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Carol W.

K-12 Math! GED Success! English! French! So Many Other Subjects, Too!

Elkhart, IN (46514)

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Our long summer fun has come to a close. Let's reach your school year educational goal for the academic year ahead!

Turning our thoughts towards a productive school year we may ask: What kind of work does my child have ahead? What can I do to enhance my child's learning during the year? Are college application essays needing attention? Do I have the TASC, ASVAB, or PRAXIS to prepare formy own future?

Mom and Dad, let me help you formulate a plan of study and allow me to keep your hands on the wheel as your student or you forge ahead.

Need help in elementary math and prealgebra? I am ready to work with your child. You will see results on their upcoming testing cycles in short order.

My method? For all of my tutoring subjects I evaluate areas of weakness based on my observations, self reported, parental and teacher inputs. I design a personal program of study to meet a student's unique needs (this is more than what a teacher can do in a large class setting).

Attention Indiana Adult Learners: Secure a fresh future with my help!

Beginning in January 2014, the new Indiana high school equivalency test will be called TASC, or, The Test Assessing Secondary Completion from CTB/McGraw-Hill. It will assess these five subjects: Reading/Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. You'll save time and money; the base cost of the test will be just $52 per student and includes two free retests, scoring and reporting. Subtests beyond the second retake will cost just $18 per student. Any state-imposed testing or administration fees are not included in this cost and will vary by state and/or location. Don't wait to take steps today to secure yourself a solid future of employment; work with me to comprehensively prepare for all aspects of the new TASC exam.

Leçons de français pour vous ou vos enfants? French for you or your children? -- we'll focus on pronunciation as we build oral vocabulary and grammar skills. Children will retain quality pronunciation-- "beaucoup plus mieux"-- so much easier (and better) than older learners, but this latter group has the advantage of sentence and grammar building skills.

Ask me your questions on the WyzAnt email server. Let me describe to you what my help will look like for you or your family. I am ready to set up appointments at your home or in your local library.

I offer solid tutoring skills in so many other subjects. Please learn more about me and my tutoring success through my profile. THANK YOU!

I look forward to meeting you soon! "You" plus "Me" equals New Friendships.

A bientot! Ci vidiamos! Aufwiedersehen! A Dios!

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Carol’s subjects

Corporate Training:
College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, French, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, ASVAB, College Counseling, GED, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Special Needs:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, QuickBooks
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, QuickBooks
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

Algebra 1

Variables, inequalities, coordinates, order of operations & equations: these are some of Algebra I topics we will explore for understanding and proficiency.

Algebra 2

i, FOIL, logarithms, slope, graph translations & quadratic equations will all be explored, discussed and practiced to the point of proficiency as we study Algebra II together.

American History

Have you seen the Reed's Bridge Civil War Battle Field south of Jacksonville, Arkansas? Come to see it when the battle fought there, which held the northern troop advancement back in Missouri for a year or so, is re-enacted by local history buffs. Plan to attend this in early Summer of 2013.

Visiting historical venues with ingrained deep: I haven't forgotten the lady visitor to Massachusetts' "Sturbridge Village", a town placed in 1812 New England, who shared with the re-enactor that she was a "Buckeye" from Ohio, and he looked at her and asked her why she would want to be a nut from a tree and come all the way to New England!

Let's make the words of schoolbook jump off the page and into our minds discussing the short 230 year history of our nation.

Art History

Art museums are a beloved haunt of mine. My absolute favorite art is found in the National Portrait Gallery in London, England. I could gaze at their paintings of Elizabeth I and her father, Henry VIII, again and again. Days at the Louvre in Paris will never suffice; years would be better. My mind's eye remembers the Louvre's unique subterranean entrance through the glass pyramid by American architect, I M Pei, and the unexpected simplicity of the Mona Lisa's presentation in a gallery hosting other magnificent pieces. And, then there is the architectural art of Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Have you experienced the disturbing art found in mangled metallic figurines twisted together standing at the front of the Dachau concentration camp near Munich, Germany? I will not forget the glass art of Tiffany as was exhibited at the Chicago Art museum in 1980. George Braques cubism I prefer to Picasso's eroticism; Carter's mobiles put my mind to quiet musings; Monet, Manet, Cezanne, VanGogh, and other impressionists bring light to my world. I have and will seek out and experience art at every turn I can. Join me on this wonderful journey.


Perseverance and courage belong to those who are working toward their ASVAB! The military work environment has become complicated with financial and international pressures, advanced technologies, and widening government geo-political goals, so much so, that the US military must have workers ready to think smarter and more efficiently in everything they are asked to do.

It is an honor to tutor any student willing to work hard with me and reach for this accomplishment.

College Counseling

Six years actively working to help my three college age children into universities is paying off. It has been an education to find programs that fit who they are and who they want to be. They have all received scholarships and grant funding. One has a full academic scholarship at Ball State U in Indiana, and one is at the United States Air Force Academy. Every little bit helps them achieve their goals of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Let me share with you what I've gleaned through experience.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have four children of my own whom I supported during their passage through the public school system. I have also home-schooled two of them during their 6th and 7th grade years.

I have worked with elementary and middle school aged students for many years. I am Indiana Teacher Certified in grades 5-12 for French, in particular, but have for many years have worked with Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs (such as Cub Scout Day Camps) in Arkansas, California, England and Italy, and have organized and taught several VBS programs and Sunday School classes at our home churches for grades K-12.

I am excited to support you as you ensure your children's successful passage through their elementary school years.

Elementary Math

Attention to detail is something I learned from Math. Also, its gift to me of a sense of logical sequence--especially refined while taking Algebra--has helped me in more than one term paper.

After all, I could not escape from the given perimeters in my life: a high school Math teacher for a mother; and a Mechanical Engineer for a father; grandparent-educators-construction business owners for whom building buildings and reading books were of equal importance.

French or Math? I ultimately chose Liberal Arts, but my reliance on Math has compounded over time.

Elementary Science

Science is making a comeback to public elementary education circles. And, about time, too! I had always thought the Cub Scout program gave more opportunities to study science concepts than I saw my four children had during their elementary years.

The Science status quo is about to change as states join the movement to bring difficult national science standards into a classroom near your child. The ensuing upheaval is all in order to make this generation more internationally competitive in the increasingly technical marketplace of the future.

My particular interests in wildlife, bird, natural resource and environmental studies are what I enjoy teaching to youngsters when I work with Cub and Boy Scouts. But these are only a jumping off point to whet their interest in biology and geology and other fields. National Geographic Magazine is a great resource to me when I challenge them to think outside the American box of how we live and consume the limited resources of our world and it's growing population.


Communicating is the hardest activity we'll accomplish today--and every day. English language use via grammar, word choice, and punctuation provide structures to level the field of understanding between we players in this game of life. The sense of accomplishment for improvements we will make during tutoring sessions is great and long lasting. Let's go over the rules of the game and set out win this one!


It takes a certain sense of humor and humility to learn a new language as an adult. Being able to accept correction in pronunciation and grammar is not easy for many of us. I admire adults who want to study a new language; it is harder to gain speaking fluency, but then to counter this deficit is mature analytical ability and sheer will.

If you want to learn to understand, speak and write English better, I am ready to get started with you, today!

European History

Not only have I read about European History, I've lived it!

In England I saw where the Vikings invaded York; in Normandy France, I saw where Allied troops stormed and perished on its beaches; in Italy, I touched the ruins of Pompeii and traipsed the field where Attila the Hun was routed.

Let me tell you their stories; let's relive it together and see the influence of history on today's Europe.


Indiana has certified me to teach French in grades 5-12. I have studied French since age 14. But, it was not my first foreign language; Thai was my first as a military brat in Bangkok when I was 6.

I have been blessed to have traveled to Quebec and France on various occasions since 9th grade. I have studied the language and cultures of these two francophone regions in some depth.

I hope to one day be able to expand my experiences to francophone Africa although I have studied this large area in college.

Other languages I have studied and used to lessor degrees have been German, Italian, and Japanese.


Perseverance and courage belong to those who are working toward their GED! This recognition of achievement is so needed in our society today. The work environment has become complicated with international competition, advanced technologies, and widening government regulations, so much so, that employers must have workers ready to think smarter and more efficiently in everything they are asked to do.

CTB/McGraw-Hill will be providing the new high school equivalency assessment, which all Indiana providers will begin utilizing in 2014. The new assessment will replace the General Educational Development (GED®) test currently in use. The new test is called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). TASC will be aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards over the next few years and will gradually increase in rigor to better meet industry demand. Hoosier test takers will also pay considerably less for the TASC than the GED® exam, which is scheduled to double in price beginning in January 2014.

It is an honor to tutor any student willing to work hard with me and reach for this accomplishment.


Slope, congruency, similarity of angles, coordinates, lines and segments; we will cover all these aspects of geometry depending upon the student's comprehension as I help them keep up with a class or prepare for the GED.

Government & Politics

Eleven years of living abroad, 39 years spent in ten different States, and my comparative politics university major have made me aware of the similarities and differences of government on a local, state, national and international level. Let's compare and contrast governments and politics the world over, together!


Communicating is the hardest thing we'll do today. Grammar provides structures to level the field of understanding between players in the vital game of communication. It's a fact of daily life: grammar is here to stay! So, I say, "Just get to it!" Tutoring will make sure that it's done right.


The Scarlet Letter, Of Mice and Men, To Have And To Have Not; all great examples of American Literature. I haven't read them all--yet! I have studied American, British, and French literature in high school, college, and grad school.

Let's explore together the settings, the themes, and the main and minor characters of the literature you're reading for class. We will sew together a great report, research, or critical analysis paper that will reach for the coveted scarlet letter "A".


I have worked with phonics for many years. Extensive foreign language learning has attuned my mind to use phonics in reading my native English, French, German, and Italian. I taught phonics to students over three years while working on a Master's in Art of Teaching degree. These years teaching trained me how to help my own four children learn to read using the phonics method.


I loved algebra and geometry in school; it clicked for me.

Although I am a liberal arts major I have supported my four children as they worked through prealgebra in school in recent years.

My method would be to observe areas of misunderstanding of the subject, see what is currently being required, possibly email the student's teacher to know what critical skills are lacking in order to give them priority and then to make a study plan for long term success in other weak areas of understanding.


"We read to know that we're not alone."

I love this quote: it describes my world as it is so enriched by reading. As a kid no cold rainy day came often enough for me to snuggle under a blanket and read my next book. I loved English history and American Indian tales and read them repeatedly.

My four children have read through a large number and variety of book series. I want to work with your child to encourage them to become enraptured as well. I have taken educational classes on reading techniques and will share them with you as you support your child's acquisition of this vital skill.

I will help to defeat WORD GAP in your child's life! According to the Boston Globe there is a word gap in the lives of American children.

Read these numbers:
560,000: Times a child from a professional family receives positive feedback before age four
100,000: Times a child from a working-class family receives positive feedback
2,153: Words per hour a child from a professional family hears.
616: Words per hour a child from a family on welfare hears.

With words surrounding him/her a child will improve in all areas of academics. I am here to help you fill your world with words!

Social Studies

My liberal arts undergraduate and master's degree work in Political Sciences and Foreign Languages and Literature included ample coverage of American, European, and world history and politics. My extensive foreign study abroad experiences in Thailand, France, England, Japan and Italy have opened the world to me. Stateside, I have called the Northeast, Mid-West States, Plains States,the South, and the Southwest home at one time or another. What a great nation we live in; what a wide world we have to explore. I want t share this excitement to those I tutor.

Study Skills

I am a lifelong student. I am happy to share my study skills with all of my tutoring students.


Words! Words! Words! Unlike Eliza Dolittle, I am rarely sick of them. How else might I say this, . . . I am never far from my dictionary and thesaurus! But, do you know words in other languages? I know some in French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese. How about you? Let's explore a world full of words!

World History

"All the world is a stage," said Shakespeare. I've had the opportunity to experience the world's theatre from the floor, the mezzanine, and the box seats. Ingesting stories from first hand accounts of my Vietnam Vet father, living in Europe before and after the Wall fell, roaming the American Embassy and admiring the room in which the Japanese Emperor surrendered to General Douglas MacArthur, and living in the town where this last gentleman was born. Wow! Where can we go together as we explore world history and how it influences our lives today in a global economy? I have my passport in hand, let's depart together on the journey!


I used to be a terrible writer.

I'll never forget the face of my high school newspaper editor when she said how she read one of my articles and cried because, after a long day, she was going to have to re-write it.

Oh, and how humiliated I felt when my freshman history professor said that my careless style made him doubt my readiness and ability to achieve at Purdue. Ouch!--I still can visualize his red-ink side bar comment on my essay exam booklet.

I've written a lot of exposes since those days. As I do a lot of volunteer work I write to people through newsletters, memos, and announcements constantly.

To help a student improve in this area I will first evaluate some writing samples and then work on a plan to address various areas needing improvement, over time with practice. I find that our schools today cheat on giving the students the time it takes to improve in this area. Tutoring will bridge the gap.

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Purdue University (BA, French, PoliSci)

Purdue University (Master's)

IU Bloomington, IN; Cortland College, NY; Franklin Pierce U, NH (Graduate Coursework)

Great tutor. Carol is an excellent tutor. She is very patient and knows what she is teaching. She is always prepared and is very adaptable for whatever comes up. I would highly recommend her. ...

— Sandy from Granger, IN on 11/13/13);

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