College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN
Indiana University - Bloomington (Master's)
As a dedicated homeschooling mother, I am knowledgeable in and have success teaching a wide range of subjects. Since I have been teaching my own children on a one-on-one basis for the past fifteen years, I am thoroughly familiar with this type of instruction. I am most familiar with the foundations of elementary and middle school education - English, phonics, grammar, reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary and math. Public speaking is also a skill I can teach. I have the enthusiasm and patience needed to help students grow and learn in their challenging academic areas.
My approach to tutoring is to first make the student feel comfortable. I spend time assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the student. We then determine where the difficulties of the subject lie and break down each concept into simple steps. We go over and reinforce understanding of concepts before moving on to the next step. For example, with math concepts I use the Saxon approach. Each fundamental concept is explained and practiced until it is mastered. Then the next idea is introduced and explained. This way the student builds on previous knowledge to gain understanding of new concepts. Manipulatives are used whenever applicable, so the student gets a "hands on" explanation of the concept. Other subjects are also broken into fundamentals. Once these key building blocks are learned, subjects become easier to master.
I have fifteen years of experience in working with children of all ages. I founded and coordinate a home schooling group and often teach classes to these students. I have worked with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and a church youth group. I am eager and willing to work with your student and together we will achieve success! As a dedicated homeschooling mother, I am knowledgeable in and have success teaching a wide range of subjects. Since I have been teaching my own children on a one-on-one basis for the past fifteen years, I am thoroughly familiar with this type of instruction. I am most familiar with the foundations of elementary and middle school education -
Joan was great with my 11 year old daughter. My daughter has extreme difficulties understanding math! She gets easily frustrated and gives up. Joan was very patient, and gave my daughter confidence and the ability to remain calm while trying to understand a new lesson. When she left, my daughter had a smile on her face and actually said,"It was even kind of fun!". I would recommend her to anyone, my daughter felt she had a better understanding in just one session.
Joan has been working with my son for almost a year in English.
She's very patient and knowledgeable and manages to keep my son's attention focused. She's very reliable and yet also willing to work with our schedule.
My fifth-grade daughter generally does well in all of her subjects, but Saxon math has been very problematic for her. When I searched for a tutor, I was drawn to Joan R. from the start. Joan's profile explains that she has significant experience as a homeschooling mom with a variety of subjects, including teaching Saxon math, and that her approach is to make the student comfortable with learning.
Joan has been a blessing. Just hearing the quiet voices and sometimes even giggles(!) from my daughter in the dining room, is such a relief after months and months of mom and daughter agonizing through homework. With Joan's patient, step-by-step guidance through the math problems and her encouragement and reinforcement when my daughter does have a concept down already, we are seeing improvements in our daughter's confidence and less anxiety with test-taking. After her last test, instead of "Mom, I'm so stupid at math," I heard "I think I did ok!"
We plan to continue with Joan over the summer in order to focus in on areas of difficulty and to strengthen our daughter's basic skills in preparation for the next level of Saxon math. Our hope is to stay with Joan through sixth grade and beyond.
I highly recommend Joan R. as a tutor. She is a wonderful match for my daughter and I would not hesitate to use her for other subjects as well.
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I have taught three of my sons English at the high school level. They all scored highest in English and Reading Comprehension on the ACT. Their composite scores were all 29 or above. I currently tutor English at the middle school level and have obtained over 400 hours of experience.
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I have taught elementary grades for twelve years and am experienced in all subject areas.
I have taught phonics at all grade levels.
I have taught public speaking classes to high school students. I, myself, am an experienced public speaker. I frequently proclaim the Word at church services and train others to do the same. My college education includes a speech class.
I am knowledgeable about the concepts tested on the new SAT and have excellent tutoring skills in this area. I have taught my sons English at the high school level and they both achieved scores of over 2100 (out of 2400 in the old scoring method) on the SAT. I have over 400 hours tutoring experience and am confident your student will see results and benefit from my expertise!