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Indiana University, Bloomington (English)
St. Meinrad School of Theology (Master's)
Rio Salado - Post Bac Teaching Certification & Math coursework; Oakton Comm College Math coursework (Enrolled)
Hi. My name is Mark. I am an experienced teacher, tutor and paraprofessional. I have worked with learners from 1st and 2nd grade to their mid-late 20's.
Elementary Math, Reading, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, College Basic Math, GED preparation, SAT and ACT Math, Algebra2, all are areas where I can help you or your child gain confidence and develop content mastery.
"If the learner hasn't learned, the teacher hasn't taught" was a message of one of my Education professors. These words have guided me in the classroom and in tutoring.
Working with you or your child my focus is first to see the learner "gets it", then to guide their practice. Further independent and guided practice will hopefully result in increased self-efficacy, long-term retention and ultimately content mastery.
I look forward to speaking with you regarding how I may help you or your child work toward your educational goal. Hi. My name is Mark. I am an experienced teacher, tutor and paraprofessional. I have worked with learners from 1st and 2nd grade to their mid-late 20's.
Elementary Math, … Read more
Mark is a great tutor. He has been working with our daughter in Algebra 2 for the past 3 months and her grade has improved by 15%. She has a better understanding and feels more confident in her test taking skills. We would recommend Mark to anyone who is needing help in Math.
Mark was able to quickly identify the area my daughter needed help with. He gave specific suggestions on what exercises she could do at home to improve her skills. Additionally, his written follow up was concise and helpful.
We started with Mark in December 2014, a few weeks before finals. My son had a low D and after a few weeks with Mark he got a C for the semester grade. My son looks forward to his sessions with Mark, his teaching style is laid back and calm. He even checks in with me after quizzes and tests to see how my son did. He truly cares about his students. Mark is very accommodating with meeting times and is punctual. My son is more confident with the math and has been using various apps and websites that Mark has shown him to practice. We will continue with Mark, and I would recommend him to anyone who needs help with Math or other subjects listed on Mark's page.
Mark has been working with my son for a few weeks now and my son has shown so much improvement. He is so much more confident. We will continue our sessions with mark. He is also very accommodating to our schedule.
Mark has truly been a godsend. He has tutored my 7th grade nephew for over a year and I have seen a huge progress in my nephew's ability to work though problems and in his academic progress. Mark goes above and beyond any expectations I had - he has even offered to contact teachers! Mark takes a true interest in the success of my nephew and he has great skills as a tutor.
Mark has now been working with my nephew for three years. My nephew just started high school and thanks to Mark, he is in accelerated Algebra 2 and accelerated Geometry as a freshman. Mark is incredibly diligent, patient, and really seems to care about my nephew's success.
Been working with Mark for two months now. My son's grade in Geometry before Mark's arrival was a failing grade of 50%. After some retake work on a quiz and test his overall grade is now up to 69%. The first attempts for a passing grade on quiz's and tests would have been nice, but with everything my son has failed to understand in the first two quarters. Mark has been challenged to recover that course work while also staying on top of the current homework topic and prepare for upcoming finals. As of today a second attempt on a failed quiz he scored a 72% and on a failed test he scored a 84%. Not out of the woods yet, but we are headed in the right direction. This is why I have Mark stopping by twice a week.
I was having trouble passing certain areas on the new basic skills test, TAP. I was just a few points away from an acceptable score for my teaching certification and Mark helped me get the score needed. I had not taken a Math class in over 11 years and needed much refreshing and Mark found a way to make math come right back to me. He explained concepts and showed examples of how to work step by step through problems and equations. He was always on time and very easy to communicate with. He also has a lot of new IPAD technology that makes it easier to interact and do work. Overall 10/10.
Mark S. has been tutoring my fourth-grade daughter for several months. He is very punctual and personable. She enjoys her sessions and has made remarkable progress, especially in math. He makes learning fun and she is motivated by her success. She especially enjoys some of the iPad apps he uses. We are very pleased and plan to continue tutoring over the summer.
Even though I consider myself well versed in math and algebra Mark has been able to bring a different perspective to my son - we started in 8th grade and he is now a freshman. Mark has been a great addition to our son's study plan.
Mark is currently tutoring my daughter in College Math. He is extremely patient and a great teacher, and my daughter looks forward to their sessions. She says she is understanding concepts in math that she never could before. I can see that he is building up her math confidence and she is feeling better about herself in this area than she ever has. His schedule is flexible and he comes right to the house for sessions. He even went so far as to find and send us worksheets until we had an appropriate textbook from which to work. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mark to anyone needing a tutor.
We were looking for a tutor to help our son be better prepared for high school algebra. He lacked confidence in math and had some areas he really struggled with. We chose Mark from his excellent reviews and we were not disappointed. In fact, Mark is better than we thought possible. We've had experience with Sylvan Learning Center with our other son and felt it was a huge waste of time and money, so we were not sure what to expect with a private tutor. In contrast, this experience was so wonderful, and it was one of the best investments we've made in both time and money. By the end of the first one-hour session, Mark had identified our son's problem areas and started making a difference in them without hours of special testing before hand. Mark made recommendations as to how to approach the "holes" our son had and gave us a couple of options. He continually communicated with us to assess if he was "on track" with what we expected and what our son needed. He was always doing even better than we hoped or expected. He was also very accommodating with our crazy schedules. Before meeting Mark, our son was not happy about the prospect of having a tutor or having to do math in summer. After the first session with Mark, he not only had more confidence in math, but was actually excited about the revelations he had when concepts finally "clicked". Mark was very conscientious about hitting that perfect area of challenging, but not overwhelming and made the most of their time together. Over the summer, our son had a total of about 10 sessions with Mark. He is now actually confident about algebra and seems to be looking forward to it. The change is amazing! I cannot tell you how many times I could hear the "lightbulb go on" during their sessions as our son grasped things that frustrated him in the past. I highly recommend Mark and look forward to working with him if needed in the future!! Thank you, Mark! What a blessing you've been!
My daughter was having real problems with math. It took the first semester for me to notice she was having a problem. I went on Wyzant and researched a lot and looked for someone who is patient and reliable. So I called Mark, at this point, Mark and I sat down and really focused on a game plan on how to help my child. My daughter was in a regular geometry class but the teacher is an AP instructor for all her other math classes and that is how she taught this one. My daughter was failing. So Mark and I talked and we changed teachers. Between Mark and her new teacher I have to say it made a world of difference. My daughter went from a 20% in the class starting out to a 70%. Wow! Thank you Mark for all your patience, persistence, and just being there for her.
Mark has been such a wonderful tutor in Algebra, Geometry and in World Literature\L.A.! You are a real angel and have made a huge impact with your tutoring. Thank you for making learning fun, interesting and being a part of a great accomplishment!
Mark was wonderful as I worked so hard to finish College Algebra. His hours were flexible and because of his help, I not only got a final grade of A in the class, I got 100% on my final!
My daughter was so motivated after her first lesson with Mark. He was patient, encouraging and just simply good with her. We will be scheduling further lessons with Mark.
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I hold a B.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington with a minor in U.S. History.
My completed college coursework includes:
American History I
American History II
American Social History 1865 to present
American Frontier II
The Presidents and the Press
Seminar in Women's History
I have an Illinois substitute teaching certificate and NCLB (No Child Left Behind) highly-qualified Para-professional certificate. I hold a B.A. from Indiana University in English and an MA from St. Meinrad. For Sacred Heart Academy in Rockford IL I was a part-time teacher (Geometry and 3,4/5 Math) for two years. Also I was a long term substitute teacher for elementary, covering for a maternity leave.
Two years taught Honors Geometry
Long-term substitute teacher, Geometry
I have 4 years' experience working as a tutor, teacher and paraprofessional of students with special needs.
My experience includes working with students with emotional disability, AD/HD, learning disability and intellectual disability, autism, and developmental delay.
By way of qualifications for tutoring Study Skills, I have earned a high school diploma, a college B.A. and a graduate school M.A.
I have also completed upwards of 40 hours post-graduate online coursework with a 4.0 g.p.a. and I have many hours of tutoring experience, over 300 hours with WyzAnt alone.
My completed English undergraduate coursework from Indiana University includes:
Introduction to Writing and Study of Literature I
Reading and Learning Techniques
Intensive Writing (2x)
Elementary Composition I
English Literature to 1600
19th Century British Fiction
American Literature 1800-1865
Studies in American Culture
English Literature from 1600 to 1800
Seminar: British and American Authors - Mark Twain
American Literature 1865-1914
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