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Becky D.

Certified Teacher with over 35 Years of Tutoring Experience

Certified Teacher with over 35 Years of Tutoring Experience

$49/hour

  • 271 hours tutoring

  • Saint Peters, MO 63376

About Becky


Bio

Military, multi-student, and other discounts available.

I'm an enthusiastic teacher and learner. I love to help others learn. With my Master's in Elem Ed and 30+ years experience, I've learned many different ways to approach every problem. I've tutored well over 1000 students during my career. I'm a member of 7 professional organizations including Teachers Association International and International Tutoring Association.

Prior to beginning lessons, all students will be given an...

Military, multi-student, and other discounts available.

I'm an enthusiastic teacher and learner. I love to help others learn. With my Master's in Elem Ed and 30+ years experience, I've learned many different ways to approach every problem. I've tutored well over 1000 students during my career. I'm a member of 7 professional organizations including Teachers Association International and International Tutoring Association.

Prior to beginning lessons, all students will be given an assessment during the FREE consultation. The results of the assessment will be used to determine strengths, weaknesses and preferred learning styles. Information from the results, along with information about goals and other needs from parents, teachers and any other stakeholders, will be used to write a personalized learning plan for you. Lesson plans will be written for all future lessons based on your learning plan. Lesson plans are always available for your perusal.

As my Master's was focused in reading literacy, one of my specialties is reading. I am available for reading assistance at any level. Many skills are involved in learning to read including phonics, word manipulation, vocabulary and sight words. I also stress authentic reading. Book, article or other reading will be assigned as homework after every session. Teens and pre-teens often seem to suddenly develop reading problems when none previously existed. The difficulties are often related to reading school textbooks. Fortunately, these problems are easily remedied.

In addition to reading, I specialize in math. In the last four years, 75% of my students have needed assistance in math. Pre-Algebra and Algebra have been needed the most often. Because math concepts are very abstract, I will teach all levels of math using manipulatives.

Other than reading and math, I am available to help with any K-6 subject, study skills, give homework help and a variety of other subjects. Please see my subject list for more information.

Aside from reading, which is one of my favorite activities, I thoroughly enjoy water activities such as swimming, boating and white water rafting. In addition, I enjoy board games and card games. I frequently play poker online and watch televised games. And yes, I like puzzles. I like Word puzzles and Math puzzles. Sudoku puzzles can be a lot of fun and quite challenging.

Services INCLUDED in my hourly fee:
-INDIVIDUALIZED instruction (One on one lessons that are specifically created for YOUR child and YOUR child's needs.)
-Telephone and/or e-mail assistance between lessons
-Communication with Teachers and Schools
-Regular updates by E-mail and/or text
-A Learning Plan that is used to develop specific lesson goals
-Lesson Plans

If you choose me as your tutor, you can expect 3 things of me: Prompt, Thorough, Prepared! In addition, you should expect that I will ask you to do outside work to be prepared for your lessons.

I look forward to hearing from you so we can begin soon!


Education

University of Missouri, St. Louis
Music Education
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $49
  • Rate details: FREE Consultation, Assessment and Introductory Lesson. Ask about available discounts.
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 12/17/2014

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Common Core,

Common Core

I was a classroom teacher in Illinois when Common Core was first implemented and received training by the school district. Common Core math involves a different thought process than the way it was taught in previous generations. It's very important that students' at home practice is consistent with school learning. I can help bridge the gap between the methods used by parents (and how I learned) and current methods.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I enjoy teaching at the elementary level. Though I have experience teaching through Adult, elementary is my favorite! I have earned a K-9 classroom teaching certificate. I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in reading. I was a first grade teacher for ten years. Now I would like to use my training and experience to help you!
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I try to teach concepts as concretely as possible. For example, if a student is learning about fractions I would use manipulatives to help him/her see that fractions can have many different names and still be equal. Once the basic concept is understood, I then help teach methods of finding solutions. In math it is very common to have multiple possible correct paths to finding the solution. I will usually demonstrate several different ways to get the correct answer. Then I ask the student to try the different methods and then to choose one way that makes the most sense. Once a student is comfortable with the basics, I encourage the student to experiment and try to find the correct answer on their own. I have often been surprised by the ingenious (but correct!) methods students have used. I have found much success when I help students see Math as one big game or puzzle. Once the basic concepts and skills are learned - basic addition, subtraction - everything else is really just an extension. For example, multiplication is nothing more than repeated addition. Algebra is nothing but addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using letters along with the numbers. I compare the letters used in Algebra to a box. I teach many of my students that our job is to figure out what's inside the box (what the letter is worth.) Then we learn different things we can do to the equation to find what's in the box/the answer.
Elementary Science,

Elementary Science

As an elementary teacher, I taught in a self-contained classroom. I taught all academic subjects, including science. Science should be a fun subject. I have found elementary students learn science best when it is incorporated with other subjects being learned. For example, if learning about measurements in math, it would be a good time to teach students about reading and using thermometers and other weather topics. Allowing the student to be a scientist is an awesome way to teach science. This helps teach students to be curious and ask questions, helps students learn the scientific method and allows the student to see "failure" as a learning opportunity. My students are always involved in various experiments. Sometimes we will do an experiment before learning about the science, then learn the material and conclude with repeating the same experiment. This allows the student to apply the material and actually see it in work.
Homeschool,

Homeschool

I am an online private homeschool teacher. Each of my students has a different curriculum that is dependent on his/her specific needs and interests. Prior to the first lesson, the learner will receive a free assessment to determine strengths and weaknesses. In addition to the assessment, I'll talk with parents and the learner to find out more background information. I use all information that was gathered to create a curriculum customized for you.
Phonics,

Phonics

I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in reading. In addition, I have taught 1st grade for approximately 7 years. Our main focus point was reading. I believe strongly in Balanced Literacy and have taught using the 4 Blocks Method. 4 Blocks includes phonics instruction in the Working with Words segment. This is daily instruction in phonics (knowledge of sound/symbol relationship), phonemic awareness (auditory only, ability to hear and manipulate sounds with a SPOKEN word), phonological awareness (umbrella term which includes phonemic awareness).
Reading,

Reading

I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Reading Literacy and taught 1st grade for almost 10 years. Most of every day was spent in improving reading and allowing students to enjoy the process.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

"Study Skills" are often misunderstood. They include those skills required to study for tests. However, study skills also include learning skills. They include all skills necessary to improve learning. Skills that I teach include how to prepare for a homework/study session, organizational skills, how to participate in class, notetaking, pre-reading/reading/post-reading skills, how to read textbooks, and of course effective ways to study. These are just a few of the many skills that will improve a student's academic work.
Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

Reading,

Reading

I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Reading Literacy and taught 1st grade for almost 10 years. Most of every day was spent in improving reading and allowing students to enjoy the process.
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Many students begin to struggle when encountering Algebra. Prior to Algebra, problems usually only had one-step to solve. When more than one-step was needed, it was simply repeating the same step. In Algebra, many different steps are needed and it can become confusing. In addition, Algebra begins to use letters. Although students have actually been doing Algebra for many years, most have been unaware of its use. With the letters comes a new way of using equations. Students are now required to "manipulate" math sentences to get the correct answer. I teach Algebra by helping the student connect previous learning to the new. I encourage learners to explore math and learn to see how math "works". I discourage students from simply following a set of steps. Without full understanding, blindly following steps will frequently lead to non-sensible results. I use Common Core in my teaching. I will assist learners in understanding Algebra the way it is presented in the classroom. Algebra in Common Core does not prescribe one specific method for solving problems. Rather, it presents multiple ways of viewing the same problem. Learning math the "Common Core Way" will lead to a deeper understanding of math (frequently called number sense). I never expect students to solve problems my way. My goal is to help every learner develop their own way of correctly solving problems. As long as the solution makes sense and the learner can explain it, I don't care what method was used.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I enjoy teaching at the elementary level. Though I have experience teaching through Adult, elementary is my favorite! I have earned a K-9 classroom teaching certificate. I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in reading. I was a first grade teacher for ten years. Now I would like to use my training and experience to help you!
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Pre-Algebra is often a subject in which students begin to struggle. There are many new concepts. Doing math with letters seems strange to many. When I teach Pre-Algebra, I use as many manipulatives and visuals as possible. Most students understand the basic mathematical concepts taught at a very young age. Therefore, when teaching, I've found most of my students do very well when these concepts are stressed. Join me in Pre-Algebra Made Simple!
Reading,

Reading

I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Reading Literacy and taught 1st grade for almost 10 years. Most of every day was spent in improving reading and allowing students to enjoy the process.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

"Study Skills" are often misunderstood. They include those skills required to study for tests. However, study skills also include learning skills. They include all skills necessary to improve learning. Skills that I teach include how to prepare for a homework/study session, organizational skills, how to participate in class, notetaking, pre-reading/reading/post-reading skills, how to read textbooks, and of course effective ways to study. These are just a few of the many skills that will improve a student's academic work.
English, Spelling, Writing

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Many students begin to struggle when encountering Algebra. Prior to Algebra, problems usually only had one-step to solve. When more than one-step was needed, it was simply repeating the same step. In Algebra, many different steps are needed and it can become confusing. In addition, Algebra begins to use letters. Although students have actually been doing Algebra for many years, most have been unaware of its use. With the letters comes a new way of using equations. Students are now required to "manipulate" math sentences to get the correct answer. I teach Algebra by helping the student connect previous learning to the new. I encourage learners to explore math and learn to see how math "works". I discourage students from simply following a set of steps. Without full understanding, blindly following steps will frequently lead to non-sensible results. I use Common Core in my teaching. I will assist learners in understanding Algebra the way it is presented in the classroom. Algebra in Common Core does not prescribe one specific method for solving problems. Rather, it presents multiple ways of viewing the same problem. Learning math the "Common Core Way" will lead to a deeper understanding of math (frequently called number sense). I never expect students to solve problems my way. My goal is to help every learner develop their own way of correctly solving problems. As long as the solution makes sense and the learner can explain it, I don't care what method was used.
Prealgebra

Prealgebra

Pre-Algebra is often a subject in which students begin to struggle. There are many new concepts. Doing math with letters seems strange to many. When I teach Pre-Algebra, I use as many manipulatives and visuals as possible. Most students understand the basic mathematical concepts taught at a very young age. Therefore, when teaching, I've found most of my students do very well when these concepts are stressed. Join me in Pre-Algebra Made Simple!

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Many students begin to struggle when encountering Algebra. Prior to Algebra, problems usually only had one-step to solve. When more than one-step was needed, it was simply repeating the same step. In Algebra, many different steps are needed and it can become confusing. In addition, Algebra begins to use letters. Although students have actually been doing Algebra for many years, most have been unaware of its use. With the letters comes a new way of using equations. Students are now required to "manipulate" math sentences to get the correct answer. I teach Algebra by helping the student connect previous learning to the new. I encourage learners to explore math and learn to see how math "works". I discourage students from simply following a set of steps. Without full understanding, blindly following steps will frequently lead to non-sensible results. I use Common Core in my teaching. I will assist learners in understanding Algebra the way it is presented in the classroom. Algebra in Common Core does not prescribe one specific method for solving problems. Rather, it presents multiple ways of viewing the same problem. Learning math the "Common Core Way" will lead to a deeper understanding of math (frequently called number sense). I never expect students to solve problems my way. My goal is to help every learner develop their own way of correctly solving problems. As long as the solution makes sense and the learner can explain it, I don't care what method was used.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I enjoy teaching at the elementary level. Though I have experience teaching through Adult, elementary is my favorite! I have earned a K-9 classroom teaching certificate. I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in reading. I was a first grade teacher for ten years. Now I would like to use my training and experience to help you!
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Pre-Algebra is often a subject in which students begin to struggle. There are many new concepts. Doing math with letters seems strange to many. When I teach Pre-Algebra, I use as many manipulatives and visuals as possible. Most students understand the basic mathematical concepts taught at a very young age. Therefore, when teaching, I've found most of my students do very well when these concepts are stressed. Join me in Pre-Algebra Made Simple!
Reading,

Reading

I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Reading Literacy and taught 1st grade for almost 10 years. Most of every day was spent in improving reading and allowing students to enjoy the process.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

"Study Skills" are often misunderstood. They include those skills required to study for tests. However, study skills also include learning skills. They include all skills necessary to improve learning. Skills that I teach include how to prepare for a homework/study session, organizational skills, how to participate in class, notetaking, pre-reading/reading/post-reading skills, how to read textbooks, and of course effective ways to study. These are just a few of the many skills that will improve a student's academic work.
English, Writing

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

"Study Skills" are often misunderstood. They include those skills required to study for tests. However, study skills also include learning skills. They include all skills necessary to improve learning. Skills that I teach include how to prepare for a homework/study session, organizational skills, how to participate in class, notetaking, pre-reading/reading/post-reading skills, how to read textbooks, and of course effective ways to study. These are just a few of the many skills that will improve a student's academic work.

Special Needs

Phonics,

Phonics

I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in reading. In addition, I have taught 1st grade for approximately 7 years. Our main focus point was reading. I believe strongly in Balanced Literacy and have taught using the 4 Blocks Method. 4 Blocks includes phonics instruction in the Working with Words segment. This is daily instruction in phonics (knowledge of sound/symbol relationship), phonemic awareness (auditory only, ability to hear and manipulate sounds with a SPOKEN word), phonological awareness (umbrella term which includes phonemic awareness).
Study Skills

Study Skills

"Study Skills" are often misunderstood. They include those skills required to study for tests. However, study skills also include learning skills. They include all skills necessary to improve learning. Skills that I teach include how to prepare for a homework/study session, organizational skills, how to participate in class, notetaking, pre-reading/reading/post-reading skills, how to read textbooks, and of course effective ways to study. These are just a few of the many skills that will improve a student's academic work.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Many students begin to struggle when encountering Algebra. Prior to Algebra, problems usually only had one-step to solve. When more than one-step was needed, it was simply repeating the same step. In Algebra, many different steps are needed and it can become confusing. In addition, Algebra begins to use letters. Although students have actually been doing Algebra for many years, most have been unaware of its use. With the letters comes a new way of using equations. Students are now required to "manipulate" math sentences to get the correct answer. I teach Algebra by helping the student connect previous learning to the new. I encourage learners to explore math and learn to see how math "works". I discourage students from simply following a set of steps. Without full understanding, blindly following steps will frequently lead to non-sensible results. I use Common Core in my teaching. I will assist learners in understanding Algebra the way it is presented in the classroom. Algebra in Common Core does not prescribe one specific method for solving problems. Rather, it presents multiple ways of viewing the same problem. Learning math the "Common Core Way" will lead to a deeper understanding of math (frequently called number sense). I never expect students to solve problems my way. My goal is to help every learner develop their own way of correctly solving problems. As long as the solution makes sense and the learner can explain it, I don't care what method was used.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I enjoy teaching at the elementary level. Though I have experience teaching through Adult, elementary is my favorite! I have earned a K-9 classroom teaching certificate. I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in reading. I was a first grade teacher for ten years. Now I would like to use my training and experience to help you!
Reading,

Reading

I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Reading Literacy and taught 1st grade for almost 10 years. Most of every day was spent in improving reading and allowing students to enjoy the process.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

"Study Skills" are often misunderstood. They include those skills required to study for tests. However, study skills also include learning skills. They include all skills necessary to improve learning. Skills that I teach include how to prepare for a homework/study session, organizational skills, how to participate in class, notetaking, pre-reading/reading/post-reading skills, how to read textbooks, and of course effective ways to study. These are just a few of the many skills that will improve a student's academic work.
Writing

Test Preparation

Common Core

Common Core

I was a classroom teacher in Illinois when Common Core was first implemented and received training by the school district. Common Core math involves a different thought process than the way it was taught in previous generations. It's very important that students' at home practice is consistent with school learning. I can help bridge the gap between the methods used by parents (and how I learned) and current methods.

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Great so far on teaching study skills

Really taking the time to get to know my 13-year-old. And best of all, he likes her. And doesn't complain about having to do. Will start to really teach skills soon.

Greg, 7 lessons with Becky

Very Patient and Smart

Becky is teaching the proper & easy way to complete math problems. She is very patient & smart. I enjoyed every section.

Waukesha, 9 lessons with Becky

Patient

Becky is a wonderful tutor. She is very patient and you can tell, this is her passion. She loves to teach

Lisa, 4 lessons with Becky

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