Note: My schedule for the 2018/19 school year has gotten fairly full but I still have a few slots left. Currently, I have time Monday from 3-4, Thursday from 3-4, and Friday, which we'll have to discuss since I have a student who will change times in October on Friday. -------- Are you (or is your child) "math phobic"? Are you lost in math class, or stuck at the first sentence of a paper you have to write for Monday? Is your idea of organization "well, it's in there somewhere!"? Do you want ... [more]

Algebra 1

I really enjoy teaching Algebra 1. I had to relearn many of the concepts to become highly qualified, and to teach it and, as I relearned it, I understood why some of them did not make sense the first time through. A lot of math understanding is actually language understanding, so I work to make sure students understand every word that I use or that is on their homework. Algebra 1 uses every piece of math taught prior to that point. When a student lacks fluency in the basics, they often struggle with applying them in Algebra. I'm a practiced detective in finding what underlying piece of math a student needs to relearn. I have often heard my students say, "OHHHH!!!" and then become suddenly more capable, once I work with them to correct a misunderstanding about a basic idea in math. It is a beautiful sound.

Algebra 2

I've been tutoring students in Algebra 2 for several years and passed the WyzAnt test with 100%. I have completed a pre-calc class (Functions) at Rivier University and had a final grade of A+ (if I hadn't been auditing). I'm auditing Calculus in Spring 2018. And I love Algebra! I did NOT love it as a high school student. As a tutor, I excel in finding a way to make the topic make sense to students who do not understand, and I can also help honors students stretch a little bit more as they perfect their skills. I'd be delighted to help you/your student understand and (possibly) enjoy doing Algebra 2 work.

Biology

I minored in biology in my undergraduate college. I've recently been tutoring high school biology at both standard and honors level, with good success. My students report that they are finally understanding the material! They especially like the whiteboard drawings of objects (like cells) and processes (like cellular respiration), which have really helped them understand and remember the topics. I'm also able to help with study skills for learning the material, and with the writing needed for biology, including lab reports, and with any math needed to complete lab reports. I will help you follow your teacher's lab guidelines, find online material to help make better drawings and understand material, so you can produce an excellent lab report from your notes and results.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is best learned while learning material that uses the vocabulary. And, material is best learned when every word in the material is understood. When I work with students in any subject area, we go over the words used in the material. I don't just give definitions. I work with students to understand the words. For example, when I work with a student on the topic of fractions, decimals, and percentages, and converting between them, we discuss what the words "fraction", "decimal", and "percent" mean. We look them up, and examine where the words come from. We compare them to words the student might know, for example, that if you "fracture" a bone you have broken it, a "fragment" is a piece of something, and the word "fraction" comes from the same Latin word. If a student understands the words of a subject, they are much more likely to understand the subject. Vocabulary is critical to understanding.

Grammar

English grammar rules are often a difficult topic for students. I can help you look at sentence diagrams and understand what's going on and what the rules are. I have resources to use in our sessions and to recommend. Since I worked as a technical writer for years, I'm excellent at helping you proofread your work and at explaining why the corrections need to be made, so you can get it right the next time.

Geometry

Geometry is a combination of a math class and a logic class. Geometry uses all of your pre-algebra and algebra skills, and adds new facts about lines, angles, and regular shapes in both two and three dimensions. It also includes knowing and applying trigonometric relationships and the Pythagorean Theorum. That's the math part. In addition, there are the proofs. This is the logic part. Students either love or hate proofs; usually there's no middle ground! Proofs require that you be a math lawyer, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the statement made at the start is guilty of being true, or false. It is a picky and precise process, and often frustrating. I can help with all of this, and hopefully make it fun in the process.

Prealgebra

Students need a firm foundation in all the concepts of pre-algebra if they are going to do well in Algebra. I'm skilled in working with students to make sure they understand all the elementary basics that are used in pre-algebra, and have a firm understanding of the beginning algebra concepts so they can go on to succeed. I'm a practiced detective in finding what underlying piece of math a student needs to relearn. I have often heard my students say, "OHHHH!!!" and then become suddenly more capable, once I work with them to correct a misunderstanding about a basic idea in math. It is a beautiful sound. A lot of math is actually language, so I work to make sure students understand every word that I use or that is on their homework. I believe math should be fun, and students learn better when they are laughing. I also have many different math manipulatives and other physical representations and know how to use them to make ideas more concrete.

Spanish

I studied Spanish in high school and college, up through third year in high school, took an advanced level class in college, and lived in a Spanish speaking dorm. That was many years ago. More recently, I just completed the first semester of an intermediate Spanish class at Rivier, with the goal of recovering my prior skills. We got through the present, preterite, imperfect, and imperative tenses, at a college level. This is about second to third year at the high school level, as I recall. My Spanish is very useful for a first or second year student, and my accent is good for a non-native speaker. The benefit of me not being a native speaker is I do remember, vividly, where I had trouble when I learned the language, and what was new to me as an American English speaker. I understand how the tenses can be confusing, and am skilled in helping unconfuse it and in finding ways to learn the vocabulary more easily. I can help either with just Spanish, or with another subject (like Math) plus Spanish, working on whichever one needs the most that week.

Writing

Along with my undergraduate degree in English and my graduate degree in education (including classes on teaching language arts), I worked for many years as a technical writer in the computer industry, honing my skills at writing. I'm very good at organizing materials, and have written everything from paragraphs to poetry to technical books. I've worked with students in the elementary, middle school, and high school grades, helping them with writing assignments. Whether it's a poem you need to write for a class, or a research paper, or a short story you need to read and understand ... I can give you a hand with it. If you're in high school, college, or after and need help with papers or research -- I was a 4.0 student through grad school; I researched and wrote a LOT of papers. I'm very confident that if you have a paper you need help on, we can work on it together so that you will do well. In addition, I've studied how to teach penmanship and taught it from A to Z to two students, one who had undecipherable writing. I can help with that also!

English

I have been certified as HQT in English since it was my undergraduate major. I wrote, as a career, for many years. I've studied reading and literature. I've worked with students in the elementary, middle school, and high school grades, helping them with understanding texts and with writing. Whether it's a poem you need to write for a class, or a research paper, or a short story you need to read and understand... I can give you a hand with it.

Literature

I was an English major in my undergraduate years. I love to read, and have read many stories and books in class, and analyzed them. I've also been a special educator in English classrooms from 8th grade level through high school. I can help students in lower grades also. I won't claim to have read everything, but I've read enough of everything to be able to help you understand your assignments. I've written enough papers to help you decide on a topic and find evidence in a piece of literature, or to discuss what you might compare between two pieces. If you let me know beforehand, I might even be able to read the entire text before we meet. Just give me a bit longer if it's a novel or harder to find.

Proofreading

I've done quite a lot of my own proofreading, as a professional technical writer. I'm not sure whether this entry is to DO proofreading for people or to help students learn how to do proofreading! If it's teaching proofreading to students, I'd do that in the context of general language arts help. If what you need is someone to proofread a paper, or papers, or a longer work, contact me and we'll see how I can help.

GED

The GED covers many topics. I'm proficient in several topics; please see individual topics for information on my skills in each. Textbooks on GED preparation are available in public libraries and bookstores. You might already have the book and have taken the test and know where you're at and what you need to improve. That's terrific, because what I'd do to work with a GED student is have you get a study guide and take a practice test before we even started, on your own time, without spending a penny on tutoring. Then either you could look at the results and determine what you want to do, or we could look at the results together and decide which sections you needed help improving. Then we'd work together to improve your skills.

ASVAB

I am available to tutor the academic portions of the ASVAB test, as I'm a certified teacher and very qualified in both the English and Math topics that are on the test. These portions are what is used for your AFQT (the qualifying test). I am also excellent at problems requiring pattern recognition and matching, and thus can help with the section on assembling objects. In addition, I can help you with test-taking skills. I am not a qualified expert in the vocational portions (electrical, car mechanics, or mechanical). However, I managed to pass the questions they asked me... and I can help you understand the questions and how they are asked, given a practice test on those portions of the ASVAB. The vocational portions are used to help place you in the appropriate training program within the armed forces; you need to bring your own skills to this portion of the test anyhow.

SSAT

I am familiar with the materials that are on the SSAT test. I've helped one student prepare for the test, using a preparation booklet. As well, I've explained test taking specifically for the SSAT, and helped students prepare for taking tests. If you need some quizzing and review, and reteaching on any area we find you're weak in, we can do that together. I can also help you understand the information on when you should guess on a question, and when you should not guess, and why.

Elementary Math

I was fine in math as a child, but I distinctly remember struggling with some parts of it. As an adult, I still remember that, and can sympathize with young learners who need extra help. I've also studied different techniques of teaching math. As a special educator, I understand the need for concrete examples to promote understanding. I have many of my own manipulatives, and am skilled in creating and using physical models to promote understanding. I also believe math should be fun, and children should be laughing while they learn. I have many math games, and many silly but effective ways to explain concepts. When a child laughs while learning, the ideas definitely stick better!

Elementary (K-6th)

I'm WyzAnt-certified in elementary math and in reading. I'm a certified general special ed teacher in my state, also. I typically take students who are grade 4 and above, since that is my experience. I have taught students who are older but have lower skill levels, though, both in math and in reading.

Special Needs

I have an MEd in Special Ed. I've been a case manager at the High School and Middle School level, taught pullout math for 8th grade special needs students, and have taught math through Algebra 1 at a private special ed school. I've tutored students ranging from grade 4 to grade 9 in both general subjects and specifically math, and have run studies for students up through 12th grade as a case manager, helping students with many subjects.

Social Studies

As a case manager for students in middle and high school, I've helped with all classes, including social studies. I'm very good at helping students read through selections for understanding, and I specifically know the middle school social studies curriculum and have helped students prepare projects for class.