Gary M.

Prospect, OH


Tutor for hire for elementary and middle school. B.S. from OSU,1987

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Ohio State University
Elementary Education


Ohio State University (Elementary Education)

About Gary

Dear Parents,

Tutor for hire. Do you have an elementary or middle school students who needs help improving their grades? Parents who home school, do you need help teaching a particular subject? I can help. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education,1987.
For the last eight years I have cared for my mother who had a severe case of Alzheimer 's disease. It was hard seeing a once capable woman slowly disintegrate into someone who could not do the most basic actions to take care of herself. That was my life. She required around the clock care and I made sure she was clean, fed, and exercised daily. She passed away in September 2012.

What to do next? I chose to go back to educating students because I like to help people learn. Since I prefer to teach on a one on one basis and in small groups, I chose to be a tutor. I currently tutor students who are in elementary and middle school. I help my students in the following subjects: English, grammar, reading, spelling, math, science and social studies. I also want to make sure my students know how to write so I assign extra writing assignments. I and work with them on proper sentence structure and paragraph development.

I like to make science fun. The way I do that is to conduct experiments. For example, making a balloon inflate by the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar. Science experiments also make good opportunities for writing assignments. Such as, having them write down a hypothesis and then conduct the demonstration and see whether or not their hypothesis is correct. Students can also write a paragraph explaining the procedure and the results. Science experiments are good writing lessons for beginning writers. Since the subject matter is known, they can never make the complaint, "I don't know what to write about."

Math is another subject that students have trouble with. I work with my students to make sure they have a grasp on the basics: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. When they have mastered these, I will go on to instruct them in fractions, factors, multiples, ratios etc. Currently, I am helping my elementary students enhance their basic math skills. My teaching philosophy regarding math is that as long as they know how to get the answer, I am happy. There are various ways to solve math problems. Take subtraction, for example, when a student has difficulty with the concept of borrowing. I am willing to try another approach. There is a way to subtract without borrowing. Another example would be a student that has difficulty juggling a series of numbers as they attempt to add. There is an addition method which enables a student to solve any addition problem, as long as they can proficiently add up eighteen. I am willing to try various approaches to see which one works the best for my students. Does that mean I think out of the box?

Give me a call. The first session is free if you do not think we are a good fit!

Dear Parents,

Tutor for hire. Do you have an elementary or middle school students who needs help improving their grades? Parents who home school, do you need help teaching a particular subject? I can help. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in
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12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Prospect, OH 43342
In-person lessons
Algebra 1,
Elementary Math, Prealgebra
Bible Studies, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
American History, Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 1

I have taken Algebra in high school and in college. Recently, I have spent considerable time refreshing my memory on the subject. I am ready to help your children learn Algebra 1.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a bachelor's of science degree in elementary education from the Ohio State University at Marion. My time as a substitute teacher has given me experience with students in every grade level from Kindergarten to 12th grade. However, I prefer to teach children on a one-on-one basis and in small groups. Tutoring allows me the opportunity to focus on individualized instruction. I enjoy helping my students in need to catch up in their studies as well as challenging advanced students to excel beyond the normal course of study. I truly prefer private tutoring over the public classroom.

Helping students with homework and assignments is a frequent task with the pupils I tutor. I guide my students in English, grammar, writing, reading, social studies, math and science. Since language art skills, reading comprehension and writing are the foundation for all future learning, I include them in all subjects. A variety of tools and methods can help this process. I use discussion, spelling games, writing activities, grammar review and self-editing to reinforce concepts. When students learn these vital life skills, they are equipped for many opportunities. From there, students can go on to study any topic of their choosing.

I think children learn best with hands on experience. So, I frequently include fun activities to keep my students motivated and learning. Do you like to do science experiments? So do I! Have you ever inflated a balloon using baking soda and vinegar? Have you ever made an electromagnet? Have you ever lit a dollar on fire and not have it burn? Performing experiments provides an abundance of learning opportunities. Students predict, conduct experiments, discuss results, research, and record results. Not only are experiments fun to do, when you can explain the process and results, you have learned the lesson.

If you want homework help, would like to improve grades, and have some fun, give me a call.

Ohio State University
Elementary Education


Ohio State University (Elementary Education)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Gary will travel within 20 miles of Prospect, OH 43342.