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I am a Stanford University graduate who is passionate about the value of education. My undergraduate major was Anthropology, but a I took a wide range of coursework in science, computer programming, the humanities, and foreign languages (French and Chinese). I graduated at the top of my class as a member of Phi Beta Kappa with a 4.19 GPA. I also was the valedictorian of my high school, Minneapolis South, with a GPA of 4.24. In May 2011, I graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College with a diploma in Sustainable Food Production.
I love learning, and I am excited to share my enthusiasm with students. My academic strengths are writing, editing, critical thinking, math, and test preparation (SAT, GRE). I can also tutor students in French. After I graduated from high school, I spent a year in France, attending a French high school and living with a French family. During my junior year of college, I spent another six months in France at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris taking university-level courses in French.
I am a published author and have more than five years of experience producing educational materials for children. I also have substantial experience as a tutor and instructor, helping others learn in various capacities for the past 20 years. I served as a Senior Counselor at Concordia Language Villages' French language camp, Lac du Bois. During my undergraduate years, I tutored underprivileged elementary school children from East Palo Alto in reading. In high school, I was on the math team and tutored fellow students in math. More recently, I have served as a Teacher's Assistant for M State's online sociology courses and volunteered as an ESL and GED teacher with the Minnesota Literacy Council.
Most importantly, I love teaching -- empowering others to hone their academic skills and experience the joy that comes from confidence and knowledge. I am a Stanford University graduate who is passionate about the value of education. My undergraduate major was Anthropology, but a I took a wide range of coursework in science, … Read more
I am happy to offer discount rates for students willing to travel to Bloomington to meet with me near my home.
Margaret D. is off to a fantastic start with my daughter, a sophomore at Visitation, a college prep school known for its academic rigor. My daughter missed several weeks of school and Margaret is helping her get caught up in French, Math, and her other subjects. I highly recommend Margaret D.!
Update: Margaret continues to provide outstanding tutoring for my daughter. Her methods for teaching math are particularly effective. My daughter is demonstrating full comprehension while also completing homework at peak efficiency. She has already caught up and is prepared to excel in upcoming exams.
Our son very much appreciates the focus and interaction with Margaret. Each session seems to exceed the prior in productivity.
Margaret has a really gentle manner, but is still firm, with high expectations. She is a great fit for my son, and I'm so glad we found her. She has been really helpful.
Margaret is an absolutely amazing teacher. She is incredibly intelligent and so approachable, and genuinely desires for her students to succeed! I originally enlisted Margaret for help in a college philosophy course I was struggling with; however, she was so on point, and efficient, I ended up having her help me with my other classes as well! One of the elements I was so impressed with, was how Margaret prepared for my tutoring sessions. Margaret took my books, lecture notes, and other materials, read them ALL, at home, and came back to our next session with a complete understanding of the material for which I was struggling with. Margaret created "cheat sheets," which considerably helped me study for my midterms. Margaret was able to translate the complicated material into simplistic terms, which I could then retain. Margaret's hourly rate is very reasonable, considering the amount of preparation she does outside the tutor sessions. She also has a flexible schedule, which accommodated my class schedule, making it a breeze to meet. I simply can not say enough positive things about Margaret; she is truly a gem people!! You will not find another teacher as passionate and dedicated to her students success as Margaret.
I highly recommend Margaret D. as a superb SAT tutor. Margaret tutored my 16 year-old daughter who is an excellent student but was unsure as to how to prepare for the SAT. She has achieved tremendous success with Margaret's patient guidance and encouragement and her wonderful ability to teach English and vocabulary to students who aren't enamored with the subject. In addition, while my daughter is a phenomenal math student Margret provided her with excellent tips and techniques to capitalize on this strength during the exam. Not only did she teach her how to develop a proper and complete essay, but Margaret showed her how through hard work she can excel, even in subjects she dislikes. Margaret is such an adept tutor, because she not only assesses the student's strengths and weaknesses but quickly adapts her tutoring strategies to respond to the student's changing needs. Moreover, she took a student who did not believe she had the ability to do well in this area of the SAT and helped her realize the contrary. I cannot recommend Margaret highly enough!
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I have tutored students of all ages and backgrounds in Algebra 1, as part of test preparation for the GED, SAT, and GRE. Algebra is one of my favorite subjects, and I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for algebra with my students using a variety of creative teaching techniques.
I have more than a year of experience teaching English at a learning center. In October 2013, I earned the CELTA Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Cambridge University with a Pass A.
I learned French during my two experiences as a foreign exchange student in France: one in high school, and once in college. I spent a year in France at a French high school near Toulouse, and I spent six months in Paris taking university courses in French. I lived with French host families both times, which allowed me to learn French related to daily living and cooking.
I have tutored several students in test prep for the GRE. I took the GRE myself in 2010, after more than a decade of on-and-off again studying. I developed several study tools for the GRE, including flash cards and a scrapbook with artistic representations of math formulas.
I am happy to tutor students in all aspects of test prep for the GRE.
Most of my experience teaching pre-algebra has been with adult students throughout my tenure as a GED math teacher and basic math tutor with the Minnesota Literacy Council. However, I enjoy helping students of all ages improve their math skills.
When I was in high school, math was my favorite subject. I competed on the math team and lettered in math. Since high school, I have continued to work on math problems and read about math in my spare time as a "hobby."
As a tutor, I greatly enjoy working with students on pre-algebra. I consider pre-algebra a critical skill in life, and I like to emphasize the connections between math problems and students' everyday interests and activities.
I am the author of several decodable story books for beginning readers, published by the Wright Group as part of their phonics series. I also have developed several worksheets, short stories, games, and other study materials for beginning readers.
I first started tutoring students in reading in the mid-1990s, when I volunteered to read to struggling elementary school students in low-income communities in East Palo Alto. Since then, I have helped students of all ages and backgrounds with reading -- including adult ESL students.
Currently, I am a volunteer ESL teacher with the Minnesota Literacy Council in Minneapolis. I enjoy learning about different methods of teaching reading based on a student's age, prior knowledge, motivation level, and goals.
I have created and used many different types of study aids and memory tricks, from creating scrapbooks and art to creating audio recordings to making up poems, songs and mnemonic devices. I am aware that every student has his or her own unique learning style, and I believe that study skills must be tailored to each individual.
As a study skills tutor, I would try to determine the way each student learns best and offer tips that leverage their talents and interests.
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