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I am an English Language Arts tutor for K-12. I have a BA in English from UCLA, and have completed one year of coursework toward my MAT. I live in Roswell, GA, where I have worked as a substitute teacher and private tutor. I've also worked as a freelance writer, researcher and editor for several online websites and as a researcher/editor for a New York Times best-selling biography. I have a 14-year-old son and two stepdaughters, 17 and 15.

I enjoy working with all ages and all types of personalities. I especially enjoy helping kids who otherwise feel bored or frustrated with their classroom experience. I like to make my sessions as fun and "pain-free" as possible in the hope that the time passes quickly for the student, while still achieving maximum results. Because I believe wholeheartedly in the theory of differentiation, I customize my lessons to accommodate each individual student's learning style and interests. I also believe reading and writing are the two most important educational skills your child needs for future success. Whether they are headed to middle school, high school, college or right out into the workforce, an investment in these skills will always be money and time well spent.

Susan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Bachelors, English

Hobbies

Reading, writing, furniture refinishing.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

ASPIRE English

ASPIRE Reading

British Literature

CLEP College Composition

CLEP English Literature

College Essays

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Creative Writing

DAT Reading Comprehension

Elementary School

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Writing

Homeschool

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Persuasive Writing

Phonics

Reading

Shakespeare

Short Novel

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in differentiating lessons to accommodate for each individual's learning styles and interests.

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

The first thing I do is spend a few moments getting to know the student, their interests, and a little bit about their background. Then, I conduct a learning style assessment, which is basically just a questionnaire that helps me determine that student's individual learning style.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

When a child feels confident in their own research abilities and comprehension, and experiences learning in a way that is geared toward their own interests, preferences, and abilities, they are naturally motivated to keep exploring the world around them.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Again, by differentiating lessons based on their interests and learning styles. Also, I like to work with parents to incentivize kids using practical rewards.

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

First, I would determine if the student was missing some prior skill or concept that the current one was based on. Once that was addressed, I would break it down in the simplest terms and use examples that the student might have an easier time relating to.

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

Good question! Many kids think they hate reading simply because they are lacking comprehension skills. There are many ways to improve comprehension and increase reading enjoyment--vocabulary work, making connections to similar experiences/thoughts/circumstances as your child, drawing pictures/storyboards, practicing making inferences or predictions--the list goes on.

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

The most important strategy for me is to listen carefully to what the student's goals are for tutoring (as well as the parents), set realistic expectations, complete a learning style and skills assessment, and make sure they feel comfortable that I value their input in the process.

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

The best way is to literally make a game of it. I love using customized games or exercises to keep a student interested and make the experience fun.

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

I would have the student explain the process back to me by pretending to be the teacher themselves, or produce a piece of work that illustrates the concept in some way.

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

By slowly breaking each subject down into manageable parts and mastering each one in a way that accounts for the student's own learning style and interests, and then giving them differentiated ways to demonstrate their knowledge, the student's confidence is naturally built.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

First, listen. Second, assess. Easy.

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

Again, I take the time to listen and get to know a student, and begin with an assessment of learning styles and interests, as well as abilities if needed, and design the lessons around that information.

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

Books, games, videos, etc.