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I went to school at Ithaca College, and State University of New York at Cortland. I have my Bachelor's in Health and Physical Education, and my Master's in Special Education 1-12. I am a Resource Room and co-taught science teacher grades 6-8 in Ithaca, NY. I have been tutoring since 2014, and I love it! I have tutored health and physical education, test prep from ages elementary school-college, and I specialize in study skills and organization.

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Michelle’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Ithaca College - Bachelors, Health and Physical Education

Graduate Degree: SUNY College at Cortland - Masters, Teaching Students with Disabilities


I am a full time teacher and part time tutor both online and in person. I love staying active by hiking outdoors in the warmer weather, and going to the fitness center in the colder weather!

Tutoring Subjects

College Geography

Creative Writing

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing



Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

Finite Mathematics


High School English








Special Education

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is making sure students learn the fundamental content from the subjects I teach. As a Resource Room teacher, my objectives are to develop critical thinking skills, promote lifelong learning, and to help students develop problem-solving strategies.

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

I would have students read a sample of writing for me, so I can gauge their fluency.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would have the student "show me how you...", instead of doing it for them, or just giving them the answer.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would provide constant feedback to the student and make sure I am increasing their confidence. I would also provide a safe and comfortable learning environment that gives them ample opportunities to succeed and feel confident.

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

I would present the content in a variety of ways so that I am able to best accommodate the student who has a different learning style than the teaching style I may have originally planned on using.

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

I would have the students slow down if they are rushing, and tell them to take their time and that it is not a race. I would also tell the student to not worry about getting the word right on the first try, but just to try their best and sound it out. I would encourage the student to reread what they just read, and tell them to tell me what was going on in the story.

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

I try to use content that is engaging for the student and give them the choice of what they would like to do whenever possible.

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

I would use self-competition if the student was competitive with themselves. I would sometimes set a timer to tell the student they have X amount of time to finish that math problem, or to see how many questions they can find the answer to by looking back in the story. I would try to make it a game or a challenge.

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

I would check for understanding after giving instructions. Also, I would use formative and summative assessments throughout the lesson. During the lesson, I would ask comprehension questions to make sure I knew the student understood what we were reading. Also, I would assess students at the end of the story, to see if they retained the information.

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

I would tell the students things like "Let's find the topic sentence, you were so good at finding it last lesson when we read about rocks...". I would also say things like "You are becoming such a great reader!" Finally, I would end the lesson by saying "Great job today, I want to see you work like this every day!"

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would use assessments either verbal or daily work to see which questions the students answered wrong. From there, I would re teach all the concepts that need to be retaught, and provide ample practice opportunities to help the student get better at what they were struggling with.

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

I would make modifications and accommodations based on the student's needs. I could chunk the reading or assignments into certain parts and only focus on one task at a time so the student is not overwhelmed.

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

I would use highlighters, bookmarks (to help cover some words while students are sounding out words), pencils, erasers, whiteboards, markers, and number lines for math.

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