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Paige S.

Kensington, MD

$65/hour

Retired Teacher TEST PREP/EMPOWERED LEARNING Expert

1000+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/20/14
4.9 average from 253 ratings
Works well with different learning styles
— Maayan, Montclair, NJ on 10/4/12

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Middlebury College
Russian and Econ.
London University
Master's

Education

Middlebury College (Russian and Econ.)

London University (Master's)

About Paige

Greetings! I am a 10-year veteran French teacher of MCPS, with six years of tutoring experience in Reading (K-12), Writing (K-12), Study Skills, French and Russian Language and Culture, and Test Prep (SAT, SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, HSPT). I always take time to evaluate a new student's learning style, academic strengths and weaknesses, and attitudes toward learning different subjects. I strive to make learning rigorous, but engaging and even fun for students, especially those with ADHD and low motivation, Hands-on activities such as Total Physical Response, contests, games, online interactive games, and lively discussion help these students to become involved in their classes, in studying and in getting results. My students learn to journal, organize their grades, their time, their notebooks, and their work space. I use a lesson plan, customized review sheets which I prepare, and I give homework and a weekly work plan. Whenever possible, I develop a relationship with the student's teachers. Students who become interested in learning and why it is critical for their future careers and life in general start to do much better in their school work. I have been quite effective in bringing about satisfying results in grades and attitudes in my tutoring. I care about my students, what they are going through in school, and I am available to them whenever they need me.

Standardized Test Prep has changed in recent years. The ETS, which administers the PSAT and the SAT, does not ask students to answer questions which are above their level, but it does demand a thorough knowledge of the basics. In addition, ETS often asks questions of average difficulty in math in a complex way, in order to test a student's ability to simplify and change the form of numerical information before working a problem. My students review any areas in which they have gaps in their knowledge. In Test Prep, which is becoming so competitive, we practice the basics with white board games, flash cards, and sometimes games online. I make sure that their foundation knowledge in lower level math, reading and English is solid. I teach that the rules and principles of every subject must be internalized for a lifetime of success. I teach my students to be efficient, curious seekers of knowledge.

One last note, when tutoring test prep, I believe that the only way to learn for the test is to take the tests! I offer one free "mock" test in which I establish a baseline score and a good grasp of where your son or daughter needs to focus and where he or she is strong. Both can be used to determine test-taking strategies. By the end of a session, each student has ideally completed 6 full Practice Tests in the Test for which they are preparing.
So, if you are looking for a patient, caring tutor who understands the principles of preparing lifelong learners, call me. I know I can start your child on the path to being a confident Master Student and to getting better grades that he or she may have ever believed possible.
Greetings! I am a 10-year veteran French teacher of MCPS, with six years of tutoring experience in Reading (K-12), Writing (K-12), Study Skills, French and Russian Language and Culture, and Test Prep (SAT, SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, HSPT). I always take time to evaluate a new student's learning style, academic strengths and weaknesses, and attitudes toward Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Rate for a 2-hour lesson is $130.00 Rate for a 10-hour bundle for any standardized prep test is $600.00.

Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Kensington, MD 20895
Background Check: Passed

"Works well with different learning styles"

- Maayan, Montclair, NJ on 10/4/12

"Patient Paige"

- Michelle, Washington, DC on 10/26/16

"Patient and Knowledgeable"

- Loriana, Mc Lean, VA on 8/28/16

"Excellent, patient, analytical - willing to go the extra mile"

- Charisse, Washington, DC on 8/16/16

"Patient, engaging and knowledgeable"

- Aurora, Rockville, MD on 6/6/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Patricia, Rockville, MD on 11/4/14

"Great French Tutor"

- Susan, Bethesda, MD on 3/24/14

"Absolutely the best tutor!"

- Sanaz, Bethesda, MD on 1/15/14

"The best tutor you could ever have!"

- Reka, Bethesda, MD on 1/24/13

"Overall, just wonderful!"

- Maria, Boyds, MD on 8/8/12

"Wonderful!"

- Bonni, Potomac, MD on 5/17/12

"An invaluable tutor"

- Karen, Bowie, MD on 4/9/12

"Hspt High School Placement Test"

- Hervans, Silver Spring, MD on 1/10/12

"Very patient and compassionate"

- Barry, Silver Spring, MD on 12/21/11
Paige replied on 4/6/2012

Thank you so much, Barry. Your son has worked hard on his reading and vocabulary for the SSAT. We will continue to add words to his spoken and written vocabulary as we continue to work together. His enthusiasm for learning (and for academic achievement) is visibly growing, which the biggest thanks I can get from him! He's achieving a much better balance between academics and his other interests. It is always a rewarding experience for me to analyze and discuss reading selections with him. He is astute and creative when he gets focussed! Sincerely, Paige

"Great tutor"

- Ruth, Rockville, MD on 11/21/11
Math:
SAT Math
English:
ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, COOP/HSPT,
ISEE,
PSAT,
SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
Russian,
TOEFL
History:
World History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar,
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

COOP/HSPT

I have been prepping students for the HSPT for two years - in particular for the math, the essay, the English usage, reading, and vocabulary sub-sections. This test is similar to the PSAT, the SSAT and the ISEE, in which I have prepared tens of students over the past year with very good results. I have many materials for tutoring each one of these tests, and my clients are free to use them instead of being obliged to buy their own. I prefer Princeton Review Books, but I also have Peterson, Kaplan and Princeton special books for acquiring an exemplary vocabulary. I also maintain accounts on line which allow my students to practice with some excellent drills during part of their lesson, while again not being obliged to subscribe to the service themselves. Some of the strategies I teach for successful test-taking in the SAT system are self-created. I introduce each student to several strategies and we determine which ones work best for them.
As for my personal style, I take the time to explain the tests thoroughly and clearly, the scoring, the advisability of guessing or skipping, the timing of each sub-section, and the types of questions that are apt to appear in any particular section of the particular test being taken. I give clear explanations of why a certain student choice is incorrect. My students learn how to "take a test" and they develop a set of skills which will take them through many years of future standardized testing.
Additionally, we work on interviewing techniques, the essay and what information ought to be covered in it, and the etiquette of interacting with adults in a formal setting such as a school tour or interview.
I would love to work with your son or daughter on the HSPT.

Elementary (K-6th)

My name is Paige S., known as "Miss Paige" to my many students. I love working with all young students of all levels of capabilities on their reading and math. I care about the "whole" student, so I do as much mentoring as teaching. It is by far the most rewarding thing I have done in my long career. I am a certified teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools. I have worked with the No Child Left Behind Program (NCLB-SES -Title One) for two full years as an employee of The Enrichment Centers (TEC), Inc. I have taught reading and math to many elementary and middle school children (ages 4-14) at schools and centers throughout PG County and Montgomery County in this program.

English

As a 10-year high-school and middle school French teacher, I had to teach English grammar and understand our children's problems in critical reading and writing English in order to teach them the rudiments of French. I had to know and teach phonics in order to teach French vowel combinations and pronunciation. I have always loved to read, and worked for 9 years right after college analyzing and writing (300+) articles for a research bulletin in Munich, Germany.

ESL/ESOL

I love teaching English as a second language. As a former French teacher in Montgomery County, I taught many native French speakers to read and write English as they took their French classes. Our ESOL students were regularly sent to me for help due to my expertise in teaching foreign languages (I also teach Russian and am certified in MCPS as an English teacher. I find out what the students (or younger children) are interested in and employ games, songs, plays, sometimes CDs or you-tube to help them internalize the language. Sometimes we use puppets, because in this way I am able to build confidence in speaking English. I do not focus on grammar, but I do give each student a good grounding in the foundation of the language. Without that a student would not be able to continue later on his own to learn the new language. However, I am always careful to adapt the grammar and other aspects of 2nd language immersion to the students age, capabilities, and learning style, whatever those may be. I prepare each lesson carefully and give homework (appropriate to the student's age and learning level.) Please contact me if you are looking for a caring, professional, prepared teacher who will always be available to help her students when they need special help or attention.
You won't be sorry!

French

Beginner: Learn to speak many common phrases and become comfortable with the French accent. Watch videos and learn to recognize French words you thought you'd never master!We do small projects that make you interested in using French on the internet. We use flash cards, board games, Jeopardy and Bingo, Slap, and many other games for learning language.

Intermediate: Add to your grammar mastery and growing vocabulary (by topic) by using colorful verbs, adjectives and adverbs in your games. Get a friend to take French with you and exchange opinions, role play, do improve theater and write to pen pals with her or him. Read kids' news in French and listen to kids' news programs.

Advanced: Read French newspapers,journals (in your interest areas)and short stories or modern novels and report and converse about them. Exchange emails with pen pals (totally safe and protected through E-Pals.com) Take field trips - (Impressionist Art exhibit in the National Art Museum -- describe what you see in French; cook French foods while speaking French; play games or watch French soccer matches and "La Tour de France" in French. Conceive your own favorite kind of thematic interactive activity. Even tho you are advanced - you still may play board games and "Pro - Jeopardy" !!!

Grammar

Having taught French for 10 years as a certified teacher with Montgomery County Public High Schools, been certified to teach Russian and English, and having tutored the SAT (and many other standardized exams) for 4+ years, I am well-qualified in the field of English Grammar. A foreign language teacher must understand grammar thoroughly in order to teach students the difference between their native language and the their target language. I not only can do this with several foreign languages, I have a wealth of materials for teaching grammar and vocabulary.

I would love to help your child with any grammar challenges he or she may have. I am sure I can help your child gain confidence in her ability to write and to speak grammatically, with intelligence and imagination.
Contact me now if a grammar teacher is what you need for your child.

ISEE

My name is Paige. I have prepared several students for the ISEE in the past two years with very good results. My approach is to first thoroughly explain and illustrate the content of the test, the scoring, the timing of each sub-section of the ISEE, the differences between the SSAT and the ISEE, and several other aspects of the test itself, including the types of traps and pitfalls that the test contains for unprepared students.
Next, we go through many strategies for taking the particular level of the test he/she is taking. I have many materials of my own, which my students are free to borrow, thereby relieving them of the obligation of acquiring these themselves. My preferred preparatory source is the Princeton Review, although I also use Kaplan, Peterson and some specialized work books for reading, vocabulary, analogies and English usage and grammar. My students are requested to make flash cards for math facts and for vocabulary words they have forgotten or never knew. I subscribe to several excellent on-line review sites, which we use from time to time for a change of pace. I encourage the student's parents to help prepare him/her for the test by using "test" vocab in their day to day communication with their son or daughter. Most importantly, I stress that the student take as many full practice tests as possible within the available time before his/her chosen test date. Some parts of the practice tests are taken during lessons. We evaluate errors and develop the best strategies for that particular student for avoiding these errors.
In short, my students take a logical, thorough, clear, step-by-step approach for preparing for their standardized tests and for the other parts of the school application process. My goal to make all my students comfortable with test-taking strategies that fit them and that will assure their success in future years of standardized test-taking. I would love to prepare your son or daughter for this test.

PSAT

I have been specializing in Standardized Test Prep for almost three years. I have made a thorough catalogue of question types in Math, Reading, and English grammar in the PSAT, SAT, ACT and HSPT. I am also very familiar with many other tests. I have collected and created many strategies for recognizing and choosing the "right" answer for any given test. The objective in taking a standardized test is to understand multiple choice testing and to master it before going into the test. It is therefore a very poor idea to go into such a test "cold" without studying. I have a 6-week, a 10 week, and a 15-week curriculum for PSAT prep which can be administered and/or modified to meet any student's needs. I can prepare a student in a shorter amount of time than many group-based prep courses because I spend quality one-on-one time with my students. I make sure their confidence level and endurance for taking a 3.5 hour exam is at its maximum before they encounter the exam. My success rate has been impressive and I would love to work with your son or daughter. Give me a call!

Reading

I have been teaching reading to foreign language students for 10 years and have been tutoring all ages from 3-18 in reading for standardized tests and for school needs. I am well qualified to teach reading to pre-school, elementary, middle school and high school students. My programs include teaching phonics (for which I have great materials), reading for main idea, inference, supporting details, style, diction, author's point of view, voice, and other reading skills. Again, I have the materials that are most effective and most proven. The goal is to make sure a student can learn from what he/she reads - and not simply decode words. Reading with expression, learning effective notetaking techniques, and choosing the right reading environment all help. Perhaps just as importantly, I work with a student on developing a positive attitude toward reading-especially when he says he finds reading "boring", "a waste of time compared to the computer", "too hard," etc. Most importantly of all, I customize my program to the student's needs and his/her preferred and most effective learning style.

Give me a try - you won't be sorry you did!

Russian

I was lucky to have been given the chance to study Russian at my prep school - Kent School for girls. I continued with Russian by taking it as my major at Middlebury College in Vermont. I continued to pursue my passion for Russian by working for Radio Liberty in Munich Germany for many years, speaking and writing Russian every day in my work. Subsequently, I worked in several departments of the U.S. government analyzing Soviet and Post-Soviet affairs, using Russian sources for most of my research.

I take a conversational approach to teaching Russian. My goal is to get a novice student speaking simple sentences within one month of study. We use Total Physical Response, pictures, memory and bingo games, flash cards, story telling and retelling, and lots of improv drama to reinforce short grammar and pronunciation lessons. I identify my client's favorite learning style and go with it. I also give my clients the opportunity to create some parts of their own lessons by choosing topics in which they are interested and exercises which they find engaging. Gradually, a novice student works up to lessons that are 90% immersion. Each student works at his/her own pace.

SAT Reading

I am a retired Montgomery High School teacher certified in English. I have been helping students prepare for the SAT and PSAT and other standard Tests for 2 years. I can help any student improve his score on SAT reading and vocabulary development. I focus on teaching a student to think while reading - making the student aware of the author's focus, point of view, "voice" and purpose. I spot how the student is "decoding" what he/she is reading and then work on helping him/her "think" and "interpret" as he/she reads instead of merely decoding words. We also work diligently on vocab. I have developed texts which contain 1000 of the most common SAT words , so the student sees these words in context. Depending on the student, we also use flash cards or other strategies to memorize SAT vocab.
I'd love to help your son or daughter as I've helped so many already. Give me a try. You won't be sorry!

SAT Writing

Before becoming a certified teacher in Montgomery County, I worked for thirteen years in the U.S. Government - doing research and writing articles for several foreign policy journals. I have written more than 300 articles on the Soviet Union and the former Soviet republics. I love to write informative, expository articles, which our children need to know in order to be marketable in many careers today. I can teach your child how to write the five paragraph essay, but also teach him/her to develop a style through skillful word choice, to appreciate smooth, fluent phrasing, and to get the grammar perfect every time. I know this is a tall order, but the secret is in presenting meaningful examples and in patiently showing a young person how to think deeply before starting to write something,and how to transfer his thoughts to paper. Patience and inspiration - and making it a little bit fun and intriguing are the keys! Give me a try! You won't be sorry.

Spelling

My long background in teaching French, performing research at a Russian institute, and teaching English as a foreign language to ESOL students in high school and middle school has made me an excellent teacher of spelling strategies and techniques. I have my certification in English Literature and Grammar and have been tutoring English phonics, spelling, reading, and writing for almost 3 years with WyzAnt and occasionally in private school programs.

Study Skills

I have taught foreign languages (French and Russian) for ten years in the Montgomery County Public School system. One of my most important and rewarding responsibilities was to help my students with their study and writing skills. Using the Empowered Learning approach, I helped many students learn what style of learner they were by disposition and how to prepare study materials that matched their own most comfortable style. I also demonstrated to my students how to take effective notes in less time by using shorthand and the Cambridge method. I taught them how to make optimal use of their agenda books, and how to prepare for tests using graphic organizers, flash cards, outlines and other study strategies. I have tutored many students on how to perform effective and proper research and how to take notes from original sources. I teach critical thinking in my tutoring, as this is the most important test-taking skill for reading sections of standardized tests. Of course, every student is different. Therefore, much of what I teach in study skills and becoming a Master Student depends on a preliminary evaluation of those aspects of studying, project writing, and test-taking are most challenging to the particular student I am coaching and mentoring. I am thorough, thoughtful, easy to understand and take pride and pleasure in encouraging every student I tutor.

Writing

I have been writing professionally on my job in the foreign economic relations field for 25 years. Now, I love passing on what I learned as I developed as a writer. I always start with how a writer organizes and carries out research and focuses his/her theme. I move on to how to outline the writing project (or assignment). I then teach basic paragraphing - the structure first, then the diction (style), and then the transition. I will work with the student on broadening his writing vocabulary, so that the student chooses the correct word and an interesting, clear, succinct style for his writing. Together, the student and I will then examine and analyze several kinds of introductions conclusions. Along the way, I will answer any questions the student has and will always be patient and clear in my explanations.

Give me a call today. I am sure I can help!

Middlebury College
Russian and Econ.
London University
Master's

Education

Middlebury College (Russian and Econ.)

London University (Master's)

Works well with different learning styles

Paige is tutoring my daughter for SAT English, some SAT math and helping her with a college essay. My daughter has dyslexia and a much different learning style than the norm. Paige just gets her, tailors her tutoring to her learning style and needs and my daughter loves her. I wish we would have found her sooner.

— Maayan, Montclair, NJ on 10/4/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Rate for a 2-hour lesson is $130.00 Rate for a 10-hour bundle for any standardized prep test is $600.00.

Travel policy

Paige will travel within 12 miles of Kensington, MD 20895.