Creative Tutor, ADHD Coach, College Applications Navigator
Creative Tutor, ADHD Coach, College Applications Navigator
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!
Deirdre worked well with my son and motivated him to work on his own. She even sent me a detailed message on her time with him and her thoughts. She was great! ThanksSindu, 2 lessons with Deirdre
Super Academic Coach and Learning Support Guru!!!
Excellent academic coach and learning support specialist for our college freshman son. Deirdre's patience and encouragement have made immediate changes in our son's lack of commitment to study and study skills. She connected immediately with him and meticulously reviewed his schedule. We are seeing positive changes.Sharen, 8 lessons with Deirdre
Kind and knowledgeable tutor
It was the initial meeting with her for my son. Since it was the first meeting, I talked mostly with her discussing about my son’s current issues with his school work/grade and organization skill in general. She was living far from our place, but she was still willing to come to help him. She was very knowledgeable and kind.Ju, 1 lesson with Deirdre
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, 28 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, 12 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
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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