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Margaret D.

Minneapolis, MN


Stanford-Educated Multi-Subject Tutor in Minneapolis

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Replies in 17 hours
Background check passed as of 7/26/13
4.9 Avg. Rating
154 Ratings
17hrs Response Time
Outstanding Tutor - Easy to Schedule
— John, Saint Paul, MN on 1/2/15

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Stanford University


Stanford University

About Margaret

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

12 hours notice required

I am happy to offer discount rates for students willing to travel to Bloomington to meet with me near my home.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Minneapolis, MN 55431
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Outstanding Tutor - Easy to Schedule"

- John, Saint Paul, MN on 1/2/15

"Looks forward to his sessions with Margaret "

- Mark, Minneapolis, MN on 2/10/14

"Very patient."

- Kirsten, Minneapolis, MN on 5/15/13

"Incredible teacher! Passionate about students' success!"

- AMANDA, Minneapolis, MN on 3/12/13

"I cannot recommend Margaret highly enough! "

- Kevin, Minneapolis, MN on 2/23/12
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Precalculus, SAT Math
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Nutrition, Philosophy
Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Reading,
Study Skills,
Algebra 1,
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL,
Precalculus, Reading,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, GED, GRE,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:

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Algebra 1

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.

Social Studies

I currently teach GED social studies classes at the Minnesota Literacy Council. I enjoy helping students connect the various topics in social studies to their own lives, goals, and interests.

In recent years, I have served as an online Teacher's Assistant in several Sociology classes at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, including Introduction to Sociology. I hold a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Stanford University.

Study Skills

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.


I honed my writing skills in college as a Cultural and Social Anthropology major, as well as in my career as a grant writer, a writer and editor of informative newsletters and educational materials, and a researcher. I am a published author of several children's decodable story books.

Stanford University


Stanford University

Outstanding Tutor - Easy to Schedule — 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 ma ...

— John, Saint Paul, MN on 1/2/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

I am happy to offer discount rates for students willing to travel to Bloomington to meet with me near my home.

Travel policy

Margaret will travel within 10 miles of Minneapolis, MN 55431.

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