Every student deserves respect, and deserves to be empowered to make decisions about their own educations. Parents, if you're looking for a tutor for a child who doesn't want tutoring, I am the wrong tutor for you. I will only work with students who want help themselves.
I'm a mother of three, who has always homeschooled. I graduated my eldest in 2017. As a homeschooler, I have done intensive one-on-one "tutoring" with my own children for years.
I have also taught writing (research papers, essays, and other compositions) classes, literary analysis classes, grammar, government/civics, and American Sign Language to small groups of other homeschoolers over the years.
I have a B.A. in Speech Communications from the University of Washington. I went through the process to be certified to teach IEW from The Institute for Excellence in Writing before I started teaching writing classes to other homeschoolers.
I have a special affinity for working with students in person. I like the energy of in-person interactions. However, I am available online too.
I love tutoring for the same reason I love homeschooling my own kids - being a part of that "ah-ha" moment for students. It's a pretty great feeling.
I'm someone who likes research. I'm good at asking the right questions in order to get the best answers, and I'll keep asking and refining my questions until I find those best answers to help my students succeed.
She was well organized and thorough in her coverage of material. She utilized books, videos and discussion to help educate my son.
Becky really " gets" kids and teens and wants them to enjoy the learning process. She is passionate about helping her students thrive and overcome whatever learning challenges they may have. My experience with Becky as my sons' (both now graduated :) teacher was that she shared her love of learning and challenged them to give their all!
I will want a clear understanding of what the goal of the student for the tutoring is, so that I can be sure I can meet it.
I will want to know if the student is a willing, rather than reluctant, participant in the tutoring.
I will want to know if the student is dealing with any learning disabilities or other life circumstances that will impact his/her work.
I will want to know if there are any particular specific resources the student needs to work with or if there are any hard deadlines the student is dealing with, so that I can make sure to familiarize myself with them and be ready for those deadlines.
I will want to know what the student has already tried, and found unsuccessful, prior to contacting me.
I will want to agree on dates and times for tutoring, how we will deal with illness or unforeseen conflicts and cancellations or rescheduling, how we will measure progress, how we will deal with any problems or difficulties that may arise, and payment.
I have a B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Washington.
I was certified by the Insitute for Excellence in Writing to teach composition using their materials.
I tutored with one agency that worked with Title 1 schools and one that worked in students' homes.
I have taught writing classes for small groups of other homeschoolers.
My hourly fee is $50 per hour online or in my home and $55 for travel within a 7 mile radius of my home in Peoria, AZ. I’m willing and able to tutor further away, but that would require additional cost to cover travel time and gas.
I officially started homeschooling a few months before my oldest child turned 5 in 2003, and have been doing it ever since then. Over the years, I have also taught classes (mostly English Language Arts and writing) for small groups of other homeschoolers.
The youngest students I have worked with have been 8, and the oldest were seniors in high school. Two of my three children are also dyslexic, and I have found ways to work with them while respecting their learning differences and empowering them to leverage their strengths, and either accommodate, mitigate, or delegate their weaknesses.
On May 24th, I took my 20 and 17 year olds to San Diego, CA to cross another item off our bucket list. We went to see Daughtry in concert on the flight deck of the USS Midway. It was fantastic.
Obviously, you need to make sure your teacher is competent. But additionally, you need to make sure your teacher genuinely enjoys the material and is capable of helping someone else understand it. Not everyone is able to articulate what they know so well to someone who isn't as familiar with it.
Do I actually want help?
Am I willing to do the work?
What, specifically, do I need help with?
Do I need to use any particular resources to learn this material?
Do I have any deadlines I need to work with?
How do I learn new or difficult material most effectively?
How will I know I am making progress?
How should I bring up any problems I'm having with the teacher to the teacher?