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Leslie H.

Indianapolis, IN

$30/hour

Patient and Experienced tutor (over ten years of volunteer tutoring)

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 7/31/15
5.0 average from 15 ratings
Went above and beyond!
— Anita, Chicago, IL on 11/30/15

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Indiana University
Business Accounting

Education

Indiana University (Business Accounting)

About Leslie

I am a retired CPA and have spent almost my entire adult life helping children. I spent three years in the US Army and then went to Indiana University where I graduated magna cum laude. I was in the Big Brothers program for over twenty years. After retiring in 2000, I spent seven years as a volunteer tutoring children one on one in the Plainfield elementary school system. I volunteered at Riley Hospital for Children for about two years. I also volunteered one year at an IPS magnet school tutoring three high school students who had failed the ECA test in Algebra.

I currently volunteer at a homeless shelter in Indianapolis (Dayspring Center) and have volunteered there for the past seven years. I volunteer at the shelter whenever they need me and am currently volunteering two days a week. During the school year, I volunteer as a tutor one day a week for IPS third graders who are struggling with reading under the ReadUP program sponsored by United Way. One of my students improved more than any other student in the program last year.

I firmly believe that one of the keys to success in life is education. What I truly love about tutoring is the fact that it gives me the chance to help a child who is struggling in school. What I especially enjoy is finding a way to make learning fun for a child so that they look forward to the tutoring sessions with me.

I graduated from Indiana University magna cum laude with a degree in Business . After graduation, I passed the CPA exam and spent my entire career as a CPA.
A magnet school in Indianapolis needed an algebra teacher to help special ed students who had failed the ECA test so I volunteered to help three students pass the test. One of the problems was that the students were not interested in learning. I found a unique way to motivate them and will be glad to share that method if you are interested. Because of the unique way that I found to motivate them, they were very motivated to learn and all but one of the students passed the test. The school then contacted me to see if I could help the one student who failed., Because of other conflicts, I was unable to help him. I did meet with the principal to make sure that the student would be provided the help to pass the test.
Even though there were conflicts, I would have found a way to help that student if the principal did not assure me that he was getting the help that he needed to pass the test.

As stated previously, I have a number of years of tutoring students who are struggling in reading both in the Plainfield elementary school system as well as tutoring IPS third grade students who struggled in reading under the ReadUp program sponsored by United Way. In addition, as mentioned previously one of my students improved more than any other student at that school.


Even though I did not major in elementary education in college, I do have a number of years of experience as a volunteer helping students who are struggling in school.
One of my strongest attributes is the patience to work with a child who is struggling in school. I was not the smartest student in school but overcame that obstacle by outworking other students. I have been very successful at finding what motivates a student I am tutoring and using that knowledge to help the student learn the material being taught.

I love helping others. If I did not get tremendous satisfaction from helping others, I would not have done any volunteer work. I also love the challenge of trying to find what will motivate a student to want to learn.
As an example, when I was tutoring the students in algebra, the final time I met with them was on a Thursday before the ECA test the following week. I gave each of the students my email address and asked them to email me if they had any questions or wanted any help at all.
I was very surprised when I received an email from one of the students on Friday night at 9:00 pm. The email simply said "I need help."
I worked with that student til midnight that Friday night and answered all the questions that he had at that time. Then, I received another email from that same student on Sunday night. I then worked with him until 11:00 pm Sunday night.
I created a number of problems for the student to solve based on what he was struggling with. I then asked him to pass those problems on to the other students.
His perseverance paid off as he passed the ECA test the following week. I just felt that he would not have passed that ECA test without my help. Even though teaching those students was exasperating at times, the fact that all but one of the students passed made my efforts completely worthwhile.
I am a retired CPA and have spent almost my entire adult life helping children. I spent three years in the US Army and then went to Indiana University where I graduated magna cum laude. I was in the Big Brothers program for over twenty years. After retiring in 2000, I spent seven years as a volunteer tutoring children one on one in the Plainfield Read more

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"Went above and beyond!"

- Anita, Chicago, IL on 11/30/15
Leslie replied on 12/21/2015

It was an honor to work with her daughter. At the time that I started tutoring her, she was thinking about dropping out of the class. I am a retired CPA and, in my view, the class included material beyond the scope of an introductory course. I spent many hours going through the homework before meeting with my student. I only charge my students for the actual time that I spent tutoring them,
She worked so hard and was an excellent student to teach.
This morning she texted me with the results and her grade was higher than she expected. Rather than dropping the class and retaking the class at a later date, she now can move forward with her life. I promised her that I would help her in any other classes that were difficult for her if she wanted my help.

"Great Tutor"

- Luis, Indianapolis, IN on 7/29/16
Leslie replied on 7/30/2016

I enjoyed tutoring Luis. Luis had an obstacle that no other student of mine has ever had. He moved to the United States four years ago. As a result, English is his second language. That is the reason that there are a couple of grammatical errors in his testimonial. Because English is his second language, teaching Luis presented a unique challenge, and he and I worked very hard together to make sure that he understood the accounting concepts necessary to pass the accounting course. Whenever I tutor a student in accounting, I obtain a copy of the material before I meet with him/her. I then review the material before I meet with the student so that I can find a way to make the material easier to understand. Even though I spend many hours before meeting with my student, I only charge my student for the time that I am with the student tutoring. It is so rewarding when I have a student such as Luis who shows such gratitude for helping him complete the course. That made all the work to help Luis understand accounting and graduate from college very rewarding and worthwhile. I hope to find new students to tutor where I can help them learn as I have every student that I have tutored so far.

English:
Reading
Language:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Reading

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Algebra 1

One of my strongest subjects in school was math. That is one of the reasons that I chose to become a CPA.

Last year, I volunteered to tutor three high school special ed students in algebra who had failed the ECA test. One of my strongest attributes is patience, but my patience was severely tested in that case. The students initially did not come with their homework completed. I was eventually able to find a way which motivated them to learn. If you want, I will be glad to share those details with you. I will also share ways to more effectively take a test.

Elementary (K-6th)

First of all, I love tutoring children. If I had not loved tutoring, I would not have tutored for many years as a volunteer. Below, I describe many of my experiences as a volunteer tutor. My motivation to tutor is not financial, but is based on a desire to help my students learn.

I graduated from Indiana University magna cum laude with a major in business. I then became a certified public accountant. I worked as a certified public accountant until I retired.

I have been a volunteer tutor for many years. My first tutoring job involved my little brother in the Big Brothers program. He had no interest in school but I worked with him from grade school through high school. According to his mother he would not have graduated from high school if he had not received my help.

My second volunteer tutoring job began after I retired. I volunteered to tutor grade school children k through sixth grade. I worked with the teacher to determine what subjects I should help the child with. I tutored reading, spelling, and math one on one. What was so rewarding about tutoring these children was seeing the improvement that they made. The teacher's appreciation also helped to made the tutoring worthwhile.

After tutoring grade school children for seven years, I then responded to a request to teach algebra to students who had failed the ECA test. Unlike the tutoring that I had done in the past, I tutored three students at once. What I was not told at the time was that these students were special ed students.

Tutoring these students was the most difficult volunteering experience that I had ever encountered. The students had no interest in school and never came to the tutoring sessions prepared. One of my strengths in tutoring is my patience. I also am very creative in finding ways to motivate students.

Because I am limited to 5,000 characters, I cannot go into detail the methods that I used to motivate these
students. I will be glad to share those methods with you if you are interested. Last year I signed up for the ReadUp program sponsored by United Way. The ReadUp program targets third grade IPS students who struggle with reading. Each tutor is required to attend a ninety minute training session. The books that the students read are assigned different levels of difficulty. Following is the method the tutors are taught to determine the proper reading level for a student. After the student reads a book, the tutor holds up five fingers. The tutor then asks the students a number of questions about the book. If the student fails to answer the question correctly, the tutor puts down one finger. If the tutor has three fingers down, the book was too difficult.

As the student is reading the book, the tutor is instructed to ask questions about the content on a regular basis. If the student cannot answer the question correctly, the student is required to read the material a second time to find the correct answer. After the book is completed, the student writes a summary of the book. While the student is writing the summary, the tutor is writing an evaluation of the student's ability to read.

What makes tutoring these students so rewarding is seeing the progress that they make. Students who are in the ReadUp program are students who are struggling in school. There is a real sense of accomplishment when I see a student progressing in his/her reading skills. I tutored four IPS students last year and one of those students was recognized for improving more than any other student in the program.

Elementary Math

I have tutored children who struggle in math as a volunteer. I have also tutored as a volunteer for high school students who had failed the ECA examination.

Financial Accounting

As mentioned previously, I graduated magna cum laude with a degree in accounting from Indiana University. I then passed the CPA exam and worked as a CPA until I retired at the age of 55. I was very fortunate to have a job where I was able to retire at such an early age and pursue other interests.
I also served in the military for three years. I was assigned to work in finance while in the military.
The military sent me to finance school where my test scores were the highest of anyone in the class.

Managerial Accounting

As mentioned previously, I graduated magna cum laude with a degree in accounting from Indiana University. I then passed the CPA exam and worked as a CPA until I retired at the age of 55. I was very fortunate to have a job where I was able to retire at such an early age and pursue other interests.
I also served in the military for three years. I was assigned to work in finance while in the military.
The military sent me to finance school where my test scores were the highest of anyone in the class.

Prealgebra

One of my strongest subjects in school was math. Although I was not a math major in college, I did obtain a degree from Indiana University with highest honors and then became a CPA. A strong aptitude in math certainly helped me in my career as a CPA.
Also, as long as I have the materials that the student is taught from, I have the ability to figure out how to solve the math problems that the student is trying to solve. This came in handy when I volunteered to tutor high school students who had failed the
ECA test in algebra. The students were taught in a different manner than I was taught but I was able to adapt once I had access to the material that they were taught from.

Reading

I have been a volunteer tutor for many years (about ten years).
Last year I volunteered to tutor four students enrolled in an IPS
IPS school as a part of the Readup program sponsored by United
Way.
Before the tutoring began, United Way provided training in the most effective ways of teaching a child to read. One of my student's
reading skills as measured by testing increased more than any other student in the school.

I am a very patient person and love to find ways to make reading as much fun as possible while still helping the child improve her reading skills.

Indiana University
Business Accounting

Education

Indiana University (Business Accounting)

Went above and beyond!

Leslie has been helping my daughter with an introductory accounting class for non-majors of accounting. It has proven to be quite a challenge for her. Leslie has been very patient with her. He is sincere in his efforts to help. He has even gone as far as preparing for the tutoring sessions by reviewing her homework. I would highly recommend Leslie as a tutor!

— Anita, Chicago, IL on 11/30/15

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Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Travel policy

Leslie will travel within 20 miles of Indianapolis, IN 46241.