Professional customized tutoring, results guaranteed. Sensitive, creative, effective, experienced. Ages 8 - adult. I will work with you to pinpoint exactly how to master your subject. - Specialties: ESL, middle-school math, language arts/writing (K through post-grad). Editing, proofreading and study skills for all ages. Oral communication (speech, public speaking, pronunciation). - Tutoring methods based on current education and learning research. No guesswork or "hoping for the best."... [more]
Algebra I and II are my math specialty areas, as a tutor and as an ongoing math student myself. I have tutored many students in these subjects as well as pre-Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, remedial math, K-8 math, college algebra, and pre-calculus. My explanations are tailored to the learner. I use a multi-modal approach that draws on the student's innate learning style (visual, artistic, verbal, kinesthetic). We can concentrate on test preparation, daily concepts and practice, and/or diagnosing and correcting any gaps that may exist. I follow research recommendations and proven teaching techniques to teach math. While older students benefit from hour-long sessions, I have found that shorter, well-focused sessions (30 - 45 minutes) can reinforce and boost learning for younger students. I also use a 30-minute "blast of math" approach during holiday and summer breaks, so that students can "keep what you know, and get ready for the next." Again, this approach is based on educational theory about how students learn best.
I have scored "off the charts" (higher than the 99% percentile) in proofreading, spelling and grammar in standardized tests of English proficiency. During my career in journalism, editing, publishing and communications, I have learned and used many different styles (AMA, Chicago, New York, AP, medical and legal, and more). I love the technical as well as literary aspects of language. I will teach you the basics as well as the fine points of grammar (for instance, the difference between a hyphen, an en dash and an em dash, and when and how to use them correctly). I can teach you grammar and editing techniques that will improve the structure, impact and quality of your written work.
I can help you prepare the thinking, analytical and practical aspects of standardized tests. My expertise is in English (reading and writing) and math. However, beyond the subject matter, these tests require specific test-taking skills. These skills can and should be taught separately from the subject matter. I personally have scored in the 95-99% percentile of every standardized test I have ever taken, including SAT, ACT, GRE, ASCP, and MTLE (Minnesota teacher competencies). I also have researched the tests and have a handle on their specific requirements. I can share my knowledge and test-taking tips with you to help raise those scores.
Math is my specialty area, as a tutor and a teacher-in-training. I have tutored many students in K-8 math, as well as pre-Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, remedial math, college algebra, and pre-calculus. My explanations are tailored to the learner. I use a multi-modal approach that draws on the student's innate learning style (visual, artistic, verbal, kinesthetic). I am comfortable and effective with one-on-one lessons as well as small groups. We can concentrate on test preparation, daily concepts and practice, and/or diagnosing and correcting any gaps that may exist. I follow research recommendations and proven teaching techniques to teach math. With younger students, I have found that shorter, well-focused sessions (20 - 40 minutes) can reinforce and boost learning. I also use a 20-30 minute "blast of math" approach during holiday and summer breaks, so that students can "keep what you know, and get ready for the next." Again, this approach is based on educational theory about how students learn best.
I am currently receiving professional training to be a teacher of math and English for grades 5 - 12. I have had classroom experience teaching children of all ages, from 3 to 18. I also have a background in science, art, social studies, nature, crafts, and music, all of which I can adapt to the age of the student. (Often a multi-subject approach works well to deepen a student's understanding.) As part of my educator training, I am practicing research-proven techniques that apply specifically to students in kindergarten through college, according to their unique stages of development.
Phonics is a critical aspect of reading, speaking, spelling, and writing. This is generally taught in the preschool and elementary levels, but also is helpful with middle and high schoolers as they expand their skills. As part of my teacher training, I have studied and applied phonics techniques that will help your child succeed as they begin to master the English language.
First-year piano students, get ready to have fun! I began playing piano at my mother's knee! Piano is the most wonderful foundation for any kind of music awareness and lifelong appreciation of music. I studied, practiced and performed piano throughout my childhood and adolescence, and have continued to "keep in shape" over the years. As a tutor, I have taught first-year piano to youngsters from age 5 - 12. At that stage, it's all about fun and joy. At the same time, they are making music, reading music, learning what chords and melodies are, and - absolutely - using the correct techniques that will support their future practice. I use a variety of beginning music books, and also encourage personal ownership of their practice by using nifty assignment pads that document their progress - using stars, stickers, prizes and more!
I have long experience and formal training in note-taking methods, reading strategies, multi-modal learning tips, vocabulary building, reading skills, online resources, interactive multi-media learning, organizational concepts for adolescents. Most of these skills apply across the board to all academic subjects. I can create an individualized plan for your student that takes into account learning style, home and school schedules, academic goals.
As part of my teacher training, I have worked with students with ADD/ADHD, autism, EBD, Down syndrome, learning challenges in reading and/or math, and physical disabilities. These children require special techniques and close cooperation with parents, teachers and other resources. I have also worked with "gifted/talented" students. Together, using proven educational approaches, we can give our children the best possible opportunities and success.
ESL/ESOL: I have taught elementary, middle school and high school students, adults preparing for GED and citizenship tests, adult professionals in banking, business and science. Settings have included one-on-one, small groups, and classrooms. My specialties are grammar, spoken proficiency, vocabulary building, writing skills, accent reduction, idioms and day-to-day fluency. I have tutored native speakers of Spanish, Hmong, Chinese, Somali, Arabic, Croatian, Hungarian, Dutch and other languages. I use research-proven methodologies, adapted to the student's individual needs and goals. My familiarity with linguistics, foreign cultures and the process of language learning helps students build bridges from their existing knowledge and experience to a stronger mastery of English in daily life.
Praxis is a teacher certification standardized test used for all teachers in Minnesota at all grade levels, to assess basic competency in English and math. It was recently replaced by the MTLE exam which is very similar. I personally have taken the MTLE as part of my teaching training, which focuses on middle school math and middle/high school English. I scored exceptionally well in both subjects. I am familiar with the test-taking procedure itself as well as the subject content and can give student teachers effective, succinct tips and strategies for success.
The MTLE is the gateway exam required for teacher licensure in Minnesota. I have passed with flying colors all of the exams for basic skills, elementary education/pedagogy, math K-8, and language arts 5-12. That's 8 MTLE exams altogether! I can help you learn the content of these exams, and also share insights and tips about the actual exam.