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I have a PhD in STEM Education from The Ohio State University. I also have a masters in Learning Technologies from OSU and a Mathematics for Educators from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. My undergraduate degree is in English from Florida Atlantic University.
I have 17 years of classroom experience and private tutoring experience, engaging students in private and small group study of English (reading skills/ comprehension, vocabulary, and composition) as well as Middle School Mathematics and Algebra I.
My favorite subjects to tutor are TOEFL and Math as I enjoy seeing the positive progression my students make with consistent, hard work on these topics.
I am a patient, energetic, and enthusiastic educator with a passionate commitment to student development and the learning experience. As your tutor, I will strive to provide creative, engaging, yet rigorous learning sessions.

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Joanne’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Florida Atlantic University - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree: Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Masters, Masters in Mathematics for Teachers


Outside of academia, I am a Star Trek fan. I also enjoy writing, travelling, visiting historical sites and museums, and reading newspapers.

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am a patient, energetic, and enthusiastic educator with a passionate commitment to student development and the learning experience. As your child's tutor, I will strive to provide creative, engaging, yet rigorous learning sessions. My priority is to give the support and motivation your child needs to master content and develop the necessary skills to be a productive member of society and a life-long learner.

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

During the first tutoring session, I enjoy getting acquainted with the student, learning about his/her hobbies and interests. I then have the student take an assessment, where after we review the results and discuss goals for our future sessions, taking into account learning styles and preferences.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Offering choices to a student and allowing him/her to set learning goals and be reflective on his/her learning style and concepts learned during the day, as well as providing a student with opportunities to self-monitor are some of the ways I try to help my students become an independent learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I like to offer extrinsic rewards (fun, tangible items) upon completion of work, as well as tap into the student's intrinsic motivators.

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

I reteach the concept, using different examples and methods. I also relate the concept to one the student has previously mastered.

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

Research has shown a significant link between vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension abilities. Hence, I would review vocabulary with students struggling with reading comprehension. Research has also found that morphological awareness plays a role in reading comprehension. Therefore, I would help my student fortify his/her knowledge of word prefixes, suffixes, and roots. In addition, I would teach my student a variety of question-making and reading strategies, such as SQ3R, KWL, etc., so that he/she can select the strategies most comfortable to his/her learning style.

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

I love paper, cards, colors, scissors, and manipulatives. I utilize as many resources as I can to help imprint the concepts being worked on, and liven up a tutoring session.

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

Exposing students to real-world examples and applications of concepts they are struggling in is one way I engage my students. I also have students chart out their goals and visualize the importance of why they might need to excel in the subject they are struggling in currently to succeed in the future.

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

There are many techniques I use to confirm that a student understands the material. These include having the student orally summarize the concept, provide examples, complete an assessment, or write a reflection on the concepts he/she recently learned.

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