Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers I get most about online reading tutoring:

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Justine Forelli EBLI Certified Instructor

I tutor Reading, Spelling, Writing Composition, and Handwriting using the EBLI (Evidenced-Based Literacy Instruction) system. EBLI is based on Linguistic Phonics or Structured Linguistic Literacy research and practice. 

 Follow these simple these steps:

  1. Schedule a Free Assessment with me.
  2. I will talk to you and then listen to your child as they perform some diagnostic reading pre-assessments.
  3. Then I will talk with you and let you know what I am noticing and how I can help.
  4. Next, I will write up a customized plan for your child that will close the gap quickly for him or her.  And then I will meet with your child weekly.

Every 8-12 weeks I will reassess your child to find out what gains they have made and how much more remediation they need.

I have been using EBLI and the Structured Linguistic Literacy approach in my private tutoring since early 2023. Before that I used a Structured Literacy program called SIPPS. I became a Certified EBLI Instructor in March 2024.

Yes, I do in-person tutoring for students in grades k-2 if desired.

When young students live by me they have the option of doing tutoring online or at the Lafayette Public Library.

My priority lies in what is best for each individual child.

Yes, I offer summer tutoring.

I work all year long and work hard to tailor a summer reading program specifically for your child.

Summer is the time of year where kids will suffer from summer reading loss if they are not consistently reading.

It is important to me that my students do not miss out on this opportune time to close the gap and be secure in reading for the following school year.

This is why I have created and stay committed to a strong summer reading program.

Signs of Dyslexia in Preschool

  • May talk later than most children
  • May have difficulty pronouncing words, i.e., busgetti for spaghetti, mawn lower for lawn mower
  • May be slow to add new vocabulary words
  • May be unable to recall the right word
  • May have difficulty with rhyming
  • May have trouble learning the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, colors, shapes, how to spell and write his or her name
  • May have trouble interacting with peers
  • May be unable to follow multi-step directions or routines
  • Fine motor skills may develop more slowly than in other children
  • May have difficulty telling and/or retelling a story in the correct sequence

Signs of Dyslexia in Kindergarten through fourth grade

  • Has difficulty decoding single words (reading single words in isolation)
  • May be slow to learn the connection between letters and sounds
  • May confuse small words – at/to, said/and, does/goes
  • Makes consistent reading and spelling errors including:
    • Letter reversals – d for b as in, dog for bog
    • Word reversals – tip for pit
    • Inversions – m and w, u and n
    • Transpositions – felt and left
    • Substitutions – house and home
  • May transpose number sequences and confuse arithmetic signs (+ – x / =)
  • May have trouble remembering facts
  • May be slow to learn new skills; relies heavily on memorizing without understanding
  • May be impulsive and prone to accidents
  • May have difficulty planning
  • Often uses an awkward pencil grip (fist, thumb hooked over fingers, etc.)
  • May have trouble learning to tell time
  • May have poor fine motor coordination

Difficulty with reading

  • Difficulty learning to read
  • Difficulty identifying or generating rhyming words or counting syllables in words (Phonological Awareness)
  • Difficulty with hearing and manipulating sounds in words (Phonemic Awareness)
  • Difficulty distinguishing different sounds in words (Auditory Discrimination)
  • Difficulty in learning the sounds of letters
  • Difficulty remembering names and/or the order of letters when reading
  • Reverses letters or the order of letters when reading
  • Misreads or omits common little words
  • “Stumbles” through longer words
  • Poor reading comprehension during oral or silent reading

Difficulty with written language

  • Difficulty putting ideas on paper
  • Many spelling mistakes
  • May do well on weekly spelling tests, but there are many spelling mistakes in daily work
  • Difficulty in proofreading

Difficulty with oral language

  • Late in learning to talk
  • Difficulty pronouncing words
  • Difficulty acquiring vocabulary or using age-appropriate grammar
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Confusion with before/after, right/left, and so on
  • Difficulty learning the alphabet, nursery rhymes, or songs
  • Difficulty understanding concepts and relationships


Also, check out my Blog – Teacher Justine. I think and write about dyslexia frequently.

This will depend on the child, the length of the sessions and the frequency of the sessions. 

I keep a quick pace and try to do 6-8 activities per session. At this pace, reading remediation could take as little as 18 sessions. 

For the best experience, your child needs these materials and tools:

  1. An 11×16″ or 12×18″ whiteboard and dry erase markers.
  2. Headphones with a noise-cancelling microphone.
  3. A desktop computer or laptop.
  4. A device to project the student’s physical whiteboard. This could be a folding webcam, a document camera, or logging in with a second device.
  5. A folder to store written work.

Language and Literacy Teacher

I’m a language and literacy teacher that started tutoring kids online after we had to teach online because of the pandemic. I noticed that when I taught one-on-one during my office hours, amazing things happened. Kids who couldn’t focus in a large group at school or on Zoom, suddenly could during one-on-one sessions and they thrived.

When the private school I worked at began opening up again in person, I no longer wanted to do the hour-long commute to San Francisco twice a day. And I had 2 children at home who were still in distance learning. I did not want to leave them alone.

Online one-on-one services

Once I discovered tutoring reading online as an online reading tutor, I found that I was able to close the gap quickly with my One-on-One Services and I really enjoyed working with kids from all over the world.

Additionally, online tutoring is so convenient for the kids and the parents. You don’t have to drive them across town. The kids are used to working on Zoom. You can easily schedule one hour or two 30-minute sessions a week with little impact to your busy schedule. And I love it because I am still there for my own children.

Tutoring sessions are 50 minutes. Sometimes they go a little longer. For very young students, we can split this into two 25-minute sessions.

I find 50 minutes is the ideal time for the child’s stamina and this allows me to record notes right after. 

My tutoring rates are $85 per session.

  • My credentials and experience have shown that this is a very reasonable rate to charge.
  • I am able to find out what areas your child struggles with and close the gap in that area.
  • If you are looking for the quickest and most effective solution available with a top-notch certified teacher, I am the best option.

My secret sauce comes from my ability to connect to your child and make them feel relaxed and happy. I keep a quick pace to keep them engaged and learning but I also am sensitive to their energy levels and moods. I incorporate movement as needed and rewards.