Angelo State University (Psych and Sociology)
Houston Baptist University (Graduate Coursework)
As a learning consultant, I have nearly a decade of experience implementing successful learning plans for struggling students.
Using research-proven methods and strategies, I strive to understand your student's learning differences, provide recommendations, and create personalized learning plans. I specialize in the areas of reading development, comprehension, spelling, writing, and elementary math.
I have experience with a variety of learning diagnoses including but not limited to: dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, ASD/Autism Spectrum disorders, CAPD and language processing disorders.
It is my goal to provide quality, multi-sensory, cognitive instruction to enhance learning for all students who demonstrate need. My rates are negotiable. As a learning consultant, I have nearly a decade of experience implementing successful learning plans for struggling students.
Using research-proven methods and strategies, I strive to understand your student's learning differences, provide recommendations, and create personalized learning plans. I specialize in the areas of reading
Marissa, has helped our fourth grade son so much over the last nine months. This new school year he has tested on grade level reading MAP testing, for the first time in his academic career. We could not ask for anyone more patient and caring with real interest in helping him (and us) learn in a way that is best for him!
We engaged Marissa 2 1/2 years ago to assist our (then) middle schooler with educational difficulties stemming from reading problems. He connected with her and responded to her patience and guidance with study methods right away. The resulting improvements have really made a difference for him especially with his more difficult high school subjects. We can't say enough about how grateful we are to work with Marissa.
Marissa did a reading assessment for my daughter. She charged MUCH less than another tutor that a friend recommended to me. Her findings matched what I've seen when I work with my daughter, while also pointing out some strengths that aren't obvious without testing. I'm now hiring Marissa to tutor my daughter. Importantly, my daughter likes Marissa and is excited to work with her.
My daughter really enjoyed her first tutoring session with Marissa and is looking forward to the next. We are eager to see how Marissa will be able to help Madelyn improve her reading skills. Marissa seems very knowledgeable and skilled as a tutor. She is very personable, kind and prompt to answer any inquiries. Looking forward to working with her.
Only after 4 tutoring sessions, I see an improvement of confidence in my daughter. I wish I had found Marissa much earlier. She would have saved us lots of tears and struggles.
She is wonderful and has tremendous patience!
We will definitely keep working with Marissa.
We moved to Charlotte from Brazil six months ago and our major concern about the process was the adaptation of our 6-year old daughter.
I was looking for a tutor to help her with the language and Marissa popped up as the first option when we ranked the list by rating. Last week we went to her first poetry reading. We are so happy, proud and grateful. You couldn't tell the difference between her and the other kids.
She is happy, confident and integrated. Thank you Marissa!
I have really enjoyed working with Marissa. She has made such an effort to get to know my son and figure out the best way to help him!
Marissa was very thorough in her assessments of my grandson's abilities. She pinpointed his strengths and weaknesses and then designed a tutoring program that would build up any weaknesses. I have been very impressed.
Marissa is doing a great job tutoring my sister who has special needs. My sister has definitely showed progress in basic foundation of reading, word recognition, writing and math. Keep up the great work!!!
She is hitting the mark with my children, especially with my daughter. Marissa has been great with communication and working to make sure each session with my children is focused around their ever changing educational needs. Helping direct each child with tools they need to formulate solid writing structure. Happy thus far.
Marissa has been a true blessing to my son. She is very patient when working with him in the areas that he is weak in. She continues to encourage him along the way and offer great suggestions on how I can continue working with him at home. She makes the lessons fun too!!
Marissa is a wonderful tutor. She is very knowledgeable about the subject of reading and teaches kids the best methods that are individualized to that student. She is extremely patient with my daughter and my daughter has made tremendous strides in her reading ability. She is very consistent and provides a summary after each lesson in order to keep the parent up to date on the student's progress.
Marissa has been a wonderful tutor to my daughter. She is dyslexic and can get distracted very easily when doing any kind of school work. Marissa is very patient with her, and she is also very good with keep her on track. My daughter is now reading! Thanks to Marissa. I would definitely recommend her to anyone that I know!
My daughter has Autism. Marissa is experienced and excellent on concept imagery to help her in reading and comprehension. Her instructions are clear and concise. She is patient and my daughter enjoys her lesson very much.
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As a learning consultant, I've had nearly 10 years of experience developing learning and behavior plans for students with Aspergers.
In my experience, students with Aspergers respond to many of the following strategies: establishing a predictable lesson format, incorporating use of a nonverbal token or reward system, providing visual aids like charts or graphs to track progress, and providing extrinsic motivators that reflect the students' interests.
As a learning consultant, I've had the opportunity to work with autistic students for almost a decade.
My instruction centers around strengthening language processing and comprehension skills. As comprehension is enhanced, I help address weaknesses in many of the following areas: vocabulary development, following oral directions, critical thinking, and oral and written expression.
I began working with students diagnosed as dyslexic in 2004. Using a sensory-cognitive approach, my lessons are designed to strengthen weak learning components like phonemic awareness and visual memory. As individual components are strengthened, I include reading exercises to support concept application and use of context.
I have nearly a decade of experience helping non-readers and struggling readers develop strong phonics skills. I use techniques to strengthen visual memory recognition of letters and letter pairs. I also draw attention to articulation of sounds in order to help students develop automatic sound and symbol associations.
Implementing and applying an effective editing process is important for student development. In order to proofread effectively, material should be reviewed in a strategic manner. Creating a mental or visual checklist and then reviewing one aspect at a time, gives a student multiple opportunities to make corrections. Additionally, reading the material aloud enables the student to experience the style and flow of the written word.
Reading is not only a necessity in school, but for life!
In a one-on-one learning environment, a struggling reader benefits from tailored instruction that responds to his/her individual needs. Using a multi-sensory and integrated approach, I address the essential components required to develop reading fluency.
For six years I've had the opportunity to work with special needs populations. My philosophy is person-centered and I've attended numerous trainings designed to help clients discover and achieve on their own terms. I've had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of clients with various diagnoses: MR/DD, ASD, CP, and Down's Syndrome.
Spelling ability comes naturally to some. For others, spelling is a frustrating task with little rhyme or reason. My approach to spelling involves an analysis of decoding and word imagery reinforced through repetitive review. In order to stabilize the spelling process, it's important to rely upon reading rules, when applicable. However, since so many words fail to follow common reading rules, attention to the word's orthographic pattern also becomes important. Experiencing spelling words on a multisensory level gives a student multiple opportunities for word acquisition.
Using cognitive strategies, I've been successful in helping students organize and prioritize their study needs. Using a 'learning partnership' approach, I encourage students to take ownership of their learning and seek out resources as needed. My study skills sessions include: drills for writing down homework assignments, using school databases, using an agenda/planner, time-management discussions and effective use of materials for successful test-taking.
Developing expressive and receptive vocabulary entails much more than memorizing definitions. In order to truly retain unknown words, a student must be able to create some sort of mental picture for the concept in question. Using illustrations, Google images or reference pictures is a great place to start. Once an image is established, describing the image verbally is important. With that verbal description should come an opportunity to practice the word in context. Ultimately, reviewing the word meaning becomes more than just memorization, it becomes understanding on a cognitive level.
The difficulty many students experience with writing often comes from lack of planning. It's important to begin by engaging in a critical thinking discussion and formulating a verbal plan. Once the plan is verbalized, the student creates an outline that meets the requirements of the assignment. There are a variety of outline formats and other graphic organizers that can serve as visual aids during the planning phase. From the outline, an initial draft should be completed. Using editing techniques, secondary and final drafts can then be developed.