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Donald C.

Dallas, TX

$40/hr

Experienced Tutor - English Grammar/Lit, Spanish, Test Prep

Background check passed as of 2/18/14

Experienced Tutor - English Grammar/Lit, Spanish, Test Prep

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Hi! My name is Donald, and I love my job! A current Literary Studies major at UTD, I graduated valedictorian from the Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities (TALH) - an early college entrance program at Lamar University - with 68 credit hours. During my stint at TALH, I spent two years helping a pair of political science professors gather and assess data for a research project. Over the course of those same two years, I volunteered as a GED/ESL tutor and taught both leadership and test prep classes to elementary students through a program called LEAP. Several of my literary works were also published in Lamar University's literary magazine, "Pulse," shortly before I transferred to UTD, one of which received the award for best undergraduate form poem. I am a competent tutor in all K-12 subjects, excepting calculus and pre-calculus, and most undergraduate level courses in English and Spanish.

My teaching style focuses primarily on using my students' feedback and learning preferences to create lesson plans that suit them best. It is incredibly flexible, and it has proven especially successful with some of my younger students who often don't get much choice or variety in their education. My second focus is on staying positive and not being afraid to try many, varied approaches to a problem if necessary. I find that this gives my students the opportunity to figure out which approach is easiest for them while also keeping them from getting discouraged. In the end, though, it really doesn't matter what methods I need to use, just as long as everyone is happy and learning.

I look forward to meeting any interested students and getting to work!

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, SAT Math
English:
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish
History:
American History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, ACT Science, College Counseling, GED, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TAKS
Sports/Recreation:
Golf
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Spanish

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.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am very familiar with students of this age and the material that they need to learn, having volunteered as a tutor at Charlton-Pollard Elementary for two years. Assisted by 2 to 5 of my collegiate peers, I instructed a class of roughly 30 students on leadership development (both historically and in their own lives) for 3 of the 4 semesters I volunteered there. The 4th semester was focused on STAAR test preparation and bringing students who had fallen behind in their classes up to speed. I had great success with both of these endeavors and was told by my students that they really enjoyed teaching style, which focuses primarily on receiving student input to better shape the learning experience to their specific needs.

Public Speaking

In high school, I was a Security Council representative in two annually held Model United Nations competitions, both times winning the award for best Security Council representative. I also participated in several TALH academic preview days as a panelist and speaker, answering questions and providing information about the program for parents and potential students. I have acted in both major and minor roles for school drama productions as well, and I even did several public-speaking related UIL events in Junior High, such as CX Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking.

TAKS

I have completed every level of the TAKS test from K-12 with excellent marks, so I am familiar with its content and the style in which it is given. For a semester, I prepped struggling elementary students for the TAKS's successor, STAAR, through the LEAP program at Charlton-Pollard elementary. The TAKS test is also comprised primarily of subjects for which I have passed the WyzAnt tests, such as History, Algebra, English, and Science.

Lamar University and UTD
Literary Studies

Education

Lamar University and UTD (Literary Studies)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Donald will travel within 30 miles of Dallas, TX 75252.


About Donald

Hi! My name is Donald, and I love my job! A current Literary Studies major at UTD, I graduated valedictorian from the Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities (TALH) - an early college entrance program at Lamar University - with 68 credit hours. During my stint at TALH, I spent two years helping a pair of political science professors gather and assess data for a research project. Over the course of those same two years, I volunteered as a GED/ESL tutor and taught both leadership and test prep classes to elementary students through a program called LEAP. Several of my literary works were also published in Lamar University's literary magazine, "Pulse," shortly before I transferred to UTD, one of which received the award for best undergraduate form poem. I am a competent tutor in all K-12 subjects, excepting calculus and pre-calculus, and most undergraduate level courses in English and Spanish.

My teaching style focuses primarily on using my students' feedback and learning preferences to create lesson plans that suit them best. It is incredibly flexible, and it has proven especially successful with some of my younger students who often don't get much choice or variety in their education. My second focus is on staying positive and not being afraid to try many, varied approaches to a problem if necessary. I find that this gives my students the opportunity to figure out which approach is easiest for them while also keeping them from getting discouraged. In the end, though, it really doesn't matter what methods I need to use, just as long as everyone is happy and learning.

I look forward to meeting any interested students and getting to work!

Education

Lamar University and UTD
Literary Studies

Education

Lamar University and UTD (Literary Studies)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Dallas, TX 75252

Donald’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, SAT Math
English:
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish
History:
American History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, ACT Science, College Counseling, GED, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TAKS
Sports/Recreation:
Golf
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Spanish

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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