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I have been a teacher for over 11 years. My passion is to help students excel in reading and writing. I am certified in the areas of Elementary Ed, ESE, ESOL, Reading, English 6-12 and Gifted. I am currently earning my level 1 certification in the Wilson Reading System. This is a research driven program that has been shown to help dyslexic and struggling readers succeed in reading. I am also able to help you gain the test taking strategies that will help you ace the SAT and/or ACT verbal portion. I am looking forward to meeting you soon.

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Leslie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Bates College - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree: Lesley University - Masters, Management


Reading, Zumba, Hiking, Watercolors

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

FCAT 2.0 Prep

High School English



Public Speaking


Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that teaching has to match the learning style and specific goals of the student. I like to be engaging and try to make learning fun.

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

I would get to know the student. I would try to find out as much as possible about the student's background and current learning goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think that modeling good study habits is essential for creating good independent study habits. Often a student simply does not know what to do to get started. Good habits take time to become integrated into our lives. By modeling and practicing good study habits with a student, the student is able to gradually take those habits and apply them on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

This depends on the individual student. Some students, particularly the young ones like stickers, candy, etc. But many if not, all need encouragement. This could be in the form of notes and/or verbal praise. Students need to see that they are progressing; I try to let my students see how far they have come.

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

I would try to break the concept down into smaller steps. I might also consider including a video and/or demonstration too if another method of teaching would be successful.

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

First I would try to find out if there are any decoding and or fluency issues that may be behind the lack of comprehension. Once those issues were addressed, I would try to use the creation of mind movies and visualization to aid the student in engaging in the story, comprehending the story and retaining their comprehension. I would also model questioning and visualization for the student.

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

Asking a lot of questions, being very organized, and planning ahead of time all help me to be prepared to give a great lesson. These aspects of teaching also allow me to be strategic in my efforts.

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

By explaining that learning this tough subject is possible. And letting them know how great they are going to feel once the subject is a piece of cake. I think once you as the teacher or tutor are confident, the student can feel your confidence and they often begin to feel more confident too.

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

If the material to be learned were the correct formation of a sentence or paragraph or analytical essay, I would have the student apply the skills he or she had learned. If it was a comprehension issue, I might ask a question or ask for a written response that reflected his or her understanding.

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

I would build a student's confidence through practice, exposure and eventual success in the area.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

It would depend. I would ask for examples of the student's work and possibly talk to the parents and or teachers to assess the areas that need the most attention.

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

I try to see how the student learns best. Perhaps he or she is very visual or they might be a kinesthetic learner.

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

It varies depending on the student and the subject and objective of the tutoring. I may use workbooks, white boards, or letter tiles. I may also use my laptop for video clips.

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