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Guilford College (English)
After twelve wonderful years of working with kids (from babysitting and changing diapers to substitute teaching and in-home tutoring), the most important lesson I've learned is this: everyone learns differently, and there is nothing like one-on-one personal attention to best meet the specific needs of a student and help them succeed. One of the biggest challenges facing teachers today is providing that individual attention to every student, and unfortunately, due to large class sizes, time constraints, and limited resources, this isn't always possible. What I enjoy most about tutoring is getting to know my student and finding the best way to engage and encourage them to excel. Teaching and writing (including school papers, creative writing, or application/resume help) have always been my greatest passions, and there really is nothing quite like putting the two together and passing on what I've learned, while also having fun at the same time!
As a tutor, I have worked primarily with students from kindergarten to middle school on a range of subjects (usually math, reading/writing, and science). My most advanced students have been in graduate school and required proofreading, readability, and content help on their various papers and final dissertation (I'm happy to report that each one graduated with flying colors!). Regardless of age, I consider it my purpose to reach and accommodate each individual in the most effective ways possible. Some of my younger students struggling with math, for example, showed incredible progress after using colorful foam shapes and numbers that they could see and touch. For students hoping to improve in reading and writing, I would get to know their unique personality and interests, then find a book or story that would really appeal to them. I love to think outside the box and bring creativity into my tutoring process, such as creating games, rhymes, and songs to make learning more interesting, memorable, and fun than the average day at school.
As a student, I maintained a 3.5 grade point average throughout high school and college. I was deeply involved in extracurricular activities, my favorites being Poetry Club, Philosophy Club, Drama Club, the Governor's Honors Society, and the school newspaper. Since graduating with a degree in English, I have accumulated five years of various teaching positions, including assistant teacher, substitute teacher, in-home tutor, and after- school care provider. In addition, I have been employed for seven years as a professional writer, copy editor, and proofreader with companies such as Alban Publishing, Marketing Classics Press, The Manual Makers, and NoveList. My specialties are writing (creative or academic, either works!), proofreading/grammar, and reading comprehension from kindergarten up to college level.
If this sounds like a good fit for your child, please don't hesitate to contact me! We can discuss the details of your situation, your expectations from a tutoring experience, and any questions you may have about the process. My time is very flexible and I will always work hard to fit your schedule. Good luck in your search! After twelve wonderful years of working with kids (from babysitting and changing diapers to substitute teaching and in-home tutoring), the most important lesson I've learned is this: everyone learns differently, and there is nothing like one-on-one personal attention to best meet the specific needs of a student and help them succeed. One of the
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