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Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (Other)
The Medical College of Virginia of VCU (MD)
From tutoring classmates in elementary school to being a Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center teacher for SAT/PSAT, LSAT, and MCAT, and on to educating nurses, patients, and peers through my role as physician and surgeon, I have been called a natural teacher by many. My training is strong in the sciences, reading and writing. I am redeveloping skills in Spanish, for which I "tested out" in college, 40 years ago. My own life's experiences have allowed me to frame and share knowledge in a way students can understand, appreciate, and remember.
From tutoring classmates in elementary school to being a Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center teacher for SAT/PSAT, LSAT, and MCAT, and on to
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After only two sessions with Lesley, my daughter went from a 63 on a Geometry test to a 93! Highly recommend Lesley!
Completing study questions in smaller chunks (25 vs. 75) and reviewing those questions after allows the information to resonate much better.
Lesley has been a great help to my daughter. Her confidence has grown and she feels ready to take on the SAT. Thanks Lesley
She taught me the fundamentals of kinematics and helped me work through some of my test review problems. She explained the material in a way that my teacher didn't but also explained what my teacher said so that I can better understand all of the material.
Having a Tutor is new to me and something I've never done before. So, please understand that since I've been with Lesley, it's been a real eye opening educational experience. She has so many things to teach and I'll be looking forward to our time together.
One of the main things that I've learned with Lesley is that for a person to really learn a subject or material, to be tested on, they must be able to teach it. That being said, if you know a given subject good enough to teach it then you should be able to master it enough to take an exam on it. Right now, that's what I'll be striving to accomplish. The exam score, hopefully a solid "A" that I'll get next year in February or March, will be the feedback I'll receive to verify this experiment I've begun.
Today we did math, she showed me new ways of solving problems that i would never think of! She explains everything until I understand it, she is very very patient, I am very grateful for that because it takes me a while to solve problems! I can't wait to continue learning from her!
From the very first meeting, Lesley has taken time to gauge my son's responsiveness to her teaching and to be mindful of what he is truly grasping. Lesley is not just feeding him information, but is truly committed to helping "learn how to learn".
I'm so glad to have Ms. Lesley as my tutor. The way she explains and breaks things down, they really do stick. She gives 110% when she is with you and makes sure you understand. I'm taking my NCLEX for LVN on February 2nd, and by tutoring with her she gave me the confidence and necessary understanding of the material I need. I give her 5 stars!
Leslie managed to teach me an approach that worked for my particular learning style and accomplished it in one hour. I struggled with these problems all year and now it is clear.
Lesley is a kind tutor who was very patient with our son. He felt at ease with her right away. We never felt rushed. It was a very positive learning environment for him!
Lesley is excellent at breaking things down and explaining problems in a way that make sense. Her patience and flexibility with scheduling has been a huge help with my GRE preparation. Highly recommended!
Leslie has been wonderful. She has pinpointed very specific items that my child needs help with which made the process less overwhelming. She has been patient and kind, very generous with her knowledge and time.
Both of my teen age children have struggled with certain subjects in public school. They needed just a bit more attention and explanation of how certain problems were solved in Math, how to develop an idea in an essay, or a different way of looking at something. Lesley is very patient and passionate about helping students learn what they need. I could not be happier with her work with my kids, and I must admit it was hard to accept the fact that I could no longer help them with their homework. Making the decision to seek out a tutor was a great idea for my kids, and I could not be more pleased that I found Lesley. I highly recommend her work.
My daughter said she really liked Lesley as her new tutor. She is calming and patient and explains things well. Lesley works very hard and does not waste time. She does well in checking for understanding as my daughter's attention span sometimes gives out. Looking forward to continuing the learning.
I hired Lesley S. because I am a teacher and my job required that I get another certification that included physics and chemistry. Leslie began with the basics on physics as this was my weakest area. Leslie is persistent and consistent in her tutoring. She was also accommodating to my work and home schedule. With her help I was able to pass the required exam and earn another teaching certification. Leslie understood my objective and the goal I was working towards from the start. She was committed to helping me be successful.
Helps motivate my son by addressing his long term career interests. He only has good remarks. Among them is that Lesley is obviously smart and is good at encouraging him to ask questions related to the math they were working on.
Lesley has been flexible with his tutoring needs by additionally helping with Spanish 3, and directing him to interesting and informative websites online regarding a longer term interest in Chemical Engineering.
Lesley was an excellent SAT tutor, tailoring her lessons to my teenager's specific needs. After a few sessions, he was ready to take the knowledge and guidance gained from Lesley and continue his studies independently.
Lesley is doing a wonderful job with our son. She is both patient and focused on a learning track for the session. He finishes each session with a positive attitude.
Leslie goes out of her way to help my daughter. She has rearranged her own personal calendar to accomodate her needs. We truly appreciate all the extra effort!
Lesley is truly a jewel! She has dramatically helped me improve, since I definitely feel more prepared to take my test! She is very easy to get a hold of, and to talk to. Additionally, Lesley is very good at listening to your issue to ensure she is able to really address the root of your problem. She is knows the information well, and is great at helping you understand presented information at a different level that ensures you are able to apply the it later (which is not only integral to test taking, but also life). Her advice is sound, and you can tell she is very compassionate, has a genuine love for teaching others, and will do everything in her power to help her students succeed. Definitely wish I met her sooner!
We called Lesley in an emergency to come help my son with his failing grade in AP Physics. He had a test in 2 days on material he could not understand. Lesley came over that night and spent nearly 2 hours with him patiently going through his review until he understood it. After that one meeting with Lesley he took his exam and got an A+! He has a new confidence and understanding in the material thanks to Lesley. We will definitely keep her in our speed dial for the next time one of my kids gets stumped. She saved my son hours of frustration as well as a low grade which would have resulted in a lower GPA.
Thank you again Lesley!
Lesley has been great for our family. She interacts well with all three of my children. She is extremely knowledgeable in many subjects. She loves learning and loves working with my kids. She is always on time and very easy to communicate with. She returns emails promptly. I would highly recommend her.
Lesley tutored my son, age 17, for ACT Prep. We found Lesley to be responsive, friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I will gladly ask her assistance again for other subjects as the need arises. Give her a try - I am sure you will be pleased!
Whether you need to help your child prepare for the SAT, ACT or just need to help them get through difficult courses in high school, I highly recommend tutoring with Lesley S. As the mother of a teenage daughter, I was looking for a knowledgeable, patient, dedicated, mature woman to help her do her best on the SAT. I found what I was looking for with Lesley. Not only is she intelligent, but she has the ability to use her intelligence to teach students in Math, Reading and Writing. Her ability to relate to teenagers was also impressive. My daughter enjoyed every session with Lesley. One of the things my daughter said was that Lesley made the sessions fun and interesting. Additionally, the atmosphere of the study rooms at the Boerne Public Library were conducive to positive learning sessions.
Please consider using Lesley. She is well worth the investment.
Tutors tend to fit a specific mold of technical expertise or we wouldn't hire them. Lesley goes far beyond that standard and reaches out to engage the students mind in education on the subject at hand. That helps real learning happen. Her efforts go beyond the tutoring session and include outside assignments that more clearly demonstrate the specific lesson being worked on.
Lesley has keenly adapted her teaching style to best address my son's learning style. He has worked with tutors in the past but has expressed a true interest in Lesley's approach to teaching. She has taught him strategies to approach math questions on the SAT and helped him to recognize his strengths in writing, as well as weaknesses and ways to improve in these areas. Her enthusiasm about the subject matter she is teaching is always evident and truly peaks the interest of my son!
My daughter was really struggling in physics. We sought out Lesley and her grades started to improve. Lesley did so well with her that when it was time to prep for the ACT I knew Lesley wouldn't fail in helping my child reach her full potential. Lesley is truly a wonderful tutor.
Lesley taught from the students perspective and adapted instruction to meet the learning needs of our child. She was adaptable with her scheduling and made our child's needs a priority, in order to meet our family's scheduling needs. She truly goes above and beyond to ensure that her students are challenged to learn and I couldn't recommend her more highly - she was a blessing to our family!
Lesley has been tutoring my son for almost a year in reading and writing, and her patience and unique approach has worked wonders. I highly recommend Lesley.
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To date, over half the students I've tutored through WyzAnt have been on medication for ADD or ADHD. Most are boys. All do well. The one to one teacher-student ratio, in the quiet setting of our public library, helps with concentration, while school homework questions provide a point of focus. Add my long time interest in neuroscience, even longer interest in childhood development, and the overlapping area of brain development, and you get a natural teacher who naturally works well with ADD/ADHD students. Still not sure? Read the testimonials and see if you can tell which were from parents of ADD/ADHD students.
Algebra is taught at the age when maturing brains start developing sufficient capacity for abstract thought. Often, kids who made it through lower levels by working problems according to a concrete series of steps, find it difficult to logically understand when to apply which step when they get to algebra. It helps to look at its challenges as puzzles, video games without the video, conquering higher and higher levels of challenge with each round. It also helps to work problems with the student, find holes in the student's understanding, and fill them in, so abstract functions become puzzles with logical gaming rules.
My general knowledge is paired with education based in Piaget's theory of childhood development. This has allowed me to entice the intellect of even the youngest children and show them how exciting education can be. Having absorbed the essence of that theory in junior high, I became a babysitting favorite among children and parents. Decades later, as a practicing physician, parents were astounded with how well their injured children took to me, when brought to the ER. Children are natural learners, and I'm a natural teacher. What makes us even better as a team is understanding stages of brain development, as Piaget so clearly did.
In college, I got the highest grade in my genetics class. That solid foundation was further amplified and put to use in medical school. It's hard to have a better foundation than that, without being a Ph.D geneticist.
Script handwriting has become a lost art in our public schools, while print has been accepted in relatively poor, hard to read forms. Ten-finger typing, once a secretary's special skill, is now a computer skill. I chose to learn all three, early on, and learn them well, just to enhance my dexterity in preparation for a career in surgery. There are other benefits, as well, which you can read about in my blog post on the subject. I encourage all students to learn these three and welcome any who wish to learn them from me.
The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is a series of standardized tests given to students applying for private school entrance anywhere between the 2nd and 12th grade levels. It can only be taken and grades transmitted once every 6 months, so doing well the first time is important.
The Educational Records Bureau (ERB), which produces and grades the ISEE, provides sample test questions for each educational level. These introduce a student to the style of the exam and cover a bit of each test section, i.e., what the student has already learned in math and reading, how well the student can be expected to learn even more math and reading, and the writing of a short essay.
Tutoring can help. Each student is unique, so needs must be tailored, realistically, to the individual. For example, a short course of tutoring might be plenty for some students who only need an introduction for familiarity and comfort with the exam. On the other hand, while it cannot replace years of education, a longer course of tutoring can identify weak spots to focus on and improve.
For my students, I recommend starting with the ERB materials for the appropriate grade level, available free online, and then progressing to a good ISEE prep book with multiple practice tests (i.e., Kaplan) as needed.
As for me, I've been qualified to teach all the levels of the subjects covered since taking them, myself, because that's what I did in school, when I got bored: help the teacher by tutoring classmates. Nothing helps with learning like teaching!
Logic is part of the LSAT, and the very part I had the most fun teaching, decades ago. I'm teaching, again, and the logic hasn't changed. It's still fun! If you have trouble solving logic questions on exams, let me help you turn them into the intellectually stimulating puzzle games they truly are. Then, you can enjoy them, too.
I first took the MCAT in 1977, landing above the 90th percentile but hitting a glass ceiling at the medical school. In 1990, I tried, again, raising my score by several percentile points (and getting accepted "early decision" -- amazing what nearly a generation in time can do). Both times, I used Stanley H. Kaplan to prepare, and that second time, my SHK classmates were so impressed with my ability to answer questions clearly when the SHK teacher couldn't, they went to the administrator, who turned around, approached me, and hired me as replacement! I was able to teach one full MCAT course at two different colleges/universities while my application was going in. In effect, I was helping my own competition for a seat in medical school. So, I told my students we were not competing against each other. Instead, we were a team, competing against the third university, and it worked. Many students, over the subsequent few years, approached to tell me I was why they did so well and got into medical school. Now, of course, they earned their seats, but hearing such kudos really felt good, as it vindicated my approach to education in general.
My background training as a physician allowed me to pass the WyzAnt nursing certification test with a score of 100%. Add background as a teacher for the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center and current experience tutoring for standardized exams, and I'm quite ready to prepare others for the NCLEX.
If this is your first year of Spanish, or you have been trying to learn it for several years, you might just need enough help to get on your feet. There are useful tricks to learning a second language. Add library and online resources, and one could practically teach oneself, so that classes simply add structure and grades.
In my senior year of high school, I declined Spanish Level 5, studying, instead, on my own in study hall. By the end of the year, I was far more fluent than my graduating peers. The next fall, I tested out of the two-year language requirement at my university. That was long ago, before computers and the internet, when all I had was a Spanish/English dictionary. If I could do that, then, how much more could you do now?
The nice thing about tutoring is that study skills can be tailored and taught to each single student. The more varied the tutor's skill set, the better the student's final fit. For example, I taught a recent student not only how to pack more learning into less study time, but how to block the exam stress that felt like all knowledge was lost when sitting down to face the test. It took strong study skills to earn my degrees, and those skills were enhanced with tips shared between classmates along the way. Now, I can share them with my students.
I started tutoring math, science, and English before I was ten. My teacher needed to help those who were falling behind while keeping me intellectually challenged, so she set me to work. I began teaching exam prep classes for Kaplan, some 25 years ago, because classmates had (secretly) recommended me. The administrator used their recommendations to talk me into it, and the range of exams I prepared students for grew from MCAT to PSAT/SAT, LSAT, and more. Of course, I had to stop when medical school started, but by then, I'd garnered quite a lot of experience.
My knowledge, skills, experience, and motivation are there to be shared. TEAS is a basic exam, for which I am well qualified to help, whether one-on-one or in groups.
TEAS is the pre-nursing school Test of Essential Academic Skills, i.e., math, science, reading, and verbal skills (English and language usage). A nurse needs good observational skills, quick logic, and sharp critical reasoning. Observational skills begin developing in the first year of life, while abstract reasoning, which is the basis of logic and critical thinking skills, grow strong in adolescence. These skills are incorporated into standard K-12 education, and the TEAS helps to bring them out and measure them.
Those English class verbal skills, like spelling and English grammar, are like learning pharmacology. Rules exist, especially for naming, and the exceptions are both numerous and sometimes hard to remember. Nurses double check orders and prescriptions for errors just like students check English reading passages, with observational and critical reading skills. Patients' lives depend on it.
Algebra and geometry are taught in middle and high school, when students' brains begin handling abstract thought. Soon, students find themselves having to know, understand, and logically apply math rules in the order they see fit, rather than merely memorizing a string of steps. Likewise, everything from proper delivery of IV medications to organizing the nursing workday for maximum efficiency requires independently judging what to do when and why.
Science basics incorporate more such thinking skills, while providing the foundation for learning physiology, pharmacology, and pathology. Once out of nursing school, this knowledge base must be continued through journal reading and CEU courses, in order to maintain a nursing license.
Writing is a multifaceted skill. It starts with legible handwriting, both printing and script (which is also known as cursive). Think of handwritten letters as building blocks. Sentence structure, vocabulary, grammar and syntax are next. Think of them as the machinery made with building blocks to carry your message. They provide the necessary form and function. Next, add personal style, the artistic element which adds character, enticing the reader to start and continue through to the very end. When you're ready to write nearly as fast as you can speak, I'll teach you to ten-finger type, too. None of this is difficult. It just takes a little guidance and some practice. Are you ready to write? Then, let's get started!