At The Writing Center of Princeton, Susan appeals to every child’s innate desire to achieve. She enhances students’ skills while also addressing all needs related to academic performance and organization.

Susan combines traditional methods with flexible, innovative, and fully customizable teaching techniques to help reduce students’ anxiety and boost confidence, while at the same time building skills that enable students to become independent and self-directed problem solvers and writers.

Susan’s research-based, targeted, interactive, creative, and nonjudgmental instruction has proven successful with students frustrated by dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, mild ASD, and ESL students. Instruction is informed by her knowledge of Universal Design Instruction techniques and the Wilson Reading System.

Susan’s instruction is designed to

• Boost confidence by building on each learner’s strengths, not by dwelling on failure
• Support student engagement by offering instruction in multiple ways (part-to-whole or whole-to-part explanations, stories, words, images, illustrations, and analogies)
• Teach students to initiate their writing by using easy-to-use techniques that help them expose patterns in their thinking, and then to organize, interpret, and build on those patterns before and while writing
• Help students learn to decode or “translate” and strategize a writing assignment
• Develop students’ ability to detail and elaborate through modeling, collaborative writing, and scribing
•Provide students with reusable sentence and essay formulas that can be applied to all school writing assignments
• Help students connect new information to previously learned information through rhyming, acronyms, mental imagery, associations, and kinesthetic activities
• Help students remember their thinking through images and actions
• Develop independence, mental flexibility, and motivation
• Develop effective test prep strategies customized to meet each student’s unique learning profile
• Explore assistive technology options

All instruction is conducted in a private, distraction-free environment.

consulting with susan

Susan also works as an educational consultant for students with learning disabilities and their parents. As such, she advises and helps parents map out successful routes through some of the more difficult moments of a child’s education. This work includes helping parents and students:

• Find qualified neuropsychologists
• Transition from private to public schools or public to private
• Make successful course selections
• Determine and design appropriate modifications
• Design collaborative relations with school and community resources
• Plan and profit from IEP meetings
• Advocate during IEP meetings
• Build necessary advocacy skills for high school and beyond
• Navigate the college admissions process

Susan offers one-on-one instruction at The Writing Center of Princeton or in your home. Online tutoring is available via Skype. All lessons customized to meet the unique needs of each student. All instruction is available as individual lessons or discounted packages.

All instruction is conducted in a private, distraction-free environment.

FROM THE PARENTS

“Susan is superb: organized, dedicated, encouraging. The collaborative writing and modeling work that she did with my son was just what he needed to regain his confidence and improve his grades.”
– Marty S., parent of 9th grader

“Our son was falling behind in his writing assignments, when he started meeting with Susan. Susan teaches her students a method for organizing their ideas that ‘clicked’ with our son, who had never responded well to the usual methods used in schools. She worked with him on specific assignments, not telling him what to write but helping him discover his own voice and his own intelligent responses. She then taught him how to write his ideas in a meaningful and coherent way. As a result, he passed English with flying colors, and is eager to apply to college, something we thought he would never do.”
– Leigh and Mitchell Y., parents of ADHD dysgraphic student

“Susan was a life saver.”
– Lynne, parent of ASD student

“We cannot thank Susan enough for all she gave us. The way she tutored our anxious son was nothing short of brilliant.”
– Ann and Frank W., parents of 11th grader

“I don’t know where we’d be without Susan. She helped us navigate the maze from neuropsych report through school choice, advocacy, better accommodations, and understanding. Our son is now thriving, thanks to Susan.”
– Laura D., parent of dyslexic dysgraphic student

“Just when we we’re about to give up, we found Susan. Susan will remind you of what a teacher really should be: patient, encouraging, and committed.”
– Marc M., parent of ADHD student

“Fighting for accommodations takes its toll. But Susan showed us how to advocate for our daughter firmly and successfully. Our daughter is now thriving.”
– Suparna R., parent of ADHD ASD student