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Donna Ann P.

Experienced English Tutor: Essays, Term Paper Emergencies, and ESL

San Francisco, CA (94109)

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I have been teaching foreign and American students English, essay writing, literature, and grammar for over 5 years. Need late night help with an English literature essay, term paper, college entrance essay or grammar homework? I can help. I have Skype and can tutor remotely or in San Francisco.

I have a B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin. I have taught students in grades 1-12 and college students as well. If you have a term paper emergency or just need a better understanding of what you are reading, I can help. I can also assist you with reading comprehension and SAT test preparation. My students like the fact that I teach them how to find what is important in the reading comprehension section of the SAT. I also teach them how to prepare essays quickly and succinctly in a timed testing environment.

With all of my students, I patiently teach grammar and essay writing skills to meet their needs. Usually, I assess the student's writing and grammar skills during the first lesson. Then I customize subsequent lessons to cover those areas in which they need improvement. I want to ensure that students develop and improve their writing style as well as expand their vocabulary. I can also provide supplemental homework to help students improve their writing and grasp important grammar skills.

Contact me via WyzAnt with your questions and comments. I look forward to working with you.

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Donna Ann’s subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
General Computer
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Career Development, College Counseling, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development, College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Law, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Career Development

I have assisted many students with their college entrance essays for both undergraduate and graduate programs including personal statements to be submitted with their MBA applications. Basically, you need to tell the school why you are unique and what you can add to their graduate class as well as how their program will meet your unique needs. Stating simply that you wish to obtain a degree in order to make more money is not what the school wants to hear. Instead, the school wants to know what unique projects you have previously completed, and how a degree from their university will help you achieve something special. The purpose of the essay or statement is to set you apart from the mass of applicants, and encourage the school to accept a unique and talented individual who will be an asset to their class.

Detailing one's prior work experience is important. If the student is seeking an MBA because it will further their existing career and expand their management and corporate governance capabilities, then these issues should be discussed. If the MBA represents a completely new business path for the student, then their new goals should be described.

Professionally, I have a B.A. from the University of Texas. I worked for many years as a Corporate Paralegal Coordinator assisting attorneys and major corporate clients with multi-million dollar transactions at a major law firm. I also completed business courses in both graduate and undergraduate school. I never finished my MBA because I was able to attain a management position without it. Today, I have my own litigation support business and I tutor students part-time. I am personally familiar with the process of entering an MBA program because I was admitted to such a program.

College Counseling

I have assisted many students with their college entrance essays and personal statements for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Basically, you need to tell the school why you are unique and what you can add to their student body as well as how their program will meet your unique needs. Stating simply that you wish to obtain a degree in order to make more money is not what the school wants to hear. Instead, the school wants to know what unique projects you have previously completed, and how a degree from their university will help you achieve something special. The purpose of the essay or statement is to set you apart from the mass of applicants, and encourage the school to accept a unique and talented individual who will be an asset to their class.

Detailing one's prior work experience is important. If you have done some meaningful nonprofit volunteer work, then your charity work or unpaid internship should be mentioned as well. If you are seeking a degree which will further your existing career or if you are choosing a new area of study and new goals, that issue should be explained.

Professionally, I have a B.A. from the University of Texas. I worked for many years as a Corporate Paralegal Coordinator assisting attorneys and major corporate clients with multi-million dollar transactions at a major law firm. I also completed business courses in both graduate and undergraduate school. I never finished my MBA because I was able to attain a management position without it. Today, I have my own litigation support business and I tutor students part-time. I am personally familiar with the process of entering both undergraduate and graduate schools.

Elementary (K-6th)

When I started tutoring 5 years ago, I worked for a major tutoring center chain in San Francisco. There, I honed my tutoring skills with younger students, and patiently taught them cursive writing, reading, spelling, and basic grammar and pronunciation. I encouraged them to write complete sentences, and made learning fun and interesting while I followed the center's lesson plans. However, I realized that tutoring students in classes of 25 or 30 does not always meet their needs. Private tutoring can resolve their weaknesses and end their frustration. Students are much more likely to admit they don't understand a concept in a private tutoring session than in a large classroom. Younger children can be especially shy and afraid to admit they don't understand a concept. With private tutoring, I can solve the student's confusion more easily.

I also have extensive experience teaching children raised in non-English speaking households. Having studied Russian and French myself, I know how hard it is to become fluent in a second language. Therefore, I have the teaching skills and patience necessary to help students for whom English is a first or a second language.

Phonics

I have been teaching ESL and English pronunciation to foreign students for over six years. Phonics drills, which focus on parts of words and key syllables and their sounds, help the student learn English more easily. Usually I combine phonics drills with vocabulary instruction and grammar in order to improve the student's comprehension and ability to speak clearly. Using phonics flash cards and reading material at the appropriate level for the student help build the student's confidence quickly. I have a B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Public Speaking

As a paralegal manager for many years, I conducted training sessions for recent college graduates on key topics in the legal profession. I am comfortable speaking in front of an audience, and encouraging others to speak in a relaxed manner. I am also experienced in preparing notes which guide me through a speech so it appears more natural and not as robotic.

In college, I participated in debates. As a paralegal, I have over 20 years of experience assisting attorneys at trial. A good debater and public speaker knows both the strengths and weaknesses of their point of view before they speak. Preparation is the key to a successful presentation. I would be happy to assist others in reaching their public speaking goals.

Study Skills

I have taught students how to prioritize their homework, and how to focus on key ideas and themes when they read textbooks and literature. Focusing on reading comprehension improves not only study skills, but also SAT scores. I encourage my students to use a highlighter as they read,and highlight key ideas. They should also look for exceptions and contrasting theories when they read a text.

In addition, I have taught them internet research skills to supplement their knowledge. I have also encouraged them to evaluate what they read, form their own opinions, and express their viewpoint clearly. Good reading and writing skills provide the foundation for good study skills.

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Education

University of Texas, Austin

Excellent tutor! Highly recommended. Thanks so much Donna for your help with changing my resume. I really liked your input. Your advice makes a lot of common sense. I feel more confident in finding a suitable position in paralegal now and am more clear about my career path down the road. Excellent tutor! Highly recommended. ...

— Zhiyan from San Francisco, CA on 1/22/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $32.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

I charge $32/hr. for tutoring in San Francisco. For tutoring outside San Francisco, I charge $40/hr.

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Donna Ann will travel within 5 miles of San Francisco, CA 94109.

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