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Donna K.

Charlotte, NC

$75/hr

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I enjoy making learning a FUN experience for students! If one is relaxed and enjoying oneself, he or she will learn much more easily. I enjoy watching the self-confidence gained from students realizing how smart they already are as well as watching them acquire the tools to progress even further on their own in the future!

I especially take pride in tutoring math to high school girls, who in my experience learn math differently than boys and may often experience "math anxiety."

As a former teacher in a variety of different roles, I offer the depth and breadth of experience to tutor in many different areas. I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with highest honors in English and a minor in French. I have taught Elementary school - Second through Fourth Grades, using the proven Mae Carden Method. My students began the year failing standardized end of grade tests and ended the year in the 80 and 90th percentiles! Their parents were amazed and delighted, as were the students themselves. I have also taught high school Math and French, as well as Art at all levels.

I also enjoy tutoring SAT and ACT prep courses. Personally, I score consistently highly - 99th percentile - on all standardized tests, but I only mention this not to brag but to demonstrate that I can offer many tips and tricks designed to maximize the results for students taking the SAT or ACT, or even the GRE or GMAT - Graduate School entrance examinations.

I look forward to meeting you and working with you to accomplish your learning goals!

Testimonials

"A Wonderful and Really Passionate Tutor! Awesome!"

- Jahquiis, Charlotte, NC on 4/28/14
Donna replied on 4/29/2014

Jahquiis, you are too kind! It's easy to be a good tutor when you have such a hard-working and devoted student!
Best of luck to you, always!

"Good Tutor"

- Sara, Charlotte, NC on 10/14/14

"Awesome tutor!!!"

- Leslie, Matthews, NC on 10/14/14

"Fantastic tutor who really knows how to engage the student!"

- Lynn, Charlotte, NC on 9/13/14

"Reliable Tutor"

- Don, Rock Hill, SC on 9/1/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Susan, Monroe, NC on 6/16/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Lisa, Charlotte, NC on 3/18/14
Donna replied on 3/19/2014

Thank you, Lisa! You were a great student!

Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
TOEFL
Special Needs:
Phonics

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.

ACT English

Donna is qualified to tutor in ACT English test prep due to her strong knowledge of the areas that the test covers: Usage/Mechanics (punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure) as well as Rhetorical Skills (strategy, organization, and style). She has taught these skills as a teacher in a private school in California and she has a degree in English from Berkeley, from which she graduated with highest honors. She has also tutored students for the ACT English test.

Unlike most people, Donna adores taking standardized tests and scores consistently in the highest percentiles on them! She can show your student how to have the same success!

Donna will also go over many tricks and tips that are useful for improving one's success rate on the ACT English test. And lastly, not only does Donna have a proven success rate with all of her Test Prep tutoring students, but she also manages to make studying for this test FUN!

ACT Math

Donna has tutored high school math - Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Pre-calculus. She is very familiar with the six content areas of the ACT Math test (pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry) and has helped many students to prepare for this test. Furthermore, she provides a relaxed and secure environment for students to gain *self-confidence* in their approach to taking this math test. And lastly, she goes over many tips and tricks that further guarantee successful ACT Math test results.

ACT Reading

Unlike most people, Donna adores taking standardized tests and scores consistently in the highest percentiles on them. She can show your student how to have the same success! In addition to solid knowledge of the subject matter being tested, there are many tricks and tips that are useful for improving one's success rates on these types of tests! Donna makes studying for standardized tests FUN! She has a proven success rate for all her students.

Algebra 1

Donna has taught math to elementary through high school grades and tutored everything from beginning math to Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Pre-calculus. Her students consistently elevate their course grades as well as their standardized testing scores. And on top of all that, Donna makes learning math fun!

Algebra 2

Let's face it… Algebra 2 is super hard! At least it was for me when I was in high school… But I have struggled to make it EASIER for others! I understand where kids get hung up, and I've tried to find simplified ways to explain complex concepts... If one can break it down into its most fundamental components, solving complex math problems can actually be quite enjoyable! Like most math courses, Algebra 2 requires a solid understanding of all of the math fundamentals that were taught in courses before it. A mastery of Algebra 2 also is essential to success in more complex math courses to follow, such as Precalculus and Calculus. I taught high school math in a private school in California and have been tutoring high school math in North Carolina now for several years. I'd love to help you start improving your Algebra 2 test scores today!

Desktop Publishing

Having worked in a corporate environment for many years, Donna became very adept at many forms of Desktop Publishing software - MS Publisher, MS Powerpoint, MS Word, and Adobe Framemaker. She was the editor of a monthly newsletter that went out to all tax professionals in the firm of Price Waterhouse. She also published a neighborhood newsletter for many years. She has a strong sense of artistry, design, and layout, and she understands the importance of "white space." Furthermore, Donna's diploma with highest honors in English from UC Berkeley, allows Donna to offer her clients the added benefit of grammatical and proof-reading expertise!

Elementary (K-6th)

I taught in a private school in Marin County, California for several years. The school was Carden Marin School and utilized the highly successful "Mae Carden method," which is utilized in Carden Schools throughout the world. I specifically taught kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades, as well as high school math, French and art. I am a graduate with honors from The University of California, Berkeley (1983). I have also worked as a technology consultant for over 20 years, but am really enjoying tutoring now.

Elementary Math

Donna has taught math to elementary through high school grades and tutored everything from beginning math to Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Pre-calculus. Her students consistently elevate their course grades as well as standardized testing scores.
And on top of all that, Donna makes learning math fun! She has a proven success rate for all her students.

English

Donna graduated with highest honors from the University of Calif at Berkeley with a degree in English. She has published creative writing and she enjoys teaching children in a fun and creative manner. She looks forward to helping your child grow in leaps and bounds with her fun and proven method!

ESL/ESOL

Donna is fluent in 2 languages - French and English and, as such, she recognizes the struggles inherent in learning a language that is not one's own native tongue. This sympathy makes her especially qualified to help others striving to become fluent in another language. Lastly, her deep knowledge of the structure of the English language and its grammar and syntax is especially helpful to newly-speaking English students. She graduated with highest honors in English at Univ of Calif, Berkeley, and also taught at a private grammar school that specialized in grammatical accuracy and competency.

French

Donna began taking French lessons when she was 7 years old, then continued on throughout grammar school, junior high, high school and University to refine her French skills. She has traveled extensively in France and most recently submerged herself with a native French-speaker in Paris for 3 weeks to further master the common everyday vernacular. She has taught French to grade school as well as high school children, and always strives to keep learning fun and natural, in accordance with the latest and best practices for foreign language learning. Allons-y!! (Let's go!)

GED

The GED test covers knowledge attained in the following four basic high school academic areas: Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts.
With the amount of study materials available today for GED test preparation, this test is easily passable with a very high score if the student desires it strongly enough! I am able to quickly assess where the student requires further help and work to quickly bring him or her up to speed. Furthermore, I take the drudgery out of test prep with a lighthearted nature and an individualized approach that makes learning actually FUN! Click on my profile to learn more.

General Computer

Donna has worked with all aspects of computers for over 20 years, including: hardware, software, operating systems, and LAN and WAN networking. She has worked with small businesses to set up networks and servers, as well as provided PC repair & maintenance services for individuals.

She enjoys working with individuals to help them master their own personal technology environment from PC's or tablets to digital photography and music. She has created mail merge programs and is fluent in all aspects of MS Office and other productivity suites.

But most importantly, she keeps technology understandable to the everyday person and can simplify even the most complex concepts so that a person can get the most benefit and understanding from the tools that they already possess!

Geometry

I have taught as well as tutored high school geometry. My teaching took place in a private school in California. I then tutored in Charlotte, NC for students in the Mecklenburg and Union County high school systems. Students were able to get A's in their high school math classes after a few short weeks! I look forward to helping YOU!

GMAT

The GMAT test is a three and a half hour exam that covers four sections of knowledge assessment – Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal. I have had experience in tutoring students to take the SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT. I have had a 100% success rate with students improving their scores in every test that I tutor.
With the amount of study materials available today for GMAT preparation, this test is easily passable with a very high score if the student desires it strongly enough! I am able to quickly assess where students require further help and work to quickly bring them up to speed. Furthermore, I take the drudgery out of test prep with a lighthearted nature and an individualized approach that actually makes learning FUN! Please click on my profile for more information.

Grammar

I have taught grammar school in a school that actually focused VERY intensely on GRAMMAR! I have tutored the English portion of the SAT and ACT tests successfully to many students. I know the difference between "which" and "that," and between "effect" and "affect!" I know the 8 parts of speech (9 if you count "articles" separately!) I can tell at a glance an appositive from an apostrophe, and I am here to help you master all of these enigmas!

GRE

The GRE test is a 3 hour and 45 minute exam that covers three sections of knowledge assessment – Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative Reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning.
I, myself, actually TOOK the GRE test (after merely one intense weekend of self-study) and scored in the 99th percentiles on all areas.

I have had experience in tutoring students to take the SAT and ACT tests which are designed to help high school kids enter college. I have had a 100% success rate with students improving their scores in these two other types of test. With the amount of study materials available today for GRE preparation, this test is easily passable with a very high score if the student desires it strongly enough! I am able to quickly assess where the student requires further help and work to quickly bring him or her up to speed. Furthermore, I take the drudgery out of test prep with a lighthearted nature and an individualized approach that actually makes learning FUN! Click on my profile for more information.

Literature

I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with highest honors with a bachelor's degree in English. I wrote my 110-page Honors Thesis on the humor found in the Beat Poetry of the 1950's poet, John O'Hara. I have taught English at a private school in California, and am currently a writer in Charlotte, NC. I LOVE American and English literature of all genres - novels, poetry, essays, children's works, epics, romances, and adventures. I have taken numerous college level courses on everything from Beowulf and Chaucer and Shakespeare through to all manner of modern English literature. At one point in my life, I even endeavored to memorize all of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets!
The key to tutoring in Literature is not only to be able to show students an appreciation of the reading of fine works, but also, to help them attain the ability to relate those works to one's own life and to be able to write essays expressing opinions about these works. I would love to share my love of literature with YOU as well as teach you how to be successful in your coursework.

Microsoft Outlook

Donna has worked with the entire Microsoft Office suite since its inception and is extremely adept at using not only the basic features but also the advanced capabilities as well. In terms of Outlook, she can help you to import or export contacts from other mail programs such as AOL, Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo. She can show you how to set up folders, filters to weed out spam, perform mail merges and interface to other MS Office programs such as Word or Excel. Donna would be happy to help you with any function of Outlook's mail, calendaring, or contact management system. Click on her profile for more information!

Microsoft PowerPoint

Donna has used PowerPoint and other presentation software programs for over 20 years. She is quite conversant with all the advanced features,such as: animations, video and multimedia embedding, packaging PP shows for distribution, etc. View her profile for more information or to contact her for an appointment.

Microsoft Publisher

Having worked in a corporate environment for many years, I became very adept at many forms of Desktop Publishing software - MS Publisher, MS Powerpoint, MS Word, and Adobe Framemaker. I was the editor of a monthly newsletter that went out to all tax professionals in the firm of Price Waterhouse. I also published a neighborhood newsletter for many years. I have a strong sense of artistry, design, and layout, and she understands the importance of "white space." Furthermore, Donna's diploma with highest honors in English from UC Berkeley, allows Donna to offer her clients the added benefit of grammatical and proof-reading expertise!

Microsoft Windows

Donna has been an IT consultant for over 20 years in large corporate IT departments and most recently in her own private IT consulting business. She has worked with small businesses to set up networks and servers, as well as provide PC repair & maintenance services. She has built web sites and written other software programs. She knows MS Windows environment inside and out!

Specifically in regard to MS Windows, she has already tutored several people in Windows 8 -- the latest Microsoft version of Windows. She is also familiar with every previous version of Windows, e.g., Windows 7, Vista, XP, Millenium Edition, etc. all the way back to the original DOS operating system!

Most importantly, she keeps technology understandable for the everyday person and can simplify even the most complex concepts so that a person can get the most benefit and understanding from the tools that they already possess!

Microsoft Word

Donna has used MS Word and other word processing software programs for over 20 years. She is quite conversant with all the advanced features, such as: formatting, editing, collaboration, mail merge, macros, etc. View her profile for more information or to contact her for an appointment.

Networking (Computer)

Donna has been an IT consultant for over 20 years in large corporate IT departments and most recently in her own private IT consulting business. She has worked with small businesses to set up networks and servers, as well as provide PC repair & maintenance services. She has built web sites and written other software programs.

She also enjoys working with individuals to help them master their own personal technology environment from PC's or tablets to digital photography and music. She has created mail merge programs and is fluent in all aspects of MS Office and other productivity suites. She has access to remote learning capabilities as well as on site help.

But most importantly, she keeps technology understandable to the everyday person and can simplify even the most complex concepts so that a person can get the most benefit and understanding from the tools that they already possess!

Phonics

I have been certified in the Mae Carden educational system whose reading and spelling curriculum is entirely built upon a structured application of phonics. Students learn spelling through the Carden "controls", a set of rules for deconstructing a word into its basic phonic parts, presented in such a way that the students are able to remember how and why a word is spelled the way it is and to also explain the reasons why certain groupings of letters are pronounced differently. In addition, the controls are accompanied by a vowel chart, which groups sounds into natural phonic clusters.
Using this method, I taught school at a private school in California full- and part-time over a period of 7 years. My students consistently scored at the top percentiles of their peer groups on the end-of-year standardized tests, including in reading comprehension and spelling.

Prealgebra

Pre-algebra is very important for developing a solid foundation for future math classes! Donna has taught math to elementary through high school grades and tutored everything from beginning math to Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Pre-calculus. Her students consistently elevate their course grades as well as their standardized testing scores.

Precalculus

Having been a high school math teacher in California and now having been a math tutor for many years here in NC, I have seen the "anxiety" that Pre-calculus can often cause students! Often, this comes from being introduced to advanced topics, before the student has mastered the building blocks necessary for forming a strong math foundation. My method seeks to establish a solid understanding of why we do what we do in math, and not just have students memorize random formulas! I especially aim to build up students' self-confidence in math, which only continues to grow once they find themselves succeeding in understanding what was once a mystery!

PSAT

The PSAT tests a student's abilities in critical reading, math, and writing skills. It is good practice for the SAT test which is typically taken the following year. By taking the PSAT, a student is also entered into the competition for national merit scholarship funds.
I have extensive experience tutoring students preparing to take both the SAT math, reading, and writing tests, as well as ACT tests. The PSAT falls into the same category of "standardized testing" and, as such, there are many "tricks of the trade" that can be learned in order to achieve the greatest possibility of success. I not only prepare the students in the necessary subject areas, but also relay important time management and test taking strategies that will significantly improve a student's overall score.

Reading

Reading -- comprehension, analysis, and enjoyment -- are all cornerstones for building a great education. From the youngest students who are just learning phonics and "how to read" through high school students seeking to hone their reading skills in preparation for the SAT, I have taught all levels of reading. I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with honors in English and have a strong love of language and literature. I would love to help your child experience that same level of reading satisfaction!

SAT Math

The SAT Math test covers: Numbers and operations; algebra and functions; Geometry and measurement; and Data analysis, statistics, and probability. I have taught high school math as well as tutored extensively in areas ranging from algebra, geometry, and trigonometry up through pre-calculus. Getting a good score, even a GREAT score, on the SAT is just a matter of being very familiar with actually a very limited set of mathematical concepts. I quickly determine where my students are getting "stuck" and then work on gaining mastery of those areas. Math can actually be fun!

SAT Reading

I have tutored many students studying to take the SAT Reading test, with proven results - higher scores of at least 20 - 30 % on every subject!

I have taught these skills as a teacher in a private school in California and I have a degree in English from the University of California/Berkeley, from which I graduated with highest honors.

Unlike most people, I adore taking standardized tests and score consistently in the highest percentiles on them! I can show your student how to have the same success!

I will also go over many tricks and tips that are useful for improving one's success rate on the SAT Reading test. And lastly, not only do I have a proven success rate with all of my Test Prep tutoring students, but I also manage to make studying for this test FUN! Click on my profile to learn more!

SAT Writing

The SAT writing test has two parts: the multiple choice questions and the essay. Both parts require different strategies and techniques for mastery. I have tutored many students preparing to take the SAT Writing test and they have all increased their scores significantly.

Along with imparting a mastery of the subject matter, I will also go over many tricks and tips that are useful for improving a student's success rate on the SAT Writing test.

I have taught writing skills as a teacher in a private school in California and I have a degree in English from the University of California/Berkeley, from which I graduated with highest honors. Click on my profile to learn more!

Spelling

I have taught many children how to spell!! Although it may not seem like it at times, the English language does have a systematic and phonetically based system for learning to spell correctly. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule! However, if one learns the basics and then memorizes the exceptions, a complete mastery is guaranteed! Knowing word origins and foreign influences on our language also helps to decipher many words.

SSAT

Wyzant requires a subject matter test be completed to qualify for tutoring the SSAT test. It must be completed in around 30 minutes and be 70% correct to pass. I completed the test in far less time with a 100% passing grade. Furthermore, I, myself, passed the actual SSAT test to enter an elite private college preparatory school in Ross, California with scores in the 99 percentiles. Later in life, both my sons, accomplished the same feat while attending Providence Day School here in Charlotte. Unlike most people, I adore taking standardized tests and I can show others how to have the same success! In addition to solid knowledge of the subject matter being tested, there are many tricks and tips that are useful for improving one's success rates on these types of test. Let me show your children how!

TOEFL

Being an English major from the University of California at Berkeley, I obviously adore the English language, its literature, and its structure. I have taught grammar school with an emphasis on old-fashioned grammar! I have tutored many students on the English portions of the SAT and ACT tests. I currently am fluent in English and near-fluent in French - so understand the struggles of a non-native speaker trying to comprehend strange grammatical and syntactical structures! I promise to work with you to make learning English fun and rewarding! Click on my profile to learn more!

Vocabulary

Donna adores words, language and nuances between definitions. She also can help students prepping for many standardized tests that include vocabulary words by showing them secrets, tips and tricks to learning large quantities of words in a rapid manner. And on top of all this, she makes it FUN! And that would be super-duper-fragi-listic-ex-pi-al-i-do-cious! (...which is a made up word, of course!)

Writing

I have taught English at a private school in California, and am currently a writer in Charlotte, NC. I am also a specialist in the nuances of English grammar, syntax, and diction. I have tutored for the English portions of standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT, including tutoring for the newest addition in this area - the essay portion. I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with highest honors with a bachelor's degree in English. I wrote my 110-page Honors Thesis on the humor found in the Beat Poetry of the 1950's poet, John O'Hara.

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University of California at Berkeley
English

Education

University of California at Berkeley (English)

A Wonderful and Really Passionate Tutor! Awesome! — Donna is a great tutor and really knows her stuff. I've taken the the GRE in the past and did poorly, but she helped me improve my score after getting tutoring sessions from her. She is very passionate about teaching. Not only does she want her clients to do well on their exams/test, she wants them to really understand the material that is being taught. She helped me find new ways to learn vocabul ...

— Jahquiis, Charlotte, NC on 4/28/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Normal rate: $75.00/hour. Test prep and other extended-length tutoring sessions qualify for a discount. Must commit to a minimum of 2 hrs/wk for 4 weeks or longer. Thanks for your interest!

Travel policy

Donna will travel within 20 miles of Charlotte, NC 28277.


About Donna

I enjoy making learning a FUN experience for students! If one is relaxed and enjoying oneself, he or she will learn much more easily. I enjoy watching the self-confidence gained from students realizing how smart they already are as well as watching them acquire the tools to progress even further on their own in the future!

I especially take pride in tutoring math to high school girls, who in my experience learn math differently than boys and may often experience "math anxiety."

As a former teacher in a variety of different roles, I offer the depth and breadth of experience to tutor in many different areas. I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with highest honors in English and a minor in French. I have taught Elementary school - Second through Fourth Grades, using the proven Mae Carden Method. My students began the year failing standardized end of grade tests and ended the year in the 80 and 90th percentiles! Their parents were amazed and delighted, as were the students themselves. I have also taught high school Math and French, as well as Art at all levels.

I also enjoy tutoring SAT and ACT prep courses. Personally, I score consistently highly - 99th percentile - on all standardized tests, but I only mention this not to brag but to demonstrate that I can offer many tips and tricks designed to maximize the results for students taking the SAT or ACT, or even the GRE or GMAT - Graduate School entrance examinations.

I look forward to meeting you and working with you to accomplish your learning goals!

Testimonials

"A Wonderful and Really Passionate Tutor! Awesome!"

- Jahquiis, Charlotte, NC on 4/28/14
Donna replied on 4/29/2014

Jahquiis, you are too kind! It's easy to be a good tutor when you have such a hard-working and devoted student!
Best of luck to you, always!

"Good Tutor"

- Sara, Charlotte, NC on 10/14/14

"Awesome tutor!!!"

- Leslie, Matthews, NC on 10/14/14

"Fantastic tutor who really knows how to engage the student!"

- Lynn, Charlotte, NC on 9/13/14

"Reliable Tutor"

- Don, Rock Hill, SC on 9/1/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Susan, Monroe, NC on 6/16/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Lisa, Charlotte, NC on 3/18/14
Donna replied on 3/19/2014

Thank you, Lisa! You were a great student!

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Education

University of California at Berkeley
English

Education

University of California at Berkeley (English)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Normal rate: $75.00/hour. Test prep and other extended-length tutoring sessions qualify for a discount. Must commit to a minimum of 2 hrs/wk for 4 weeks or longer. Thanks for your interest!

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Charlotte, NC 28277

Donna’s Subjects

Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
TOEFL
Special Needs:
Phonics

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.


Donna’s Resources

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