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Dolores F.

Tucson, AZ


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University of Arizona 1998
Psychology, Grief
Chapman University, Orange, CA 2002
Tucson Institute for the Advancement of Counseling & Psychotherapy


University of Arizona 1998 (Psychology, Grief)

Chapman University, Orange, CA 2002 (Master's)

Tucson Institute for the Advancement of Counseling & Psychotherapy (Other)

About Dolores

Thank you for taking the time to review my profile. I am a licensed professional mental health therapist who values education. As such, I have a fingerprint card that I update every few years and is available upon request. I have been an honor student throughout my life-long learning career, achieving a 3.5 GPA at Pima College; a 3.8 GPA at the U of A; and, a 3.95 GPA studying for my M.A. at Chapman. More than that, I have had the privilege of volunteering in many classrooms around the world, aiding students for most of my life.

There have been many courses that I've enjoyed. Language is one of my favorites and I've studied French, Spanish, German and a little Japanese and Taiwanese. In addition, I love English, grammar, literature, reading and writing. One of these days, I hope to finish my autobiography and have it published. I might even write some children's books. Another subject I enjoyed was math, believe it or not; especially, Algebra, Geometry, Trig and Accounting. Additionally, I have compassion for those of you who, like me, have test anxiety or a fear of public speaking. Practice, practice, practice goes a long, long way!

My study habits have served me well and I endeavor to help students learn how they can best study the subjects they encounter. Whether a student requires quiet, white noise, classical or rock music--my son who has ADHD excels as long as either classical or alternative music is blasting on his stereo--creating the right environment is important.Choosing a specific place and time to do homework can help you develop a routine, and avoiding interruptions will help you focus.

As far as my tutoring, once I meet with a student and assess whether or not a given student learns best by hearing, visualizing, writing, touching or some combination of those techniques, I can tailor my teaching methods to be of the most benefit to that learner. I'm fairly versatile, so if one method doesn't work, we can simply try another. If necessary, I am even willing to discuss IEP's for students with special needs for quiet, fewer assignments or reminders from the teacher to turn in those assignments.

I am respectful of short attention spans, developmental issues, and the psychological fears that challenge student success. I will share strategies which have helped other students reach their goals in the hopes that the students I tutor can, also, find success.
Thank you for taking the time to review my profile. I am a licensed professional mental health therapist who values education. As such, I have a fingerprint card that I update every few years and is available upon request. I have been an honor student throughout my life-long learning career, achieving a 3.5 GPA at Pima College; a 3.8 GPA at the U Read more

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Special Needs
Public Speaking

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My 27 year old son has ADHD, and I have worked with since he was in preschool on school work, social skills, distractibility and impulsivity. Plus, I'm a Masters-level therapist and have worked with children, teens and adults with ADHD/ADD to help them get more out of life, manage their anger and cope with stress. It's important to take small concepts one at a time; catch your student doing well so that there is less negativity; and stop before frustration sets in for him or her.

Algebra 1

Math has always been a challenge for me, so when I was placed in Algebra 1 in high school, I panicked. To my surprise, Algebra came fairly easily to me and I grew to love it! In college, I was excited to take Algebra after having so much success in high school. To my amazement, I did even better in college. The few concepts that were difficult for me were actually in Algebra 2, and I elected to use my school's tutoring center.

All-in-all, my experiences with Algebra have been very positive. I have tutored students in high school, preparation for the GED Test, community college and college, and due to my understanding of how challenging math classes can be, I try to be as compassionate and tolerant as possible. I, also, give practice homework which sharpens the student's skills as each problem is worked.

I believe each student who wants to learn has a right to be successful so long as he or she applies him/herself. Since women are often less encouraged to be successful in math courses, I especially love working with girls and women. However, I raised two sons, so I work equally well with young men. And, as I've said before, my belief is that the best way to learn is through PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!!

Bible Studies

My spirituality is very important to me. As a child, I attended church and Sunday school with my family every week, usually. As an adult, I have attended Bible studies to help me dig deeper into the Bible. In addition, I have taught Sunday school for 5 years to adults, teens and children of various backgrounds and cultures. In addition, I have volunteered as a Vacation Bible School teacher for many years and have worked with church youth groups and led home Bible Studies for adults and teens. It is a joy for me to have the opportunity to study the Bible with another person, and I get excited when I'm asked to guide others in their personal Bible studies.

Elementary (K-6th)

As a very concerned parent, I have always participated in my children's education. Especially during my sons' years in the primary grades, I was a volunteer in their classrooms. During those ten years, I assisted in tutoring students individually and in small groups. The classes in which I have the most experience are science, math, writing, ESL, basic art, writing, gross motor skills, reading, spelling and history.

Although neither myself nor my sons had any real problems with our primary education (all three of us were in accelerated classes), many of my sons' classmates were not as fortunate and needed help with their basic skills. I have always believed in making learning fun or at least as stress-free as possible. For this reason, I have used colorful objects (blocks, plastic fruit, or jellybeans) in my teaching; and I've always recommended that children practice, practice, practice.

Elementary Math

Basic math is the foundation for many advanced courses, like algebra, geometry, statistics and accounting. Having a grasp of addition, multiplication, division and subtraction will benefit a student as he or she walks thru life. For instance, the student can make and give change when necessary; the student will be able to calculate a tip for the server if he or she goes out to lunch; when older, the student will be able to measure their windows for curtains or get the right size sheets for their new bed. I believe that using jellybeans or blocks can teach the basic concepts and, then, practice with flash cards or practice quizzes can increase the student's skills.

Elementary Science

Our world is fascinating! Basic scientific knowledge adds meaning and understanding to the things we see in the air and beneath the sea. Children seem to born with the gift of seeing the wonder in the world. So, anything we can do to fill their inquisitive, little minds with knowledge will be greatly appreciated. As long as we teachers have some awe and wonder about science, we can make our tutoring interesting for our students. Again, I believe that visual aids can help teach a difficult or abstract concept and tends to make the course more memorable, as well.


Many of us have a version of English we speak at home which is very different from what we might say in a restaurant or movie theater. Many of us use slang and contractions that we would never put on a job application. And, for some of us, English is a second (or third!) language. So, it is important for students to learn how to speak to those in positions of authority; like, doctors, police officers, college faculty and prospective employers. I loved English in school and was often asked to help other students with their assignments when I finished before everyone else. And, I believe that a student who learns the parts of speech and how to create a meaningful sentence will have a much easier time learning the same parts of speech in a different language. Cards with the part of speech on one side and a word that represents that part of speech can be very helpful during games that involve creating sentences using several different cards.


I have always loved language and am very impressed by how people from other countries seem to be fluent in several of their neighbors' languages. I have done well in learning several of the Romance languages, although I'm a bit rusty on some of them due to lack of use. Spanish, however, is a different story because in this part of the country, I tend to use it more.

I took French in high school for four years! I learned songs, grammar, reading, and writing. I read French literature by talented writers, even though in the beginning, it was very slow going.

I took two years of Spanish in high school and two more years in college. I'm not exactly fluent because I'm too self-conscious; but, the more I practice, the better I get. I watch Spanish television and read magazines in Spanish to keep up my use of the language. I love English and have excelled in Language, Reading, Writing, Grammar, Poetry and English and American Literature throughout my years of learning.

Because I am a lover of language, I believe I can be of help to students for whom English is their second language. I have tutored students in English classes when I was a student in elementary school throughout my twelve years in grade school. In addition, I spent all the years my sons were in school as a parent volunteer teaching gross motor skills to kindergarteners and ESL to boys and girls of various ages. I can explain subtle differences between Spanish and English grammar. I, also, know how to start simply and build on the knowledge over time, learning more complex details later.

At home, my young adult children and I play games talking about whatever we want to in one language and substituting another language for the parts we don't know in the first language. One day, we went from Spanish to Japanese to German and back to Spanish. It's fun and we learn a lot about each language as we go.

I can do the same for your student and I can help the student build his/her confidence as an English speaker. I often conduct our study time in Spanish and English, and have dictionaries around in case we need to look up anything. I think language is fun and I hope to pass this on to your student.


Although I've never needed to take a GED Exam, I'm grateful we offer them so that those who were unable to graduate for whatever reason can ultimately pass and find a decent job. Good study habits, sufficient repetition, and restful sleep can help a student meet his or her goals. And for those with test anxiety, I know several relaxation exercises that I can teach students so that they can do their best when they have to take a test. One tip for remembering difficult information for a test when the individual is feeling anxious is to create a song around the basic information. One student created a little skit in which he pretended to be one of the founding fathers who was reciting the Declaration of Independence to an audience. Even when stressed, he remembered the skit and the words to the Declaration of Independence.


Grammar can be a challenging subject for some students: however, grammar has always been one of my strengths. I have tutored my fellow students since the fourth and fifth grades. I usually completed my assignment first, so my teacher would ask me to help other students. On group of classmates created a game using cards with parts of speech on one side and a sample word on the other, similar to the game Mad-Lib. We would laugh as we made up silly sentences by combining a random noun with a random verb and adverb, adding a few articles and prepositions to round out our sentence. We were playing, but also, we were learning how to use the English language to get a message across to someone else.


Literature can be challenging for students whose interests seem incompatible with classic novels and biographies. I believe that these classic works hold keys to cultural beliefs of their times. In addition, they contain clues to modern literature and it's themes, plots, and character developments. Students need a measure of familiarity with names like John Steinbeck, Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Austin, Leo Tolstoy, Maya Angelou, Shakespeare and Toni Morrison. Literature students of today are potential authors, screenwriters and playwrights of tomorrow, as long as they learn to understand and appreciate the lessons to be learned from classic literature. If literature includes poetry, though, boys can have strong objections to love sonnets, but are more likely to be interested in the ballads with themes of war and conquest. I hope this stereotype proves false and the girls love the war ballads and the guys delight in the love sonnets for a change. E.E. Cummings rules!


By the time my youngest sister was born, I think it was 1964, teachers were telling us that learning phonics was not an effective way to learn how to read. I disagreed and as my younger sisters came to me for help, I always helped them to sound the words out phonetically. When I had my own children who were excited to learn how to read, again I taught them how to sound words out for themselves, rather than passively waiting to be told how to pronounce a given word. I have tutored many children in a couple different countries and heard people speak of varying techniques to aid children with their reading. I have always come back to phonetics. Phonetics are not terribly complicated and I believe it teaches children to explore the world of words, rather than always being read to.

I teach words together in groups that have similar phonetic properties as this seems to help students learn. Additionally, I teach students all the little "rules" that help discern whether a vowel is long, short, or something in-between. I'm actually glad that we have come full circle and are again using phonetics. I believe it is great for teaching new readers how to sound out words.


I LOVE algebra! I took pre-algebra in the 8th grade in middle school. I have always had trouble in math, so the math word problems forced me to read and evaluate my information very carefully. For whatever reason, I excelled in pre-algebra and gained some self-confidence. I remember thinking once, "Why do we have so much homework?" But, the truth of the matter is that practice is what helps us to learn new material. I have been a parent volunteer for many, many years. I have worked with many students who were near tears because some problem didn't seem to make sense to them. But, after lots of practice, (and frequent breaks when frustrated)those students each gained a better grasp of what pre-algebra is all about. There are many books these days that can help; for example, Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For The Clueless by Bob Miller. There is valuable information in that book, but practice, practice, practice is still the best way to learn Pre-Algebra, as far as I'm concerned.


Proofreading is a skill that must be developed and nurtured through practice. Being familiar with the language, parts of speech, and punctuation are important to being successful. One trick to try is to proofread the paragraph or paper once, starting from the end. In that way, you won't be able to add in words (or imagine certain punctuation or certain spellings)that are not there. Research has shown that our minds are so powerful that even when we read something that is spelled incorrectly, we don't always notice because our minds fill in the blanks as we read. Another idea is to proofread once backward, once forward, and then to ask a friend to read your work as well. In this way, you may be more likely to catch errors that were missed.


Psychology is the study of the mind, motivations, behaviors, and fears of human beings. I have loved psychology since I was first exposed to it in junior high school. I have used Saturday mornings as a great time to read psychology books for many, many years. I have learned to understand myself better and why I do the silly and smart things I do. Psychology has helped me understand why my friends and family do some of the things they do. The study of psychology has improved my relationships significantly. And now, I am a therapist who helps others learn about themselves and others, too.

Public Speaking

In my opinion, speech and public speaking are inter-related classes. For some students, the writing part is pretty easy, but the public speaking is terrifying. As a shy middle school student many years ago I used to ask for a podium so that I had a place to put my notes. In reality, the podium was something for me to hide behind and something that would keep me from falling when I got light-headed, as I often did. Practice is what makes the difference. I encourage students to present their speeches to anyone who will listen. Family members, friends, BFF's, even next door neighbors.

The more you practice how to stand, whether to stand or move around, and where to put your hands, etc., the better your public speaking experience. It also helps to know your topic well, so that if you lose your place in your notes, you can ad-lib (a.k.a. making it up as you go along) until you find your place again. Sometimes it helps to look your listeners in the eyes and other times, it's best to look at the back wall just over their heads. They won't be able to tell exactly where you are looking, but, they'll think you're looking at them. Public speaking is a skill, and you cannot develop a skill without lots of practice. Even adults join Toast Masters in order to get some practice, so you are not alone. Can you tell I've listened to hundreds of speeches? I've even delivered my fair share.


I believe that the best way for a student to learn to read is to encourage reading. My oldest son was a very intelligent boy, so he often felt bored by school text books, so I insisted he read SOMETHING. He decided on comic books; and, what an uproar I heard from his teacher at first. But, guess what? Some children need to just start reading anything and, once they are hooked, it is easier to recommend various other literature to them. The more my son read about Batman and Robin, the more he wanted to read, and his vocabulary blossomed. Soon he was reading science fiction novels, encyclopedias and stories about basketball stars and their lives. Sometimes, we have to give a little to help our children gain a lot. As I work with your student, don't be surprised if he or she tells you that I suggested he or she read labels on cans or the American Standard version of the Bible, or the text for the Girl Scouts. Truly, anything that helps them start, and doesn't instantly poison their minds, can inspire them to continue to read.

SAT Reading

I have an extremely high aptitude for English and Reading. Throughout my years of education, I have excelled in language arts and I've been an avid reader. I have served as a tutor in elementary, junior high and high school in reading. I have, also, tutored junior college and college students who'd been away from language arts for a while.

In order to be successful in this area, it is important to know the various rules used in language; such as, double negatives are not appropriate; understanding the use of pronouns, adverbs and adjectives; understanding parts of speech; and, being knowledgeable about the use of punctuation. With practice, erroneous statements no longer sound right.

Because of my background in language arts, I believe I am well-suited to tutor students in this area. I would, also, suggest that the student engage in reading as often as possible prior to taking the SAT in reading, because he/she may learn a great deal from the authors they read.

I hope you will give me a chance to share my knowledge with you.

SAT Writing

I have an extremely high aptitude for English and Reading. Throughout my years of education, I have excelled in Language Arts. I have served as a tutor in elementary, junior high and high school in this subject.

In order to be successful in this area, it is important to know the various rules used in language; such as, double negatives are not appropriate; understanding the use of pronouns, adverbs and adjectives; understanding parts of speech; and, being knowledgeable about the use of punctuation. With practice, erroneous statements no longer sound right.

Because of my background in language arts, I believe I am well-suited to tutor students in this area. Communication is vitally important, so it is important to become a good communicator. Passing the SAT's will demonstrate how much the student has learned, and will likely help the student to become eligible for college.


I believe it is a tragedy that we Americans seem to be so self-centered or lazy when it comes to language. It's not unusual for a citizen of Europe to speak five or six different languages to make it easier to communicate with his or her neighbors. Asians often speak Japanese, Korean, Chinese and English--at least! And on the African continent, each country is home to several different tribes who each speak a different language. So, to live in one country in Africa, the people need to speak multiple languages, too. I'm glad our schools encourage students to, at least, learn the language of our closest neighbors: Spanish for our Mexican neighbors and French for some of our Canadian neighbors. I, personally, speak, read and write in Spanish (thanks to 4 years of Spanish and two "Spanish speaking only" weekends in Mexico); some French and German, and dabble in a few others. I think my favorite language is the one in Africa where the people communicate by a series of clicks they make with their tongues. If you've seen the movie, The Gods Must Be Crazy, you know exactly what I mean.

Special Needs

As a mental health professional with over 20 years of offering paraprofessional and professional services to those in need, I am aware how a mental health issue can complicate studying, and life in general. My expertise as a therapist offers me insights into problems, like, ADHD, ADD, anxiety disorders, Aspergers, Autism, grief, social anxiety, depression, body dysmorphic disorder, and many other issues. As a tutor, I can help ease some of the symptoms enough for your child to be successful in school. I can, also, suggest literature about which you may not be aware. And, as a mental health professional, I may have some referrals for you. There are, in fact, some temporary solutions to these long-term problems that can help the situation until additional help is available. We all need a little help sometimes, so I hope you will allow me to offer some help to you. There is no point in having all this knowledge and skill if I am unable to use it. It would be my pleasure.


If you have something important to say, it is imperative that you learn about speech. Writing a speech that is motivational, informative or even political can be a challenge. Often times teachers want to hear certain phrases that indicate your grasp of speech. I have always been a bit shy and never dreamed of speaking in public or giving a speech in class. Now I do it without a second thought. I have a few tricks that keep me focused on the message I want to get across and I usually speak with enthusiasm in the hopes of passing that enthusiasm onto my listeners.

I have given many speeches as a volunteer coordinator for the American Red Cross in the Far East Region. I learned early on that I needed to know something about my audience in advance so I can tailor the speech to fit the listeners (are they voters, women, men, teens or Sunday School children). Is my speech supposed to persuade them to jump on my bandwagon or am I allowing the hearer to make his or her own decision by presenting both sides of an issue in as unbiased a fashion as possible? Do I need to include examples of my main points or do I want to leave my listeners with vague, confusing information? I even have some tips on how to avoid letting your knees start knocking together. I've helped many students work through their fear of speech class and I've helped others become members of the debate team at their schools. With practice, speech is easier than you think.


Along with my passion for learning, reading and writing, I have a great vocabulary. And what use is a vocabulary if it's spelled incorrectly. I always get a high score this area and owe that to a tradition started by my Mother. Mom would occasionally use a word or words that I never heard, and she'd insist I look it up to learn the meaning, as well as the spelling. I continue to use this with my children, nephews and nieces, and my students with much success. Once you've sounded out a word well enough to find it in a dictionary, the spelling tends to stick with you. And, once you learn about foreign language influences, like prefixes and suffixes, spelling becomes a little easier.

Study Skills

I believe I have excellent study skills as evidenced by a grade point average of 3.95 from Chapman University in CA when I studied for my Masters' Degree in Professional Counseling. I have been honored by several Latin Honor Societies, Who's Who Among American Community College Students, Who's Who Among American Universities, and I've received multiple honor certificates from The Dean's List. Having studied the psychology of how people learn, I know that some people need to see visuals, while some others need to hear the words (so when they read aloud, they have trouble with comprehension); while still others need to write the words down in order for them to be saved in memory or, occasionally, some combination of these works best. It helps to meet the student and learn how they perceive their study problems. This will give me a clue as to what might work for him or her. For instance, one student I worked with had difficulty with concentration. What she learned to do was to use either colored pencils or markers to highlight special words or definitions. Somehow the color helped her remember the words or concepts. One student told me that taking notes in class helps him to stay focused on the topic being taught, because if he daydreams,he won't hear what to write in her notes. I will help your student by demonstrating methods that fit the student's learning style and I will help them practice using the new skills.


Reading is a great way to increase vocabulary. Allowing your student to read aloud can help a great deal. I believe in getting a student to begin with age-appropriate material, and then supplying material that is a bit more challenging. It's important to notice things like vision problems, dyslexia or other issues. Working with these issues requires patience and, often, some professional help. Just because you learn to spell a word, that doesn't necessarily mean you know the definition of that word. Learning which words are homonyms (their, there), synonyms (lovely, pretty) or antonyms (push, pull) and learning root words, prefixes and suffixes can help you figure out most words. One of my favorite stories about a word is this: the word "sarcasm" is from the Greek root word meaning "to tear flesh." I think about that whenever I am tempted to say something really sarcastic to someone.


I believe that the best way to learn to write is by writing. Some students, like my ADHD son, have difficulty writing due to neurological issues related to their ADHD. My son, also, had difficulty starting to write, because he wanted to write the "perfect" story. THERE IS NO SUCH THING! I'll bet that even Maya Angelou has to create an outline first, then a rough draft, and after some revisions and proofreading, the final copy. Students who judge their first notes tend to avoid writing at all, when all they need to do is get something on paper. Once they have something written down, the student can mold and shape the story anyway they would like. Keeping a daily journal of thoughts and feelings or playing story-writing games in which each writer adds a sentence to create a "mutual" story, are both ways to just start. Poetry and limericks are, also, fun; but the secret is to "brainstorm" ideas. That means you just write ideas, words, descriptions, whatever without criticism or judgment, just write them down fast. Then, the writer can go back and build their story, because there is something with which the student can work. And, the more the student practices writing, and continues reading, the better the writing will become.

University of Arizona 1998
Psychology, Grief
Chapman University, Orange, CA 2002
Tucson Institute for the Advancement of Counseling & Psychotherapy


University of Arizona 1998 (Psychology, Grief)

Chapman University, Orange, CA 2002 (Master's)

Tucson Institute for the Advancement of Counseling & Psychotherapy (Other)

Very Patient!!

Dolores Thank-you for being patient with me. You really explain math in a way I can understand and I never had that in school. You're awesome!! Thank you!

— Dawn, Tucson, AZ on 5/3/12

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Dolores will travel within 20 miles of Tucson, AZ 85730.