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George Washington University, Washington D.C. (Math)
I am a newly-retired public school teacher. I am especially supportive of students who think differently, whether it be a learning disability, ADD, Aspergers or math anxiety. I have lots of manipulatives and use multiple approaches to fit each student's needs.
I have successfully home-schooled my two, now-grown, children. Therefore, I hope to support home-schooling families with their math and science curricula. I am available during the school day.
I have taught Algebra 1 and 2 at the high school level, as well as Science at the middle school level. I have also taught Physical Science and Earth and Environmental Science at the high school level. I am a newly-retired public school teacher. I am especially supportive of students who think differently, whether it be a learning disability, ADD, Aspergers or math anxiety. I have lots of manipulatives and use multiple approaches to
Dianne explained tough geometry concepts so that my daughter could understand. She used online resources to practice the learned skills and encouraged my daughter to use the online resources at home. The tutoring sessions helped my daughter feel confident in her geometry class. Her grades drastically improved.
Diane has been tutoring my son with ADD for several weeks now. He is bright and capable, but his performance in math is very inconsistent--sometimes he's spot on, other times he misses the most basic concepts. Diane is helping him with his math assignments from school ... but more importantly, she's giving him strategies and confidence to think mathematically.
We set out with Diane knowing that this would not be a one-session "fix." Nevertheless, he has already made excellent progress. We are so glad we found Diane!
Diane has been such a godsend to our student. She purchased the book our son was reading, read along herself, created visual maps, scaffold worksheets to aid him in comprehension, and engaged his interest in a difficult book study. THANK YOU, Diane!!
I feel confident with Diane tutoring my child and she has given my child more confidence on the subject matter. I know that with her help, my child will continue to strive and learn in the areas he is in most need of. I couldn't ask for a better tutor for my son. I am grateful that I was able to find Diane and that she is able to help my child.
She is fantastic. She has been working with my daughter for the better part of the school year and is very patient, engaging and knowledgeable. She is so good, we are asking her to help my son with some of his language arts homework.
We are very happy with Diane!
Diane was great with my daughter - very patient, kind and encouraging. My daughter really liked her and looks forward to more sessions. Diane was very easy to reach and responded quickly to my emails. We are very pleased with this first meeting.
Diane continues to be very patient and upbeat even when my daughter struggles with some concepts. Diane helped her "see the light" when the negative self-talk popped up during the one of these struggles. And Diane stuck with it, coming up with various explanations, until my daughter finally understood a math concept she had never quite gotten.
My oldest daughter has worked with Diane for quite some time. Diane is consistent, pleasant, very patient, and easy for me to coordinate with. She is now working with my younger child and that's going well, too. We've been so lucky to find her!
My son gave Diane a "9" on a scale of 1 to 5 ... She's patient, smart, funny, and finds a way "in." HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Diane was amazing at finding a way to communicate the material in a positive and encouraging way. It really helped my son to prepare for his testing.
Diane is great with my daughter. Her calm demeanor and experience teaching automatically put my daughter in the right state of mind to learn. I'm so pleased with her work I wish we would have found WyzAnts and Diane years ago.
Diane has quickly helped to ease my daughters math anxiety and has helped her believe that she can excel in a subject that has in past years been very difficult. Diane makes sure that my daughter understands the concepts presented and answers her questions without making her feel incompetent or embarrassed. She praises my daughter for the concepts that she does understand and explains things that she does not understand patiently as many times and in as many ways as necessary in order for my daughter to grasp it. We are glad to have found Diane on WyzAnt and with her help look forward to a successful school year.
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I can help with test-taking strategy as well as with the required mathematics.
I am currently a certified math and science teacher at an alternative high school. I have taught in alternative schools for five years. Most of my students have ADD or ADHD, some successfully treated and some untreated. I have developed methods that are interactive, visual, kinesthetic and short in duration to gradually build my students' successes.
Additionally, I made an A grade in a graduate level course at Western Carolina University on teaching special needs children, including ADHD, and made an A on undergraduate courses in developmental psychology and educational psychology. I worked as a contractor to the NC Alliance on Mental Illness for six years, traveling around North Carolina and giving seminars to teachers and parents on the effects of ADD, ADHD, mood and anxiety disorders, and the effects of obsessive-compulsive disorder on student learning. I also gave seminars on the best practices for teaching students with these challenges. Further, I have advocated for students and parents in IEP meetings. I continue to co-lead a monthly teen support group for students with these challenges.
However, my most important qualification is that I have a daughter diagnosed at age 8 with mood disorders and severe ADHD. I had to home-school her. Now, she is a junior in college. I attended continuing education courses and national conventions of National Alliance on Mental Illness featuring cutting edge research sessions, and read and researched every aspect of her treatment.
Algebra 1 is a major leap for many students. Why do we use variables? What is the point of solving equations? How do we write an equation from a word problem? Mathematics takes on many qualities of a language in Algebra, whereas earlier math courses just involved numbers. Simplifying expressions with lots of variables raised to lots of powers may seem overwhelming at first. Linear equations, slope, direct variation, and functions are major concepts in Algebra 1. Students may encounter simultaneous equations, quadratic equations, parabolas, and inequalities for the first time.
For these and other reasons, students often feel uneasy with Algebra 1 and need an approach where learning occurs in small steps with plenty of opportunities for practice and success. Once a firm foundation (and confidence) is built, the student may progress faster.
Algebra 2 builds upon both algebra 1 and geometry, extending concepts such as trig functions and logarithms, and introducing concepts such as complex numbers. I like to insure the student has fully mastered prerequisite concepts, reviewing and reinforcing as necessary, then take them at their own speed into new material. As in all math courses, the student must practice each skill until it is mastered. I have a variety of materials to aid understanding, accelerate learning, improve retention, and make practice a little bit more fun.
I learned about Asperger's Disorder first-hand from my son, who was diagnosed with it near the end of elementary school, after approximately four years of severe problems in school, many medical opinions and four hospitalizations. I know first-hand the frustrations that students with Asperger's face.
Following this experience, I became an advocate for children with such challenges, giving teacher seminars and attending IEP meetings with parents. Since then I have obtained teacher certification in middle and high school math and science, and I have taught in alternative high schools for five years. I have had at least a dozen students with Asperger's in my classes, and I delight in encouraging them. I have learned many ways of presenting curriculum. If one method doesn't work, I modify my approach until we find an approach that "fits" the individual student.
I am a public school teacher in a school where many of the students take the ASVAB. I teach math and science, so can help on those topics -- including the mechanical comprehension, but am also knowledgeable on the electronics and shop sections. I worked as a computer field engineer for 10 years earlier in my career, servicing many military sites and using electronic and mechanical skills to fix and maintain large system computer hardware.
I took 16 semester hours of chemistry when I was in college, with an "A" average. I love chemistry and have taught it in high school Physical Science. I consider myself well-qualified to tutor at the high school level, but not necessarily at the college level.
I have taught and tutored many students with dyslexia. I have found that once computational difficulties are addressed, many of these students have a remarkable aptitude for more abstract math, such as algebra, geometry and probability/statistics. Many of these students have excelled at science as well, and thinking "outside the box."
I have taken at least four undergraduate and continuing education courses to improve the reading comprehension of my students in math and science. My approach is to explore with the student how they can cope with specific difficulties by using an alternative approach. I teach using a series of small steps with frequent successes to build confidence, motivation, and mastery.
My educational background includes Developmental Psychology. I have taken two college level courses on Reading Comprehension. I am a certified middle and high school teacher. I have also worked in elementary classrooms as a volunteer and as a substitute teacher.
My North Carolina middle school certification covers 6th grade, which is the first year of our middle school.
I have raised two children, both of whom had special challenges, so I am well aware of the concerns of elementary parents and teachers. (Both are now grown, one with a Master's Degree in Nuclear Engineering, the other a college senior.) I can affirm and reassure parents and help them seek answers because I too have been there.
Being certified in math and science at the middle and high school levels, I have the requisite knowledge to tutor elementary school students.
I am currently tutoring several fifth graders. At first I was reluctant to do so, but I was asked to add the little sister of an existing student, whom I already knew. She and I had (and continue to have) so much fun with the tutoring, that I gladly accepted two more fifth graders over the following year. They and their parents have rated my tutoring highly.
I am familiar with my state's curriculum for each elementary school grade, and have access to a variety of excellent materials. I often use materials from "Teachers Pay Teachers," and often supplement direct tutoring by taking students through interactive learning modules on IXL.com, which covers math and elementary English Language Arts.
I have an extensive collection of manipulatives which I use with students who they seem to "fit." I have number tiles, learning wrap-ups, and syllable tiles, for example.
Recently I have developed an intense interest in reading pedagogy as a result of trying to help several children at a boarding school where I tutor. My own daughter had difficulties with reading. I have informally studied Orton-Gillingham and am familiar with Lindamood Bell from a parental perspective. (Her "Visualize and Verbalize" program turned my daughter from a skilled but reluctant reader into a bookworm!) I incorporate some of these methodologies and similar materials into my tutoring when needed, although I refer any student with a severe reading difficulty to a certified reading clinic.
Finally, I have discovered these younger students bring me great joy and happiness.
I am a certified secondary math teacher in North Carolina. While I presently teach at the high school level, I have accepted elementary tutoring students in third grade and above. I find this to be enjoyable and rewarding. I am hoping to get more students in this age range, as I believe I can offer encouragement and knowledge that will help them when they transition to middle school. This is the age when they are forming their attitudes toward math and building the thinking habits and self-confidence for success later on.
I enjoy science and the wonder and curiosity it entails. In college I took four semesters of chemistry, anatomy, genetics, microbiology, botany, ecology, two semesters of physics, and two semesters of general biology. I have taught both physical science and earth science at the high school level. I delight in preparing elementary aged children for the science courses they will encounter in secondary school.
I have used my English ability in several jobs, including proofreading, writing corporate minutes, editing, and now blogging. (You can see my blog on WyzAnt.) I read constantly, including modern fiction, classic fiction, scientific journals, and nonfiction.
I have taught Earth Science for three years at the high school level. I have never taken Geology at the college level. Therefore, I would be an excellent tutor for a high school student taking Earth Science, but would decline a tutoring job at the college level in this subject.
Business and management comprise a large part of my career history, ranging from nonprofit management, for-profit small business management, customer service, and extensive IT work. I have also prepped many students for tests through my Wyzant tutoring. I believe my unique combination of skills and experience in the business world make me an ideal tutor for the GMAT.
I am an experienced tutor in math, writing, and test prep. I have taken the GRE myself and made high scores. My approach is to take each student at his or her own pace through a realistic schedule of practice tests, math and grammar review, essay writing, and test-taking strategies. I use practice test results to target the skills that need strengthening.
I have a B.A. in Mathematics from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (1975). My strongest area was Logic. I passed a graduate-level Logic course at GW with a 100% average. Professors repeatedly noted my strength in writing short and effective proofs.
I teach high school Physical Science, so I am familiar with common misconceptions students may have, as well as how to help students to develop a reliable problem-solving strategy. I can particularly help students who are anxious about all the formulas in Physical Science.
I am a certified teacher and have passed Praxis exams not only for basic certification, but also for the four fields I am certified in: 9-12 Math, 9-12 Science, Middle School Math and Middle School Science. I received a Certificate of Merit from my top 10% score on the 9-12 Science exam.
Since I have successfully taken these exams, I believe I could help an aspiring teacher prepare for them. I still have the preparation materials I used. If you would like to verify my teaching license with NC Department of Public Instruction, please email me.
Prealgebra is so important in laying the groundwork for later success in math. The student is just beginning to consolidate earlier teachings and to incorporate abstract thinking. I can help students develop a deep understanding of variables, slopes, linear equations, solving equations, graphing lines, direct variation, formula manipulation and other prealgebra topics.
I have successfully tutored several students recently in Precalculus. This is an exciting course, integrating previous learnings into powerful mathematical tools to solve real-life problems. I can identify and strengthen concepts the student may not have completely retained from prerequisite courses. I will safely guide the student through the challenges of Precalculus.
The PSAT is a major stepping-stone to a higher education. It is important for a student to be thoroughly prepared in math and language arts. I can help target preparation to areas that need strengthening.
SAT reading can be a stumbling block for students with limited vocabulary or reading comprehension. My approach is to delve into the reasons behind the student's difficulties, and systematically target areas of weakness. I have multiple resources to increase vocabulary given enough lead time and practice by the student. I encourage the student to actively visualize while reading and carefully go over the whole spectrum of reading passages in order to strengthen comprehension.
I have practice exams I can administer, or can direct students to free ones on the internet.
I also focus on strategy, namely pacing, visualization, and effective guessing.
SAT writing involves sentence and paragraph construction as well as a writing sample. If the student has already taken the SAT once, I analyze the results to evaluate how much effort to spend on each subtest. Otherwise, i have the student take a practice exam and use those results to evaluate needed strengthening.
I systematically train the student in the primary question types in the writing subtests.
If the writing sample is an area of concern, we practice, critique, and develop strategy. I also try to address test anxiety by encouraging positive self-talk and visualization.
I feel well-qualified to tutor for the SSAT because I have taught both middle and high school math. I have extensive experience with middle-schoolers' understanding of the topics covered as well as the perspective of what they will need to master to be successful in high school. I have also successfully tutored in writing and SAT prep, both verbal and math.
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