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I received my Masters Degree in Special Education from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. I was a classroom teacher for 13 years, I am a certified Special Education Teacher. I believe that all children can learn, each child learns in his or her own way. I will keep trying to find the technique that works best for each of my student's so that they can go forward toward reaching their educational goals.

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Marlene’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Herbert Lehman - Bachelors, Recreation Education

Graduate Degree: Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus - Masters, Special Education


Animals, Exercise, Drums, Guitar

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing



Adult Literacy


College English

Comparative Literature

Drum and Percussion

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School English

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


GED Prep

GED Math

GED Science

GED Social Studies



High School

High School English

High School Writing


Homework Support


HSPT Language Skills

HSPT Reading

HSPT Verbal


ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Writing

ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Writing

ISEE-Upper Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Upper Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Writing



Middle School

Middle School English

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

NYSTCE - New York State Teacher Certification Examinations



Professional Certifications





Special Education


SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

All students can learn. Each student is an individual and each student learns in the way that is best for them. These learning styles include: visual, auditory and tactile learners.

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

During our first session, I would like to find out what we need to work on and evaluate the student's strengths and weaknesses in this area.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I like to work with students and teach them skills and techniques that they are comfortable enough to use on their own to help them become independent learners.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I will work with them on lessons that will challenge them, without making it so difficult that they will become discouraged.

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

Reteach the skill or concept using different techniques or methods to get to the desired outcome.

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

I would use different levels of reading passages to help raise the confidence and vocabulary level of the student. I would also present readings in different ways, including reading to the student as well as having the student read aloud.

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

To assess which areas they need the most help in as well as finding out which areas they are most comfortable.

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

I would get them engaged by starting at a level that they can succeed. Then I will gradually make it more difficult. This way the student can feel successful and able to reach their goal.

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

I will demonstrate what they need to do, do it with them, and then have them do the task independently, to make sure they are able to do it.

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

By bringing them to a more advanced level gradually, making sure they can master each level we work at.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I present them with material and I have them work on it. I evaluate whether or not they are able to do it easily, with difficulty or struggling.

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

I evaluate the best method for helping my student. Some students need more practice in certain areas;, some need the material presented in several different ways. Whatever seems to be the best way for my student, is what I will do. If that doesn't work, I will change my presentation.

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

Online sessions, I use learning tools from the tutor website, as well as adding material of my own. I always ask my student if they have any materials they wish to use. In person, I bring material, or if the student has their own, I use that and supplement it with mine.

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