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Donna D.

Patient PhD graduate from USC for tutoring K-12, college, & grad

Pasadena, CA (91104)

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I have recently completed a PhD program in epidemiology at USC. My undergraduate degree is in biology. In college I tutored high school math and science. Before graduate school, I spent 3 years tutoring and teaching at a private home school. I taught children from preschool through middle school in all subjects. In graduate school I tutored graduate students in epidemiology and biostatistics.

In addition to my experiences and education, I have a good personality for tutoring. I am very patient and one of my main strengths is the ability to explain material in different ways so that my students will understand it. If someone is having trouble in a class understanding what the teacher is teaching, the student needs to hear the material explained in a different way. I can also explain complex ideas (such as those in biostatistics) using real life examples that can help in understanding.

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Donna’s subjects

Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra, Statistics
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Anatomy, Biology, Biostatistics, Chemistry, Genetics, Nutrition, Zoology
General Computer, SAS, STATA
Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Algebra 1, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Statistics, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
GRE, SAT Reading
Soccer, Swimming
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Statistics


I have a Masters in Public Health with a focus in biostatistics and epidemiology. I have a PhD in epidemiology and my coursework included several biostatistics courses. I use biostatistical methods regularly in my doctoral research work. I have tutored graduate students in introduction to biostatistics courses.

Elementary (K-6th)

I worked as a private teacher in a home school for 3 years teaching all elementary subjects for children in grades K-6.


I have studies genetics in college as an undergraduate while majoring in biology. As a graduate student, I have continued my study of genetics, with a focus on human genetics and the statistical analysis of genetic data. I am now a fellow studying environmental genomics.

Public Speaking

As a graduate student I gained a great deal of experience in public speaking. I have given talks in classes I have and also given seminars on research I have done. I can help students organize the content of their talk, help students practice speaking, and give general public speaking advice.


As a Master of Public Health student in epidemiology/biostatistics I studied SAS. I continued to study and use SAS as a doctoral student. I use SAS now regularly for the statistical analysis of my research projects. I have provided guidance to classmates on the use of SAS.

Study Skills

I am well qualified to assist students with study skills. I can help students organize their course materials and create a plan to complete assignments and prepare for exams. I have excellent study skills myself as evidenced by my completing graduate studies.


I began swimming at age 4 and swam competitively throughout high school and for 1 year in college. I have had lifeguard training and instruction in teaching swimming.

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Pomona College (Biology)

(1) University of Southern California (Other)

(1) University of Southern California (PhD)

Excellent tutor! If you need help, reserve a session with Donna now! — Donna is an excellent tutor! I felt extremely privileged to have such an expert helping me sort my way through this course. Donna has her doctorate in Bio-statistics/Epidemiology, so there wasn't any question or topic that she could not answer. Donna was extremely patient and has a keen ability to explain complex concepts in a clear, understandable manner. Donna was responsive to my emails, extre ...

— Hugh, Pasadena, CA on 9/3/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My rates are negotiable. I charge $20 for lessons canceled with less than 24 hours notice.

Travel policy

Donna will travel within 12 miles of Pasadena, CA 91104.

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