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I am a retired educator with several years of experience. I have taught elementary students as a classroom teacher, substitute teacher, a certified tutor and resource room teacher. Also, I have taught students with special needs in these areas. My areas of expertise include elementary reading (phonics and reading comprehension) writing, social science and 1st thru 3nd grade math, and high school/college level Writing, Speech, Business Communications and Speech Communications. I have even taught the Art of Storytelling! My hobbies are sewing, writing and directing plays, telling stories and dancing. I received my BA from University of Michigan, Teaching Credits from Rio Salado College, Certificate of Structured English Immersion training and Learning Techniques from Appalachian State College. I love to help students to learn and teach them how to learn through motivation, study techniques and time management. Call me, I want to help!

Patricia’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Bachelors, Speech, Communication and Theater


sewing, reading, dancing, story telling, writing poetry/plays

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

Adult Literacy

College English

Comparative Literature

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing


High School English

High School Writing


Homework Support




Public Speaking


Special Education

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe students have different learn modes, and it is important to know that working within the student's learn mode and abilities will greatly increase his/her abilities to succeed. Another aspect of successful teaching is respect. Often a teacher can focus on the student's respect for the teacher (which is correct), but it is also important that we, as teachers, respect the student. Students can easily detect whether or not the teacher is sincere and interested in the student's success. Detail, consistency and immediate feedback are also a very important factors in helping a student learn.

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

Establish a beginning relationship with the student. Exchange expectations between the student and teacher. Also, it is important that the teacher and student begin to set goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Explain the lesson, demonstrate how to work out the lesson, work with the student in starting the lesson, and allow the student to show you and his/her self how they understand the lesson by how they completed the lesson. Always give feedback in a positive manner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Learning must be fun and motivated -- not stale and boring. Again working within the expectations, goals and modes of learning are important.

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

Find alternative ways of teaching. Often helping the student understand how the subject content works within real life is helpful.

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

By using short excerpts...have the student read (with expression), explain what he/she understands, give feedback, and discuss.

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

Again, making learning exciting, fun and relaxed. Also, by keeping a good pace in the teaching process.

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

By linking the subject to real life and how they will use what they learn. Also by letting them see your excitement in your teaching method.

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

Encouraging the student to ask questions and repeat back to you what they understood, and discussing and correcting the conversation.

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

Positive and immediate feedback.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By the student's feedback, prior grades, and simply by also asking the student where he/she feels he/she needs the help.

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

By again, asking the students what they understand and what they lack, discussion of the subject and via understanding of the student's learning mode.

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

Class books, prior work that the student has completed, additional subject matter such as newspaper, subject matter from sources other than the school books, i.e. internet, and even in some cases, games.