Alicia G.


Alicia G.

Tutor

Austin, TX 78705

Will travel 20 miles

$60 per hour.

4.93 285 ratings

Succeed! Dyslexia, English SAT-STAAR

I received a Master's degree from Stanford University in Educational Communication and another Master's from Rutgers University in Educational Psychology. I have more than 30 years of experience tutoring one on one and teaching large and small groups at all levels, from elementary school to college. I teach because to me, teaching is a learning process in which all involved are transformed and become better human beings. I love what I do. As an educational psychologist, I use a variety of te... [more]


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Reading

I have a Master?s from Stanford University in Educational Communication and another Master?s from Rutgers University in Educational Psychology. My major for the latter master?s was cognitive processes and language development. I have graduate credits in the information processes approach to cognition (reading and perceptive processes) and dyslexia. I received training from the Dyslexia Training Institute and graduate credits in dyslexia courses from the University of San Diego. I have more than 30 years of experience teaching in the classroom and tutoring one-to-one. I specialize in tutoring dyslexic children and children who struggle with reading. I tutor reading to students of all ages and grade level. I prepare students for standardized reading tests such as STAAR, PSAT, SAT and ACT. I use the Orton-Gillingham approach, the Barton System for Spelling and Writing, and the Wilson Reading System. These are evidenced-based, systematic, sequential, cumulative, explicit, and multisensory systems that have extensively proven to be successful. I will first conduct an assessment of your child, at no cost to you. This will allow me to find out the level your child is in and if there are any trouble spots on which to work. I also do this to find out if you, the child, and I are a good fit. Part of this assessment is meant to see if your child has the pre-reading phonemic awareness skills. If he/she doesn?t, I would use the Foundations in Sounds program, which is a precursor to any of the other programs. It is a pre-reading program which develops the necessary skills of discrimination, memory, and sequencing of sounds. What I teach is a progression of the following basic components of reading: ? Phonemic Awareness Identifying individual sounds in words, repeating sequences of sounds, among other tasks. ? Phonological Awareness Identifying a group of sounds as in rhyming and dividing words into syllables. ? Phonics Rules The rules of phonemes (sounds)/graphemes (letters) by which the written English language is constructed. ? Spelling Rules The rules by which the language is written. ? Sight/Rote Words (non-phonetic words) Words that do not follow any rules as in ?done? or ?every?. ? Fluency Mastering each stage in the above succession will contribute to attaining fluency. Nevertheless, fluency requires specific teaching techniques of its own. The time it takes to succeed depends on the child and the number of hours tutored. Research has shown it normally takes 80-100 hours of teaching for a student to advance one grade level. My students usually take less time to make the same progress. I have experience teaching and tutoring elementary school dyslexic children in English, although since I am bilingual (Spanish), I can speak to my students in the language they prefer. I also have developed online vocabulary and spelling drills. My students actively participate in their own learning. Most of all, I use plenty of positive praise and rewards, so that their self-esteem, which is often negatively affected by their dyslexia or their reading challenges, is greatly improved as well. I tutor from two to four hours per week, at times that are most convenient to you. I will come to your home or to your child?s school at no extra cost.


Writing


SAT Reading

I've helped prepare many students before in all the SAT areas verbal/written and reading sections. I usually start by giving the student a practice test to assess his strengths and challenges. I have many years of experience teaching and preparing students for all standardized tests. In addition, I've also worked for ETS, the makers of many tests. Thus, I know very well what it is required to help him write a top notch essay for the SAT and do great in the reading and writing/grammar structure areas.


SAT Writing

I've helped prepare many students before in all the SAT areas verbal/written and reading sections. I usually start by giving the student a practice test to assess his strengths and challenges. I have many years of experience teaching and preparing students for all standardized tests. In addition, I've also worked for ETS, the makers of many tests, where I rate student's written work. Thus, I know very well what it is required to help him write a top notch essay for the SAT and do great in the reading and writing/grammar structure areas.


Dyslexia

I have a Master?s from Stanford University in Educational Communication and another Master?s from Rutgers University in Educational Psychology. My major for the latter master?s was cognitive processes and language development. I have graduate credits in the information processes approach to cognition (reading and perceptive processes) and dyslexia. I received training from the Dyslexia Training Institute and graduate credits in dyslexia courses from the University of San Diego. I specialize in tutoring dyslexic children. If your child is dyslexic, he/she may be very intelligent, but his/her dyslexia has been preventing them from achieving their full potential. Don?t let that continue to happen. Studies have shown that dyslexia is a specific learning disability that has a neurological basis. A dyslexic child is born that way. The brain is plastic, and it can change with the right approach and the right teacher. Thus, the brain of a dyslexic person will eventually develop the neural pathways necessary to become a good reader. This is accomplished regardless of the severity of the condition and/or the person?s age. Even dyslexic adults can develop these pathways after sustained instruction. I use the Orton-Gillingham approach, the Barton System for Spelling and Writing, and the Wilson Reading System. These are evidenced-based, systematic, sequential, cumulative, explicit, and multisensory systems that have extensively proven to be successful. I will first conduct an assessment of your child, at no cost to you. This will allow me to find out the level your child is in and if there are any trouble spots on which to work. I also do this to find out if you, the child, and I are a good fit. Part of this assessment is meant to see if your child has the pre-reading phonemic awareness skills. If he/she doesn?t, I would use the Foundations in Sounds program, which is a precursor to any of the other programs. It is a pre-reading program which develops the necessary skills of discrimination, memory, and sequencing of sounds. What I teach is a progression of the following basic components of reading: ? Phonemic Awareness Identifying individual sounds in words, repeating sequences of sounds, among other tasks. ? Phonological Awareness Identifying a group of sounds as in rhyming and dividing words into syllables. ? Phonics Rules The rules of phonemes (sounds)/graphemes (letters) by which the written English language is constructed. ? Spelling Rules The rules by which the language is written. ? Sight/Rote Words (non-phonetic words) Words that do not follow any rules as in ?done? or ?every?. ? Fluency Mastering each stage in the above succession will contribute to attaining fluency. Nevertheless, fluency requires specific teaching techniques of its own. The time it takes to succeed depends on the child and the number of hours tutored. Research has shown it normally takes 80-100 hours of teaching for a student to advance one grade level. My students usually take less time to make the same progress. I have experience teaching and tutoring elementary school dyslexic children in English, although since I am bilingual (Spanish), I can speak to my students in the language they prefer. I also have developed online vocabulary and spelling drills. My students actively participate in their own learning. Most of all, I use plenty of positive praise and rewards, so that their self-esteem, which is often negatively affected by their dyslexia, is greatly improved as well. I tutor from two to four hours per week, at times that are most convenient to you. I will come to your home or to your child?s school at no extra cost.