Mary P.


Mary P.

Tutor

Exeter, NH 03833

Will travel 20 miles

$50 per hour.

4.88 8 ratings

Specializing in the Humanities, Nursing, and Liberal Arts

A lifetime of reading for information and enjoyment has enriched my already well-rounded education in the humanities and professional nursing. My extensive educational background and teaching skills are well-positioned to advance the scholastic success of a broad range of students needing more proficiency in topics ranging from English literature to political science to business writing. I focus on what works for success in the subject at hand. I discard approaches that do not work. The measu... [more]


Vocabulary


Grammar


General Computer


Microsoft Word


Reading


Writing


English

A lifetime of reading for work, school, enjoyment, and self-improvement have given me a love of words and a facility with making them work together. A little practice writing can sometimes help a reader understand what an author experiences when he or she sits down to write for others. I try to help students recognize what kind of writing is before them. The attack on a short story may not work as well with non-fiction. History calls for a big-picture perspective as much as it entails memorizing facts and events. I think teachers and tutors are more successful when they first assess the strengths and weakness of their students, and then teach to the strengths instead of always focusing on the weaknesses.


ESL/ESOL


Government & Politics


Literature


Proofreading

Learn what goes where and when and why. Improper punctuation can ruin a cover letter, admission essay, or report. Let students' writing reflect their brilliance, not their ignorance.


SAT Reading


SAT Writing


Nursing

I am an enthusiastic college-educated nurse with experience as a daily theory and skills instructor teaching multi-ethnic nursing students. I am a patient resource for NCLEX practice exams, nursing pharmacology, nursing theory and skills, and nursing math. I also am an old English major who can structure, edit and proofread longer written projects. Though I don't have as much time to devote to tutoring as I'd like, as busy as I am on weekdays with my assisted transportation company, I really enjoy helping undergraduate nursing students and graduates preparing to take the boards stay focused and move forward on their career goals.


TOEFL


Spelling

Spelling the English language is HARD! We get our words from many other languages. It's even harder for many adopting English as a second or business language. But there are tricks to help remember the spelling of the most common problem words. And sometimes knowledge of French or Spanish can really help!


Elementary Math

Focus is on proportions and the similarity between fractions, ratios, and percentages.


Elementary Science


Elementary (K-6th)

I tutored my son through his elementary and middle school years. I had to relearn a lot of math that had changes since I had gone through school. He needed lots of work in phonics and decoding, which I learned from his teachers and special ed teachers. If I had to do it again, I would acquire the curriculum resources I needed and would be ready to home-school him until middle school.


Phonics

As the parent of a child with dyslexia, I had to tutor my son from kindergarten through the end of third grade. His school was not interested in helping him. To learn to read he had to know how to identify letters and letter combinations and sound out words. I attended his classes twice a week so I could reinforce the teaching he got in class. I also read to him every day until he was 15, and helped him with his course reading all they way to graduation.


Special Needs

I have worked as a nurse with children with special needs for over 20 years, many of whom have hearing, vision, and communication impairments, ADHD, ODD, MR, and what is now termed Asperger's Spectrum Disorder. Each has an IEP either from school or from Early Intervention. My own son who is now a successful chef has ADHD and a reading/writing decoding disability, which I spent years researching and co-teaching with his classroom teachers and resource room specialists. I also volunteered in his classrooms until he was in high school. I know my way around kids who have no self-confidence or self-esteem.


NCLEX

I am an enthusiastic college-educated nurse with experience as a daily theory and skills instructor teaching multi-ethnic nursing students. I am a patient resource for NCLEX practice exams, nursing pharmacology, nursing theory and skills, and nursing math. I also am an old English major who can structure, edit and proofread longer written projects. Though I don't have as much time to devote to tutoring as I'd like, as busy as I am on weekdays with my assisted transportation company, I really enjoy helping undergraduate nursing students and graduates preparing to take the boards stay focused and move forward on their career goals.


ADHD

Over the course of the 13 years my son was in school I identified learning problems, one of which turned out to be ADD without hyperactivity. When my son's school first tested him, they said he was fine. On demanding a second educational evaluation, his disabilities were clearly identified. Unfortunately, the school conrinued to ignore his special learning needsw. I began to research the field, and determined that his needs could not be met in that school system. At the beginning of fourth grade, we moved to another state. At once his needs were addressed. I was involved at every step, attending all meetings and participating in the formulation of all IEP approaches. With my help he made 3 1/2 years of reading progress in one year! When he moved to middle school they were not as attuned to his needs, so I learned how to request testing and to insist on modifications which I constantly monitored for success. By the time my son was in high school I was volunteering to take notes for other parents in their IEP meetings, and helping them write better IEPs to get get the teaching modifications implemented that their children needed. I will give other parents the benefit of my knowledge of the system, and of teaching strategies adapted for the individual child.


Cosmetology

I graduated with 1500 hours of cosmetology in 1988 from Portsmouth (NH) School of Beauty Culture. I passed the state board exam with a 93 and a 92 on the practical.


Dyslexia

My son had ADD and a reading/writing/math decoding dyxlexia. I supervised his education and home-tutored him until he was in middle school, as he did not get adequate special ed assistance until he was in fourth grade. Collaborating with his sped staff, I helped develop modifications for his IEPs, which I monitored and advocated changes for when they didn't work. I know reading will never be easy for these students, but with patience and interesting reading matter they can come a long way.


Nutrition

Nutrition is a component of all nursing education. As a registered professional nurse, I took a full semester course in nutrition and dietetics. I have been supervising the diets of inpatient, clinic, and home care patients for many years. I am proficient in suggesting and implementing ordered dietary modifications for my home care patients. In addition, I have taught basic nutrition to LPN nursing students.