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My personal goal when enriching students is to give them the best tools possible in order from them to be successful. I enjoy working with students and want to make a positive difference in their lives. In my free time, I enjoy gardening, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.

Mary’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Southern Connecticut State University - Bachelors, Business

Graduate Degree: University of New Haven - Masters, Business

State Certified Teacher

Tutoring Subjects

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing





Special Education

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to identify and build up areas the student is comprehending and to strengthen the areas that are in need.

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

My goal in the first session is to identify areas of the subject the student comprehends. Most importantly, to identify the areas that need immediate attention.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

An independent learner is one who can take the subject matter and break it down to a level that is easily understood. I will show them ways to break down information into more palatable portions.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Students learn in different ways. One way to lose your student's attention is to bore them with too much information. Sessions need to be full of imagery, interesting information, examples they can relate to, and, most importantly, "hands on" learning.

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

Differentiate the instruction. Find out what they understand and elaborate on it in a different way.

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

In order for the student to excel in reading, they must be able to identify the main points.

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

Understanding the student's strengths and weaknesses is important in order to be successful in your teachings.

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

Try to find a way to relate the student's life to the material they are struggling in. This will give them a visual or a factual way to use the information.

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

Assessing the student periodically throughout the lesson, and then at the conclusion of the lesson as well.

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

Start small, baby steps. Once the student concludes they are able to answer questions correctly, their confidence boosts. Then, we can build from there.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would assess the student with an overall evaluation of the comprehension. This will give me an idea of their strengths and weaknesses.

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

Differentiated instruction. Some students are visual learners, some need to memorize, and some learn by real-life examples. I can also make learning fun.

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

For the visual learners, I use IPad or laptop computers. For the hands-on learners, I use manipulatives.