Ph.D. Tutor: K-9 Reading, Math, Writing, Test Prep, Special Needs
Ph.D. Tutor: K-9 Reading, Math, Writing, Test Prep, Special Needs
"A wonderful 4 year experience!"
Lucas, 158 lessons with Andrea
Response time: 38 minutes
Having spent more than 30 years in various sectors of the Education Market, I am a passionate educator with the experience and skills that motivate students to improve their self-esteem and academic performance in all subjects, especially in Reading and Language Arts. Since I left public education and the corporate sector, I have focused my energy on tutoring young children (K-8). Many of my students are Early Readers, Struggling Readers, or Special Needs Students.
Since no two students are the same, I individualize my tutoring sessions to fit the needs of each student. In addition to helping them improve their academic skills, I help them build their self-confidence, learn study skills, and reduce test anxiety. Whether I am assisting students to complete homework assignments, practice classroom lessons, fill in gaps in their math knowledge, read books, improve basic reading, writing, and math skills, or prepare for classroom exams and standardized tests, I provide explicit instruction, immediate feedback, and give them the encouragement they need to succeed.
Throughout my tutoring sessions, I maintain regular communication with my students, their parents, and their teachers. Because I keep my students engaged during our tutoring sessions, they enjoy the learning experience, and parents appreciate my expertise and the quality time I devote to their children.
My patience, sensitivity, warmth, and knowledge of education and psychology allow me to build a trusting relationship with my students, establish a strong rapport with my families, and provide a nurturing experience in which children are able to improve their self-esteem as they develop their reading, writing, and other academic skills. In the process, they also learn organizational skills, study skills, and test-taking skills. I have prepared many students to take tests such as the NJ Ask, the Terra Nova, and other standardized tests.
Prior to private tutoring, I worked as the Education Specialist and Academic Spokesperson for Kumon North America, an after school supplemental program in math and reading. While at their headquarters in NJ, I wrote and spoke on an assortment of educational issues and co-developed a program to teach young children the skills required to succeed in reading. I also focused on Struggling Readers and students with Learning Disabilities. My views on education were widely disseminated to millions of listeners, readers, and viewers in respected media across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In addition to writing articles, I made numerous presentations at conferences throughout North America. I covered topics such as Avoiding Summer Learning Loss, Building the Foundation for Reading Success, Motivation, Overcoming Homework Hassles, Reading Comprehension, Standardized Testing, Students with Learning Disabilities, and Struggling Readers.
Before I was employed at the educational corporation, I worked in school systems in various capacities. My positions included that of an Educational Consultant, Educational Psychologist, Private Tutor, Program Director, Research Assistant on projects dealing with academic achievement and self-esteem, School Psychologist, Teaching Assistant in statistics, and Testing Specialist. In the past, I was employed by the Beverly Hills Public Schools, the Santa Barbara Public Schools, the Santa Maria Public Schools, the University of California at Santa Barbara, UCLA, and Devereux School, a private residential facility for individuals with Special Needs.
With a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, an M.S. in Counseling, three CA Credentials (including both CA and national certification in School Psychology,) Orton-Gillingham training in Reading, and years of working with thousands of students, parents and educators, I continue to love my work, meet the challenges each student presents, and treasure the meaningful engagement with both students and parents that these learning opportunities afford.
A wonderful 4 year experience!
It is with great sadness that we prepare to say goodbye to Dr. Andrea! Both my boys have met with Dr. Andrea weekly for almost four years, sometimes twice a week and sometimes even in the summertime. Due to a job relocation we are preparing to move and we are more than a little heartbroken to leave Dr. Andrea behind! She is much more than an amazing, compassionate, knowledgeable and supportive tutor, she has become an integral part of our family and the upcoming separation is going to be very difficult for us. We began our long-standing relationship when my oldest child, then a kindergartner, couldn't decode reading and decided he would never succeed! After months of us parents struggling with this, Dr. Andrea promptly stepped in and solved the issue in a heartbeat... now a third grader, my son is not only a confident and accomplished reader, but most importantly LOVES to read. Reading is fun! Once the initial challenge was overcome, Dr. Andrea proved invaluable with so many other challenging aspects of school learning: math, geometry, grammar, spelling and so so much more. My son now loves school, does his homework on the double with never any argument and is currently a talented student in one of NJ's top achieving schools. Dr Andrea also helped with our second child's challenges, mostly behavioral and associated with poor concentration. If we could pack Dr. Andrea and take her away with us, we would! Excellent tutor (Review submitted 11/30/2012) I highly recommend Dr Andrea R: not only is she exceedingly qualified as a reading specialist, but she also has great personal skills when dealing with young students, such as abundant patience and listening abilities. Above all, she is an exceptional self-confidence builder.Lucas, 158 lessons with Andrea
Seasoned educator. 100% recommend Andrea!
Excellent tutor for reading and writing skills. An immediate fit for my 14 year old. Compassionate and patient Andrea is a great teacher and made learning easier for my son.Robert, 35 lessons with Andrea
Knowledgeable and enthusiastic
She assessed and recognized the specific needs and gaps that need to be worked on.. planned future lessons accordingly , she had a variety of materials to choose from and used them as and when neededGeeta, 6 lessons with Andrea
Dr. R was an excellent tutor for my daughter, who was preparing for the COOP exam earlier this month. She is extremely patient and teaches in a way that is easy for children to understand. I would recommend her to anyone.Robert, 8 lessons with Andrea
Best tutor we ever worked with.
She is the most accomplished educator and tutor we have ever encountered. Our family feels blessed, having the opportunity to have her work with our child. Her knowledge and caring demeanor of the subject matter, has helped alleviate our child's anxiety concerning test preparation. Her resume speaks for itself. Her kind and encouraging efforts have motivated our child to work diligently and enthusiastically to accomplish the goals he has set for himself. My husband and I believe Dr. Andrea R. was "heaven sent" and we are truly blessed to have the opportunity to avail her services.Nancy, 12 lessons with Andrea
We will recommend Dr. Andrea to other parents!
Dr. Andrea demonstrated to be a specialist in the area of phonetics. She made or daughter feel safe and welcomed in the session by using tools of patience and connecting with her at her level. We will recommend Dr. Andrea to other parents!Sheila, 7 lessons with Andrea
My son just had his first tutoring session with Dr. Andrea R. this morning, and we are very happy. Dr. Andrea R. was great! We look forward to working with her in the future!!Karen, 2 lessons with Andrea
Top notch reading tutor!
Dr. Andrea has been working with our 7 year old son for over 6 months. With Dr. Andrea's support and incredible patience, Jack has been able to focus on reading fundamentals (he has inattentive ADHD and dyslexia). She has been following the Orton Gillingham lessons which seem to resonate with our son. He is learning to read and is much more confident reader thanks to Dr. Andrea. And she quickly figure out Jack and how to motivate him to work on diction and reading more difficult lessons. Dr. Andrea sends very detailed summaries from tutoring sessions so you know what they worked on, what went well/did not go well and how to support these sessions at home. As a working parent who does not attend the tutoring sessions, these are great to receive each week. Finally, Dr. Andrea is warm, very thoughtful and maternal which seems to work well with my son. I strong recommend Dr. Andrea to anyone looking for tutor for their child!Laura, 121 lessons with Andrea
She is so great that my son loves to go see her every week. She is very professional and patient with my son. I recommend Dr. R. to any person.Yejin, 19 lessons with Andrea
Andrea is a wonderful tutor. She is always one step ahead of the game. Preparing my son for the PARCC test is important and a good tool to help him with his writing skills. He has shown such a big improvement this marking period because of Andrea's instruction. She is simply the best.Vera, 21 lessons with Andrea
Response time: 38 minutes