I have years of experience working with children and helping them learn, whether it be behavioral or academic. I have unique insight into ADHD minds, as I myself have ADHD. I also have a great understanding of many other learning differences such as dyslexia, disgraphia, reading comprehension disorder and autism. I give each of my students my undivided attention and discover how they truly learn best. I ask myself which combination of kinesthetic, visual, auditory, and reading/writing teaching do my students need in order to thrive? I am a firm believer in teaching that failure is never bad, but a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow. I look forward to working with you!
I love to see kids grow in their critical thinking and witness their confidence rise. There is no better feeling than knowing you are helping to shape the future, by helping kids learn.
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I begin by teaching the student four different ways, and then asking them which way they thought helped them understand the subject the most. This will give me insight on how to teach the student moving forward. I like to spend at least a few minutes at the start of every session getting to know the student and building rapport. Students tend to focus longer and give their best effort when they like their teacher.
I have been trained in how to tutor children with learning differences such as ADHD, dyslexia, and autism. I tutored at a school for children with learning differences and I was a behavior coach for two years. Teaching academics is similar to teaching behavior. Both require knowledge in the subject, patience and authentic compassion.
Pricing can differ from student to student. K-6 is around twentt two dollars an hour. 7-12 is around nineteen dollars an hour. It also depends on how far the commute is for me. My prices are always flexible though.
I started teaching in highschool as a summer job. I worked with my schools tutoring program, helping first graders improve their reading and math skills. I loved seeing the improvement my students made, but more importantly, I loved seeing their confidence in themselves grow.
I have worked with mostly K-6 students, but I have also worked with older students who's second language is English. I have also worked with many students with learning differences. The world calls them disablitites, but I prefer to use the word difference.
A memory I am very fond of is when I was tutoring a girl with ADHD, she was in second grade and had a very hard time staying focused. Being ADHD myself I knew part of the problem wasn't her ADHD. By the time she got to me she had already tried so hard, so many times, but kept failing. This led her to adopt the belief that she couldnt do it before she even attempted. One day she came to tutoring and instead of jumping right into English, I gave her a book, one that is special to me because it helped me at her age. It was The Little Engine That Could. She loved the book. Anytime after that, when she said she couldnt do it, I would make train sounds and together we would shout "I think I can! I think I can!" She would then proceed to solve whatever problem was in front of her. Eventually we didn't even need to shout for her to do her work. I am proud of this story because not only did I help her grades, but more importantly, I helped her confidence.
Before hiring your tutor have a practice run. See how well they understand English and Writing. Pay attention to how well you understand what they're teaching. Once you've hired your tutor, if you don't feel comfortable when you're with them after six sessions or so, find a different tutor.
I would think about how you like to be taught and ask the tutors you're thinking about hiring what their teaching style is. Does it match yours? I would also consider what your best learning environment is. Is it your home or do you prefer to get out of the house to learn? Can the tutor you're considering accommodate that? If you have any learning differences let them know and ask them about their experience teaching students with your learning difference. If they don't have any experience, find someone who does.