Reading Tutor for All Level Readers
Depending on where your child is in their learning-to-read journey, I can give customized assistance depending on their needs, while developing good study habits and focus in your child.
I can help your child to learn and practice letter sounds, blends (phonics), and effective sounding out techniques that will help them succeed and enjoy the process of decoding new words. As they begin to read more challenging material, I will continue to reinforce their skills in decoding, help improve their reading speed, fluency (reading smoother vs. word by word), expression, and comprehension including making inferences and connections. For older students, I can help them understand more complex material such as poetry, Shakespeare, and give tips on how to go about writing papers and doing literary analysis. For any age student, I can also suggest books of appropriate difficulty, based on their interests or what I bet they would enjoy, which will support their learning.
I try never to push students beyond what they are capable of doing. Instead I think carefully about which worksheets, books, or curriculum are developmentally appropriate and work on building a good foundation for each new step. When the child's work is at a level where they can do almost all of the work independently, but need a hint or two now and then, learning becomes a fun engaging series of challenges, instead of drudgery. I want to give your child an empowering sense of their own capability, and the feeling that they can figure out anything if they try.
Training & Qualifications
I have worked as a reading specialist and librarian at a tutoring center in northwest Austin for three and a half years (and still work there). I work with many gifted students, aged from 4-13 including several dyslexic and ESL kids.
I am in the midst of completing my biology degree at UT and have taken the most of my UTeach certification classes.
Availability & Preferences
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday afternoons are best for me. I can meet in your home or at a library - it is good to have some kind of desk or table where I can sit (ideally) across from the student. Virtual service could be available for older students.