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Don M.

Elkhart, IN

$30/hr

Reliable, Knowledgeable and Patient Teacher, Mentor, and Grandpa

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Goshen College
Music Violin
Indiana University at South Bend
Other
Indiana University at South Bend
Master's

Education

Goshen College (Music Violin)

Indiana University at South Bend (Other)

Indiana University at South Bend (Master's)

About Don

As an educator for over twenty-three years, I have always believed that individualized instruction is the most effective way to teach. Because of this, I established a professional tutoring service nine 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 seven years, I have access to all the latest educational techniques.
As an educator for over twenty-three years, I have always believed that individualized instruction is the most effective way to teach. Because of this, I established a professional tutoring service nine 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… Read more

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Cancellation
2 hours notice required

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.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Elkhart, IN 46517
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"The Best Tutor"

- Lorna, South Bend, IN on 5/22/15
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Finite Math,
Geometry,
Prealgebra,
SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, Grammar, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
Vocabulary
Science:
ACT Science
History:
American History, Criminal Justice, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Music History, Religion, Social Studies,
World History
Music:
Music History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers, Dyslexia, Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
Career Development, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, English, Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Reading,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB,
Career Development, GED, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
TEAS
Corporate Training:
Career Development, Criminal Justice, Grammar, Public Speaking, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ADD/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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

I have spent the past seven 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

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

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.

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

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.

Goshen College
Music Violin
Indiana University at South Bend
Other
Indiana University at South Bend
Master's

Education

Goshen College (Music Violin)

Indiana University at South Bend (Other)

Indiana University at South Bend (Master's)

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 ...

— Lorna, South Bend, IN on 5/22/15

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Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

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.

Travel policy

Don will travel within 20 miles of Elkhart, IN 46517.

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