I have a passion for helping my students reach far beyond just passing their difficult subjects, but to excel and become top students in their classes. I help my students develop self confidence and self esteem and a belief that with focus, hard work, and practice that they can accomplish any goals they set their mind to. I have been working with students for over 30 years. I developed my own diagnostic testing for math skills level and start there. I then create an individual and personalized program for each student setting goals they would like to achieve. We work to maintain the student at a passing level, while bridging the gap in core deficiencies. I allow student input in the process and work with them as a partner by empowering them to take control and committing to the program. I graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 1984 with an B.A. in Biology. I have worked as a Research Assistant for major universities and private companies. I have had great success in helping my students accomplish their goals and carrying the skills developed over other aspects of their lives. I take great pride in my accomplishments and knowing that I can make a difference in my students lives.
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My typical process for working with a new student starts with a friendly greeting, where I introduce myself and then I try to engage the student in conversation and put them at ease. I start by aking them what they feel they need help with and why are they experiencing difficulty. I also ask them what do they like best about the subject and what do they like least about it. Next I ask them what they hope to gain from tutoring sessions and tell them if they take an active role that we can get there together. If appropriate I ask the parent what is happening with their child and why they feel the child is struggling. I then offer my own personal diagnostic testing to determine exactly where their child's abilities lie. I then talk with the parent and student about the results and show the place where the child's personal study plan will start. I try to reassure the student that we will work to get them to a passing place, while simultaneously working to bridge the gap in their skills until we are successful.
The education and/or training I have that relates to my work begins with an Bachelor degree in Biology from Indiana University, and my 30 year history in working with students as a substitute teacher, a Tutor counselor, and as a Private Tutor Counselor. I have tutored everything from K-12 working with children as young as 4 through college. My focus is usually on Mathematics as this seems to be a major problem area for many students, child or adult. I also have worked in research for Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas Health Science Center, the University of Houston as well as for private companies involving DNA Sequencing. All these things work together and make me a great tutor.
The standard pricing system for tutoring begins with a free introductory first session. Then the charge is $100/hr and I ask for 24 hour notice to cancel and/or reschreschedule, if not full payment is still billed. I give a discount based on the number of sessions per week.
I started teaching with working first as a volunteer and later as a paid substitute teacher for IUB Developmental Disabilities program where I worked with young children ages 3-8 with autism. I also worked for Bloomington Indiana Public School system where I worked as a substitute, with a range of students K-12, and a range of subjects such as Reading, Mathematics, Spelling, Music, History, Social Studies etc..,Also I taught Algebra, Basic Mathematics, Geometry, Biology, Earth Science etc...Upon graduation I worked as a Tutor Counselor for the Upward Bounds Program where I was responsible for 18, 18 year old newly graduated high school students living on Indiana State College campus. I acted as a liaison between students, professors, and parents. I was responsible for mandatory 2 hour daily tutoring sessions for English and Mathematics, where I obtained my experience as a Tutor Counselor. In addition I also tutored my peers during college in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics.
I have worked with many types of students ranging in ages 3 - adults. I have worked with young children with autism, elementary school students - through high school and college adult students.
A recent event that I am fond of is having completed 6 out of 7 classes that I need to complete the Business Foundation Certificate program from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
The advice that I would give a student looking to hire a teacher in my area of expertise would be to not just look at the education and training but also for a good fit. Determine if that person has the ability to relate to the student, the ease with which the student can understand the person and if the teacher seems patient, committed and passionate about working with the student. Also determine if the person has the ability to convey information at a level that the student can understand.
The questions that students should think through before talking to teachers about their needs is to ask them why the student should work with them. What type of results has the teacher gotten in working with students with issues similar to the student. And, if the previous students have just passed or excelled in their classes. They should ask if there are any student reviews and/or for references.