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Great tutor!Anna, 17 lessons with MaryI really liked this tutor. I was able to meet with her online and in person. She was very patient and able to repeat or explain things in a different way when I was having trouble understanding a concept. I had taken a Beginning Spanish 1 class in college but it had been about three years since I took it. I am now returning to school and taking Beginning Spanish 2. I hardly remembered anything from Spanish 1. I only had six weeks to review everything, and I was very concerned about...I really liked this tutor. I was able to meet with her online and in person. She was very patient and able to repeat or explain things in a different way when I was having trouble understanding a concept. I had taken a Beginning Spanish 1 class in college but it had been about three years since I took it. I am now returning to school and taking Beginning Spanish 2. I hardly remembered anything from Spanish 1. I only had six weeks to review everything, and I was very concerned about getting through all of Spanish 1 material within that time. But she was able to look at the syllabus and teach me the whole semester's worth of material within that short time. Now that I have been in my Spanish 2 class a few weeks, I am actually one of the only students who is not struggling with the material. I was impressed with the structure and commitment this tutor gave me. And she even said I could contact her with further individual questions even after we were no longer working together. I also think it's good that she does an initial session where she takes time to find out about you and your learning styles, before she actually starts tutoring. That way, she can be more helpful since she knows how you work best. I would definitely use her again.
Everyone that knows me knows I love languages: all of them! I've studied 17 so far. (Swahili is next!) I have a B.A. in English, one in Biblical Languages, and an M.A. in German Translation (form Kent State). Even as a professional translator/editor, I've found time to teach and coach students on their foreign-language journeys for over 20 years. I really enjoy being a mentor to language-learners, and we often form friendships that last long after our lessons end because they know I care both...
Everyone that knows me knows I love languages: all of them! I've studied 17 so far. (Swahili is next!) I have a B.A. in English, one in Biblical Languages, and an M.A. in German Translation (form Kent State). Even as a professional translator/editor, I've found time to teach and coach students on their foreign-language journeys for over 20 years. I really enjoy being a mentor to language-learners, and we often form friendships that last long after our lessons end because they know I care both about their linguistic progress and their success in life.
My specialties are English (including TESOL & IELTS), Russian, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Koine Greek, Braille, and Morse code. I've taught everything from university courses to one-on-one tutoring. I love working with students of all ages and abilities, helping them excel in a wide variety of subjects. My students say I'm a good listener, patient, and teach in a thorough and understandable way that takes their questions and learning challenges into account and addresses them well.
I use visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning techniques, incorporating colors, props, songs, hand motions, etc., to aid in understanding and vocabulary acquisition. We draw flash cards, come up with mnemonic devices, play games, make videos, and do anything else that makes language study fun and motivating for students. Occasionally,, we go to a store, visit a zoo or park, make a recipe, etc., to provide even more practical language use.
There are few things in life I enjoy more than teaching others to speak the languages I love, so message me, if you've ever been told or thought you "can't" learn a language. In my experience, it's the teaching methods that don't work, not the student that can't learn, and believe me, I have a lot of experience. I look forward to hearing from you and showing you that you can learn that language you've always wanted to speak, but were afraid to start. My mission is to show others language-learning is fun and easy. Let me show you!
Introduction to Tutoring
Mary did a great job of talking with my daughter and asking questions about her interests and how she prefers to learn. I appreciate Mary’s attention to detail.Tammi , 15 lessons with Mary
We started learning songs and the alphabet, pronunciation and some basic familiar words. Mary is easy to work with and knows what she’s doing!Jaimee, 1 lesson with Mary
Mary did an outstanding job breaking down information to help me understand it in a 48 hour window. She wants to make sure you understand the information before moving on to the next section. Mary teaches at a nice and controlled pace to allow the student to understand. We reviewed verbs, present & past tenses, and masculine and feminine grammar. Absolutely recommend to anyone else. She’s also extremely flexible with her time slots!Carter, 3 lessons with Mary
Knowledgeable and dedicated tutor
Mary helped my son prepare for a Latin test over Labor Day weekend on short notice. She went out of her way to make room for him in spite of the holiday weekend. She spent the time needed and made sure she assessed his needs and baseline learning skills. Her plan took everything needed into account. My son, who had struggled with Latin from the first day of school, went into his test confident and came out with a good grade. Mary is a gem!Sade, 3 lessons with Mary
I knew my daughter was nervous heading into tutor lessons, Mary was extremely knowledgeable, patient and was able to put my daughter at ease. Thank youDaniel , 2 lessons with Mary
I am so glad Mary is my tutor.
I have been using other sources to assist me with my learning process but without Mary in my corner I would be spinning my wheels. I look forward to a long and successful year with Mary at my side.Amelia , 7 lessons with Mary
Utilizes multiple intelligences
Mary has been such a blessing for our son. He has a writing disability and an anxiety disorder. She modifies her lesson as she goes based on whether he is feeling stressed or more in control. It is more important to her that he internalizes the material and feels confident in the skills rather than pushing too hard in order to check off all portions of her lesson plan. Mary is comfortable asking questions about my child, his interests, and his learning style so that her lessons are engaging and fun. My boy is active and has a fantastic visual memory, so she routinely uses color-coding of spelling patterns to help bolster his weak spelling skills. She also invents active games to practice spelling skills. This is so beneficial because research shows that the more sections of the brain are utilized in acquiring a skill, the more permanent the knowledge will be. Mary is patient, kind, and easily approachable with any questions or comments we have. It is evident that she invests quite a bit of time in her lessons and she cares about her students. I give her five stars!Heather, 14 lessons with Mary
Patient but Sometimes Difficult to Understand.
I met Mary for my first tutoring session at a local bookstore. She was almost 30 minutes late, but she had called me to let me know so I didn't mind as much. I think Mary's approach in tutoring has merit. She asks students to read questions out loud, which helps the student catch an issue his/her self. I found this very effective. However, I was very unimpressed with her ability to actually explain concepts, particularly algebra and more conceptual math. It was hit or miss - either she explained it very well, or it was very very difficult to understand what she was trying to teach. She seemed to lack confidence in her tutoring and I left the session more confused than not. After thinking about the lesson for a while, I decided not to continue my tutoring with her. I think her personal tutoring style (mostly auditory) and my learning style (visual) conflicted. Still, Mary was very pleasant and professional.Elizabeth, 1 lesson with MaryTutor responded:
This student asked me to do something I had never done before and I agreed in order to try to help her, but this experience has taught me that I really should not depart from my tried-and-true approach, even if the student thinks they need me to. It is my policy to have an initial consultation session with each student at our first meeting, but this student asked me to just go right into a trial session, skipping the consultation session. I agreed to do it that way that one time, but I shouldn't have because the reason I start with the consultation session in the first place is so that I can learn about a student's learning style, his or her current skill level in the subject, and specifically how and what the student wants to learn. I have a Learning Goals sheet that I type or write up for each student during the consultation with all of this information on it and I have each potential student sign it to indicate that s/he agrees that we have come up with the most effective way to tutor him or her. In this case, though, all I had time for before we started the math lesson was to get a very brief idea of her math skills and what she wanted and to tell her that because we were doing the session this way, it would have to still be partially an assessment of her learning style and needs and that future lessons would actually be significantly more tailored to what she needed. She said she understood and that this was fine, but I realize that a trial session that differs so much from what future lessons would have been like can't serve as much of a trial, so I can't honestly say that I'm too surprised that even though she said at the time that it had been helpful to her that she changed her mind before our next lesson. It is a shame, though, because she never got a chance to experience how I normally tutor visual learners in math. I normally tutor math online, where I have several resources to help visual learners learn math, or else I tutor in my home, where I have plenty of props. Being at a bookstore, tho