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Emily P.

New York, NY

$60/hr

Hands-on Tutoring for Pre-K through 8th Grade (Now for Homeschoolers!)

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Fantastic tutor with great skills in adapting to my child's learning style
— Max, Astoria, NY on 11/8/14

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Brigham Young University
Theatre Arts Studies

Education

Brigham Young University (Theatre Arts Studies)

About Emily

Now accepting only home-schoolers as new students, due to daytime-only availability . . .

I have experience with and love homeschoolers - there's no other way to have the freedom of truly meeting the student's needs at every moment. I can design individualized curricula, work with a pre-arranged program, or develop specialized activities for small groups. Read more about my academic approach below!

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MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: All kids have a natural sense of curiosity. Academic struggles can dampen that enthusiasm, so a big part of my job is to get my kids excited to learn again. To accomplish this, I take a two-pronged approach:

1. Get back to basics. Kids need a specific "learning vocabulary" as they move into more advanced concepts; in other words, there are certain things they have to know in order to learn more. With most kids, I start with phonics and basic math facts, but I do it in an active, hands-on way, with games and activities created for the individual child.

2. Devote part of every session to "wide-eyed learning". That's what I call activities such as measuring the length of a blue whale, dissecting a stalk of celery, experimenting with light and vision, or conducting a phone interview with someone from Africa. A kid who LOVES learning is inspired to work hard.


MY BACKGROUND: In addition to eight years' experience in private tutoring, I'm also a museum educator, a facilitator of hands-on programming in public schools, and the creator of an enrichment club for kids. I have professional experience in theatre, as well, which helps a lot in bringing enthusiasm and creativity to the tutoring table.

I'm a graduate of Brigham Young University, 2004. Back in high school, I passed six AP exams, I had a score of 33 on my ACT (max 36), and I was a National Merit Finalist. I'm also an active member of MENSA.

More importantly than any of that, I'm a devoted lifelong learner. I always carry a book with me. I love museums. And every day, I see something that makes me ask "why?" or "how does that work?"...and then I go find the answer.

That's the kind of example I'd like to set for your child.


OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

My relationship with my students goes beyond the tutoring sessions. When cool historical anniversaries are coming up, or when I learn something new and interesting, I send along an E-mail. I'm still in touch with a number of old students who have moved away.

I'm a huge fan of juvenile literature. There are so many great books for kids; I can help you find them. And if your son or daughter has a favorite, believe me, I'll take the recommendation and read it!

Lastly, I'm open to group tutoring. It's something I've done in the past. This works with siblings, but also with friends; tutoring in small groups, structured intelligently, can be nearly as effective as one-on-one, and it's often more financially feasible for families.
Now accepting only home-schoolers as new students, due to daytime-only availability . . .

I have experience with and love homeschoolers - there's no other way to have the freedom of truly meeting the student's needs at every moment. I can design individualized curricula, work with a pre-arranged program, or develop specialized
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Travels within 20 miles of New York, NY 10024
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Fantastic tutor with great skills in adapting to my child's learning style"

- Max, Astoria, NY on 11/8/14

"Excellent tutor "

- Wendy , Long Island City, NY on 10/22/14

"superstar"

- Jessica, New York, NY on 11/5/11

"Awesome!!!!"

- D, Brooklyn, NY on 5/26/10
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Prealgebra
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Physical Science, Psychology
History:
Religion
Art:
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Prealgebra, Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Elementary (K-6th)

My strongest point as a tutor is elementary education. In addition to tutoring, for the past three years, I've served as an educator at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan's oldest historic home. As an educator, I design and provide field trip tours for children of diverse backgrounds (pre-K through eighth grade.) Recently, I designed an enrichment club called Brainstormers, in which my students (ages six through thirteen) enjoyed hands-on, interactive activities such as "Rescue: Planet Earth," in which they designed a plan to save the world from collision with an imaginary comet. I've also made a concentrated study on elementary-level education by reading the works of many well-known experts; from these studies, my largest influence is the series written by E.D. Hirsch. Lastly, I'm a true aficionado of children's literature, and I take great joy in researching and recommending books for my young students.

Phonics

Phonics - the science of letters, sounds, and the ways they blend together to make words - can be deceptively difficult. The ability to read and the ability to teach reading are two altogether different things.

To prepare to teach phonics specifically, I've spent a great deal of time studying. My first and best resource has been The Reading Teacher's Book of Lists, which lists every English language phoneme, its possible spellings, and its frequency. By examining this and other information, and through my experience with children, I've learned a multitude of ways to approach teaching phonics. I understand which sounds and spellings should be taught first; I also know which irregular words must be learned as sight words (such as "one" and "the," neither of which is spelled phonetically, but both of which come up frequently in books for beginning readers.) I've also learned the importance of rhythm, rhyme, and syllabication in teaching phonics.

Unexpectedly, a college course in diction also proved to be a helpful resource. In the course, I learned the International Phonetic Alphabet and practiced distinguishing sounds and sound patterns. This called my attention to concepts I might not otherwise have considered consciously, such as the "wh" phenome, which is sometimes pronounced as a W ("what") and sometimes as an H ("who"). For beginning readers, such inconsistency can be truly confusing; they need all the patient individual assistance they can get.

Brigham Young University
Theatre Arts Studies

Education

Brigham Young University (Theatre Arts Studies)

Fantastic tutor with great skills in adapting to my child's learning style — Emily has worked with my 7 year old son for a couple months now and is doing an excellent job. She's responsive, on-time, and focused for each session and she's also very good at calibrating the activities and flow of each session with my son's learning style, energy limits and interests. She has a great rapport with him and provides a consistently enriching learning experience each time. She's be ...

— Max, Astoria, NY on 11/8/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Travel policy

Emily will travel within 20 miles of New York, NY 10024.

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