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Dorene L.

The Turnaround Teacher - Experienced, Energetic & Creative

Downers Grove, IL (60516)

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What is your learning style? While I tutor in many subjects, (my specialties are math, computers and science), I work with your learning style to help you achieve success in the subject(s) needed. It’s also very important to incorporate creativity and make learning fun and empowering!

Key points for you to know:

• I am an Illinois certified teacher, grades 6–12, with endorsements in Middle School, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Computers. My substitute teaching experience spans Preschool through grade 12. College teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member includes mathematics, computer science and telecommunications courses.

• Since 1990, I've been teaching and tutoring students from Preschool age through senior citizens.

• Each student's learning needs are uniquely theirs, including learning issues such as ADD and ADHD. By adapting to the individual student’s needs and working together as a team, we work through concepts and applications of concepts. We start with questions from homework, quizzes and exams to review what was not understood.

• I ask students questions to enable them to discover answers on their own which boosts motivation and self esteem. All of my students have seen improvements within their first two weeks of tutoring.

• I require a two-hour minimum to come to your home/neighborhood. Please contact me so we can discuss how to help you achieve your goals. I am here to help turnaround your academic performance to a successful experience!

Thank you for your interest in my services as a tutor. I look forward to meeting you soon!

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Dorene’s subjects

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Trigonometry
Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
General Computer, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Study Skills
Business, Microsoft Word
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Study Skills
Corporate Training:
Business, ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Microsoft Word


I have an M.B.A. degree with concentrations in Management and Management Information Systems (MIS) from Benedictine University. Throughout my career, I have been continually learning about the business world. I have successfully tutored high school and college students in business courses encompassing introductory level business, accounting, economics, and marketing courses, through higher level management, organizational behavior, organizational development courses.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have substitute taught each grade preschool through 8th grade in Mathematics, Science, English, Literature, Language Arts, Social Studies, Reading, Music, Physical Education, Computers and Art in both public and private schools. I am an Illinois highly qualified certified teacher for grades 6-12, specializing in Mathematics, Science, Computers, Physics and Chemistry.

Study Skills

I have worked with many students to build good study habits/skills. Some key points include:

A. A good study place. This is a place where studying can be comfortably done, a desk or table large enough to hold all study materials. Plenty of light, comfortable chair, moderate temperature - not too warm, not too cold. Free from distractions and interruptions. All study materials needed are available: pens, pencils, eraser, markers, paper, ruler, calculator, text book(s), notebooks, assignment notebooks, assignment handouts/worksheets/study guides, etc. There should be storage space for study materials. If this is a shared work area, then know a designated time when the student can use this are for studying.

B. Set Goals. Student needs to set reasonable goals. Each goal should specify what the student will do, when the student will do it, including how it will be done. Goals should be within the skills and abilities based on student strengths and weaknesses. These goals should be reasonable, flexible/modifiable in case a change is needed, measurable, and able to be done independently by the student. Even working in a group or team, student should be able to accomplish the goal. Student needs to realize that he/she is in control of what he/she does, and can have little to no influence on what others in the group/team do.

C. Successful students develop, practice and implement good study habits. This includes:
- Chunk your time. For example 45 minutes study, 15 minute break. Use a timer, if necessary. During break, have a glass of water, take a short walk, etc.
- Schedule specific times throughout the week for schoolwork and study time.
- Establish a routine time for study each day.
- Start studying at designated routine time. It's too easy to procrastinate.
- Work on the most difficult task first.
- Review notes and directions before proceeding with work on task/goal.
- Inform friends of designated study time so there are no phone calls or other distractions or interruptions.
- Have a designated "study buddy" - another student you can call when having difficulty with an assignment. Be sure to honor that student's study time for no phone calls. Consider establishing a study buddy for each class.
- Review school work on the weekend to be better prepared to school on Monday.
- Practice these study skills so that they are become part of the way you do your work.
- Reward yourself for a successful study session, goals completed. Simple rewards are better, for example, play some music, play with a pet cat or dog, short time fun.

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BS Elmhurst College

Benedictine University (MBA)

National Louis University, Illinois (Other)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Dorene will travel within 15 miles of Downers Grove, IL 60516.

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