Why hire a tutor for your student? Effective tutoring can produce dramatic results: a happier, more confident student who takes pleasure in learning.
A teacher with 30 students does not have time to focus on one student's particular needs. Private tutoring offers the necessary support.
Why hire me? I’m a teacher and study skills coach; I know what works, and I can figure out what your student needs. If it’s complicated or there are many needs, I’ll tell you so.
The job of a tutor is to help a student fine-tune her ability to learn; that is, to help her learn how she learns best. This tutoring emphasizes work on basic skills such as essay writing, test-taking, planning, argumentation, and daily and weekly organization. I have found that these skills benefit every student, even the strongest.
How I work. I assess a student’s needs, usually beginning with a reading test. By asking questions, I see what skills need work, and the order in which I would like to teach them. I look at a student’s strengths, how she learns, and what motivates her. When I see a need, I address it, and I don’t deviate from the skill practice until I see progress. Once a student is ready for a complementary skill, we move on. Further, I teach skills to each student's level: advanced reading comprehension, reading fluency, note-taking, math, time management, and SAT/ACT prep.
Teaching and tutoring experience. I have fifteen years of experience tutoring students in grades 2-12, and eight years of classroom teaching experience. I taught at Landmark School (MA), a pioneer in education for high-potential dyslexic students; the lessons I learned at Landmark, especially in the teaching of study skills, are among the best I’ve learned as a teacher anywhere. At a tutoring center, your student likely will be taught by a recent college graduate who may have the appropriate knowledge, but lack the experience to teach a student effectively beyond a few sessions. A good tutor, like a good teacher and coach, knows how to teach skills in an effective order so that they accrue. The tutor understands that there is a different trajectory, or pattern, for each student, and teaches precisely what that student needs to learn. Finally, and most importantly, the tutor finds a way to reach the student by working with that person's strengths, and appealing to his interests.
Subject matter expertise. A good tutor should have in-depth knowledge of a subject as well as useful professional experience. I received a combined MA/MFA in literature and creative writing from Colorado State University, and a BA in English from Vassar College. I have eight years of full- and part-time teaching experience, and 12 years of full-time tutoring experience. In addition, I worked as a newspaper reporter for four years and have published short fiction and poetry. My areas of expertise are standardized tests (ACT, SAT, and private school entrance exams), English, writing, math, and study skills.
Setting. Private tutoring held in a school or library offers an experience that a large, corporate classroom can’t match.
Continuity and flexibility. There is no substitute for working one-on-one with a single tutor. The tutor develops knowledge of the student, and vice-versa; the tutor regularly observes and builds on the student’s progress. At a test prep or tutoring center, one may or may not get the same person each week. Tutoring is a weekly practice, like playing the piano; the more regularly it is done, the better the result and the greater the feeling of accomplishment for the student. If you stick with one person who works well with your student, the benefits can go far beyond the classroom.
Convenience. I offer flexible scheduling to meet my students' needs. I work with you to schedule a convenient meeting time, ideally on the same day and at the same time each week as this establishes a routine.