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Bradley University (Graduate Coursework)
I am interested in working with adults as well as children. I have been particularly successful improving spoken English as a second language.
Children are a joy to teach one on one. There are three things important to my tutoring approach with children.
I see your child as an individual. I want to learn what makes your child unique, what his special interests and talents are, and use these "topics" when working together.
Even though tutoring requires some structure, no subject needs to be a dull activity. I will make things as creative and thought-provoking as possible. Learning is a journey.
I am consistent and positive. I believe praise makes children try harder. No child is a failure. I can usually energize a student if he is not excited about an assignment or a concept. If one approach doesn't work, we'll try something different.
I teach with my heart and my head. I put my passion into my teaching as well as my knowledge because I love to help children and adults grow. I am interested in working with adults as well as children. I have been particularly successful improving spoken English as a second language.
Children are a joy to teach one on one. There are three things important to
Judy carefully assessed my areas that need improvement and assigned appropriate homework. I feel inspired by her attitude and I am confident that I on a good track for improving my English.
Thank you for your kind words! You are a determined learner and you are a joy to be with.
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I am a life long Lutheran and I have led Bible Studies in my church for over 20 years. I have also written and presented day long retreats for the women of my church. I belong to a monthly Bible Study group. I feel strongly that if you provide me with materials appropriate for the student, I can communicate the study well.
I have a BA degree from Bradley University with a major in English and a minor in Education, and I am certified by the State of Illinois to teach grades 6-12. I taught English and Writing at Bergan (Notre Dame) High School in Peoria. I taught Survey of early and late English Literature for juniors and seniors which included Chaucer, Shakespeare, Victorian and Romantic Poetry. I taught sophomores genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, novel, short story, journalism, and drama (including Shakespeare).
I have a BA degree from Bradley University with a major in English and a minor in Education and I am certified by the State of Illinois to teach grades 6-12. I taught English and Writing at Bergan High School (now Notre Dame). I have also taken these skills into home tutoring for District #150.
I have broadened my skills by voluntarily training with a Special Ed teacher who taught at Bradley and supervised student teachers for Bradley. I learned a great deal from her. She claims I successfully helped teach students to read and write in her Lutheran Social Services’ After School Tutoring Program. These children were first to fourth graders. She states that I was “creative and enthusiastic and gave young children the confidence to be able to write.” I have confidence that I am successful teaching young students. Peoria's District #150 frequently assigned me to home tutor first to third graders because of my effectiveness in this area.
I love Microsoft Publisher. I have used Publisher for fifteen years creating programs, business cards, newsletters, bookmarks, invitations, fliers, brochures, and posters. I’ve prepared materials for schools, churches, nursing homes, and performing groups.
I took an advanced speech course during college. While teaching high school English, I regularly gave auditorium lectures to 100-plus sophomores as well as in the classroom. I have been keynote speaker at Lutheran Women’s conferences and synod gatherings as well as private groups and women's retreats. Part of my job as a nursing home activity coordinator was speaking to groups of people every day.
My experience includes teaching high school English in the classroom as well as private tutoring in grades 1-12 including Special Ed.
Time management is important. We’ll make a chart together showing the student’s daily routine for the week including a list of things he does or has planned each day. This includes TV time, talking on the phone, listening to music or playing with the dog. I then suggest pockets of time that would allow the student to keep doing the things he likes but shave off time here and there to create a niche of time for doing an assignment. For example, ask the student where he can find 15-20 minutes in the day to review vocabulary words or write an introductory paragraph to an upcoming assignment. The chart is helpful because it is good to see priorities in print.
Memorization is a part of testing but is difficult for many. We can come up with rhymes, catch phrases and acronymns to help. Some facts can be sung to a familiar melody. This is a creative thing to do together.
Note taking is an important thing to learn for the upper grades. We can practice. It is impossible to write down everything a teacher says while lecturing! Your child will learn how to listen and write down key points as I “lecture” on a topic. For practice, topics can be amusing. As I go along, I will repeat the most important words to write down. Reviewing before tests includes material in the students’ notes.
Organization is important. We will discuss what materials the student needs to have in front of him before we begin. This could be a text, paper and pencil but also include notes taken from our previous study. I welcome questions at the beginning and end of each session if the student is unclear about the content in general or what is expected of him.
The wonderful advantage of tutoring is to focus on the specific needs of each student and compliment each effort. Praise and encouragement is essential.