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Devalin

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Hello parent of potential student, or potential adult student, welcome to my tutoring profile. I will start by explaining a little about myself, and then my tutoring style for reading.

There are many valuable characteristic traits that I bring to the table. I am well mannered, enthusiastic, passionate, reliable, adaptable, confident, and a fast learner.

Not only am I tutoring, but I am also a freelance web developer/designer and an active volunteer in my community. I have twelve years' worth of volunteer experience; working with the homeless, impoverished families, women, those with PTSD, Veterans, and the mentally handicapped. My purpose in life is to help other people. Therefore, I am the perfect fit for this job because I would be helping to make other people's lives easier. This ultimately relieves stress for those I would be tutoring which creates a space for more in tuned learning. This would lend to a more educational environment for those I would be working with. This is my goal, and motivation.

Most importantly, between 2001 and 2004, I read to a developmentally disabled child named Bryce every Thursday in Bowling Green, Ohio. When I served for the Servant Leadership Program of Toledo, Ohio, in 2009 and 2010, I tutored impoverished adults on how to write essays so they could acquire their GED. Currently, I am attaining a Political Science Degree (BA).

There is a specific type of meditation practice referred to as "Mindfulness." Mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment, regulating breathing, and being self-aware without passing judgement. There is an epidemic of depression right now among adults, teenagers, and children in the U.S.
Practicing mindfulness is a way of reducing stress which ultimately reduces the risk/symptom's severities of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues that a student of mine may be facing.

Practicing mindfulness helps a person regulate their emotions. Emotional stressors can negatively alter how a student learns and navigates academic work. My main goal as a tutor is to care about the mental health and well-being of those I tutor because this ultimately improves one's learning capabilities and progress.

My tutoring style for reading is the systemic phonics method, which works on letter-sound relationships and word recognition. Tutoring sessions will start out by properly assessing the student's reading level, reading comprehension, reviewing their current weaknesses and strengths, and setting a learning goal to achieve. We will then take about two minutes to regulate our breathing, calm down, and focus. This will enhance the student's competency in reading comprehension.

Each session must begin by me properly evaluating a student's specific needs in reading. It is important to identify the student's specific needs in how to learn, how to read, and how to remain calm when learning gets stressful. Reading comprehension strategies that I like to work with are using "background knowledge," "summarizing," and "visualizing." The goal is for us to work on getting the student's needs easier to recognize and thus deal with suitably.

I am not a fan of the whole-word approach to learn reading, especially for younger children. A personal goal of mine, for this year, is to get a certification of sorts on taking classes on tutoring children with dyslexia by using the Orton-Gillingham method.

With these qualifications, and more, I have no doubt that you will find me to be a competent tutor. I welcome you to be in touch at the enclosed contact information, at your convenience. I look forward to speaking with you. Thank you in advance for your consideration. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

Also, I am not currently available to travel due to lack of reliable transportation, however, I can tutor virtually until I get another vehicle. Thank you for understanding.




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Devalin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Toledo - Bachelor in Arts, Political Science and Government

Hobbies

Book clubs, volunteering, reading, acrylic painting, coding, book collecting, journaling, chess, pencil/charcoal sketching, making bracelets, hiking, and writing/reading poetry.

Tutoring Subjects

Admissions

College Application Essays

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

GED Social Studies

Learning Differences

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Other

Reading

Special Education

Test Prep

Writing

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