Barbara S.

Arden, NC


Home School for NCAA Athletes/ACT prep/General tutoring

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/30/12
4.9 average from 12 ratings
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Georgia Institute of Technology


Georgia Institute of Technology

About Barbara

I have recently relocated from Atlanta, Georgia, via Nashville, TN. While in Nashville I home schooled NCAA top ranked athletes and a nationally recognized teen singer song writer. I also worked with students individually and in groups on ACT test prep. Students on average scored 28 or better. Before Nashville I worked with the Gwinnett County Georgia School System. Our school district is the top rated in the state and the high school has been listed in Newsweeks Top Ten for the last eight years.

With my degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology and teaching experience I have been one of the top requested tutors in both Atlanta and Nashville.

I have experience teaching in all curriculum along with Study Skills, Resource, and Special Needs classrooms. I also have worked with elementary, middle school, and high school students in almost every subject though Math and ACT Prep are the most requested.

My goal as a tutor is to make students more academically independent. By teaching them academic skills, time management, organizational and study skills they will be better equipped to succeed in their courses.
I have recently relocated from Atlanta, Georgia, via Nashville, TN. While in Nashville I home schooled NCAA top ranked athletes and a nationally recognized teen singer song writer. I also worked with students individually and in groups on ACT test prep. Students on average scored 28 or better. Before Nashville I worked with the Gwinnett County Read more

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Travels within 10 miles of Arden, NC 28704
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"Wonderful tutor"

- Irma, Franklin, TN on 2/19/13
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Discrete Math, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
GRE, Logic, Prealgebra, Probability, SAT Math
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Elementary Science,
Physical Science, PSAT, Psychology, Sociology
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History, Writing
GRE, Writing

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I have a background in Resource and Inclusion classrooms with students in the Gwinnett County, Georgia School System.

When tutoring your child, first I would assess and see which characteristics of ADHD your child exhibits. This will be help me a develop a plan of action.

Behavior Therapy is a #1 priority. I will discuss these with you personally.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

My background includes working with students with Moderate to High Functioning Autism.

We concentrate on study and organizational skills. We also work on time management skills. The goal is to learn how to organize and prioritize his daily tasks.

We review time management skills. We implement the use of an agenda and a timer to help reinforce the plan we develop.

Once finalized the expectations are set and rewards are given based on goals achieved.

Elementary (K-6th)

Areas covered in Elementary Subjects: K-8
Focus on representing, relating, and operating on whole numbers and describing shapes and space. Measurement and Data, Counting 1-100.
Opearations and Algebra, Order of Operations, Geometry
Operational Fluency, Geometry and time, multiplication
Data and Statistics, Place value. Fractions, Algebraic Thinking
Whole numbers, patterns and functions, computation
Multiplication/division whole numbers, probablility and stats
Geometry, measurements and data
Work with the student in targeted areas such as letter sounds, letter identification, and concepts about print, etc. This is achieved through the use of songs, poems, books, finger plays and writing activities. This language rich environment is designed to develop early reading and writing behaviors. The student learns to value language and to develop confidence in his/her abilities to utilize different forms.
Learn familiar sight words and common symbol relationships (phonics) in the context of meaningful application. Work on skills needed for formation of manuscript letters and numerals.
Reading strategies taught. Writing experiences introduced.
Cursive handwriting, comphrehension skills developed through exposure to a variety of print.
Expose students to variety of reading materisls including fiction, plays poetry and nonficiton. Work further on reading strategies.
Vocabulary expanded through exposure to a variety of texts. Develop a conceptual understanding of new words.
Use strategies to prepare for reading, use strategies to make meaning from text, use strategies to demonstrate understanding of the text. Understand, acquire and use new vocab.
Living Things, The Science of Everyday Things, Earth and Sky
Seeds, Patterns and Predictions, Living/non living
Insects, Weather, Senses
Energy, Force, and Motion. Processes,
Physcial Science
Food Chain, Adaptation, Living Things
Planet Earth, Earth Science, Solar System

I have taught Physical, Life and Earth Science in Middle School so I am familiar with the different areas covered in Elementary School.

I am a graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology and have a strong background in Math and Science. I am able to teach through High School Calculas but prefer to stop with middle school math.

I worked as a long term substitute teacher in Georgia for teachers who were going out on Maternity or sick leave for at least 12 weeks. The classes I have taught most subjects but was in demand for Math and Science classes.

Refernces from previous teachers and Principals available upon request.

Elementary Math

K- Fractions, Coins, Telling Time, addition, number ordering, recognition, words, counting 1-100, subtraction, missing numbers, patterns, sorting
1st Grade- Word Problems, Odd/Even, Place Value, Measurement, Patterns, Charts and Graphs
2nd- Skip Counting, Place Value, Measurement
3rd- Rounding, estimating, multiplication, polygons and shapes, symmetry
4th- Roman Numerals, Story problems, fractions, coordinate plane, shapes/angles, area and perimeter
5th- Consumer Math, Exponential notation, Functions, order of operation
6th- Quadrilaterals, Decimals, Percent, Ratios, angles/polygons, probability
7th- Maps, Ratio, Virtal manipulatives
8th- Square Root, algebraic functions, equalities, pythagorean theorem, two/three dimensional shapes, box and whisper plots.

Elementary Science

Areas covered:
Life Science: K-2 Animals, Living/Non-Living, Plants, Senses; Grades 3-4 Vertebrates, Invertebrates, Plant Life, The Human Body, Life Cycles, Habitats/Environment; Grades 5-6 Food Chains, Adaptations, Food and Nutrition, Inside Living Things
Earth Science: K-2 Earth, Moon and Sun, Weather; Grades 3-4 The Solar System, Clouds, Wind and Storms, Minerals, Rocks and Soil; Grades 5-6 Outside the Solar System, Atmosphere and Climate, Changing Landforms, Water
Physical Science: Grades K-2 Doing Work, Energy, Light, Properties, Magnents, Things Move; Grades 3-4 Machines, Heat Energy, Sound, Solids, Liquids, and Gases; Grades 5-6 Forces and Motion, Energy Resources, Mixing Matter, Electricity and Magnestism
Process Science


Emphasis on comprehension skills. Reading and re-reading to make sure student understands concepts. Tricks to make sure student picks up clue words in articles.

Social Studies

I have taught Social Studies in Gwinnett Cty, GA grades 6-8. Topics taught are:
Industrial Development of the US (1870-1900), Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930), The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945), Post World War II Era (1945-1970), The Contemporary US (1968-present).

Special Needs

My background includes working with students with Aspergers and Moderate to High Functioning Autism in Elementary, Middle and High Schools in Atlanta.

I work with the students on study and organizational skills. I teach them different skills to help them organize and prioritize their daily tasks.

As a group the student, parents and I all review the student's IEP with the student to make sure the plan is being followed. This includes making sure specific testing strategies and allowances (extra time, small group testing) are being provided for inclusion students.

To help with all correspondence and organization, some type of agenda is used. Students record all class information (homework, quizzes, tests, projects) in the agenda. Teachers initial it everyday at the end of each subject, short comments can be noted by the teacher. Parents initial every night and make any notes needed. Students are held accountable for this. A reward system is set up for completion of this.

Time management is the other major area we will work on. I use timers are used for transition into new tasks. This is a great tool to use in implementing a time management plan.

The goal is to make the student more academically independent. By teaching them time management, organizational and study skills they will be better equipped to succeed in their courses.


Spelling grades can improve by daily review of words. I use at least three different approaches to help a student improve their spelling skills. Students usually have a packet of words each week. Their tasks are broken down into daily skills. Students will keep a separate Spelling noted book.

First the student will look up the definition of each word and write it in his notebook. He will come up with some type of word association. At this time, he will pick out any words he thinks are difficult.

The next day, the student will write each word down ten times. This will reinforce the correct spelling of the word.

On the third day, the student will have someone ask him to spell the words out loud. Any word that is missed, the student is asked to write it down ten times and them asked to have the words that were missed asked again.

On the final day, the student is given a pre-test to make sure they are ready for the test.

Study Skills

I have experience teaching a Study Skills Class for Middle School Students at Crews Middle School, Gwinnett County Georgia.

Students in class were taught Time Management, Organizational, and Study Skills.


I swam competitively from ages 6-16 and taught swim lessons from ages 16-21.
I prefer to teach individuals rather than group lessons.


I have been a Tennis Coach and Instructor for USTA and ALTA teams in Atlanta for the past 14 years. I can tutor tennis for beginners and intermediate players. Group and individual lessons. Ages 5-10.


Work with students to increase their vocabulary with various programs. Use of games helps student learn without even realizing it!


Writing ability improves in stages; however, the following items should be watched: incorrect grammar and spelling, poorly structured essays and unsupported ideas. I work with students on these common problems and others that occur in their writing.

Georgia Institute of Technology


Georgia Institute of Technology

Wonderful tutor

Barbara was the best thing that we could have done for our son. When I was looking for a tutor for our third grader, I saw Barbara's profile and knew that she was the right tutor to bring confidence and pride back to his math skills. Barbara came prepared to his first session and worked patiently with him to get through his fractions and help him succeed where he felt he was failing. Our son mad

— Irma, Franklin, TN on 2/19/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Barbara will travel within 10 miles of Arden, NC 28704.