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I've been teaching students to read for more than 40 years. I have a Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist from the University of Pennsylvania. As a Reading Specialist (K-12), certified by both the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, I taught phonics daily as part of my elementary school reading program. I provided remediation for high school students who required supplementary reading instruction during my work as a Reading Specialist Teacher in New Jersey. When a students has poor word attack skills or trouble with reading comprehension, his difficulties can affect all academic areas, but especially English, Social Studies or History, Science, Foreign Languages, and even mathematics. I tutor students in test preparation (SAT / ACT / GRE / SSAT / ISEE) test preparation, and most of the errors I see on the Mathematics sections of those tests can be directly attributed to faulty reading. Students might misunderstand what the word problem is asking. They might misread test instructions or be unable to discern the main idea of the short or long passages in the critical reading section. I help my students become very skilled at identifying and rephrasing (restating in their own words) the main idea of the passages we read. Depending on the student’s level, we proceed sequentially through the following skills: • Letter formation • Phonics • Sight words • Reading comprehension (main idea, following directions, drawing inferences, close reading for details, varying reading rate according to the type of material being read, critical thinking abilities, drawing conclusions, …) A reading Specialist can help your student overcome word attack and comprehension problems. Call me or contact me for further details.