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Hazel D.

Chicago, IL

$40/hr

Contact Hazel for tutoring in writing, English, or reading.

Background check passed as of 6/17/14
Usually responds in about 5 hours

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Hello, I will be pleased to help you develop a passion, as I have, for writing, English, or reading. I have always been excited about writing. First, as an elementary student creating poetry, as a teenager writing about social issues, and then as an adult writing magazine articles. The articles I write inform today's students about careers after college, and are published in collegiate magazines. I have an M.S. degree in Journalism and a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration and Journalism. As much as I enjoy writing, I like teaching others.

I have tutored students at a youth center in reading. One student's eyes lit up when she read her first few pages by herself with no prompting from me. What I find works and helps students succeed in reading is if they are tutored reading a book on topics they enjoy. Writing can be fun once the student learns sentence structure and grammar rules. I try to make learning fun. During a writing workshop one summer, one student told me he had never written a story. After tutoring him privately for a few weeks, he handed in three stories that he had written himself. He was very proud that he had accomplished what he initially feared.

Let's do it!!

Testimonials

"A very excellent and knowledgeable tutor, most highly recommended."

- Br. Edward, Chicago, IL on 11/3/13
Hazel replied on 11/3/2013

Br. Edward, It has been my pleasure to work with your student and to have met you. I wish him the best. I sincerely appreciated your kind words.

"Great Tutor"

- Annette, Chicago, IL on 12/10/14

"Great tutor"

- Juan, Elmwood Park, IL on 12/8/14

"Fantastic tutor"

- Lennart, Chicago, IL on 10/13/14
Hazel replied on 10/13/2014

Dear Petra & Lennart, I appreciated the very kind words. It was my pleasure to tutor Leroy and to meet the entire family. Leroy worked very hard and accomplished personal goals. I wish all of you well. Hazel

"Truly Great!"

- Renata, Darien, IL on 3/5/14
Hazel replied on 3/6/2014

Thank you so much, Renata, for your wonderful review of my tutoring instruction. It is my pleasure to work with you as you are a very eager and responsive student. I also consider you a friend with whom I have enjoyed many pleasant conversations. Again, I appreciate your kindness.

"Good tutor to have"

- Latisa, Chicago, IL on 7/27/13
Hazel replied on 7/31/2013

I appreciate your kind words, Latisa. I enjoy working with your son because he really tries hard. He completes his homework and works well on projects when we meet. His reading has improved already and we will see this better when his confidence level has increased. I always look forward to meeting with him.

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Public Speaking,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Elementary (K-6th)

When I tutor elementary grade students, I first find out where they are in the subject and then structure an individualized lesson plan around their needs.

I find out what interests them and prepare many sessions around their interests; for instance, if they like sports, I will help them select books on sports.

Whenever possible, I work along with the students' teachers on the core educational goals by teaching the basics of English, reading, and study skills. I also plan activities that will better help them listen and think.

In reading, I help them sound out words and I also use phonics.

I engage the students through interactive games and a varied curriculum.

English

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing.

ESL/ESOL

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing.

Grammar

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar, and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing, and have tutored many in ESL.

Public Speaking

I am qualified to tutor in Public Speaking because I am familiar with the English language; and have spoken before audiences on many topics and in many forums. When I was first asked to make a public speaking appearance, I took a public speaking course. In addition to the above, I attended several Toastmaster sessions in the 1980s. I took a nine-month long Professional Development Course in 1983-1984 through my City of Chicago employment that included sessions on public speaking. My actual public speaking ranges from 1974 - 2012. I was a state-wide candidate for public office in 1974 wherein I made many speeches before the public. I spoke before Planned Parenthood, the National Alliance of Black Feminists, the Black Women's Struggle for Equality, the Illinois Affirmative Action Officers Association, and many others. I have been a panelist for various organizations such as Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization and Citizens Institute. I have been on the radio for the American Cancer Society, the Chicago Association of Realtors, and the Peace Corps. I have made television presentations on behalf of the Peace Corps.

Reading

As an added dimension to my lessons, I find out what interests my student and then prepare plans around their interests. Whenever possible, I work along with the student's teachers on the core educational goals by teaching the basics of English, reading, and study skills. I also plan activities that will better help them listen and think.

With reading, I use phonics and help them sound out words. I engage the student through interactive games and a varied curriculum.

Study Skills

When I was in college, I used several methods to help me study for a particular subject. If one was not already formed, I put together a study group. This was very helpful because we each felt comfortable stating what areas confused us. It also was helpful because I could ask questions that I was afraid of asking in the classroom. I found another study method and that was using index cards where I would put a question on one side and the answer on the other. I would pull out the cards anywhere I was - on the bus, in a long waiting line, and even during television commercials. It is also important to set aside time to study and select the atmosphere conducive to study. Some study well listening to soft music, others need absolute quiet. Reading on the subject cannot be over-emphasized. This is one study skill that will help greatly in learning the subject.

Roosevelt University
BA
Roosevelt University
Master's

Education

Roosevelt University (BA)

Roosevelt University (Master's)

A very excellent and knowledgeable tutor, most highly recommended. — Dear Hazel, Thank you very much for your work with our student to date. His English has improved tremendously. He is now much more at ease with English, he asks questions, readily joins in conversation and in fact initiates conversation, none of which was happening before his work with you! We are extremely pleased not only with his progress, but most especially with you as his teacher. Your expe ...

— Br. Edward, Chicago, IL on 11/3/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Travel policy

Hazel will travel within 20 miles of Chicago, IL 60619.


About Hazel

Hello, I will be pleased to help you develop a passion, as I have, for writing, English, or reading. I have always been excited about writing. First, as an elementary student creating poetry, as a teenager writing about social issues, and then as an adult writing magazine articles. The articles I write inform today's students about careers after college, and are published in collegiate magazines. I have an M.S. degree in Journalism and a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration and Journalism. As much as I enjoy writing, I like teaching others.

I have tutored students at a youth center in reading. One student's eyes lit up when she read her first few pages by herself with no prompting from me. What I find works and helps students succeed in reading is if they are tutored reading a book on topics they enjoy. Writing can be fun once the student learns sentence structure and grammar rules. I try to make learning fun. During a writing workshop one summer, one student told me he had never written a story. After tutoring him privately for a few weeks, he handed in three stories that he had written himself. He was very proud that he had accomplished what he initially feared.

Let's do it!!


Testimonials

"A very excellent and knowledgeable tutor, most highly recommended."

- Br. Edward, Chicago, IL on 11/3/13
Hazel replied on 11/3/2013

Br. Edward, It has been my pleasure to work with your student and to have met you. I wish him the best. I sincerely appreciated your kind words.

"Great Tutor"

- Annette, Chicago, IL on 12/10/14

"Great tutor"

- Juan, Elmwood Park, IL on 12/8/14

"Fantastic tutor"

- Lennart, Chicago, IL on 10/13/14
Hazel replied on 10/13/2014

Dear Petra & Lennart, I appreciated the very kind words. It was my pleasure to tutor Leroy and to meet the entire family. Leroy worked very hard and accomplished personal goals. I wish all of you well. Hazel

"Truly Great!"

- Renata, Darien, IL on 3/5/14
Hazel replied on 3/6/2014

Thank you so much, Renata, for your wonderful review of my tutoring instruction. It is my pleasure to work with you as you are a very eager and responsive student. I also consider you a friend with whom I have enjoyed many pleasant conversations. Again, I appreciate your kindness.

"Good tutor to have"

- Latisa, Chicago, IL on 7/27/13
Hazel replied on 7/31/2013

I appreciate your kind words, Latisa. I enjoy working with your son because he really tries hard. He completes his homework and works well on projects when we meet. His reading has improved already and we will see this better when his confidence level has increased. I always look forward to meeting with him.

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Education

Roosevelt University
BA
Roosevelt University
Master's

Education

Roosevelt University (BA)

Roosevelt University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Chicago, IL 60619

Hazel’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Public Speaking,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Background Check Status for Hazel D.

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