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Susan B.

Athens, OH

$60/hour

Reading/Writing/ESL Tutor, Certified Special Ed Teacher

Background check passed as of 1/14/11
4.9 average from 147 ratings
Great tutor
— Frank, Hamden, CT on 6/14/14

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Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Anthropology
Central Connecticut State University
Other
Member, Kappa Delta Pi -- International Honor Society in Education
Other

Education

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (Anthropology)

Central Connecticut State University (Other)

Member, Kappa Delta Pi -- International Honor Society in Education (Other)

About Susan

My goal as a tutor is to help students learn how to learn so that they will no longer need my help. I establish a calm, harmonious learning environment and employ an all-positive approach. By encouraging students to stretch beyond K-12 curriculum goals, I nudge them toward college-level standards.

I intuitively retool to suit different learning styles and skill levels, and simplify concepts without “dumbing them down.” As an experienced special education classroom leader, I help learners understand increasingly complicated reading assignments. As a published author of dozens of articles, I can teach them to convey ideas precisely and engagingly. Your student will finish each tutoring session better prepared to deal with what's next.

As a special education teacher. I teach using Common Core State Standards and research-based methods of instruction. As a member of the Council on Exceptional Children, I keep up to date on the very latest research and best practices.
My goal as a tutor is to help students learn how to learn so that they will no longer need my help. I establish a calm, harmonious learning environment and employ an all-positive approach. By encouraging students to stretch beyond K-12 curriculum goals, I nudge them toward college-level standards.

I intuitively retool to suit different
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5 hours notice required
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Travels within 15 miles of Athens, OH 45701
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"Great tutor"

- Frank, Hamden, CT on 6/14/14

"Essay Writing"

- Simon, Farmington, CT on 8/22/14

"Great tutor."

- Edric, Hamden, CT on 7/16/13

"A fantastic teacher!!!"

- Carmen Licia, Hartford, CT on 6/18/13

"Dedicated Tutor"

- Victor, Windsor, CT on 10/29/12

"Great Tutor - Lesson Reviews are Detailed, Loved It"

- Judy, Windsor, CT on 7/25/12
English:
ACT English, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, World History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers,
Autism, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Aspergers

For the past decade, as both a tutor and a certified special education teacher, I have taught students with Asperger's at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. I have found that tutoring is especially effective for students with Asperger's. This is because, in general, they demonstrate visual thinking skills that are much stronger and faster than their verbal skills -- but school requires students to spend about 90% of their time engaged in verbal tasks; no wonder students with Asperger’s often experience a disconnect there!

In addition, a student with Asperger’s who expresses a few specific, intense interests may complain of being bored at school. As a tutor, I plan instruction that helps students with Asperger's connect new knowledge to their specific, existing interests; this creates a bridge that connects them to new interests -- the ones that may have bored and/or confused them at school. My students, in turn, learn to make these connections by themselves. This creates a more flexible thinker. As mental flexibility increases, so does sensory integration; as sensory integration improves, symptoms of Asperger’s begin to disappear, and a "new," more engaged student emerges.

Elementary (K-6th)

I'm a certified special education teacher with years of experience at the elementary level. I particularly love tutoring one-to-one at this level, because it’s easiest to determine where students are already strong in their reading and math skills, and where they need greater strength. Targeted instruction propels students to higher levels of achievement. I present instruction tailored to a student’s areas of interest, and this reduces or eliminates attention difficulties so he or she can stay on task throughout the lesson.

Elementary Math

When students struggle with elementary math, it’s often related to reading or language processing difficulties. Helping students to make sense of the language of math is essential to their progress. At the same time, they need to “see” how math works, using objects you probably already have in your own home. Combining these efforts leads to steady progress in math performance.

English

I taught myself how to read when I was four years old, and by third grade I had "burned out." Why? Because the books for my age level were supposed to be "good for me" and build character. Also, that was the year that my family finally got a TV.

I understand how boring reading can be in comparison with other options for entertainment. I now realize that part of that boredom has to do with choosing the wrong books -- the variety of books for young readers has never been richer or better written.

I also know that reading is hard if readers lack effective reading skills. I can teach those skills, and bring a "boring" book or piece of expository writing to life so that students can more effectively analyze its meaning, its writing qualities and its value.

By fifth grade, I was a pleasure reader again: I discovered that my favorite movies and TV shows were being written as books, and this way -- in the days way before digital recording -- I could "watch" them again and again! By college, I found literature so interesting that I minored in English.

Now, as an adult, literature continues to introduce me to fascinating people I will never meet, and to take me to amazing places I will never see. I hope to help your child enjoy this way to new worlds and people (real and fictional).

ESL/ESOL

I teach lessons based on your interests. You'll enjoy gaining English speaking, reading, and writing skills as you read, talk, and write about what's important to YOU!

Proofreading

Before becoming a teacher, I was a professional writer. Proofreading is second-nature to me, and I can teach you, too, to proofread and evaluate your own writing systematically and effectively.

Reading

I'm a certified special education teacher with years of helping students to increase their reading skills. I evaluate a student's present level of achievement, and target instruction to address areas of need, for fastest progress. I always aim to connect whatever a student is reading with his or her areas of interest; this increases motivation. A motivated reader is ready to succeed!

SAT Reading

Even students who love to read worry about facing the Critical Reading section of the SAT. This is because it's unnatural to read under pressure, especially for readers who like to "see" and savor what they read -- to imagine scenes and characters, and to make connections with what they already know.

During the SAT, students are expected to read a passage, answer questions about it, and move on quickly to the next passage. There's very little time to apply the skills that make reading enjoyable. Further, students who already struggle with reading report feeling overwhelmed by passages that seem long or confusing and questions that seem tricky; the time pressure makes it all seem even more difficult.

Doing well on the Critical Reading section of the SAT requires a.) knowing several basic tactics for answering the questions, and b.) knowing vocabulary words that can help guide students to the right answers. Mastering these tactics and understanding these words can take as little as four to eight lessons, with independent practice in between.

My students complete tutoring ready to approach the Critical Reading section calmly and with confidence.

Special Needs

I have completed a graduate program for certification as a special education teacher. I have applied for state certification, and expect to receive it in June 2014.

I have student taught at both the elementary and secondary levels -- 16 darling third graders and 37 wonderful 9th-12th grade students. These students had cognitive delays, emotional and behavioral disorders, and specific learning disabilities. They needed help with language processing, study skills, sequencing, and motivation.

I taught math, reading and writing to my third graders. At the high school level, I planned and taught two daily English classes, two math classes and one biology class. At both levels, my lessons were based on Common Core State Standards and employed only evidence-based instructional methods. I made sure that my lessons were both interesting AND genuinely challenging. Because teaching reading and writing comes naturally to me, I'm proudest of the high level of academic success my high school students achieved in math and biology -- mostly A's!

Writing

Before becoming a teacher, I was a professional writer. I can teach you, too, to write effectively by following a sequence of steps to ensure that your writing communicates exactly what you mean to say.

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Anthropology
Central Connecticut State University
Other
Member, Kappa Delta Pi -- International Honor Society in Education
Other

Education

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (Anthropology)

Central Connecticut State University (Other)

Member, Kappa Delta Pi -- International Honor Society in Education (Other)

Great tutor — Susan is a teacher who is worthy of respect. She is so patient and warm, humorous, and flexible. Her lessons are interesting. She gives me a lot of help with my TOEFL, in writing, reading, and listening. I love working with her very much. ...

— Frank, Hamden, CT on 6/14/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Susan will travel within 15 miles of Athens, OH 45701.