Academic Achievement Center And Tried And True Tutoring
Credentialed teacher for over 30 years in K-8, plus a credentialed Learning Specialist for Learning Challenged. Also, I have a BA in English/Biology, and two Masters Degrees in Education and in Counseling
I have a Doctorate in Reading and Writing (Essays, English, SAT/ACT). I am dedicated, reliable, professional, reasonable rates. I want my students to achieve their highest potential and I work earnestly to achieve to this goal. I know the struggles of school, as I have worked my way through college four times. I love to
I thoroughly enjoy teaching and I love to see the sparkle in their eyes when they grasp a concept. One of my biggest goals is to develop a love of reading in my students and see them devour books and necessary vocabulary for understanding. The following article is on Vocabulary. the essence of reading for all grades and especially for the SAT/ACT for which I have taught for over 20 years as a Reading Specialist with excellent results.
VOCABULARY AND SUCCESS Now you know where you stand. If you are in the below average or average group, you must consider, seriously, whether an inadequate vocabulary may be holding you back. (If you tested out on the above average, excellent, or superior level, you have doubtless already discovered the unique and far-reaching value of a rich vocabulary, and you are eager to add still further to your knowledge of words.) Let us examine, briefly, some of the evidence that points to the close relationship between vocabulary and personal, professional, and intellectual growth. The Human Engineering Laboratory found that the only common characteristic of successful people in this country is an unusual grasp of the meanings of words. The Laboratory tested the vocabularies of thousands of people in all age groups and in all walks of life—and discovered that those people drawing down the highest salaries made the highest scores. Consider very thoughtfully the explanation that the director of the Laboratory offered for the relationship between vocabulary and success: “Why do large vocabularies characterize executives and possibly outstanding men and women in other fields? The final answer seems to be that words are the instruments by means of which men and women grasp the thoughts of others and with which they do much of their own thinking. They are the tools of thought.” There is other evidence. At many universities, groups of freshmen were put into experimental classes for the sole purpose of increasing their knowledge of English words. These groups did better in their sophomore, junior, and senior years than control groups of similarly endowed students who did not receive such training. And still more evidence: At the University of Illinois, entering students were given a simple twenty-nine-word vocabulary test. The results of this test could be used, according to Professor William D. Templeman, to make an accurate prediction of future academic success—or lack of success—over the entire four year college course. “If a student has a superior vocabulary,” states Professor work academically.” And finally: Educational research has discovered that your I.Q. is intimately related to your vocabulary. Take a standard vocabulary test and then an intelligence test—the results in both will be substantially the same. YOU CAN INCREASE YOUR VOCABULARY The more extensive your vocabulary, the better your chances for success, other things being equal—success in attaining your educational goals, success in moving ahead in your business or professional career, success in achieving your intellectual potential. And you can increase your vocabulary—faster and easier than you may realize. You can, in fact, accomplish a tremendous gain in less than two to three months of concentrated effort, even if you do only one session a day—in less time if you do two or more sessions a day. Furthermore— You can start improving your vocabulary immediately—and within a few days you can be cruising along at such a rapid rate that there will be an actual change in your thinking, in your ability to express your thoughts, and in your powers of understanding. Does this sound as if I am promising you the whole world in a neat package with a pretty pink ribbon tied around it? I am. And I am willing to make such an unqualified promise because I have seen what happens to those of my students at New York University and at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California, who make sincere, methodical efforts to learn more, many more, words.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I ask for past grade reports. I do an informal assessment and I assess each time I see a student. I emphasize reading, because if a student is weak in reading and comprehension the gap between grades will increase with each successive grade. I communicate often with the parents in person and on the phone. I teach my students the seriousness of school for their future. I am a partner and guide in their education.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Standard Teaching Elementary Credential, Learning Handicapped Specialist Credential, Bachelors Degree in double Majors (English and Biology), Masters Degree in Education, and a Masters Degree in Counseling. Also, a Doctorate in Reading for Struggling Readers and in Writing Essays, etc.
I have taught and tutored students from Preschool through a Masters Degree for over 25 years.
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching in a Catholic School when I was 18 and I taught my 6 younger siblings with their homework.
What types of students have you worked with?
Regular, gifted, LH, autistic, MR, Special Needs, Home School students, and in Juvenile Hall, as a volunteer.