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Marissa C.

Charlotte, NC

$45/hour

Experienced Learning Consultant Specializing in Literacy and LD's

In-person lessons
2500+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/15/13
5.0 average from 971 ratings
Couldn't ask for a better tutor
— Deanna, Pineville, NC on 9/10/15

$45/Hour


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Angelo State University
Psych and Sociology
Houston Baptist University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Angelo State University (Psych and Sociology)

Houston Baptist University (Graduate Coursework)

About Marissa

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
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Charlotte, NC 28204
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Couldn't ask for a better tutor"

- Deanna, Pineville, NC on 9/10/15

"Very Grateful"

- Karen, Gastonia, NC on 12/26/16

"Assessment went well"

- Alicia, Charlotte, NC on 10/26/16

"Knowledgeable, Kind, Attentive"

- Heather, Matthews, NC on 9/1/16

"We love Marissa!!"

- Rosie, Charlotte, NC on 8/9/16

"very knowledgeable"

- Maria, Charlotte, NC on 5/20/16

"Wonderful tutor"

- Amy, Charlotte, NC on 4/8/16

"Marissa is exactly the type of tutor we need"

- Colette, Charlotte, NC on 10/15/15

"My sister loves the tutor sessions"

- Reghe, Charlotte, NC on 2/22/15

"Hitting the Mark."

- Joe-Anne, Charlotte, NC on 2/24/14

"Excellent tutor!!!"

- Tamika, Charlotte, NC on 1/30/14

"Awesome Tutor"

- Anne, Charlotte, NC on 4/26/13

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Nicole, Charlotte, NC on 4/25/13

"Excellent Tutor!"

- LAY IM, Charlotte, NC on 12/4/12
Math:
Elementary Math, GED
Science:
Elementary Science
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
GED
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),
Dyslexia,
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Phonics,
Reading,
Special Needs,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
ADHD, Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL, Writing

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.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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.

Dyslexia

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.

Phonics

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.

Proofreading

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

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.

Special Needs

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

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.

Study Skills

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.

Vocabulary

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.

Writing

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.

Angelo State University
Psych and Sociology
Houston Baptist University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Angelo State University (Psych and Sociology)

Houston Baptist University (Graduate Coursework)

Couldn't ask for a better tutor

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!

— Deanna, Pineville, NC on 9/10/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Marissa will travel within 20 miles of Charlotte, NC 28204.