I currently reside in Lexington, Virginia. I retired (November 2012) as a full-time professionally certified teacher in South Carolina. My endorsement areas on my teaching certificate are Art HQ (K-12) and special education-emotionally disabled HQ (K-12). I have a master's degree plus thirty hours. My professional license was renewed July 1, 2012 and will expire June 30, 2017. I have most recently starting tutoring students from all over the country online.
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My experience in education and mental health provided opportunities to deal with all types of student behavior. I have tutored students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. I have taught students who are ADD/ADHD in special education classes. The key to helping these students is to keep them on the task. They are easily distracted. They tend to get off task talking about their interests or tangents unrelated to the subject. They require continuous redirection to focus again on the lesson. Providing them with extra time to complete the task is required. Managing their attention requires significant patience. Providing lessons and activities that require them to manipulate items, and to move about is helpful. As a tutor I provide differentiated instruction that meets the needs of the individual. Because of their short attention span, I am constantly challenged to be inventive and flexible in order to help them become more efficient learners.
One of my tutoring areas is Study Skills that includes test-taking strategies. I recommend exam practice material that will guide the student through our sessions.
I have a broad academic background which enables me to provide insight on how to answer the test questions which are exclusively multiple-choice questions. I coach the student how to understand and analyze the structure of the question through all aspects, to allocate time during the test for each question, to determine the best probable answer, and to improve his/her odds of guessing correctly. I provide instruction on improving vocabulary and reading comprehension. We rehearse for the exam by taking actual practice tests from the numerous study materials available.