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Elizabeth O.

Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!

Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!

$40/hour

  • 632 hours tutoring

  • Wake Forest, NC 27587

About Elizabeth


Bio

I take my inspiration from the very famous Ms. Frizzle of the Magic School bus series whose favorite saying is "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" I believe that every child CAN learn and can master those difficult concepts that may be giving them trouble. I graduated with my bachelors in elementary education in December 2011 from the University of Central Florida. I also have my reading endorsement as well as my ESOL endorsement.

As your child's tutor, I will first work to...

I take my inspiration from the very famous Ms. Frizzle of the Magic School bus series whose favorite saying is "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" I believe that every child CAN learn and can master those difficult concepts that may be giving them trouble. I graduated with my bachelors in elementary education in December 2011 from the University of Central Florida. I also have my reading endorsement as well as my ESOL endorsement.

As your child's tutor, I will first work to determine his or her learning style. In my work as a teacher and substitute teacher in the public schools, I discovered that the key to a child's success was meeting his or her learning style. For example, if your child is having trouble mastering subtraction and is a hands on learner, I will create a hands on method that helps them visually understand the process of subtraction. If your child is a visual learner and having trouble mastering parts of speech, I will create a color coded game related to the parts of speech. I will then take the new knowledge your child has learned and help them apply it to their classwork.

I LOVE to create new methods and ideas for each individual student! I am a very creative tutor who doesn't give up until I find a way to help your child master the concept we are working on.


Education

University of Central Florida
undergrad

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $40
  • Rate details: I offer a sibling discount of 5% per child. Group lesson rates will be calculated based on the amount of students in a group and the needs of the group.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 4/16/2015

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I earned my ESOL Endorsement from the University of Central Florida in December 2011. I am trained in many different strategies designed to help everyone from the newest English speaker to those who are almost there but need to work on their grammar or vocabulary skills. I prefer to stay away from the method of drilling words over and over unless specifically requested, instead focusing on actively learning and playing with the English language. I design my own activities appropriate for each age and stage of English Language Learners. Let me help you today!
Proofreading,

Proofreading

"Wat do you mean, mrs. o? I don't need 2 proofread." Wow, look at those two sentences! How many mistakes can you find? Proofreading is important! I purposefully made several different types of mistakes in those two sentences. One was spelling, one was capitalization, one was "text speak," and one was punctuation. Many children do not understand how important proofreading is. They will hand me papers that look just like those two sentences at the top. A favorite of mine is "I did proofread, Mrs. O! I found all the spelling mistakes!" Proofreading is not just about spelling, and that's something every child should learn. Your child and I will look through passages to find mistakes. We will figure out what is wrong with each thing, and why! We will learn when to capitalize a word, and when to use different types of punctuation. I will make proofreading fun! We will use magnetic punctuation to change sentences. Your child and I will create stories for each others with mistakes on purpose to see just how many mistakes we can find. Each of these activities will help your child learn to be on the lookout and always, always proofread! If you were keeping track, there were a total of four mistakes in the two sentences at the top. Mrs. O counts as one, since it is only one name.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Common Core,

Common Core

As an educator, I am constantly following the latest education news and standards. Common Core is often confusing to parents and students alike! My job is to bridge that gap for either you as the parent or you as the student, or both! I have worked extensively with the standards in grades K-10. I make certain to develop methods to teach concepts that align closely with the Common Core standards while making certain that as the parent you learn the "new" ways and are able to help your child at home.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelors in Elementary Education K-6 in December 2011. I completed two student teaching internships as part of my coursework. I also earned my ESOL endorsement as well as my reading endorsement as part of my coursework.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

Math has changed dramatically in its presentation in the elementary school in recent years. It is now full of hands on and group collaboration activities. However, sometimes this does not work for all students. Some students may need that one on on attention to grasp a concept before they can do it with a group. That's where I come in! I have many different methods of teaching math. Sometimes, it's all about looking at it from another perspective. For instance, I once worked with a child who had mastered the idea of multiplication by reasoning that it was a much faster way to add. He loved that instead of adding 4 + 4 + 4 + 4, he could simply multiply 4 X 4 and get 16. However, he could not master the concept of division! By the time I began working with him, he was truly convinced he would never pass the fourth grade. Knowing that this child viewed multiplication as another way to add, I helped him understand that division was simply multiplying "backwards." 16/4 = 4, which is also 4 X 4. If he multiplied the quotient and the divisor, he ended up back at the dividend! He was fascinated with this new knowledge, and decided he could pass fourth grade after all. I tell you this story in order for you to understand, I truly believe math is about perspective. I strive to find a way for your child to look at math or a type of math problem so that he or she feels confident in his or her ability to tackle it.
Elementary Science,

Elementary Science

Science is one of the most fun subjects out there! I love to teach through hands on experiences and experiments. For example, if your kindergartner is just learning to experience gravity, I will gather up a bunch of objects that weigh different amounts. We will find a safe place to climb, and we will drop them! Your child and I will make predictions about how fast an item might fall. Science is about discovery. Your child may discover that a feather falls "differently" than a rock, for instance. If your child is older, we will expand on gravity! Your child may have learned already that gravity is something that keeps you on the earth, but now he or she will learn it is a force that "pulls you back down to earth." I increase each level of knowledge to a child's ability and increasing vocabulary. Science is full of rich and wonderful opportunities to do this. I can't wait to show you what I come up with next for science!
Handwriting,

Handwriting

When people think of poor handwriting, their focus often turns to pencil grips that you slide onto the pencil to help the student hold the pencil correctly. As a tutor, I've found that for many children, grips actually hinder their ability to correct their handwriting and letter formation. In fact, I hold my pencil incorrectly and have beautiful handwriting! I mention this because I firmly believe that each child learns their own way. Experts are now stating that there are many ways to hold a pencil. I work with your child to find their best pencil grip, and then we go from there. One of the biggest obstacles behind poor handwriting is fine motor skills. This is where I really get to make handwriting fun! Depending on age, we play with play-doh, use staplers, hole punches, dot paint our spelling or sight words, string letter beads onto pipe cleaners to form our spelling or sight words, writing in salt, and many more activities! If it can improve fine motor skills, we do it! By using fun activities such as these, I can get the kids excited about handwriting. Suddenly, it isn't nearly as much of a chore! For younger kids, I use songs or poems to work on letter formation. For a w, we say "Down the mountain, up the mountain, down the mountain, up the mountain." For a y, we continue in that manner but say "down the mountain, up the mountain, WAY down the mountain!" The students I have worked with in handwriting have all shown improvement within 2-3 weeks, and significant improvement in 4-6 weeks! Homework becomes so much easier, and then we are able to focus on other areas of need for improvement.
Phonics,

Phonics

In addition to my Elementary K-6 degree, I have an endorsement in reading instruction. This means that I have extra training in diagnosing and rectifying reading problems. Phonics is a big part of this! I love to play games with the children to assist in phonics acquisition. After a brief assessment, I know exactly where to start. We focus specifically on one area at a time. If we want to work on CVC words, or consonant-vowel-consonant, we might dig for dinosaur bones with CVC words on them! After we dig for those bones, we can read a story with the words we just dug up in them! Suddenly, the child's confidence grows and they are ready to tackle bigger and better things! For older children, we play games such as digraph memory. Digraphs are pairs of letters representing a single sound, such as the /ph/ in pheasant. We go on scavenger hunts for the parts of phonics we are focusing on. You name it, we do it! I do my best not to use worksheets in my phonic instruction beyond homework. I find that once I get the children having fun, phonics becomes fun. Once phonics becomes fun, they suddenly learn to enjoy reading because it makes sense. As a tutor, my goal is for children to enjoy learning and have fun at school again!
Reading,

Reading

I earned my reading endorsement in December 2011. I love working with children and teaching them to read! The very first thing I do when working with your child in reading is administer a reading inventory. This is very informal. It tells me several very important things about your child. It tells me the level your child is reading at, such as a 4th grade level. This is different than the level your child comprehends at. Your child may read at a 4th grade level, but only comprehend at a 1st grade level. This is the important part! This lets me know that we need to work on comprehension. From there, I work to determine what type of problems your child is having with comprehension. I repeat this process for all types of reading issues that may come up. If one strategy does not work, I try another! I do not rely on only workbooks and notebook paper for reading strategies. I use manipulatives, stories, hands-on materials, puppets to help retell stories, and anything else I can get my hands on! I make reading interesting!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I graduated with my bachelor's in elementary education in December 2011 from the University of Central Florida. Study skills are enormously important to a student's success. I strive to include study skills in all of my lessons, starting with the youngest students all the way up through middle and high school. I work with the child, parents, and teacher if possible to discover what areas the child needs to improve on. Often, organization is one of the most frequently requested skills. I then work with everyone to develop a system that is easy to remember and helps the child stay organized at school. This may include visual reminders to turn in homework, color coded notebooks, even a plan of what the child should do when arriving home from school. As always, I tailor the skills to fit the child's learning style. For example, a visual child may highly benefit from learning to color code important notes in his or her planner. If "Johnny" has a spelling test on Friday, he could write a T on the Friday portion of his planner and circle it in red. Red would represent important dates. Johnny would also print "spelling" next to the circled T. However, not all children are this visual. For some, it may simply be a matter of creating a checklist to be completed each day at school. 1. Unpack bookbag 2. Sharpen pencils 3. Turn in homework 4. Start morning work. As each task is completed, the child can check it off. It is a matter of finding a system that works for each child! Older students will benefit from learning how to study, how to create learning games from their notes, how to study from their notes, and how to organize their life now that they are in middle and high school. Many of these are strategies I developed as I got into the older grades and realized I needed new ways to retain the information I was being taught! I create memory games, matching games, "slap" vocabulary games, and more! Middle and high school students will actually learn to enjoy studying with my methods!
Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I earned my ESOL Endorsement from the University of Central Florida in December 2011. I am trained in many different strategies designed to help everyone from the newest English speaker to those who are almost there but need to work on their grammar or vocabulary skills. I prefer to stay away from the method of drilling words over and over unless specifically requested, instead focusing on actively learning and playing with the English language. I design my own activities appropriate for each age and stage of English Language Learners. Let me help you today!
Proofreading,

Proofreading

"Wat do you mean, mrs. o? I don't need 2 proofread." Wow, look at those two sentences! How many mistakes can you find? Proofreading is important! I purposefully made several different types of mistakes in those two sentences. One was spelling, one was capitalization, one was "text speak," and one was punctuation. Many children do not understand how important proofreading is. They will hand me papers that look just like those two sentences at the top. A favorite of mine is "I did proofread, Mrs. O! I found all the spelling mistakes!" Proofreading is not just about spelling, and that's something every child should learn. Your child and I will look through passages to find mistakes. We will figure out what is wrong with each thing, and why! We will learn when to capitalize a word, and when to use different types of punctuation. I will make proofreading fun! We will use magnetic punctuation to change sentences. Your child and I will create stories for each others with mistakes on purpose to see just how many mistakes we can find. Each of these activities will help your child learn to be on the lookout and always, always proofread! If you were keeping track, there were a total of four mistakes in the two sentences at the top. Mrs. O counts as one, since it is only one name.
Reading,

Reading

I earned my reading endorsement in December 2011. I love working with children and teaching them to read! The very first thing I do when working with your child in reading is administer a reading inventory. This is very informal. It tells me several very important things about your child. It tells me the level your child is reading at, such as a 4th grade level. This is different than the level your child comprehends at. Your child may read at a 4th grade level, but only comprehend at a 1st grade level. This is the important part! This lets me know that we need to work on comprehension. From there, I work to determine what type of problems your child is having with comprehension. I repeat this process for all types of reading issues that may come up. If one strategy does not work, I try another! I do not rely on only workbooks and notebook paper for reading strategies. I use manipulatives, stories, hands-on materials, puppets to help retell stories, and anything else I can get my hands on! I make reading interesting!
Writing,

Writing

Details, details, details! I love to write, and I love to help children become better writers. I have discovered that many children have a hard time getting what is in their head onto the page. Children may also have a hard time understanding what is truly expected of them in a composition. When I work with a child, I always questions. I ask for more details. I ask why. I ask how that could happen in a story. I ask what color dog the child is writing about, or what type of alien they happened to meet one day walking along the beach. With the start of these questions, the children begin to get the idea. They know that they need to include more. I love to tell my children that whoever is reading their composition can not climb into their brain to explain if something does not make sense or there are not enough details because they will probably not be there in order to explain! As you can tell, I try to make writing fun. I don't want to the idea of writing to be boring or tedious. I want a writer who loves to write, who loves to share a story! I will also read stories with your child. We will discuss why an author included the details he or she did. I will leave off details that the author wrote, and ask your child to tell me their opinion of the story. This type of thing also helps drive home the point of "Details matter! Descriptions matter!" I will share my love of writing with your child with patience, love, and enthusiasm.
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, SAT Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

History

American History, World History

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelors in Elementary Education K-6 in December 2011. I completed two student teaching internships as part of my coursework. I also earned my ESOL endorsement as well as my reading endorsement as part of my coursework.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I earned my ESOL Endorsement from the University of Central Florida in December 2011. I am trained in many different strategies designed to help everyone from the newest English speaker to those who are almost there but need to work on their grammar or vocabulary skills. I prefer to stay away from the method of drilling words over and over unless specifically requested, instead focusing on actively learning and playing with the English language. I design my own activities appropriate for each age and stage of English Language Learners. Let me help you today!
Handwriting,

Handwriting

When people think of poor handwriting, their focus often turns to pencil grips that you slide onto the pencil to help the student hold the pencil correctly. As a tutor, I've found that for many children, grips actually hinder their ability to correct their handwriting and letter formation. In fact, I hold my pencil incorrectly and have beautiful handwriting! I mention this because I firmly believe that each child learns their own way. Experts are now stating that there are many ways to hold a pencil. I work with your child to find their best pencil grip, and then we go from there. One of the biggest obstacles behind poor handwriting is fine motor skills. This is where I really get to make handwriting fun! Depending on age, we play with play-doh, use staplers, hole punches, dot paint our spelling or sight words, string letter beads onto pipe cleaners to form our spelling or sight words, writing in salt, and many more activities! If it can improve fine motor skills, we do it! By using fun activities such as these, I can get the kids excited about handwriting. Suddenly, it isn't nearly as much of a chore! For younger kids, I use songs or poems to work on letter formation. For a w, we say "Down the mountain, up the mountain, down the mountain, up the mountain." For a y, we continue in that manner but say "down the mountain, up the mountain, WAY down the mountain!" The students I have worked with in handwriting have all shown improvement within 2-3 weeks, and significant improvement in 4-6 weeks! Homework becomes so much easier, and then we are able to focus on other areas of need for improvement.
Piano,

Piano

I have been playing piano for 6 years and teaching for 1. I currently play at the intermediate advanced level and teach everyone from absolute beginner to early intermediate. I would love to help you or your child take their first steps with piano. I use a combination of hands on games and fit the lessons to each child's learning style. I use a piano method that best fits your or your child's learning style and needs. As always, I adapt all materials as needed in order to tailor the lessons just to you! I have taught children as young as 3 years old! I incorporate both on the bench and off the bench activities into my lessons. This keeps my students moving and active while adding the benefit of increasing attention span at the piano! I teach beginners through intermediate learners! I am in the process of adapting methods to meet learners with special needs, including Autism, ADHD, difficulties with motor control, and more! We do have an optional spring and winter recital! I also teach adults! Give piano a try today!
Reading,

Reading

I earned my reading endorsement in December 2011. I love working with children and teaching them to read! The very first thing I do when working with your child in reading is administer a reading inventory. This is very informal. It tells me several very important things about your child. It tells me the level your child is reading at, such as a 4th grade level. This is different than the level your child comprehends at. Your child may read at a 4th grade level, but only comprehend at a 1st grade level. This is the important part! This lets me know that we need to work on comprehension. From there, I work to determine what type of problems your child is having with comprehension. I repeat this process for all types of reading issues that may come up. If one strategy does not work, I try another! I do not rely on only workbooks and notebook paper for reading strategies. I use manipulatives, stories, hands-on materials, puppets to help retell stories, and anything else I can get my hands on! I make reading interesting!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I graduated with my bachelor's in elementary education in December 2011 from the University of Central Florida. Study skills are enormously important to a student's success. I strive to include study skills in all of my lessons, starting with the youngest students all the way up through middle and high school. I work with the child, parents, and teacher if possible to discover what areas the child needs to improve on. Often, organization is one of the most frequently requested skills. I then work with everyone to develop a system that is easy to remember and helps the child stay organized at school. This may include visual reminders to turn in homework, color coded notebooks, even a plan of what the child should do when arriving home from school. As always, I tailor the skills to fit the child's learning style. For example, a visual child may highly benefit from learning to color code important notes in his or her planner. If "Johnny" has a spelling test on Friday, he could write a T on the Friday portion of his planner and circle it in red. Red would represent important dates. Johnny would also print "spelling" next to the circled T. However, not all children are this visual. For some, it may simply be a matter of creating a checklist to be completed each day at school. 1. Unpack bookbag 2. Sharpen pencils 3. Turn in homework 4. Start morning work. As each task is completed, the child can check it off. It is a matter of finding a system that works for each child! Older students will benefit from learning how to study, how to create learning games from their notes, how to study from their notes, and how to organize their life now that they are in middle and high school. Many of these are strategies I developed as I got into the older grades and realized I needed new ways to retain the information I was being taught! I create memory games, matching games, "slap" vocabulary games, and more! Middle and high school students will actually learn to enjoy studying with my methods!
Writing,

Writing

Details, details, details! I love to write, and I love to help children become better writers. I have discovered that many children have a hard time getting what is in their head onto the page. Children may also have a hard time understanding what is truly expected of them in a composition. When I work with a child, I always questions. I ask for more details. I ask why. I ask how that could happen in a story. I ask what color dog the child is writing about, or what type of alien they happened to meet one day walking along the beach. With the start of these questions, the children begin to get the idea. They know that they need to include more. I love to tell my children that whoever is reading their composition can not climb into their brain to explain if something does not make sense or there are not enough details because they will probably not be there in order to explain! As you can tell, I try to make writing fun. I don't want to the idea of writing to be boring or tedious. I want a writer who loves to write, who loves to share a story! I will also read stories with your child. We will discuss why an author included the details he or she did. I will leave off details that the author wrote, and ask your child to tell me their opinion of the story. This type of thing also helps drive home the point of "Details matter! Descriptions matter!" I will share my love of writing with your child with patience, love, and enthusiasm.
Algebra 1, Biology, English, Prealgebra, SAT Reading, Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I earned my ESOL Endorsement from the University of Central Florida in December 2011. I am trained in many different strategies designed to help everyone from the newest English speaker to those who are almost there but need to work on their grammar or vocabulary skills. I prefer to stay away from the method of drilling words over and over unless specifically requested, instead focusing on actively learning and playing with the English language. I design my own activities appropriate for each age and stage of English Language Learners. Let me help you today!

Math

Algebra 1, Prealgebra

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelors in Elementary Education K-6 in December 2011. I completed two student teaching internships as part of my coursework. I also earned my ESOL endorsement as well as my reading endorsement as part of my coursework.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I earned my ESOL Endorsement from the University of Central Florida in December 2011. I am trained in many different strategies designed to help everyone from the newest English speaker to those who are almost there but need to work on their grammar or vocabulary skills. I prefer to stay away from the method of drilling words over and over unless specifically requested, instead focusing on actively learning and playing with the English language. I design my own activities appropriate for each age and stage of English Language Learners. Let me help you today!
Piano,

Piano

I have been playing piano for 6 years and teaching for 1. I currently play at the intermediate advanced level and teach everyone from absolute beginner to early intermediate. I would love to help you or your child take their first steps with piano. I use a combination of hands on games and fit the lessons to each child's learning style. I use a piano method that best fits your or your child's learning style and needs. As always, I adapt all materials as needed in order to tailor the lessons just to you! I have taught children as young as 3 years old! I incorporate both on the bench and off the bench activities into my lessons. This keeps my students moving and active while adding the benefit of increasing attention span at the piano! I teach beginners through intermediate learners! I am in the process of adapting methods to meet learners with special needs, including Autism, ADHD, difficulties with motor control, and more! We do have an optional spring and winter recital! I also teach adults! Give piano a try today!
Reading,

Reading

I earned my reading endorsement in December 2011. I love working with children and teaching them to read! The very first thing I do when working with your child in reading is administer a reading inventory. This is very informal. It tells me several very important things about your child. It tells me the level your child is reading at, such as a 4th grade level. This is different than the level your child comprehends at. Your child may read at a 4th grade level, but only comprehend at a 1st grade level. This is the important part! This lets me know that we need to work on comprehension. From there, I work to determine what type of problems your child is having with comprehension. I repeat this process for all types of reading issues that may come up. If one strategy does not work, I try another! I do not rely on only workbooks and notebook paper for reading strategies. I use manipulatives, stories, hands-on materials, puppets to help retell stories, and anything else I can get my hands on! I make reading interesting!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I graduated with my bachelor's in elementary education in December 2011 from the University of Central Florida. Study skills are enormously important to a student's success. I strive to include study skills in all of my lessons, starting with the youngest students all the way up through middle and high school. I work with the child, parents, and teacher if possible to discover what areas the child needs to improve on. Often, organization is one of the most frequently requested skills. I then work with everyone to develop a system that is easy to remember and helps the child stay organized at school. This may include visual reminders to turn in homework, color coded notebooks, even a plan of what the child should do when arriving home from school. As always, I tailor the skills to fit the child's learning style. For example, a visual child may highly benefit from learning to color code important notes in his or her planner. If "Johnny" has a spelling test on Friday, he could write a T on the Friday portion of his planner and circle it in red. Red would represent important dates. Johnny would also print "spelling" next to the circled T. However, not all children are this visual. For some, it may simply be a matter of creating a checklist to be completed each day at school. 1. Unpack bookbag 2. Sharpen pencils 3. Turn in homework 4. Start morning work. As each task is completed, the child can check it off. It is a matter of finding a system that works for each child! Older students will benefit from learning how to study, how to create learning games from their notes, how to study from their notes, and how to organize their life now that they are in middle and high school. Many of these are strategies I developed as I got into the older grades and realized I needed new ways to retain the information I was being taught! I create memory games, matching games, "slap" vocabulary games, and more! Middle and high school students will actually learn to enjoy studying with my methods!
Writing,

Writing

Details, details, details! I love to write, and I love to help children become better writers. I have discovered that many children have a hard time getting what is in their head onto the page. Children may also have a hard time understanding what is truly expected of them in a composition. When I work with a child, I always questions. I ask for more details. I ask why. I ask how that could happen in a story. I ask what color dog the child is writing about, or what type of alien they happened to meet one day walking along the beach. With the start of these questions, the children begin to get the idea. They know that they need to include more. I love to tell my children that whoever is reading their composition can not climb into their brain to explain if something does not make sense or there are not enough details because they will probably not be there in order to explain! As you can tell, I try to make writing fun. I don't want to the idea of writing to be boring or tedious. I want a writer who loves to write, who loves to share a story! I will also read stories with your child. We will discuss why an author included the details he or she did. I will leave off details that the author wrote, and ask your child to tell me their opinion of the story. This type of thing also helps drive home the point of "Details matter! Descriptions matter!" I will share my love of writing with your child with patience, love, and enthusiasm.
Algebra 1, Biology, English, Prealgebra

Music

Piano

Piano

I have been playing piano for 6 years and teaching for 1. I currently play at the intermediate advanced level and teach everyone from absolute beginner to early intermediate. I would love to help you or your child take their first steps with piano. I use a combination of hands on games and fit the lessons to each child's learning style. I use a piano method that best fits your or your child's learning style and needs. As always, I adapt all materials as needed in order to tailor the lessons just to you! I have taught children as young as 3 years old! I incorporate both on the bench and off the bench activities into my lessons. This keeps my students moving and active while adding the benefit of increasing attention span at the piano! I teach beginners through intermediate learners! I am in the process of adapting methods to meet learners with special needs, including Autism, ADHD, difficulties with motor control, and more! We do have an optional spring and winter recital! I also teach adults! Give piano a try today!

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I earned my ESOL Endorsement from the University of Central Florida in December 2011. I am trained in many different strategies designed to help everyone from the newest English speaker to those who are almost there but need to work on their grammar or vocabulary skills. I prefer to stay away from the method of drilling words over and over unless specifically requested, instead focusing on actively learning and playing with the English language. I design my own activities appropriate for each age and stage of English Language Learners. Let me help you today!
Study Skills

Study Skills

I graduated with my bachelor's in elementary education in December 2011 from the University of Central Florida. Study skills are enormously important to a student's success. I strive to include study skills in all of my lessons, starting with the youngest students all the way up through middle and high school. I work with the child, parents, and teacher if possible to discover what areas the child needs to improve on. Often, organization is one of the most frequently requested skills. I then work with everyone to develop a system that is easy to remember and helps the child stay organized at school. This may include visual reminders to turn in homework, color coded notebooks, even a plan of what the child should do when arriving home from school. As always, I tailor the skills to fit the child's learning style. For example, a visual child may highly benefit from learning to color code important notes in his or her planner. If "Johnny" has a spelling test on Friday, he could write a T on the Friday portion of his planner and circle it in red. Red would represent important dates. Johnny would also print "spelling" next to the circled T. However, not all children are this visual. For some, it may simply be a matter of creating a checklist to be completed each day at school. 1. Unpack bookbag 2. Sharpen pencils 3. Turn in homework 4. Start morning work. As each task is completed, the child can check it off. It is a matter of finding a system that works for each child! Older students will benefit from learning how to study, how to create learning games from their notes, how to study from their notes, and how to organize their life now that they are in middle and high school. Many of these are strategies I developed as I got into the older grades and realized I needed new ways to retain the information I was being taught! I create memory games, matching games, "slap" vocabulary games, and more! Middle and high school students will actually learn to enjoy studying with my methods!

Science

ACT Science, Biology

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

Students with ADD or ADHD need teachers and tutors who understand their learning style. They get bored easily. I have discovered that many of these students can still hear you when it appears they are not paying attention. Often, students get in trouble at school for this. I also highly encourage the use of "fidgets" for children with ADD or ADHD. A fidget is a small object that children hold in their hand and "fidget" with while participating in a lesson. This allows the child to exercise his or her need to more or be doing something while still focusing on the lesson! I do not punish students for their own unique learning styles and attention needs. Instead, I embrace it. I do my best to find a way to reach every child! I tailor my lessons for children with ADD or ADHD to be fast paced while still really focusing on the concept that is to be mastered. My lessons are high on visuals and interactions. I make sure that we are not sitting the entire time! We get up and move! If we are working on subtraction, we may get up and learn a regrouping "dance." This is highly beneficial for a child with ADHD. Moving to a fun, repetitive song will help the idea of "regrouping" stick in the child's head. I graduated with my bachelor's in elementary education.
Phonics,

Phonics

In addition to my Elementary K-6 degree, I have an endorsement in reading instruction. This means that I have extra training in diagnosing and rectifying reading problems. Phonics is a big part of this! I love to play games with the children to assist in phonics acquisition. After a brief assessment, I know exactly where to start. We focus specifically on one area at a time. If we want to work on CVC words, or consonant-vowel-consonant, we might dig for dinosaur bones with CVC words on them! After we dig for those bones, we can read a story with the words we just dug up in them! Suddenly, the child's confidence grows and they are ready to tackle bigger and better things! For older children, we play games such as digraph memory. Digraphs are pairs of letters representing a single sound, such as the /ph/ in pheasant. We go on scavenger hunts for the parts of phonics we are focusing on. You name it, we do it! I do my best not to use worksheets in my phonic instruction beyond homework. I find that once I get the children having fun, phonics becomes fun. Once phonics becomes fun, they suddenly learn to enjoy reading because it makes sense. As a tutor, my goal is for children to enjoy learning and have fun at school again!
Special Needs,

Special Needs

I graduated with my bachelor's in elementary education in December 2011 from the University of Central Florida. I also have my reading endorsement as well as my ESOL endorsement. I have experience with children with many types of special needs. I have worked with children with Down Syndrome, autism, ADHD/ADD, and children who have health issues such as autoimmune disorders or cancer. One of my proudest moments was teaching my 11 year old student with Down Syndrome to finally understand how to add and subtract! I created my own activity for her that incorporated visuals and manipulative. By using a visual of the math fact and putting little shapes onto each portion of the equation, she was able to explore and figure out the concept for herself. She was so proud of herself, and for good reason! If your child has special needs, I am not one to give up on him or her. That same 11 year old went on to read and write with my assistance despite others insisting it wasn't possible. If you tell me it's not possible, I am going to do my very best to make it possible! As Walt Disney once said, "It's kind of fun to do the impossible." If I try something and it doesn't work, that's okay! I will keep working with you and your child until the concept is mastered.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I graduated with my bachelor's in elementary education in December 2011 from the University of Central Florida. Study skills are enormously important to a student's success. I strive to include study skills in all of my lessons, starting with the youngest students all the way up through middle and high school. I work with the child, parents, and teacher if possible to discover what areas the child needs to improve on. Often, organization is one of the most frequently requested skills. I then work with everyone to develop a system that is easy to remember and helps the child stay organized at school. This may include visual reminders to turn in homework, color coded notebooks, even a plan of what the child should do when arriving home from school. As always, I tailor the skills to fit the child's learning style. For example, a visual child may highly benefit from learning to color code important notes in his or her planner. If "Johnny" has a spelling test on Friday, he could write a T on the Friday portion of his planner and circle it in red. Red would represent important dates. Johnny would also print "spelling" next to the circled T. However, not all children are this visual. For some, it may simply be a matter of creating a checklist to be completed each day at school. 1. Unpack bookbag 2. Sharpen pencils 3. Turn in homework 4. Start morning work. As each task is completed, the child can check it off. It is a matter of finding a system that works for each child! Older students will benefit from learning how to study, how to create learning games from their notes, how to study from their notes, and how to organize their life now that they are in middle and high school. Many of these are strategies I developed as I got into the older grades and realized I needed new ways to retain the information I was being taught! I create memory games, matching games, "slap" vocabulary games, and more! Middle and high school students will actually learn to enjoy studying with my methods!

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelors in Elementary Education K-6 in December 2011. I completed two student teaching internships as part of my coursework. I also earned my ESOL endorsement as well as my reading endorsement as part of my coursework.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I earned my ESOL Endorsement from the University of Central Florida in December 2011. I am trained in many different strategies designed to help everyone from the newest English speaker to those who are almost there but need to work on their grammar or vocabulary skills. I prefer to stay away from the method of drilling words over and over unless specifically requested, instead focusing on actively learning and playing with the English language. I design my own activities appropriate for each age and stage of English Language Learners. Let me help you today!
Piano,

Piano

I have been playing piano for 6 years and teaching for 1. I currently play at the intermediate advanced level and teach everyone from absolute beginner to early intermediate. I would love to help you or your child take their first steps with piano. I use a combination of hands on games and fit the lessons to each child's learning style. I use a piano method that best fits your or your child's learning style and needs. As always, I adapt all materials as needed in order to tailor the lessons just to you! I have taught children as young as 3 years old! I incorporate both on the bench and off the bench activities into my lessons. This keeps my students moving and active while adding the benefit of increasing attention span at the piano! I teach beginners through intermediate learners! I am in the process of adapting methods to meet learners with special needs, including Autism, ADHD, difficulties with motor control, and more! We do have an optional spring and winter recital! I also teach adults! Give piano a try today!
Reading,

Reading

I earned my reading endorsement in December 2011. I love working with children and teaching them to read! The very first thing I do when working with your child in reading is administer a reading inventory. This is very informal. It tells me several very important things about your child. It tells me the level your child is reading at, such as a 4th grade level. This is different than the level your child comprehends at. Your child may read at a 4th grade level, but only comprehend at a 1st grade level. This is the important part! This lets me know that we need to work on comprehension. From there, I work to determine what type of problems your child is having with comprehension. I repeat this process for all types of reading issues that may come up. If one strategy does not work, I try another! I do not rely on only workbooks and notebook paper for reading strategies. I use manipulatives, stories, hands-on materials, puppets to help retell stories, and anything else I can get my hands on! I make reading interesting!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I graduated with my bachelor's in elementary education in December 2011 from the University of Central Florida. Study skills are enormously important to a student's success. I strive to include study skills in all of my lessons, starting with the youngest students all the way up through middle and high school. I work with the child, parents, and teacher if possible to discover what areas the child needs to improve on. Often, organization is one of the most frequently requested skills. I then work with everyone to develop a system that is easy to remember and helps the child stay organized at school. This may include visual reminders to turn in homework, color coded notebooks, even a plan of what the child should do when arriving home from school. As always, I tailor the skills to fit the child's learning style. For example, a visual child may highly benefit from learning to color code important notes in his or her planner. If "Johnny" has a spelling test on Friday, he could write a T on the Friday portion of his planner and circle it in red. Red would represent important dates. Johnny would also print "spelling" next to the circled T. However, not all children are this visual. For some, it may simply be a matter of creating a checklist to be completed each day at school. 1. Unpack bookbag 2. Sharpen pencils 3. Turn in homework 4. Start morning work. As each task is completed, the child can check it off. It is a matter of finding a system that works for each child! Older students will benefit from learning how to study, how to create learning games from their notes, how to study from their notes, and how to organize their life now that they are in middle and high school. Many of these are strategies I developed as I got into the older grades and realized I needed new ways to retain the information I was being taught! I create memory games, matching games, "slap" vocabulary games, and more! Middle and high school students will actually learn to enjoy studying with my methods!
Writing,

Writing

Details, details, details! I love to write, and I love to help children become better writers. I have discovered that many children have a hard time getting what is in their head onto the page. Children may also have a hard time understanding what is truly expected of them in a composition. When I work with a child, I always questions. I ask for more details. I ask why. I ask how that could happen in a story. I ask what color dog the child is writing about, or what type of alien they happened to meet one day walking along the beach. With the start of these questions, the children begin to get the idea. They know that they need to include more. I love to tell my children that whoever is reading their composition can not climb into their brain to explain if something does not make sense or there are not enough details because they will probably not be there in order to explain! As you can tell, I try to make writing fun. I don't want to the idea of writing to be boring or tedious. I want a writer who loves to write, who loves to share a story! I will also read stories with your child. We will discuss why an author included the details he or she did. I will leave off details that the author wrote, and ask your child to tell me their opinion of the story. This type of thing also helps drive home the point of "Details matter! Descriptions matter!" I will share my love of writing with your child with patience, love, and enthusiasm.
Algebra 1, Biology

Test Preparation

Common Core,

Common Core

As an educator, I am constantly following the latest education news and standards. Common Core is often confusing to parents and students alike! My job is to bridge that gap for either you as the parent or you as the student, or both! I have worked extensively with the standards in grades K-10. I make certain to develop methods to teach concepts that align closely with the Common Core standards while making certain that as the parent you learn the "new" ways and are able to help your child at home.
ACT English, ACT Reading, ACT Science, SAT Reading

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She really understands the needs of our daughter.

Elizabeth tailors lessons to our daughter's needs and with engaging games is really making a difference. Our daughter enjoys each lesson and her confidence has much improved!

Michael, 39 lessons with Elizabeth

Wonderful Beginning Piano Teacher!

My son started the piano 4 months ago, just before turning 7. I put off starting lessons, because I dreaded the battle of getting him to practice. To my surprise and pleasure, he loves to play. He practices all the time without being asked! I am so glad he loves visiting Mrs. Elizabeth each week. I couldn't ask for a better teacher to make learning the piano fun. She has so many wonderful ideas and always goes the extra mile to make sure she reaches all students. I can hardly believe how far my son has come in playing such a short period of time.

Vanessa, 22 lessons with Elizabeth

Beware Online Lesson Seekers

My daughter enjoyed her lessons, and after only 2 weeks, math clicked a little more. Taking it a little slower/one thing at a time seems to help. I like how she keeps the lessons short and keeps moving. Parents of young children, if you are doing your lessons online, she does not want anyone but the child in the room. Sometimes parents need to help their younger children with the software on WyzAnt while using their online service. And if the internet is cutting out, you need to repeat to your child what Elizabeth is saying. But, this irritates her, and you may even get an email calling you a "distraction." I got accused of giving my child all the answers, but in reality I was actually just either repeating what Elizabeth was saying (because of internet lagging), or had to explain to Elizabeth numerous times that her camera was pointed the wrong way, and my child couldn't answer her question, because my child couldn't see what was on the screen! Also, she can't figure out how to use WyzAnt's screen sharing technology.

Maggie, 2 lessons with Elizabeth
Tutor responded:

I truly enjoyed teaching Ms. Maggie's daughter! She made excellent progress. I love having other parents and children in the room as long as they are able to contribute to the discussion. Unfortunately, part of the Wyzant system was down the first time we used the screen sharing technology. However, the second time it was functioning perfectly and Ms. Maggie even looked over at the screen to verify that it was working, and stated to me as such. Despite not being able to hear me due to the internet cutting out, Ms. Maggie was able to give her child the "instructions" and repeat what I said word for word. I am so excited that her daughter was able to progress in the 2 weeks I worked with her, and wish them both the best of luck in the future!

Great piano teacher!

I really appreciate the time Elizabeth puts into planning her lessons! She looked in another piano book she had and found a song that worked on concepts my daughter is currently learning, but was more challenging than the typical songs in her lesson book. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to teaching! Kaylin is really enjoying her piano lessons!

Jenifer, 44 lessons with Elizabeth

Great tutor!

Ms. Elizabeth is very in tune with my child's needs; in a very short time. I am also very impressed with how she tailors the learning to the child's interests and strengths. My daughter, who fought me about going to a tutor, loves going to visit Ms. Elizabeth. Thank-you!

Michelle, 25 lessons with Elizabeth

Great Tutor!!! Makes learning FUN!!!

Elizabeth has done an excellent job working with my 6th grade son. My son has improved tremendously after only a few sessions! She offers a great classroom environment and also provides you with a very detailed lesson review after each lesson. I highly recommend her!!

Emmerson, 39 lessons with Elizabeth

Fantastic tutor! Engages our children and makes learning fun!

Elizabeth is an outstanding tutor! She is patient and understanding. She took time to get to know our children and selects interactive lessons that engages them - even our very reluctant reader! The kids look forward to Elizabeth's visits and enjoy their time with her. We are very thankful to have found her!

Leigh Ann, 29 lessons with Elizabeth

Awesome Tutor!

Miss Elizabeth was extremely patience and kind with my son. I would recommend her highly to anyone. My son was very against reading and even more against getting extra help to do so. Miss Elizabeth made it fun for him and he even looked forward to going to see her. What was better for me was he went from getting “NS’s” (Not Satisfactory) on his report card, to “S’s” (Satisfactory) and “P’s” (Proficient). I am a very happy mom.

Vicki, 3 lessons with Elizabeth

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