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I earned my degree in English. My work as an Educational Rater and Certified Tutor has brought insight with opportunity. Your student has the potential to encompass their future and move forward. Positive reinforcement in their challenged subject along with my program will bring them success.

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Lisa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of North Dakota - Bachelor in Arts, English/Journalism


Writing children's stories, art restoration, trips with family.

Tutoring Subjects


Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


Middle School Math




Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

To lead and allow the student to do so as I incorporate the rhythm necessary to achieve what the student is capable of.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Talk about their interests, school, and the plan for their journey of academic success.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

To let them know of their potential and encourage them every step along the way.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Reinforcing their past success and giving additional incentives.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Go over the information, making sure to highlight positive responses. I may incorporate games to alleviate and uphold the student's progress.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Timing the passage, cheering the student and allowing time to advance the progress. Including the family is also essential. They can assist by reading, listening to the reader and encouraging them. Weekly comprehension questions should always be included.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Creating camaraderie with the student, respecting their effort and encouraging them to practice.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Remember that day to day is important. Little victories give potential to accomplish more. The beginning brings us to the middle. There the student sees their accomplishments and can proceed to the end, with cheers from the tutor.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

The books involved should be at school level. Sometimes one above and one below as well. A timed passage is read after the comprehension. This creates leverage for the student. Once our medium is established, we proceed from that point.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Remember they are struggling and boost the knowledge they already have. Begin with strengths, and show them how they can achieve what is put before them. This will give them a pace to begin.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

They will read a passage from one of their current books and answer a few questions. They will be timed as well. When necessary, sight word lists are incorporated. I ask questions about their study habits, study environment and study time. When all of this is evaluated, a plan is incorporated and put into effect.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

If the student is more laid back and easy, though committed, I incorporate my sessions around them. If the student prefers a go-forward concept, I can make a plan for them as well.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Notebooks, current textbooks, leisure reading materials, colored notecards and a good attitude.

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