Moody Bible Institute (Bible Theology)
I love speaking and teaching Spanish! I began to learn the Spanish language when I was fourteen years old, and I continued to formally study this language for five years--even during the early part of my undergraduate studies. Since then, I have continued to informally study Spanish, both through wonderful online resources and through personal relationships with Spanish-speaking individuals. These relationships have enabled me to maintain and to improve my use of the Spanish language.
I just finished my 21st year of private tutoring! I privately tutored my own children for 19 years as their home school teacher; and I am now into my seventh year of Spanish tutoring with WyzAnt. I have worked with over 70 students who have come to me through Wyzant! Eight of these students were part of a 12 month Spanish 1 course that I taught in a corporate setting. All of these students account for almost 1,500 hours of Spanish tutoring through WyzAnt! Furthermore, I am certified as a substitute teacher in Illinois, and I spent the 2014-2015 school year as a Spanish substitute in the Naperville District 203 middle and high schools. I am currently a Spanish tutor in the Naperville 203 Homebound Tutoring program.
While working with WyzAnt students and while substitute teaching, I have become very familiar with the REALIDADES curriculum used in the Naperville Community Unit School District 203 schools and with the AVANCEMOS curriculum used in the Oswego Community Unit School District 308 high schools; in the Indian Prairie School District 204 high schools; and in many other school districts. I am also familiar with the EXPRéSATE curriculum used at York High School in Elmhurst and at Yorkville High School in Yorkville. I have also worked with Spanish students from private high schools such as Benet Academy in Naperville, Rosary High School in Aurora, Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, and Fenwick High School in Oak Park. Many of the above schools use the Blaine Ray Spanish novels; so I have a lot of experience with this series as well.
While most teachers at the high school level use a standard text book approach, some teachers at these schools use an immersion approach: the teacher will only speak to the students in Spanish. This can mean that the needed grammar foundation is lacking. I can provide that foundation.
I work not only with high school students but also with college students and adults. My most recent older students have been from College of DuPage, Loyola University, Chicago, and, as mentioned earlier, from a local business in which the company owner wanted both he and some of his employees to learn Spanish. In this latter setting, I functioned as a group teacher who created and taught the curriculum rather than as a private tutor who worked one-on-one with a student using his/her current class materials.
Because I LOVE helping students to learn to speak, read, and write Spanish, I want to make sure that I accept only those students that are serious about improving not only their class grade but also their ability to use Spanish. I want to reserve my time for those students who are serious about getting help and about investing the time and effort necessary for this improvement to happen. As such I will accept students with the understanding that every four weeks I-- along with the parent and the student-- will assess the effectiveness of the tutoring situation. This gives everyone the opportunity to move forward in a way that ultimately most benefits the student. I have found this to be more beneficial than making a nine-month commitment at the start of the school year.
In the actual tutoring sessions, I will push each student to talk in Spanish as much as possible - even with the limited vocabulary of a 1st year student. Each student will have to spend a large portion of the tutoring session practicing his oral Spanish skills. I will often ask my students to "teach" me a concept in order to solidify his understanding of a concept and to reveal his true level of understanding. Furthermore, I will challenge him/her to become a true learner and to seek mastery rather than to simply learn enough to pass a test. I will also teach and demonstrate mnemonics (memory devices), whenever possible so that a student can learn more effective ways of learning and of preparing for tests. Finally, I will direct all students to some of the best, interactive, online resources available today to aid their Spanish studies
During the course of these tutoring sessions, I will communicate openly and regularly with each parent(when appropriate), about each tutoring session and about how his/her student is progressing. I will highlight each student's strengths and successes whenever possible, because it is often very difficult for parents to see beyond the weaknesses of a struggling student. I want to help parents to become their child's number one cheerleaders so that they can motivate their student through encouragement to move forward and reach his/her potential! I love speaking and teaching Spanish! I began to learn the Spanish language when I was fourteen years old, and I continued to formally study this language for five years--even during the early part of my undergraduate studies. Since then, I have continued to informally study Spanish, both through wonderful online resources and through personal
$50/hr for one student, $40/hr/student for two or more. A minimum of 1 hour of tutoring required. Full session fee of $48 will be charged for late cancellation (less than two hours notice).
Marianne N. is an excellent Spanish tutor. My freshman daughter was struggling in her Spanish 1 class. She was getting more and more frustrated, felt very lost in class. The classroom instruction wasn't sinking in. Her grades were inconsistent, averaging a low B/high C by sheer will. Her homework assignments were what kept the grade passable but her quiz and test scores showed the true story, that she wasn't comprehending the lessons. She came to me, almost in tears, and said she needed help. Her teacher thought an older student may be able to help, but I knew my daughter needed more professional and personalized attention, tutoring that could be customized to her needs and adapted to help her accelerate and deepen her learning.
We found Marianne while researching WyzAnt and was impressed by her resume, but more so by her reviews. We are so glad we found her! From the initial introduction and set-up, Marianne has been professional, prompt and flexible. My daughter's feedback from the first session (and on) was that this was a perfect fit. She felt a huge sense of relief, and that a great weight had been lifted off her shoulders. We had a little over a month to prepare for finals. Marianne performed an initial assessment, identifying learning gasps and better understanding how my daughter learned best. They got to work, filling the cracks in her foundational knowledge, keeping up with current assignments, and preparing for the ultimate test, the dreaded finals. Marianne recommended twice weekly tutoring sessions which my daughter, even with her busy schedule, embraced with no hesitation. We started to see more consistent grades and increased confidence, best of all, she got a solid "A" on her final (and a B+ overall for the term)! My daughter is continuing to receive weekly tutoring, it's a valuable complement to her schooling. I get summaries from their sessions, promptly and full of relevant details, which I find incredibly helpful. She has a strong relationship with my daughter and my daughter is addicted to her weekly sessions, they're that good.
I would rate Marianne an 11 on a 10 scale, and would highly recommend her.
Marianne is awesome! She explains things in a manner that is easy to understand and is patient and respectful of her student.
Makes my daughter very comfortable, knows IPSD school requirements very well. comes prepared with her lessons for the day. Very happy to have her.
I worked with Marianne a few years ago. She was professional and patient then and she still holds those same great qualities. She great at editing reports and professional documentation. It is evident that she takes great pride in her work.
Thank you, so much, Janelle, for your kind words!
Marianne - You are doing such a good job of covering the material at exactly the right time. My son is consistently ahead of the curriculum. He enjoys your tutoring sessions and has improved his speaking listening in a way that would have been impossible without you.
Marianne N. was a wonderful Spanish tutor for my daughter. She assisted my daughter for two years and was instrumental in helping my daughter receive A's and B's in the class. Before Marianne's help my daughter would have been almost failing the class. Marianne always had great feedback, helpful websites, and useful tools for my daughter to use during the week between sessions. Marianne had a strong understanding of the course work in the school system and provided insight for taking the tests. he feedback after each tutoring session was also very helpful. I would recommend Marianne to anyone looking for that extra help in Spanish.
Her student trusts her. She has been so helpful in navigating the ins and outs of his first year in high school. We are very glad we found Marianne.
Great Spanish tutor! Marianne's lesson summaries are very thorough and helpful! My daughter has benefited greatly from the one on one sessions. Thank you!
Marianne has done a superb job these past 16 weeks teaching our group Spanish. Some of us simply wanted to be able to understand a little when spoken to and give basic responses. She exposed us to a lot of useful information and had great class participation. Great job, Marianne. Looking forward to another 16 weeks.
My junior in high school has been seeing Marianne for most of the school year. We have been impressed from the beginning. Marianne dedicates the time to get to know her students' skills and then makes the most out of every lesson, tailoring each one to what is being taught in the classroom and class expectations. The notes she sends after each lesson are so helpful. I feel very well informed versus the debriefing I get from child: "The lesson was 'fine'." We are so happy that we found Marianne!!
We have been very impressed with how reliable, organized, and effective Ms. N has been. She gives very thorough and timely feedback online after each session. Our son feels he learns a great deal every time they meet. He was able to bring his Spanish grade up 2 letter grades within 8 weeks. We have worked with other tutors in the past with our older son, and Ms. Norris is the best one we have encountered.
Marianne is the best tutor that I have ever had. I was having trouble with my Spanish 102 and after getting a 52% on my first quiz I decided to reach out. After only a few sessions with Marianne I felt confident and ready for my midterm and I got a 88%! Marianne communicates effectively, uses our time well, and can pinpoint where the disconnect is. If you want to improve your Spanish speaking ability speak with Marianne!
We have had a great experience having Marianne tutor my daughter in Spanish! She is very patient and explains things thoroughly. My daughter does not need a tutor on a weekly basis, but she needs help before tests and quizzes. She always comes away with a better understanding of the material, and feels more confident that she's prepared for her test!! Marianne is very flexible and always finds time to fit my daughter in when she needs her!! I can't say enough good things about Marianne and would highly recommend her to anyone that needs help with Spanish!!
I am very pleased so far with how my child has progressed and in her increased confidence. I think I made a great choice in Marianne and am very satisfied to date. Marianne is collaborative and encouraging with my daughter.
Things are going great. Marianne is working on all the areas we missed in Spanish 1 and 2 and will plan to move forward with the school year and assist with the new material in Spanish 3. She is patient, encouraging, positive and realistic on what we can accomplish with tutoring. Very pleased so far!
Not knowing where to turn for a Spanish tutor, I found WyzAnt. My son has had two lessons so far with Marianne and both have been wonderful learning experiences. I would highly recommend Marianne to anyone seeking a Spanish tutor!
Marianne works real well with my daughter in teaching her in her problem areas in Spanish II. She worked with her prior to taking the lessons in narrowing down where her issue areas were and focused on those areas. Her grade in Spanish went from a low C to an A. In my daughter's one hour session the first 30 minutes is going over her upcoming homework or quiz/tests and then they go over her weak areas which she found quite quickly. She gives my daughter the confidence to succeed.
Throughout the year Marianne has been a wonderful tutor to my daughter. She helped her understand how to form sentences properly in Spanish and understand the language well. My daughter went from a middle-C student to an A student and I can't thank her enough.
I have used tutors in the past for both my high school children and can state that Marianne's tutor sessions are by far the most effective. Both of my children have improved in both written as well as oral communication in the Spanish language. Test scores have improved markedly over the past several months but what is most exciting is that they both look forward to their sessions as well as recognize the value and benefits of Mariann's tutoring. Marianne not only is highly proficient in the Spanish Language, she possess the innate ability to communicate, motivate, and establish this understanding to my children. There are many people out there that have Spanish language skills, there are not many out there that are as effective at teaching as Marianne. Marianne receives 2 thumbs up and we will continue to use her and recommend her to others.
Our 10th grader was having difficulty with her Spanish homework, testing and basic understanding. These issues followed her from 9th grade. Making the decision to choose Marianne was based on her profile, private tutoring experience, love of the Spanish language and her relationships with Spanish speaking individuals. Our daughter was being taught Spanish using textbook and immersion and was having issues with grammar foundation. During and after our first session with Marianne we could see a difference in our daughter's attitude and self esteem regarding her ability to work towards getting down the basics and having a plan to work towards her level of understanding. Marianne has been supportive and inventive even when we have been unable to obtain any helpful cooperation from her high school teacher. She continues to be flexible with our schedule and works with our daughter empowering her to make tutoring decisions which builds her self confidence and ownership of the tutoring process. A few months have passed and our daughter greets us in Spanish and most conversation is in Spanish to the point that my husband and I are thinking of taking a class so we can keep up! We could not be more grateful to Marianne for working with our daughter and keeping us informed on needs and progress. She has been instrumental in helping us make the necessary steps forward.
Marianne tutored my daughter in Spanish. She was very patient, organized, and very flexible and helped her succeed in a class that she was struggling with last year. I would recommend Marianne for your student.
Marianne was very professional, efficient, and helpful. She did an excellent job of explaining why certain changes were made in my essay and how to improve my writing skills. I would strongly recommend her. Thank you so much Marianne for everything.
My son was struggling in Spanish 3 and just not enjoying the language at all. He started working with Marianne, who was extremely patient with him and taught him new ways to study/understand the language. In a 6-month time frame his grade went up an entire level and because he now really enjoys the language and understands it better he changed his senior year schedule to include Spanish 4-all on his own. Marianne was also very flexible with his schedule as he is a 2-sport varsity player and she was able to meet him after practices or on days off from school during his sports season. She was also able to provide additional tutoring prior to his finals week which helped tremendously. I would highly recommend Marianne N. to anyone who is seeking help with the Spanish language.
Marianne is a treasure! She helped my son bring his grade up five percentage point in six weeks. More importantly she helped him understand what he was doing instead of just memorizing. I highly recommend her and hope she is available if my son chooses to continue on in Spanish three. Thank you!!
My son really likes Marianne, they had a good first session. She also explained to me from an educator's standpoint why a particular set of problems was causing my son trouble, explained how children learn those skills and what I could do at home to help him. I can't thank her enough for that and am really looking forward to more upcoming sessions.
My daughter has only seen Marianne a few times, but I can already see an improvement in her attitued towards Spanish which is her most difficult subject! She is "so glad" to finally be getting the help she needs and really enjoys working with Marianne!
Marianne is tutoring the three of us who are moms, with a goal and enthusiasm to learn Spanish. We aren't working towards a test for school or required to learn the language for work. Rather we have a fun focus to learn for interest. Marianne is the perfect combination by teaching with an effective multi-disciplinary approach w/flashcards, computer, handouts and verbal, as well as reviewing past lessons and introducing new, and lastly her personality is enjoyable. The three of us are enjoying learning and recommend Marianne as a tutor. Thank you Marianne!
My son is 7 and he is not a traditional learner. Marianne finds creative ways to reach him. She plays math, reading and spelling games with him. He enjoys the game, and that helps him retain the information he learned from playing it. Marianne is always well prepared for the lesson. She takes the time to individualize the lesson for my child. It's different each week, so he doesn't lose interest. Her teaching goes beyond the hour she spends with him. She cares about my son and has given me ideas and resources to help me work with him at home. She's a great teacher.
Marianne has been tutoring my 8th grade son all summer in Spanish. She has been very effective, creative and encouraging. Not only has she increased his knowledge of Spanish, but she has also built his confidence in using the language. She always gives me an immediate, thorough description of what was covered in each lesson. I would highly recommend her!
She took great care in proofreading my paper. She broke down the idea of parallelism in a memorable way. She provided great grammatical examples that were easy to apply while writing my own papers. She was very respectful of my personal time and time-sensitive assignment.
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Because I am so detail-oriented and I have a good grasp of grammar and writing skills, I am able to recognize errors in writing that others may miss. I have been this way since I was a young girl: a 42-year-old woman told me that years ago, when she was in grade school and I was in high school, I proofread one of her papers and helped her to receive a good grade. It made such an impact that she still remembers the event to this day! More recently, I proofread a 10+ page paper for a grad student who contacted me through WyzAnt. After editing her paper, the two of us met in person to go over her errors and to help her understand the grammar rules behind my corrections. I received a very favorable response from her.
I have worked with well over one hundred Spanish students, and I specialize in helping failing students completely turn around their performance in Spanish class. I have also been a Spanish substitute in the Naperville District 203 high schools and junior highs, and I am on call as the Spanish tutor for the district's Homebound Tutoring Program.