Over 600 tutoring hours

Laura S.

Greensboro, NC

$36/hour

Effective SAT Coach, ESOL and Reading/Writing Skills Educator

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Background check passed as of 4/14/16
4.9 average from 172 ratings
Great Tutor for SAT Reading Section
— Shannon, Greensboro, NC on 12/10/14

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Salem College
Psychology
Virginia Tech
Master's

Education

Salem College (Psychology)

Virginia Tech (Master's)

About Laura

Teaching is an art, and learning is a gift and privilege from which both students and teachers can benefit. I chose teaching as a career to impact students' lives and because the progress that I often witness from students is fulfilling to me. Both students and teachers learn in the tutoring process. I chose to work with language students in order to be consistently engaged in this process. I became a teacher overseas, completed various levels of training, and obtained a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

I specialize in ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages), reading, language arts, linguistic principles as well as having co taught subjects such as US History, Civics, Pre-Algebra, and Earth Science. In addition, I have done SAT test preparation and Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) preparation as well as review for state school assessments. I have developed many effective study strategies for students from personal teaching reflection and using good teaching practices. I've had a variety of experiences that include teaching overseas, and have done intensive coaching for a variety of standardized assessments.

I believe all students can succeed with proper instruction and motivation. I think learning happens when it is purposeful, relevant to daily life, and engages students. It should teach not only knowledge but also critical thinking skills. I think learning is important to social and personal development, and I am pleased to be an educator, knowing I can help students grow in their personal and academic lives.


*Special rate of 30/hour through September 15th.
Teaching is an art, and learning is a gift and privilege from which both students and teachers can benefit. I chose teaching as a career to impact students' lives and because the progress that I often witness from students is fulfilling to me. Both students and teachers learn in the tutoring Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

$36 fee applies to cancellations with less than 12 hour advance notice the second occurrence

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Greensboro, NC 27410
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great Tutor for SAT Reading Section"

- Shannon, Greensboro, NC on 12/10/14

"Great tutor - improved SAT score by 160 points"

- Jim, Greensboro, NC on 11/21/15

"Knowledgeable, patient"

- Katy, Julian, NC on 8/22/15

"Brilliant tutor!!!"

- Diana, Greensboro, NC on 7/6/15

"She is pretty patient"

- Kelly, Greensboro, NC on 7/1/15

"Great tutor for both my girls"

- Naomi, Greensboro, NC on 4/27/15

"Patient and Caring Tutor"

- Randy, Greensboro, NC on 3/3/15

"Awesome Tutor!"

- Justin, Greensboro, NC on 6/5/14

"Very, Very Patient, top notch tutor"

- Harry, Reidsville, NC on 2/22/14

"Just what we needed, great tutor."

- Enoch, Greensboro, NC on 5/6/13

"Great tutor."

- Tony, Greensboro, NC on 12/20/12
Laura replied on 7/18/2013

Tony is working on SAT reading, writing and vocabulary strategies using the Kaplan materials.

Science:
Psychology
English:
ACT English, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ASVAB, GED, Praxis,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SOL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Portuguese
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a Virginia Teaching Certificate for grades Prek-12, which expires in 2014. I have worked with students in grades 1 to 5 in Virginia public schools (ranked number 4 in the U.S.). The subjects I taught were Reading and Math.

Elementary Math

I have co-taught math as advanced as Algebra I in public school districts for two years previously. I assisted the teacher in planning lessons for ESOL students.

English

I am a certified ESOL Teacher who has worked with second language students to teach English language skills as well as content from traditional English classes. I served as a co teacher for state English assessments as well.

ESL/ESOL

I have a post secondary teaching credential in "English to Speakers of Other Languages" (Prek-12).

Grammar

I have taught simple and complex grammar to ESOL students as well as students taking state assessments in English. In addition, I have worked with college level students in ESOL language programs, teaching writing classes which included grammar instruction. I also teach a seminar to certify adults to teach grammar to students in foreign countries.

Phonics

I took a graduate level course called Word Study in which I studied about formations of words and phonics for English as a Second Language. I teach Second Language Acquisition which is a topic directly related to phonics. I cover principals of phonics, pronunciation, and phonetics. I hold a master's degree from Virginia Tech and a Virginia Teaching Credential, ESOL, Prek-12.

Portuguese

I lived and worked in Brazil for three years where I used Portuguese on a daily basis as a primary language. I worked with a private tutor to learn the format and use of the language as well as using it to teach in a language setting. In addition, I translated documents from Portuguese to English.

Praxis

I have taken the ESOL Praxis Subject Test on which I scored a 700. In addition, I took the Secondary English Praxis Test on which I scored a 173. I have done extensive study and test preparation for personal improvement for my career. I used the web site, test manuals, and supplemental materials to prepare for these tests.

Psychology

I hold a BA degree in Psychology with an emphasis on learning styles.

Reading

I have tutored students for state assessments in reading in public school and have also worked with students on reading concepts for the SAT. In addition, I have taught language arts in public school.

SAT Reading

I have worked as a tutor for SAT in local tutoring centers. I have also done end of course test preparation for state standardized assessments with a proven track record for students receiving passing scores (90% pass rate). I use particular vocabulary and reading strategies which are effective for students. I also have researched several web pages which are useful in preparation for the test.

SAT Writing

I have worked as a tutor for SAT in local tutoring centers. I have also done end of course test preparation for state standardized assessments with a proven track record for students receiving passing scores (90% pass rate). I use particular vocabulary and reading strategies which are effective for students. I also have researched several web pages which are useful in preparation for the test.

SOL

I have coached graduating students for the Virginia EOC tests in Reading, Writing, and US History as well as World Geography, and World History. I work on test strategy and teaching skills that the student was challenged by in the previous test based on that result. This past year, I had a 100% pass rate for Writing with the students I coached.

Study Skills

I am a certified teacher who has coached secondary students for state standard tests. I specialize in reading, vocabulary and writing study skills. I also teach test taking skills and strategies for various assessments such as the SAT.

Writing

I have taught basic to advanced writing to students from grades 1 to college level. I have taught the writing process as well as the revision process and structure of essays for class writing as well as timed writing for standardized assessments. In addition, I write my own blogs online.

Salem College
Psychology
Virginia Tech
Master's

Education

Salem College (Psychology)

Virginia Tech (Master's)

Great Tutor for SAT Reading Section — My son worked with Laura to prepare for the reading section of the SAT. Laura came to the home for a first meeting free of charge and we all sat down to review our goals and her strategy to help my son achieve that goal. She was patient, knowledgeable, and offered multiple strategies that helped him achieve an excellent score on his first attempt of the SAT test. We would highly recommend Laura fo ...

— Shannon, Greensboro, NC on 12/10/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $36.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

$36 fee applies to cancellations with less than 12 hour advance notice the second occurrence

Travel policy

Laura will travel within 15 miles of Greensboro, NC 27410.