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April O.

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Mooresville, NC (28115)

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I am a College Reading & Learning Association certified tutor with over 1,000 hours tutoring all levels of math from K through college. I am intimately familiar with many standardized tests and strategies to conquer them. I'm also certified to teach ESL. Above all else, I make learning fun! It's my goal that you leave feeling good about your subject.

About Me:
I am a certified CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) tutor who has been tutoring since September of 2011. I started at Appalachian State University in their Learning Assistance Programme's University Tutoring Services tutoring math, biology, Japanese, and a variety of other subjects. Most weeks I worked 16 hours a week and in a typical semester I tutored 30+ students a week over a variety of subjects, with most of my sessions being full (capped at 3 students/session).

I have been employed at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College as a math/science tutor since January of 2013. As of September of 2013, I have well over 1,000 hours working with students since I began employment at Appalachian State University.

While most of my experience tutoring is with college aged students, I am also quite at ease working with elementary through high school students. I have been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for the past ten years and have spent the past 4 as an Assistant Scoutmaster and Associate Crew Advisor for my troop/crew. Before that, I volunteered to be an Assistant Leader with my local cub scout camp as well as assisted my local cub pack and Boy Scout troop (moving with my younger brother as he aged through the ranks). I frequently help the boys in my troop with their homework, so I am very familiar with primary and secondary school education and at ease helping youth.

I attended the NC School of Science & Mathematics for high school and graduated in December 2012 from Appalachian State University with a degree in Technical Photography, minoring in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). I will be attending UNC-Charlotte in Fall of 2014 for a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Secondary Ed Math as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Ed Math.

About My Tutoring Methods:
I have been told that I am a "tough" tutor, imposing strict attendance and participation standards, but one of the best our center has by my boss and our lab managers. I impose strict standards because I believe that regular attendance, proper preparation for sessions, and full participation leads to better grades and a deeper understanding of subject material. This is especially important in math and foreign languages where regular practice is essential to understanding the concepts and mastering the subject.

My tutoring method entails precisely identifying the underlying issue in the fundamentals of a student's learning and working with them to correct it while simultaneously assisting them with their current course work. This prevents students from falling behind in their current course work while still setting them up for success in future work. I also work with students on improving their study skills and time management skills (something I, myself, had to work on in school) so that they will experience success in all aspects of their academic careers.

I take a very laid-back approach to sessions. While my standards may be strict, I like to create a fun, positive learning environment. I often let the student direct the session to their specific needs while still maintaining control of the session as a whole. If I feel a student needs more work in a particular area, I will work with them until they are comfortable with the concept.

Frequently my students see me on campus the following semester or later and stop to tell me how well they did in their class, with many able to pull their grades up to beyond even their original expectations. I love hearing how well they did. Nothing makes me feel better than hearing, from one of my students, how they were able to ace their class and how our tutoring sessions have helped them with their new classes.

That is my goal - to prepare students for the future while still "throwing them a life raft" (as my students say) for today.

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April’s subjects

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
ACT English, ACT Reading, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Biology, Physical Science, Psychology
Adobe Photoshop, General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Photography, Video Production
Government & Politics
Clarinet, General Music, Music Theory
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
GMAT, GRE, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Japanese, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ASVAB, College Counseling, GED, GMAT, GRE, Praxis, PSAT, Regents, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TEAS, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, General Computer, GMAT, Grammar, Japanese, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking


I am ADD/ADHD and so is my brother. I'm quite familiar with the condition and the struggles it imposes on students and how to overcome them. I have done extensive research on ADD/ADHD and have tutored a number of "special population" (as we refer to them at my place of employment) students, many of whom are ADD/ADHD.

Adobe Photoshop

I am a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Photography. I have specific training in Adobe Photoshop and many hours working hands-on with image editing. I am a professional Photographer.

I maintain a collection of portfolio images in Adobe Lightroom. I have taught several people how to use Adobe Photoshop for a variety of uses (such as photo editing and educational use - image editing for visually impaired students).

I am to do 99% of my editing in-camera (reminiscent of the film days), but I use Lightroom for cataloging and minor retouching. I use Adobe Photoshop for compositing images for product advertisements or when the requested edits exceed the capabilities of Adobe Lightroom.

Algebra 1

Algebra I is the fundamental basis for all higher math. If you don't have a strong foundation in Algebra I, you are likely to struggle as you progress through math courses.

I am very skilled at working with students until they have a strong foundation in Algebra I skills. This is a subject I have spent copious amounts of time working with students on.

Algebra 2

Algebra II is a continuation of Algebra I. It also forms the basis for Pre-Calculus and Advanced Functions and Modeling (AFM). This course is also a requirement for graduation in North Carolina for many students. Students who struggle with Algebra II often face increased challenges in higher math courses.

I'm very familiar with the course material of Algebra II as well as how it relates to future math courses. Further, in my experience, students who have difficulties in Algebra II often lack a strong basis in Algebra I or Pre-Algebra.

If that is the case, I work with students until they are comfortable with Algebra I/Pre-Algebra concepts while still addressing the immediate issues in the Algebra II class. This is done by targeting the Algebra I/Pre-Algebra concepts through the lens of the Algebra II subject matter.

For students just needing a little more help in Algebra II, I work with them until they feel comfortable with their course material.


I have played chess for years. I spent elementary and middle school in the chess club. I am a BSA merit badge counselor for chess.


I have played clarinet for over 10 years, starting at age 11. I was principal chair of the youth orchestra throughout high school, principal of our highest ensemble, and I played with the local college's highest ensemble as a high school student. I have played with professional symphonies and school orchestras and ensembles.

College Counseling

I am a college counselor for my Boy Scout Troop and Venture Crew. I have extensive experience proofreading essays and targeting them directly to the individual college. I can also help you narrow down your college choices and find the college that is right for you.

Elementary Math

I am very familiar with the Common Core and the struggles most families with Elementary-aged students are experiencing right now. I have a variety of methods that I use to engage the student and make learning fun again. I prefer a hands-on approach to learning that will leave students feeling good about what they're learning.

General Music

I have been a musician for well over 10 years now. I have taken several theory classes for music, during which time I lead the class review sessions and acted as a tutor for struggling students.


I am an avid Mac and Apple user with a strong background in Macintosh software and products. I have taught several people how to use their Mac computers from initial setup to advanced functions and usage. I have also run tech support on Macintosh computers for the past 3 years. I am fully capable on Mac OSX versions Snow Leopard to current.

Microsoft Windows

I ran tech support for PC's in a previous job. I have proficiency in many Microsoft Windows applications as well as setting up and customizing a PC. I am familiar with all Windows OS. I provide tech support for PC's on an as-needed basis for family and friends.


I am a professional photographic engineer who graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Technical Photography in December 2012. I run my own commercial photography business established in 2010. I have professional experience in commercial photography, fashion and beauty portraiture, and high speed technical photography, among other areas. Further, I have an extensive background in photographic editing for commercial and artistic purposes.


I spent an entire semester tutoring education major hopefuls, preparing them to take the Praxis Math test to gain entry into Appalachian State University's education program. I am familiar with the format of the Praxis as well as testing skills and strategies for successfully passing the Praxis tests.


Precalculus is the gateway to Calculus I and future math courses. It is also typically the highest math course a high school student must complete for their degree.

Precalculus is the culmination of Algebra I/II and Geometry. If a student does not have a strong foundation in these courses and their topics, it is very likely that they will struggle with Precalculus. In my experience, this is usually the case for most students who need help. For this reason, I typically address the issues with the underlying concepts while also working with the student in their current coursework.


I began at Appalachian State as a psychology major. Before changing majors, I took courses in Personality Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, careers in psychology, Behaviour Change, as well as general psychology.

I scored a 5 on the AP Psychology test my senior year, which exempted me from general psychology.

Psychology (particularly Abnormal Psych) has always been a fascination of mine, so I have amassed a wealth of knowledge on the subject.


I have been an avid seamstress for years. I was taught by my mother and a home economics teacher how to sew and am comfortable completing a variety of both simple and complicated tasks from hems to sewing full garments. I am also comfortable on a variety of machines and sergers.

Study Skills

I know many students these days have not developed study skills, even by the time they reach high school or college. As a result, they often struggle when they finally meet a course where studying is required.

This is something I had to learn the hard way. It wasn't until I attended the NC School of Science and Math that I finally had to study for a class. As a result, I have developed a number of study tips and tricks for most subjects that can cut studying time down drastically.


I was a swimming instructor for my Boy Scout troop, and am a Scuba Divemaster. I was also on swim team for two years.


I am a math tutor at a community college who works with math as it pertains to the TEAS exam. Part of my job is to prepare students to take their TEAS exam, which consists of memorizing mathematical formulas and simple Algebra.


I have training in theatre production from costume design to sound production to makeup design and application to lighting to set building to diction for the stage. I have acted in several productions. I studied voice and singing for musical theatre and have an extensive knowledge of lighting techniques and the physics of lighting. I also worked on tech on various productions.

Video Production

I have a degree in Technical Photography with training in video production from Appalachian State University. I also have proficiency in Adobe Premier Pro and Final Cut Pro. I wrote, directed, and filmed a stop-action short film.

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Appalachian State University

University of NC at Charlotte (Enrolled)

Very Thorough! April provided exceptional tutoring to prep for the GED Test. She was patient in her teaching technique and very thorough with the subject matter. She provided notes after each session and was very prompt in returning calls and emails. Thank you so much! ...

— Renee from Cornelius, NC on 4/16/14);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

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April will travel within 40 miles of Mooresville, NC 28115.

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