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Don M.

Reliable, Knowledgeable and Patient Teacher, Mentor, and Grandpa

Reliable, Knowledgeable and Patient Teacher, Mentor, and Grandpa

$30/hour

  • 314 hours tutoring

  • Elkhart, IN 46517

"Great Tutor - Extremely Patient"

Courtney, 24 lessons with Don

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About Don


Bio

As an educator for over twenty-five years, I have always believed that individualized instruction is the most effective way to teach. Because of this, I established a professional tutoring service twelve years ago that has also focused on the "mentoring" aspects of students and their families. The need for gaining a rapport with students and their families is always on my mind, in addition to teaching concepts. I believe that it is vitally important that educators understand that the...

As an educator for over twenty-five years, I have always believed that individualized instruction is the most effective way to teach. Because of this, I established a professional tutoring service twelve years ago that has also focused on the "mentoring" aspects of students and their families. The need for gaining a rapport with students and their families is always on my mind, in addition to teaching concepts. I believe that it is vitally important that educators understand that the future of this great land lies with our children.

My pedagogical methods can utilize many electronic sites as well as more traditional approaches, and since I have been an adjunct professor in mathematics and English at a local community college for the past nine years, I have access to all the latest educational techniques.


Education

Goshen College
Music Violin
Indiana University at South Bend
Other
Indiana University at South Bend
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $30
  • Rate details: The hourly rate is figured for one student per session only. The first session is always free of charge for the purpose of getting acquainted and discussing goals and objectives.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Elkhart, IN 46517
  • Lesson cancellation: 2 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/4/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

When achieving my Master's of Science Degree in Education in 2006 at Indiana University at South Bend, I had the privilege to work with students in a classroom in East Porter County (Indiana). During that period, I worked hard at gaining a rapport and trust with a young fellow suffering from brain trauma (automobile accident at approximately the age of your fourth-grader). We focused mainly on mathematical concepts and I saw improvement with repetitious practice. I believe that I can transfer that same knowledge to your struggling student.
Reading,

Reading

In reading, it is important to help a child develop a system of reading for optimal comprehension. One way is the SQ3R approach that can be crafted to her developmental growth. The acronym stands for Survey, Question, Read (Actively), Recite, and Review.
Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

Reading,

Reading

In reading, it is important to help a child develop a system of reading for optimal comprehension. One way is the SQ3R approach that can be crafted to her developmental growth. The acronym stands for Survey, Question, Read (Actively), Recite, and Review.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

My most recent success is a Northridge High School senior poised to graduate in a few days. He successfully took the SAT Battery of Exams and is enrolling at Indiana University at South Bend this Fall, 2015 with a goal to then transfer to Purdue University's School of Engineering in two years.
English, Grammar, SAT Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

History

American History,

American History

I taught secondary social studies and tutored American History on the collegiate level in the University of Notre Dame system (St. Mary's College).
Social Studies,

Social Studies

When I began teaching in 1991, I taught Secondary Social Studies courses of World History, United States History and American Government at Elkhart Memorial High School. I was certified by the state of Indiana to teach Grades 5-12. Since then, I have also tutored high school sociology, anthropology, economics and psychology courses. My extensive experience in developmental disabilities also extended to social studies classes in the elementary grades.
World History,

World History

When taking my education exams at Notre Dame University for my teacher certification through Indiana, one of my specialty Supporting Areas was World Civilizations, which I passed with considerable ease. That was in 1991, after studying Chinese History with a Chinese professor from Notre Dame, whose family was part of the Tianemen Square Massacre and another course in Russian History during the collapse of the Soviet Union. They were literally teaching our courses at Indiana University via phone conversations and out of the newspapers! What an incredible experience in global historical impact!! I can impart that to my students as well.
Geography, Government & Politics

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I am currently in the thirteenth week of teaching a sixteen-week semester of an Algebra I course, so concepts concerning exponent rules, all functions of polynomials and quadrant graphing of slope-intercept form are paramount on my mind. I am sure that learning these concepts will be important for your daughter as well.
Geometry,

Geometry

I teach a Geometric Concepts unit in my Fundamentals of Algebra class every semester. Also, I am presently tutoring a Bangladeshi couple in these concepts:Linear and Angle theory, Perimeter, Area, Volume and Surface Area. Later, we will be working on the Pythagorean Theorem (basis for Trigonometry) and Right Triangle Theory.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have spent the past ten years teaching Fundamentals of Algebra, and am exceedingly strong in breaking down the process of solving equations and calculating other mathematical solutions in a patient step-by step approach, which my students love.
Reading,

Reading

In reading, it is important to help a child develop a system of reading for optimal comprehension. One way is the SQ3R approach that can be crafted to her developmental growth. The acronym stands for Survey, Question, Read (Actively), Recite, and Review.
English, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spelling

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I am currently in the thirteenth week of teaching a sixteen-week semester of an Algebra I course, so concepts concerning exponent rules, all functions of polynomials and quadrant graphing of slope-intercept form are paramount on my mind. I am sure that learning these concepts will be important for your daughter as well.
Finite Math,

Finite Math

As a mathematics professor at a local community college, I tutored individual students in understanding concepts in the course, Finite (or Applicable) Math. I utilized the software website, MyMathLab (Pearson Publishing) to teach insurance and compound interest formulas, graphing for the boardroom and various other concepts found in the workplace and consumer economics. My "step-by-step" approach (with the help of electronic aids) was well-received and highly successful.
Geometry,

Geometry

I teach a Geometric Concepts unit in my Fundamentals of Algebra class every semester. Also, I am presently tutoring a Bangladeshi couple in these concepts:Linear and Angle theory, Perimeter, Area, Volume and Surface Area. Later, we will be working on the Pythagorean Theorem (basis for Trigonometry) and Right Triangle Theory.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have spent the past ten years teaching Fundamentals of Algebra, and am exceedingly strong in breaking down the process of solving equations and calculating other mathematical solutions in a patient step-by step approach, which my students love.
SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I am currently in the thirteenth week of teaching a sixteen-week semester of an Algebra I course, so concepts concerning exponent rules, all functions of polynomials and quadrant graphing of slope-intercept form are paramount on my mind. I am sure that learning these concepts will be important for your daughter as well.
Geometry,

Geometry

I teach a Geometric Concepts unit in my Fundamentals of Algebra class every semester. Also, I am presently tutoring a Bangladeshi couple in these concepts:Linear and Angle theory, Perimeter, Area, Volume and Surface Area. Later, we will be working on the Pythagorean Theorem (basis for Trigonometry) and Right Triangle Theory.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have spent the past ten years teaching Fundamentals of Algebra, and am exceedingly strong in breaking down the process of solving equations and calculating other mathematical solutions in a patient step-by step approach, which my students love.
Reading,

Reading

In reading, it is important to help a child develop a system of reading for optimal comprehension. One way is the SQ3R approach that can be crafted to her developmental growth. The acronym stands for Survey, Question, Read (Actively), Recite, and Review.
English

Other

Geography, Government & Politics

Special Needs

ADHD

ADHD

I received a Master's Degree in Special Education (Mild Disabilities) in August 2006 from Indiana University at South Bend, which included study of methods and best practices when teaching Attention Defecit Disorder children. Prior to that honor and during my study, I taught at a residential school where I worked one-on-one with numerous ages of students with ADD and ADD/HD for approximately four years. I found the most effective instruction occurred when teaching with a computerized courseware program (closed internet system) in a lab situation. I have transferred that valuable experience to my individualized tutoring style in which I have been successful in helping students focus when suffering from the intensity of a myriad of stimuli from ADD/HD.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I am currently in the thirteenth week of teaching a sixteen-week semester of an Algebra I course, so concepts concerning exponent rules, all functions of polynomials and quadrant graphing of slope-intercept form are paramount on my mind. I am sure that learning these concepts will be important for your daughter as well.
GED,

GED

Over the past twenty-six years, as an educator (I have a Master's Degree in Education from Indiana University), I have worked with numerous adult learners of varying ages in pursuit of their high school equivalency diploma with a high rate of success in assisting toward that end.
Geometry,

Geometry

I teach a Geometric Concepts unit in my Fundamentals of Algebra class every semester. Also, I am presently tutoring a Bangladeshi couple in these concepts:Linear and Angle theory, Perimeter, Area, Volume and Surface Area. Later, we will be working on the Pythagorean Theorem (basis for Trigonometry) and Right Triangle Theory.
Reading,

Reading

In reading, it is important to help a child develop a system of reading for optimal comprehension. One way is the SQ3R approach that can be crafted to her developmental growth. The acronym stands for Survey, Question, Read (Actively), Recite, and Review.
SAT Math

Test Preparation

ASVAB,

ASVAB

Of the most recent young men I have tutored, one Goshen High School graduate has successfully gone on to the United States Army and a Concord graduate, aiming for the Navy SEALS Program which is quite demanding, missed the cut-off by only ten points. With my experience and qualifications, I am certain that I can assist you.
GED,

GED

Over the past twenty-six years, as an educator (I have a Master's Degree in Education from Indiana University), I have worked with numerous adult learners of varying ages in pursuit of their high school equivalency diploma with a high rate of success in assisting toward that end.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

My most recent success is a Northridge High School senior poised to graduate in a few days. He successfully took the SAT Battery of Exams and is enrolling at Indiana University at South Bend this Fall, 2015 with a goal to then transfer to Purdue University's School of Engineering in two years.
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading

Resources

Don has shared 4 answers and 1 article on Wyzant Resources.

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Not just a tutor but a person that truly cares!!

Every session gets better and better. Making progress each day and so thankful for Don’s help. He goes above and beyond which is so reassuring. Asks for information on upcoming lessons so he is prepared and able to help with the building blocks to get there. Would give 10 stars if we were able.

Dawn, 4 lessons with Don

Personalized approach

My son comes home from his sessions and shares that he appreciates how Don is able to explain things in a different way than his teachers before. This seems to be helping my son feel more confident.

Lynn, 28 lessons with Don

Don is a wonderful person very patient.

I have meet twice with Don, and I like his personality is love he has for teaching others like my self who really needs it. I'm a person who needs to start fresh because I have not been in school for very long time. we are working on learning to write essay and correcting them thanks Don for being my tutor.

Maggie, 1 lesson with Don

Superb Tutor

Don has been an excellent tutor for my son David. He is an experienced teacher well versed in many areas. He was originally hired to help prepare my son for his SAT's but we have since broadened that out to cover any area of his studies. Don informed David that he could call him any time day or night if he had a question about any schoolwork. He also took the initiative to talk in person to David's English lit. teacher about some writing issues at no extra cost. It's clear that Don is not in this solely for the money but genuinely loves teaching and helping students realize their full potential. All in all his pleasing personality , years of experience and breadth of knowledge make Don a superb tutor.

Jerome, 32 lessons with Don

The Best Tutor

It is so hard to put into words how happy I am that Don accepted my son to tutor. Don is very professional, we learned that from the very start of the sessions. I am proud to have met such a wonderful person. My son was not able to pass the ECA for algebra. After working with Don he passed with room to spare. He was also helping my son with his geometry. After every session with Don I would ask my son if it was helping and he said yes. In the future if my son needs any additional assistance in Don's area of expertise, he will be the first person I will call. Thank you Don so much you just don't know how happy I am with your assistance. He could not have passed with out you.

Lorna, 17 lessons with Don

$30/hour

Don M.

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