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Kathleen D.

Creative and Accomplished: English-reading/writing/test taking.

Fair Oaks, CA (95628)

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While it is important to "check the right boxes" on tests and in filling out applications, as a tutor, I believe it is important to "think outside the box". While I am fully supportive of the child's teachers, I hope to provide that something extra that the child needs to be successful in school, work and life. I work to ascertain what that something extra might be by finding out what the child loves to do, and in some cases, does not love to do. I have the child (I have tutored high school and college students, so far, but would be happy to also tutor middle school and elementary children) read out loud, which reveals a lot about their comprehension, speed and vocal agility; I took private voice lessons for many years and I graduated from Sac State in 2010 with a Major in Theatre and a Minor in Dance. My favorite subject to tutor is English (reading, writing, study skills and test-taking), but I have also tutored first-year high school French, which I also love! In my senior year at Sac State, I assisted my Dance Professor with grading 90 essays/critiques, which taught me a lot about how to encourage students to write clearly and objectively.

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Kathleen’s subjects

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
American History, Classics, European History, Geography, Music History, World History
Music History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL


I appreciate the structural logic of English, as I learned it through diagramming sentences back in 8th grade, matching subjects and predicates appropriately and making sure to not leave dangling participles. My natural talents for language and my 8th grade English class served me well, in that I was in accelerated English classes throughout high school. I am familiar with CBE Content Standards and am ready to consult the "Language Progressive Skills by Grade" list for appropriate tutoring of English in the State of California for Grades 3-12. Both my major (Theatre) and minor (Dance) required writing three critiques of theatre/dance performances per class per semester. To earn my BA from CSU-Sacramento in Spring 2010, I also had to have completed writing-intensive coursework, all of which required proper use of the English language.


When I worked in the ARC Reading Center in the late 90's, among the people I most enjoyed working with were the students for whom English was a second language. I found them, for the most part, to be outstanding students and very focused on the goal of learning English. Having studied two languages myself - French and Spanish, I understand how immersion in the speaking of language is essential to learning it. I feel that my coursework and experience in Theater and Dance (BA-CSUS Spring, 2010), provides me with alternate ways of conveying meaning such as in movement or mime.

European History

I started reading French literature in high school, continuing my studies in French at Kansas State University. My excellent teachers and professors provided context for this literature, i.e., to understand an author's work, it is necessary to understand the time and place in which that author lived. History was as important in my language studies as it was for my reading of plays for my BA Degree in Theatre at CSU-Sacramento BA-2010, Magna Cum Laude. For reading the plays of the early Greeks to reading the plays of contemporary playwrights, knowledge of history is essential; we cannot know the magnitude of a writer's accomplishments without knowing what forces were in place during the course of that writer's life.


Spring Semester 2013, for the first time, I tutored a high school student in French for Home Tutoring Plus, Inc. I discovered my strengths as a tutor for this first-year French student were that I had recent experience with Rosetta Stone (Fall, 2012 at ARC), but also, that I had reading-immersion experience and extensive verb conjugation training at my high school in suburban Kansas City. My post-secondary academic experience also included five hours of French at K-State (1967-1970), two hours at Portland State University (1981) and three hours at Sac State (2009). Having started my studies in middle school, I feel that my French has been deeply embedded into my brain. As with most language studies, I believe that my Theatre and Dance Degree (Sac State, Spring 2010) is an asset in this type of study through, for example, reading of plays in French.


I have always been talented in English, having been placed in accelerated classes throughout high school!

I have also studied French and Spanish, which provides me with perspective on the logic or lack thereof in our grammar structure.

Working as a volunteer at the Discovery Museum on Auburn Boulevard, helped me remember how much I love working with kids!


My sister, although she was only four years older than me, was my first "WyzAnt". She read to me from as far back as I can remember. By the time she reached high school, her readings included those from her English class: poetry by the British Romantics, Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and "Julius Ceasar", as well as American literature of the late 1900's and early 20th Century. Most everything she read to me, she insisted upon memorizing; clearly, I was engrossed, or I wouldn't have listened. Studying French for many years added to my literary knowledge. After completing two years of French in middle school (mostly grammar) and three years in high school (including readings from "Madame Bovary" and "Les Misérables"), I went on to take approximately 10 hours of French in college, including the class "French Poetry". My studies as a Theatre and Dance major (Magna Cum Laude Spring, 2010) at Sac State took me through a vast range of playwrights of all ethnicities from ancient times through to the present.

Microsoft Word

I found that my over 20 years' experience as a legal secretary was of great assistance to me while completing my degree at Sac State in 2010. A certain number of writing-intensive courses were required for graduation; my previous Microsoft Office skills, particularly Word, allowed me to prepare papers that were both scholarly and aesthetically-pleasing. There are a great number of intelligent and accomplished people who forget to put in page numbering on their essays and research papers, something that can make grading more awkward for the professor. Just as a judge reading a pleading should have a smooth document-reviewing experience for a favorable ruling, so should a professor for entering a grade that is most favorable to the student.


For a final senior project, I submitted comments on 90 essays/critiques of freshmen and sophomore students for my Dance Professor. I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sacramento State in May 2010 which required taking a number of writing-intensive courses. I exceeded the requirement by taking both African Caribbean Dance which covered anthropological studies by dancer/choreographer Katherine Dunham and by taking Ethnic Studies which required the writing of a specific number of words, via the web, handwritten, as well as type-written paper essays. In addition to my coursework, I have 20 years of experience proofreading legal documents for attorneys and have recent experience proofreading plays for playwrights.


My reading/writing skills have always been excellent and I have exceeded the passing scores on my WyAnt tests. My tutoring experience includes a high school child in English, and one in first year French. I worked as a Teaching Assistant at ARC where most of my job was actually serving as a tutor for college students, including some English As A Second Language students.

I served as a volunteer at the Discovery Museum where I "voiced" Cosmo the Robot and helped grade school students and their parents in the classroom with putting together puzzles and coloring.

I majored in Theater and Dance which I believe provides me with a different approach to learning and assisting others in learning. For a final credit needed to graduate from Sac State (2010, Magna Cum Laude), I graded 90 essays/critiques for a Dance professor.

Study Skills

As a high school student and also, as a first-time college student, I was not interested in studying and didn't care about grades. When I returned to school at ARC in the late 90's, I studied hard, not only to learn as much as possible, but also to raise my grade average. I improved upon my studying skills while working as an IA in the ARC Reading Center where we tutored students in the SQ3R technique. In May 2010, all of my study skills paid off when I graduated from Sac State with my BA, Magna Cum Laude.


My theatre qualifications include both experience dating back to the late 1970's, to training (private voice lessons, used in musical theatre), to earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Magna Cum Laude, in May 2010 in Theatre (major) and Dance (minor). While my performing arts experiences, training and skills cover a lot of territory, I would say that my analyzing and writing skills represent the best of that diverse range of skills, talents and training. For a final senior project, I read 90 essays for my dance professor, giving her my typewritten comments on each essay. I have recently reviewed and assisted in editing plays for local playwrights, participating in a playwrights' workshop (Playwrights' Collaborative Workshop.) My most recent acting roles were in original script productions, one at the Sacramento William J. Geery Theatre, back in October 2012, one which was cablecast in May 2013 on Channel 17, Sacramento's community access station. While I enjoy performing very much, I would like to start directing, something that I enjoyed very much in my Directing class at Sac State in the Fall 2007 semester.


I received a BA (Magna Cum Laude) from Sacramento State in May 2010 which required taking writing-intensive coursework. I exceeded the requirement by taking both African Caribbean Dance which covered anthropological studies by choreographer Katherine Dunham and by taking Ethnic Studies, both of which classes required the writing of a specific number of words which were turned in electronically, or as paper essays. In addition to my coursework, I have 20 years of experience in the legal field which occasionally required re-writing portions of legal documents for attorneys. Since graduation, I have written a couple of short plays, one of which was performed at a playwrights' workshop.

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California State University Sacramento (Theatre and Dance)

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