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Malea B.

Academic coach and tutor providing targeted, individualized mentoring

Academic coach and tutor providing targeted, individualized mentoring

$35/hour

  • 1,157 hours tutoring

About Malea


Bio

All students have the ability to achieve, but it takes a special spark to get them to believe it. Often this requires building a relationship of trust by focusing on the student's strengths and leveraging those strengths to create success in new areas. I do this through individualization of all lessons. I make it clear at the beginning that my students are stakeholders in their own success--I am their guide, mentor, role model, coach, and teacher.

Recent students have included:
- High...

All students have the ability to achieve, but it takes a special spark to get them to believe it. Often this requires building a relationship of trust by focusing on the student's strengths and leveraging those strengths to create success in new areas. I do this through individualization of all lessons. I make it clear at the beginning that my students are stakeholders in their own success--I am their guide, mentor, role model, coach, and teacher.

Recent students have included:
- High schooler at risk of failing who has since graduated
- 6th grade student failing all subjects who went from all Fs to Cs, Bs, and As.
- 2nd grade student who qualified for a gifted program, but could not keep up with the reading. Not only did her reading fluency exceed expectations after a few months, but she learned to love reading.
- One-on-one and group ESL conversation
- High school siblings: all were accepted through early admission to their first choice universities
- Multiple students writing medical and PA school application essays

Over the past 20+ years, I also have volunteered in classrooms from kindergarten through sixth grade and have tutored students of all ages. I also have ten years of experience as a homeschooling parent and in teaching homeschool co-op classes.

I hold an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BS in Arts and Letters (writing, philosophy, art, humanities/classics, world religions) from Portland State University. While studying for both, I also tutored fellow classmates and organized study groups.

Classroom teaching experience:
-Public Speaking at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York.
-Developmental English, Contemporary Short Story, and College English I; ESL substitute teacher at Long Island Business Institute in Queens, New York.
-Ninth grade creative writing at the Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Queens, NY, 2010-2011.

I do not currently offer standardized test prep. I do not accept students under the age of 6 years old.


Education

Portland State University
BS Arts and Letters
Sarah Lawrence College
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $35
  • Rate details: Group lessons, homeschoolers, and classes: Please inquire.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 12/5/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

The fear of public speaking can be paralyzing. It doesn't need to be that way! Like many things, public speaking is a skill which can be mastered, and the fear that comes with it can also be mastered. I have years of public speaking experience in front of groups ranging from five to over 100 people. My experience includes speaking at student conferences while in college at Portland State University, as a professor at Long Island Business Institute in Queens, NY, and as a professor at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. At Concordia College, I taught a public speaking course in which every student was a in their first year of college, and all of them were terrified of taking this class. By the end of the term, each one was more confident, had mastered different aspects of public speaking, and had a guide for skills to continue working on. Two of my students gained so much confidence that they joined Toastmasters, a public speaking club. Another one told me a few weeks later that he gave a presentation at his office, and for the first time ever, he wasn't nervous in the public speaking role. I can help you with nervousness, volume projection and voice modulation, practice speeches, developing and using visuals during public speaking, and more.

Corporate Training

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

The fear of public speaking can be paralyzing. It doesn't need to be that way! Like many things, public speaking is a skill which can be mastered, and the fear that comes with it can also be mastered. I have years of public speaking experience in front of groups ranging from five to over 100 people. My experience includes speaking at student conferences while in college at Portland State University, as a professor at Long Island Business Institute in Queens, NY, and as a professor at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. At Concordia College, I taught a public speaking course in which every student was a in their first year of college, and all of them were terrified of taking this class. By the end of the term, each one was more confident, had mastered different aspects of public speaking, and had a guide for skills to continue working on. Two of my students gained so much confidence that they joined Toastmasters, a public speaking club. Another one told me a few weeks later that he gave a presentation at his office, and for the first time ever, he wasn't nervous in the public speaking role. I can help you with nervousness, volume projection and voice modulation, practice speeches, developing and using visuals during public speaking, and more.

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I began tutoring elementary school students when I was one myself. In the fifth grade I tutored second grade students in alphabet recognition and sight word recognition. I am now long out of elementary school but have continued to work with students in grades K through 6th on all elementary subjects. I have spent the last five years tutoring a single student in language arts and math, helping her to bring her grades up from F's, D's, and C's to B's and A's. I have spent hours in classrooms in all elementary grades helping with subjects such as letter and sound recognition, reading skills, math from the most basic skills up to pre-algebra, composition/writing, literary analysis, project planning and implementation, and more. I am able to tutor in single subject areas or across the board in all elementary subjects. However, all elementary students must have a firm grasp of basic math and language arts skills in order to succeed in their other subjects. I also have helped many students with organizational skills such as how to study, how to keep a notebook, note-taking, test prep, and more. In addition to holding an MFA in writing and BS in arts and letters, I have also completed several continuing education workshops and classes. These include: Working with Students with Special Education Needs, Continuing Education completed 10/5/2013. Math is Language Too! Reading Comprehension in the Math Classroom, Continuing Education completed 4/4/2013. First Year Teacher training from Reading Rockets (teaching reading to young children) Responding When Students Don't Get It (online seminar component of the 2011 ASCD Annual Conference; ASCD = Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
Handwriting,

Handwriting

In elementary school, I loved handwriting lessons. I would practice everyday after school in an effort to receive the weekly handwriting prize in first and second grades. My love of good penmanship has continued into adulthood, and I enjoy helping others overcome their penmanship struggles. For many younger students, handwriting is a challenge because the fine motor skills are still developing. Holding a pencil or pen correctly may be painful or tiring. With my handwriting students in the past, I have combined several approaches to help them overcome their writing challenges. With most students, I have helped them with hand exercises to help prepare for writing. These typically include learning a few basic stretches for the fingers and hands, and these exercises may be used before, during, or after a writing session. After teaching my students some basic physical hand exercises, I have them write a few sentences so that I can study their grip and approach to writing. Once I know how a student approaches writing, I develop a plan. I usually will model good handwriting habits, help the student adjust his or her grip, and will have the student do tracing exercises. If a student's writing is particularly poor, I have him or her begin with simply tracing straight lines, curves, circles, and squares. We might also focus on one or two specific letters at first. As the student becomes more and more accustomed to this, we graduate to other letters, words, and sentences, as well as more complex shapes. Frequently students simply don't know where to start a letter which causes poor penmanship. Other times, the student struggles with pacing - they try to write too quickly, particularly those students with ADD or ADHD. Regardless, I always start where the student already is, and we work from there.
Phonics,

Phonics

While phonics is a key element in learning to read, I first work with a student to determine if they need help with phonics, sight words or a combination. Most students learn to read using a combination of both phonics and sight words. I utilize a variety of methods in teaching phonics including a letter chart, refrigerator magnet letters, sand trays for kinesthetic learners (students who need to feel things to comprehend them), and more. My very first tutoring student, years ago, was a second grade boy that was unable to recognize most letters of the alphabet, had no knowledge of the sounds associated with the letters and could not put them together to form words. I tutored him twice weekly and by the end of the school year he was reading on grade level. Since then I have tutored students ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade in phonics, sight words and reading readiness. Most recently I helped a 13 year old girl who had learned to read using sight words exclusively. As a result she missed many of the nuances of the English language and was often confused by what she read. After just two months of one-on-one tutoring, she has learned to not only sound out words but to use other cues to gather word meanings. She is now confident in using phonics skills to supplement her sight word recognition and her reading has become more fluid.
Reading,

Reading

I have over 25 years of experience teaching all aspects of reading, including comprehension, to students of all ages and backgrounds.
Study Skills

Study Skills

Without a strong understanding of how to study many students are moved on from grade to grade and come to a point where they begin to feel lost. As subjects become more complex, it is imperative that students know how to study. This involves more than simply opening a book and reading. When I teach study skills, I first determine *how* a student learns. Some students do well with visual cues while others best retain information in other ways (auditory, kinesthetic, or a combination). Once I have determined a students learning style we can move on from there and put in place a system for studying. For some students study skills are lacking because the student does not understand the basics of organization. This may mean that we work on daily skills such as writing down assignments in a planner, or that we work on how to put together a notebook, or we may work on how to take notes in the first place. By learning how to most effectively study, a student will be more likely to have success later in their academic career, and even in the workplace.

English

English,

English

Teaching English and all that it encompasses is my passion. I work with my students to meet them where they are and to build them up or to help them get ahead. With past students this has meant focusing on literary analysis, improving basic writing skills, improving creative thought processes for creative writing, and much more. Past students have: * learned to actively engage in their English courses * become avid readers * gained several grade levels in writing ability * mastered the art of written correspondence * found connections between seemingly disparate reading materials I hold and MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, as well as a Bachelor's in Arts and Letters (heavy emphasis on English, art, and philosophy) from Portland State University in Oregon. My formal English teaching experience includes teaching: * Creative Writing at Baccalaureate School for Global Studies in Queens, NY * English 101 at Long Island Business Institute in Queens, NY * Short Story (literature course) at Long Island Business Institute in Queens, NY The bulk of my tutoring hours are built around two subject or category areas: study skills and English.
Literature,

Literature

Literature is a window into other worlds and experiences. Through a good book, a student will gain insight not only into the mindset of the author, characters, and setting, but will also be transformed as a reader. I seek to help my students understand their texts at all levels, from the most basic understanding of plot, setting, and characters to deeper aspects of symbolism, implied meanings, and more. I also specialize in textual analysis for the purposes of writing literature-based analytical essays. Even if I have read a book before, I always read it again, following my student's reading schedule in order to have the material fresh in my mind, and thus give focused attention to my student as he or she grapples with the book. I read widely, and devour books. A small sampling of the texts I tutor includes: * poetry (especially Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, William Carlos Williams) * The Catcher in the Rye * The Lord of the Flies * Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath * To Kill a Mockingbird * A Raisin in the Sun * Black Boy * Shakespeare's plays * The Odyssey and The Iliad * the work of Sophocles, Aristotle, and Plato * the works of Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson * the works of Amy Tan * the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald * the works of Sandra Cisneros * the works of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg * and many, many more
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

The fear of public speaking can be paralyzing. It doesn't need to be that way! Like many things, public speaking is a skill which can be mastered, and the fear that comes with it can also be mastered. I have years of public speaking experience in front of groups ranging from five to over 100 people. My experience includes speaking at student conferences while in college at Portland State University, as a professor at Long Island Business Institute in Queens, NY, and as a professor at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. At Concordia College, I taught a public speaking course in which every student was a in their first year of college, and all of them were terrified of taking this class. By the end of the term, each one was more confident, had mastered different aspects of public speaking, and had a guide for skills to continue working on. Two of my students gained so much confidence that they joined Toastmasters, a public speaking club. Another one told me a few weeks later that he gave a presentation at his office, and for the first time ever, he wasn't nervous in the public speaking role. I can help you with nervousness, volume projection and voice modulation, practice speeches, developing and using visuals during public speaking, and more.
Reading,

Reading

I have over 25 years of experience teaching all aspects of reading, including comprehension, to students of all ages and backgrounds.
Writing

Writing

Writing -- it's difficult to get by in life without it. With many years teaching reading and writing, both professionally as an adjunct college professor and as a tutor, I have witnessed students shift from reluctant to set pencil to page to being fully engaged with the writing process. Some students have started unable to write a complete sentence, dropping punctuation, verbs, and so on. Others have been so rules oriented that they were unable to go beyond a teacher's rubric. My goal is to help my students to not only overcome these obstacles, but to become accomplished writings in order to achieve goals that may include: - improving academic grades - writing a thank you note for a gift - writing a resume and cover letter for a job application - learning MLA, APA or another citation format - organizing thoughts into a memoir - writing a letter to hire or fire a contractor - and much more! Our writing sessions will start with an analysis of your current writing skills either through review of a recent piece you've written or via a short writing assignment during our first session together. We will assess your skill level against your goals and formulate a plan to take your writing to the next level.

History

Classics

Classics

With an undergraduate major in Arts and Letters, and a graduate degree in Writing, I am well versed in many aspects of the area called classics. I am especially well versed in classical literature such as Homer ("The Odyssey" by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles, is a masterpiece!) and Sophocles, as well as Greek mythology. My classics background also includes ancient and modern philosophy, art history and architectural history, and archaeology. In particular, I am interested in how all of these areas intersect to create the idea of culture and society. I have taught and tutored the classics primarily to middle school, high school, and undergraduate college students. I believe in studying materials together, discussing significant ideas, and then helping my student apply their own theories and understanding. However, I also strive to support my students' individual learning styles and thus may use auditory, visual, or kinesthetic materials and methods to build understanding.

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I began tutoring elementary school students when I was one myself. In the fifth grade I tutored second grade students in alphabet recognition and sight word recognition. I am now long out of elementary school but have continued to work with students in grades K through 6th on all elementary subjects. I have spent the last five years tutoring a single student in language arts and math, helping her to bring her grades up from F's, D's, and C's to B's and A's. I have spent hours in classrooms in all elementary grades helping with subjects such as letter and sound recognition, reading skills, math from the most basic skills up to pre-algebra, composition/writing, literary analysis, project planning and implementation, and more. I am able to tutor in single subject areas or across the board in all elementary subjects. However, all elementary students must have a firm grasp of basic math and language arts skills in order to succeed in their other subjects. I also have helped many students with organizational skills such as how to study, how to keep a notebook, note-taking, test prep, and more. In addition to holding an MFA in writing and BS in arts and letters, I have also completed several continuing education workshops and classes. These include: Working with Students with Special Education Needs, Continuing Education completed 10/5/2013. Math is Language Too! Reading Comprehension in the Math Classroom, Continuing Education completed 4/4/2013. First Year Teacher training from Reading Rockets (teaching reading to young children) Responding When Students Don't Get It (online seminar component of the 2011 ASCD Annual Conference; ASCD = Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
English,

English

Teaching English and all that it encompasses is my passion. I work with my students to meet them where they are and to build them up or to help them get ahead. With past students this has meant focusing on literary analysis, improving basic writing skills, improving creative thought processes for creative writing, and much more. Past students have: * learned to actively engage in their English courses * become avid readers * gained several grade levels in writing ability * mastered the art of written correspondence * found connections between seemingly disparate reading materials I hold and MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, as well as a Bachelor's in Arts and Letters (heavy emphasis on English, art, and philosophy) from Portland State University in Oregon. My formal English teaching experience includes teaching: * Creative Writing at Baccalaureate School for Global Studies in Queens, NY * English 101 at Long Island Business Institute in Queens, NY * Short Story (literature course) at Long Island Business Institute in Queens, NY The bulk of my tutoring hours are built around two subject or category areas: study skills and English.
Handwriting,

Handwriting

In elementary school, I loved handwriting lessons. I would practice everyday after school in an effort to receive the weekly handwriting prize in first and second grades. My love of good penmanship has continued into adulthood, and I enjoy helping others overcome their penmanship struggles. For many younger students, handwriting is a challenge because the fine motor skills are still developing. Holding a pencil or pen correctly may be painful or tiring. With my handwriting students in the past, I have combined several approaches to help them overcome their writing challenges. With most students, I have helped them with hand exercises to help prepare for writing. These typically include learning a few basic stretches for the fingers and hands, and these exercises may be used before, during, or after a writing session. After teaching my students some basic physical hand exercises, I have them write a few sentences so that I can study their grip and approach to writing. Once I know how a student approaches writing, I develop a plan. I usually will model good handwriting habits, help the student adjust his or her grip, and will have the student do tracing exercises. If a student's writing is particularly poor, I have him or her begin with simply tracing straight lines, curves, circles, and squares. We might also focus on one or two specific letters at first. As the student becomes more and more accustomed to this, we graduate to other letters, words, and sentences, as well as more complex shapes. Frequently students simply don't know where to start a letter which causes poor penmanship. Other times, the student struggles with pacing - they try to write too quickly, particularly those students with ADD or ADHD. Regardless, I always start where the student already is, and we work from there.
Reading,

Reading

I have over 25 years of experience teaching all aspects of reading, including comprehension, to students of all ages and backgrounds.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Without a strong understanding of how to study many students are moved on from grade to grade and come to a point where they begin to feel lost. As subjects become more complex, it is imperative that students know how to study. This involves more than simply opening a book and reading. When I teach study skills, I first determine *how* a student learns. Some students do well with visual cues while others best retain information in other ways (auditory, kinesthetic, or a combination). Once I have determined a students learning style we can move on from there and put in place a system for studying. For some students study skills are lacking because the student does not understand the basics of organization. This may mean that we work on daily skills such as writing down assignments in a planner, or that we work on how to put together a notebook, or we may work on how to take notes in the first place. By learning how to most effectively study, a student will be more likely to have success later in their academic career, and even in the workplace.
Writing

Writing

Writing -- it's difficult to get by in life without it. With many years teaching reading and writing, both professionally as an adjunct college professor and as a tutor, I have witnessed students shift from reluctant to set pencil to page to being fully engaged with the writing process. Some students have started unable to write a complete sentence, dropping punctuation, verbs, and so on. Others have been so rules oriented that they were unable to go beyond a teacher's rubric. My goal is to help my students to not only overcome these obstacles, but to become accomplished writings in order to achieve goals that may include: - improving academic grades - writing a thank you note for a gift - writing a resume and cover letter for a job application - learning MLA, APA or another citation format - organizing thoughts into a memoir - writing a letter to hire or fire a contractor - and much more! Our writing sessions will start with an analysis of your current writing skills either through review of a recent piece you've written or via a short writing assignment during our first session together. We will assess your skill level against your goals and formulate a plan to take your writing to the next level.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I began tutoring elementary school students when I was one myself. In the fifth grade I tutored second grade students in alphabet recognition and sight word recognition. I am now long out of elementary school but have continued to work with students in grades K through 6th on all elementary subjects. I have spent the last five years tutoring a single student in language arts and math, helping her to bring her grades up from F's, D's, and C's to B's and A's. I have spent hours in classrooms in all elementary grades helping with subjects such as letter and sound recognition, reading skills, math from the most basic skills up to pre-algebra, composition/writing, literary analysis, project planning and implementation, and more. I am able to tutor in single subject areas or across the board in all elementary subjects. However, all elementary students must have a firm grasp of basic math and language arts skills in order to succeed in their other subjects. I also have helped many students with organizational skills such as how to study, how to keep a notebook, note-taking, test prep, and more. In addition to holding an MFA in writing and BS in arts and letters, I have also completed several continuing education workshops and classes. These include: Working with Students with Special Education Needs, Continuing Education completed 10/5/2013. Math is Language Too! Reading Comprehension in the Math Classroom, Continuing Education completed 4/4/2013. First Year Teacher training from Reading Rockets (teaching reading to young children) Responding When Students Don't Get It (online seminar component of the 2011 ASCD Annual Conference; ASCD = Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
English,

English

Teaching English and all that it encompasses is my passion. I work with my students to meet them where they are and to build them up or to help them get ahead. With past students this has meant focusing on literary analysis, improving basic writing skills, improving creative thought processes for creative writing, and much more. Past students have: * learned to actively engage in their English courses * become avid readers * gained several grade levels in writing ability * mastered the art of written correspondence * found connections between seemingly disparate reading materials I hold and MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, as well as a Bachelor's in Arts and Letters (heavy emphasis on English, art, and philosophy) from Portland State University in Oregon. My formal English teaching experience includes teaching: * Creative Writing at Baccalaureate School for Global Studies in Queens, NY * English 101 at Long Island Business Institute in Queens, NY * Short Story (literature course) at Long Island Business Institute in Queens, NY The bulk of my tutoring hours are built around two subject or category areas: study skills and English.
Reading,

Reading

I have over 25 years of experience teaching all aspects of reading, including comprehension, to students of all ages and backgrounds.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Without a strong understanding of how to study many students are moved on from grade to grade and come to a point where they begin to feel lost. As subjects become more complex, it is imperative that students know how to study. This involves more than simply opening a book and reading. When I teach study skills, I first determine *how* a student learns. Some students do well with visual cues while others best retain information in other ways (auditory, kinesthetic, or a combination). Once I have determined a students learning style we can move on from there and put in place a system for studying. For some students study skills are lacking because the student does not understand the basics of organization. This may mean that we work on daily skills such as writing down assignments in a planner, or that we work on how to put together a notebook, or we may work on how to take notes in the first place. By learning how to most effectively study, a student will be more likely to have success later in their academic career, and even in the workplace.
Writing

Writing

Writing -- it's difficult to get by in life without it. With many years teaching reading and writing, both professionally as an adjunct college professor and as a tutor, I have witnessed students shift from reluctant to set pencil to page to being fully engaged with the writing process. Some students have started unable to write a complete sentence, dropping punctuation, verbs, and so on. Others have been so rules oriented that they were unable to go beyond a teacher's rubric. My goal is to help my students to not only overcome these obstacles, but to become accomplished writings in order to achieve goals that may include: - improving academic grades - writing a thank you note for a gift - writing a resume and cover letter for a job application - learning MLA, APA or another citation format - organizing thoughts into a memoir - writing a letter to hire or fire a contractor - and much more! Our writing sessions will start with an analysis of your current writing skills either through review of a recent piece you've written or via a short writing assignment during our first session together. We will assess your skill level against your goals and formulate a plan to take your writing to the next level.

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

Without a strong understanding of how to study many students are moved on from grade to grade and come to a point where they begin to feel lost. As subjects become more complex, it is imperative that students know how to study. This involves more than simply opening a book and reading. When I teach study skills, I first determine *how* a student learns. Some students do well with visual cues while others best retain information in other ways (auditory, kinesthetic, or a combination). Once I have determined a students learning style we can move on from there and put in place a system for studying. For some students study skills are lacking because the student does not understand the basics of organization. This may mean that we work on daily skills such as writing down assignments in a planner, or that we work on how to put together a notebook, or we may work on how to take notes in the first place. By learning how to most effectively study, a student will be more likely to have success later in their academic career, and even in the workplace.

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

I have extensive experience working with children of varying ages who must cope with ADD and ADHD. For these children, organization and focus are a challenge that stands between them and learning. I focus not only on making sure that the content of what I am teaching is clear, but that my instructions are also clear. I have found that many children with ADD or ADHD often have difficulty with abstract or broad instructions. For these children, they need tasks broken down into very small and specific steps. Not only does this help clarify what is expected, but it takes advantage of their brief spurts of attention. Recently, I helped a 13 year old boy with ADD to move up several grade levels in reading. Prior to that, I worked with a girl for several years on all academic subjects, and personal habits of organization (ex: how to organize her bedroom, how to interact socially, how to complete personal projects that involve multiple steps). Currently, I am working with a 10 year old boy who has never received B's and A's on a consistent basis in school. In the past, he was frequently in trouble at school as well. This year, with my help, all of his grades are B or better. His teachers have also commented on his ability to sit still for longer periods, his increased attention span, and his increased positive attitude. I have completed continuing education credits in working with ADHD children as well, including: * Managing ADHD, Autism, Learning Disabilities and Concussion in School, University of Colorado via Coursera * ADHD: Everyday Strategies for Elementary Students, University of Buffalo, State University of New York, via Coursera
Phonics,

Phonics

While phonics is a key element in learning to read, I first work with a student to determine if they need help with phonics, sight words or a combination. Most students learn to read using a combination of both phonics and sight words. I utilize a variety of methods in teaching phonics including a letter chart, refrigerator magnet letters, sand trays for kinesthetic learners (students who need to feel things to comprehend them), and more. My very first tutoring student, years ago, was a second grade boy that was unable to recognize most letters of the alphabet, had no knowledge of the sounds associated with the letters and could not put them together to form words. I tutored him twice weekly and by the end of the school year he was reading on grade level. Since then I have tutored students ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade in phonics, sight words and reading readiness. Most recently I helped a 13 year old girl who had learned to read using sight words exclusively. As a result she missed many of the nuances of the English language and was often confused by what she read. After just two months of one-on-one tutoring, she has learned to not only sound out words but to use other cues to gather word meanings. She is now confident in using phonics skills to supplement her sight word recognition and her reading has become more fluid.
Study Skills

Study Skills

Without a strong understanding of how to study many students are moved on from grade to grade and come to a point where they begin to feel lost. As subjects become more complex, it is imperative that students know how to study. This involves more than simply opening a book and reading. When I teach study skills, I first determine *how* a student learns. Some students do well with visual cues while others best retain information in other ways (auditory, kinesthetic, or a combination). Once I have determined a students learning style we can move on from there and put in place a system for studying. For some students study skills are lacking because the student does not understand the basics of organization. This may mean that we work on daily skills such as writing down assignments in a planner, or that we work on how to put together a notebook, or we may work on how to take notes in the first place. By learning how to most effectively study, a student will be more likely to have success later in their academic career, and even in the workplace.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I began tutoring elementary school students when I was one myself. In the fifth grade I tutored second grade students in alphabet recognition and sight word recognition. I am now long out of elementary school but have continued to work with students in grades K through 6th on all elementary subjects. I have spent the last five years tutoring a single student in language arts and math, helping her to bring her grades up from F's, D's, and C's to B's and A's. I have spent hours in classrooms in all elementary grades helping with subjects such as letter and sound recognition, reading skills, math from the most basic skills up to pre-algebra, composition/writing, literary analysis, project planning and implementation, and more. I am able to tutor in single subject areas or across the board in all elementary subjects. However, all elementary students must have a firm grasp of basic math and language arts skills in order to succeed in their other subjects. I also have helped many students with organizational skills such as how to study, how to keep a notebook, note-taking, test prep, and more. In addition to holding an MFA in writing and BS in arts and letters, I have also completed several continuing education workshops and classes. These include: Working with Students with Special Education Needs, Continuing Education completed 10/5/2013. Math is Language Too! Reading Comprehension in the Math Classroom, Continuing Education completed 4/4/2013. First Year Teacher training from Reading Rockets (teaching reading to young children) Responding When Students Don't Get It (online seminar component of the 2011 ASCD Annual Conference; ASCD = Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
Reading,

Reading

I have over 25 years of experience teaching all aspects of reading, including comprehension, to students of all ages and backgrounds.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Without a strong understanding of how to study many students are moved on from grade to grade and come to a point where they begin to feel lost. As subjects become more complex, it is imperative that students know how to study. This involves more than simply opening a book and reading. When I teach study skills, I first determine *how* a student learns. Some students do well with visual cues while others best retain information in other ways (auditory, kinesthetic, or a combination). Once I have determined a students learning style we can move on from there and put in place a system for studying. For some students study skills are lacking because the student does not understand the basics of organization. This may mean that we work on daily skills such as writing down assignments in a planner, or that we work on how to put together a notebook, or we may work on how to take notes in the first place. By learning how to most effectively study, a student will be more likely to have success later in their academic career, and even in the workplace.
Writing

Writing

Writing -- it's difficult to get by in life without it. With many years teaching reading and writing, both professionally as an adjunct college professor and as a tutor, I have witnessed students shift from reluctant to set pencil to page to being fully engaged with the writing process. Some students have started unable to write a complete sentence, dropping punctuation, verbs, and so on. Others have been so rules oriented that they were unable to go beyond a teacher's rubric. My goal is to help my students to not only overcome these obstacles, but to become accomplished writings in order to achieve goals that may include: - improving academic grades - writing a thank you note for a gift - writing a resume and cover letter for a job application - learning MLA, APA or another citation format - organizing thoughts into a memoir - writing a letter to hire or fire a contractor - and much more! Our writing sessions will start with an analysis of your current writing skills either through review of a recent piece you've written or via a short writing assignment during our first session together. We will assess your skill level against your goals and formulate a plan to take your writing to the next level.

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Very helpful lesson in Career Development

My lesson with Malea was very helpful! Malea provided me with a lot of information and advice that I'll use for upcoming (and further) job interviews. She is very knowledgeable in term what and how preferable answer to questions during job interview, what words better describe your professionalism. Thank you once again! BR, Elena

Elena, 1 lesson with Malea

Wonderful!

Malea is working very well with our daughter. Our daughter is making wonderful progress with her. Malea is able to motivate our daughter to work hard and is finding a love for learning and reading! I am very impressed with all she has done in a short amount of time.

Laura, 20 lessons with Malea
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$35/hour

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