Dianne Y.

Carmel, CA


Ms. Nature, Art, History and More with Humor and Understanding

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Ashford University


Ashford University

About Dianne

I am a lifetime student. I believe that learning should never stop (occasional breaks are needed) and giving up is not an option! Students will be expected to be respectful, attentive and willing to work hard. I know that the student may "hit a wall" during a session and need a break, that is expected. I believe that learning can be fun and exciting!

I have basic knowledge of many subjects, I have studied many subjects and am interested in many, such as psychology, education, the arts, literature, nature...

As a tutor I expect to learn how the student learns (auditor, visual, imitation etc.) and use the method which best suits the student. I also know that it is necessary for me to learn about the student as an individual. Such things as: do they like video games, music, theatre, do they participate in sports? Knowledge of these things helps to understand and relate with the student!
I will diligently work to advance the students knowledge of the subject matter and guide them through the learning process. I understand that the students social life is extremely important to the student (and it has it's place and time) but it should not interrupt a tutoring session. If the student has social issues, is a special needs student and-or has a learning challenge I need to know these facts to prepare appropriately for the session.

I believe that the student needs to learn critical thinking, problem solving, as well as other skill sets and I will help the student learn these essential study skills.

I look forward to working with students and parents for the betterment of the student!
I am a lifetime student. I believe that learning should never stop (occasional breaks are needed) and giving up is not an option! Students will be expected to be respectful, attentive and willing to work hard. I know that the student may "hit a wall" during a session and need a break, that is expected. I believe that learning can be fun and Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Carmel, CA 93923
In-person lessons
ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
American History, Anthropology,
European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Special Needs:
Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia,
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Anthropology has been a subject of interest since my childhood when I began to study about Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall, and the Meads. I found the National Geographic magazine to be most interesting and introduced me to the social anthropological studies of cultures unfamiliar, such as the people of Tibet, Africa and Pacific Islands.
When I started college in the late 70's early 80's I took cultural, physical and social anthropology courses. Learning in physical anthropology class facts such as tongue rolling, blue eyes and color blindness are recessive gene traits and that brown eyes, brown hair and attached ear lobes are a dominate gene trait.
Archaeology, the branch of anthropology which may be most interesting to young people, is the study of artifacts which our planet has preserved in the earth. My ability to identify a potential cultural archaeological site, in the historic park at which I work full time, has earned me the Archaeologists approval to dig in sensitive areas.


When most people think of Archaeology images of dinosaurs, characters similar to those in the movie Jurassic Park and digging around in the desert. While this is true in some cases, not all archaeological digs concern solely dinosaur remains; discovery, studying, classification, and interpretation are among a few aspect of dealing with archaeological artifacts. I have spent the past ten years working with archaeologists in historic sites in a local California State Park. Through this association I have learned to distinguish between modern day cuts on bones and those which would possibly be found in the midden of native Americans. My association with these archaeologists has also given me the knowledge base to determine if I have found a former foundation from a building or a random group of rocks.
I have a B.A. in social science and have studied the subject in college classes, as well as following the work of Margaret Mead, as well as the Leakeys. I have always believed the
study of archaeology is as much an adventure as the actual practice of the science. Learning the phases/periods our earth has passed through; the animals, plants and civilizations which existed during those periods and the interpretation of the finds are not necessarily static. This science, as in other disciplines of the sciences, may change as new information, technology and knowledge is discovered. This was proven to me while watching a special on the children of Louis and Mary Leakey continuing their work. This has been a subject of interest form childhood.


Botany is plant biology. It is the scientific study of plants biology and life cycle. It includes the study of plant cells, plant structure, their taxonomy, and originated to classify plants, identifying poisonous and nonpoisonous plants for human consumption.
Having started my college education as a Botany major I have life experience working with plants, knowledge of how plants grow and a continuous desire to learn more about this science.


My knowledge of Dyslexia is based on having worked with numerous Dyslexia challenged adults. All have proven that Dyslexic individuals are not less intelligent, on the contrary they are often very bright. A present associate has risen through the ranks to a managerial position where she must cope with this "reading disability". She is challenged by written words, as well as with writing and often asks for my skills to proofread important paperwork. I simply highlight incorrect words and help her to choose the proper word. She relies heavily on spell-check which allows the incorrect usage of a word which has been spelled correctly. When we first met and began disusing dyslexia she often spoke of her fear that her daughters would be diagnosed, but were not. Dyslexia is a lifelong challenge, but she is proof that it does not inhibit success.
Schools in the U.S. are mandated to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for such students and evaluated annually. Teaching such students requires extra attention to the connection between letters, their sounds (phonemes) and how they form words (phonics), having the student read out loud with assistance, and having the student listen to and repeat instructions.

Elementary (K-6th)

Knowledge of childhood development, understanding and deciphering the point of development which the student has achieved is essential to education. Elementary education (K-6th grade) is the development and engagement of a student in the basic understanding of various subjects, instill productive study habits, as well as develop enthusiasm for the subjects. As a lifelong student who has acquired a B.A. in social science with an emphasis on elementary education I understand the importance of creating an initial love of knowledge.
My hands on experience with K-6 education occurred during my volunteerism with the local Boys and Girls club. They offered a science club for 4th and 5th grade students and this was where I chose to spend my volunteer time; ready to assist with the questions, asking questions about projects they were working on, talking them through the procedure for accomplishing the science projects and watching their amazement as they successfully completed the projects. Allowing the students to follow the written directions, after having watched a demonstration, to experience the scientific process with some trial and error when they overlook or choose not to follow the directions/example.
I also have regular contact with K-6 students through my day job and the hands-on programs offered at the historic park. These programs include a learning experience introducing the students to the native Ohlone tribes and the life on the rancheros. They participate in the ritual of grinding acorns, rinsing them and cooking using an alternate material, as the acorns would require more time to soak to remove the tannins. They are introduced to their fishing techniques, as well as games which help to develop hand-eye coordination for hunting; allowing the students to experience the difficulty of both of these skills and how necessary they are for the tribes survival. In the ranchero program they grind corn and make tortillas, churn butter, learn branding, weaving and participate in early games that ranchero children would have played. All of the hands-on events are explained and demonstrated to the students before they actually attempt them on their own. I always enjoy hearing the students describe how hard it was to do the Ohlone games and how different the life was for both the natives and on the rancheros. Through their hands-on experiences and discussions afterward I have seen they learn the history of the people of California.


Learning English as a second language is difficult. I have experienced the difficulty of attempting to learn a second language; a coworker has tried to teach me Tongan phrases, I have had others attempt to teach me Spanish. I have taken four semesters of college Spanish and a semester at an Adult School. I can muddle through a basic conversation (slowly)! During two semester I was paired with a native Spanish speaker for an intercambio which was fun and a bit frustrating.
I am by nature very patient and enjoy learning about language and culture as well as helping others to learn the English language.


Literature is a particular strong subject in my repertoire. A lifelong love for reading and the adventures that one can experience without leaving the comfort of your favorite space has always appealed to me. I have read many classic novels and plays in various genres and have studied various forms of literature. I find that when choosing a novel personal interests play an important part in the enjoyment of the novel. When assigned a novel to read it can feel like torture if the subject of that novel holds no interest. I believe that to instill a love of reading in a student they should be given options and choices of what the read.


Reading is one of the most important skills that a child can have. I am familiar with many genres of literature, as well as how to stimulate the desire to read. I am aware of the obstacles involved with teaching/learning to read. That by avoiding negativity, by making reading enjoyable the desire and joy of reading is reinforced.


Theatre is a lifelong passion. Officially beginning in high school, after one semester of drama, I became a member of the Mask and Wig Club which produced the high school plays. I continued taking classes and working on play productions both inside and out of college. I have an AA in Theatre Arts, have participated in the theatre as an assistant stage manager, stage manager, lighting technician, stage construction worker and actor.
I have read numerous plays including Classic Greek plays, Shakespeare, O'Neill, Shaw, Ibsen, Chekhov and more.


Writing is an important part of the educational process. Throughout a student's school years from the point when they learn to write until they leave school they are required to write.
Having experienced this I found, in grade school, that I have a natural talent for writing. I learned about the poetry form known as Haiku in the 4th or 5th grade and have written free verse poetry since that time. I have written short stories and short plays as well.
Throughout my college experience I have been able to excel in writing papers. I have surprised myself with no less than a "B" on any paper, some of which were nothing more than rough drafts. The Microsoft "Word" program is an innovative tool for assisting students in the process of writing and I have learned to utilize the tool to my advantage.

Ashford University


Ashford University

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Dianne will travel within 40 miles of Carmel, CA 93923.

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