Guidance to Success
Guidance to Success
Hi, I am Dom. I graduated with Honors and a Bachelors of Science in Digital Media with my general education specializing in Math, English and Cultural Studies. For the past 3 years I have helped run an After School program within Pittsburgh Public Schools that aided elementary (grades K-5) and middle school (grades 6-8) students enrich their studies in math, reading, writing and social studies. Through this program I saw my students' confidence go up, along with their grades and state...
Hi, I am Dom. I graduated with Honors and a Bachelors of Science in Digital Media with my general education specializing in Math, English and Cultural Studies. For the past 3 years I have helped run an After School program within Pittsburgh Public Schools that aided elementary (grades K-5) and middle school (grades 6-8) students enrich their studies in math, reading, writing and social studies. Through this program I saw my students' confidence go up, along with their grades and state assessment scores.
During my my time with the After School program I worked with students in small groups (5-10) and specialized one on one sessions for pupils that need a little extra help. With Math, Reading, Writing and Social Studies I have worked with the entire age groups of elementary and middle school. In Math I have worked with students just learning to count; learning the basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; geometry and measurements; as well as Algebra Prep. With reading I have helped students learn the alphabet and the basics of reading to mastering the subject and creating their own passages of thought in creative and informative ways. Social studies can be a broad reaching topic that encompasses the entire age groups I have worked with to varying degrees. When it is time to introduce new material, I always did it in a fun way to get the students' interest and keep them wanting to learn more. As the lessons progressed I would switch up styles, as needed, to continue the children's responsiveness and understanding of the material.
Math has always been my strongest subject. It is just something that has always worked so well in my mind. In my experience I have had great success with tutoring Math in many ways. One of the ways was making Math exciting to my students in making what they were learning into a game. A game they wanted to win. This was a big factor in their learning of "Math Facts" (ie Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division). Then we would build on that success with more complex concepts and eventually, they were mastering the curriculum. The 5th graders I worked with all went from below basic to Proficient on their PSSA Math sections and continue to conquer the subject as their educational career continues.
Reading comprehension and vocabulary can be very hard for anyone to learn, especially the children I have worked with that were established in school as English as a Second Language students. The key was to first give them something they wanted to read such as song lyrics from the Motown era of music. I would tell them to circle words and phrases they didn't know or understand. Then we would discuss them until they were able to use them in their own way. This technique was twofold in that, not only were they reading, but they were also learning new words and concepts. This translated into them wanting to read new things, from history passages to books to current event articles. Everyday we would read something as individuals that wasn't directly school related; still circling words or phrases we didn't know. Then we would discuss what they did and did not know, furthering their understanding and vocabulary along the way. I would also have them write brief summaries of anything they would read. This greatly enhanced their minds in comprehension because it made them go through a process. Read it, process it and then put it in their own words. From these exercises, they quickly began to catch onto the English language's special traits and features, making them fluent readers and speakers.
Spelling goes hand in hand with reading and vocabulary. Comprehending and learning these new words was one thing but being able to recreate them in their own writing was another. This all comes with practice and repetition when it was concerning to their spelling words. Everyday we would do a new activity with them. First, we would write all the spelling words 10 times each. The next day we would add meaning to these new words by looking up and writing the definitions to these words. On the third day we would split the words up into syllables. Once they were able to breakdown the words into single syllables they were able to easily remember how to sound them out and spell them correctly. The fourth activity we would do was a straightforward practice test. If they happened to make a mistake on a word or two they would have to write those words 10 times each one last time. Now, when it came time for the actual in school test; not only were they stress free and confident, they would also ace the test.
Math maybe my best subject, but social studies and history were always my favorite subjects. Learning what humanity has come from to what it is now is just awe inspiring to me. First and foremost in tutoring social studies is covering what is taught in the curriculum (ie facts, dates and events). Second is adding emotional value to that time or culture that makes the student connected to those fixed aspects of social studies. An example of a topic I have done is European migration. With the European migration to the Americas the basics are: first permanent settlements were in the 1600s, Declaration of Independence was in 1776, population continues to grow to this very day. Then I added emotional value by asking the students where they came from, what their culture is like here. Next I would teach them about where they ancestors came from and what the culture was like in their home country and ask them to compare and contrast the two.
I want all children to have the benefits of learning any and everything they can to make all children better young adults so that the sky's the limit to what they can achieve.. I strongly encourage everyone to reach out to me with any further questions about my tutoring experiences and services. I look forward in guiding you to success by giving you the help you need.