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Margaret D.

Minneapolis, MN

$60/hr

Stanford-Educated Multi-Subject Tutor in Minneapolis

Background check passed as of 7/26/13
Usually responds in about 20 hours

Stanford-Educated Multi-Subject Tutor in Minneapolis

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I am a Stanford University graduate who is passionate about the value of education. My undergraduate major was Anthropology, but a I took a wide range of coursework in science, computer programming, the humanities, and foreign languages (French and Chinese). I graduated at the top of my class as a member of Phi Beta Kappa with a 4.19 GPA. I also was the valedictorian of my high school, Minneapolis South, with a GPA of 4.24. In May 2011, I graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College with a diploma in Sustainable Food Production.

I love learning, and I am excited to share my enthusiasm with students. My academic strengths are writing, editing, critical thinking, math, and test preparation (SAT, GRE). I can also tutor students in French. After I graduated from high school, I spent a year in France, attending a French high school and living with a French family. During my junior year of college, I spent another six months in France at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris taking university-level courses in French.

I am a published author and have more than five years of experience producing educational materials for children. I also have substantial experience as a tutor and instructor, helping others learn in various capacities for the past 20 years. I served as a Senior Counselor at Concordia Language Villages' French language camp, Lac du Bois. During my undergraduate years, I tutored underprivileged elementary school children from East Palo Alto in reading. In high school, I was on the math team and tutored fellow students in math. More recently, I have served as a Teacher's Assistant for M State's online sociology courses and volunteered as an ESL and GED teacher with the Minnesota Literacy Council.

Most importantly, I love teaching -- empowering others to hone their academic skills and experience the joy that comes from confidence and knowledge.

Testimonials

"Outstanding Tutor - Easy to Schedule"

- John, Saint Paul, MN on 1/2/15

"Looks forward to his sessions with Margaret "

- Mark, Minneapolis, MN on 2/10/14

"Very patient."

- Kirsten, Minneapolis, MN on 5/15/13

"Incredible teacher! Passionate about students' success!"

- AMANDA, Minneapolis, MN on 3/12/13

"I cannot recommend Margaret highly enough! "

- Kevin, Minneapolis, MN on 2/23/12
Math:
Algebra 1,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Nutrition, Philosophy
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French
History:
Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL,
French,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Reading,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
GRE,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I have tutored students of all ages and backgrounds in Algebra 1, as part of test preparation for the GED, SAT, and GRE. Algebra is one of my favorite subjects, and I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for algebra with my students using a variety of creative teaching techniques.

ESL/ESOL

I have more than a year of experience teaching English at a learning center. In October 2013, I earned the CELTA Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Cambridge University with a Pass A.

French

I learned French during my two experiences as a foreign exchange student in France: one in high school, and once in college. I spent a year in France at a French high school near Toulouse, and I spent six months in Paris taking university courses in French. I lived with French host families both times, which allowed me to learn French related to daily living and cooking.

GRE

I have tutored several students in test prep for the GRE. I took the GRE myself in 2010, after more than a decade of on-and-off again studying. I developed several study tools for the GRE, including flash cards and a scrapbook with artistic representations of math formulas.

I am happy to tutor students in all aspects of test prep for the GRE.

Prealgebra

Most of my experience teaching pre-algebra has been with adult students throughout my tenure as a GED math teacher and basic math tutor with the Minnesota Literacy Council. However, I enjoy helping students of all ages improve their math skills.

When I was in high school, math was my favorite subject. I competed on the math team and lettered in math. Since high school, I have continued to work on math problems and read about math in my spare time as a "hobby."

As a tutor, I greatly enjoy working with students on pre-algebra. I consider pre-algebra a critical skill in life, and I like to emphasize the connections between math problems and students' everyday interests and activities.

Reading

I am the author of several decodable story books for beginning readers, published by the Wright Group as part of their phonics series. I also have developed several worksheets, short stories, games, and other study materials for beginning readers.

I first started tutoring students in reading in the mid-1990s, when I volunteered to read to struggling elementary school students in low-income communities in East Palo Alto. Since then, I have helped students of all ages and backgrounds with reading -- including adult ESL students.

Currently, I am a volunteer ESL teacher with the Minnesota Literacy Council in Minneapolis. I enjoy learning about different methods of teaching reading based on a student's age, prior knowledge, motivation level, and goals.

Social Studies

I currently teach GED social studies classes at the Minnesota Literacy Council. I enjoy helping students connect the various topics in social studies to their own lives, goals, and interests.

In recent years, I have served as an online Teacher's Assistant in several Sociology classes at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, including Introduction to Sociology. I hold a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Stanford University.

Study Skills

I have created and used many different types of study aids and memory tricks, from creating scrapbooks and art to creating audio recordings to making up poems, songs and mnemonic devices. I am aware that every student has his or her own unique learning style, and I believe that study skills must be tailored to each individual.

As a study skills tutor, I would try to determine the way each student learns best and offer tips that leverage their talents and interests.

Writing

I honed my writing skills in college as a Cultural and Social Anthropology major, as well as in my career as a grant writer, a writer and editor of informative newsletters and educational materials, and a researcher. I am a published author of several children's decodable story books.

Stanford University

Education

Stanford University

Outstanding Tutor - Easy to Schedule — Margaret D. is off to a fantastic start with my daughter, a sophomore at Visitation, a college prep school known for its academic rigor. My daughter missed several weeks of school and Margaret is helping her get caught up in French, Math, and her other subjects. I highly recommend Margaret D.! Update: Margaret continues to provide outstanding tutoring for my daughter. Her methods for teaching ma ...

— John, Saint Paul, MN on 1/2/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

I am happy to offer discount rates for group lessons, multiple hour lessons, and long-term tutoring clients. I am also willing to negotiate sliding scale rates for lower income students.

Travel policy

Margaret will travel within 10 miles of Minneapolis, MN 55435.


About Margaret

I am a Stanford University graduate who is passionate about the value of education. My undergraduate major was Anthropology, but a I took a wide range of coursework in science, computer programming, the humanities, and foreign languages (French and Chinese). I graduated at the top of my class as a member of Phi Beta Kappa with a 4.19 GPA. I also was the valedictorian of my high school, Minneapolis South, with a GPA of 4.24. In May 2011, I graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College with a diploma in Sustainable Food Production.

I love learning, and I am excited to share my enthusiasm with students. My academic strengths are writing, editing, critical thinking, math, and test preparation (SAT, GRE). I can also tutor students in French. After I graduated from high school, I spent a year in France, attending a French high school and living with a French family. During my junior year of college, I spent another six months in France at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris taking university-level courses in French.

I am a published author and have more than five years of experience producing educational materials for children. I also have substantial experience as a tutor and instructor, helping others learn in various capacities for the past 20 years. I served as a Senior Counselor at Concordia Language Villages' French language camp, Lac du Bois. During my undergraduate years, I tutored underprivileged elementary school children from East Palo Alto in reading. In high school, I was on the math team and tutored fellow students in math. More recently, I have served as a Teacher's Assistant for M State's online sociology courses and volunteered as an ESL and GED teacher with the Minnesota Literacy Council.

Most importantly, I love teaching -- empowering others to hone their academic skills and experience the joy that comes from confidence and knowledge.

Testimonials

"Outstanding Tutor - Easy to Schedule"

- John, Saint Paul, MN on 1/2/15

"Looks forward to his sessions with Margaret "

- Mark, Minneapolis, MN on 2/10/14

"Very patient."

- Kirsten, Minneapolis, MN on 5/15/13

"Incredible teacher! Passionate about students' success!"

- AMANDA, Minneapolis, MN on 3/12/13

"I cannot recommend Margaret highly enough! "

- Kevin, Minneapolis, MN on 2/23/12
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Education

Stanford University

Education

Stanford University


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required

I am happy to offer discount rates for group lessons, multiple hour lessons, and long-term tutoring clients. I am also willing to negotiate sliding scale rates for lower income students.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Minneapolis, MN 55435

Margaret’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Nutrition, Philosophy
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French
History:
Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL,
French,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Reading,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
GRE,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
Proofreading

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.


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