Reading Successes was founded by Miriam Giskin to provide individualized online tutoring for struggling readers of all ages. This endeavor follows her decades-long career as an elementary school teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach.
Miss Miriam is a Harvard-trained reading specialist with more than 30 years teaching experience working with students of all ages from preschool through high school, including dyslexic, learning disabled, and English Language Learners.
Miss Miriam assesses her students to determine their strengths and needs and designs individualized instructional plans using research-based methods.
After more than 30 years in education, Miss Miriam still gets a thrill when her struggling learners become successful, confident, and joyful readers.
"Miriam is amazing! She is an expert in teaching reading and we are already seeing progress. We couldn't be happier. My son walks away from every session feeling more and more confident and proud." -Cassie S.
"Miriam was absolutely outstanding in every way. She is a skilled reading tutor, but also truly loved my daughters. They made remarkable progress working with Miriam and we were so pleased." -Veronica R.
"My son, who has dyslexia, was terrified by words. Miriam was amazing. Every time he had a tutoring session with Miss Miriam he said “she is so nice”. He felt more confident that he volunteered to read in class. He has made more progress with Miriam than even years at a private school for dyslexic students. He always shares with me what he has learned. He feels empowered to read words that would have otherwise terrified him." -Faith M.
"Miriam surpassed our expectations. She quickly developed a trusting relationship with our child allowing them to jump right into productive tutoring sessions. Miriam taught our child the tools needed to overcome the obstacles & become a confident reader. As parents, she provided us education & exercises as well so we can further offer support at home. We highly recommend Miriam!" -Mailon H.
Please get in touch if you cannot find an answer to your question.
Typically there is improvement within a few weeks, especially in a student's confidence.
Tutoring is $90 per hour. Sessions can be 30, 45 or 60 minutes depending on the needs of the student. Payment is made via Venmo or PayPal, after the weekly sessions have occurred. Tutoring begins with a full assessment that includes Reading Level, Reading Age, Phonological Awareness and Decoding measures. I also offer assessment only, including a full written report, which is yours to share with teachers, tutors or schools, for a one time fee of $250. This usually takes two or three 30-45 minute sessions.
I tutor primarily online as that allows instruction to occur despite the pandemic, or geographic and time-zone differences. However, in person sessions may be offered to those in my geographic area willing to travel to me, and as long as the status of the virus makes it safe to do so.
Every student has unique needs for support. Tell me more about what you are hoping a tutor can do for you, and I will start on a plan to help you get what you need.