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Deirdre A.

Creative Tutor, ADHD Coach, College Applications Navigator

Creative Tutor, ADHD Coach, College Applications Navigator

$65/hour

  • 389 hours tutoring

  • Gaithersburg, MD 20879


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About Deirdre


Bio

I love students of all shapes and sizes! I love shepherding students through the process of writing an essay, understanding the Pythagorean Theorem, or studying for a biology test. I love helping students with ADHD and/or executive function disorder to make a homework plan, break their work into manageable chunks, and GET IT DONE with a minimum of stress. I love helping college students with anxiety, ASD, ADHD, or LD figure out how to fit all the many pieces of their lives together - from...

I love students of all shapes and sizes! I love shepherding students through the process of writing an essay, understanding the Pythagorean Theorem, or studying for a biology test. I love helping students with ADHD and/or executive function disorder to make a homework plan, break their work into manageable chunks, and GET IT DONE with a minimum of stress. I love helping college students with anxiety, ASD, ADHD, or LD figure out how to fit all the many pieces of their lives together - from doing laundry, to writing a research paper, to asking a professor for an extension, to making friends on campus. And I love helping high schoolers and transfer students find a college to call home and the money to help pay for it.

My introduction to teaching came through my years as an ESL instructor at the Maryland English Institute on the University of Maryland College Park campus. I have a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Linguistics, with a concentration in teaching English as a Second Language. My work at the institute, for eight years, involved teaching college-age students to read, write, speak and understand English. It is in this setting that I learned how to teach writing as well as how to support young adults through an exciting yet challenging time of life.

After having children, I spent many years teaching homeschool writing, literature and history classes. My strengths seem to be in making hard things easy, making the daunting doable, and making everything fun!

Although my primary training is in the area of English and the humanities, I can assist students in various subjects. Much of the time, I find I don't need to "teach" the subject, merely help the student find the best way to finish homework, study for tests, or complete projects to the teacher's specifications. Occasionally, there are subjects and concepts too advanced for me. However, much of the time, I am able to research unfamiliar topics on my own and come up with a way to communicate the concepts to the student.

Since assisting my own sons in the college application process, I have helped a number of students - homeschooled, private and public - apply to college. I assist with picking a roster of schools, filling out applications, determining the requirements for each school, writing the Common Application essay, answering supplemental questions, and tracking collegiate deadlines, among other things. I particularly enjoy helping students with ADD, learning disabilities, and anxiety apply to college. So far, most of the students I have helped apply to college have had ADD and less than stellar grades. All of my applicants have received acceptances to competitive schools, substantial merit offers and comprehensive financial aid packages.

The thing I most enjoy doing is encouraging students that there IS a way they can succeed. They can do it and I can help them to get there!


Education

Wellesley College and Catholic University
English
American University
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $65
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Gaithersburg, MD 20879
  • Lesson cancellation: 3 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 4/24/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Elementary Education

Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a homeschooling parent, I have had the task of teaching my children study skills. Both of my sons began taking some classes outside the home in high school. I assisted them in learning how to take notes, how to outline, how to review material, and how to use flashcards and mnemonics to memorize information. I also assisted them in learning how to set up an effective schedule of studying so that material was reviewed incrementally over a period of days, rather than studied at the last minute or only the night before an exam. During my eldest son's high school years, we held study groups for his Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 classes in our home. Over the past two years, I have worked with three college students, assisting them in learning how to set up study schedules and suggesting effective study techniques.
Elementary Math, Elementary Science

English

English,

English

I majored in English in college and then went on to get a Masters degree in Linguistics with a focus on teaching ESL. I spent about eight years teaching English language learners to function in a college environment - writing papers, reading literature, taking notes, etc. After that, I spent many more years homeschooling my own children and teaching writing and literature classes for middle and high school students. Currently, I tutor high school and college students, mostly assisting them with their current classes. I help students to understand class assignments, structure and complete essays, divide projects into workable segments, and, simply, to succeed overall.
Literature,

Literature

I have a BA in English and an MA in Linguistics. I have taught literature in a number of situations, from ESL classes with university students at the University of Maryland to classes composed of middle school and high school home-schoolers. I can assist students with the comprehension and analysis of literature as well as the enjoyment of literature. I particularly enjoy helping middle and high school students who struggle with reading and with the writing assignments that often accompany it.
SAT Writing, Writing

History

American History, Philosophy, World History

Homeschool

English,

English

I majored in English in college and then went on to get a Masters degree in Linguistics with a focus on teaching ESL. I spent about eight years teaching English language learners to function in a college environment - writing papers, reading literature, taking notes, etc. After that, I spent many more years homeschooling my own children and teaching writing and literature classes for middle and high school students. Currently, I tutor high school and college students, mostly assisting them with their current classes. I help students to understand class assignments, structure and complete essays, divide projects into workable segments, and, simply, to succeed overall.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a homeschooling parent, I have had the task of teaching my children study skills. Both of my sons began taking some classes outside the home in high school. I assisted them in learning how to take notes, how to outline, how to review material, and how to use flashcards and mnemonics to memorize information. I also assisted them in learning how to set up an effective schedule of studying so that material was reviewed incrementally over a period of days, rather than studied at the last minute or only the night before an exam. During my eldest son's high school years, we held study groups for his Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 classes in our home. Over the past two years, I have worked with three college students, assisting them in learning how to set up study schedules and suggesting effective study techniques.
Biology, Writing

Most Popular

English,

English

I majored in English in college and then went on to get a Masters degree in Linguistics with a focus on teaching ESL. I spent about eight years teaching English language learners to function in a college environment - writing papers, reading literature, taking notes, etc. After that, I spent many more years homeschooling my own children and teaching writing and literature classes for middle and high school students. Currently, I tutor high school and college students, mostly assisting them with their current classes. I help students to understand class assignments, structure and complete essays, divide projects into workable segments, and, simply, to succeed overall.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a homeschooling parent, I have had the task of teaching my children study skills. Both of my sons began taking some classes outside the home in high school. I assisted them in learning how to take notes, how to outline, how to review material, and how to use flashcards and mnemonics to memorize information. I also assisted them in learning how to set up an effective schedule of studying so that material was reviewed incrementally over a period of days, rather than studied at the last minute or only the night before an exam. During my eldest son's high school years, we held study groups for his Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 classes in our home. Over the past two years, I have worked with three college students, assisting them in learning how to set up study schedules and suggesting effective study techniques.
Biology, Writing

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

In the past four years, I have assisted ten students in applying to college. I have taken them through the process of picking a slate of colleges (composed of reach schools down to safety schools), filling out the Common Application, determining the requirements for each school, choosing recommenders, signing up for the SAT and SAT subject tests, requesting fee waivers, if necessary, sending high school transcripts and test scores, and more. My particular strength lies in helping the students determine a topic for the Common App essay and in encouraging them to write one that is very personal, creative, engaging. I assist my students in staying on top of all deadlines and encourage them to keep in close contact with their admissions counselor at each school. I also assist in arranging college visits. A number of the students I have worked with have been home schooled. I have been able to help these students effectively present themselves to colleges and have advised the parents on how to create a detailed high school transcript. Some of the students I have worked with have had challenges, such as ADHD/ADD and/or less than stellar grades. I have helped such students write essays and/or submit a separate statement explaining their specific situation. My students have received acceptances from a full range of colleges. Some examples are: the University of Michigan, American University, the University of Maryland, Catholic University, Ithaca College, Ohio Wesleyan, RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology), Goucher College, Penn State, the University of Miami, Hope College, and the University of Minnesota and Ohio Wesleyan. Students have received partial to full scholarship offers. I have taken two students through the process of auditioning for theater programs across the nation and advised one student who wished to major in music (violin - focus) and so, have some knowledge of how to approach the audition process for arts majors. I have also assisted a number of students in applying for specific scholarships. It is my pleasure to help students find schools that are right for them and to facilitate a smooth, and relatively stress free college application process.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a homeschooling parent, I have had the task of teaching my children study skills. Both of my sons began taking some classes outside the home in high school. I assisted them in learning how to take notes, how to outline, how to review material, and how to use flashcards and mnemonics to memorize information. I also assisted them in learning how to set up an effective schedule of studying so that material was reviewed incrementally over a period of days, rather than studied at the last minute or only the night before an exam. During my eldest son's high school years, we held study groups for his Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 classes in our home. Over the past two years, I have worked with three college students, assisting them in learning how to set up study schedules and suggesting effective study techniques.
Philosophy

Science

Biology, Philosophy, Physical Science

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

I have home schooled my own children, two of whom have ADD/ADHD. In the course of doing so, I have read and studied extensively on the subject. I am currently a consultant for my home school umbrella group assisting members with children who have special learning needs. I have become known in this group for my success in teaching writing to middle and high school students with ADD/ADHD. Last year, I assisted three young men with ADD/ADHD in applying to college and coached one young man in effectively handling his community college courses. My eldest son is currently in school at the University of Miami and I am essentially functioning as his coach, as well.
Dyslexia,

Dyslexia

My daughter has dyslexia. She was homeschooled from kindergarten through 7th grade and I taught her how to read using a phonics curriculum that worked well for children with dyslexia. In addition, I have taught writing classes for 8 years. A number of my students have had dyslexia, other learning disabilities, and ADD/ADHD. I have been very successful is assisting student with dyslexia to improve their writing skills. Currently, I assist in the SAT/ACT classes in my daughter's school. Her school is an innovative school in our area which has many dyslexic students. I have spent the year assisting such students in preparing for the SAT and ACT. In the past two to three years, I have also assisted a number of dyslexic homeschooled children in choosing a college and have provided support as they applied to college, wrote college application essays, and applied for scholarships.
Study Skills

Study Skills

As a homeschooling parent, I have had the task of teaching my children study skills. Both of my sons began taking some classes outside the home in high school. I assisted them in learning how to take notes, how to outline, how to review material, and how to use flashcards and mnemonics to memorize information. I also assisted them in learning how to set up an effective schedule of studying so that material was reviewed incrementally over a period of days, rather than studied at the last minute or only the night before an exam. During my eldest son's high school years, we held study groups for his Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 classes in our home. Over the past two years, I have worked with three college students, assisting them in learning how to set up study schedules and suggesting effective study techniques.

Summer

Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a homeschooling parent, I have had the task of teaching my children study skills. Both of my sons began taking some classes outside the home in high school. I assisted them in learning how to take notes, how to outline, how to review material, and how to use flashcards and mnemonics to memorize information. I also assisted them in learning how to set up an effective schedule of studying so that material was reviewed incrementally over a period of days, rather than studied at the last minute or only the night before an exam. During my eldest son's high school years, we held study groups for his Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 classes in our home. Over the past two years, I have worked with three college students, assisting them in learning how to set up study schedules and suggesting effective study techniques.
Biology, GED, Writing

Test Preparation

College Counseling,

College Counseling

In the past four years, I have assisted ten students in applying to college. I have taken them through the process of picking a slate of colleges (composed of reach schools down to safety schools), filling out the Common Application, determining the requirements for each school, choosing recommenders, signing up for the SAT and SAT subject tests, requesting fee waivers, if necessary, sending high school transcripts and test scores, and more. My particular strength lies in helping the students determine a topic for the Common App essay and in encouraging them to write one that is very personal, creative, engaging. I assist my students in staying on top of all deadlines and encourage them to keep in close contact with their admissions counselor at each school. I also assist in arranging college visits. A number of the students I have worked with have been home schooled. I have been able to help these students effectively present themselves to colleges and have advised the parents on how to create a detailed high school transcript. Some of the students I have worked with have had challenges, such as ADHD/ADD and/or less than stellar grades. I have helped such students write essays and/or submit a separate statement explaining their specific situation. My students have received acceptances from a full range of colleges. Some examples are: the University of Michigan, American University, the University of Maryland, Catholic University, Ithaca College, Ohio Wesleyan, RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology), Goucher College, Penn State, the University of Miami, Hope College, and the University of Minnesota and Ohio Wesleyan. Students have received partial to full scholarship offers. I have taken two students through the process of auditioning for theater programs across the nation and advised one student who wished to major in music (violin - focus) and so, have some knowledge of how to approach the audition process for arts majors. I have also assisted a number of students in applying for specific scholarships. It is my pleasure to help students find schools that are right for them and to facilitate a smooth, and relatively stress free college application process.
GED, SAT Writing

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Definitely a great find and a great start

We just had our 1st class and hope more to come. Deirdre is very passionate about kids' issues and she has a very positive and workable view on ADHD issues. My daughter was all smiles after Deirdre left. Deirdre had to drive quite a long way to get to our place on a extremely cold morning. We definitely would like to work out more classes with flexible arrangement out of her schedule.

Shirley, 12 lessons with Deirdre

Saved Our Summer

Deirdre helped my son write his college essays, including all of those short answer questions. My son has a lot of trouble putting his thoughts on a page, and somehow Deirdre teased a really good essay out of him. She put a lot of thought into what the schools were looking for. She was really flexible about meeting times and places—she often met my son at a library that was much closer to our house than hers—and they also had a few online sessions. I highly recommend her. She did an outstanding job.

Scott, 11 lessons with Deirdre

1st Meeting - great listener, understanding and patient

Deirdre was very open to gaining an understanding of my daughter's struggle with time management. Developed a plan to help my high school daughter evaluate and refocus, so she learns to understand how to identify critical information vs. wrapping herself up with non-important tasks and information. Excited to see the longterm outcome!

Katherine, 5 lessons with Deirdre

Knowledgable and Patient Tutor

Deirdre and I sat down and discussed what colleges I am applying to, GPA, and test scores. Deirdre brought in college essays that have worked so that I understand what paths I can take to write a successful paper. She did an amazing job helping me outline my college essay as well as giving me positive feedback. She is very patient and made my first session an enjoyable one so I am looking forward to many more.

Nicole, 3 lessons with Deirdre

Great tutor

Deirdre has been a godsend. She understands my son's learning style, and works patiently with him while he complete his assignments.

Maria, 66 lessons with Deirdre

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Deirdre A.

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