Does your student struggle in understanding what they read and answering questions about a story they have just read? Does your student have a low AR reading level in comparison to their grade level? Does he or she dislike or avoid reading and/or writing tasks? Does he or she struggle with finding the main idea of a passage or summarizing a chapter? Does your student seem to be a poor test taker and struggle in multiple subject areas? Does your student have difficulty following directions? In... [more]
I have 11 years of experience working with Pre-K through 6th grade children. I have tutored in all subjects, including homework help. I have helped many children improve their academic skills. I begin with a pre-assessment test so that I can determine which academic program the student needs to go through. I can also communicate regularly via e-mail with the student's teacher in order to ensure that we are focusing on the right concepts. I have helped Pre-K through 6th grade students improve in the areas of reading, spelling, writing, reading comprehension, vocabulary, study skills, test preparation, history, science and math.
I have over 7 years of experience teaching phonics to children who are in Pre-K through 6th grade. Much of my experience is in teaching Pre-K students how to read. I use phonics workbooks, flashcards, charts and other materials to help students improve their phonics skills. I also stress the importance of reading to young children in order to improve their skills. Depending on the age and skill level of the child, I will read to them and with them to help them gain confidence. One of my students started tutoring with me when he was 4. In no time at all, he was reading short words. Today, he is one of the top readers in his kindergarten class. One of his recent reading tests had a goal of 8 points. He scored 60 points on that test. Whether your child is a new reader or a student who is struggling with phonics, I can help to improve their skills.
Since students who struggle with study skills often struggle in multiple subject areas, I use a general comprehension program to help students to first understand what they are studying. This program also works on recall skills, vocabulary-building, note-taking, and written expression. As we progress through the program, I teach the student to summarize and synthesize large amounts of information that is presented to them in their textbook. We start by reading short passages and progress to chapters in their textbooks. I have found this particular program to be very beneficial for those students who seem to have difficulty remembering dates, facts and details from passages or chapters. The program teaches the student how to understand and absorb information from any subject. Most importantly, the student is more likely to remember the information when it's time to take their test.
In my 15 years of tutoring, I have worked with several students who have special needs. I use research-based programs to help students with dyslexia improve their phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, and decoding skills. I also work with students who have speech delays. Many of my speech-delayed students have a language disorder. They have a limited vocabulary and limited language comprehension (understanding what people are saying). I use a specialized program to help speech-delayed children to improve their expressive and receptive vocabulary. This program also improves language comprehension and helps the student use correct grammar when speaking. I am also very familiar with the special needs of children with autism. I use a language comprehension program to help children on the autism spectrum increase their expressive and receptive vocabulary. In addition, I use another language comprehension program to help these students improve their reading comprehension and listening comprehension skills.
I have helped ESL/ESOL students learn English for 12 years. I worked for a local school district teaching English to ESL/ESOL students and I have also tutored many ESL/ESOL students one-on-one. We work on English speaking, grammar, vocabulary, reading, reading comprehension, spelling, writing and phonics. I have worked with several students who had very limited English skills and have helped them to be able to converse, read and write at a proficient level. I use successful reading, writing and phonics programs to help improve English skills as well as practice workbooks and hands-on activities.
Most of my students have ADD/ADHD or other focusing difficulties, so these are challenges that I work through every day. Over 15 years, I have learned what works and what doesn't work with this population. I use a variety of techniques that I have learned from professionals in the area of focusing difficulties to help my students focus as much as possible during tutoring sessions. I would be happy to share these techniques with you so that you can help your students pay attention more frequently.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
I have been a professional tutor for ten years and have been working with children on the autism spectrum for 7 years. In the last two years, I have begun to work with these children in regards to their academic skills. I use two highly successful programs to help these students with oral language (expressive and receptive vocabulary), listening comprehension and reading comprehension. As a result of these programs, the students have also improved their writing and grammar skills.