PORTAL TUTORING

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Ann K. Parsons, Professional Tutor Tutoring Academics and computers since 1978





"Knowledge is power!"


If you have the information, you can distinguish truth from lies, good from bad, safety from danger plus much, much more. If you have the knowledge, then the world is at your fingertips. Computers and adaptive equipment, plus Braille enable you to gain this power. Do you want to learn to use a computer which has been adapted for your use? Do you want to learn how to access the wealth of information which is available on the Internet Do you want to learn Braille? Do you want to learn how to operate high tech equipment like a note-taker or a digital book player? Do you want to take lessons from the comfort of your home? Portal is your doorway to empowerment.

Knowledge comes in the form of information. If you can access information, then you can be freed from dependence on others to give you information.

Instructor Qualifications

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Ms. Parsons has been tutoring both blind and sighted students for over twenty years. She has taught English, Writing, American and World History, and most recently Adaptive Technology. She has a B.A. in English Education, an M.S. in Guidance and Personnel, plus thirty course hours in teaching the Blind and Visually Impaired. You will find a complete resume by following the link listed below.


Location And Time

There are several ways to arrange lessons with Portal Tutoring. They include:

As you can see, there are several ways to obtain the services we offer. Portal Tutoring also offers students an opportunity to be tutored in the evening or on Weekends. This is a distinct plus for school students, or those who are working during the day.

Portal's Expectations of Students

Before each student starts sessions with Portal Tutoring, he or she must read and agree to abide by Portal Tutoring's Attendance Policy. This is above any papers signed from the state or local agency. It lays out some simple rules about attendance at tutoring sessions, what is expected of both tutor and students, as well as to confirm who is paying for the given sessions. To see a copy of this policy document, access the link below.

Questions from students and parents for the teacher

How much is this going to cost me? That depends on who's paying. If you are currently being served by a state or federal agency, request the services of Portal Tutoring from your counselor or teacher. Private tutoring is always available upon request. For a full description of curricula available and reasonable fees, see the link below.


But this lady's blind, how is she going to teach me? My teaching methods are unorthodox, but they work. Since I use computers on a daily basis, teaching computer literacy is no problem. I use the tools I teach others to use. Therefore, I have an intimate knowledge of what you need to learn as a person who is blind or visually impaired.

But I'm sighted, how is she going to teach me? I teach you just like I teach my students who are blind or who come tome for tutoring via distance learning, with my voice, with the computer monitor as a blackboard. I have a scanner with OCR software. With it, I can scan any typed or printed materials, and I may ask a sighted student to read aloud to me if the need arises.

Students who come to Portal Tutoring for help with academics must submit homework assignments in accessible format. This means that if you want me to correct your work, you have to submit a typed document, a computer disk with a file on it, or you need to email me your work.

But I'm afraid to ask questions about how she's gonna do this. I don't think I want to offend her or say something dumb. What do I do, just not show up, tell her I found somebody else? Ask. There are no dumb questions. If you need to stop lessons, or if you've found a tutor that suits you better, fine, but tell me.

To schedule tutoring sessions, to discuss fees for private tutoring, or for additional questions, please telephone (585) 244-0477, or you can fill out the form at the link below. Informational form


Ann K. Parsons