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Case-Western Reserve University
Columbia University (Other)
I was a master's candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University and I have a degree in Psychology from Case-Western Reserve University. During my years at Case-Western Reserve, I was a paid tutor in the Resident Tutor Program, a federal program which provided group and individual tutoring to public school students. It was a joy to watch those children progress from struggling and, sometimes, apathetic, to students who were not only eager to come to class, but also making significant progress in learning how to learn.
I am a 30 year resident of Denville. I have been very involved in local and regional community activities, including being the leader of a diverse and very engaged Girl Scout troop for 8 years. I am still in touch with most of my girls from that troop. I was also selected for the Parent Advisory Team for Valleyview Middle School in Denville, and spent four years on the Morris Knolls High School Home and School Association board.
To me, a key factor in student success is that the person be guided to find his or her own style of learning and motivation. There are many ways to process information and learn. Howard Gardner of Harvard University has identified at least nine distinct types of intelligence. I believe that helping a person find his or her own way to digest, process and retain information, and then to be able to share it effectively, is a major responsibility of teachers, and, especially, of tutors who are asked to help to stimulate and improve the performance of students at every level.
My most recent success was working for an extended period of time with a young lady who was struggling with reading comprehension, writing and test-taking. She had no confidence in herself and was thoroughly frustrated with herself and her teachers. I helped her to break down her learning process into manageable and achievable goals, find her own way of learning, and then take those elements and apply them to not just basic reading and writing, but to her progress in all areas of schooling. I am proud to say that this young lady recently graduated cum laude from one of the top schools in the country, went on to post-graduate school where she also graduated cum laude, and is now one of the top performers in her field.
I would especially like to work with students who are in need of improvement in reading, reading comprehension and writing. I will be glad to discuss your needs and see if my skills would be a good fit. Let's see if we can work together to develop excellent student skills which will not only result in significant improvement in the immediately targeted subject(s), but also develop lifelong learning expertise.
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I have played violin for many years and have extensive experience playing in public with orchestras and chamber groups, and as a solo violinist. I was the Concert Mistress for the Missouri State Orchestra and was invited to audition for the St. Louis Philharmonic when I was in high school. (I took a different direction in my schooling, so did not accept this offer.) In addition to my knowledge of the technical aspects of violin playing, I am patient and understand the process of developing musical feeling and skills. I would feel most comfortable instructing beginner or early intermediate violinists.
With regard to singing,I grew up singing in many select groups, including the Missouri State Choir, and the Select Modern Chorus. I was a semi-professional (i.e. paid) singer during college. I would be happy to work with a budding singer to teach voice and breath control, phrasing and style. Hello.
I was a master's candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University and I have a degree in Psychology from Case-Western Reserve University. During my years at Case-Western Reserve, I was a paid tutor in the Resident Tutor Program, a federal program which provided
Julie has been working with my son for several months now, and his writing and comprehension skills have grown tremendously. Julie is a very thorough tutor, she will make sure that he completely understands and comprehends the lesson before moving on, no matter how long it takes him. I also appreciate her lesson reviews that I receive from her, because as a parent we all know that we don't always get all the information from our children and this allows me to know exactly what they are reviewing. I highly recommend Julie to anyone who is looking for a tutor for their child in these areas!
Julie is a very patient tutor. She also works very hard! For each class, she prepared very well and my kids like her!
She prepared the materials beforehand and she asked many questions relating to my son's school work and helped with SAT reading.
She has such amazing ways to make things easier to understand and I'm happy to have her as my English tutor.
We've had 3 lessons so far with Julie. My son was not so receptive to the idea of having a reading tutor and let her know it by not paying attention. However, Julie was so patient to get him to open up. She asked many questions to figure out what my son's interests were and they started to talk about Minecraft and was slowly able to gain more trust and confidence. I'm excited to see that he's opening up more to Julie (thanks to Julie's clever approach!!!). Julie is also great at providing detailed, meaningful lesson reviews so the parents can understand the successes and challenges and discuss with the child in preparation for the next lesson. THANK YOU Julie!!!
Updated review: 10/21/14
My son has been meeting with Julie for about 8 months. His reading comprehension skills are improving and is getting better at breaking down the questions to help him how to reference back to the story to answer the questions. She's also been helping him out to write a story; frame the story and answer the 5 W's and How. Although my son does not care for writing (has white page syndrome), Julie is teaching him (did I mention soooo patiently) how to develop the outline and fill in the details. If you're looking for a great reading/writing tutor who is extremely patient with stubborn resistant children, I highly recommend working with Julie.
Julie noticed that my daughter had a tendency watching the clock too often in the past 2 sessions. This time, Julie suggested covering the clocks. I think it help my daughter to concentrate her attentions to the subject. Julie was very patient working my daughter, who believed she was learning something new.
Yesterday, 12/19, Julie showed my daughter a proper way to conduct a search using Google and how to pull contents and arrange the contents in a organized way. This is very important skill that she must learn. This lesson will help her a lot.
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I have a great deal of public speaking experience. Some of the formal positions I have held which have involved public speaking are: VP, Program Development for the American Association of University Women; Programs and Special Events Coordinator for the GFWC Woman’s Club of Denville; VP, Programs for the Home & School Association of Morris Knolls High School; and spokesperson for the Statewide PSG Strategy Committee under the auspices of the NJ Department of Labor. In each of these roles, I have had the opportunity to write speeches and deliver them to groups ranging from just a few to hundreds of people. I enjoy the process of developing just the right tone and content for the audience to be addressed, and I am quite good at making both myself and my audience comfortable with the circumstance of being joined in the reciprocal tasks of compelling speaking and active listening.
My tutoring background includes many years of teaching reading at all levels, and for various applications, including standardized testing. However, with regard to the SAT Critical Reading portion, I have made certain that I am thoroughly versed in the current specific content type and techniques used by the SAT in that area. I stress building a large vocabulary, and also work with students to help them figure out unfamiliar words during the test. In addition, I teach students how to look beyond the unfamiliar words and correctly eliminate answers or choose the correct answer. In addition to the familiar technique of looking for “key words,” I coach my students on certain “tell” words that are invaluable in understanding the reading passages. My goal is to help each student to feel confident in approaching the SAT Critical Reading portion, and to become a better critical reader in general.
I have years of experience in helping students with writing requirements for many testing applications, including standardized tests. With regard to the SAT, however, I am very aware that there are specific criteria in the SAT writing portion that will lead to a higher score. I have studied the current SAT testing requirements thoroughly and am well-versed in techniques that will help a student to create the elements that the two SAT readers will be looking for in your essays. I work with students to make sure that they become comfortable in using their own writing strengths in combination with specific guidelines to create effective and convincing essays which will meet the SAT criteria for excellent essay content and composition.
I have played violin for over 50 years and have extensive experience playing in public with orchestras and chamber groups, and as a solo violinist.
I was the Concert Mistress for the Missouri State Orchestra and was invited to audition for the St. Louis Philharmonic when I was in high school.) (I took a different direction in my schooling, so did not accept this offer.)
In addition to my knowledge of the technical aspects of violin playing, I am patient and understand the process of developing musical feeling and skills.
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