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Lois L.

Swarthmore, PA

$40/hour

Learning Strategies and Writing Skills Coach

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CUNY Brooklyn College
Comparative Literatu
Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology
Master's
Immaculata University
Other

Education

CUNY Brooklyn College (Comparative Literatu)

Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology (Master's)

Immaculata University (Other)

About Lois

I get great pleasure out of helping others to recognize their own potential and develop strategies to achieve success. Educated as a School Psychologist, I have earned 36 credits above the Masters Level in the subjects of testing, reading and special needs. I am specifically familiar with the types of learning differences which children and young adults experience in school environments. I have represented families at IEP meetings and worked as a school psychologist on a pre-school team. My experience includes tutoring students with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia PA.

Having a child diagnosed as intellectually challenged and autistic, I have spent the past 53 years involved personally and professionally in the area of education for individuals with special needs. Learning disabilities run in my family. Myself, my daughter, as well as two of my grandchildren struggle with various aspects of reading, spelling and calculation.

In my own journey, I have learned the importance of developing methods to help myself compensate for those aspects which make it difficult for me to learn. I believe in building self -knowledge and confidence by training the learner to break the required task into small manageable parts. This technique can be applied to the mastery of reading, writing and the juggling of home work and school projects. Confidence, motivation and focus are important preliminary behaviors which facilitate learning. Frequently I use the arts, such as studying pictures or listening to music, to stimulate the student's interest. I have worked as an advocate for families at special education meetings and have tutored learning disabled students on the college level in writing and comprehension.
I get great pleasure out of helping others to recognize their own potential and develop strategies to achieve success. Educated as a School Psychologist, I have earned 36 credits above the Masters Level in the subjects of testing, reading and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Swarthmore, PA 19081
English:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar,
Literature,
Public Speaking, Reading,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Grammar

Writing Qualifications

As a PA Certified School Psychologist (36 credits above the Masters level) I have been trained in the development, assessment and application of reading and writing screenings, and standardized intelligence tests. This training has helped me further understand what is entailed in the acquisition of skills such as writing and how to identify areas of strength as well as difficulty.

Going back to school as an adult with three small children, I didn't know how to write papers or test essays. I was frustrated but didn't know why I always switched letters and left out words. I had to write and erase a sentence over and over again to get it right. In the days before computers, this was very time consuming and messy.

I knew that if I wanted to be successful in school, I had to analyze what it took to write an "excellent" essay or paper. I learned the importance of preparation before the act of writing: focusing on a specific topic, brainstorming ideas, ordering them into a main theme and supporting details. I also realized that writing is a process that requires constant change and re-working until the combined words express what the writer wants to express. Even now, I have to keep in mind that writing is an act of communication between the writer and reader.

As the Learning Specialist at The University of the Arts, I coached students with learning disabilities in the areas of reading subject matter and writing papers. I also helped students prepare for exams in various humanity subjects and hands-on courses in the arts. I have taught General Psychology at Delaware County Community College and assisted students in understanding how to write papers in order to fulfil the requirements of my course.

Currently one of my clients is a Masters student at University of Penn and I am working with her on developing a time-line for completing her Master's thesis. When I am tutoring an adult learner, we work as a team. I enjoy interacting with adult learners because they are motivated and have specific goals.

Literature

At Ursinus University in Collegeville, PA, I designed and taught a blended humanities course, online and in the classroom. The course contained an over-view of classic literary selections. My literary background has enabled me to tutor in all varieties of genres including literary non-fiction works.

Phonics

As a PA Certified School Psychologist, I have be trained in the development, assessment and application of reading screenings and standardized tests. Wanting to learn more about the process of reading, I completed a Penn State course in the subject including several workshops offered by PATTAN (PA Training and Technical Assistance Network.)
I have administered diagnostic screenings to young children as well as to college students and adults. I participated in creating remediation strategies which would incorporate the individual's learning strengths to improve reading deficits. Currently, I am a volunteer reading and writing tutor working with ESL students and adults who want to pass one of the High School Equivalency Exams offered in Pennsylvania.

Reading

As a PA Certified School Psychologist, I have been trained in the development, assessment and application of reading screenings and standardized tests. Wanting to learn more about the process of reading, I completed a Penn State course in the subject including several workshops offered by PATTAN (PA Training and Technical Assistance Network.)

I have administered diagnostic screenings to young children as well as to college students and adults. I participated in creating remediation strategies which would incorporate the individual's learning strengths to improve reading deficits. Currently, I am a volunteer reading and writing tutor working with ESL students and adults who want to pass one of the High School Equivalency Exams offered in Pennsylvania.

Special Needs

I have earned a PA state certification on School Psychology. I have 36 credits above the Master's level from Immaculata University. My Master's degree is in Developmental Psychology from Yeshiva University in NYC. I have taken several in-service courses in working with individuals with ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia and hearing deficits. I have represented families at IEP meetings and worked as a school psychologist on a pre-school team. My experience includes tutoring students with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia PA. I also have an adult son with Special Needs.

Study Skills

As a certified school psychologist and with private clients, I have advised parents and teachers on how to help students develop more efficient study habits in order to achieve academic success. As the Learning Specialist at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia PA, I coached students with learning disabilities on study and test-taking strategies.

There are study tricks such as: Identifying important concepts in a textbook by looking for words that are of a different color or size. compared to the regular text. The acquisition of these study skills can make a difference in the student's mastery of a subject.

Writing

As a PA Certified School Psychologist (36 credits above the Masters level) I have been trained in the development, assessment and application of reading and writing screenings, and standardized intelligence tests. This training has helped me further understand what is entailed in the acquisition of skills such as writing and how to identify areas of strength as well as difficulty.

Going back to school as an adult with three small children, I didn't know how to write papers or test essays. I was frustrated but didn't know why I always switched letters and left out words. I had to write and erase a sentence over and over again to get it right. In the days before computers, this was very time consuming and messy.

I knew that if I wanted to be successful in school, I had to analyze what it took to write an "excellent" essay or paper. I learned the importance of preparation before the act of writing: focusing on a specific topic, brainstorming ideas, ordering them into a main theme and supporting details. I also realized that writing is a process that requires constant change and re-working until the combined words express what the writer wants to express. Even now, I have to keep in mind that writing is an act of communication between the writer and reader.

As the Learning Specialist at The University of the Arts, I coached students with learning disabilities in the areas of reading subject matter and writing papers. I also helped students prepare for exams in various humanity subjects and hands-on courses in the arts. I have taught General Psychology at Delaware County Community College and assisted students in understanding how to write papers in order to fulfill the requirements of my course.

Currently one of my clients is a Masters student at University of Penn and I am working with her on developing a time-line for completing her Master's thesis. When I am tutoring an adult learner, we work as a team. I enjoy interacting with adult learners because they are motivated and have specific goals.

CUNY Brooklyn College
Comparative Literatu
Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology
Master's
Immaculata University
Other

Education

CUNY Brooklyn College (Comparative Literatu)

Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology (Master's)

Immaculata University (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lois will travel within 20 miles of Swarthmore, PA 19081.