As an Academic Achievement Specialist, I help others gain confidence through engaging in activities tailored to meet their needs. I provide tutoring and other educational services, such as group presentations and small group goal-oriented exercises. With over 20 years of experience working with children, I strive to focus on enhancing strengths and not "weaknesses" by heightening one's awareness of those things which are in one's control.
I love seeing the growth. When a student "gets it" I feel like my job isn't done yet, but just getting started. I now know that they've had a taste of success and I want to give them more. I also enjoy seeing students connect with the content and skills in a way that doesn't always come out in the classroom. As a middle school teacher, I also have been told that "middle school is the hardest." I firmly believe that having a consistent patient and understanding demeanor allows me to be prepared for whatever comes my way. The only thing that stays true about middle school students is that they change (sometimes fairly often). It's exciting on many levels!
Bryan listened to my needs...and then worked with my teenage son. He was able to get to know him and his strengths/weaknesses. I was sorry to see him go.
Clients contact me and we figure out whether I'm a match. I know my subject/content, but I want to make sure my style and personality suit my clients.
I've been an educator for over 19 years. Teaching science and some math, I have found it's not just what you teach, but how you teach it. My B.S. is in Biology, with a Chemistry minor. I have an MAT in Secondary Biology Education.
My prices are listed on my website, but they are negotiable. academicachievementspecialist.com
I just loved imparting knowledge. I wanted to be a foot doctor (podiatrist) from age 14-21. I took the MCATs, and always wanted to end my career in public service--teaching and politics. Of course, I also wanted to own my own dolphin. As a college senior, I decided to shift to teaching. I started teaching on the college level and then went to public schools in Maryland. In 2018, I began teaching online--ahead of the curve. I specialize in online services, truly catered to my students' needs.
I've worked with students elementary school-age through college-age. This includes students that are accelerated to behavior-challenged, as well as students non-diploma bound. Each student deserves the best teacher and I try my hardest to meet and exceed their needs. Differentiated instruction is key to the classroom, but having the tools to differentiate tutoring students can make all the difference.
I worked with a school via Distance Ed. They allowed me to develop various Trivia games, including Kahoots and BINGO. The games offered at night included students, sibling, and parents. The school community loved it...I did too.
Make sure that the teacher/tutor will be honest in all of the things he/she will do. If the answer escapes the tutor, and you suspect it, that person should tell you he/she doesn't know the answer and let you know where to find it.
1. Are they ready to take advice from someone they don't really know?
2. What questions are they going to ask the tutor--just about homework or extensions?
3. Ask the tutor how what they are learning today connects with prior and future learning?
4. A student should ask themselves a question that is pertinent, but sometimes forgotten: "Am I ready for tutoring?" Sometimes students are "forced" to go through tutoring sessions. I sense it and use it to build rapport, when possible. That's why I make sure there's a student-tutor match upfront.
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