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Donn B.

Experienced writing teacher who helps make writing fun

Experienced writing teacher who helps make writing fun

$45/hour

  • 7 hours tutoring

  • Saint Cloud, FL 34772

About Donn


Bio

I taught Developmental Writing and English Composition at Valencia College, Osceola Campus, for thirteen years. I retired in 2006, but after five years of reading, gardening, and playing with my dog, I realized I missed working with the kids. I missed helping them improve their writing skills and reawakening their confidence in their own written expression.

I have been tutoring at the College since 2011, having passed the National Tutor Certification course, and it is like being on vacation...

I taught Developmental Writing and English Composition at Valencia College, Osceola Campus, for thirteen years. I retired in 2006, but after five years of reading, gardening, and playing with my dog, I realized I missed working with the kids. I missed helping them improve their writing skills and reawakening their confidence in their own written expression.

I have been tutoring at the College since 2011, having passed the National Tutor Certification course, and it is like being on vacation every day: I look forward to going in to “work,” meeting new students, and helping them to stop seeing writing as a “chore,” but rather as a way to share their ideas with others. Although I have not been specifically trained as an ESOL teacher, I have worked with many students from around the world and helped them succeed in their writing classes. I have found that the most fun is finding each student’s writing strengths, then building from there to improve the rest of their writing skills.

I have always felt that while learning the rules of grammar was important, it was more important to learn how grammar works to make writing stand out and sparkle. Too many students are overwhelmed by all the rules, but by seeing how grammar strengthens sentences and paragraphs, they begin to appreciate what grammar does (as opposed to what it “is”). I thoroughly enjoy watching their eyes light up as a previously confusing concept suddenly becomes clear, and I often get to hear the excitement of a whispered, “Oh, wow. Cool.”

Where we go and how we get there depends upon the student’s needs and interests; every student has a “hot button” somewhere, and much of the joy I get from teaching is helping the student find their inner writer. Being able to write clearly and confidently will affect many aspects of a student’s future success, and I look forward to helping your student—yourself or your child—find their inner writer.

Generally I prefer to meet in a student’s home, so I can find some clues about his/her likes, dislikes, and overall interests; if this is not comfortable, then a local public library can also work well. The important thing is that the student feels relaxed and free of distractions while we work.


Education

Dartmouth College
English
Syracuse University
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $45
  • Rate details: Cancellation policy: 1) 24 hrs. prior notice or 1 hr. charge applies; 2) Student no-show: 2 hr. charge.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 30 miles of Saint Cloud, FL 34772
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/4/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

Most writing teachers seem to think that knowing all the rules of grammar makes for better writers. I couldn't disagree more. I have found that when students want to write, and when they understand how grammar works, they find it much easier to learn the rules. This is how I teach the grammar part of writing: by showing students how proper grammar helps make their writing clearer and more expressive--and more fun.
Proofreading

Proofreading

There are many recognized techniques to proofread papers and articles accurately. Having been the editor of a scholarly publication for a number of years and having taught English for twenty-some years, I can share these techniques and help students find many of their own writing weaknesses.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

Most writing teachers seem to think that knowing all the rules of grammar makes for better writers. I couldn't disagree more. I have found that when students want to write, and when they understand how grammar works, they find it much easier to learn the rules. This is how I teach the grammar part of writing: by showing students how proper grammar helps make their writing clearer and more expressive--and more fun.
Reading

Reading

I have been reading all my life; take a look at my picture and know how long that has been! While I have little formal training in reading strategies, I have been able to help many students improve not only their skills but also their attitude toward reading. This is an activity I not only love, but it is one I love to share and teach.

English

English,

English

I have been a reader all my life and am fascinated by the English language. After getting my master's in English, I spent three years editing for an educational research agency, including putting out a quarterly journal. I taught English composition at Valencia for thirteen years, then came back after retiring to work as a tutor--I missed working with students that much.
Grammar,

Grammar

Most writing teachers seem to think that knowing all the rules of grammar makes for better writers. I couldn't disagree more. I have found that when students want to write, and when they understand how grammar works, they find it much easier to learn the rules. This is how I teach the grammar part of writing: by showing students how proper grammar helps make their writing clearer and more expressive--and more fun.
Literature,

Literature

I have been reading my whole life, but I haven't read everything out there! However, I can help students explore literature by helping them "get into" their assignments and showing them the excitement of discovery and discussion. This is just a short step away from writing well about what they have read.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

There are many recognized techniques to proofread papers and articles accurately. Having been the editor of a scholarly publication for a number of years and having taught English for twenty-some years, I can share these techniques and help students find many of their own writing weaknesses.
Reading,

Reading

I have been reading all my life; take a look at my picture and know how long that has been! While I have little formal training in reading strategies, I have been able to help many students improve not only their skills but also their attitude toward reading. This is an activity I not only love, but it is one I love to share and teach.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

There are many good SAT preparation books out there, but too often students find the explanations in them confusing and frustrating. I am more than ready to help students work their way through the books in the most efficient and educational way possible.
Writing

Writing

The only way to learn to write effectively is to actually write. I can help students develop their school writing assignments, and I will give them additional, short writing tasks to focus them on areas that need strengthening. Whether it is a short, personal essay or a longer research assignment, there are proven strategies for completing them as efficiently and thoroughly as possible.

Homeschool

English,

English

I have been a reader all my life and am fascinated by the English language. After getting my master's in English, I spent three years editing for an educational research agency, including putting out a quarterly journal. I taught English composition at Valencia for thirteen years, then came back after retiring to work as a tutor--I missed working with students that much.
Reading,

Reading

I have been reading all my life; take a look at my picture and know how long that has been! While I have little formal training in reading strategies, I have been able to help many students improve not only their skills but also their attitude toward reading. This is an activity I not only love, but it is one I love to share and teach.
Writing

Writing

The only way to learn to write effectively is to actually write. I can help students develop their school writing assignments, and I will give them additional, short writing tasks to focus them on areas that need strengthening. Whether it is a short, personal essay or a longer research assignment, there are proven strategies for completing them as efficiently and thoroughly as possible.

Most Popular

English,

English

I have been a reader all my life and am fascinated by the English language. After getting my master's in English, I spent three years editing for an educational research agency, including putting out a quarterly journal. I taught English composition at Valencia for thirteen years, then came back after retiring to work as a tutor--I missed working with students that much.
Reading,

Reading

I have been reading all my life; take a look at my picture and know how long that has been! While I have little formal training in reading strategies, I have been able to help many students improve not only their skills but also their attitude toward reading. This is an activity I not only love, but it is one I love to share and teach.
Writing

Writing

The only way to learn to write effectively is to actually write. I can help students develop their school writing assignments, and I will give them additional, short writing tasks to focus them on areas that need strengthening. Whether it is a short, personal essay or a longer research assignment, there are proven strategies for completing them as efficiently and thoroughly as possible.

Summer

Reading,

Reading

I have been reading all my life; take a look at my picture and know how long that has been! While I have little formal training in reading strategies, I have been able to help many students improve not only their skills but also their attitude toward reading. This is an activity I not only love, but it is one I love to share and teach.
Writing

Writing

The only way to learn to write effectively is to actually write. I can help students develop their school writing assignments, and I will give them additional, short writing tasks to focus them on areas that need strengthening. Whether it is a short, personal essay or a longer research assignment, there are proven strategies for completing them as efficiently and thoroughly as possible.

Test Preparation

SAT Writing

SAT Writing

There are many good SAT preparation books out there, but too often students find the explanations in them confusing and frustrating. I am more than ready to help students work their way through the books in the most efficient and educational way possible.

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Writer extrodiaire

Donn knows his stuff. He was quickly able to praised me for my strengths but recognized my weaknesses and gave me not only great ideas but tools to improve my writing. He doesn't only teach the rules but he explains why they apply which makes it easier to remember and implement. He is not only interested in the task at hand but how you can improve in future endeavors. Wonderful tutor.

Cheryl, 2 lessons with Donn

Great Tutor

Donn was very helpful in providing insight towards the structure of my paper. He taught me some very helpful skills in order to write a paper more effectively and get my point across. Overall, Donn is a great tutor and I would highly recommend him to others who are looking to learn and acquire better skills in order to enhance their writing.

Eric, 1 lesson with Donn

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