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Susan S.

Engaging lessons, documented results, strong learners

Engaging lessons, documented results, strong learners

$50/hour

  • 645 hours tutoring

  • Harrisonburg, VA 22801

"Knowledgeable, Flexible and Patient tutor"

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Bio

I have retired from public school teaching, but I still enjoy helping students succeed. I help students to recognize their strengths, access their potential through better study habits and organization, and eventually become strong advocates for their own learning. I provide alternative explanations for students who have not understood classroom instruction, targeted at each student's unique learning style. I encourage continuous review and real-life application of material so informatio...

I have retired from public school teaching, but I still enjoy helping students succeed. I help students to recognize their strengths, access their potential through better study habits and organization, and eventually become strong advocates for their own learning. I provide alternative explanations for students who have not understood classroom instruction, targeted at each student's unique learning style. I encourage continuous review and real-life application of material so information is embedded in long-term memory and becomes available for comparing and contrasting with future lessons.

Over the last four years, I have tutored students from elementary school to graduate school
in a variety of subjects. I am proud of what these students have accomplished: passing courses, improving writing, understanding math, raising SAT scores by 100+ points. I recognize that students in need of tutoring are often in stressful situations. I try to understand each student's current status, then design lessons and provide the support needed to make each student successful.

My lessons include the following, as needed: (1) providing alternative explanations for classroom lessons that were not understood; (2) providing scaffolded practice for new lessons -- starting with step-by-step coaching, moving to less frequent coaching, moving to occasional redirection, then checking work only at the end of each task; (3) remediating skills necessary for the current lesson that may not have been mastered in previous years; (4) assessing students' learning styles and recommending new ways to study; (5) encouraging simple organizational and time management tactics to make study time more efficient, and (6) helping students understand how the knowledge they gain will help them in the future. For students wishing to prepare for standardized exams, such as the SAT, my lessons address the subject matter and formats of the tests, a summary of what is tested on the exams, substantial practice with sample questions, and a review of test anxiety issues that affect many students, including ways of overcoming these fears.

For younger students, I like to use plenty of color, humor, games, writing, and drawing in my lessons. I also like to give students opportunities to move around, perhaps working while pacing or dancing or throwing a ball back and forth. For older students, I try to apply what they are learning to real-world situations. I hope that students leave their tutoring sessions with a clear sense of what they have accomplished and what they need to work on until the next tutoring session.


Education

University of Chicago
East Asian Studies
Harvard University
Masters
University of Chicago
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Harrisonburg, VA 22801
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 11/10/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have extensive experience as a math teacher in elementary, middle, and high school. By sharing my love of math, my students were able to improve their understanding, performance, and confidence in math. I use alternative explanations, real-world examples, everyday activities, crafts, and games to support student understanding. In several cases, I have worked with parents and teachers (with the parents' permission) to ensure that students were receiving needed support in the classroom.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Consideration of alternative study skills was part of several courses required at the University of Virginia to earn my state certification to teach K-12 students with disabilities. I put this learning into practice in courses titled "Resource" or "Basic Skills" in Fairfax, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties in Virginia. I developed a formal curriculum for Basic Skills that included units on types of learners, organization, time management, note-taking, managing homework, preparing for tests, and doing a research project. No two students are alike, but one of the many study skills I have worked on with students is usually helpful to new students. And if not ... we develop new ones!
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Over the last year, I have helped several students earn good SAT scores in reading. In cases where students had already attempted the SAT on one occasion, their scores increased by 100-150 points after working with me. The reading portion of this test requires students to read quickly but carefully. Success requires strategic annotations of passages and careful -- but speedy -- consideration of answer choices. By providing structured practice with the type of material included in the SAT reading test, I help students to improve their ability to comprehend and respond to what they read.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Over the last year, I have helped several students earn good SAT scores in reading and math. In cases where students had already attempted the SAT on one occasion, their scores increased by 100-150 points after working with me. The reading portion of this test requires students to read quickly but carefully. Success on this part requires strategic annotations of passages and careful -- but speedy --consideration of answer choices. With practice, students can improve their ability to comprehend and respond to what they read.
Writing,

Writing

Writing should be an exercise in logic. If your words do not follow a logical path, how will your readers follow your meaning? Your task as a writer is to gather your thoughts, decide how to illustrate them, then present your materials in an order that will make sense to your readers. It sounds so simple ... but it takes work to make this process a pattern that you automatically fall into when you begin to write. I have taught this process to students in elementary through high school while working as a special education teacher, and to business professionals while working as a consultant and a corporate trainer. Your writing is a showcase for your intelligence: good writing makes your good ideas look even better! I can work with you to be sure this happens in your writing.
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

To be successful in algebra I, students must work hard in class and at home. They need to have organized notes and to refer to these notes when completing their work. They also should have access to alternative explanations of units they do not understand, thought-provoking application problems, and an appreciation of why material is being taught -- how it draws on what they learned in earlier years and acts as a foundation for the higher-level math they will encounter in high school, college, and careers. I believe that I can motivate students to do the first of these; I can teach students organizational skills, and I can give students the explanations and tie-ins that they need.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have more than five years' experience teaching 7th and 8th grade math in public schools. These courses preceded Algebra I, and thus were the equivalent of pre-algebra. Also, having taught Algebra I for many years (qualifications included under that subject), I am aware of the knowledge that students need to succeed in Algebra. I incorporate this awareness into my pre-algebra instruction. I also use alternative explanations, real-world problems, games, and crafts to help students develop a deep understanding of how numbers work. I love math, and I try to kindle similar feelings in my students.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Over the last five years, I have helped students prepare for the math portions of the SSAT, the SAT, and the PRAXIS tests. In cases where students had taken the tests at least once prior to receiving my assistance, their scores on the second taking of the tests increased by at least 20%. In one case where the student had not previously taken the SAT test, her score fell within her targeted range of 500 or above. I have developed review materials which target similar types of problems in appropriate groupings. I have also examined released SAT math tests, and I regularly provide student an analysis of the types of problems they are most likely to encounter. I also make use of review materials published by Kaplan, Princeton Review, and ETS.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Over the last year, I have helped several students earn good SAT scores in reading. In cases where students had already attempted the SAT on one occasion, their scores increased by 100-150 points after working with me. The reading portion of this test requires students to read quickly but carefully. Success requires strategic annotations of passages and careful -- but speedy -- consideration of answer choices. By providing structured practice with the type of material included in the SAT reading test, I help students to improve their ability to comprehend and respond to what they read.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Consideration of alternative study skills was part of several courses required at the University of Virginia to earn my state certification to teach K-12 students with disabilities. I put this learning into practice in courses titled "Resource" or "Basic Skills" in Fairfax, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties in Virginia. I developed a formal curriculum for Basic Skills that included units on types of learners, organization, time management, note-taking, managing homework, preparing for tests, and doing a research project. No two students are alike, but one of the many study skills I have worked on with students is usually helpful to new students. And if not ... we develop new ones!
Writing,

Writing

Writing should be an exercise in logic. If your words do not follow a logical path, how will your readers follow your meaning? Your task as a writer is to gather your thoughts, decide how to illustrate them, then present your materials in an order that will make sense to your readers. It sounds so simple ... but it takes work to make this process a pattern that you automatically fall into when you begin to write. I have taught this process to students in elementary through high school while working as a special education teacher, and to business professionals while working as a consultant and a corporate trainer. Your writing is a showcase for your intelligence: good writing makes your good ideas look even better! I can work with you to be sure this happens in your writing.
English, Geometry, Reading, Spelling

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

To be successful in algebra I, students must work hard in class and at home. They need to have organized notes and to refer to these notes when completing their work. They also should have access to alternative explanations of units they do not understand, thought-provoking application problems, and an appreciation of why material is being taught -- how it draws on what they learned in earlier years and acts as a foundation for the higher-level math they will encounter in high school, college, and careers. I believe that I can motivate students to do the first of these; I can teach students organizational skills, and I can give students the explanations and tie-ins that they need.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have more than five years' experience teaching 7th and 8th grade math in public schools. These courses preceded Algebra I, and thus were the equivalent of pre-algebra. Also, having taught Algebra I for many years (qualifications included under that subject), I am aware of the knowledge that students need to succeed in Algebra. I incorporate this awareness into my pre-algebra instruction. I also use alternative explanations, real-world problems, games, and crafts to help students develop a deep understanding of how numbers work. I love math, and I try to kindle similar feelings in my students.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Over the last five years, I have helped students prepare for the math portions of the SSAT, the SAT, and the PRAXIS tests. In cases where students had taken the tests at least once prior to receiving my assistance, their scores on the second taking of the tests increased by at least 20%. In one case where the student had not previously taken the SAT test, her score fell within her targeted range of 500 or above. I have developed review materials which target similar types of problems in appropriate groupings. I have also examined released SAT math tests, and I regularly provide student an analysis of the types of problems they are most likely to encounter. I also make use of review materials published by Kaplan, Princeton Review, and ETS.
Geometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

To be successful in algebra I, students must work hard in class and at home. They need to have organized notes and to refer to these notes when completing their work. They also should have access to alternative explanations of units they do not understand, thought-provoking application problems, and an appreciation of why material is being taught -- how it draws on what they learned in earlier years and acts as a foundation for the higher-level math they will encounter in high school, college, and careers. I believe that I can motivate students to do the first of these; I can teach students organizational skills, and I can give students the explanations and tie-ins that they need.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have more than five years' experience teaching 7th and 8th grade math in public schools. These courses preceded Algebra I, and thus were the equivalent of pre-algebra. Also, having taught Algebra I for many years (qualifications included under that subject), I am aware of the knowledge that students need to succeed in Algebra. I incorporate this awareness into my pre-algebra instruction. I also use alternative explanations, real-world problems, games, and crafts to help students develop a deep understanding of how numbers work. I love math, and I try to kindle similar feelings in my students.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Consideration of alternative study skills was part of several courses required at the University of Virginia to earn my state certification to teach K-12 students with disabilities. I put this learning into practice in courses titled "Resource" or "Basic Skills" in Fairfax, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties in Virginia. I developed a formal curriculum for Basic Skills that included units on types of learners, organization, time management, note-taking, managing homework, preparing for tests, and doing a research project. No two students are alike, but one of the many study skills I have worked on with students is usually helpful to new students. And if not ... we develop new ones!
Writing,

Writing

Writing should be an exercise in logic. If your words do not follow a logical path, how will your readers follow your meaning? Your task as a writer is to gather your thoughts, decide how to illustrate them, then present your materials in an order that will make sense to your readers. It sounds so simple ... but it takes work to make this process a pattern that you automatically fall into when you begin to write. I have taught this process to students in elementary through high school while working as a special education teacher, and to business professionals while working as a consultant and a corporate trainer. Your writing is a showcase for your intelligence: good writing makes your good ideas look even better! I can work with you to be sure this happens in your writing.
English, Geometry, Reading

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

Consideration of alternative study skills was part of several courses required at the University of Virginia to earn my state certification to teach K-12 students with disabilities. I put this learning into practice in courses titled "Resource" or "Basic Skills" in Fairfax, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties in Virginia. I developed a formal curriculum for Basic Skills that included units on types of learners, organization, time management, note-taking, managing homework, preparing for tests, and doing a research project. No two students are alike, but one of the many study skills I have worked on with students is usually helpful to new students. And if not ... we develop new ones!

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

ADHD was a major topic of discussion in many of the courses I took at the University of Virginia to obtain my teaching certification, including "The Exceptional Learner," "Characteristics of Emotional Disturbance and Behavior Difficulties," and "Behavior Management." The disorder was also highlighted in several seminars I attended at a national "Learning and the Brain" conference. My teaching experience has shown me that no two students with ADHD (or ADD) are exactly alike, and this has led me to develop multiple means of helping students to focus: self-talk, quick breaks with physical exercise, use of various organization schemes, code words agreed upon by student and teacher as reminders to focus, judicious use of instrumental music while completing seat-work, elimination of busy work, and development of more engaging lessons geared to students' attention spans, to name a few. I have also collected books written for students about ADHD, and I sometimes assign short readings from these books as part of study skills lessons. Students seem to appreciate books written not only ABOUT, but also FOR them. Many of these books contain short exercises for students to practice in class, then to observe the results in their learning.
Special Needs,

Special Needs

The certification program that I completed in 2001 at the University of Virginia qualified me to teach special education classes for students in grades K-12 with specific learning disabilities and emotional disturbance. I was steadily employed from 2001 to 2014, teaching classes for students with LD and ED in Fairfax County, Shenandoah County, and Warren County, all in Virginia. My classes also included students with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, and hearing loss. In addition, I have successfully completed continuing education courses offered by these jurisdictions and by James Madison University that addressed various topics related to students with special needs,; these courses enabled me to keep abreast of current research and practices in special education, and allowed me to retain my certification through 2018.
Study Skills

Study Skills

Consideration of alternative study skills was part of several courses required at the University of Virginia to earn my state certification to teach K-12 students with disabilities. I put this learning into practice in courses titled "Resource" or "Basic Skills" in Fairfax, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties in Virginia. I developed a formal curriculum for Basic Skills that included units on types of learners, organization, time management, note-taking, managing homework, preparing for tests, and doing a research project. No two students are alike, but one of the many study skills I have worked on with students is usually helpful to new students. And if not ... we develop new ones!

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

To be successful in algebra I, students must work hard in class and at home. They need to have organized notes and to refer to these notes when completing their work. They also should have access to alternative explanations of units they do not understand, thought-provoking application problems, and an appreciation of why material is being taught -- how it draws on what they learned in earlier years and acts as a foundation for the higher-level math they will encounter in high school, college, and careers. I believe that I can motivate students to do the first of these; I can teach students organizational skills, and I can give students the explanations and tie-ins that they need.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Over the last five years, I have helped students prepare for the math portions of the SSAT, the SAT, and the PRAXIS tests. In cases where students had taken the tests at least once prior to receiving my assistance, their scores on the second taking of the tests increased by at least 20%. In one case where the student had not previously taken the SAT test, her score fell within her targeted range of 500 or above. I have developed review materials which target similar types of problems in appropriate groupings. I have also examined released SAT math tests, and I regularly provide student an analysis of the types of problems they are most likely to encounter. I also make use of review materials published by Kaplan, Princeton Review, and ETS.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Consideration of alternative study skills was part of several courses required at the University of Virginia to earn my state certification to teach K-12 students with disabilities. I put this learning into practice in courses titled "Resource" or "Basic Skills" in Fairfax, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties in Virginia. I developed a formal curriculum for Basic Skills that included units on types of learners, organization, time management, note-taking, managing homework, preparing for tests, and doing a research project. No two students are alike, but one of the many study skills I have worked on with students is usually helpful to new students. And if not ... we develop new ones!
Writing,

Writing

Writing should be an exercise in logic. If your words do not follow a logical path, how will your readers follow your meaning? Your task as a writer is to gather your thoughts, decide how to illustrate them, then present your materials in an order that will make sense to your readers. It sounds so simple ... but it takes work to make this process a pattern that you automatically fall into when you begin to write. I have taught this process to students in elementary through high school while working as a special education teacher, and to business professionals while working as a consultant and a corporate trainer. Your writing is a showcase for your intelligence: good writing makes your good ideas look even better! I can work with you to be sure this happens in your writing.
Geometry, Reading

Test Preparation

Praxis,

Praxis

The Praxis test is a method of determining prospective teachers' basic qualifications in math and English. It is similar to the SAT, and probably less demanding than the SAT. Many students looking to teach elementary school and/or related arts courses (art, home ec, etc.) stumble on the math portion of the Praxis because they have not taken math courses in many years. I successfully tutored one such student in the summer of 2015; she passed the Praxis that fall. My methods included administering a practice test representing the major types of questions on the Praxis math, as indicated in a commercially published study guide for the test. I then offered explanations and practice problems in the areas causing the greatest difficulty for the student. I also used materials I had prepared for a study skills class in a public middle school to address test anxiety and to offer some "pointers" on how to approach the test. Finally, I administered another practice test and demonstrated to the student the great progress she had made.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Over the last five years, I have helped students prepare for the math portions of the SSAT, the SAT, and the PRAXIS tests. In cases where students had taken the tests at least once prior to receiving my assistance, their scores on the second taking of the tests increased by at least 20%. In one case where the student had not previously taken the SAT test, her score fell within her targeted range of 500 or above. I have developed review materials which target similar types of problems in appropriate groupings. I have also examined released SAT math tests, and I regularly provide student an analysis of the types of problems they are most likely to encounter. I also make use of review materials published by Kaplan, Princeton Review, and ETS.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Over the last year, I have helped several students earn good SAT scores in reading. In cases where students had already attempted the SAT on one occasion, their scores increased by 100-150 points after working with me. The reading portion of this test requires students to read quickly but carefully. Success requires strategic annotations of passages and careful -- but speedy -- consideration of answer choices. By providing structured practice with the type of material included in the SAT reading test, I help students to improve their ability to comprehend and respond to what they read.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Over the last year, I have helped several students earn good SAT scores in reading and math. In cases where students had already attempted the SAT on one occasion, their scores increased by 100-150 points after working with me. The reading portion of this test requires students to read quickly but carefully. Success on this part requires strategic annotations of passages and careful -- but speedy --consideration of answer choices. With practice, students can improve their ability to comprehend and respond to what they read.
ASVAB

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Unbelieveable

Susan is assisting my daughter with an essay. My daughters’s confidence in writing as increased. She was so stressed about her college paper and now she has a great outline. Meeting with Susan again to tie up loose ends A concerned mother

Jo-Ann, 6 lessons with Susan

Excellent tutor, very knowledgeable

Susan is tutoring my daughter and I have seen such an improvement in her reading and writing. This was the best move in ever did was to have Susan tutor my daughter.

Tracey, 7 lessons with Susan

Very patient and knowledgeable

Mrs. Susan has been great! She is always very understanding and patients with our son. She is very highly recommend by us!!

Desireah, 246 lessons with Susan

Wonderful Tutor

Susan is a wonderful tutor! She is a positive person and relates well to my teenage son. She will be an asset as he navigates algebra 2 and prepares for SATs.

Tammy, 67 lessons with Susan

Exceptional teacher

Susan is patient, knowledgeable and has helped me tremendously in my accounting class. Thanks for taking the time to make me successful!

alex, 9 lessons with Susan

Patient, dedicated and invested in the success of the student

What a truly terrific tutor! Mrs. S. genuinely cares about each of her students, finding ways to reach them and producing the very best results. Both devoted to their success without prompting anxiety or stress and patiently finding the best methods of teaching each student. She has been a life changer for my son. Cannot thank her enough.

Rippy, 15 lessons with Susan

Awesome tutor!

I really enjoyed having Susan as my math tutor helping me prepare for the Praxis II. The math portion of this standardized test has a range of problems from algebra I, geometry, probability, statistics, etc. Susan knew how to help me solve problems in all these different areas, and I looked forward to meeting with her. Not only did she help me better understand how to solve these math problems, but she really helped me with my confidence. I have always struggled with math, but she taught me that if I put my mind to it, I can accomplish anything I want. She was a pleasure to work with, and she was successful in helping me with my math skills because I passed the test! I highly recommend Susan if you are looking for a great tutor who is willing to work around your schedule and make working with you a priority!

MOLLY, 3 lessons with Susan

Experienced, engaging and exceptional teacher!

Andrew looks forward to his tutoring sessions with Ms. S. She really seems to understand how to engage him and keeps him interested the entire time. She has been tutoring him for about two months -- once a week. After just a few sessions, I noticed a big difference in his attitude and his approach to learning. His confidence in schoolwork, particularly math, has increased tremendously. He doesn't complain about going to school as much and feels like he is doing well in his subjects. He is more independent in doing his homework. His teachers have noticed a difference, too. He seems to be paying more attention in class and doesn't feel as "lost" in math as he once did. Ms. S. is patient, creative and very good with him. She has been able to help him unlock his abilities and, as a result, he realizes his own potential for learning. I'm really glad we chose Ms. S.!

Michele, 42 lessons with Susan

Great Everything

We worked with Susan for a few months now. She is excellent and very experienced. She can make a difference for your student. Susan is very responsive and a great communicator. We are sorry to move out of the area.

Jacqueline, 16 lessons with Susan

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