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Deborah A.

Palatine, IL

$35/hour

Writing and Tech Instructor who knows some ASL

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 7/11/15
4.7 average from 19 ratings
Patient and great with kids!
— Aparna, Barrington, IL on 6/29/16

$35/Hour


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HARPER COLLEGE
Journalism, Educatio

Education

HARPER COLLEGE (Journalism, Educatio)

About Deborah

Besides seeing students I've tutored now pursuing a master's degree, my greatest joys when tutoring and teaching come with that "ah HA!" moment. When I'm able to help a student grasp a concept that has eluded them, it gives me goosebumps! That anticipation keeps me excited about teaching all students!

I want to meet your needs. It's critical that the student's needs drive the tutoring experience. "What is the most important outcome?" is just as an important question as, "Where do we start?" Additionally, when a student is underage, safety is a special priority, so the meeting place needs to be comfortable for all of us. Libraries are often a great resource with a table and outlet for a laptop or tablet, as a parent/caregiver can step away but still be close enough to see that the child is safe. (Also, those "ah HA!" moments are simply wonderful expressions in the Green Zones of a library!) Particularly for a business professional, an online tutoring session provides a great opportunity to gain skills during lunch or while in the comfort of one's home.

More about this Renaissance woman:

Since 2002 when I subbed for a VisualBASIC class, I have spent June, July, and August with the InZone Youth Program at Harper College. I teach courses for children ages 8-14, which necessitates revising outlines as needed and ensuring enough supplies. I've created and taught Computers 101, Microsoft Office, and Search Safely (on the 'Net) using Blackboard with the class, and taught Web Master, PowerPoint Pizzazz, Newsletter (InDesign), Daily InZone (journalism), Writing: Three Sides to a Story, and even Organic Gardening. The 2016 classes? All About Astronomy (created in 2010), ASL, Bones & Blood (anatomy), CSI, and Introduction to Forensic Science (courtroom). I've taught ACT Prep and ACT English for Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove and Aurora. For more than two years I've been a Program Aide for Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development's Weekend Enrichment Program for academically talented students age 4 through grade 9.

I graduated with Honors (courses include journalism and education) and have 90 credits. I am a current Mandated Reporter and have had a background check at Harper College, Waubonsee Community College, and Northwestern University, and have added VIRTUS training to work in Catholic afterschool programs.

I have a high level of expertise in Microsoft Office WIN and Apple, iWork, Dropbox, and iCloud, and know basic HTML. I've been a member of Suburban Chicago Apple Users for more than 15 years, co-lead the MACrew responsible for the meeting's tech, and have been on the Board for more than a dozen years.

Other work:
+ Wrote electronic documentation that went on a 40-page Student Involvement website;
+ Created courses for Personal Enrichment (hired instructors and wrote course descriptions for the catalog) and taught instructors how to use classroom tech;
+ Assisted students in a Writing Center with structure, punctuation, point of view, tense, etc.; and
+ Taught front desk staff and tutors at a Tutoring Center how to use software.

I've also been a Junior Achievement of Chicago volunteer, for ages K through 9.

I love being the conduit for learning!
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Besides seeing students I've tutored now pursuing a master's degree, my greatest joys when tutoring and teaching come with that "ah HA!" moment. When I'm able to help a student grasp a concept that has eluded them, it gives me goosebumps! That anticipation keeps me excited about teaching all students!

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Cancellation
2 hours notice required

The hourly rate will drop to $30/hour for each hour of a tutoring session over two hours. (The longer time frame is best suited for business professionals.)

Travel Radius
Travels within 18 miles of Palatine, IL 60067
Background Check: Passed

"Patient and great with kids!"

- Aparna, Barrington, IL on 6/29/16

"Awesome Teacher"

- Nicholas, Hoffman Estates, IL on 9/25/16

"Could not have asked for a better tutor!!!!!"

- Jane, Libertyville, IL on 7/19/16
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
Proofreading,
SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
SAT Reading
Language:
Sign Language
Elementary Education:
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

I have taught ACT English through Waubonsee Community College since Spring 2014 via the courses "Victory!," "Raise Your Score," and "Practice Makes Perfect." I use activities of thinking through the reasons behind a choice, as well as simply knowing the grammar rules, and teach techniques for passing the test. Techniques include getting enough sleep and other "conditioning" as prep before the day of the test.

ACT Reading

I have taught ACT Reading through Waubonsee Community College since Spring 2014 via the "Victory!," "Raise Your Score," and "Practice Makes Perfect" classes. I use prompts with current events to help students find the topic meaningful, teach outline techniques, and teach the speaking-to-writing method for thoughts to become clear on paper.

General Computer

I started using computers in the '80s. My first computer had been a Commodore 64, so I'm very familiar with DOS and Windows systems. I've been a member of Suburban Chicago Apple Users since 1996. In that time I've been the co-leader of MACrew, the team that sets up the AV for the meeting, and taught workshops, including beginners computing, Microsoft suite, and online activity, such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

Macintosh

I am conversant with many software programs on Apple computers, including NeoOffice and iWork and especially Microsoft Office.

The first Apple computer I recall using had been a Quadra/Performa (around 1994), and since then I've owned a Clamshell, Newton, Powerbook, and iPhone. I've used QuickDraw II, HyperCard, MacLabel Pro, PrintShop Deluxe, QuarkXPress, iCal, iChat, and several other software programs including iCloud. I have been an active member of The NorthWest of Us Macintosh User Group, now The NorthWest of Us Apple User Group, since at least 1996 and have been a Special Interest Group co-leader for Microsoft Office on the Mac. I have served on the Board of Officers and Directors for more than eight years, and still write articles as a staff member for the club's newsletter, Passages. My current home computer is an iMac, and I am knowledgable about the iPad.

One of my Apple highlights had been acting as a tester for the iMac Bondi Blue through the Mac club, and having two interviews with Apple Stores.

Microsoft Outlook

I have used Microsoft products since Office toppled Word Perfect and Lotus 123 as the core for businesses, and I have been certified multiple times in the Microsoft suite. At businesses where I've worked, I tend to be one of the power users of Outlook.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have used Microsoft products since Office toppled Word Perfect and Lotus 123 as the core for businesses, and I have been certified multiple times in the Microsoft suite. At businesses where I've worked, I tend to be one of the power users of PowerPoint. Tools I teach include:
* Creating a slide show; choosing and inserting new slides; saving, printing (slides, handouts, notes, outline), and relocating files; adding properties; and properly closing/exiting PowerPoint.
* Basic presentation creation, including choosing slide themes, layouts, and fonts; page background color; object selection versus editing; copying and pasting; alternating between normal, slide sorter, and slide show views; seeing the Ruler and Guides, inserting and moving text boxes, pictures, shapes, tables, art, charts, and media; Zoom.
* More basic skills: Transitions; using the outline versus the slide view for editing; alignment of paragraphs and spacing; the importance of white space and font size; Header/Footer and automation (page number, date and time, etc.); Spell Check and Thesaurus; using automatic timing for the presentation.
* Intermediate tasks more important in business settings: Custom theme colors to match the business colors; using Paste Special and Format Painter; formatting tables; successfully using Find/Replace (especially how to not replace words that are part of words); working with the Master slide; inserting and tracking comments; using Presenter tools, especially Notes; and recording narration and adding action buttons.
* College-specific paper tasks, such as documentation (adding citations, captions, and bibliography) and following specific styles (MLA, APA, ASA, and Chicago/Turabian).
* More advanced tasks: Displaying/altering toolbars, and changing the defaults to have your software set for your frequent usage.

Microsoft Word

I have used Microsoft products since Office toppled Word Perfect and Lotus 123 as the core for businesses, and I have been certified multiple times in the Microsoft suite. At businesses where I've worked, I tend to be one of the power users of Word. Tools I teach include:
* Creating a document; saving, printing, and relocating files; adding properties; and properly closing/exiting Word.
* Basic word processing, including choosing and formatting fonts, copying, pasting, alternating between views, seeing the Ruler, alignment of paragraphs, Spacing, Zoom, and Spell Check.
* More basic skills: Breaks (page, column, section); Header/Footer; borders; Zoom; automation (page number, date and time, etc.); revealing codes and why; inserting symbols, charts, graphics, and art; and Tables and Columns with formatting.
* Intermediate tasks more important in business settings: When to use Paste Special and Format Painter; successfully using Find/Replace (especially how to not replace words that are part of words); working with Header and Footer; automatic Table of Contents; inserting and tracking comments; and Styles (using, creating).
* College-specific paper tasks, such as documentation (footnote, endnote, caption) and following specific styles (MLA, APA, ASA, and Chicago/Turabian).
* More advanced tasks: Displaying/altering toolbars, and changing the defaults to have your software set for your frequent usage.

Proofreading

A passion for reading many styles of the written word certainly helps to make proofreading easier for me. I started to edit other people's work as part of the yearbook staff in high school, and continued as an editor on the college newspaper. I took a journalism course taught by Dann Gire, writer for Daily Herald/Chicago, and tightened up my own writing skills. Professionally, I've worked for a Writing Center, assisting college students in outlining and editing their papers, ensuring they also follow the APA, ASA, Turabian, and MLA styles. Most recently, I've edited 17 chapters of *Laughing At The Sun: The Story of a Man Who Changed His Spots* by Michael Nejman; the book has been nominated for two 2016 IPPY Awards. I'm currently editing a new project set in Chicago.

Sign Language

I first knew the ASL alphabet and very basic greetings in elementary school (1970s). By the time I went to college as an adult, I had completed five Signed English classes at the Center on Deafness in Northbrook and the instructor recommended I continue with classes at Harper College or Jacksonville, IL. At Harper, a teacher evaluated me. He stated that I needed more American Sign Language syntax and that I could join SGN 201 and be challenged, or join SGN 102 and reinforce what I knew while building upon those skills. While taking 102, 201, and 202, I attended Deaf social events, and then took SGN 210: Deaf Culture, and received an A. I have taught beginning ASL for a Youth Enrichment and Sports summer program at a college for the past 5-6 years (ages 8-11, and ages 11-14). In November 2014, I joined a group of volunteers at O'Hare Airport (Chicago) in greeting and welcoming Deaf magicians from around the world for a week of Deaf events at Hersey H.S. and Harper College. I enjoy meeting D/deaf people and HoH people with the opportunity to use my skills, and I am humbled to introduce hearing people to the Deaf World through ASL tutoring.

My sign name, provided by a Deaf friend while I attended Deaf events during Harper classes, is given by forming a D with the left hand at the center of the lips and going outward and up along the smiling lip line.

Writing

I have worked in a college writing center, assisting students in creating an outline, putting ideas to paper, and formatting the document in MLA, APA, ASA, and Chicago/Turabian styles. I continue doing so for family who are attending college/university. I have also been a writer and editor, with work in the Chicago book of designs ("New in the Showroom") and with course descriptions created and edited for Continuing Education courses at Harper College. I have the gift of being able to channel ideas into concise phrases and sentences, as well as expound upon topics that need to be covered.

HARPER COLLEGE
Journalism, Educatio

Education

HARPER COLLEGE (Journalism, Educatio)

Patient and great with kids!

Deborah is very good with my kids and very patient. She has good knowledge about the subject and the kids love to attend her class.

— Aparna, Barrington, IL on 6/29/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

The hourly rate will drop to $30/hour for each hour of a tutoring session over two hours. (The longer time frame is best suited for business professionals.)

Travel policy

Deborah will travel within 18 miles of Palatine, IL 60067.