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Donal- English, History, Writing, Reading, Studying, "Getting it done"

4.9 average from 17 ratings
Enthusiastic and engaging!
— Simran, Los Angeles, CA on 7/31/13

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Rutgers University
Acting English Minor


Rutgers University (Acting English Minor)


I'm CBEST certified, and I've worked privately with students as well as with after-school companies. Recently I helped put together an after-school supplemental program for a charter school's CAHSEE prep. As a result, we had a 90 percent passing rate in total for all classes participating, a record!

I believe in three things when it comes to learning: routine, preparation and repetition. After a couple lessons of getting to know each other, it's important to develop a consistent schedule and strategy for each lesson. Once I figure out how you like to process information, I will do my best to construct a plan that fits you personally. It doesn't have to be rigid, but it helps to keep a steady framework of how we break down the time we have. Preparation is key for both you and me. Your job is to take what's learned in each lesson and find a way to digest the knowledge on your own time. My job is to know different perspectives of looking at the same lesson so that you know not just how to solve each problem, but why it is important to solve in the first place. Finally, after all the methods I've tried in helping students with exams and standards, repetition still proves as the most effective. Drills, exercises, flashcards, oral reviews; they all help in developing and coalescing ideas already discovered by you. I have found that even in reading and literature assignments such as essays, this helps my students to really organize their thoughts into well-rounded, informed opinions.

I am flexible on rates and willing to hear offers, and I only ask that cancellations are called in advance two hours ahead of the session. Thank you very much and I look forward to getting to work!
I'm CBEST certified, and I've worked privately with students as well as with after-school companies. Recently I helped put together an after-school supplemental program for a charter school's CAHSEE prep. As a result, we had a 90 percent passing rate in total for all classes participating, a Read more

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Travels within 15 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90029
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"Enthusiastic and engaging!"

- Simran, Los Angeles, CA on 7/31/13

"Great Tutor!"

- Jessica, New York, NY on 10/25/12
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, SAT Math
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science, Anthropology, Astronomy, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Sociology
American History, Anthropology, Classics, European History,
Geography, Government & Politics, Music History, Social Studies, World History
Ear Training, Music History, Music Theory, Sight Singing,
Voice (Music)
Art History,
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar,
Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Public Speaking
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), English,
Physics, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, CBEST,
College Counseling,
LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Basketball, Chess
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
Proofreading, Public Speaking

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ACT English

I've worked with several students privately to hone study skills that are tailored towards tackling the multi-category standards of the ACT.

Art History

I've worked with several high school students on the AP level of Art History covering prehistory, Greek and Etruscan, Egyptian, Roman, Germanic, Renaissance, Rococo, Impressionism, Dada, Modern and Post-Modern art and architecture.


I have taken the CBEST exam myself. I passed the first time and am certified as a substitute teacher in the state of California. My name and scores are on file and available.

College Counseling

I have assisted multiple students privately as well as part of charter school programs in applying to and preparing for college entry. This includes SAT/ACT test prep, essay and personal statement prep, and application assistance. On many occasions, my students have gotten accepted to one of their top three choices.


I have an English Literature minor from Rutgers University and write several pieces on a daily basis ranging from blog articles to screenplays. I have taught English and Reading extensively to ages 4 through adult. Currently I teach a writing course I helped construct at New Design Charter School, aiming at preparing high school students for standardized test benchmarks such as CAHSEE, CST, SAT, and PSAT.

European History

Have covered all of European history including Greek, Etruscan, pre-Roman and Roman, post-Lombardian, Germanic, Charlemagne, Holy Roman Empire, Hundred Years War, French Revolution, Napoleonic, Vienna Convention, and Victorian. Specialize in organizing historical information to answer short essays and tying economic, political and social events together under a specific theme.


Four years of tutoring experience has made me extremely familiar with English grammar and expert in sentence structure, paragraph structure, conjugation, punctuation, tense, and spelling.


I've tutored two students in GRE prep implementing walkthroughs of each individual problem, as well as timed drills. I have also taken the GRE myself and scored a 5.9 on the Reading section, and a 4.9 on the Math.

Public Speaking

I have over 13 years of experience as a trained actor and singer. I've worked with multiple disciplines that teach breath control, body alignment, and many other physical techniques that make speaking in public not just bearable but enjoyable as well! Methods include Alexander, Linklater, Meditation, and Classical...

SAT Reading

I have taught all forms of SAT subjects for over four years, now. The Reading subject requires planning, time management, and clarity of argument. I prefer teaching students techniques in how to simplify their reasoning, and craft a quick draft before submitting their finished version. With practice, it will ensure minimal grammar mistakes, concise use of paragraphs, and a strong argument that is easy for reviewers to follow.

SAT Writing

Assisted multiple high school juniors and seniors in SAT, ACT, and college entry essay writing. All my students went on to attend one of their top three choices of college programs. References available upon request.

Sight Singing

I was a State Chorus tenor throughout high school and have done several musicals as well. I know how to use tonal and scale exercises as well as notation drills to train your ear to recognize what sound each note on the scale represents.


I designed and teach a writing program at New Designs Charter School for high school students 9-11 focusing specifically on CAHSEE and CSL standards as well as five paragraph structure, pre-writing strategies, sentence and grammar strategies, and APA citation formatting.

Rutgers University
Acting English Minor


Rutgers University (Acting English Minor)

Enthusiastic and engaging! — Donal stays on subject while being engaging and enthusiastic. Our son is involved in the work, is learning a lot and gaining enthusiasm for a subject he used to not like. ...

— Simran, Los Angeles, CA on 7/31/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

DONAL will travel within 15 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90029.

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