprised at first when she gave me homework because I wasn't expecting it but I found myself looking forward to completing it each week so I could show her my progress and ask her any questions that I might've had; if I got a problem wrong she was excellent about explaining it in a manner in which didn't make me feel bad for missing it. She has helped me prepare for the TEAS exam and I feel that working with her will truly make an impact on my scores. I can not say enough nice things about her and I highly recommend Ann as a tutor for anyone, as I know I would definitely use her again if I ever needed it!! Thank you so much Ann!!
I thank you for your awesome feedback. I just thought of you and hope you have been able to try your TEAS test.
She is very patient and a great teacher. She helped me focus in on key tricks for the reading and writing portions of the SAT.
Hope you do extremely well on your SAT this morning!! Have a relaxing rest of the weekend.
See you soon.
I want to say a great thanks to Ann. Ann is very patient and intelligent. My children love to have classes with her. They usually do a lot of interesting exercises during the lesson. Today Ann explained me how to learn the words with my son for his spelling tests at school. I'm sure that with Ann's help my children will learn English faster.
Today I want to say a SPECIAL THANKS to Ann. I told her that my children still don't have any friends here and she organized a picnic for them. She called families that have children the same age as mine- to make friends!!! My children were excited!! They made friends and had an excellent practice of speaking. At the end my son came to Ann and asked her "When is the next picnic?"
Also I want to say that my children are always waiting for their classes with Ann with great impatience! They really love her!
Thank you, Ann!
We've got a brilliant week with Ann's tutoring! First, my children got letters from Ann. They were so happy to got them from mailbox to read and translate!!! The letters were about different animals of Florida and our own country -- Russia. My son called the father and said "Dad, I've got a letter from Mrs. Ann! Listen!"(After that my husband asked him to translate as he doesn't know English! My son did great!!!) Then Ann told my children the history of Thanksgiving Holiday. How people preparing for this day, which food is cooking. And they made beautiful cards to me as presents for Thanksgiving. The next day Ann even brought turkey for my children that cooked at home. It was delicious!!!
Today Ann and my children cooked cakes together!! My children were EXCITED!! They were so happy to make with their hands!! While they were cooking they talked, talked, talked to each other. In that moment I realized they absolutely happy!! They were so proud themselves!! Thank you, Ann, for everything you do for us!! WE LOVE YOU!!
It was a pleasure to work with both your children! They are delightfully bright youngsters, and I really enjoyed working with them. Thank you for selecting me as their tutor as you all started your studies in the United States!
Ann is a very nice and intelligent lady. She helped me improve my English and grammar for my TEAs test. Best tutor I have known!
Thank you, Julie! You are the truly intelligent one and it was my pleasure to work with you~
I was really struggling with passing my TEAS exam. Ann helped me raise my total score by 10 points with just a few tutor sessions and individual subject scores by almost 20. She is the sweetest lady and knows what she is talking about. Thank you so much Ann! I really appreciate everything you have done for me.
Great job, Crystal! Way to go ~ You'll make an incredible nurse.
Ms. Ann has been coming to tutor our son for about 4 months and he absolutely adores her. She is firm but warm towards him. His academics has improved in leaps and bounds. She has also helped with enunciation in his speech. We are very happy with the results we have seen in our son in a very short period of time and we highly recommend Ms. Ann to anyone looking for a professional, results driven approach to tutoring.
Ann is an excellent tutor and I am glad that I found her! I felt that I needed tutoring for the TEAS exam. I have been studying on my own but, I was not able to master all the concepts in the English and Language Usage portion of my TEAS practice material. During our tutoring session she went over all the areas that I felt I was weak in and explained it to me in a way that I fully understood my mistakes and learned the material we were reviewing. She also created study material for me to take home and review. After, our tutoring session I felt much more confident that I will master the material that I did not understand before. I plan on seeing her again for additional practice. I feel confident enough, to say that I will do great on my TEAS exam. Thanks Ann!
I hope all is well and that we can work together again soon.
Ann is extremely knowledgeable, helpful and patient. She was accommodating, punctual, and very generous with her time and expertise. I am very satisfied with her tutoring services and plan to use her in the future.
Hi M, thank you for your kind words. Hope your classes are going well! Do let me know if I can be of further assistance and I will be glad to help.
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ACT Reading includes passages of varying lengths and difficulty. This college entrance exam is primarily a test of reading comprehension skills. I have tutored many students preparing for the ACT and use a variety of methods to improve student's scores, as well as, provide materials and extra practice to help insure success.
American History can be a fascinating subject which predates the actual formation of our nation as a separate entity from Great Britain. Immigrants from all over the world together with Native Americans, who originally inhabited our country, forged the great nation on earth. American History is the story of our country from its earliest days, its challenges, its conflicts, its accomplishments and most of all the great people that helped create the United States of America.
I have over thirty years' experience working with children with exceptional learning challenges, and I am a Reading and Educational Specialist with a concentration in Children with Exceptional Learning Challenges. I first worked with a non-verbal preschooler with autism and have successfully worked with other students, specifically those with Asperger's.
The ASVAB is used by all branches of the military to screen applicants for possible service in our Armed Forces. The test itself covers Reading, Math and Science, and most individuals need the most help with the Math and/or Reading sections. Different scores are required for select positions in the military, so it really depends on each individual's goal as to the score to be achieved. As a Reading and Educational Specialist, I can definitely provide the right type of targeted instruction to help each student succeed!
Autism is a condition which is most frequently diagnosed at a fairly young age and boys typically are more commonly diagnosed than girls. Usually, the symptoms will vary from individual to individual, but the most common denominator is a lack of ability to communicate verbally or non verbally, at the expected age of development. Each individual's involvement can range from quite mild to severe. Some children and adults with autism are able to led relatively normal lives and attend a public or private school, while others with this diagnosis are unable to communicate or
respond verbally or non verbally.
As a Reading and Educational Specialist, I have worked with a number of students with autism through the years. The youngest was a preschool student who was completely non verbal. I have also worked with older verbal students with autism and helped them review and fill in missed skills. One went from being significantly below grade level to getting completely caught up to grade level with his reading, writing and math skills.
Individualization and early intervention is the absolute key to helping students with autism succeed!
Dyslexia typically indicates a learning disability, more specially a reading disability, with processing deficits and diminished ability to read/interpret the written word. Dyslexia, a reading disability, can range from mild to severe and vary significantly from individual to individual. Often a processing deficit occurs as a component of this type disability. It can be characterized by an inability to read and or process the written word. Students can have problems with reversals of letters or even entire words. Intense remediation and review is essential to build important reading skills based on the emergent level of each student. Students with dyslexia can and do make progress; however, an individualized program of review and remediation geared to student needs is essential for optimum progress.
I am a Reading and Educational Specialist who has a Masters in Reading and an Educational from the University of Central Florida, and an Educational Specialist (graduate degree) in Curriculum and Instruction, specialization in students with academic challenges. I have worked with students privately including many learning disabled and reading challenged students for over 20 years.
Reading, Writing and Math Skills along with study skills and test taking form the core of the elementary school curriculum. If a student is proficient in these foundational areas, he or she will be able to handle elementary science, social studies and spelling. If students have weakness in one or more of these core areas, extra review and practice will help that student be more successful. As a Reading and Educational Specialist, I can assess and evaluate student skills to determine is skill deficits maybe a part of a student's challenge. It's a great idea to rule out skill challenges if a student struggles.
In addition, I have access to a great variety of curriculum materials to support all subject areas of the elementary school curriculum. Sometimes, a student needs mainly homework support in spelling, math, science, social studies or writing. Learning how to read the content in science or social studies, practice spelling, writing and math, as well as, prepare for tests are also skills many students need to develop. With encouragement and guidance in these areas, most every student can succeed.
Elementary math can be an interesting, yet challenging subject! It focuses on basic computational skills including addition, multiplication, division, and subtraction. Elementary math also includes problem solving, measurement, fractional concepts, basic geometric concepts, particularly identifying specific shapes, telling time including elapsed time, area, perimeter and use of money. When students struggle with math it's usually because they have missed an important foundational skill. It is vital to review and reteach any missed concepts, so each student has complete mastery of ongoing math skills.
Elementary Science generally covers three main science topics: Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. In addition, students are taught the basics of a scientific method approach. Each topic area varies in difficulty, breadth and depth depending on the grade level of the student. In Life Science, students learn about plants and animals, as well as, what similarities and differences there are in each group. In Earth Science, students learn about gravity, land forms, compass directions and rock types. Physical Science covers topics including energy, sound, inertia and friction. Hands on activities offer students wonderful opportunities for scientific exploration and investigation. Students generally love participating in scientific experiences, which enhance learning. In addition, most elementary science curricula include some form of instruction in how to organize things into categories for better understanding.
As an Educational Specialist, I have worked with many elementary students across the spectrum in a variety of these science areas.
English covers the language arts skills of reading, spelling, writing, grammar and speaking. As a Reading and Educational Specialist, I help students target the areas that are most important to each individual student. My approach is truly individualized to address the skills and strategies to help each student succeed!
ESL/ESOL helps students learn and improve English, which for most is their second or third language. Speaking, writing, and reading are areas students seek to improve. Students will make the greatest progress with a combined approach and I use a variety of methods in sessions to insure success! It is also very helpful when students are given extra practice to try before the next session.
As an Educational Specialist, I have found students enjoy a variety of activities and make outstanding progress with a combined approach to learning English as their "other" language.
The GED test covers 5 important subject areas at the high school level. These areas include: Writing, Science, Social Studies, Math, and Literature. In addition, an essay is also required. As a Reading and Educational Specialist, I have helped many students succeed with mastery of the GED content and the strategies for success on this test. Sessions are individualized to cover what each student needs to review, and I will provide extra practice at the end of each session to encourage additional progress.
Government and Politics is the study of the politics. This study includes an emphasis on the 3 major branches of the federal government: legislative, executive and judicial along with the relationship between the federal government and the states, the constitutional framework of our federal government, the role of political parties current events and issues in politics and international relations between our nation and other countries. Government and politics can is a very dynamic, ever changing area of study and one that can truly be fascinating, as well as informative.
Grammar is often a challenging subject for some students because it includes many elements such as identification of the parts of speech, how these parts relate to each other, diagramming, correct usage, sentence structure and sentence flow. When working successfully with students, I have found they will succeed when a variety of approaches are used to help each understand this rather obscure subject.
Literature can be a fascinating subject depending on the literary period studies,the authors and/or poets covered, the literary elements emphasized, and how these are presented to the student. I have taught literature at all levels of the curriculum from beginning literature in elementary school, through middle school, high school, and even at the college level. If a tutor/teacher is able to convey a real knowledge of and appreciation for the literature, authors, poets and elements to her students, interest in mastery of literature is sure to follow.
In my years as a Reading Specialist, I have successfully taught hundreds of beginning readers and discovered that it's much easier for a younger student to master phonics than middle or upper level students. Usually, older learners benefit more from other methods and approaches than the use of phonics.
Proofreading can be compared to a treasure hunt! You seek to find all the errors in grammar, spelling, usage, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure. Often, it takes several edits to achieve the best results.
I have worked with students as a regular education teacher, special education teacher, college instructor, and private tutor to help students proofread and become better writers.
The PSAT is a useful measure of a high school student's level of mastery of both verbal and quantitative skills. It is usually taken in a student's junior year, but occasionally it is taken in the sophomore year. The PSAT is a preliminary test prior to the SAT and can be used to determine readiness for the SAT;however, the questions on the PSAT are not quite as rigorous as those on the SAT. High school students who score in the top 5% nationally maybe considered for a National Merit Scholarship. In my experience preparing students for both the PSAT and SAT, I have found the PSAT to be a good determinant of student success on the SAT; therefore, it can be a valuable tool to identify areas of mastery or those needing additional review.
My student is the most important part of my sessions because reading is such a complex skill, but with the right instruction students can become truly excellent readers. Phonics and word attack skills are essential for the young reader's success and both provide the foundation for good reading comprehension. As a Reading Specialist, I have helped countless students excel and become successful readers! I truly know what works and am able to figure out how each student learns best, so together we will build a strong foundation of reading skills.
The SAT Reading (Verbal) Test can be quite challenging! I have helped students be very successful with both parts of the test: Sentence Completion and Critical Reading. It takes both skill and strategy to be successful on the SAT. With years of experience tutoring SAT students, I have found that targeted one on one practice is the way to go. With extra practice provided between sessions, and the combined approach of skill improvement and strategy mastery during sessions, students make excellent progress in improving SAT Reading scores.
SAT Writing is a multiple choice test includes essential elements of grammar, usage, spelling, capitalization and punctuation, along with sentence structure. Typically, students are given paragraphs with underlined portions and they are asked to determine if there is an error in each underlined section. In some cases there is no error, in which case the student marks NO Change and if there is an error the student will determine the answer choice that best corrects the passage.
This tests covers high school level skills and with practice I have helped many students do very well on SAT writing.
I have an Educational Specialist Degree, as my primary graduate degree and a master's degree as a Reading Specialist. I have worked with special needs students very successfully. Through the years, I have tutored children on the autism spectrum, mentally and emotionally handicapped students, students with language and speech challenges, and also gifted students. In Florida, gifted students are served under the umbrella of Exceptional Education. In addition, I have over 25 years experience and previous certification in Specific Learning Disabilities through the Florida Department of Education. Special needs students are often labeled. I prefer to think of those with special needs, be the need emotional, physical, educational or mental, to mean the student learns in his or her own unique way. Most exceptional education students who are served in the public schools have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which provides a program of modifications and accommodations to address the special needs of the students for whom it is created.
Over the years, I have seen that students who face learning challenges make the greatest progress one on one. Group settings, group goals, group assignments do not always serve well the needs of special population students and most states require an IEP.
Spelling is best taught in a variety of ways. It truly depends on the skills and age of the learner. Phonics and word family skills form the best foundation for young learners, while structural analysis and context work best for more advanced students.
Spelling can be improved and enhanced with practice. I have helped students at all levels of the curriculum improve their spelling skills.
The SSAT is a standardized, achievement test for entry to select private schools. When a student takes the SSAT, the test measures achievement in the following areas: verbal, quantitative, and written language, meaning an essay. The SSAT evaluates how well a student performs compared to other students across the nation, so it is an objective, not subjective measure of student performance. In my experience at all levels of the public and private school curriculum, I have seen it administered as an individual evaluation, but it can be used for a group assessment, as well. The SSAT test can be an important tool to determine student skills and measure student progress.
As a Reading and Educational Specialist, I have worked with students in elementary, middle and high school. In addition, I have helped college and graduate school students study, organize, prioritize and prep for tests at all levels. When first working with a student, it is valuable to complete an informal inventory to determine which study skills a student uses, if any. In sessions, we focus on the specific skills that benefit each student, and this will vary depending on the student and the subject(s)studied. Study Skills include learning strategies, test prep and planning, note taking, outlining and skimming and scanning for key ideas, as well as, summarizing and paraphrasing main ideas.
As an Educational Specialist, I have worked with countless students in all areas of test prep areas, including the TEAS. Yet, TEAS prep is my all time favorite! To insure greatest success, a student’s underlying skills need to be assessed and then reviewed as part of preparation for the TEAS.
The TEAS test is used as a tool to measure a prospective nursing student’s skills. The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is useful in predicting an individual’s chances of success in nursing school and identifies which applicants may need additional practice and review before entering a program. The test is scored in four areas, English, math, language and science, and contains 13 sub content areas. The test has a total of 170 questions and uses an objective/computerized format, and calculators cannot be used on the math sections. Once the test is administered, results are usually available within 48 hours. Practice test are available to prospective students, and I know the best study materials and strategies for extra review, if needed.
Vocabulary is a fascinating area of study and one which can challenge some students. I have worked with students to improve beginning and more advanced vocab and use a variety of activities to promote mastery. With the right approach vocabulary can improve significantly.
Writing skills can be developed and improved! I have worked successfully with students 3rd grade through college. At the out set, it's so important to determine the specific writing skills each student needs to practice. Some students need to work on skills such as prewriting, composing and organizing thoughts, forming meaningful sentences, writing basic paragraphs, and revising and editing their work for correctness of spelling, mechanics and grammar. Other more advanced students need assistance completing research and complex essay writing. As an Educational Specialist, my sessions are truly individualized and I focus on what each student needs to be a more successful writer.