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Debbie P.

Experienced, trained community college & private tutor

Gresham, OR (97030)

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Hello, my name is Debbie, and I have been an academic tutor for nearly 8 years at both a community college and in private practice.

I am a recent college student myself, having finished my associate of applied science degree in 2006, my bachelor of science in 2008 and a post-baccalaureate certificate in 2011, so I know about the challenges and rewards of academic success firsthand.

I have tutored students as young as third grade, those in bachelor degree programs, and at all levels in between. I have tutored in several public schools using a group model with AVID, the national academic success and college access program. I also have years of experience with ASPIRE, Oregon's official mentoring program for college access and financial aid information.

Whether you need to study for the new 2014 GED tests, you have children in school who require extra study periods or you are taking a challenging college course, I can show you strategies that will help.

Building student confidence and helping students enjoy learning are my favorite aspects of tutoring. I believe in using systematic and creative techniques to help students become successful so the process becomes stress-free.

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Debbie’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Business, Career Development, College Counseling, General Computer, Grammar, HTML, Law, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, NCLEX, Proofreading, Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
Business, Career Development, Law, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
American History, Geography, Social Studies, World History
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Sociology
Desktop Publishing, General Computer, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word
ACT English, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

ACT English

ACT College Readiness Test


US Military Aptitude Tests

Career Development

For students in high school or college, thinking about a career path may be something that is done in class.

Group projects that explore careers are becoming more prevalent in public schools, but for the student who needs to deeply explore their career needs and their strengths, working with a career coach for several sessions can help make the process more valuable.

Similarly, adults who are considering changing careers may have many questions, and although college admissions personnel and employment counselors can help, they may have solutions that are one-dimensional.

My expertise in working with young people and adults who are exploring careers stems from knowing about the available resources and tools that can help make the variety of options less daunting.

Your choices will be more informed...your future career awaits!

College Counseling

For many young students, thinking about college and careers starts at home. In fact, data collected by the US Department of Education has shown that children whose parents have gone to college are more likely to expect that they, too, will attend institutions of higher learning when they grow up.

But the data also shows that other caring adults in children's lives can have a similar effect by helping the children learn about what college means and why it is important.

After years working with students in ASPIRE and AVID college access programs, I can help you and your child explore options for the future, including college choices; academic expectations; career and degree paths; plus financial aid and scholarships.

Assistance for adults considering college is available as well.

Desktop Publishing

Have you wondered how to format and print your own newsletter for your club or organization?

I have created electronic and print newsletters for several purposes at work, including a monthly non-profit, school-related newsletter and a 20 issue series of informational newsletters for an Oregon University System grant funded program.

I have a publication background, having written feature stories for The Trophy, The East County Gazette and Capital Press and I also worked as a staff member on the annual Perceptions Magazine of the Arts.

I will show you how to insert your own pictures or free clip art, how to work with columns of text, how to create electronic newsletters with "hot links" to online content, and we will explore how to avoid plagiarism.

additional important topics will include how to use special content for print media and methods for creating a pleasing, effective overall design.

We will explore tools and free resources for Microsoft Publisher 2010 and Microsoft Word 2010 that will have you publishing like a pro in a few short lessons.

No need to have the Microsoft Office 2010 Suite on your computer, but an internet connection is helpful.

Elementary (K-6th)

My professional tutor training and experience working in both K-12 and community college public schools make me an effective tutor for young learners.

I received College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) tutor training at Mt. Hood Community College, where I currently serve as a GED tutor. I previously worked as a Learning Success Center peer tutor and an academic success mentor.

I am comfortable working with young people and adult students alike and have experience serving students in a variety of settings. I especially enjoy working with students who are learning English.

I am trained in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) national program and I worked as an AVID tutor in two school districts for 2 ½ years. AVID tutors demonstrate effective note-taking and study skills, facilitate academic group tutoring and deliver college access information to high school and middle school students.

I am familiar with education information delivery systems, have worked in classrooms and with at-risk youth and with students on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

I have extensive, recent academic tutoring experience serving a wide range of students over many years. My experience working with students of all ages in a variety of academic settings allows me to be flexible in working with students; my strength is bringing out a student’s potential to learn by building trust and by finding out what interests them.

For four years, I tutored 7-10th grade school and middle school-age students at their family homes in Portland, working closely with them to ensure understanding of their school assignments. Each of young my students had individual academic challenges in school and their native languages were Vietnamese and Spanish.

These young students' challenges ranged from having trouble expressing their thoughts on paper, understanding social studies and the implications of history, having trouble concentrating on studying in books, and challenges with grammar and vocabulary.

Two of my students in particular were bored with school because they were very gifted academically. Because the all these students had specific needs, I needed to be creative to bring them to the point where they were confident students, and they all surpassed my goals for them.

I am keenly aware of the huge challenges and the infinite rewards which exist in guiding young people to help them find their place in the world.


Beginning in January 2014, four brand new General Education Development (GED) high school equivalency tests are offered at designated testing centers around the nation.

Our tutoring sessions will cover content retention, study skills, and test-taking strategies, plus access to free practice tests for the new GED.

Let's get started on your future!


Learn about the parts of speech and how they work--become a confident sentence builder.

Microsoft Publisher

I taught myself Microsoft Publisher, and I can teach you, too!

The templates in Publisher are adaptable and varied, giving users the flexibility to create their own specific themes.

Publisher is great for newsletters,and it works in a similar fashion to more expensive software such as QuarkExpress and InDesign, yet it is more user friendly and less technical.

Publisher gives you easy-to-place graphics ability, adjustable columns, a huge variety of colors and a professional finished product. Plus you have the functionality of Word, including spell check and tons of fonts.

I have created electronic and print newsletters for several purposes at work, including a monthly non-profit, school-related newsletter and a 20 issue series of informational newsletters for an Oregon University System grant funded program.

I have a writing and publication background, having written feature stories for The Trophy, The East County Gazette and Capital Press and I also worked as a staff member on the annual Perceptions Magazine of the Arts.

Let me know what type of publishing you wish to do and we can come up with something great!

Microsoft Word

Learn the basics of word processing and functionality of MS Word 2010.

Learn how to integrate other Microsoft items into your document for effective communications.


Learn how to write more clearly and to identify potential problems areas such as homonyms, contractions and awkward sentence structure.

Public Speaking

Do you have difficulty or get nervous delivering information in front of a group? Let me show you strategies that will help you succeed with your assignment.

I have experience giving presentations, with or without visual aids such as Microsoft PowerPoint.

I have given college financial aid information to small parent groups and to groups as large as 200 people, and I can help you to become a more confident speaker by showing you the tools that professional presenters use.


Enjoy reading and increase comprehension.

Learn to identify main idea, author's purpose and literary vehicles such as metaphor.

SAT Reading

SAT College Admission Exam. Emphasis on fiction, non-fiction, poetry and reading comprehension.

SAT Writing

SAT College Admission Exam

Social Studies

Most courses in Social Studies provide a mix of US and World History along with political and geographical information. In addition to textbooks and videos, teachers often include visual aids such as timelines, charts and graphs to help students put events in order and to help them understand how topics relate to one another.

While these aids are meant to make learning easier, some students may still have difficulty in Social Studies.

My work background is that I have done college writing tutoring, which includes study skills strategies and reading comprehension, for over five years, and I am trained as a tutor to use many methods to assure understanding.

For the past year, I have worked as a community college GED (General Education Development) tutor, helping students with all five subjects on the GED certificate tests: Reading, Writing, Science, Math and Social Studies.

I understand that, especially for young students and for international students, learning about US history may be very challenging. Sometimes, the challenge is with the content in history and sometimes it is difficult for students to understand the various visual aids, such as charts and graphs, that are used to explain Social Studies.

Understanding context and the significance of events that occur in the world today is crucial for today's learners, so we will work to explore the underlying importance of events while building an understanding of how the past affects the future.

Study Skills

For many students, studying alone or trying to learn tough content from a textbook can be frustrating, regardless of the subject.

I will show you how to break down study time into manageable chunks, and to become a more successful student with proven time and information management tools.

We will explore innovative and personalized strategies that really work, and you will become a more confident learner.


Learn to identify good writing by reading classic and modern texts.

Have fun while learning about sentence, paragraph and essay structure.

Practice by writing about things you know, and then move on to creative and research writing.

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Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR (Computer Applic.)

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR bachelor of science (Other)

Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR (Graduate Coursework)

Professional, dedicated and fun to work with! Debbie has done a great job tutoring our son. She comes from a background of years of experience and takes tutoring very seriously. We have appreciated everything that she has done for our son and we highly recommend working with her. She is professional, dedicated and fun to work with. ...

— Dan from Portland, OR on 10/30/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $25.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Discount rate for a two-student session at the same location: $20 per hour

Travel policy

Debbie will travel within 15 miles of Gresham, OR 97030.

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