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Yale College, Yale University (B.A.)
Welcome students and parents and thanks for visiting my profile! I am an experienced and motivating tutor who focuses on one-on-one and group tutoring that is mindful of individual goals and fun, but also rigorous and effective. I have a gentle and patient manner and a high success rate getting my students to achieve their goals.
After graduating with a bachelor of arts from Yale, I spent over 20 years working in several large financial companies where I was an educator and writer. I changed my career, however, so that I could help others to understand English better and write with greater ease. I am now enrolled in Hunter College's TESOL (Teaching of English to Students of Other Languages) Certificate program where I am learning the latest techniques for teaching reading, writing and conversation to non-native English speakers. I plan to earn a Certificate in TESOL from Hunter.
I currently tutor all levels and ages in Reading and Writing English as well as kindergarten through 4th grade in math. I can help with New York State tests, (ELA and Math). I tutor “English as a Second Language” (ESL) students, helping them with their difficulties in reading, writing, conversation, grammar and vocabulary. Finally, I assist business people looking to enhance their writing and communications skills as well as high school, college, and graduate students with essays and presentations.
My work for financial companies involved writing clear and concise communications as well as explaining complex financial products and concepts to clients. My experience in education includes working in a charter school where I helped elementary students improve their reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and spelling; I also helped them to sharpen their math skills, i.e., addition, subtraction, and with understanding such applied mathematical concepts as fractions, symbols, telling time, and making change.
I go about my work gently, with lots of patience, sympathy and a sense of humor. I am happy to help my students develop a sense of their own worth and independent judgment. You will find me to be communicate, warm, and attentive to details, quick to ascertain where you need help, but not judgmental. You will feel comfortable with me easily. I will help bring out the best in you but you will not feel unnecessarily pushed. For these reasons, I believe I am able to see solid improvements in my students. Welcome students and parents and thanks for visiting my profile! I am an experienced and motivating tutor who focuses on one-on-one and group tutoring that is mindful of individual goals and fun, but also rigorous and effective. I have a gentle and patient manner and a high success rate getting my students to achieve their goals.
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Cheri is very patient and challenges my daughter (15 years old) to analyze writing responses in Greek mythology. She also helped her in grammar and vocabulary development for preparation of SAT.
For my son (11 years old), she is working with him on ELA common core standards and how to respond to short essays. She is also helping him in grammar and vocabulary development. Both of my children love to work with Cheri. She has been working with them for several months, and I see a lot of improvement in their writing.
I highly recommend Cheri. Cheri is very helpful and very good tutor. She helped tutor my son for his writing of NY state test. My son is looking forward to next time with Cheri Z.
Cheri was a wonderful tutor to my 2nd grader and my 4th grader alike. They had some issues with writing, spelling and grammar. Cheri was patient, kind and she improved their level of writing significantly. I would highly recommend her as a tutor.
I had been taking her tutoring classes almost for 3 months. We discussed about what I needed to learn from her and how we could approach to my goal at the initiation class. I offered her to have one hour class every week. My main goals were to improve my writing skills and pronunciation, and understand the Wall Street Journal. It won't be easy and couldn't be completed in only three months. However, you might get many ideas how to achieve your goals while you are studying with her. I think that one of the important things is you really need to be honest with her and if you don't understand, you need to express that and if you have any better ideas or concerns, you need to speak out. Then she always listens carefully and adjusts the direction flexibly. We had changed our class subjects case by case. She has many experiences at teaching and it is not her side business or easy-money-making stuff. She cares about your improvements sincerely and gives you a lot of confidence.
Cheri is patient, dedicated and reliable. She has been helping my son with writing since May.
His writing skills have improved noticeably since then. He is more confident in writing than ever before.
Cheri tutored my 70-year old uncle in improving his English. He had learned English in school and had used it sometimes in the work environment but he was not comfortable conversing and was conscious of making mistakes while writing. Cheri tutored him diligently. She used a variety of techniques including conversations, writing exercises and grammar references. By the end of his 4-5 month engagement in her weekly lessons his confidence and enjoyment of speaking English had greatly improved. In addition, we found a friend in Cheri who is naturally curious about our culture and even tried some of our food in an attempt to get to know us better. Overall we had a great experience with Cheri and would definitely use her in the future!
It’s been a pleasure working with Cheri with my writing skills and basic grammar. She doesn't make me feel uncomfortable or judge me if I don’t know or understand the topic. Instead, she would encourage me. She is very patient when I ask her to repeat the topic to further understand the concept of grammar. She is always willing to compromise with my schedule. I would highly recommend Cheri as a tutor.
Cheri has been teaching to my nice and nephew for 3 weeks and she has done an outstanding job. I was stupefied by the amount of creativity she pours into her job and her ability to keep calm and smooth even when the scholars are not responding as much! As a matter or fact, they don't really speak English being 12 years old and Italian, they only studied some English at school but speaking it is a very different thing. So I can only imagine how getting anything out of them must feel like! Well, great job Cheri. Even the kids were progressively falling in love and having fun with your teaching methods! Best, Riccardo.
Cheri is an excellent writing tutor. She is very patient and understanding and works with the student every step of the way to make sure he/she fully understands what is being taught. I particularly like the way that she interacts with students. Every meeting, we go over the lesson and she explains the use of vocabulary and corrects any grammar errors. I notice that she always takes notes and is always willing to help me by clarifying any question that I might have. I highly recommend her.
Cheri is excellent! It has only been a few weeks and I can already see a great improvement in our 9yr old girl that Cheri has been tutoring. The lessons are fun but very effective, our girl is at ease with Cheri and enjoys every session of tutoring with her so much that she asked for the sessions to be longer. Cheri has helped her improve in spelling, writing and all aspects of ELA. We look forward to working with Cheri. After our summer break, we plan to have her tutor our girl throughout the upcoming school year, as we have found Cheri's tutoring to be a method that gets great results, with great focus on having the child be happy while learning. Best decision ever, choosing Cheri.
Cheri is kind, generous and has a great understanding of children. She is very attentive to detail and has been very good at developing the learning skills of my daughter in a very short period of time. I have no hesitation in recommending her.
She is very responsible and everyday she is very punctual. I enjoyed Cheri's class because she is concerned with helping me from the first lesson. She is a very optimistic and funny person. She has many stories and I can talk to her for a long time.
Ms. Cheri always listens to me carefully, and She gives me study resources, advice and reflections related to my requests. She is polite and friendly, but she has never been just a conversational partner. Her advice is rational, educated and informative, so it motivates me to study more.
I don't feel nervous about making mistakes in front of her and it is easy to ask her about questions that I can't ask other people. I appreciate her and I want to study with her as long as I need a tutor.
She is the most patient, caring human being I ever met. My son is learning tremendously. My family is really glad with her tutoring. She is the best.
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I have been tutoring students at the K-6 age level for about three years. My background prior to tutoring involved 30 years of corporate training in the financial services industry. My career in financial services helped me to keep my writing and basic math skills strong. After that experience, I volunteered in a charter school, The East Harlem Scholars Academy, where I taught math and English to first grade students. I also found my own clientele and was able to get a third grade child through the New York State ELA Test. Subsequently, I joined Wyzant where I have been working with a number of students of varying ages on their reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and pronunciation skills.
The study of English involves the study of grammar, vocabulary and punctuation, i.e. those elements and rules that combine to make strong sentences that tell you something specific in a concise and impactful way. The study of English also involves the study of written English; this involves the structure of paragraphs and the building of paragraphs to create narrative sweep or good storytelling, both of which require strong sentences. Finally, there's the practice of spoken English which in most contexts is more relaxed than written English. No matter where my students need help, I love to help educate them about all of the rules and then help them to put those rules into practice.
My work has included tutoring students whose first languages are Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Russian among others. I work with these students at their own pace, addressing particular needs as they arise, be they pronunciation, reading comprehension, grammar, writing etc.
I am currently enrolled in Hunter College's TESOL (Teaching of English to Students of Other Languages) Certificate Program where I have learned the latest techniques for teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening to students who are non-native English speakers. I plan to earn my Certificate in TESOL from Hunter.
Grammar includes the study of the way words are put together to construct sentences and of patterns in the way words are formed.
I like to make certain that my students have understood the basics of sentence construction before we move into more advanced modes. Likewise, I like to make certain that the most often used tenses are mastered before suggesting that a student use more sophisticated forms.
If a student shows sufficient interest, or has regular assignments, I am happy to go over the rules of grammar as they are described in a workbook or textbook where the student can work on issues to satisfactory conclusion with my assistance. My favorite grammar book is "The Elements of Style," and I will suggest it to any students who are ready for it.
I worked for a full school year in a charter school helping students to improve their reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and spelling. For the study of phonics, I like to try to make the work fun by selecting stories geared to teaching them phonics. Many of the stories that I've used include rhyming words and words with similar vowel sounds on nearby pages. I find this strategy works successfully: with enough practice, students are able to pick up books without a "phonics" emphasis and demonstrate greater confidence and fluency in their reading.
I always make sure to explain to my students that they can sound out many of the words in their phonics literature but that other words need to be "memorized" as they cannot be sounded out ("sight words"). I also help students with particular difficulties in phonics by having them pronounce a word after me and then stating it independently. This helps assure that they're feeling supported and independent.
Proofreading is a very important element of good writing and needs to be performed by the student and, if the writing is very long and complex, perhaps by another pair of eyes, be they those of a tutor or an editor. It requires "stepping back" from the writing to check whether the grammar, spelling, punctuation,etc., is correct and that the overall structure of the writing can be justified. For the tutor, skillful proofreading can be a way to help the student craft a good piece of writing into a better one.
Students of all levels need to know how to proofread their work if they are hoping to present their best efforts and, therefore, proofreading must be a skill that tutors have mastered and can teach to students.
I like to have my students read slowly and carefully to me, making sure they can pronounce, spell and understand all of the words they see. I will help them to sound out any words they experience difficulty speaking. Then I like to discuss, sentence by sentence, the subject matter or sense of the material. I am very generous with positive reinforcement and try to inject humor in the teaching in whatever way I can.
As an avid reader and word lover, I strive to convey to my students my passion for words spelled properly. It isn't enough to get the word down on paper if it is misspelled; words need to be distinct and recognizable. With young students, I will differentiate between words that are spelled as they sound and "sight" words, those that are not spelled as they sound. I find that students have a better logical grip on spelling if they keep these categories of words separate. For some students, it is helpful to remind them that a final "e" can preserve the long vowel sound. I like to make index cards for my students to make sure they know not just how to spell a word, but what it means as well.
Whether helping to build a vocabulary for a child or for an adult, I am enthusiastic about learning new words and am able to convey that enthusiasm to my students. My favorite games are word games and so I like to make sure that my vocabulary lessons are fun. I will be certain to emphasize pronunciation, spelling and to use any vocabulary in sentences so that definitions are clear and words are not just memorized but learned so that they can be applied.
I find that encouraging students to write as they speak can be very helpful. Whatever the writing assignment, I like to ask my students to create an outline of the material they want to cover. Then, I suggest that all research, thoughts and ideas, etc., fill in that outline. In that way, content and structure can come together in a rough draft which can then be used as the basis for a paper, story, presentation, etc.
After my students have been encouraged to work independently to edit their own work, I will help them to rework their rough drafts. I focus on providing suggestions and rules to make sure a piece of writing contains the most clear and concise language with quotations cited, ideas logically stated, and grammatically correct language and spelling used.
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