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As a lifelong educator, I am especially interested in seeing the student achieve his/her goals. I am a qualified and certified Reading Teacher and Specialist teaching from ages Pre-K to Adult with credentials in several fields including English as a second language, English Literature, Creative Writing, as well as specific skills in particular programs such as Wilson Reading System. I look forward to working with students in a productive and successful environment.

Joy’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Manhattanville College - Bachelors, English Literature

Graduate Degree: Manhattanville College - Masters, Elementary Education, MFA Creative Writing

Hobbies

singing, dancing, writing, reading (of course) and listening to music

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

ESL/ELL

High School Level American Literature

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Primary

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Phonics

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is for students to become lifelong learners and independent readers and thinkers.

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

We may discuss some interests and goals that they may be creating for themselves. Next, create a plan of action for achieving their goals and choose activities that go along with these specific goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Students who wish to become independent learners are encouraged to read more books independently and consistently. They are also asked to read the subject matter beforehand so that they feel confident with the materials being taught.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

A student is motivated by the feeling of success within themselves and the continual positive reinforcement that they would receive by a teacher.

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

Students sometimes feel unsure with skills that are being taught, but with practice and repetition, they could overcome their uncertainty. It is also important to understand that students learn at different paces and at many different levels, including diverse ways in strengthening their learning styles.

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

Students who struggle with reading comprehension should begin with reading a simple passage without overbearing them with too much information at once. It is a good strategy to break down the content into segments. Then, ask questions that will make the student think beneath the surface and enjoy the literature.

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

Many strategies that I think have been beneficial for a student to be successful should match with the student's learning styles, and the teacher should use a variety of methods to engage the reader to feel comfortable in more than one method.

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

A student can simply become excited by choosing something they enjoy and have interest in learning more about. It can be related to the topic in multiple ways.

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

Recalling information takes time and practice to learn appropriate study skills in order to achieve the benefits of understanding material with competency and accuracy. The student can choose more than one media to discover more about the topic.

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

Having a good rapport with a student means that the student can trust the teacher and understand that he or she is providing corrective criticism in a nurturing and positive environment where the student can value the teacher's feedback.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Evaluating a student's needs is very unique to each individual and must be determined through consistency and accuracy. Every student learns differently and must be approached in more than one way. Some evaluations can be quizzes, observations, and discussions, and any noted information that has been written by the teacher will be evaluated over extended periods of time.

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

Some students learn by hearing the material and responding, while others have better results by studying the content carefully and visually seeing it. Students process their information through many learning styles. It depends on the individual student.