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Deirdre A.

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Gaithersburg, MD (20879)

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ADD/ADHD Coach, Writing Tutor, SAT prep, College Application Help

I am a homeschooling mother, with one son in his freshman year of college, one about to graduate from high school, and one attending her first year of a progressive private school in the area. For the last 9 nine years, I have taught middle school and high school writing classes from my home. I have also experimented with teaching AP English and with preparation for the SAT in general and the SAT Literature Subject Test in particular. I have helped 3 young men apply to college in the past year and have assisted a number of students with the essay for the Common Application as well as scholarship essays. I particularly enjoy helping students with ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities.

I am finding that I also enjoy helping students with difficulty in math. My skills are best suited to helping verbally strong, “non- mathy” types to understand math. Although I've helped both my boys through pre-calculus, I think, for tutoring purposes, my skills top out at around Algebra 1 or Geometry. If you are a math whiz, you don't want me. However, if you have a bright child who constantly forgets simple things like multiplication facts and how to do long division, I might be your person!

I have a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Linguistics, with a concentration in teaching English as a Second Language. My work at the Maryland English Institute for 8 years involved teaching college-age students to read, write, speak and understand English. It is in this setting that I learned how to teach writing.

I have read the extensively on the subjects of ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, dyslexia, sensory integration, PPD-NOS, anxiety and depression and the like.
I am especially interested in helping students with ADD/ADHD. In the past year, I assisted a young man with ADHD in organizing his college work, thus bringing his average from a C to an A. I discovered, over the past year, that I enjoy helping students to discern the college that is best for them, to prepare their college applications, and to meet college deadlines. I especially enjoy helping students who may have had challenges in school package themselves for college admissions. So far, the three students I have helped apply to college all had ADHD and less than stellar grades. My applicants received acceptances to competitive schools and merit offers as well.

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Wellesley Colllege and Catholic University (English)

American University (Master's)

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Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

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Deirdre will travel within 10 miles of Gaithersburg, MD 20879.

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