Anne R.


Anne R.

Tutor

West Des Moines, IA 50265

Will travel 10 miles

$45 per hour.

4.97 157 ratings

Let's Learn Using Your Best Learning Styles!

Hajime-mashite! Nice to meet you! My name is Anne and I have my IA K-12 music license, as well as my IN Professional Educator license. I've just added an ESL endorsement to my standard IA teaching license. Although music is my area of endorsement, I have been doing substitute teaching in many areas -- in particular, for middle school math teachers, and also for lower elementary school (K, 1, 2, 3, 4th grade) classrooms. Math is definitely an area I love - nearly as much as music! When i... [more]


Vocabulary


Grammar


General Computer

Learn to access the Internet, send/receive e-mail, and to search (or "research") the Internet for information, whether you are interested in learning a craft, discovering your family history and geneaology, or you are trying to repair something at home or work! Find everything from recipes to travel information, restaurant reviews to discounts! Learn to be wise on the Internet, while also learning to use anti-virus software to keep your computer safe! I look forward to working with you or a family member as you navigate your computer!


Prealgebra

Pre-Algebra is the perfect opportunity to learn about variables and expressions, powers/exponents, decimals, factoring, fractions,and a great introduction to writing algebraic expressions and equations! I confess to having loved Math all of my life! It would be wonderful to have the chance to come alongside you or your child in Pre-Algebra, whether you are reviewing the basics, or you or your student need a clearer understanding in order to progress to Algebra I.


Reading


Music Theory

Music Theory: the very word once frightened me! It sounded so "difficult"! So..."theoretical"! But truth be told, Music Theory is highly *practical*. Having a good grasp of Music Theory (musical intervals, key signatures, scales, and part-writing to name a few) is like having high-quality chocolate chips in the cupboard, ready to go into a fresh batch of chocolate-chip cookie dough! With excellent Music Theory skills, a musician becomes a better sight-reader, a better ensemble-player/singer, and a better performer. Music Theory alone will not a "chocolate chip cookie" make (you will still need the "sugar", "flour", "butter", and "eggs" of note-reading and general recognition of intonation to turn out a batch of music "warm out of the oven"), but it will add great "zing" and "flavor" to your understanding of music, and to your own musicianship (should you be a musician)! I'd love to work with you to move from seeing black spots on a page, to reading music well -- and, if you're so inclined -- to begin *writing* music, too!


Writing

Writing: what a powerful tool! A skilled writer can change public opinion, warm hearts, educate readers, and bring laughter into a room filled with silence -- and that is just the start! Whatever your purpose in writing -- whether to persuade, to inform, or to entertain -- I welcome the opportunity to come alongside you! I will not *do* the work for you, but I will gladly **coach** you through the process, from start to finish, from rough draft to proofreading and polishing your final paper. Together we will check not only the "nuts and bolts" (grammar, punctuation, spelling), but we will also work on organization, reference citations, and "flow". "A thing of beauty is a joy forever...", wrote John Keats. A well-written paper is, therefore, a thing of joy; write on!


English

"English"! The word brings to mind many things: a subject in school! A language -- spoken and written -- that millions of people around the world want to learn! And, for some people, the "how-to" of putting together the mechanics of the English language in coherent sentences and well-constructed paragraphs. Still others think of English literature, and the great writers who were born in England. English is my first language, and I would love to help you or your student to improve their use of the English language or their understanding of English literature. I minored in English, and, as a native speaker and a licensed teacher, work to encourage students every day in their use of the English language. How may I help *you*? Please let me know!


Japanese


Proofreading


TOEFL

I have taught ESL in Japan for nearly five years. My students were K-12, as well as college students, men and women in business, families planning to travel to English-speaking countries, and housewives and retirees interested in expanding their horizons beyond "textbook-only" English. When I taught ESL in Asia, my ESL students studied in a variety of settings: At several different private English conversation schools, in the classrooms of some public corporations offering English as a special benefit to their employees, in a 10-week summer ESL program, in a private "cram school" ("juku", in Japanese), and at several different immersion-type ESL Christian summer camps. I have also served as a private tutor for individual students seeking to make rapid progress prior to a business move to an English-speaking country. ESL (English as a Second Language) is quite similar to TOEFL (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language). Whether you are interested in ESL study, or in TOEFL study, I would be glad to work with you to improve your English language skills. I would love to help you speak "beautiful English"!


Spelling


Elementary Math


Elementary (K-6th)

In addition to holding a current Professional Educator's License, my recent experience includes teaching elementary students over 1600 hours in the last year and a half. I serve as a guest teacher in dozens of public elementary schools throughout the greater Des Moines, Iowa area, covering every subject that the regular classroom teachers cover: Reading, Writing, Grammar/Punctuation, Spelling (aka: "Language Arts"), Math, Social Studies/Geography, Science, and in some schools, Penmanship ("handwriting").


Phonics

I minored in English in college, as well as taking graduate courses in linguistics - which included phonics. As an elementary student, I studied phonics myself, and know how valuable the learning of sounds is to students struggling to learn to read.


Study Skills

Study skills include the "regular things" like taking notes and listening in class. But did you know? There are some study skills that many students never utilize! A key area that is overlooked when students are struggling to improve is a student's learning style(s). Many teachers/tutors have studied "Methods and Materials", but how many have actually taken the time and thought to better prepare to assist their students by taking a course specific to learning styles? Having struggled at some subjects myself when I was in school, I have learned to find my own "best learning style" for a subject. Once I know that, it is like finding the "key" that "unlocks" my understanding. I would love to help you or your student, by assisting you/your student to find your best learning style, and then to develop **study skills** that best fit YOU/your student - not just a "one-size-fits-all" plan! I work to design a plan that takes into account the strengths of you/your student, develop study skills that are a "best fit" for you/your student, and together we work to improve your success in learning. Of course, not all students are identical! So of course, not all students will understand a subject in the same way, or gather information in class in the same way. Thanks to my own experience developing study skills for myself, and for my various students, and to an excellent graduate education class in learning styles and multiple intelligences, I am pleased to be able to come alongside you/your student to improve your understanding in class! I look forward to the opportunity to assist you or your student to "soak up" as much learning as possible through the use of practical study skills!


ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL in Japan for nearly five years. My students were K-12 school-aged, as well as college students, men and women in business, families planning to travel to English-speaking countries, and housewives interested in expanding their horizons beyond "textbook-only" English. When I taught ESL in Asia, my ESL students studied in a variety of settings: At several different private English conversation schools, in the classrooms of some public corporations offering English as a special benefit to their employees, in a 10-week summer ESL program, in a private "cram school" ("juku", in Japanese), and at several different immersion-type ESL Christian summer camps. I have also served as a private tutor for individual students seeking to make rapid progress prior to a business move to an English-speaking country. I would love to help you speak "beautiful English"!