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Diane O.

Hillsborough, NJ

$55/hr

Trained by the 2 largest tutoring companies in the US. SAT too!

Background check passed as of 12/17/13
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Trained by the 2 largest tutoring companies in the US. SAT too!

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There is nothing that excites me more than watching a student's face light up from learning. My goal when I teach is to help a student achieve their potential by working on their confidence and motivation. I love to learn and I love working with students and the two together are a marriage made in heaven.

After college, I spent many years teaching in public schools and then moved on to teach statistics and system development in corporate America. After retiring from corporate America, I returned to my first love of tutoring one-on-one or in small groups in the two largest tutoring companies in the United States. I was given hours of instruction on specialty courses such as SAT test preparation.

My experience includes all levels of math and reading. I have taught study skills for most subjects and prepared students for tests in science, social studies, French, geography, meteorology and more. In addition to tutoring, I teach piano, French horn and guitar.

I have been told that my gift regarding teaching math is in making the subject relevant. The situation I am the most proud of is taking a 7th grader who was struggling in math and after 6 months of tutoring, got him into advanced math classes in high school and then on to Stevens Institute of Technology as an engineering student.

I have also had much success in making history a fun "story" as opposed to something to memorize. One of my students had just moved to the United States from mainland China. So, in addition to trying to learn American History, he was scrambling with the language issues. It was such a gift to watch him succeed.

I look forward to sharing my love for learning with new students all the time.

Testimonials

"Best Tutor !"

- Alicia, East Brunswick, NJ on 5/11/12

"Highly experienced tutor"

- Amor, Belle Mead, NJ on 5/24/14

"Excellent Tutor with Fantastic Communication Skills"

- Allen, Princeton, NJ on 4/18/14

"Great tutor."

- Jim, Belle Mead, NJ on 12/4/12

"Great tutor"

- Catherine, Princeton, NJ on 5/11/12

"A Philosophical math teacher."

- Bob, Hoboken, NJ on 10/12/11
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry,
Linear Algebra,
Logic, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math
English:
ACT English, English,
Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Microsoft Outlook
History:
American History,
European History, Geography, Music History,
Social Studies,
World History
Music:
General Music,
Guitar, Music History,
Music Theory, Piano
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, College Counseling,
GED, Praxis,
PSAT,
Regents,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
Grammar, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Algebra! It is one of those subjects that I do for fun. It is a joy and I love passing on that joy to students.

Many students are frightened by the word alone. But the truth is since the first time they were taught that 1 + 1 = 2, they have been solving for unknowns and therefore doing algebra.

I have had great success tutoring algebra. I have tutored all ages/levels of algebra from pre-algebra to college algebra. I am looking forward to helping students succeed.

Algebra 2

I have always enjoyed teaching algebra. Algebra 2 extends the skill and includes many things that students often find alien to their lives like logarithms, imaginary numbers and trigonometry. I have been dubbed the queen of finding the answer to "when will I ever use this stuff?"

I have had the opportunity to introduce this subject to students as well as help them with their homework from other instructors.

American History

American history is so exciting to me. I had the very best teachers to emulate. I pride myself on making the subject a story of humanity and not just names and numbers to memorize.

College Counseling

I spent many years as the managing director of a very large learning center. During that time I had the opportunity to not only tutor students, but also counsel them on career and college choices.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been tutoring all age students for over 30 years. My original certification out of college is for K-12. Additionally, in the last 10 years I have been trained by the Huntington and Sylvan Learning Centers for teaching early reading and math skills. I have tutored all subjects at the elementary level including English, reading, math, science, social studies, grammar etc.

Elementary Math

I have had great success tutoring math at the elementary level. I firmly believe that understanding the concepts are more important than pure memorization and I like to make math more of a game than a school subject.

My greatest accomplishment was taking a 7th grade student who was failing math and not only getting him through the class with a good grade, but he went to high school in honors math classes and just graduated from Stevens with a degree in mechanical engineering.

I look forward to helping every student.

English

I have been tutoring English for over 15 years. I stress literature, vocabulary and critical reading skills. I also work with students who have trouble putting their thoughts into essays.

I have a unique perspective because I also tutor SAT preparation. This gives me a focus that actually begins the preparation years before it is needed.

General Music

My bachelor's degree is a Bachelor of Music Education from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia. I taught in public schools for a few years after graduation in 1978 and have been teaching piano, guitar and French horn for over 35 years.

Geometry

I have been tutoring geometry for over 20 years. Geometry is one of the subjects that I am the most passionate about. It is also one of the most useful math subjects for adult life.

The first time I tutored was to help my home room students get ready for the NY State Regents exam. After spending a few mornings with them, they invited their friends and I ended up with 25 students. I helped each of them get a good grade on the Regents exam, quite a few 100s and none less than 85.

I look forward to helping as many as I can.

Linear Algebra

After many years of tutoring algebra, I have become very successful at linear algebra as well. I have experience with linear graphing and special function graphing. I have also been trained to use a graphing calculator. My experience also includes graphing trigonometric functions.

Music History

My bachelor's degree is a Bachelor of Music Education from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia. I taught in public schools for a few years after graduation in 1978 and have been teaching piano, guitar and French horn for over 35 years.

Piano

My bachelor's degree is a Bachelor of Music Education from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia. I taught in public schools for a few years after graduation in 1978 and have been teaching piano, guitar and French horn for over 35 years.

Praxis

I was lucky enough to first encounter a Praxis exam long after I had been teaching for quite a while. I managed to write what I thought was one of the first texts on taking the Praxis and spent quite a few years helping co-workers prepare to take the exam.

Prealgebra

From the day a child starts to count they are already doing pre-algebra. One of my strengths is to make things simple and stop the fear of that word.

I have been tutoring math at all levels for many years. Not all students will become engineers, but all students do need to have a working knowledge of numbers and calculations in order to survive in this technological world that we live in. I teach for "reasonableness" and love to take complicated things and make them easy.

PSAT

Taking the PSAT is sometimes a frightening time for a student. I pride myself in working with the student's strengths and identifying his or her skill-gaps to prepare for success. The test taking strategies and repetitive practice also help to lessen their nervousness. I look forward to helping all students achieve their potential.

Public Speaking

I was one of those people who was very fearful of public speaking. After being trained by AT&T and spending my 18 year career giving presentations and teaching large groups of executives, I realized that I had a gift for it.

One of the many secrets is that being frightened is a good thing. It heightens you senses and makes for an exciting effort. Also, being well prepared and being willing to say "I don't know," is the most important thing.

I have had experience teaching students to make presentations for their classes and also in helping adults prepare for career advancements through presentation skills.

Reading

I believe that reading is the bedrock of all other education. Reading comprehension includes things like identifying the main idea and supporting details. It includes drawing conclusions and making inferences. It involves learning new vocabulary and analyzing character development.

I am well versed in how to approach each of these skills. I take the time to read along with my students when they are assigned books for school, so that I can talk to them about their work. I also read along with students on the books they choose for themselves.

Regents

Having grown up in New York State, I have personally taken more than a dozen Regents exams. I have helped students in preparing for the following exams: English; biology; math at all levels; history and earth science.

During my first year of teaching, I had a few students in my homeroom who were preparing for their geometry regents and I was able to help them. Each day, more and more students showed up to join them for the tutoring sessions. By the time May came, I had 30 students joining me after school to partake of the help. Each of them received a grade of 85 or higher with 14 of them receiving a perfect score.

SAT Math

I have been successfully helping students reach their personal potential on the math section of the SAT for many years. In addition to reviewing the math skills necessary, I spend much time in test taking skills and making the problems "simple". Time is spent assessing the strengths of the student and using them to apply the "skipping" strategy.

SAT Reading

SAT reading includes sentence fill-ins and critical reading. There are many skills that contribute to achieving a high score. Knowing vocabulary and being able to use it well is probably the biggest key.

I teach many test taking strategies to help the student understand the critical reading, even when the subject is boring to the student. I pride myself in helping students use their own skill level to determine how to approach the SAT.

SAT Writing

Many people assume that the SAT writing section is merely an essay. That couldn't be further from the truth.

The writing section includes sentence correction, sentence error identification and essay corrections. Many students have developed bad habits in regard to grammar and the lessons are exceptionally important to developing some new habits.

Social Studies

Social studies has always been one of my favorite subjects. My very first major in college was history and political science. One of my projects for my master's degree was to rewrite a social studies curriculum for a middle school to include all of the humanities in a collaborative method. For example, students would learn about the renaissance by studying the history, art, music and literature of that period at the same time. I believe that covering the period as it happened rather than pigeonholing them individually is what social studies is all about.

SSAT

I have worked with many students of varying grade levels preparing to take the SSAT. One of the most important aspects of the preparation is acquainting the student with the test itself. It is a very different type of test than they have previously seen.

I tutor both skills and test strategies based on the need of the student.

Study Skills

I have been teaching study skills and test taking strategies at Huntington Learning Centers and Sylvan Learning Centers for over 10 years. The skills taught include, but are not limited to, note taking, time management, organization, outlining, listening, researching, writing a research paper including bibliography and footnotes, and managing and tracking grades.

Writing

Writing! The word alone frightens people. Part of the issue is in recognizing how a student learns to write in the first place. After all, by the time they learn to write their first sentence, they have been understanding the language (listening and speaking) for many, many years. To expect them to write at the level they speak is asking for disappointment.

No one is suggesting that everyone will be a Pulitzer Prize winner. There are methods that allow even the least creative student to write well enough to get good grades in school.

Diane’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Diane. View all of Diane’s resources

When I was in second grade, my mother became a Girl Scout leader.  It was my first year in Girl Scouts and yes, my mother was my leader.  The meetings were held in our playroom/basement.  Each week we had to bring in our dime for dues.  Yup, only 10 cents!  One day, I walked down the stairs from our living room to the meeting.   It was important... read more

Many people think the writing section of the SAT is only the essay, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The essay is small part of the writing section. Recognizing and correcting misplaced prepositional phrases is one of the skills tested on the SAT writing section. A prepositional phrase is a group of words starting with a preposition and ending with the object of the preposition,... read more

The movie “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines” is a about about a race from London to Paris in 1910. In the movie, a German officer reads a book in order to learn how to fly. It doesn’t work too well for him though, because he crashes his plane into the English Channel. Some students think that listening to a lecture and doing a few problems in school is enough. But the truth... read more

State University of New York, College at Fredonia
Teaching Degree
Western Connecticut
Graduate Coursework

Education

State University of New York, College at Fredonia (Teaching Degree)

Western Connecticut (Graduate Coursework)

Best Tutor ! — I must admit I was bit hesitant using this service, but I am glad I did. Diane was very patient and understanding. She took the time to work with my daughter at a pace that was comfortable for her. My daughter was very well prepared for her SAT's. I would highly recommend Diane as a tutor ...

— Alicia, East Brunswick, NJ on 5/11/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Some discounts given for siblings tutored on the same day/session and for more than one subject/hour per visit. Cancellation policy for Saturday or Sunday appointments is 24 hours.

Travel policy

Diane will travel within 15 miles of Hillsborough, NJ 08844.


About Diane

There is nothing that excites me more than watching a student's face light up from learning. My goal when I teach is to help a student achieve their potential by working on their confidence and motivation. I love to learn and I love working with students and the two together are a marriage made in heaven.

After college, I spent many years teaching in public schools and then moved on to teach statistics and system development in corporate America. After retiring from corporate America, I returned to my first love of tutoring one-on-one or in small groups in the two largest tutoring companies in the United States. I was given hours of instruction on specialty courses such as SAT test preparation.

My experience includes all levels of math and reading. I have taught study skills for most subjects and prepared students for tests in science, social studies, French, geography, meteorology and more. In addition to tutoring, I teach piano, French horn and guitar.

I have been told that my gift regarding teaching math is in making the subject relevant. The situation I am the most proud of is taking a 7th grader who was struggling in math and after 6 months of tutoring, got him into advanced math classes in high school and then on to Stevens Institute of Technology as an engineering student.

I have also had much success in making history a fun "story" as opposed to something to memorize. One of my students had just moved to the United States from mainland China. So, in addition to trying to learn American History, he was scrambling with the language issues. It was such a gift to watch him succeed.

I look forward to sharing my love for learning with new students all the time.

Testimonials

"Best Tutor !"

- Alicia, East Brunswick, NJ on 5/11/12

"Highly experienced tutor"

- Amor, Belle Mead, NJ on 5/24/14

"Excellent Tutor with Fantastic Communication Skills"

- Allen, Princeton, NJ on 4/18/14

"Great tutor."

- Jim, Belle Mead, NJ on 12/4/12

"Great tutor"

- Catherine, Princeton, NJ on 5/11/12

"A Philosophical math teacher."

- Bob, Hoboken, NJ on 10/12/11
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Education

State University of New York, College at Fredonia
Teaching Degree
Western Connecticut
Graduate Coursework

Education

State University of New York, College at Fredonia (Teaching Degree)

Western Connecticut (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
8 hours notice required

Some discounts given for siblings tutored on the same day/session and for more than one subject/hour per visit. Cancellation policy for Saturday or Sunday appointments is 24 hours.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Diane’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry,
Linear Algebra,
Logic, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math
English:
ACT English, English,
Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Microsoft Outlook
History:
American History,
European History, Geography, Music History,
Social Studies,
World History
Music:
General Music,
Guitar, Music History,
Music Theory, Piano
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, College Counseling,
GED, Praxis,
PSAT,
Regents,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
Grammar, Public Speaking

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.


Diane’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Diane. View all of Diane’s resources

When I was in second grade, my mother became a Girl Scout leader.  It was my first year in Girl Scouts and yes, my mother was my leader.  The meetings were held in our playroom/basement.  Each week we had to bring in our dime for dues.  Yup, only 10 cents!  One day, I walked down the stairs from our living room to the meeting.   It was important... read more

Many people think the writing section of the SAT is only the essay, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The essay is small part of the writing section. Recognizing and correcting misplaced prepositional phrases is one of the skills tested on the SAT writing section. A prepositional phrase is a group of words starting with a preposition and ending with the object of the preposition,... read more

The movie “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines” is a about about a race from London to Paris in 1910. In the movie, a German officer reads a book in order to learn how to fly. It doesn’t work too well for him though, because he crashes his plane into the English Channel. Some students think that listening to a lecture and doing a few problems in school is enough. But the truth... read more


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