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I have a bachelor's in business management and served as a military officer for seven years. As a home-schooling mother I have been teaching for the past sixteen years. Not only have I taught my own children but I have mentored several others in co-ops I have joined for various subjects and skill sets. However, it is in the math field that I feel I might offer the most help since there seems to be such fear of the subject in so many families and there doesn't need to be. I have experience in various math curricula including those using manipulatives as well as others that rely on more traditional methods. I have found it is usually a mixture of both that must be fine tuned to meet each student's needs. I have always enjoyed mathematics and particularly enjoy the smile on a student's face when a concept is finally understood.
All of my children intend to attend a four year college. My two oldest were both awarded various academic scholarships and my third is currently in high school. I hope I can be of help to your child! I have a bachelor's in business management and served as a military officer for seven years. As a home-schooling mother I have been teaching for the past sixteen years. Not only have I taught my own children but I have mentored several others in co-ops I have joined for various subjects
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My daughter is a middle-school student in an advanced math course. Her grade had gone from an A in the first marking period to a low C by interim of the 2nd marking period. The work was getting more challenging and she just wasn't learning like the other students. When we first met Virginia back in December, my daughter was in a very bad place. She was overwhelmed with her Pre-Algebra lessons and despite numerous efforts to work with her teacher she just wasn't getting it. My daughter is NOT a logical or analytical thinker. She doesn't grasp abstract concepts in a "traditional" way. Enter Virginia, from the beginning Virginia clicked with my daughter. She recognized the way her brain worked and tailored the lessons accordingly.
Whereas other tutors had been good at teaching math concepts, Virginia is good at teaching based upon the individual student's needs and learning style. She is prompt, informative, and provides resources and strategies above and beyond those offered in my daughters classroom lessons.
Virginia is very devoted and dedicated, she knows how to motivate and inspire, She understands her students and their needs very well. After working with Virginia in just the first few sessions, my daughter's grade went up to a B+ and as of the 3rd marking is now a solid A going into the 3rd semester. We will continue to work with Virginia for the remainder of the school year as her tutelage has been invaluable.
This has been so much more than finding a tutor for my struggling student; Virginia has a rapport with her that makes it a comfortable learning environment. My daughter always feels accomplished at the end of a session. Virginia gave my daughter her confidence back; I would highly recommend her.
Wow, Melissa! Honestly, I don't think any tutor is that good but both you and your daughter are highly motivated and that makes a world of difference! Your daughter always comes prepared with specific questions and knows what she wants to gain from the session....that is why she has improved so quickly! I am thrilled that her confidence is back (I have to admit that she does smile more often), that will take her far! :) Thank you for your kind and generous remarks!
It is our second year taking class with Mrs.Virginia. My son is very focus at his math tuition time and excel in this subject. Thank you!
Thanks for your positive comments! Your son is eager to learn and very quick at picking up new ideas! He obviously enjoys learning new ways to solve problems and is a pleasure to tutor!
She made my daughter feel so comfortable. Instantly liked her and look forward to having her work with my daughter again. This was the best decision ever.
My daughter loves Virginia and she went from a D to a B+ in math. She truly care and takes the time to tutor.
Algebra is often intimidating to students and it has been wonderful to see your daughter's attitude change from "I just want to pass" to "I want to shoot for an A!" As usual, it is the motivation of both parent and student that keeps the momentum. Your daughter especially impressed me when she asked the teacher for extra work that we could do together! I'm so happy to see that her grade has improved and that she's meeting her goals! Thanks for your feedback!
My son enjoyed meeting and felt confident enough to move forward with what Virginia taught. Thank you so much!
Your son was a diligent and thoughtful Algebra student. It was my pleasure to help! Please don't hesitate to contact me should he need further assistance!
She taught my daughter how to look at slope easier and helped her understand the Algebraic word problems better.
Thanks, Kay! Your daughter has a great attitude and clearly wants to do well! I enjoy working with motivated students!
She explains the topics thoroughly and helps my daughter understand the materials better. She goes over all necessary topics that my child needs help on.
Thank you for your comments! Your daughter is very diligent in completing her assignments and asks insightful questions. She is a lovely student to tutor!
She has been a tremendous help to my daughter and we look forward to having her work with us in the new school year.
It has been a good year for your daughter! Her confidence has greatly improved and she has a lot of enthusiasm. Her work on fractions was excellent! I look forward to another year with her!
Ms Virginia is a wonderful tutor! She's been working with my daughter in math for most of the school year. My daughter's grades have improved, and she feels more confident in her skills. It was easy to schedule with Ms Virginia. She's very reliable and consistent. I highly recommend Ms Virginia!
You were very proactive in getting help for your daughter and it is obvious that both you and she are motivated to do well. She always had the assignments completed and asked a lot of good questions. With that kind of work ethic and your support she is bound to do well! Thanks for your comments! Have a wonderful summer!
When I enlisted Virginia's aid to assist my child with her pre-algebra, my child was sitting at a "D" average. Upon a couple of sessions, her teacher had stated that not only that she had become the most improved in his class, but was the only student to receive a 100% on one particular assignment. We just closed out the 3rd semester of school and she now has a "B+" and the approaches math with a confidence and conceptual understanding I haven't seen in her since the introduction to algebra. She is even helping out students in her class that are falling behind. Now my child can take the ball and run with it, but if we run into that wall again I know who to call. Thank you, Virginia.
Thank you for the kind words! She always had it in her, but you provided the needed motivation to get her jump started! I am happy to know her math grade has improved so much and even happier to hear that she is helping others! Assisting her classmates is the best way for her to really grasp the concepts and retain them! I wish you both the best!
My son has worked with Virginia for three weeks now and he has a little more confidence in math. After his sessions he is very excited for the first time about math. He says that Virginia is very patient and she makes sure that he understands the material. Thank you Virginia
I am happy to hear that your son is gaining confidence in his math skills! He comes to the sessions ready to work and eager to improve. That's a great combination and makes our time together that much more productive. He really worked hard during our last session together and I was happy to hear him say he wanted to do more problems in order to earn the extra credit! With that kind of motivation he's bound for success!
My daughter has been tutored by Virginia for a couple of months and she has been showing great improvement in her understanding of math. She's always eager and excited about her lessons and get very upset if she misses a session.
I have even learned a few tricks that would have made my life much easier when I was a student.
I love it when a student can explain a new way of looking at a math problem to a parent! Thanks for sharing that! It really empowers the child to know she is capable of teaching something to her mom, and what a great way to get her to verbalize what she has learned! Our last session together was kind of special since things were really "clicking" and she kept smiling because she knew she was making progress. I think she is starting to believe that she can really do this math thing!! :)
Virginia has been extremely helpful working with my grandson. We are so happy to have found her. The results are overwhelming and Connor's self confidence has also improved. Thank you Virginia!
It is great to hear that Connor's confidence has grown. I see it as well! He is no longer timid when he gives me his answers and he is eager to understand. He also has a great sense of humor and usually has me laughing at some point during our sessions together. Obviously you and his mom are to be credited for all your efforts in helping him along. You saw a need and took steps to help the situation! Connor is lucky to have that kind of loving support!
Virginia is a very patient and calm tutor. Our son has attention issues and she keeps him on track. She does an excellent job and our son really likes her.
Thanks for your comments. It is great to have the parental support that your household offers. It makes a big difference in making progress!
Virginia K. had my student feeling confident she would do better than the one other time she took the SAT. Virginia K. had twelve tutoring sessions with my student, but the SAT math score remained essentially the same. In retrospect, I am disappointed with the tutoring sessions.
I was wondering how your daughter had done on the Oct SAT and was hoping to hear in the fall. I am sorry you are not happy with the score but I did review my notes and she had been consistently getting an improved score for the last several sessions. Though I don't believe it was unreasonable to expect her to reach the same goal she had during the sessions, it is always disappointing when a student doesn't display his/her potential. Your daughter was a delight to tutor and I wish her the best of luck in her endeavors!
I'm so glad my daughter is enjoying the sessions with Virginia. She tells me that she is getting a lot done and feels that she is doing well. We wish we took this opportunity earlier.
It was so nice to hear from your daughter over the holidays! She contacted me to let me know her math score had improved by 50 points from the last time she took the test! Congratulations to you both!
I had first inquired Virginia K. to help my 5 year old get prepared for kindergarten. In the matter of two months she has helped my son with the alphabet sounds and getting him to write his name in which other tutors couldn't do. She has great knowledge and makes teaching fun. My son gets excited just to see her. She is kind and on time. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to see there child progress. She is PHENOMENAL! Thanks again!
Virginia has been a great help for me to get ready for my Virginia placement test for Nova. I feel a lot more confident now with the weeks of classes.
I'm very lucky to have found her, and I will be always very grateful for the time spent and all the great techniques she has shown me.
I contacted Virginia through WyzAnt to help my child who was struggling with understanding Algebra II. Virginia asked to give her an update on what targets my child is learning at school in order to prepare for the lessons. Sometimes I would send her the information on a very short period and the tutoring is on the next day and she will still come prepared to help my child. I was afraid that my child will fail the SOL exam; however she passed with a good score and all her test grades started to improve after her tutoring sessions. My child finished the last quarter of the school year with a much better grades than when she started the year. I wish I hired Virginia early on at the beginning of the year but I am still happy with the outcome.
Thank you Virgina.
I am extremely pleased with the results of the tutoring sessions that my daughter has received. Mrs. Virginia is very patient and has a very unique and creative teaching style that has helped my daughter grasp the basic concepts of third grade math. My daughter has become one of the top math students in her class because of her tutoring sessions. My daughter really enjoys her tutoring sessions and she is always eager to attend them. I would highly recommend Mrs. Virginia to any parent that has a child who needs assistance with elementary math. I can't thank her enough for how much she has helped my daughter improve.
Mrs. K helped my son with the letters that he was having trouble with. She was so gracious to purchase a series of books to help my son with letter sounds, phonics and letter recognition. I am so happy to have her as my son's tutor.
Virginia has helped my son prepare for his SAT exam. She helped him increase his math score tremendously and will be helping on the writing section. She is a very patient and takes her time to explain the information. She comes prepared and productive sessions are what you can expect with Virginia.
I contacted Virginia K. to help my son prepare for his SOL and SAT tests and she provided outstanding assistance, helping him become more comfortable with the math portion and better prepared to take the test. Thank you Virginia!
I greatly enjoyed working with Virginia. She was very easy to understand and was very patient with me during every meeting we had. A total of four, and each one was extremely beneficial. If needed I would work with her again.
Virginia has been a wonderful addition to our children's education/life. She was brought on board to help both my children ages 8 and 10 get over their dislike of English writing. She has been systematic in her approach and has taken a baby step plan that has given them an opportunity to enjoy writing. As I got ready to write this review, I polled both kids on how they feel about her. Their response was that she makes them comfortable, laughs with them and makes writing fun (who would have known, that writing could be fun). I was very worried about forcing a tutor onto kids who do so well in school. But she clearly has been a welcomed addition.
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I have experience using curricula that provide a spiral method of teaching (learning in small increments) as well as those that follow a less conventional methodology. I believe that understanding the concept should take priority rather than merely memorizing formulas. If the principles are understood than the formulas make sense and can be figured out by the student. This is especially key when trying to work on word problems.
I have a bachelors in business management and served as a military officer for seven years. It was partially the desire to have a consistent learning experience for my children (not an easy task for the ever-roaming families in the military) that formed my decision to home school. My children continue to be home schooled through high school. I have personally taught them phonics, reading, writing and mathematics. My oldest will be starting college this fall and the others are in high school.
As a veteran member of a home school group, I have often mentored many students in book studies and various science classes. This year, I will also be leading a humanities coop that will involve history, literature art and music. I have enjoyed teaching and would like to be of help to others.
Teaching math concepts to elementary age students can be fun! Though I am a firm believer that math facts should be memorized at some point, this should not be the only focus. There are several resources now available that incorporate games, manipulatives and even songs and storybooks to enhance the learning experience. I have enjoyed employing all of these methods with my students and often had them asking me to "play one more game."
I have had success with the Right Start Math curriculum as well as with the Saxon, MCP and Videotext programs.
I have taught English on a one-one-one basis for over thirteen years. This would include reading, comprehension, writing, and grammar. Reading and analyzing short stories or small articles are a great way to improve both reading and comprehension abilities. Learning and understanding the key elements of a basic paragraph are essential in building good writing skills. I have also found that one of the best ways to understand grammar is through the practice of diagramming sentences. This not only helps in learning English but can be quite an advantage when trying to learn a foreign language since it requires a thorough understanding of the parts of speech.
If you think this methodology would benefit your student, please contact me soon!
I understand what it is like to live in a country where you do not speak the language. My experience as a former military officer and, more recently, as a missionary in a third world country have given me first hand experience. It can be both frustrating and isolating when you cannot communicate with the local community.
Obviously, the best way to overcome this obstacle is to practice the language. First of all the goals of the student should be established. Then one-on-one practice with someone who will teach you the phrases you need to know is essential. From there more advanced vocabulary and understanding of grammar can be gradually introduced. I have been teaching reading, writing and grammar of the English language for over a decade. I look forward to helping you achieve an understanding of the language as well!
I have a bachelors in business management and served as a military officer for seven years. It was partially the desire to have a consistent learning experience for my children (not an easy task for the ever-roaming families in the military) that formed my decision to home school. My children continue to be home schooled through high school.
I have personally taught them phonics, reading, writing and mathematics. I believe a solid phonics foundation is essential to independent reading. I like to incorporate songs and very simple "books" to reinforce phonics concepts as they are learned.
My oldest will be starting college this fall and the others are in high school. As a veteran member of a home school group I have often mentored students in book studies and various science classes. This year I will also be leading a humanities coop that will involve history, literature art and music. I have enjoyed teaching and would like to be of help to others.
During the study of Prealgebra is often when students start to lose confidence in their math skills. Word problems become more prevalent and variables are introduced. It is here that understanding the concept and not just memorizing a formula is crucial. It is here that tutoring can be so beneficial because the opportunity to talk to the student one-on-one and find out what he/she is thinking can help avoid confusion or lack of clarity right from the beginning. In my thirteen years of teaching math I have learned to prefer curricula that stresses interaction with the student and teacher like Right Start Mathematics and Videotext Algebra. True education is not about filling students heads with facts but leading them to think on their own. I would love the opportunity to help your student.
As a homeschooling mother I have personally taught all of my children how to read and write from the very beginning into high school years. I have also lead and assisted in several book clubs over the past thirteen years in an effort to help other children develop a love of reading. I appreciate that reading good literature usually leads to better writing skills.
Depending on the goals of the student, there can be an emphasis on several different skill sets. If analytical skills need some polishing than a focus on learning how to decipher the plot, setting, climax etc. of the story may be needed. A beginner reader may need practice on relating the key events of the story in his own words or even require someone to listen to him read out-loud in an effort to improve word recognition and speaking skills.
Reading should be an activity that all students can enjoy. I hope I can help your student see its treasures!
I have been teaching high school level math for the past five years. I have also lead a chemistry co-op that required at least an algebra level of math skills. The math section of the SAT is often a great stress factor to students. Sometimes it is merely the wording of the question or a misunderstanding of a small concept that can cost the student points. Practicing with older tests and then reviewing any problem areas is usually the best way to prepare. I like to review the test in sections and take smaller bites of the material Once students start seeing that similar questions are asked on every test they start to gain confidence and relax enough to actually think!
I have been teaching for over thirteen years from elementary through high school grades. Spelling can be a stumbling block for students but there are ways to strengthen the ability to spell well.
In the early years an emphasis on phonics has helped my students develop initial spelling skills. Being comfortable with the sounds of consonants and vowels and recognizing sound patterns are essential. In the later years I have focused on learning root words and recognizing the derivatives that can be formed from them. This helps with both vocabulary and spelling skills.
Of course, reading is also a key element. If students are continually exposed to good literature they will absorb the correct spelling of various words without even trying!
I look forward to assisting your student!
Some people think that writing is a talent reserved for those who inherit it, but I know it is a skill that can be learned. Too often students are given a blank page and told to "write about a favorite subject." That is just not enough for most students, especially those already convinced they cannot write. A well written paragraph is the key to building solid writing skills. I teach my students the elements of a good paragraph which thereby gives them a "checklist" to help them organize their thoughts and analyze their own work.