West Virginia University (Psychology)
Ohio State University (Master's)
I have a BA in Psychology (WVU) and MA in Education Special Services (Ohio State) with and emphasis on human development. My professional career has been in career development and job search strategies. I believe, though, my most important credential related to tutoring is the nearly 20 years that I have home educated my children, participating in co op groups and volunteering in the classroom. (My children took classes in traditional school settings at times.) I also am a substitute teacher for a local Christian school.
I believe that children need a right balance of challenge and support to face difficulties and move ahead. Most children needing a tutor are discouraged and need someone to encourage them first in order to create a positive environment for learning. One of my strengths is to connect with kids and bring out the best in them.
I home schooled my three children K-5 full time and in some subjects 6-8th. I taught all three to read and each responded to a different approach. Therefore, I have experience with both the traditional phonics and whole word methods as well as working with mild dyslexia. We used a literature based, "real books" curriculum which has given me a broad exposure to classic and recent children's literature.
I am very familiar with basic grammar and punctuation, spelling, handwriting and writing techniques. We have used Winston Grammar, Learning Language Arts Through Literature (Blue and Red), as well as various spelling and writing programs. I am knowledgeable about the stages of writing, including research reports with multiple sources and bibliography.
I can teach math at levels K- 6th or 7th grade general math. I have used specifically Saxon and Singapore Math as well as a traditional text used in schools. This has given me a wide range of approaches for the various math topics. I am not experienced in the newer methods of math. I can only teach the traditional methods.
My one-on-one tutoring experience, includes working with a 6th grade student to catch up 2 grades of math in one year. I was essentially her math teacher, assigning work, tests and grades. With Wyzant, I have tutored several second and third graders in reading and math, and one University student in Composition.
I also believe my credentials include my children's academic success. Without any specific test prep, my children tested at the 80th percentile and above across subjects on yearly standardized tests and two took the ACT in sophomore year of high school earning 26 and 28 respectively, in one try each.
High school and college teachers have commented that my children were exceptionally well-prepared for their classes and, in particular, are very good writers. I have two published articles and edit academic journal articles for my professor husband. I can apply this experience and success to helping your child move forward and excel in school. I have a BA in Psychology (WVU) and MA in Education Special Services (Ohio State) with and emphasis on human development. My professional career has been in career development and job search strategies. I believe, though, my most important credential related to tutoring is the nearly 20 years that I have home educated my children, participating in
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Thank you so much for your help with Jake, Melanie! I am so happy with what he is accomplishing with you!!
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Our home school curriculum included Biblical studies for every grade. This included overview of Old and New Testaments, memory work, book and topical studies. Each student completed a comparative religions research paper. I have continued to help my current high schooler with homework assignments from her Christian high school. She earned an "A" from a very tough teacher.
I have used both a traditional handwriting curriculum (such as Zaner-Bloser) and a non-traditional approach (Handwriting Without Tears) in teaching my three children. I am also familiar with the italic method.
I help the child focus on the correct identification and formation of the letters. I urge them to go slowly in order to produce the desired shape, but not stress out about perfection-especially in the earlier grades. If given the option to select the approach, I would use Handwriting Without Tears as it is easier for most children, but I am comfortable using all handwriting approaches.
I have taught my three children to read using primarily traditional phonics curricula. This includes Learning Language Arts Through Literature and other phonics texts. Two of them needed additional help. One is a global learner who needed modification to the usual approach. Another has a mild form of dyslexia and needed to go more slowly and I had to modify some of the process in a different way. All three became advanced readers while still in the early elementary grades.
I taught basic study skills for freshman orientation class at Ohio State, and have known and used the information for many years.
I have just been reviewing note-taking skills including notes on lectures, and from textbooks and primary sources as well as strategies for those with ADD, outlining text material, etc. in preparation for teaching a class session on this topic at a local high school. I will also be presenting a class on study skills that will include how to organize studying, use of library and computer for research, memorization, and test preparation.
As you can see in my profile, I have worked with students writing various types of papers and do quite a lot of editing for my husband's academic research articles. I am sure I can help you with your writing challenges.