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Darlene D.

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Mercer Island, WA (98040)

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I am an experienced retired elementary teacher (certified in Washington from the University of WA). I love children!!!! I have a daughter that has a learning disability and I tutored her throughout her entire school experience. I have also been very active in assisting in classrooms in the past.
It is important to assess each individual to discover his/her strengths and weaknesses. In addition to this evaluation, I will pay close attention to the individual's learning style/s and tutor accordingly.
It is my obligation as a tutor to establish realistic goals with my students, always taking the positive approach with every lesson, always being patient and making sure that the student is comprehending all of the material that is presented prior to moving on, and it is my desire that each student feels the sense of accomplishment.
I have been tutoring extensively for the past three years. My students are all ages and have different struggles(weaknesses) and abilities. I feel that they are all making steady progress due to my tutoring. I tutor one-on-one and small groups...depending upon the material that is being presented. Most of my tutoring is in the language arts curricula.
Words that best describe me: patient, understanding, nurturing, easy-going, organized. sensitive, knowledgeable.

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Darlene’s subjects

ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ISEE, PSAT, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking


I have tutored many students that are ADD/ADHD. It is important to give these students breaks, so that they can stay focused when tutoring. It is best to tutor them in the same environment every time (as much as possible), so that they are familiar with the space. Also, make sure that there are no distractions in this environment - other people, unnecessary noise,etc. Make sure that the lessons are kept short but interesting (especially to the student). Use many different types of materials - remember that these students have various learning styles also. It is also the possibility that the student has other areas of disability - which need to be taken into consideration. Make the tutoring sessions brief - not more than an hour for elementary students - with the opportunity for them to take breaks. The student needs to feel comfortable in his/her space and with the tutor. Distractions are the key. Also, discipline - set firm rules from the beginning of the sessions and give friendly reminders of these rules before every session. Depending on the age and developmental level - gratification is the key - and appropriate rewards can be given - and given right after the accomplishments (these students need immediate gratification). Establish a good rapport with student from the very beginning of the tutoring sessions. BE PATIENT! BE SENSITIVE BUT MUST BE POLITELY FIRM!


I am an experienced retired elementary teacher (certified in Washington from the University of WA). I have experience with students that are on the "autistic spectrum". This spectrum has a wide range of developmental levels. It is extremely import to assess and evaluate each autistic student to know where he/she falls on the spectrum. This is a special need that definitely has to be evaluated individually and a specific program needs to be adapted for each student.


I have a daughter that is dyslexic whom I have tutored through all of her school years (including college). I have students who are dyslexic - ranging from 7 years old to 17. There is a completely different process that a tutor must follow when tutoring a person who is dyslexic. I have a great deal of experience in this "special need" category.

Elementary (K-6th)

I feel very confident that I can tutor any elementary student from kindergarten through the sixth grade and it will be a successful experience. I have a great deal of experience tutoring each grade level. In addition to tutoring students that are on or just below grade level but want supplemental assistance, I tutor students that have areas of deficiencies from ADD and learning disabled to autism - and need a great deal of help. I also recognize that, not only do students have various levels of ability but different styles of learning. It is important to take both into careful consideration when planning strategies for success while tutoring. I am a retired elementary school teacher with sensitivity, patience and knowledge.


I have a great deal of experience in teaching ESL students. My students range from 4 years old to adults. I have many years of experience in all forms of teaching, including ESL. I understand the frustrations that a foreign individual has in trying to learn English. My strategies work! I would love to have you contact me with your issues and I will tell you why I am the tutor that you need!


I am an experienced retired elementary teacher (certified in Washington from the University of WA). ISEE is a test that is mandatory for many students to take, which is part of their application (primarily for private institutions) I have tutored many students specifically for ISEE testing. ISEE tests are very similar to other entrance exam tests.


Do I enjoy teaching?............YES!!!! I am a retired elementary teacher and still tutor!!

Do I enjoy tutoring?............YES!!!! I work with many students who have difficulty with phonics and improve a great deal after being tutored by me! I use many different methods after assessing and evaluating each individual's strengths and weaknesses in this particular area.

I make sure that the student feels comfortable in the "tutoring" situation and that they experience success!

SAT Writing

I have a great deal of experience in helping students write for the SAT. I edit papers for students in high school on a regular basis. Grammar is extremely important for any paper that is written. Incorrect grammar is a "red flag" for anyone that is reading and analyzing a specific paper. It is necessary to insure that all grammar has been edited. Having to write an essay for the SAT is an excellent method of reviewing any issues (grammar included) that are so important when "putting your stamp" on any written piece.

Social Studies

I have a great deal of experience in tutoring Social Studies for the past three years. My experience includes middle school as well as elementary. My minor in college was Sociology. This is often a subject that needs writing and language arts expertise, as well. I am qualified in those areas, also.

Study Skills

I have had a great deal of experience in teaching students (k-8) study skills. I understand the necessity to be an organized tutor in order to teach others the skills of studying. It is important for my students to recognize that any type of "skill" takes place in a sequence of events. I teach my students that applying their studying in a sequential manner will allow them l. not to get bogged down and 2. that if they apply these skills in an orderly fashion that they will be able to retail the material that they are studying. I follow the same format but change its difficulty for upper elementary,etc. My terminology is appropriate for the level that I am tutoring and the recognize the differences in learning styles.


I have spent a great deal of time tutoring children in writing. I have many materials to help these children learn how to write. Every child is different and it is important that I know the learning style of each one. I want writing to be a pleasure for each child. It is an excellent way for a student to be able to express himself/herself. The key is to recognize the many steps that need to be taken in the writing process. The development of learning this process is extremely important.

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Universisty of Washington (Elementary Education)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

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Darlene will travel within 15 miles of Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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