Reading

Reading Tutoring

Reading, Themba Tutors

Reading comprises several processes, including decoding, fluency, and comprehension.

They are vital to the learning and development of all students.

Phonological Awareness

Phonological awareness involves recognizing the sounds of words. Generally, words are divided into both sounds and syllables, represented as graphemes (the smallest meaning unit in a writing system).

With proper phonological awareness, a child is able to pay attention to the sounds of speech, and understand how these sounds translate into print, where there is a one-to-one correspondence to the sound and grapheme. As a child learns phonics and sight words (print patterns which do not follow rules and must be memorized), they build the foundation for literacy.

Decoding

Once a child learns to read basic phonics, sight words, word families, syllable constructions, and morphology (stems, root words, suffixes etc.), learning more complex phonics patterns and additional sight words are the next steps in “cracking the code.” Understanding and practicing the relationship between letter and sound is key to decoding words. As reading fluency grows, the child’s understanding of the unit of sounds in a language also grows (graphemes, morphemes, and phonemes). The child begins reading automatically, freeing mental energy for reading comprehension and the next stages of learning.

Understanding

Reading is a complex process, involving interconnected elements. Each is important to the development of strong skills. The last–understanding the whole concept of a text, book or newspaper– is best achieved when the child understands language, has developed phonological recognition, has prior knowledge of the language, understands the relationship between sounds and letters, and has developed a good vocabulary. Reading comprehension is also tied to cognitive processes:  Making inferences and connections, understanding character motivations, and problem-solving.

Our learning specialists, academic tutors, and writing coaches provide 1:1, individualized tutoring for children, adolescents, college students and adults of all ages, levels, and personalities.  Our goal is to help students and adults feel more confident and become more effective learners and workers overall. We aim for students to maximize their learning potential from a collaborative approach working with parents, teachers, and other professionals.

 

  • We specialize in tutoring students who are struggling with learning differences – focusing, organizing, studying, test-taking reading, writing, math, languages, and other subject areas.  We are experts in ADHD/ADD, executive functioning, language processing, reading (e.g. dyslexia), writing, (e.g. dysgraphia), and math disorders (e.g. dyscalculia), autism spectrum disorders, non-verbal learning disorder, and other learning differences.  Our Learning Specialists work with homeschoolers and offer online tutoring options.

 

  • We also tutor high school and college students, and adults without learning difficulties but in need of science, math, writing, and foreign language support. Our Academic Tutors support Algebra I/II, Geometry. Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Programming, and many foreign languages. Our Writing Coaches support writing within English Language Arts and across the high school and college curriculum.

 

  • Each of Themba’s expert tutors has an advanced degree in working with learning differences or an academic field of expertise. All tutors have years of teaching and tutoring in private and public schools or universities.

 

  • We customize curricula, starting with careful assessments, then applying developmentally appropriate methods and strategies. The student’s current academic material is an important focus, but strengthening core skills is crucial because that will last a lifetime. We coach students to learn how to organize, plan, prioritize, focus, avoid distraction, and keep track of materials and tasks.

 

  • Goals include improving memory and information retention, spending more focused time on tasks and completing them, decreasing procrastination, organizing schoolwork, managing time more effectively, and learning to think carefully before acting.  Specialists model and support the application of skills in the appropriate context. They put the student in the driver’s seat to best generalize these skills without holding the steering wheel.

 

Themba’s expert tutors travel to your home or school in New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Long Island (Nassau County),  Westchester and Connecticut (Fairfield County).

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