Dyslexia, Public Speaking, Writing, and Career Prep Tutor
Dyslexia, Public Speaking, Writing, and Career Prep Tutor
"Excellent Communication and ESL tutor"
Grace, 71 lessons with Melissa
Response time: 6 hours
Attention: Presently, all my after-school, evening, and weekend tutoring slots are full. However, if you can meet before 2 p.m. on a weekday or would like to be put on my waiting list please contact me.
My name is Melissa, and I specialize in academic tutoring for children (especially those with ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning issues) and career preparation for adults such as public speaking, resume writing, interviewing skills, and job search techniques. I love watching those "thinking light bulbs" go off in children and adults when they learn something new and feel proud of their new skill. I have three young children of my own, ranging from 8 to 15 years old. I also homeschooled my oldest two children for five years. I have experience teaching elementary through college students and adults in one-on-one situations and home school cooperatives. I am an Illinois certified teacher for grades K-9 and a certified substitute teacher for grades pre-K through 12. I have been privately tutoring students nearly full time for over six years. Additionally, I am a former job placement recruiter and sales manager, so I know the professional demands of the marketplace. I also have skills in presenting information in creative and engaging ways as my children have ADHD, Dyslexia, Anxiety disorders, and medical challenges. In addition to working with children who have ADHD and Dyslexia, my tutoring experience includes several years of one-on-one work with children who have mild spectrum and social/anxiety disorders.
Four of my specialties are teaching an Orton-Gillingham based phonics program to struggling readers, instructing children and adults in public speaking and writing, teaching English pronunciation and conversation to ESL learners in a way that makes sense, and proofreading documents. Additionally, I present information to all students in cross-curricular ways, so they see how an English lesson relates to social studies, how writing relates to career success, etc. I believe one-on-one instruction boosts a person's self-esteem, accelerates his/her learning, and allows natural talents and interests to flourish.
I have a Bachelor's degree from Purdue University in public and organizational communication, advanced certification in the Barton Reading and Spelling System, 17 hours of Professional Education credit in Dyslexia identification and remediation, 30 hours of Montessori training, and a Master of Education from Grand Canyon University. Additionally, I am a member of Kappa Delta Pi an International Honor Society in Education and was rated one of WyzAnt's top 250 tutors (out of 17,000 nationwide) in 2014 and 2015. I also have attended many home-educator training seminars to enhance my skills in home schooling children. My own school experience involved active participation in speech team, journalism, drama, band, National Honor Society, and being an exchange student in Japan and Spain. At Purdue University, I received the National Rising Star Award for Women in Communications (WICI).
In addition to teaching elementary through high school students, I can help adults and English language learners with writing, speaking, social studies, history and career preparation such as job search techniques, resume preparation, and interviewing skills. Furthermore, I am available to proofread all types of documents from resumes to dissertations as your second set of eyes for readability and grammatical issues.
For fun, I love to be outside, listen to music, practice hospitality, dance, hike, read, camp, go on lots of new adventures, and spend time with my children. I am also thrilled to coach a FIRST FTC Robotics team called The Golden Ratio that keeps me updated and enthused about kids who are passionate future leaders in STEM fields.
Attention: Please note that due to my full tutoring load, the bulk of my after-school tutoring hours are conducted at my location in Cary, IL. I can meet with students at alternate locations sometimes between the hours of 9:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. during the school year and conduct on-line tutoring sessions. My summer tutoring hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Fridays. I highly recommend that school-age students meet at my location for the following reasons:
* Students are not distracted by their home environment.
* I have multiple total physical response activities available for special needs.
* All my teaching supplies are available for the benefit of your children.
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Excellent Communication and ESL tutor
I originally contacted Melissa for help on presentation and communication skills, however, I gained more than good technical help, she helped me build my confidence and overcome public speaking anxiety. As a non- native English speaker, Melissa also helped me understand the idiosyncrasies and the different political viewpoints of American society. These skills enhanced my comfort level when engaging with other colleagues in the market place. She is truly a friend and a mentor, always there to support me emotionally and help me keep my perspective about work and life in balance.Grace, 71 lessons with Melissa
Speech & Communication Expert
Melissa did a great job providing my son speech and communication tools to build his confidence. She was well prepared for each session and her online teaching was excellent.Hunter, 4 lessons with MelissaTutor responded:
Thank you for your kind words. I truly enjoy helping young people build confidence and a better professional presence that will enhance their future!
Melissa is really great!! My son looks forward to going for his sessions. She is very accommodating and really patient. My son loves doing the assignments given by her. They are not the typical homework assignments. My son is already doing much better in school as per his teacher. Thank you so much for helping my son :)Tania, 20 lessons with MelissaTutor responded:
Thank you so much for your kind and positive comments. Armaan and I have a lot of fun working together!
Easy to work with
Melissa was easy to work with, schedule with and quick to respond to emails and text messages. She was very patient, helpful and reliable. Thank you, Melissa, for your help.Lisa, 3 lessons with MelissaTutor responded:
Thank you for your kind words. It's a pleasure to work with your son!
Melissa is a wonderful tutor - she helped me pass the TAP test!
I'm an adult student who went back to college to pursue a teaching degree. Because I'd been out of school for a long time, I found it difficult to prepare for the TAP test. I met with Melissa sometimes two times a week and she accommodated my difficult schedule. She is very knowledgeable about test taking, language arts and reading; she gave me many useful strategies to use during my test. Melissa walked through the study guides with me and she was very helpful in explaining concepts I was having trouble with. Melissa was very easy to get along with and she has a gift for teaching and tutoring. If I ever need a tutor again, I will be calling Melissa! Thank you Melissa!Nicole, 8 lessons with Melissa
I had just two hours with Melissa, it was the best class that I got so far. Thanks Melissa.Sandro, 1 lesson with Melissa
Great tutor, very creative, great with ADHD kids, patient and organized!
Melissa continues to do a great job with my son. He loves going to her. As a parent I appreciate her style and way of using activities that keep Lucas busy as he learns. She is very organized and leverages an online tool for Lucas to keep learning on the days he does not meet with her.Cherie, 397 lessons with Melissa
My son is excited to go and I feel like we are already seeing some progress. Plus I love the detailed reports.Agnieszka, 46 lessons with Melissa
Melissa was very patient with me, and I really enjoyed working with her. I would highly recommend her as a tutor. She helped me a lot with organization and kept me focused.Cynthia, 5 lessons with Melissa
"Melissa is great" - my son, age 9
Melissa spends two hours twice a week with our third grader. He had trouble in his classroom and so the decision was made to take him out of school for the last quarter. Thank goodness we found Melissa who has experience home schooling and is such an engaging person. Her dual focus is to see he finishes the third grade curriculum and to prepare him to re-enter a normal classroom in the fall. Learning is fun again.Jim, 21 lessons with Melissa
Response time: 6 hours