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Hazel D.

Contact Hazel for tutoring in writing, English, or reading.

Contact Hazel for tutoring in writing, English, or reading.

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  • 644 hours tutoring

About Hazel


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Hello, I have an Master of Science degree in Journalism and a double Bachelor's degree in Public Administration and Journalism. I will be pleased to help you develop a passion, as I have, for the English language arts such as, writing and reading.

I have always been excited about writing. First, as an elementary student creating poetry, as a teenager writing about social issues, and then as an adult writing magazine articles. Writing can be fun once the student learns sentence structure...

Hello, I have an Master of Science degree in Journalism and a double Bachelor's degree in Public Administration and Journalism. I will be pleased to help you develop a passion, as I have, for the English language arts such as, writing and reading.

I have always been excited about writing. First, as an elementary student creating poetry, as a teenager writing about social issues, and then as an adult writing magazine articles. Writing can be fun once the student learns sentence structure and grammar rules. For elementary students, I try to make learning fun. During a writing workshop one summer, a student told me he had never written a story. After tutoring him privately for a few weeks, and commenting on his Spiderman tee shirt, he handed in three stories (one on Spiderman) that he had written himself. He was very proud that he had accomplished what he initially feared.

I have tutored students in reading. One student's eyes lit up when she read her first few pages with no prompting from me. What I find that helps students succeed in reading is if they are tutored reading a book on topics they enjoy.

A newer skill that I have developed is in teaching English as a Second Language. I have been successful in helping those with limited skills to read, write, speak, and understand English much better.

Let's do it!!


Education

Roosevelt University
BA
Roosevelt University
Masters

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $45
  • Rate details: My fee is $45.00 per hour per student. If there are two students from the same family, my rate would then be $35.00 per hour per student.
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Columbia, MD 21045
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 2/24/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I am qualified to tutor in Public Speaking because I am familiar with the English language; and have spoken before audiences on many topics and in many forums. When I was first asked to make a public speaking appearance, I took a public speaking course. In addition to the above, I attended several Toastmaster sessions in the 1980s. I took a nine-month long Professional Development Course in 1983-1984 through my City of Chicago employment that included sessions on public speaking. My actual public speaking ranges from 1974 - 2012. I was a state-wide candidate for public office in 1974 wherein I made many speeches before the public. I spoke before Planned Parenthood, the National Alliance of Black Feminists, the Black Women's Struggle for Equality, the Illinois Affirmative Action Officers Association, and many others. I have been a panelist for various organizations such as Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization and Citizens Institute. I have been on the radio for the American Cancer Society, the Chicago Association of Realtors, and the Peace Corps. I have made television presentations on behalf of the Peace Corps.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing.
Grammar,

Grammar

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar, and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing, and have tutored many in ESL.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I am qualified to tutor in Public Speaking because I am familiar with the English language; and have spoken before audiences on many topics and in many forums. When I was first asked to make a public speaking appearance, I took a public speaking course. In addition to the above, I attended several Toastmaster sessions in the 1980s. I took a nine-month long Professional Development Course in 1983-1984 through my City of Chicago employment that included sessions on public speaking. My actual public speaking ranges from 1974 - 2012. I was a state-wide candidate for public office in 1974 wherein I made many speeches before the public. I spoke before Planned Parenthood, the National Alliance of Black Feminists, the Black Women's Struggle for Equality, the Illinois Affirmative Action Officers Association, and many others. I have been a panelist for various organizations such as Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization and Citizens Institute. I have been on the radio for the American Cancer Society, the Chicago Association of Realtors, and the Peace Corps. I have made television presentations on behalf of the Peace Corps.

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

When I tutor elementary grade students, I first find out where they are in the subject and then structure an individualized lesson plan around their needs. I find out what interests them and prepare many sessions around their interests; for instance, if they like sports, I will help them select books on sports. Whenever possible, I work along with the students' teachers on the core educational goals by teaching the basics of English, reading, and study skills. I also plan activities that will better help them listen and think. In reading, I help them sound out words and I also use phonics. I engage the students through interactive games and a varied curriculum.
Grammar,

Grammar

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar, and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing, and have tutored many in ESL.
Reading,

Reading

As an added dimension to my lessons, I find out what interests my student and then prepare plans around their interests. Whenever possible, I work along with the student's teachers on the core educational goals by teaching the basics of English, reading, and study skills. I also plan activities that will better help them listen and think. With reading, I use phonics and help them sound out words. I engage the student through interactive games and a varied curriculum.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

When I was in college, I used several methods to help me study for a particular subject. If one was not already formed, I put together a study group. This was very helpful because we each felt comfortable stating what areas confused us. It also was helpful because I could ask questions that I was afraid of asking in the classroom. I found another study method and that was using index cards where I would put a question on one side and the answer on the other. I would pull out the cards anywhere I was - on the bus, in a long waiting line, and even during television commercials. It is also important to set aside time to study and select the atmosphere conducive to study. Some study well listening to soft music, others need absolute quiet. Reading on the subject cannot be over-emphasized. This is one study skill that will help greatly in learning the subject.
Spelling, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing.
Grammar,

Grammar

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar, and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing, and have tutored many in ESL.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I am qualified to tutor in Public Speaking because I am familiar with the English language; and have spoken before audiences on many topics and in many forums. When I was first asked to make a public speaking appearance, I took a public speaking course. In addition to the above, I attended several Toastmaster sessions in the 1980s. I took a nine-month long Professional Development Course in 1983-1984 through my City of Chicago employment that included sessions on public speaking. My actual public speaking ranges from 1974 - 2012. I was a state-wide candidate for public office in 1974 wherein I made many speeches before the public. I spoke before Planned Parenthood, the National Alliance of Black Feminists, the Black Women's Struggle for Equality, the Illinois Affirmative Action Officers Association, and many others. I have been a panelist for various organizations such as Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization and Citizens Institute. I have been on the radio for the American Cancer Society, the Chicago Association of Realtors, and the Peace Corps. I have made television presentations on behalf of the Peace Corps.
Reading,

Reading

As an added dimension to my lessons, I find out what interests my student and then prepare plans around their interests. Whenever possible, I work along with the student's teachers on the core educational goals by teaching the basics of English, reading, and study skills. I also plan activities that will better help them listen and think. With reading, I use phonics and help them sound out words. I engage the student through interactive games and a varied curriculum.
ACT English, ACT Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

When I tutor elementary grade students, I first find out where they are in the subject and then structure an individualized lesson plan around their needs. I find out what interests them and prepare many sessions around their interests; for instance, if they like sports, I will help them select books on sports. Whenever possible, I work along with the students' teachers on the core educational goals by teaching the basics of English, reading, and study skills. I also plan activities that will better help them listen and think. In reading, I help them sound out words and I also use phonics. I engage the students through interactive games and a varied curriculum.
English,

English

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing.
Reading,

Reading

As an added dimension to my lessons, I find out what interests my student and then prepare plans around their interests. Whenever possible, I work along with the student's teachers on the core educational goals by teaching the basics of English, reading, and study skills. I also plan activities that will better help them listen and think. With reading, I use phonics and help them sound out words. I engage the student through interactive games and a varied curriculum.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

When I was in college, I used several methods to help me study for a particular subject. If one was not already formed, I put together a study group. This was very helpful because we each felt comfortable stating what areas confused us. It also was helpful because I could ask questions that I was afraid of asking in the classroom. I found another study method and that was using index cards where I would put a question on one side and the answer on the other. I would pull out the cards anywhere I was - on the bus, in a long waiting line, and even during television commercials. It is also important to set aside time to study and select the atmosphere conducive to study. Some study well listening to soft music, others need absolute quiet. Reading on the subject cannot be over-emphasized. This is one study skill that will help greatly in learning the subject.
Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

When I tutor elementary grade students, I first find out where they are in the subject and then structure an individualized lesson plan around their needs. I find out what interests them and prepare many sessions around their interests; for instance, if they like sports, I will help them select books on sports. Whenever possible, I work along with the students' teachers on the core educational goals by teaching the basics of English, reading, and study skills. I also plan activities that will better help them listen and think. In reading, I help them sound out words and I also use phonics. I engage the students through interactive games and a varied curriculum.
English,

English

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing.
Reading,

Reading

As an added dimension to my lessons, I find out what interests my student and then prepare plans around their interests. Whenever possible, I work along with the student's teachers on the core educational goals by teaching the basics of English, reading, and study skills. I also plan activities that will better help them listen and think. With reading, I use phonics and help them sound out words. I engage the student through interactive games and a varied curriculum.
Study Skills

Study Skills

When I was in college, I used several methods to help me study for a particular subject. If one was not already formed, I put together a study group. This was very helpful because we each felt comfortable stating what areas confused us. It also was helpful because I could ask questions that I was afraid of asking in the classroom. I found another study method and that was using index cards where I would put a question on one side and the answer on the other. I would pull out the cards anywhere I was - on the bus, in a long waiting line, and even during television commercials. It is also important to set aside time to study and select the atmosphere conducive to study. Some study well listening to soft music, others need absolute quiet. Reading on the subject cannot be over-emphasized. This is one study skill that will help greatly in learning the subject.

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing.
Study Skills

Study Skills

When I was in college, I used several methods to help me study for a particular subject. If one was not already formed, I put together a study group. This was very helpful because we each felt comfortable stating what areas confused us. It also was helpful because I could ask questions that I was afraid of asking in the classroom. I found another study method and that was using index cards where I would put a question on one side and the answer on the other. I would pull out the cards anywhere I was - on the bus, in a long waiting line, and even during television commercials. It is also important to set aside time to study and select the atmosphere conducive to study. Some study well listening to soft music, others need absolute quiet. Reading on the subject cannot be over-emphasized. This is one study skill that will help greatly in learning the subject.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

When I was in college, I used several methods to help me study for a particular subject. If one was not already formed, I put together a study group. This was very helpful because we each felt comfortable stating what areas confused us. It also was helpful because I could ask questions that I was afraid of asking in the classroom. I found another study method and that was using index cards where I would put a question on one side and the answer on the other. I would pull out the cards anywhere I was - on the bus, in a long waiting line, and even during television commercials. It is also important to set aside time to study and select the atmosphere conducive to study. Some study well listening to soft music, others need absolute quiet. Reading on the subject cannot be over-emphasized. This is one study skill that will help greatly in learning the subject.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

When I tutor elementary grade students, I first find out where they are in the subject and then structure an individualized lesson plan around their needs. I find out what interests them and prepare many sessions around their interests; for instance, if they like sports, I will help them select books on sports. Whenever possible, I work along with the students' teachers on the core educational goals by teaching the basics of English, reading, and study skills. I also plan activities that will better help them listen and think. In reading, I help them sound out words and I also use phonics. I engage the students through interactive games and a varied curriculum.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I earned a Master's degree in Journalism which enables me to teach or tutor students in writing, English, reading, grammar and other subjects in the field of print messaging. My undergraduate degree also is in Journalism. I am a published writer, and have conducted many workshops in writing.
Reading,

Reading

As an added dimension to my lessons, I find out what interests my student and then prepare plans around their interests. Whenever possible, I work along with the student's teachers on the core educational goals by teaching the basics of English, reading, and study skills. I also plan activities that will better help them listen and think. With reading, I use phonics and help them sound out words. I engage the student through interactive games and a varied curriculum.
Study Skills

Study Skills

When I was in college, I used several methods to help me study for a particular subject. If one was not already formed, I put together a study group. This was very helpful because we each felt comfortable stating what areas confused us. It also was helpful because I could ask questions that I was afraid of asking in the classroom. I found another study method and that was using index cards where I would put a question on one side and the answer on the other. I would pull out the cards anywhere I was - on the bus, in a long waiting line, and even during television commercials. It is also important to set aside time to study and select the atmosphere conducive to study. Some study well listening to soft music, others need absolute quiet. Reading on the subject cannot be over-emphasized. This is one study skill that will help greatly in learning the subject.

Test Preparation

ACT English, ACT Reading

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (199 ratings)
5 star
(185)
4 star
(12)
3 star
(1)
2 star
(0)
1 star
(1)

Reviews


Patient and knowledgeable

Ms Hazel is very good at what she does. She is patient, she took the time to pinpoint how my child learns best, then focuses on that technique. She is a very sweet lady and my child actually looks forward to her sessions.

Trinacia, 20 lessons with Hazel
Tutor responded:

Trinacia, Thank you so much for the kind words. Amyrie is a good and willing student. She is eager to learn, and shows that by listening, and by the questions she asks. I appreciate her. And, I am grateful for the opportunity to join in the teaching of this very bright and inquisitive girl. Hazel

A successful first lesson

Ellen never took any English lesson. As a native Chinese speaker, this is an achievement for her, and this achievement was made possible by Hazel with her reliable experience.

Shaomeng, 24 lessons with Hazel
Tutor responded:

Hello Shaomeng, I really appreciate your very kind words. Ellen is a quick study. She seems eager to learn. It is my pleasure to work with her.

Beyond my expectation in her many fields of work experiences. Excellent tutor and patience

She gave me the study qualification for a Real Estate Sales person in Illinois. We discussed two essays and how I can help myself comprehend unfamiliar words while reading.

Joan, 15 lessons with Hazel
Tutor responded:

Hi Joan, I just read your comments. Thank you so much! I look forward to working with you.

Warmhearted tutor.

Hazel is always kind and considerate. My daughter really likes her and awaiting the class. She has more confidence when speaks with friends. Thanks.

Sophia, 59 lessons with Hazel
Tutor responded:

Thank you, for your very kind comments. It is my pleasure to work with Sophia who is a quick learner and eager student.

Thanks Hazel

She's a blessing to have, she's on time and always prepared! Looking forward to working with her to improve my son's reading.

Taliah, 9 lessons with Hazel
Tutor responded:

Hello Taliah, Thank you so much for the very kind words. I look forward to working more with your son so that he can be the type of student you wish him to be, and so that he can have the confidence and ability needed to succeed in school. Hazel

Remarkably patient, nurturing, understanding, and knowledgable.

Hazel's tutoring sessions with my daughter helped to instill confidence! Hazel taught her so much and because of her my daughter Riyanna exceeded her goal in Illinois tests! Hazel was a gem and we are truly blessed to have such a caring and knowledgeable tutor!

Taharia, 35 lessons with Hazel
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Taharia, for your very kind words. I truly enjoy working with Riyanna whose eyes light up when she "gets" it. Hazel

Great Tutor

We certainly found a gem in Hazel. She has been tutoring my grandsons and has done an excellent job. She is patient, engaging and they love her. She is tutoring in English. She has brought them to a full year of where they should be. We are thoroughly happy and satisfied with her. Thank you, Hazel, for all of your hard work.

Annette, 16 lessons with Hazel

Great tutor

All the lessons we had were good and I enjoyed each lesson. I learned different expressions and I had the opportunity to improve my English speaking and listening skills.

Juan, 7 lessons with Hazel

Fantastic tutor

Hazel is a fantastic tutor. She explains things very well and makes learning fun. She really helped our son when we came to the United States. Our son has improved his grades in school as well as his overall understanding of grammar. I can really recommend Hazel; she has been a big help!

Lennart, 44 lessons with Hazel
Tutor responded:

Dear Petra & Lennart, I appreciated the very kind words. It was my pleasure to tutor Leroy and to meet the entire family. Leroy worked very hard and accomplished personal goals. I wish all of you well. Hazel

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