Engaging lessons, documented results, strong learners
Engaging lessons, documented results, strong learners
"Knowledgeable, Flexible and Patient tutor"
Laurel, 7 lessons with Susan
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.
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Knowledgeable, Flexible and Patient tutor
Susan is fantastic!! My 17 year old son needed some SAT prep help. Not only did he enjoy working with her, but he also learned many more reading/math skills and gained a new confidence for taking the SAT. She is very knowledgeable in all subject areas and was always prepared for their sessions. She also gave him much needed advice on how to manage test taking anxieties. I would highly recommend Susan for any type of tutoring need. She's an exceptional tutor!Laurel, 7 lessons with Susan
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 motherJo-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
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
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
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
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