Melissa D.


Melissa D.

Tutor

Merrimack, NH 03054

Will travel 35 miles

$55 per hour.

4.78 151 ratings

Tutoring should be a relief, not a burden!

Hello Students and Families, My name is Melissa. I've been a tutor or a teacher for over 20 years. Certified in elementary education and special education, my best subjects are writing, reading and study skills at any level. I am good at teaching math up to the first half of Algebra. I teach full time. With notice, my schedule is flexible after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends. We can work together for a couple of hours or a couple of months - whatever your student need... [more]


Vocabulary

Vocabulary is my favorite subject to teach! The most effective way to teach it is through word histories, breaking down the roots and affixes, using memory techniques, recognizing usage in our daily life and of course review including smartphone apps.


Grammar


Prealgebra


Reading

This is my favorite subject to teach. It unlocks almost all the other subjects. I am NH state certified to teach K-8 General education and K-12 special education. I am recognized as HQT for reading. I have specific training for teaching students with dyslexia, including spelling and writing. Finally, I have over 20 years of experience including five years as Director of Education for a Sylvan Learning Center.


Writing

Writing tutoring is my most requested service. It's a very difficult subject to teach and to learn in a group or classroom setting. I am state certified with a bachelors and masters degrees in education. I have specific training in teaching writing skills including sentences, paragraphs, essays, and of course grammar. I strive to help my students develop effective written communication while still maintaining their own voice.


English

English has always been my strongest subject. I was almost an English teacher because I love literature and the entire writing process. My passion is for helping students "crack the code." My experience ranges from teaching little guys the mechanics of the reading process, through increasing vocabulary and comprehension and enhancing older student's independent work with study skills such as skim/scan/SQ3R/reading rate.


Proofreading


Spelling

I have specific training for teaching spelling to students with dyslexia. However, this is a very difficult subject to impact because English words come from various other languages. Nevertheless, I use a three-pronged approach including direct instruction in word histories and meanings; instruction in memorization techniques; practice spelling with eyes, ears and hands for muscle learning; and, of course repetition and motivation.


Elementary Math


Elementary (K-6th)

With a bachelors and a masters in education, I am state certified and recognized as HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) in Reading. I am in my seventh year as a high school reading teacher and have over 20 years experience with various grade levels including elementary. Finally, I have my own son who just turned 15 so I have experience with teaching and in living with a little guy. Most students respond well to 1:1 attention and breaking down reading, math and writing skills for true understanding and mastery. They go back to their classrooms ready for success!


Phonics

I am HQT for reading, and I have extensive training in basic reading instruction: a college course, 5 years experience at Sylvan Learning Center, five years as a reading specialist at a high school, and 80 hours of Orton-Gillingham training. This includes phonemic segmentation and blending which are often the culprits in delayed early literacy progress.


Study Skills

I'm a general and special educator with 20 years experience, and a bachelors and masters degree in education. I have found that study skills is a great subject for tutoring. First, skills such as organization, time management, reading rate, note-taking, memory and test-taking are not necessarily taught in school. If they are, for some students, the lessons may be lost in a group setting. As a tutor, I get to know each student as an individual. We can begin to apply study skills on homework, long term projects, book reports - whatever is assigned. I was a student myself - at various stages of development. I don't judge students, rather I help them understand themselves as learners so they can reach their goals.


Special Needs

I have extensive experience with direct care, support and instruction because my own son has Autism and mental retardation. Professionally, I am NH state certified in Special Education. Finally, I've always been a 1:1 tutor so my focus is individual learning and individual progress. We can start where we need to and move forward at the student's own pace.


ADHD

I'm an NH State certified special and general educator with over 20 years experience, bachelors and masters degree in education. Many students I work with have this diagnosis. And, in my experience, 1:1 tutoring is very productive for a student with A.D.H.D. As a tutor, I interact with the student as an individual learner, especially to establish a rapport of trust. As the student works, I observe and can see where things may be breaking down. Tutoring provides students with privacy so they are insulated from embarrassment in front of peers. A student must learn to capitalize on the their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses. Skills learned during tutoring can then be applied in a group setting. This begins the process of building upon successes.


Dyslexia

First, I'm a state certified teacher with a bachelors and a masters degree in education and I'm recognized as HQT for reading. Twice in my career, I completed the Orton-Gillingham teacher training (about 80 hours total) and I did the supervised teaching. OG includes phonics, vocabulary, spelling and writing. However, I don't hold an OG certificate because I've never been able to do the observation hours. I've successfully tutored many students of all age levels who reflect a dyslexic profile. My passion is to help readers "crack the code." Finally, I have taught remedial reading at the high school level for over six years.


Handwriting

I have specific training in handwriting instruction - both manuscript and cursive. Many years ago, it was part of training for Orton-Gillingham teaching. I use great workbooks by Diana Hanbury King - very traditional approach. The lessons are great, but the most improvement comes with accompanying independent practice.