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Reading Tutoring

My approach to tutoring reading is to ensure a student has foundational reading skills before emphasizing fluency and comprehension. In almost all cases, a student who has trouble understanding what’s been read lacks the ability to decode.


Reading tutoring begins with an assessment of the student’s skills and then lesson plans are developed based upon the data collected.


The progressions of reading skills can be summarized as follows:

• phonological skills such as rhyming, breaking sentences into words, breaking words into syllables, breaking words and syllables into sounds, and changing sounds to make new words;

• sound-symbol relationship of the basic and advanced codes

• application of phonics skills while reading books and stories

• fluency

• vocabulary acquisition

• comprehension


I use a variety of activities and games to reinforce learning. Lesson plans are adjusted based upon a student’s demonstration of skills.


Additionally, since research has shown a strong correlation between handwriting and reading, proper letter formation is practiced, if needed.

Math Tutoring

My approach to math tutoring is to ensure a student has an understanding of each concept or skill, not a set of rules and procedures to follow, or mnemonics and rhymes to recite. I show how each new concept connects to those previously learned. I believe learning should be fun, so I incorporate games whenever possible.


Math tutoring begins with an assessment of the student’s skills and then lesson plans with an emphasis on real world applications are developed based upon the data collected.


The progression of elementary and middle school math skills can be summarized as:

• basic numeracy skills such as counting forwards and backwards and place value

• addition and subtraction

• multiplication and division

• fractions

• ratios and proportional relationships

• rational numbers

• linear algebra

• linear functions


If a student has significant skill gaps, I work on mastery of concepts from previous grades. If the student has a good understanding of most of the math from earlier grades, I fill in any gaps while working on the current grade’s skills.


Throughout every tutoring session, I monitor understanding and adjust lessons and explanations as needed.


About Rita

I've been tutoring reading and math since 2007. I've been tutoring online since 2017 so distance learning is not new to me.   

As a child my family read to me all the time.  I grew up loving to read and I still do.  As a reading tutor, I get to share with students the delight in reading a great story by helping them become more skillful readers.

Math did not come easily to me, so I understand the frustration students feel when they just don't understand what they are learning in class.  As a math tutor, I can explain complex concepts so that they make sense.  I love when I hear a student say, "Now I get it!"

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Make Learning Fun for Your Child! 

At the beginning of third grade, my daughter's teacher told me that Margot was struggling with number sense, making learning new concepts difficult to impossible to learn. Her teacher recommended that Margot be tutored by Rita Santos, so we began weekly sessions immediately. After working with Rita for a few weeks, my daughter's confidence increased significantly, as did her math skills. Rita is good at figuring out the challenging spots for students and then giving them the tools they need to navigate those areas. Margot continues to work with Rita weekly, and we have seen tremendous growth in Margot's math abilities. 

- Lori K. Tate


Why Choose Me?

  • No more homework struggles

  • No more tears

  • Increased confidence 

  • Better grades

Get More Time in Your Day!

  • No driving back and forth to a tutoring center

  • No figuring out what to do with your other children during sessions

  • Not worrying who will be coming to your home


Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Online Tutoring Work?

Lessons are conducted on Zoom, a video conferencing app. Each student will have a personalized Zoom ID which will be used to start each session. The student and Rita will be able see and speak to each other. Once the session begins, Rita will provide a link to an interactive whiteboard on Bitpaper. Using these two applications, Rita and the student can share information, upload documents to each other, and write on the interactive whiteboard. If the student would like to review classwork or homework, it can be scanned and emailed to or a picture can be texted to (704) 251-0768. Rita can then upload it to the whiteboard and both she and the student will be able to write on the image. Sometimes Rita will use a document camera so the student can read a book or watch her work with hands-on materials. If the students would like to review the work done during a session, Rita can email a PDF of the whiteboard upon request.

Do We Need Any Special Equipment?

A computer or tablet and a stable internet connection are needed. The device should be fully charged or plugged into a power source so the session can be completed without interruption. Some students like to use headphones or earpods with a microphone. For math tutoring, although not essential a writing tablet or digital pen makes writing on the whiteboard easier than using a mouse or trackpad.

Is Online Tutoring Effective?

In a word, yes. The effectiveness of any tutoring -- whether in person or online -- is dependent upon the tutor's subject expertise and how well she is able to explain complex concepts. Today's students are "digital natives". They have grown up in a technology filled world and are used to doing nearly everything on their phones, computers, and laptops -- listening to music, communicating, watching movies, and learning. These tech-savvy students have no trouble navigating the tools needed for an online lesson. In fact, many students prefer it and are far more engaged in the lesson than when in person. There are a number of advantages to online tutoring: - There are no geographical limitations. This can be especially useful for students living in area with a limited number of tutors nearby. - Parents don't have to drive back and forth to sessions. - Sessions can take place anywhere -- even when traveling. - Sessions can be scheduled instantly. - Documents can be quickly and easily shared between tutor and student through the tutoring platform



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