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Debra W.

Personal and Professional Reading, Writing, Math and Test Prep Tutor

Evanston, IL (60202)

Travel radius
15 miles
Hourly fee
$60.00
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I enjoyed a 20 year career in business while teaching Hebrew school part-time. In 2011, I completed my Masters in Secondary Education and hold an Illinois Type 9, teaching certificate with an endorsement in business. I am a member of the faculty at Evanston Township High School, teaching a consumer economics course in summer school and ACT Preparation during the year.

I have over 15 years of experience teaching teens. I believe that every student can learn, and I approach every student with genuine caring and respect. I work to foster the "yes I can" belief in students and guide them toward their best. I try to customize every lesson to the student and use his or her life experiences to help him or her understand and process the concepts and skills. My students know that I truly care how well they do and how well I do in teaching them skills and building confidence. The ACT students I have worked with performed, on average, 20% better after 10 hours of lessons.

While I have not pursued a degree or specialty in special education, I have had significant success with students who have been diagnosed with ADD, dyslexia and emotional disorders. I welcome the opportunity to work one-on-one with special needs students.

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Debra’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 2, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
History:
Elementary Education:
Business:
Accounting, Business, Career Development, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Accounting, Algebra 2, Economics, English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, Statistics, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Career Development, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Accounting, Business, Career Development, Economics, Finance, General Computer, Grammar, Hebrew, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Statistics

ACT English

Reviewing sentence, paragraph and overall article structure, punctuation, word usage and transitions I teach methods that have proven success in achieving 10%+ better reading comprehension scores on the ACT.

ACT Reading

I teach students methods for approaching the Reading Comprehension section of the ACT that are valuable skills in every reading based class. I have specific methods that work for ADD and dyslexic as well as those who simply need to read more effectively.

Business

I hold a type 9 certification in Illinois with a Business education endorsement, after completing my masters of secondary education. My BS is Business Administration with a management and economics dual major. Which means that I can convert my 20 year career in Small Business Management, into teaching the principals of business to today's teens. I taught at Evanston Township High School this past summer in the Applied Sciences department. I can teach marketing, market research, management, accounting I, economics and finance.

Career Development

High school and college can be stimulating and challenging. Planning your future at the same time can feel overwhelming. Working with an outsider with a 20 year career in business and 15 years of teaching experience may be the tool you need to set your goals and develop a strategy to achieve them. I can help you figure out where you want to be in five or ten years and develop your own personal plan to get there.

General Computer

Students in elementary school are already exposed to and taught to use a variety of computer programs. Understanding the terminology and basics of computing will take the mystery out and replace it with effectiveness and confidence.

I have taught keyboarding, introduction to computing, and introduction to using office programs to students from grade school to senior citizens.

Hebrew

I lived in Israel and studied Hebrew in classes designed for new immigrants. In addition, I have been teaching in a local synagogue for over 15 years teaching various subjects including elementary level Hebrew. I am proficient in reading, writing and conversational Hebrew. I am also knowledgeable in prayer and religious texts.

Reading

I teach active reading methods that have proven success in achieving 10%+ better reading comprehension scores on tests as well as in general studies. Students learn to take appropriate notes while reading and use those notes to answer questions. Reading comprehension improves from the first session.

Religion

I have over 15 years of experience teaching Jewish religion, Hebrew, Talmud, Torah in Chicago area synagogues affiliated with the conservative movement. I have completed teacher training and attend annual seminars offered by the Board of Jewish Education and the Chicago Federation for Jewish Education, and I am a Melton graduate.

Study Skills

As a teacher for over 15 years I have observed and strengthened study skills in my students by organizing my lessons and giving good directions. I show students how to learn efficiently by demonstrating how and where to focus their attention, subject by subject, book by book. I also incorporate techniques from ACT prep and various special needs areas to help each individual become a better student.

TOEFL

Learning to speak, read, and write and English with confidence is challenging. Using a variety of methods I can teach reading comprehension to non-native speakers enabling them to overcome any weaknesses and pass TOEFL.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is built by reading effectively. I teach reading skills, writing skills and good study habits to build vocabulary.

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Education

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Business Administration (Management, Economic)

University of Phoenix- College of Education (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Debra will travel within 15 miles of Evanston, IL 60202.

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