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John A.

Reading Specialist with Harvard Degree + 12 US Patents

Reading Specialist with Harvard Degree + 12 US Patents

$60/hour

  • 951 hours tutoring

  • Beverly, MA 01915

About John


Bio

Mr. A. had dyslexia as a child and received help from Janet Rule, one of the founders of the Orton Gillingham structured phonetics movement. His tutor was actually the wife of the Dean of Students at MIT.

While at Harvard, Mr. A. found that structured phonetics fell far short of providing all the answers for reading well and quickly. He conducted a large number of reading experiments on himself over his college career, not always with ideal results. Nevertheless, he survived. He graduated...

Mr. A. had dyslexia as a child and received help from Janet Rule, one of the founders of the Orton Gillingham structured phonetics movement. His tutor was actually the wife of the Dean of Students at MIT.

While at Harvard, Mr. A. found that structured phonetics fell far short of providing all the answers for reading well and quickly. He conducted a large number of reading experiments on himself over his college career, not always with ideal results. Nevertheless, he survived. He graduated in 1968 with a B.A. in American History and a desire to improve reading.

Mr. A. decided he would become a professional inventor and solve a number of educational related issues, applying his theory of creativity to education. In the mid 80's Mr. A. wrote a structured phonetics course to help his then young daughter and other people learn to read.

By 1990 Mr. A. saw that he could finish his dream of building a tool to process any text in a way that would enable troubled readers to read at grade level, fast and well, and also help average and good readers become excellent readers. For the last twenty-five years he has focused his creative energy on solving reading issues with this new technology. Proportional Reading is the name for this new approach and the software Mr. A. wrote to empower students to do these things.

Mr. A. has spoken nationally and regionally at a number of conferences and has worked with a number of schools in the U.S.A. He was flown to Washington, DC to receive the national award for helping Dyslexics. He has also been invited frequently to other countries as a reading consultant, most notably Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Czechoslovakia.

Mr. A. also worked with The University of Massachusetts (Boston) and a major textbook publisher to improve student reading of nursing textbooks, using his software.

In the spring and summer of 2018 Mr. A. designed a new way to teach reading improvement, using video conferencing, specially designed for 1on1 teaching to both individuals and group classes, done live, long distance, over the Internet, anywhere in the country.


Education

Harvard College
American History

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Elementary Education

Phonics,

Phonics

I specialize in teaching with phonic tools I developed. These are very easy to use. Progress is rapid. My Phonics program is fun to practice independently at home, either by yourself or with your parents. The entire structured phonetic program is on two sides of one piece of paper. In addition, there are accompanying files of real human voice.
Reading,

Reading

My approach starts with reading great literature a phrase at a time, ahead of hearing the text read out loud, This is ideal for overcoming 8 Bad Reading Habits. Then students read out loud a punctuation interval at a time, again ahead of computer voice; this is ideal for developing fluency and thinking about questions being asked and answered. Then students read a sentence at a time silently as they hear the text read; this is ideal for learning how to read well at grade level. Finally, students start to read silently ahead of spoken voice; this teaches reading at college level speed and comprehension. Each step in this progression is accompanied by appropriate instruction.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

My approach to building vocabulary is multidimensional and root based. My students improve their reading ability as they learn the words. The words are taught in groups involving a common root. My approach greatly enhances general knowledge, critical thinking, and test taking skills. My students also learn how to build their own vocabulary file as they read great literature.

English

ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have spent many years tutoring students from other countries to improve their reading comprehension and speaking, including for the ACT. I use a progression of specialized text formats. My approach improves writing as you improve reading. I also focus on building vocabulary and using one's auditory memory to answer questions.
Reading,

Reading

My approach starts with reading great literature a phrase at a time, ahead of hearing the text read out loud, This is ideal for overcoming 8 Bad Reading Habits. Then students read out loud a punctuation interval at a time, again ahead of computer voice; this is ideal for developing fluency and thinking about questions being asked and answered. Then students read a sentence at a time silently as they hear the text read; this is ideal for learning how to read well at grade level. Finally, students start to read silently ahead of spoken voice; this teaches reading at college level speed and comprehension. Each step in this progression is accompanied by appropriate instruction.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

The State of Massachusetts financed Mr. A as a demonstration site for all the schools in the State. He worked with nine schools on Cape Cod and many thousands of students and over 200 teachers, often working in individual classrooms for six months at a time. Quite frankly, this was an extremely rare opportunity in American Education, if not totally unique. Thousands of these elementary school students helped him debug his software program. Every night he would improve his program and counter any ways the young students had found to disrupt it. After a while it was debugged. His students were in third place as the most improved class in the state on the state MCAS test.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

My approach to building vocabulary is multidimensional and root based. My students improve their reading ability as they learn the words. The words are taught in groups involving a common root. My approach greatly enhances general knowledge, critical thinking, and test taking skills. My students also learn how to build their own vocabulary file as they read great literature.

Homeschool

Reading,

Reading

My approach starts with reading great literature a phrase at a time, ahead of hearing the text read out loud, This is ideal for overcoming 8 Bad Reading Habits. Then students read out loud a punctuation interval at a time, again ahead of computer voice; this is ideal for developing fluency and thinking about questions being asked and answered. Then students read a sentence at a time silently as they hear the text read; this is ideal for learning how to read well at grade level. Finally, students start to read silently ahead of spoken voice; this teaches reading at college level speed and comprehension. Each step in this progression is accompanied by appropriate instruction.
SAT Reading

SAT Reading

The State of Massachusetts financed Mr. A as a demonstration site for all the schools in the State. He worked with nine schools on Cape Cod and many thousands of students and over 200 teachers, often working in individual classrooms for six months at a time. Quite frankly, this was an extremely rare opportunity in American Education, if not totally unique. Thousands of these elementary school students helped him debug his software program. Every night he would improve his program and counter any ways the young students had found to disrupt it. After a while it was debugged. His students were in third place as the most improved class in the state on the state MCAS test.

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Reading

Reading

My approach starts with reading great literature a phrase at a time, ahead of hearing the text read out loud, This is ideal for overcoming 8 Bad Reading Habits. Then students read out loud a punctuation interval at a time, again ahead of computer voice; this is ideal for developing fluency and thinking about questions being asked and answered. Then students read a sentence at a time silently as they hear the text read; this is ideal for learning how to read well at grade level. Finally, students start to read silently ahead of spoken voice; this teaches reading at college level speed and comprehension. Each step in this progression is accompanied by appropriate instruction.

Special Needs

Dyslexia,

Dyslexia

I received the National Award for helping people with Dyslexia. Half of these people have ADHD. I am myself a student of Orton Gillingham. I have tutored many hundreds of people with Dyslexia.
Phonics

Phonics

I specialize in teaching with phonic tools I developed. These are very easy to use. Progress is rapid. My Phonics program is fun to practice independently at home, either by yourself or with your parents. The entire structured phonetic program is on two sides of one piece of paper. In addition, there are accompanying files of real human voice.

Summer

Reading

Reading

My approach starts with reading great literature a phrase at a time, ahead of hearing the text read out loud, This is ideal for overcoming 8 Bad Reading Habits. Then students read out loud a punctuation interval at a time, again ahead of computer voice; this is ideal for developing fluency and thinking about questions being asked and answered. Then students read a sentence at a time silently as they hear the text read; this is ideal for learning how to read well at grade level. Finally, students start to read silently ahead of spoken voice; this teaches reading at college level speed and comprehension. Each step in this progression is accompanied by appropriate instruction.

Test Preparation

ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have spent many years tutoring students from other countries to improve their reading comprehension and speaking, including for the ACT. I use a progression of specialized text formats. My approach improves writing as you improve reading. I also focus on building vocabulary and using one's auditory memory to answer questions.
SAT Reading

SAT Reading

The State of Massachusetts financed Mr. A as a demonstration site for all the schools in the State. He worked with nine schools on Cape Cod and many thousands of students and over 200 teachers, often working in individual classrooms for six months at a time. Quite frankly, this was an extremely rare opportunity in American Education, if not totally unique. Thousands of these elementary school students helped him debug his software program. Every night he would improve his program and counter any ways the young students had found to disrupt it. After a while it was debugged. His students were in third place as the most improved class in the state on the state MCAS test.

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Fantastic Teacher

Our daughter has struggled with reading despite achieving high grades in school. She insisted on getting help prior to starting high school. Within a few minutes of reading with our daughter, John was able to pinpoint her problem and suggested strategies that worked immediately. We highly recommend John!

Mary, 3 lessons with John

John is a very effective teacher!

I never knew there would be a solution for my son getting bored when he’s not interested in the reading material--but apparently there is! The way John teaches reading--it’s impossible to find any reading material boring! It’s that good and effective! I highly recommend him!

Isaiah, 5 lessons with John

He helped my grandson see how he can improve.

In a short time, John showed my grandson where his brain could improve his reading...He quickly heard the mistakes and offered corrections. In future lessons I’m sure there will be more improvements.

Pat, 9 lessons with John

Very knowledgable, Patient Tutor!

John has been great with my daughter! He is very patient, works with Addison at her pace, but teaches skills for her to improve at a fast rate! Highly Recommended!

Alex, 30 lessons with John

Knowledgeable and approachable

John taught Micky (my son) about the SAT Written Essay and how to prepare. My son tells me that John went over the general format of the SAT test, John related to Micky exceptionally well and he building his confidence how to develop discussions, how an author builds his argument effectively. We have been working with John for about 6-7 weeks and he is helping my son tremendously.

Wasse, 27 lessons with John

Patient Tutor

John is helping my son with his fluency and his auditory memory! This is something he definitely needs to work on so I am glad that he is working on his weaknesses. I know that working with John will definitely help my son and help him with his reading and comprehension skills! Thanks, John!!!

Deanna, 19 lessons with John

Patient and knowledgeable

Taught Evan on how to improve his vocabulary. Evan is already using the knowledge acquired from John in a span of 2 lectures to improve on his scores. Happy so far!

Bunmi, 4 lessons with John

Great Teacher

I am a sophomore in high school. John really helped my reading a lot even only after the first 2 hours. I’m even starting to enjoy reading although I hated it before our first lesson. His methods seemed to work well mentally and reading has since become a tiny bit clearer and easier even after just one lesson.

Alexis, 3 lessons with John

Excellent teacher

John has been a God send in helping my son gain confidence in himself and his reading abilities. John has taught him that he is not alone & can manage whatever comes his way. We love him!

Heather, 5 lessons with John
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John A.

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