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Andrea S.

Framingham, MA

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Wellesley College
Spanish
Boston University - School of Education
Master's

Education

Wellesley College (Spanish)

Boston University - School of Education (Master's)

About Andrea

I have a masters in special education from Boston University and have been tutoring a variety of subjects to students of all ages for 25 years. My masters degree gives me knowledge of many learning styles and learning disabilities. My masters thesis research focused on ESL students and reading disorders.

I try to tailor each tutoring session to the individual student and have in the past created courses and home school curricula. I am also a level 1 certified Wilson tutor and am developing a specialty in teaching reading
I have a masters in special education from Boston University and have been tutoring a variety of subjects to students of all ages for 25 years. My masters degree gives me knowledge of many learning styles and learning disabilities. My masters thesis research focused on ESL students and Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Framingham, MA 01701
Background Check: Passed

"Patient and great with teenage boys"

- Annette, Ashland, MA on 5/29/15

"Patient, kind tutor"

- Cameron, Sudbury, MA on 12/21/15

"Very understanding"

- Heather, Milford, MA on 8/9/15

"Makes learning fun!"

- Alison, Weston, MA on 10/20/11

"Tutor who sets clear expectations WITH the student!"

- Mary, Newton Upper Falls, MA on 9/19/11
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Elementary Math,
Geometry,
Logic, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
Anatomy, Biology
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GED,
GRE, ISEE,
LSAT, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT,
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish,
TOEFL
History:
Social Studies
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Autism, Dyslexia,
Phonics,
Special Needs
Business:
GRE, Law

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

As a Certified Special Educator, I have been working with ADD/ADHD students for over 25 years. I hold a Masters Degree is Special Education and have taken methodology courses that focus on helping students cope with the challenges of the classroom environment. I have taught these students in the public school system setting and in private tutoring assignments.
In addition, I have taken professional development courses focusing on strategies designed to help these students maintain concentration in the classroom environment.

Algebra 1

I have tutored Algebra for over 25 years to students with a variety of learning issues and styles. Over the years, I have become familiar with a variety of teaching methods. I have the ability to explain algebra by making connections with other types of math in ways that many students find helpful.

Algebra 2

I have been tutoring all types of math for over 25 years. I have taught algebra 2 both as part of SAT prep and a supplement to classroom work. I have even designed advanced math instruction for students with learning disabilities. I have access to a variety of specialized materials and am able to design uniquely individualized lesson plans.

Dyslexia

I'm a Wilson certified tutor with a Master's Degree in special education and have been working with dyslexic students for many years. I am also very familiar with the ways in which dyslexia affects the learning process in other subjects. I currently have several dyslexic students and tutor them not only in reading, but also in math and other academic subjects where the reading difficulties have affected their ability to make adequate progress.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been tutoring elementary school students for 25 years and am thus very familiar with all aspects of the elementary curriculum. As a certified special educator I am also familiar with program like Touchmath which are designed to help struggling students. My graduate research focused on the teaching of reading, so I also very familiar with programs like Foundations.

As a long time employee of the Museum of Science in Boston, I have taught many hands on science workshops and courses for students in grades k-6. I really enjoy working with this group of children and as someone who has developed a wide variety of curriculum materials for classes and home-school situations I believe I have a great deal to offer.

Elementary Math

I have been tutoring elementary subjects for over 25 years. I have had extensive hands on experience teaching math and science through the Museum of Science in Boston. I am also trained in the use of Touchmath, a remedial math program for elementary students.

Elementary Science

I taught Elementary Science classes at the Museum of Science in Boston Massachusetts for 5 years. The museum focused on teaching hands on experience activities in the areas of, animal biology, flight and physics. I developed some of the curriculum activities. I have also developed curriculum for home schooled science students.

English

The early part of my teaching career focused on teaching English to students of all ages, from a variety of language backgrounds. Over the years I have used a myriad of writing and editing techniques, including, several different types of note-taking methodologies and strategies designed to improve written expression.

ESL/ESOL

ESOL/ESL students have been a large part of my 25 years of teaching and tutoring experience. I volunteered, student taught and later taught at the Red Oak After School Program, a program in Boston that provides homework help and English classes to Cantonese speaking students. I also spent one of my college summers teaching individualized English classes to Mass General Hospital employees from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Much of my Masters coursework and research has also focused on ESL students. I took classes in second language acquisition and bilingual education. My research projects focused on assessing language based learning disabilities in students for whom English is a second language. I really enjoy working with ESL students and think that my wide range of experiences gives me the ability to work well with this group of students.

GED

Over the past 10 years I have helped a number of students prepare for this test. In that time, I have not only become familiar with the material on that exam, but also developed a number of effective strategies to boost test scores.

I have a Masters Degree in Special Education. I specialize in helping learning disabled students pass standardized exams such as the GED.

Geometry

As part of my student teaching experience, I designed a geometry and measurement unit for use with ninth graders. Over the past 20 years of my teaching career, I have taught a great deal of geometry as part of preparing students for standardized tests such as the SAT where these concepts play an important role.

Handwriting

Having worked with students who have a variety of learning disabilities, I have extensive experience teaching not only letter recognition in the reading context, but handwriting as a step toward letter recognition and spelling. I have worked with a number of remedial handwriting programs, including, Handwriting Without Tears and Fundations, a Wilson Program component.

ISEE

Over the past 10 years, I have helped several students successfully prepare for the private school entrance exams. While there are a limited amount of practice exam materials and resources available at each level, I have been able to find or develop appropriate practice problems on my own. Therefore, I am able to tailor study sessions and material to individual student's needs.

Phonics

As a teacher of students with language based learning disabilities, I am very familiar with phonics and several phonics based approached to reading. I am level 1 certified in the Wilson Language Training Program. I am also very familiar with the general elementary school phonics curriculum.

Prealgebra

As a Certified Special Education teacher, math is one of the areas to which I devote a majority of tutoring practice. Many special needs students struggle with prealgebra skills. I have developed extensive strategies and techniques for teaching these skills to students across a broad range of ability. Over the past 10 years I have used several remedial math programs including, but not limited to, Touch Math, Ten Marks and Cloud Nine.

Proofreading

My two specialties are in working with students who are dyslexic and those who speak English as a second language. For both these groups of students, spelling and grammar issues are major considerations. Although these students must be taught differently, the need to focus on these areas with students, makes me aware of the types of errors common in proofreading. Thus. I have expertise not only in correcting these errors, but also explaining them.

Reading

I have extensive experience teaching reading to both children and adults. I am a Level 1 certified Wilson Language training tutor and have done graduate level research on dyslexia and the teaching of reading. I am also familiar with various Lindamood-Bell programs.

SAT Math

I have been preparing students for the SAT for the last 15 years as a private tutor. As a result, I am thoroughly familiar with the material covered on the test. I have developed a wide variety of test-taking strategies that effectively boost student scores.

As a professional educator with a Masters Degree in Education, with classroom experience in the public school system, I have hands on experience with a wide range of methodologies for teaching math and tailoring instruction to students with unique needs and challenges. I specialize in working with special needs students.

SAT Reading

I have been helping students prepare for the SAT for over 25 years. I am familiar with all aspects of the test, as well as how it has changed over time. I have also developed proven strategies that improve scores for students for whom standard test taking techniques may be less effective. In the reading sections I also spend some time on vocabulary building techniques that are useful during and beyond the test.

SAT Writing

I have been preparing students for the SAT for over 15 years. I have a Masters Degree in Education and devoted a significant amount of graduate study to the teaching of English Language Learners. These courses are instrumental in providing background knowledge for the skills necessary in writing an essay for a standardized test like the SAT. They also provide a solid foundation and techniques for teaching some of the grammar and writing skills tested on the SAT.

Spanish

I majored in Spanish at Wellesley College with a minor in Education. I studied Spanish literature from medieval Spain and modern texts from a variety of countries in Latin America. I also took a graduate course in Don Quixote. I have also done occasional in-person translation and campus tours for Spanish speaking visitors.

Special Needs

I have a master's in special education and have been working with special needs students for over 25 years. I am a Wilson certified tutor and currently have a number of dyslexic students. In the past, I've also worked with students on the autistic spectrum, although my greatest experience is with students who have language-based learning disabilities. My master's research focused on identifying learning disabilities in students for whom English is a second language. I have also worked with students on the gifted end of the special education spectrum. I have provided lessons for children being homeschooled both because of severe dyslexia and because despite being of kindergarten age, the student was able to do second and third grade work. The most important principle of my educational philosophy is to adapt my instruction to a particular student's special needs. My extensive exposure and strong interest in the special needs population make me uniquely qualified to work with this group of students.

SSAT

I enjoy preparing students for the SSAT. Over the past 10 years I have prepared students across a wide range of ability levels for this exam. My lessons make extensive use of practice exams to monitor progress so that my students not only become familiar with both the structure of the exam and the skills required to pass.

Study Skills

As a certified special education teacher, I am familiar with a wide variety of study skills and techniques that can assist students with a variety of learning styles. Teaching study skill is an integral part of every lesson I teach. Strong study skills training is valuable for all students and is an important part of the learning process. Some common techniques I use include, graphic organizers, various note taking techniques, and the use of memorization games and activities to improve knowledge acquisition and retention through activation of multiple pathways in the brain.

TOEFL

I have worked with students of all ages for whom English is a second language for 20 years. I am also very familiar with the techniques for success on standardized testing and with the TOEFL. I have developed some of my own preparation strategies and can tailor my instruction to individual students. Although I enjoy working with students from many backgrounds I have extensive experience with Latina and Asian students.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is one of the most important components of learning to read. As a specialist in working with dyslexic students, I have extensive experience in teaching vocabulary through a variety of techniques and strategies. Recently, I have also developed a proprietary vocabulary study program for several of my students that has proven to be quite successful.

Wellesley College
Spanish
Boston University - School of Education
Master's

Education

Wellesley College (Spanish)

Boston University - School of Education (Master's)

Patient and great with teenage boys — Andrea has been working with my 15 year old son. She knows when to be firm with him and when to give him space. She is patient with him and really understands his struggles. He has learned a lot from Andrea. I highly recommend her. ...

— Annette, Ashland, MA on 5/29/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Andrea will travel within 20 miles of Framingham, MA 01701.