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I have a master's degree in K-6th grade education. I also have an MBA. I'm a big believer that learning should be relevant and fun. I'm also very patient. I have tutored math for a friend's grandson and have tutored English as a second language. I believe we can learn mostly anything--just as long as we're willing to put in the work to do it! I also believe in figuring out if there's some learning disability causing problems with a subject or if the student just thinks s/he can't learn something or maybe was out sick and missed some crucial lessons and never quite caught up, or if a student needs better study habits. I am sensitive to building a more positive ego through genuine positive strokes to increase a person's self esteem. I believe success comes in small steps. I love seeing the light bulb come on when a person "gets it". I love meeting new people and building a relationship. We learn better from teachers we have a connection with and even like. I look forward to meeting you! I have a master's degree in K-6th grade education. I also have an MBA. I'm a big believer that learning should be relevant and fun. I'm also very patient. I have tutored math for a friend's grandson and have tutored … Read more
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I have an M.B.A. and 25+ years of experience working with high-tech companies in Silicon Valley--in Northern California. I completed a successful career in marketing and public relations for technical products-- specifically, semiconductor chips and computer applications software.
I have a Master's degree from Columbia University Teachers College and a permanently valid New York State teaching license for K-6th grade. I have taught 6th grade and 2nd grade. I prefer tutoring on a one-on-one basis. It is much easier to experience success with one student than with 30 students. Plus, the many distractions and behavior issues so common to a typical public school classroom have been removed from a one-on-one teaching relationship.
The beauty of math is that there's only one correct answer and there are several different ways to arrive at that answer and several different ways to check that you have the right answer. I like the precision of math and helping a student to reach that aha moment and truly understand what a problem is asking, how you might go about finding the answer, and then giving it a reality check by asking yourself "Does this make sense?" And then lastly, double checking your answer to make sure that mathematically it is the correct answer.
English is said to be one of the most difficult languages to learn. There are more "exceptions to the rules" than other languages--in terms of the spelling and pronunciation of words, as well as in appropriate tense usage and sentence structure. People who have English as their first or only language need to recognize how difficult it might be to learn as a second language. We need to be more patient, as well as provide helpful tools to the ESL student, on how to best learn English.
Grammar is another tool for learning English and how to write. It can seem tedious and boring to some folks, but if you find ways to make a game of learning the rules, it can be very enjoyable. It also gives you the foundation for constructing a sentence correctly. You ask yourself: "What's the subject, what's the verb, is the additional word modifying/describing the noun or the verb, what structure does a word modifying a verb have to have, etc. Grammar is an essential part of learning to speak and to write correctly. It is the mark of a "well-educated" person.
Phonics, or learning to sound out words, is a must tool for learning how to read. The other tool is learning words by sight or memorization. Phonics enables you to sound out words you know, but it also allows you to sound out words you don't know. Students who learn to use both tools, usually read better than students who just learn to read using phonics only or sight reading only. Students who have a good foundation in phonics read much better than students taught primarily using the sight recognition method. A good phonics foundation at least gives the reader a chance to sound out a word and possibly recognize it or make an educated guess as to what the word is.
Reading is an essential part of life--particularly for professional success, and secondarily for social success. Reading has the ability to introduce a student to many new experiences, new worlds, new insights. Reading can be for informational purposes or just for pure enjoyment. However, if an individual has not had success with reading, it is unlikely that reading will be very enjoyable. It is the challenge of the tutor/teacher to assess the underlying reasons and issues why a student has not acquired good reading skills and to find various approaches to motivate the student and to build up those skills, as well as build up the student's confidence. A person who cannot read well is likely to have a poor self-concept. Increasing reading proficiency will improve the student's self-concept. And improving a student's self-concept will help him or her to take risks and will increase his or her reading skills. It is also important to assess whether or not a student has some physical limitation to learning to read well, such as some form of dyslexia. An effective tutor needs to have good assessment skills and then be creative in coming up with different approaches to resolving the problem successfully, for each individual student. Above all, learning needs to be fun!
We need to dispel the myth that good spelling is a function of intelligence--that if you're a poor speller, you're not very intelligent. This is simply not true! There are many tools and "rules" that can be taught which will help a student's spelling capabilities tremendously. Phonics is one tool. And pure memorization is another tool. For a student who can picture the correct spelling of a word in his "mind's eye," the challenge is more manageable. For a student whose mind's eye camera is not fully functional, such as with a student who has dyslexia, suggesting that the student "picture the word in his mind's eye" will not help. With that student, different tools for successful spelling will need to be addressed. One way to increase a student's spelling ability is to have the student read more, to look up words in a dictionary while he is reading. Again, the tutor first needs to assess what each individual student's problems are which hold him back from being a good speller. The good "problem-solving" tutor then needs to come up with individualized solutions to shoring up each student's spelling skills.
Increasing a person's vocabulary is very much tied in with how much the person reads, how often he is willing to look up words while he is reading, to memorize the words, to use the words in a sentence. And then using the word frequently will help the individual learn that word. A person can also increase his vocabulary by listening for new words another individual uses, and once again, be willing to look those words up as well, memorize them, use them in their own sentence, and then use the word frequently at the beginning, to imprint that word on his brain. This is how a person increases their vocabulary. A more expanded vocabulary will also assist a student in his writing skills and his speaking skills.
Many people hate to write. They don't feel confident in being grammatically correct, in putting a good sentence together, in forming a good paragraph, in telling a good story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Fortunately, those are all skills that can be learned. People generally don't like doing something they feel they don't do well. It's not very ego-building to have to participate in an exercise you feel you fail miserably at. By shoring up these building block skills--spelling, grammar, sentence structure, hearing a rhythm to a sentence, etc., a student can improve his writing. He can build up his confidence to the point where he doesn't cringe at the thought of having to write a paper. Down the line, he might even accumulate enough positive writing experiences where he looks forward to a writing assignment. Of course, that change in attitude takes hard work and commitment by the student, and occurs over an extended period of time.