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Jennifer G.

Austin, TX

$55/hour

Dedicated Dyslexia Tutor

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 12/27/12
5.0 average from 391 ratings
Above and beyond!
— Edna, Austin, TX on 3/27/13

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University of Austin at Texas
Texas State University San Marcos
MEd

Education

University of Austin at Texas

Texas State University San Marcos (MEd)

About Jennifer

What I offer is comprehensive individualized instruction for struggling readers and dyslexic students. As a former teacher, K-4, I made the jump into private tutoring because I saw how substantially learning is increased in a small group/ individual setting. With direct focus and a solid rapport between teacher and student, a tremendous amount of growth occurs. I have even grown from my experiences tutoring! It has shaped my life.

Throughout my first two years of tutoring, I found myself focusing on struggling readers. I also found myself to be effective in this area. It felt like home. At that point, knowing my niche, my ambitions grew to becoming an Academic Language Therapist (A.L.T.) and a Dyslexia Therapist (D.T.), both for which I am currently in training. I already hold a Master's Degree in Education, (M.Ed.), am a certified teacher, have 6 years experience as a classroom teacher, and have tutored privately for 3 years.

Reading difficulties and dyslexia are not indications of a child's intellect or abilities. In fact, research shows the opposite: children who have reading challenges are most often very bright, creative, and are excellent problem solvers. Recent research also shows that one out of every five children is dyslexic. However, instead of feeling understood, confident, and drawing from their many strengths, these children tend to be discouraged, disillusioned about learning, and lacking in self-esteem. With the right instruction, reading difficulties can become successes and self esteem can rise. There is nothing more rewarding and inspiring than seeing a child make this transformation. It is why I am so dedicated.
What I offer is comprehensive individualized instruction for struggling readers and dyslexic students. As a former teacher, K-4, I made the jump into private tutoring because I saw how substantially learning is increased in a small group/ individual setting. With direct focus and a solid rapport between teacher and student, a tremendous amount of Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

2 or more hours per week is reduced to $50 per hour

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Austin, TX 78704
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Above and beyond!"

- Edna, Austin, TX on 3/27/13
Jennifer replied on 3/28/2013

Thank you so much, Edna. I will work with you as long as you will have me!! You know I adore your son, and it's my honor to contribute to your village.

"Patient and knowledgeable tutor"

- Anna Lee, Austin, TX on 5/29/16

"Great tutor!"

- Mary, Austin, TX on 2/25/14

"Great tutor for dyslexia"

- Bob, Austin, TX on 12/27/13

"Invaluable Tutor/Teacher"

- Patricia, Austin, TX on 9/11/13
Jennifer replied on 9/11/2013

Thank YOU, Pattie!!

"Off to a Great Start!"

- Janice, Austin, TX on 8/11/13

"My son really enjoys his lessons with Jen"

- Tom, Austin, TX on 6/14/13

"Awesome tutor!"

- Steve, Austin, TX on 6/11/13

"Jennifer is the best!"

- Jason, Austin, TX on 1/30/13
Jennifer replied on 2/1/2013

Thank you so much, Jason. It is parents like you that make a difference, as I so much respect your willingness to get a tutor for your daughter. Thank you for working with me and supporting my lessons by working with her at home. I sincerely appreciate the compliment, though she is the one who has done all of the work! I'm extremely proud of her progress.

"Very Attentive"

- Contessa, Austin, TX on 11/24/12

"Most Helpful Jennifer"

- Molly, Austin, TX on 11/19/12
Jennifer replied on 2/1/2013

Thank you, Molly! You and your family have added so much to my life as well.

"Very Patient and Energetic!"

- Sonia, Round Rock, TX on 10/24/12
English:
Grammar, Literature, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Dyslexia,
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I have worked with at least 20 students with ADD/ADHD as a teacher in the classroom. The elements that helped me reach these children effectively and help them focus were patience, small groups, one-on-one tutoring, and numerous strategies. The strategies that I specifically implemented for each student would vary according to the needs of the student. I drew these strategies from what I learned in district trainings. ADD/ADHD students often need the material modified slightly, need more hands-on materials, and need more, a lot more, structure. Other components that I have found successful in working with children with ADD/ADHD are any of the following: modifying physical space for them, using tactile objects to help them concentrate, giving them leadership roles in the classroom, and/or a reward system. Tutoring these students one-on-one is the most effective approach; however, in a classroom it is difficult to do. Therefore, a private tutor is invaluable for a child with ADD/ADHD. I enjoy helping these students learn how to focus better, and figuring out what makes it 'click' for them.

Dyslexia

I have taught Elementary for six years, which are the essential grades for literacy. I have had numerous trainings on how to teach Reading to students, including students with learning disabilities and dyslexia, and have had dyslexic students in my classes each year. Working with dyslexic students entails teaching them additional reading strategies and taking the time to figure out exactly what their particular strengths and weaknesses are in reading and writing, as these are so closely related. Writing is usually a struggle for dyslexic students as well.

I have had success using many different strategies, depending on the particular student. Patience is also a key factor in working with a dyslexic student, as is building the student's confidence in literacy skills. Using all of this together has proven successful and I have helped many dyslexic students over the past six years.

Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a Master of Education degree and am a certified teacher in Texas. My M.Ed. is in curriculum, with an emphasis on Reading and Literacy. My teacher certification is Generalist, Pre-K through 4th Grade; I am also certified to teach ESL and have had ESL students in my classroom each year that I have taught. Other trainings that I have had include GT (gifted and talented), behavior management, and CGI math which a method of teaching math and algebraic thinking to elementary grades based on how children learn mathematical concepts naturally.

All of these certifications and qualifications have given me the opportunity to work with many different types of children. They have also allowed me to modify the classroom instruction to meet each student's needs, thus giving me experience with different methods and strategies. Tutoring is a great way for me to implement all of my Elementary Education skills and deliver the best possible lesson to an individual student.

Phonics

Phonics is one of the main building blocks of reading. Having a good understanding of how the sounds in our language map to letters is fundamental. This begins with phonemic awareness, which is hearing and manipulating sounds in words. Then students progress to mapping the sounds to letters (letter-sound correspondence), which is phonics. Studies have shown that a good phonics foundation helps children decode words easier, promotes good spelling habits, and improves literacy throughout all stages and levels of reading.

As a certified teacher in grades K-4, and as a teacher in the classroom for 6 years, I have taught literacy extensively to students at all levels of reading. I use many strategies, exercises, and methods of teaching phonics that I have gained through both trainings and experience. I enjoy the rewards in teaching students to read and how to improve their fluency; an emphasis on phonics is a large part of that.

University of Austin at Texas
Texas State University San Marcos
MEd

Education

University of Austin at Texas

Texas State University San Marcos (MEd)

Above and beyond! — The infamous “they” say that it takes a village to raise a child and Jennifer is definitely a contributing resident of my village! After expecting my son to be prepared for kindergarten via his preschool classes and my one-on-one work with him throughout the summer, I was surprised to discover in my first parent-teacher conference that he was below grade level in reading and writing. My personal ...

— Edna, Austin, TX on 3/27/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

2 or more hours per week is reduced to $50 per hour

Travel policy

Jennifer will travel within 10 miles of Austin, TX 78704.