I love tutoring and enjoy working with students of all ages. I teach all subjects for students in elementary and middle school, and I teach humanities (English, writing, grammar, ESL, history, literature, etc.) for students of any age. Much of my experience has been helping students prepare for standardized tests like the ISEE/HSPT and the verbal portions of ACT/SAT. My experience includes working with students with learning differences. I first taught at Landmark School, a school in Massach... [more]
Since I began teaching over 15 years ago, I have worked with many elementary students. Mostly recently, I homeschooled a 5th grader in both English and math, although we also did some social studies and science together. Over the years, I have amassed many materials that have helped me work with elementary students, especially materials for math, reading and writing. I have also taught lower-level ISEE and so know some of the expectations that private school have for entering students. Most importantly, I have loved working my elementary students!
I first learned how to teach phonics when I was a teacher at the Landmark School in Massachusetts. Landmark is a school for students with language-based learning differences. Over the years, I have developed many materials to help students with decoding and language acquisition. I have word games, word cards, word wheels, etc., to help students identify letter patterns (blends, digraphs, diphthongs, etc), and I try to make this learning fun.
Over the years, I have worked with many students in the area of study skills. In fact, a large part of any tutoring involves providing structure and accountability to students so that they develop good study skills. I also have, however, different materials that help students focus on study skills in particular. These materials range from assessments of students' learning styles to worksheets that help students with memorization. Teaching study skills often involves making the process of studying concrete and gearing this process to a student's particular learning style.
I have taught the ISEE for close to 15 years. I have lots of materials created that help students practice decimals, percentages, basic geometry problems, which are tested on the ISEE. My ability to teach SAT/ACT verbal qualifies me to teach the verbal portions of the ISEE. I also have coached students in writing the essay.
I have worked as a homeschool tutor on two different occasions. Once, I worked as an American Studies teacher on the set of Disney Studios for a 9th grade student. I also worked as a math and English teacher for a 5th grader, who was being homeschooled. I loved creating curriculum that both challenged these students but also met their particular interests and learning styles.