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Linda W.

New York, NY

$60/hour

Reading should be fun and an adventure!

In-person lessons
800+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/19/14
4.9 average from 286 ratings
Great teacher!
— Anne, New York, NY on 2/4/15

$60/Hour


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Temple University
Sociology
Northeastern University
MEd

Education

Temple University (Sociology)

Northeastern University (MEd)

About Linda

I am passionate about helping children achieve success in reading. Reading is the fundamental skill needed for a successful life in the 21st century, the skill needed to open opportunities.

I have more than 30 years' experience tutoring children and teaching and supervising others to tutor in three non-profit organizations in Manhattan. I've worked with youngsters from Kindergarten through high school, and some adults who were unable to read at all. The children in these programs came from public, independent, and parochial schools. I hold a Master's degree in Education (M.Ed.) from Northeastern University, with a specialty in Reading. In particular I studied about remedial reading, ways to assist those who are struggling with any of a variety of aspects of the reading process, such as phonics or comprehension or vocabulary development. My specialty is aiding youngsters who are struggling with reading assignments in school, who hate reading. In Massachusetts, I am certified to teach Kindergarten - 8th grade.

It's important to capture the attention of struggling students, to give them a purpose for reading beyond getting their schoolwork done. For this reason, I identify what the student is interested in and teach based on that interest. For example, one 7th grade student, reading on a 3rd grade level, wanted to learn how to draw dinosaurs. I had a book for that - a book that included a paragraph about the dinosaur before teaching how to draw it. He read the paragraph, learned some new vocabulary and facts, and then how to draw the dinosaur. Next he wanted to read about basketball and we read a great Matt Christopher book. We worked on phonics, spelling, vocabulary, sentence structure, summarizing, assorted comprehension skills, and confidence, overcoming fear, making mistakes and learning from them, and resiliency. We played many games, some in every session. We worked hard and had a lot of fun and laughs. By the school-year end he was on a 7th grade reading level and confident in his ability to learn. He no longer thought of himself as a failure.

My approach to tutoring, to teaching the wide variety of skills needed by fluent, successful readers, is to separate this learning process from the failures and difficulties of school. I teach students skills and how to learn, qualities that are needed in any situation. And, I try to make tutoring enjoyable, utilizing reading games to make learning fun and pressure free, advance skills and accomplishments, and change attitudes. I find ways to make each lesson a successful experience, ensuring that the student knows of this accomplishment, all the while challenging students with new skills and knowledge.

For me, reading is one of the greatest joys in life, taking me on adventures world-wide throughout time, teaching me about so many varied topics, helping me in times of trouble, and so much more. My wish is that everyone can experience this joy.
I am passionate about helping children achieve success in reading. Reading is the fundamental skill needed for a successful life in the 21st century, the skill needed to open opportunities.

I have more than 30 years' experience tutoring children and teaching and supervising others to tutor in three non-profit organizations in
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Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of New York, NY 10024
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great teacher!"

- Anne, New York, NY on 2/4/15
Linda replied on 2/6/2015

Thank you, Anne. Your daughter is a sweetie, and I enjoy my time with her. She's a hard worker. She loves stories. And she's working on her 3rd language! Awesome. I know she'll do well.

"Bonded with my daughter immediately"

- Elysa, New York, NY on 3/25/17

"Excellent"

- David, New York, NY on 2/22/17
Linda replied on 2/27/2017

Thank you, David. Your daughter was fun to be with. She is so excited about learning to read and write. She's a smart and interested student. I think she'll be an accomplished reader soon.

"Great Tutor! My 9 years old loved her!"

- Irina, New York, NY on 1/25/17
Linda replied on 1/29/2017

Thank you, Irina. Your daughter is a delight to work with - such a hard worker and enthusiastic writer. I'm looking forward to our lessons together!

"Warm and welcoming tutor"

- Niki, New York, NY on 8/10/16
Linda replied on 8/10/2016

Thank you, Niki. Your son is smart, open to learning, friendly, and fun to be with. We had a good first lesson. I know he'll work hard and that he'll ask questions and learn as much as he can. We'll continue to have with different games, too. I'm glad he's one of my students.

"Highly Effective tutor"

- Doug, Brooklyn, NY on 5/20/16
Linda replied on 5/20/2016

Thank you, Sandy and Doug. Your daughter is a joy to work with. She asks good questions, knows where she needs help, and most of all, she wants to learn and succeed to her best abilities. She always is a diligent worker and we enjoy our work and time together.

"First Impression, OUTSTANDING."

- Basil, Bayside, NY on 3/27/16
Linda replied on 3/29/2016

Thank you, Basil. Your son is intent on learning and doing well. He is a very hard worker. We had fun and laughs too. I know we'll have a good time together and that he will learn quickly.

"Patient, Knowledgeable and above all, Phenomenal Tutor"

- Dagmar, Charlotte, NC on 10/28/15

"Made a great connection with my son"

- Lauren, New York, NY on 7/15/15

"Great Tutor"

- Gen, Brooklyn, NY on 2/26/15
Linda replied on 3/13/2015

Thank you, Gen. I so enjoy my lessons with your daughter. She is charming, curious, and wants to learn and understand so much about the world. She has a good heart. She listens carefully and works diligently in every lesson to improve her skills.

"Wonderful, caring tutor!"

- Andrea, New York, NY on 2/14/15
Linda replied on 2/23/2015

Thank you, Andrea. I'm glad to hear that Ruby is enjoying our sessions. I am too! She's a bright and delightful child.

"We are lucky to have found you"

- Yuri, New York, NY on 11/11/14
Linda replied on 11/11/2014

Thank you, Yuri. I'm very glad we found each other.

You must know that I love your daughter. She is a joy to tutor, and so much fun.

Have a great week! See you on Friday.

English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
Common Core
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Handwriting,
Homeschool, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ADD/ADHD

I was awarded a M.Ed., Reading from Northeastern University in 1977. Part of the coursework included learning about ADD/ADHD, the difficulties it caused for students, and ways to assist students in learning. I have worked with numerous students with this issue during the past 30 years. I make sure to (a) vary the work in each lesson and the approach to it, (b) spend a limited amount of time on each segment of a lesson, (c) work with a student to help identify distractions and how to ignore or work through them and how to refocus, (d) and, when appropriate, include some time for a break and movement. Also, I continue to read articles and attend workshops on this topic.

Dyslexia

I was granted a M.Ed., Reading from Northeastern University in 1977. My area of specialty within that degree program was remediation, requiring two semesters of supervised remedial teaching and courses on the best methods. I have directed 3 different after-school programs with remedial tutoring components with successful outcomes for the students (2nd - 12th grade). The primary method I employ is to use materials related to the student's interest and reading level and to work on difficulties as they occur.

Elementary (K-6th)

I was granted a M.Ed. in reading from Northeastern University in 1977, and hold permanent certification from Massachusetts for elementary education, grades K-8. Also, during 1987-1989 and 1994-1996 I served several public elementary schools as a substitute, including a long-term position (March-June 1987) and received excellent ratings.

Handwriting

I was awarded a M.Ed., Reading from Northeastern University in 1977. The coursework includes learning about methods of teaching the vast assortment of skills related to English reading and writing. Over the years I have assisted elementary & middle school students with proper printing, including letter formation and size, spacing within a word and within a sentence, and neatness. Also, I have worked with college graduates teaching them how to do cursive writing including letter formation and size, connections of letters, and signatures.

Phonics

I was granted a M.Ed. in reading from Northeastern University in 1977, requiring specific courses in teaching all aspects of reading for those just learning to read and for those needing remedial assistance. The primary method I use in teaching phonics is a "word family" approach. With older students (middle school and up) I usually treat this as a spelling skill. I have been teaching an assortment of reading skills to students in 2nd - HS, and adults, in a full-time after-school setting for 30+ years.

Reading

I have a Master's degree in Education, with a specialty in Reading, particularly remedial reading.

I have experience tutoring children from 2nd grade through high school in all reading skills. I use reading materials that capture the student's attention. For example, I found books teaching how to draw dinosaurs, how to learn to swim, basketball stories, etc., based on the child's interest. I frequently teach phonics through spelling. We play vocabulary games. I'm very patient and a great encourager.

Special Needs

I was awarded a M.Ed., Reading from Northeastern University in 1977. Part of the coursework included learning about an assortment of Special Needs and methods to assist the student in learning and/or compensating for these needs. Since then I have worked successfully with a number of students (grades 2 - 12) with this diagnosis, as many students listed with Dyslexia have an underlying learning need. Also, I continue to read articles and attend workshops on this topic as available.

Spelling

I hold a M.Ed. degree with a specialty in reading. My studies included all aspects of reading and its components parts including vocabulary, grammar, spelling, etc. I have been successfully teaching spelling for many years using a word family approach or pattern approach making it easier for a child to learn several spelling words at once.

Study Skills

I was granted a M.Ed. in reading from Northeastern University in 1977, a degree program that required training in teaching all aspects of reading and learning skills. "Study skills" cover a broad array of skills, many of which are specialized comprehension skills, for example, note-taking is related to being able to identify the main idea and details. I've also taken several workshops on teaching different aspects of study skills.

Temple University
Sociology
Northeastern University
MEd

Education

Temple University (Sociology)

Northeastern University (MEd)

Great teacher!

Linda is helping our daughter in reading (1st grade) and she is improving a lot. As this teacher is very experienced, she found immediately what needed to be reinforced and the right method to do it. Linda is kind and firm at the same time, our daughter loves to practice with her. The right teacher for us!

— Anne, New York, NY on 2/4/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Linda will travel within 5 miles of New York, NY 10024.