Hello-- I am a former teacher with both a multiple subject and special education credential. I used to have my own tutoring business years ago, and found most of my students had great success. I have a specialty in phonics, and have taught ages 5 to adult to read. I guarantee one year's reading growth in 16 weeks, or I tutor for free until that level is reached. I make math fun, and writing rewarding. Let me help you learn.... [more]
There are many reasons for difficulty in reading. Some do not have a solid background in methodical phonics, and all the mental energy is spent by the brain trying to interpret the "pictures" and transfer them into words. Others have visual difficulties. I will determine this on the first lesson. Still others seem to read well, but have no reading comprehension (understanding and remembering what was read). All of these problems can be diagnosed and remedied by a competent reading tutor.
Writing may be one of the most difficult of all academic skills, because it requires attention to so many tasks at once: sentence structure, grammar, spelling, writing conventions, and the message itself. All of these elements can be broken down and practiced, then put together at the end for a satisfying product. It can even be fun!
Reading, writing, spelling, and grammar are all areas in which to obtain proficiency if a student is to continue their education. Frequently, more practice makes the subjects more enjoyable, and less of a struggle. English skills are life skills, and without them, so many things will be missed. Let's work on them together.
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I am a writer and an editor, having completed manuscripts of over 1300 pages. Even great writers need a proof-reader. Why? We all tend to "read" what is in our heads, rather than what is committed on paper. Sometimes a little "tweak" of the phrasing will do wonders for the final draft. I make suggestions for alternate wording that the author is free to use or ignore. I encourage original words, but conventional mechanics. It is an interesting process that I enjoy.
SAT writing requires a solid, accurate understanding of the writing process. However, writing is the most difficult and elusive of all academic skills, because so many elements must come into play at once--sentence structure, grammar, spelling, and paragraph organization. Nonetheless, there is no "template" for proving if the message itself is carried in the writing. That still requires the subjective understanding of the reader. How well the message is communicated must often be discerned by an objective third party. That is why tutoring is such an effective solution to those seeking a successful writing score.
Language Arts is a strong suit for me. There is an increasing emphasis on writing, which is the most complex of the areas. I have experience in writing and editing, and a good handle on mechanics.
I have a multiple subject credential, and have taught K-5 as a regular teacher, and K-8th as a substitute.
I have played guitar for over 40 years. I taught beginner and intermediate guitar for the Parks and Recreation Department years ago. I teach chords rather than notes to begin with. I also play bass and mandolin.
I call myself the "phonics freak". I advocated for phonics when the education establishment pushed for whole language instruction. California scores in reading plummeted. I had a thriving tutoring business at the time because so many students were not learning to read. I apply systematic, methodical phonics instruction and have great success.
I have a mild/moderate special education credential, and have worked with several severely handicapped children up to age 12. I do not have any training in helping orthopedically challenged students, but have taught academics to children with several kinds of physical disabilities. I have experience working with a range of autism, but no certificate in that field.
I had to take 4 classes to receive my CLAD certificate. It is a requirement for teachers now. I have taught many ESL students in the last few years.
I have a special education credential, and have worked with ADHD students. My son was diagnosed as ADD in elementary school, so I have traveled this road as a parent as well.
My son is dyslexic, and it sent us on a quest to get help. Since I am also a special education teacher, I have had many opportunities to work with this learning disability. I have had good success in helping students from very young to adult.