Being a foster parent, I have hired several tutors for my kids, but last Thursday, I took my 8-year-old son, Gabriel, to the best tutor I have ever hired. I now understand the value in hiring a professional, and I can actually see the long-term, life changing instruction a professional can offer. Her name is Barbara Vande Berg, and she runs a professional tutoring service out of her apartment.
Some of the biggest problems my son struggles with is focusing, paying attention, concentration, organization, and writing. Barbara had different activies and techniques to address each of these issues. To help him to focus and concentrate, she started off with a game that forces him to focus and concentrate. We still play this game and it really seems to help him. She also taught him the importance of organizing, and several techniques to help him stay organized in school. She always used a timer, and by timing him, he really stepped up to the challenge. She was able to get him to organize stacks of his school papers in minutes, something I have never been able to get him to do because I now realize that he needed motivation and incentive, as well as instruction.
One of the things I noticed she did was give him breaks at specific intervals and let him do something active such as jump on a trampoline, or bounce his basket ball for 5 minutes. He was then able to regroup and get back to work. In the past, I've always made him sit down and finish his homework until he was done. Many times, this would cause homework time to drag on for 3 hours or so and was a source of frustration for my husband and I, as well as Gabriel. I have since changed my strategy to her way, and my son has been able to get his homework done in under an hour.
With every problem I brought up, she had a technique to help my son. I am so grateful to her and am thrilled to see my son get excited to learn again. Barbara spent 10 years in Japan, and teaches Japanese. She also teaches English to foreign students and adults. She works with home schoolers and mentally disabled children. She has a unique approach to preparing students for CSAP.
I could tell Barbara loved her work, and she truly has a gift for pinpointing a learning style of each individual student. I wish I could hire her full time to teach all of my children. They'd be geniuses! I enthusiastically recommend her for any one who's child is struggling in school, or for someone who needs help homeschooling their kids. Hiring Barbara is an investment into your child's future. It will change the way they feel about learning, and they will pick up life skills along the way. Barbara's website is mydenvertutor.com and her phone number is 303-744-6423.