Ray B.


Ray B.

Tutor

Lafayette, LA 70506

Will travel 25 miles

$40 per hour.

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There Is No Such Thing as a Bad Student

There are no bad students. The problem lies in the fact that often their teacher(s) have not figured out how to reach them. I am very good at helping my students learn how to succeed in this business of academics. They may not necessarily enjoy the process, but they will learn how they can succeed. In addition to 20 years in the classroom, I have tutored for the past 7 years. I have taught all subjects in elementary and middle school, English (grammar, composition, and reading) as well as soc... [more]


American History

I will work closely with my student's parent(s) as well as their teachers. I will go over specific facts (In 1492, Columbus crossed the ocean blue), but I also will help the student understand the cause and effects of history. As in all the subjects that I teach / tutor, I include suggestions to increase the students' study skills


Vocabulary

I hold a masters degree in English and have taught the subject for over 20 years in elementary, middle, and high schools, in addition to being an adjunct instructor of English in two different universities.


Grammar


European History

I work closely with my students' parent(s) as well as their teachers. I will go over specific facts, but I also help the student understand the cause and effects of history. I feel that the "whys" of history are far more important to understand than the incidents themselves. As in all the subjects that I teach / tutor, I include suggestions to increase the students' study skills.


Microsoft Word


Reading

While I have a master's degree in English, in the upcoming college semester I will be working on an MEd degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on reading.


Writing

For 16 years I was the performing arts critic for the (Lafayette) Daily Advertiser, writing a weekly column. I have a masters degree in Creative Writing. I have written a published novel and have written 6 plays that have been presented to the public. I have taught Freshman Composition and Technical Writing at UL-L. As a public school English teacher, I teach composition Monday through Friday.


Geography


English

I have spent the past 20 years as a classroom English teacher. I have taught English composition and literature, technical writing, creative writing middle school, high school, and college. My focus as a teacher as well as a tutor is on the individual needs of my students. I teach not only the subject matter, but something that I often find to be a weakness amongst my students - study and test-taking skills.


Literature


World History

History is more than simply memorizing names, places and dates. I work closely with my tutoring students' teachers to complement and reinforce their teaching. I will go over specific facts, but I also help the student understand the cause and effects of history. As in all the subjects that I teach / tutor, I include suggestions and applications to increase the students' study skills.


Proofreading


GED

I spent three years teaching in an options school where the students could only earn a GED. Of the six GED teachers, I had the highest success ratio of students who earned their GED in the prescribed time. I do this by focusing exclusively on mastery of the topics included in the GED test. My greatest push is in reading, because understanding and passing all the other subjects require reading.


SAT Reading

Because the vast majority of the subjects found in standardized tests require accurate reading, reading is undoubtedly the most important subject to master. I have successfully tutored both SAT and ACT Reading for over 10 years. I am quite proud of the fact that, after my tutoring process ended, none of my students ever scored less than the national average on the Reading and Writing portions of both SAT and ACT. I utilize manuals, workbooks, and the Internet in my tutoring. The first step in the process is to learn the art of how to take a standardized test.


SAT Writing


TOEFL

Having spent 27 years in the Army, I have acquired at least a working knowledge of Spanish, German, and French. I therefore understand the peculiarities of the languages. I work with my students using a variety of sources, from popular to academic in order to help them walk the rocky path of the English language. These tools provide to the basics of teaching English as a second language to adults as well as children. They cover everything from common jargon and standard lesson plans to discussions of common issues.


ASVAB

In addition to teaching for 20+ years, I am a retired U.S. Army officer. My fees for teaching ASVAB prep is $150, however, I remain with the persons I tutor until they successfully pass the ASVAB. I have taught standardized test preparation for 7 years, and have had significant success in helping my students to successfully pass their tests. The only way that an ASVAB student will not eventually pass the test is if the student gives up. Be all that you can be!


Spelling


ACT Reading

I have been teaching for 20+ years, I have taught standardized tests for the majority of that time. I have taught standardized test preparation for 7 years, and have had significant success in helping my students to successfully pass their tests. The majority of my students have progressed from an ACT Reading score of 18 or 19 to the high 20's.I have two focuses in teaching ACT Reading: 1) Teach the subject, and 2) Teach the student how to successfully pass any standardized test.


ACT English

I have been teaching for 20+ years, I have taught standardized tests for the majority of that time. I have taught standardized test preparation for 7 years, and have had significant success in helping my students to successfully pass their tests. The majority of my students have progressed from an ACT English score of 18 or 19 to the high 20's. I have two focuses in teaching ACT English: 1) Teach the subject, and 2) Teach the student how to successfully pass any standardized test.


Elementary Science

I successfully taught all subjects in an elementary school. Students require much more patience than when teaching older children. In all subjects I use literary devices such as similes and metaphors to give the young minds a mental picture of that which I am teaching. I firmly believe in the reward system and positive reinforcement, which I utilize constantly. As a tutor, I will work closely with both the student's teacher(s) as well as the parents, to ensure I fix the proper problem.


Elementary (K-6th)

I successfully taught all subjects in an elementary school. Students require much more patience than when teaching older children. In all subjects I use literary devices such as similes and metaphors to give the young minds a mental picture of that which I am teaching. I firmly believe in the reward system and positive reinforcement, which I utilize constantly. As a tutor, I will work closely with both the student's teacher(s) as well as the parents, to ensure I fix the proper problem.


Phonics

Phonics involves the relationship between sounds and their spellings. Advanced phonics builds on the skills learned in the elementary grades (consonants, short vowels, silent e) and enables students to read multisyllablic words with often complex vowel and syllabication patterns. Ray Blum assumes that a student who has difficulty with either reading or spelling first needs a thorough grounding in the art of phonics. This subject is taught simultaneously with the tutoring of students with reading difficulties.


Study Skills

In my twenty years as a classroom teacher and seven years as a tutor, one of my foundation skills that I teach is study skills. Regardless of how much intelligence a student might have, without good study skills, he or she can never reach a full potential. I use a variety of techniques to help my students focus on their study requirements, and then get the most out of the experience. I am quite proud of the fact that very few of my students have failed an academic subject. I attribute much of that accomplishment to the fact that I teach them how to study as much as teach them about possessive pronouns and protagonists.


Theater

For the past 20 years, I have been a performing arts teacher. My undergraduate minor was theater arts. I was the performing arts critic for the (Lafayette) Daily Advertiser. My wife and I are the owners of Firelight Performing Arts in Youngsville, LA.


ESL/ESOL

My 27 years in the army and 20 years as a classroom English teacher have given me the knowledge to constructively work with both adults and adolescents whose first language is not English. I use a variety of sources in my tutoring - from academic texts and workbooks to popular periodicals to help them with the complexities of the English language. By doing so, the students learn both "standard" English as well as idiomatic, conversational English that is likely to be heard in the workplace or in a social setting.


Dyslexia

In my 20-year teaching career, I successfully taught a great many students who were dyslexic. I use a multi-sensory approach, appealing to more than one of the five senses at a time. I write note cards, giving my students something to look at while providing a tactile something to hold. In math as well as reading, I use sand trays, sandpaper, and pieces of carpet to draw pictures or math problems. I stimulate the students by incorporating learning games into each session. One of the most important things to do with dyslexic children is to help them to become better organized, thereby lowering their frustration level. When I taught mild/moderate self contained special education, I had 5 students in my class who were dyslexic. I am proud of the fact that each of them eventually graduated from high school or received a GED.


Speech

I have been a speech teacher for the past 20 years. During that time my students have advanced to (and won) on the state level in forensic competition. I am a member of the National Forensic League.


Social Studies

I taught social studies for 3 years at an options high school where the students worked to earn their GED. The success rate for my students to actually earn their GED was 80%, 20% higher than the other English/social studies teachers. I start at my student's level and gradually work them up to a mutually agreed upon level of understanding.


Classics

I have taught the classics for four years to my honors and college bound seniors as part of the English curriculum. To study the Roman and Greek classics is to build a foundation upon which the vast majority of literature is based. When I teach things like Oedipus Rex, Cicero's Argument against Cataline, The Iliad and The Odyssey,I use a double approach. I first put my students in a mindset that that they are in 40BC or 600BC, and view the literature from that point of view. They also view the literature from a contemporary POV, automatically comparing and contrasting that which they read with works written in the 20th and 21st centuries.