3/2013 Year 4
WELCOME TO TUTORING SUCCESS A1!
Lori Ajamian, MEd
Teacher and Professional Tutor since 1990.
Experience in regular and special education and English Language
Learning; all levels. Resume is on The About The Teacher page.
Belmont , MA
Offering a full range tutoring service for one on one instruction at the early childhood and primary/intermediate levels.
WHO I TEACH:
Students needing individual support.
English Language Learners.
Special Education students with ADD/ADHD/dyslexia/cognitive/visual/auditory
learning disabilities and physical disabilities or multiple disabilities.
Regular to advanced classroom students.
Home and hospital bound students.
Test takers in grades one through nine.
Students in transition from one school or program to the next
Newcomer families/Homeschooling families.
Those needing academic support for a term period or longer.
WHAT I TEACH
Reading, Remedial Reading, phonics,
phonetic analysis, comprehension,
writing in various forms,
handwriting, art, music, movement.
The Language Arts including creative expression of stories and books.
The English Language
Math, Science, Social Studies.
Test taking, study and organizational skills and more.....
Identify your goals!!!!
Be clear about your goal and why you chose it!
#2 Check out your options.
Seek the opinions of those you trust and draw on your past experience.
Seek out an expert's opinion.
#3 Consider the consequence.
What are the pros and cons to reaching your goal?
#4 Make a choice!
Pay attention to your feeling!!!
Make a commitment.
Remember to work at it step by step and follow-up on what you
say you will do.
#5 Review your decision.
Stick with your decision for as long as you can to see results.
Make adjustments to help you.
Trust your instincts.
Problem solve as soon as there is a problem to solve.
Your input to setting your goals is always very important to
the educational process and should be treated with high regard.
Tutoring allows you to have the control you need over your
assignments and most importantly, over your success.
Put your trust in someone who really cares about your achievements.
Your success is always my success!!!.
WHAT GOOD READERS DO
Before and during reading.
* Make sure that you are reading a "just right" book
* Know, learn about and think about the characters, their
interactions to one another and the role they play in the story.
* Read a recommended book and a book from an author you like and
also each other's books.
* Learn the vocabulary.
* Decide on whether you like the author's style!
* Think about what was read, share it, retell the story and
sequence the events!
* Answer questions about the main ideas of the story. Ask
* Make sure there is plenty of opportunity to "experience
the book" in class and at home. ( games, stories, worksheets, dramatic
* Ask yourself if you want to get more information and whether
you need to go back and reread.
* Think about what is being read by analyzing pictures,
characters, problems to solve/conflict, meanings, style, purpose.
* Share your book with a friend/book buddy/parent/tutor.
* Think about the details of the story.
* Make predictions as you read to sharpen your skills.
* Ask yourself why you are reading this book. Is it for
pleasure? to sharpen your skills at this level? for an assignment? to read to a younger sibling? to gain information about a concept?
* Meet your goals!
* Do an understanding check!
* Strategize to figure out hard words and spelling. Get help
with phonics and syllables.
* Check difficult word and passage meanings.
* Draw pictures to retell the story.
* See if you know all about who the characters are and what the
story tells its audience.
*Write a paper about a continuation of the story that you may
write or story tell.
* Teachers see and ask students if they think they are reading
fluently and well!. Practice with a parent, sibling or tutor for homework support and advancement.
WHAT GOOD WRITERS DO
* Plan a topic by asking yourself many questions
such as, what do I already know about this topic,
what do I want to learn and how will I gain the
information for it.
* Write an outline for the topic. Sometimes
you need an outline, sometimes you do not
depending on how broad or narrow your topic is and what the
* Research using books, other's stories, your own experience,
your art, social studies, science, computer and music/movement assignments, newspapers, articles, reference books, talking books, books on tape, read aloud, summaries, videos, etc.
* Take notes and write from your notes.
* Ask for feedback on your notes, if necessary.
* Write a draft and edit it two or three times.
* Ask for feedback on your draft.
*Review and reread directions for the assignment.
* Write your final copy and add illustrations, biographies, etc.
Resources for Parents, Teachers and Administrators:
1.The New Press - Guide to Multicultural Resources for The
Edited by Daphane Muse.
* roots - folklore and culture
* history of multicultural literature
2. How to get your child to Read.
by Esme Raji Codell 2003.
3. Reconnected Kids
Help your child achieve physical, mental and emotional
balance. Discover Brain Balance. Family Empowerment
by Dr. Robert Melillo 2011.
4. Books to grow on.
Using children's books for every day issues and tough
by Cheryl Coon.
5. Smart Discipline
Fast and lasting solutions for your peace of mind and your
by Larry J. Koenig, Ph.D
6. Games with books
Twenty eight of the best children's books and how to use
them to help your child learn from preschool-grade three.
by Peggy Kaye 2002.
7. The Educated Child - A parent’s guide from preschoolthrough grade eight.
by William J. Bennett, Chester E. Finn dons John T. Crib.
MORE TO COME!!