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I hold a B.S. degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English, enabling me to tutor upper level students in English related subjects in addition to elementary students. My 20+ years of teaching/tutoring experience has allowed me to reinforce concepts with typical students, challenge advanced students, and find new learning paths for students who struggle. At the high school and college levels, I can offer tutoring services in English literature and writing, history, geography, and government. I am comfortable tutoring all subjects in K-8.
English/Writing: At the high school and college levels, essays follow set patterns, or formulas. When a student sees these patterns, and is assisted in following the set steps, he/she builds confidence and the ability to write effectively. Grammar, punctuation, syntax, and style can all be addressed through writing. I have successfully tutored high school students in writing for English, AP History, Gateway, SAT Writing, and ACT writing. I have assisted college students in writing related to English, History, Science, Business, Social Studies, Sport Management, and Criminal Justice, in both MLA and APA formats.
At the elementary and middle school levels, a student needs to build a wealth of knowledge in grammar, syntax, punctuation, and style. Reading quality literature, as well as practicing specific exercises, helps build this knowledge base.
Math: Many elementary students need to be taught math from a hands-on approach, using manipulatives and real life situations to understand the mathematical concepts. I am able to present math processes in a variety of ways, allowing the pupil to connect to the method which best suits his/her learning style.
History/Geography: History and Geography can best be understood by the student when concepts are reinforced visually. The internet, movies, and literature offer a wealth of visual information which help the student understand social studies topics.
Science: Visual and hands-on learning best assists elementary and middle school children in understanding scientific concepts. Using the internet, students are able to visually understand scientific principles. I hold a B.S. degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English, enabling me to tutor upper level students in English related subjects in addition to elementary students. My 20+ years of
$40/hour in my Dacula home office
Becky has assisted me in writing upper level college papers in both APA and MLA format. No matter what the subject matter, Becky can help you organize your thoughts and present them in a professional manner. I would recommend her to a student of any major; as long as you know the subject matter, she can help you write the paper. Though English is not my first language, she helps me present my thoughts clearly in English.
This is my fourth class with Rebecca, and I enjoy learning the art of putting one word after the next in perfect syntactic harmony with her.
Ms. Becky was exceptional with my daughter, who had been deemed "developing" in writing by her 1st grade teacher. During our first tutoring session, my daughter made a great stride with the help of Ms. Becky, who asked the right questions to get her to think about details that she could use to construct a decent paragraph. It's the details and the patience that my daughter lacks. We will definitely continue using her services.
My son's writing skills improved tremendously after the first session. He raved about her instruction, and can't wait for his next tutoring session. This is the enthusiasm I was hoping to see as he goes into the new school year. Rebecca has the magic touch with children!
My son was struggling with the writing portion of his AP World History class. Becky did an excellent job of helping him understand how to write the essays. After only 3 hours of lessons, his comfort level improved significantly. I wish he'd started tutoring with her earlier in the year.
Rebecca is the perfect tutor for my 8.5yo son she's super patient and kind and encouraging but still gets him to focus. We're seeing great results too!!
Our son looks forward to his lessons with Miss Rebecca each week. We love her enthusiasm and constant support during each lesson. Handwriting and reading have both improved a great deal. We are very thankful for her.
My son's dyslexia was not diagnosed until he was sixteen. Somehow he had managed to get by in school creating accommodations for himself. Unfortunately, this left him at probably a seventh grade writing level, yet going into 11th grade. He has many other processing issues as well, and was definitely not equipped to take the high school graduation test required by our school district.
Becky identified these issues immediately and began working with my son to overcome them. She created tools and strategies that my son could easily grasp and use to improve his writing. Instead of writing a jumble of unrelated sentences with improper grammar and punctuation, my son is writing beautifully structured paragraphs in logical order. All this was accomplished just this summer in about 12 hours.
My son now has the confidence to attempt writing assignments that would have made him quiver before. He loves Becky, who is such an encouragement to him. She has boosted his self-esteem while teaching him skills for a lifetime.
If you are looking for a tutor who can relate easily to your child, zoom in quickly on your child's needs, and address a variety of learning differences, Becky is your gal!
We have seen significant strides in our daughter's reading progression this school year. She continues to make progress and enjoys her time with you to learn and explore new things. She has made an effort to be focused during your sessions and she's continue to come home and share her new words with me. She continued to work hard during the school year and her teacher shared that as she has learned new words that her writing skills have improved and become passionate writer. She finished her school year reading at a K Level (DRA 18) reading which is Above Expectation for her grade level. She has continue to shine and read without assistance and we attribute much of her success and focus from the patienc and time that you took with her this school year. We really appreciated all that you do and continue to recommend you to other parents that we meet looking for a private tutor.
Becky is an excellent tutor. She really seems to care and want your child to succeed. Every week she goes above and beyond to make sure my child understands the concepts they are working on.
Thank you!!! I believe this will be perfect for my boys. They are both eager to do better and I'm confident that Mrs. P. can help assist in doing so. They both were nervous prior to arrival but quickly became comfortable after the 1.5 hour session. Looking forward to Wednesday evenings.
Mrs. P. has been very helpful, patient, and responsive to my son's questions. He is able to work on the writing assignments she gives him and email them to her ahead of time so she can see where he needs the most help when they meet. Her positive feedback and accessibility has helped build his confidence and willingness to put greater effort into his writing - taking him past his usual writer's block. In addition, Mrs. P. is able to relate the daunting reading material in such a way that my son can understand. He enjoys the way she breaks it apart and interprets in everyday terms. I am very pleased with his progress!
Thank you for your kind words. I enjoy working with your son and watching his self-confidence as a writer grow.
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In a classroom situation I taught several students with diagnosed ADHD or ADD. As a private tutor, I have assisted even more pupils with one of these diagnoses, as a classroom situation generally does not meet all their educational needs. Both groups need the freedom to learn in untraditional postures and activities....standing, moving, spinning, sitting on one foot, tapping. Being allowed to moves assists them in focusing.
Children with ADD sometimes do best when allowed to complete a project before going on to the next. It can difficult for them to switch gears. Children with ADHD actually do better when allowed to break up activities with active movement, like a short walk, push ups, or a run up and down some steps; this applies to older students as well as children.
I have taught U.S. History at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. I have had much success teaching from the viewpoint of the people and what their lives were like during a time period, than listing a lot of battles and dates. Details should follow an undertanding of the mood of the time, and what the motivations were for specific events.
All well educated people should understand the difference between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Understanding the economics of the South versus the economics of the North is crucial to understanding the Civil War. These are the types of concepts I convey to my students as I teach or tutor American History.
I have tutored several students who were diagnosed with Asperger's. They tend to be quiet, yet thoughtful, and work well in one-on-one situations. Having a quiet, well organized environment is important to these children, even if they are a bit disorganized themselves. I have found they work well with a step-by-step, layering instructional method, skipping no steps. They respond well to logical visual and practical information, and integrating subject matter when possible helps them grasp the material.
I completed 11 hours of college credit in Bible classes, including Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Bible Doctrines, and Evangelism. I have taught Bible as an academic class at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. The method of teaching Bible varies according to the age of the students. Children learn best from stories; teens and young adults learn well when topics are taught in a more academic format.
Dyslexia is a catch all phrase for many different learning disabilities. However, most of these children learn best in a tactile environment. In working with these children in the primary years, I use clay, salt in a tray, letter tiles, number lines that the child walks, a multitude of math manipulatives, and a number of other materials. Children with learning disabilities need to experience a concept physically before moving on to paper and pencil.
Older students benefit from learning how to "chunk" material, just covering one concept at a time. Typing is a great relief to many middle and high school students with learning disabilities.
I have 20+ years teaching experience at the elementary level, and have worked with children from preschool through 6th grade. These children are concrete thinkers, and as such, learn best when words are accompanied by pictures, videos, stories, and hands-on activities. These children stay focused best when the time spent flows, with as little downtime as possible; learning plans need to be prepared ahead of time, so as not to allow the child's mind to wander. Breaking up learning activities with little snippets of physical activity also help the child stay focused.
With a degree in elementary education, I have formal training in teaching children how to write. Having taught for more than two decades, I have first hand experience, both in a classroom and one-to-one tutoring situations, working with pupils as they learn to write, or seek to improve their penmanship. I have taught manuscript and cursive in three systems: Zaner-Blozer, D'Nealian, and Stevenson Learning Skills (a program designed for children who need extra verbal, physical and/or visual cues).
As a tutor, I have worked with young children as they first learn the symbols. Some of my penmanship pupils have come to me later in their educational journey, because their parents or they want to improve their writing or make it more efficient.
I have utilized a number of different phonics systems in my years of teaching. Some introduce vowels first, others consonants; I am able to work within any system with which I am presented.
For children who struggle with phonics, I have found the Stevenson Learning Skills materials to be very successful. Each phonetic sound and combination of sounds is accompanied by a story; the child is given mnemonic devices to assist him/her in assimilating the sounds.
Writing for the SAT or ACT requires the student to follow a "formula", a set method of writing. I can teach the student how to write the essay, and work with him/her throughout the writing process. This method of writing will assist the student in writing essays in high school and college, as well.
In the past 20 years, I have taught and tutored children with low IQ's, auditory processing issues, psycho-motor problems, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, cerebral palsy, partially deaf, autism, and a variety of undiagnosed learning issues. My experience has taught me to first identify the child's strengths, then build from those; learning needs to be interrelated, not compartmentalized. A child with learning disabilities can take what he has mastered and use it to investigate areas in which he/she has weaknesses. Presenting a child with a variety of tools and methods to tackle a concept, and assisting the child in finding the method that works best for him/her, is highly successful.
Assisting students in organizing their study plans and due dates is crucial. Pupils who require private tutoring are often lacking in this area.
Note taking is an important skill that every student should learn, beginning in middle school. Highlighting is another valuable skill.
I also like to present my students with a variety of different methods of studying for a test. Too many students think that studying for a test is just rereading the same material.