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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 153 ratings
Knowledgeable and Personalized Tutor
— Joyce, Simsbury, CT on 2/8/16

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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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Cancellation
5 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Athens, OH 45701
Background Check: Passed

"Knowledgeable and Personalized Tutor"

- Joyce, Simsbury, CT on 2/8/16

"Essay Writing"

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

"Great tutor"

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

"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

I have taught students with Asperger's for the past decade, at all academic levels. Students with Asperger’s often demonstrate a few specific, intense interests, so I plan instruction that helps them connect new knowledge to their specific, existing interests. My students learn to make these connections by themselves, and become more flexible thinkers. 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.

Autism

I help my students with autism to direct and convey their thinking with increasing verbal fluency. This is mainly a matter of “translation,” as students with autism often can “see” what they wish to communicate before they can say it; I work to help students connect what they envision to words. As they become more flexible “translators,” not only do they enjoy cognitive growth, but they also display fewer symptoms of autism, and can better integrate sensory experiences. Gaining rapport with highly visual thinkers is one of the most stimulating and rewarding experiences I have enjoyed as a teacher.

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

It hurts to send a child off to school knowing he or she will struggle with reading and writing assignments all day. I’m a certified special education teacher, and I’ve helped dozens of children to gain the fundamental skills to make them more effective readers and writers. I will assess your child's current reading and writing skills – phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and organization – and develop a focused tutoring curriculum based on your child’s specific needs and interests.

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

As a certified K12 special education teacher, I'm trained to teach students with special needs at all academic levels. I have taught students with cognitive delays, emotional and behavioral disorders, autism spectrum symptoms, and/or specific learning disabilities. I have helped them improve language processing skills and study skills, as well as reading comprehension, writing, sequencing, and motivation. As a tutor, my main goals are to identify and address the needs that will help your child become a stronger, more independent student, so that he or she will no longer need my help. I am happy to be in contact with your child’s teacher, as well, to be sure we are meeting IEP goals.

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)

Knowledgeable and Personalized Tutor — Susan is very patient and takes to time to learn about her student and what they like. She then tries to make meaningful connections during her tutoring sessions that will help the student. We are very Grateful for all the support she has given our son. ...

— Joyce, Simsbury, CT on 2/8/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

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