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Wellesley College and Catholic University (English)
American University (Master's)
ADD/ADHD Coach, Writing Tutor, SAT prep, College Application Help
I am a homeschooling mother, with one son in his freshman year of college, one about to graduate from high school, and one attending her first year of a progressive private school in the area. For the last 9 nine years, I have taught middle school and high school writing classes from my home. I have also experimented with teaching AP English and with preparation for the SAT in general and the SAT Literature Subject Test in particular. I have helped 3 young men apply to college in the past year and have assisted a number of students with the essay for the Common Application as well as scholarship essays. I particularly enjoy helping students with ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities.
I am finding that I also enjoy helping students with difficulty in math. My skills are best suited to helping verbally strong, “non- mathy” types to understand math. Although I've helped both my boys through pre-calculus, I think, for tutoring purposes, my skills top out at around Algebra 1 or Geometry. If you are a math whiz, you don't want me. However, if you have a bright child who constantly forgets simple things like multiplication facts and how to do long division, I might be your person!
I have a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Linguistics, with a concentration in teaching English as a Second Language. My work at the Maryland English Institute for 8 years involved teaching college-age students to read, write, speak and understand English. It is in this setting that I learned how to teach writing.
I have read the extensively on the subjects of ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, dyslexia, sensory integration, PPD-NOS, anxiety and depression and the like.
I am especially interested in helping students with ADD/ADHD. In the past year, I assisted a young man with ADHD in organizing his college work, thus bringing his average from a C to an A. I discovered, over the past year, that I enjoy helping students to discern the college that is best for them, to prepare their college applications, and to meet college deadlines. I especially enjoy helping students who may have had challenges in school package themselves for college admissions. So far, the three students I have helped apply to college all had ADHD and less than stellar grades. My applicants received acceptances to competitive schools and merit offers as well. ADD/ADHD Coach, Writing Tutor, SAT prep, College Application Help
I am a homeschooling
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I have home schooled my own children, two of whom have ADD/ADHD. In the course of doing so, I have read and studied extensively on the subject. I am currently a consultant for my home school umbrella group assisting members with children who have special learning needs. I have become known in this group for my success in teaching writing to middle and high school students with ADD/ADHD. Last year, I assisted three young men with ADD/ADHD in applying to college and coached one young man in effectively handling his community college courses. My eldest son is currently in school at the University of Miami and I am essentially functioning as his coach, as well.
I have a BA in English and an MA in Linguistics. I have taught literature in a number of situations, from ESL classes with university students at the University of Maryland to classes composed of middle school and high school home-schoolers. I can assist students with the comprehension and analysis of literature as well as the enjoyment of literature. I particularly enjoy helping middle and high school students who struggle with reading and with the writing assignments that often accompany it.
As a homeschooling parent, I have had the task of teaching my children study skills. Both of my sons began taking some classes outside the home in high school. I assisted them in learning how to take notes, how to outline, how to review material, and how to use flashcards and mnemonics to memorize information. I also assisted them in learning how to set up an effective schedule of studying so that material was reviewed incrementally over a period of days, rather than studied at the last minute or only the night before an exam. During my eldest son's high school years, we held study groups for his Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 classes in our home. Over the past two years, I have worked with three college students, assisting them in learning how to set up study schedules and suggesting effective study techniques.
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