University of California at Berkeley (English)
2018 Test Prep Season:
March 2018 SAT - almost full.
May and June 2018 - Book EARLY to get the best days/times
August 2018 - Summer slots now open!
Note: Summer fills up very fast... BOOK EARLY FOR SUMMER! (Last summer I had 26 students take the SAT! Every single student improved... most significantly. But this summer, I will only be taking 10 students. Current clients get first choice of slots.)
Summer before junior year is the perfect time to start SAT Prep AND get a jump on the PSAT test given to every junior in October... Qualify for national merit scholarships! But Seniors also can study over summer and take the test in August or possibly October, depending on Early Admission plans. This gives them their best chances of "super-scoring" and getting into their top choice schools.
Thanks for your overwhelming response to my tutoring services... I truly love what I do and I am always looking for new students who are willing to put in the extra effort to get where they want to go...
If that sounds like you, please send me an inquiry, with desired dates and times for sessions. My current students always come first, but if I have space available, I promise to get back to you as soon as possible. I still have some openings for spring of 2018.
I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
- Donna K :-)
I enjoy making learning a FUN experience for students! If one is relaxed and enjoying oneself, one will learn much more easily. I enjoy watching the self-confidence gained from students realizing how smart they already are as well as watching them acquire the tools to progress even further on their own in the future!
As a former teacher in a variety of different roles, I offer the depth and breadth of experience to tutor in many different areas. I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with highest honors in English and a minor in French. I have taught Elementary school - Second through Fourth Grades, using the proven Mae Carden Method. My students began the year failing standardized end of grade tests and ended the year in the 80 and 90th percentiles! Their parents were amazed and delighted, as were the students themselves. I have also taught high school Math and French, as well as Art at all levels.
TEST PREP SPECIALTY
For the past 3 years, I have predominantly been specializing in tutoring SAT and ACT prep courses, as well as GRE for Graduate School Admissions and GMAT for MBA School admissions. Personally, I score consistently highly - 99th percentile - on all standardized tests, but I only mention this not to brag but to demonstrate that I can offer many tips and tricks designed to maximize the results for students taking the SAT, ACT, GRE or GMAT. I teach students how to get into the "heads" of the test makers and use the knowledge that since these tests are "standardized" there can ONLY be ONE right answer. The best method for determining the right answer, then, is often to just know how to eliminate all the wrong answers! For math problems, I have a systematic approach on how to solve even the most difficult of questions. For example, there are a very limited number of actual math concepts needed to do exceptionally well on the SAT; but the trick is knowing how to spot the "type" of math question it is and the best "strategy" for approaching the solution.
Lately, I have seen AMAZING results from my students in SAT, ACT, GMAT, AND GRE! I am delighted to see how many not only get into their top choice schools, but also receive scholarships and awards based on their good scores They have put in all the hard work, but I am their "cheerleader" -- hoping to inspire them to greater victories!
NO MORE MATH ANXIETY!
I especially take pride in tutoring math to high school girls, who in my experience learn math differently than boys and may often experience "math anxiety." Even though I was an English major at Berkeley, I LOVE math and have taught many others to love it, too!
WRITING and WORDS, WORDS, WORDS!!
Does ANYONE learn grammar in "grammar school" anymore? Not from what I have seen recently... I was fortunate enough to have learned good grammar early on and love showing people the REAL rules of writing, as opposed to the rules that govern such tantalizing constructions as: "BRB" and "LOL!"
One of my happiest teaching moments came when a student received a perfect score on his ACT essay - a 12 out of 12! But what made it especially sweet was the fact that the very first sentence he said to me had been "I HATE writing essays!" (It turns out, however, that he had just never been shown an easy way to construct the perfect standardized test essay.)
I have assisted countless students in polishing their college application essays or grad school admissions personal statements. This process is one of the most arduous, yet also most rewarding, activities in which I engage with students.
Quite often, a sharply honed essay is enough to tip the balance in a student's favor when the Admissions Committee is deciding between two equally qualified students. I have also seen outstanding essays play a major role in the acceptance of students with a slightly LESS qualified record!
I look forward to meeting you and working with you to accomplish your learning goals! I promise that if you do your part, I will meet you more than half way and we can achieve fantastic results together!
Donna K :-) LATEST UPDATES:
2018 Test Prep Season:
March 2018 SAT - almost full.
May and June 2018 - Book EARLY to get the best days/times
August 2018 - Summer slots now open!
Note: Summer fills up very fast... BOOK EARLY FOR SUMMER! (Last summer I had 26 students take the SAT! Every single student improved... most
Starting rate: $85.00/hour. Weekend rates may be higher. CANCELLATION POLICY is strictly enforced! (Ask about test prep discounts!)
Donna K. is definitely without a doubt one of the best tutors around! My son needed tutoring to help raise his existing SAT score; with Donna's help my son was able to achieve his ultimate goal of raising his SAT score. Donna was not only professional but very knowledgeable and helpful in helping him study for the SATs. I would highly recommend her services to anyone seeking a professional tutor! :)
Thanks Jamaul and Regina!
It was truly my PLEASURE to teach Sam! So proud of all his early acceptances - PLEASE let me know where he ends up!!
Donna K :-)
Donna is easy to work with. She helped my daughter increase her scores for the SAT. She encouraged her every step of the way. Once it was time to start the application process, she was even there to help guide the essay writing.
My son speaks very highly of Donna and her teaching methods. She moves at a quick pace, gets a lot done, but is always open to answering any questions which may need to be addressed. Donna has definitely made a wonderful impression on us thus far.
Thank you for the kind words, Patrice! Please let me know how Steven does on the SAT!
Very detailed, and enthusiastic about teaching. She shows you more than one method to figure out the answer to help you find the best method for you! Looking forward to the next session.
Donna was an excellent tutor for the GRE. She is very knowledgeable and her approach is inviting. She is also patient with going over difficult mathematical concepts and won't stop until you understand them.
Thanks to Donna, I feel confident and have less anxiety because I am prepared for the test. Donna is so very nice and supportive and very, very smart.
We hired Donna to help our son improve his ACT score. He originally scored 26. After tutoring with Donna, he scored a 31! We were very pleased with his progress and with Donna's work.
Thank you for the feedback. Way to go, Alex! :-)
Donna is a great ACT tutor my son has used her for the last few months and his practice scores have improved by a few points on each section.....
Donna does a great job with being patient with Dominic when he is struggling through certain sections. She also does a great job keeping him engaged and focused on what needs to be completed. I highly recommend Donna for SAT tutoring.
Thank you Phil! I love working with Dominic... He is truly "an old soul" and I know he will be successful wherever his path leads him! :-)
Mrs. Donna is a great person to work with and learn from. She is such a kind hearted individual that she makes it easy to sit down with her and talk, discuss, question or ask anything on your mind. I feel a blessed to have met her and have her helping me achieve my educational goals!
And I feel blessed as well to work with such an amazing individual as you, Rosa! You are truly an inspiration to me... Thanks for the kind words! :-)
Donna makes GMAT learning fun and you can tell she loves what she does. Made a great improvement in my confidence after working with her
Kris - You were an absolute pleasure to work with! Best of luck in what I know will be an amazing future! :-)
Donna has greatly helped me with GMAT quant problems and I continue to grow the long I work with her.
Thank you for the kind words, JD! I am so proud of everything you've accomplished! Congratulations! :-)
Donna is a great tutor. She takes her time with her students and makes sure they understand the concept. She makes sure the tutoring atmosphere is always calm and not stressful. I really appreciate all the time, effort, and support in helping me increase my GRE scores.
Thank you, Nicole! It is students like you that make me LOVE what I do! :-)
Donna does a fantastic job of explaining problems when I have trouble understanding things. She is very outgoing and I have no problem feeling comfortable asking for clarification or additional questions. I would recommend her to anyone from a younger student who needs help with the basics to someone like myself, a college graduate studying for the GMAT.
Thank you, Hank! It is easy to do a good job when I have such an energized and dedicated student such as yourself. That is my favorite type of student to teach - I can just sit by and watch you take off and grow! (Of course, when you got here you were already almost 7 feet tall... tee hee!)
I know you will continue to do GREAT things in life!
Donna helped me work through a number of questions I was having difficulty on with my last practice exam. She was fantastic in her explanations and she has significantly helped in my problem solving capability. I look forward to working with her again soon!
Thank you for the kind words. I was delighted to be a part of your journey, and I know BOLD and BRIGHT things are in store for you in the future!
My daughter really enjoyed her first session with Donna. Thank you so much. A relaxed atmosphere with one on one teaching is the way she learns best. We look forward to continuing with her.
Thanks Michele! I look forward to working with Bella - she is an avid learner and stayed really engaged throughout the entire session!
Donna is very committed and passionate about her work and her students. It is obvious that she loves what she is doing which inspires her students.
Thanks! I ran into Brooke yesterday and was thrilled to hear about all the exciting opportunities she has for college! SO PROUD of her - what a great kid! :-)
My son has been not only enjoying his lessons with Donna but also has been motivated to study during the summer (great feat) without my nagging him....
Thank you Shoobha! Your son is a GREAT student - I do not know many other teenagers who would actually take all their SAT Test Prep books to Hawaii on vacation with them! :-)
Donna helped Cason study for a pre-nursing standardized test. She identified lots of material geared for the particular test which was no easy feat as there was no one book that was consistent with the test. Donna was patient in working with my daughter. She is highly recommended.
Thanks for the kind words, Hollie! Best of luck to Cason!!
She's very focused and has the ability to determine what needs are most prevalent. She also has a very personable way with our son.
Thank you, Gary!
Donna helped me out of a very tight spot with a real estate math class I was taking. She helped me tremendously in overcoming my "blind spot" when it comes to learning math. I am much more comfortable with the math problems, and would definitely recommend her.
As an update, not only did I pass my class, I didn't miss a single math question! And, I passed my state licensure exam as well. Donna's understanding of my long-term "math phobia" helped me calm down my emotions and actually understand the math. I can't thank her enough!
Thanks so much for your kind words and CONGRATULATIONS on getting all your Real Estate licenses!! You will make an AWESOME Realtor!
- Donna :-)
I have been in the process of applying to graduate school. I had taken the GRE three previous times, and did not make the scores I needed (just two points short). I worked with Donna while I was home over winter break. Donna was very helpful as she provided me some insight and new ways of approaching questions. With her help, I was able to raise my score by 5 points! I definitely recommend Donna as a tutor. You will learn and become more confident in taking your tests.
Thank you, Eric! And congratulations on your full scholarship!! Way to go - You DID it! :-)
Donna has worked with my daughter on math skills. Currently she's in college and needed help in all of the math subject areas. Donna worked with her tirelessly and thoroughly. My daughter actually enjoyed going to tutoring! That's a first! They spent time reviewing material so my daughter could pass the placement test and not be stuck in remedial math classes. She was nurturing and caring but diligent in covering everything. My daughter passed the placement test and achieved her goal! Donna made that happen. She presented math in a way that my daughter understood and provided an overall review before she took the test. Donna had a plan that took my daughter through the steps in a logical but not boring way to learn these math skills. My husband and I are so pleased with Donna and her professionalism and knowledge and support of our daughter. I highly recommend Donna for tutoring! We are hoping that she can continue to tutor our daughter in all subject areas on a weekly basis for college class support.
Thank you, Valery. I thoroughly enjoyed working with your daughter! She was so determined and dedicated and it paid off in the end. I do not know who was happier, she or I, when she passed the Accuplacer Test! I am so proud. Thank you for your kind remarks.
- Donna K
I thoroughly love Donna's attention to detail. Prior to our first session, Donna met with my daughter and I for over an hour. Her notes after each session are very detailed and outline my daughter's progress.
Donna is an amazing SAT tutor! She really prepared my son well for the test. Donna was positive, motivational and organized. She kept the lessons focused and encouraged my son as he prepared for the test. He enjoyed the lessons with Donna and we could see a huge improvement in his essay writing and overall readiness for the test. I highly recommend Donna!!
My daughter loved working with Donna as she prepared for the ACT. Donna is knowledgeable in all subject areas for the ACT. She took time to access where my daughter had deficiencies and then utilized different resources to engage my daughter in learning. She provided constant feedback to me and to my daughter as to where she needed to spend time improving a skill(s). My daughter was very confident in taking the ACT after spending this time with Donna. I would definitely use Donna for any future tutoring needs!
Excellent tutor! Very knowledgeable in all content areas. Was instrumental in improving GRE score. Wish we had found her earlier! Don't hesitate to contact Donna.
Donna was an excellent tutor for my two girls. She assessed them and talked to each one to determine their strengths and weaknesses. She provided differentiated instruction to keep each lesson fresh and to appeal to each of their individual learning styles. iPhone apps, books, flash cards, and computer programs were used to boost their SAT skills. My girls felt comfortable with Donna and never complained about being tutored twice a week. I would highly recommend Donna as a tutor for any high school course or standardized test.
Donna is a great tutor and really knows her stuff. I've taken the the GRE in the past and did poorly, but she helped me improve my score after getting tutoring sessions from her. She is very passionate about teaching. Not only does she want her clients to do well on their exams/test, she wants them to really understand the material that is being taught. She helped me find new ways to learn vocabulary. She even prepares a whole lesson before you arrive for your session that is catered to your needs. She is also caring and will check on you from time to time to see if you need any extra assistance. Overall, she is the best tutor I've ever had and will definitely call on her if I need further help in the future. I will definitely recommend others to see her.
Jahquiis, you are too kind! It's easy to be a good tutor when you have such a hard-working and devoted student!
Best of luck to you, always!
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Donna is qualified to tutor in ACT English test prep due to her strong knowledge of the areas that the test covers: Usage/Mechanics (punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure) as well as Rhetorical Skills (strategy, organization, and style). She has taught these skills as a teacher in a private school in California and she has a degree in English from Berkeley, from which she graduated with highest honors. She has also tutored students for the ACT English test.
Unlike most people, Donna adores taking standardized tests and scores consistently in the highest percentiles on them! She can show your student how to have the same success!
Donna will also go over many tricks and tips that are useful for improving one's success rate on the ACT English test. And lastly, not only does Donna have a proven success rate with all of her Test Prep tutoring students, but she also manages to make studying for this test FUN!
Donna has tutored high school math - Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Pre-calculus. She is very familiar with the six content areas of the ACT Math test (pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry) and has helped many students to prepare for this test. Furthermore, she provides a relaxed and secure environment for students to gain *self-confidence* in their approach to taking this math test. And lastly, she goes over many tips and tricks that further guarantee successful ACT Math test results.
Unlike most people, Donna adores taking standardized tests and scores consistently in the highest percentiles on them. She can show your student how to have the same success! In addition to solid knowledge of the subject matter being tested, there are many tricks and tips that are useful for improving one's success rates on these types of tests! Donna makes studying for standardized tests FUN! She has a proven success rate for all her students.
Donna has taught math to elementary through high school grades and tutored everything from beginning math to Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Pre-calculus. Her students consistently elevate their course grades as well as their standardized testing scores. And on top of all that, Donna makes learning math fun!
Let's face it… Algebra 2 is super hard! At least it was for me when I was in high school… But I have struggled to make it EASIER for others! I understand where kids get hung up, and I've tried to find simplified ways to explain complex concepts... If one can break it down into its most fundamental components, solving complex math problems can actually be quite enjoyable! Like most math courses, Algebra 2 requires a solid understanding of all of the math fundamentals that were taught in courses before it. A mastery of Algebra 2 also is essential to success in more complex math courses to follow, such as Precalculus and Calculus. I taught high school math in a private school in California and have been tutoring high school math in North Carolina now for several years. I'd love to help you start improving your Algebra 2 test scores today!
Having worked in a corporate environment for many years, Donna became very adept at many forms of Desktop Publishing software - MS Publisher, MS Powerpoint, MS Word, and Adobe Framemaker. She was the editor of a monthly newsletter that went out to all tax professionals in the firm of Price Waterhouse. She also published a neighborhood newsletter for many years. She has a strong sense of artistry, design, and layout, and she understands the importance of "white space." Furthermore, Donna's diploma with highest honors in English from UC Berkeley, allows Donna to offer her clients the added benefit of grammatical and proof-reading expertise!
I taught in a private school in Marin County, California for several years. The school was Carden Marin School and utilized the highly successful "Mae Carden method," which is utilized in Carden Schools throughout the world. I specifically taught kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades, as well as high school math, French and art. I am a graduate with honors from The University of California, Berkeley (1983). I have also worked as a technology consultant for over 20 years, but am really enjoying tutoring now.
Donna has taught math to elementary through high school grades and tutored everything from beginning math to Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Pre-calculus. Her students consistently elevate their course grades as well as standardized testing scores.
And on top of all that, Donna makes learning math fun! She has a proven success rate for all her students.
The ability to express oneself in writing - whether creatively or persuasively or in an expository manner - is an expertise that is essential in today's world. In an era where most every idea seems to be reduced to 140-character "tweets," the ability to write (and write well) can make a student really stand out from the crowd!
Furthermore, strong critical reading skills and the ability to analyze what has been read are assets that will last a lifetime and ensure future success in all walks of life.
Donna graduated with highest honors from the University of Calif at Berkeley with a degree in English. She has published creative writing and she enjoys teaching children in a fun and creative manner.
Whether one wishes to get a top score on the SAT Writing and reading tests or improve one's grades in English class or merely just learn to enjoy reading and writing more, Donna has the tools and techniques to help students develop to their full potential.
Using creative writing "patterns," as well as formal essay writing techniques and processes, Donna has taught many students how to succeed in writing well.
Furthermore, contrary to what some people may think, good critical reading skills CAN be taught! Like most things worth doing, it takes some practice, but for a student willing to put in some effort and follow a few simple guidelines, reading comprehension can be increased ten-fold.
Please feel free to click on my profile for further qualifications as well as prior student reviews and recommendations. Thanks you for your consideration!
Donna is fluent in 2 languages - French and English and, as such, she recognizes the struggles inherent in learning a language that is not one's own native tongue. This sympathy makes her especially qualified to help others striving to become fluent in another language. Lastly, her deep knowledge of the structure of the English language and its grammar and syntax is especially helpful to newly-speaking English students. She graduated with highest honors in English at Univ of Calif, Berkeley, and also taught at a private grammar school that specialized in grammatical accuracy and competency.
Donna began taking French lessons when she was 7 years old, then continued on throughout grammar school, junior high, high school and University to refine her French skills. She has traveled extensively in France and most recently submerged herself with a native French-speaker in Paris for 3 weeks to further master the common everyday vernacular. She has taught French to grade school as well as high school children, and always strives to keep learning fun and natural, in accordance with the latest and best practices for foreign language learning. Allons-y!! (Let's go!)
The GED test covers knowledge attained in the following four basic high school academic areas: Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts.
With the amount of study materials available today for GED test preparation, this test is easily passable with a very high score if the student desires it strongly enough! I am able to quickly assess where the student requires further help and work to quickly bring him or her up to speed. Furthermore, I take the drudgery out of test prep with a lighthearted nature and an individualized approach that makes learning actually FUN! Click on my profile to learn more.
Donna has worked with all aspects of computers for over 20 years, including: hardware, software, operating systems, and LAN and WAN networking. She has worked with small businesses to set up networks and servers, as well as provided PC repair & maintenance services for individuals.
She enjoys working with individuals to help them master their own personal technology environment from PC's or tablets to digital photography and music. She has created mail merge programs and is fluent in all aspects of MS Office and other productivity suites.
But most importantly, she keeps technology understandable to the everyday person and can simplify even the most complex concepts so that a person can get the most benefit and understanding from the tools that they already possess!
I have taught as well as tutored high school geometry. My teaching took place in a private school in California. I then tutored in Charlotte, NC for students in the Mecklenburg and Union County high school systems. Students were able to get A's in their high school math classes after a few short weeks! I look forward to helping YOU!
The GMAT test is a three and a half hour exam that covers four sections of knowledge assessment – Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal. I have had experience in tutoring students to take the SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT. I have had a 100% success rate with students improving their scores in every test that I tutor.
With the amount of study materials available today for GMAT preparation, this test is easily passable with a very high score if the student desires it strongly enough! I am able to quickly assess where students require further help and work to quickly bring them up to speed. Furthermore, I take the drudgery out of test prep with a lighthearted nature and an individualized approach that actually makes learning FUN! Please click on my profile for more information.
I have taught grammar school in a school that actually focused VERY intensely on GRAMMAR! I have tutored the English portion of the SAT and ACT tests successfully to many students. I know the difference between "which" and "that," and between "effect" and "affect!" I know the 8 parts of speech (9 if you count "articles" separately!) I can tell at a glance an appositive from an apostrophe, and I am here to help you master all of these enigmas!
The GRE test is a 3 hour and 45 minute exam that covers three sections of knowledge assessment – Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative Reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning.
I myself actually TOOK the GRE test (after merely one intense weekend of self-study) and scored in the 99th percentiles on all areas.
I have had experience in tutoring students to take the SAT and ACT tests which are designed to help high school kids enter college. I have had a 100% success rate with students improving their scores in these two other types of test. With the amount of study materials available today for GRE preparation, this test is easily passable with a very high score if the student desires it strongly enough! I am able to quickly assess where the student requires further help and work to quickly bring him or her up to speed. Furthermore, I take the drudgery out of test prep with a lighthearted nature and an individualized approach that actually makes learning FUN! Click on my profile for more information.
I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with highest honors with a bachelor's degree in English. I wrote my 110-page Honors Thesis on the humor found in the Beat Poetry of the 1950's poet, John O'Hara. I have taught English at a private school in California, and am currently a writer in Charlotte, NC. I LOVE American and English literature of all genres - novels, poetry, essays, children's works, epics, romances, and adventures. I have taken numerous college level courses on everything from Beowulf and Chaucer and Shakespeare through to all manner of modern English literature. At one point in my life, I even endeavored to memorize all of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets!
The key to tutoring in Literature is not only to be able to show students an appreciation of the reading of fine works, but also, to help them attain the ability to relate those works to one's own life and to be able to write essays expressing opinions about these works. I would love to share my love of literature with YOU as well as teach you how to be successful in your coursework.
Donna has worked with the entire Microsoft Office suite since its inception and is extremely adept at using not only the basic features but also the advanced capabilities as well. In terms of Outlook, she can help you to import or export contacts from other mail programs such as AOL, Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo. She can show you how to set up folders, filters to weed out spam, perform mail merges and interface to other MS Office programs such as Word or Excel. Donna would be happy to help you with any function of Outlook's mail, calendaring, or contact management system. Click on her profile for more information!
Donna has used PowerPoint and other presentation software programs for over 20 years. She is quite conversant with all the advanced features,such as: animations, video and multimedia embedding, packaging PP shows for distribution, etc. View her profile for more information or to contact her for an appointment.
Having worked in a corporate environment for many years, I became very adept at many forms of Desktop Publishing software - MS Publisher, MS Powerpoint, MS Word, and Adobe Framemaker. I was the editor of a monthly newsletter that went out to all tax professionals in the firm of Price Waterhouse. I also published a neighborhood newsletter for many years. I have a strong sense of artistry, design, and layout, and she understands the importance of "white space." Furthermore, Donna's diploma with highest honors in English from UC Berkeley, allows Donna to offer her clients the added benefit of grammatical and proof-reading expertise!
Donna has been an IT consultant for over 20 years in large corporate IT departments and most recently in her own private IT consulting business. She has worked with small businesses to set up networks and servers, as well as provide PC repair & maintenance services. She has built web sites and written other software programs. She knows MS Windows environment inside and out!
Specifically in regard to MS Windows, she has already tutored several people in Windows 8 -- the latest Microsoft version of Windows. She is also familiar with every previous version of Windows, e.g., Windows 7, Vista, XP, Millenium Edition, etc. all the way back to the original DOS operating system!
Most importantly, she keeps technology understandable for the everyday person and can simplify even the most complex concepts so that a person can get the most benefit and understanding from the tools that they already possess!
Donna has used MS Word and other word processing software programs for over 20 years. She is quite conversant with all the advanced features, such as: formatting, editing, collaboration, mail merge, macros, etc. View her profile for more information or to contact her for an appointment.
Donna has been an IT consultant for over 20 years in large corporate IT departments and most recently in her own private IT consulting business. She has worked with small businesses to set up networks and servers, as well as provide PC repair & maintenance services. She has built web sites and written other software programs.
She also enjoys working with individuals to help them master their own personal technology environment from PC's or tablets to digital photography and music. She has created mail merge programs and is fluent in all aspects of MS Office and other productivity suites. She has access to remote learning capabilities as well as on site help.
But most importantly, she keeps technology understandable to the everyday person and can simplify even the most complex concepts so that a person can get the most benefit and understanding from the tools that they already possess!
I have been certified in the Mae Carden educational system whose reading and spelling curriculum is entirely built upon a structured application of phonics. Students learn spelling through the Carden "controls", a set of rules for deconstructing a word into its basic phonic parts, presented in such a way that the students are able to remember how and why a word is spelled the way it is and to also explain the reasons why certain groupings of letters are pronounced differently. In addition, the controls are accompanied by a vowel chart, which groups sounds into natural phonic clusters.
Using this method, I taught school at a private school in California full- and part-time over a period of 7 years. My students consistently scored at the top percentiles of their peer groups on the end-of-year standardized tests, including in reading comprehension and spelling.
Pre-algebra is very important for developing a solid foundation for future math classes! Donna has taught math to elementary through high school grades and tutored everything from beginning math to Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Pre-calculus. Her students consistently elevate their course grades as well as their standardized testing scores.
Having been a high school math teacher in California and now having been a math tutor for many years here in NC, I have seen the "anxiety" that Pre-calculus can often cause students! Often, this comes from being introduced to advanced topics, before the student has mastered the building blocks necessary for forming a strong math foundation. My method seeks to establish a solid understanding of why we do what we do in math, and not just have students memorize random formulas! I especially aim to build up students' self-confidence in math, which only continues to grow once they find themselves succeeding in understanding what was once a mystery!
I have been tutoring how to solve Probability problems on the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, State Core Competency Exams, and Accuplacer College Math Placement Tests for many years now. Probability has many different facets and applications. Obviously it has its uses in Math, but it is also useful in Business, the Social and Physical Sciences, Statistics and nearly every other academic subject. At its most basic level, it is simply the likelihood of an event to take place.
The PSAT tests a student's abilities in critical reading, math, and writing skills. It is good practice for the SAT test which is typically taken the following year. By taking the PSAT, a student is also entered into the competition for national merit scholarship funds.
I have extensive experience tutoring students preparing to take both the SAT math, reading, and writing tests, as well as ACT tests. The PSAT falls into the same category of "standardized testing" and, as such, there are many "tricks of the trade" that can be learned in order to achieve the greatest possibility of success. I not only prepare the students in the necessary subject areas, but also relay important time management and test taking strategies that will significantly improve a student's overall score.
Reading -- comprehension, analysis, and enjoyment -- are all cornerstones for building a great education. From the youngest students who are just learning phonics and "how to read" through high school students seeking to hone their reading skills in preparation for the SAT, I have taught all levels of reading. I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with honors in English and have a strong love of language and literature. I would love to help your child experience that same level of reading satisfaction!
The SAT Math test covers: Numbers and operations; algebra and functions; Geometry and measurement; and Data analysis, statistics, and probability. I have taught high school math as well as tutored extensively in areas ranging from algebra, geometry, and trigonometry up through pre-calculus. Getting a good score, even a GREAT score, on the SAT is just a matter of being very familiar with actually a very limited set of mathematical concepts. I quickly determine where my students are getting "stuck" and then work on gaining mastery of those areas. Math can actually be fun!
I have tutored many students studying to take the SAT Reading test, with proven results - higher scores of at least 20 - 30 % on every subject!
I have taught these skills as a teacher in a private school in California and I have a degree in English from the University of California/Berkeley, from which I graduated with highest honors.
Unlike most people, I adore taking standardized tests and score consistently in the highest percentiles on them! I can show your student how to have the same success!
I will also go over many tricks and tips that are useful for improving one's success rate on the SAT Reading test. And lastly, not only do I have a proven success rate with all of my Test Prep tutoring students, but I also manage to make studying for this test FUN! Click on my profile to learn more!
The SAT writing test has two parts: the multiple choice questions and the essay. Both parts require different strategies and techniques for mastery. I have tutored many students preparing to take the SAT Writing test and they have all increased their scores significantly.
Along with imparting a mastery of the subject matter, I will also go over many tricks and tips that are useful for improving a student's success rate on the SAT Writing test.
I have taught writing skills as a teacher in a private school in California and I have a degree in English from the University of California/Berkeley, from which I graduated with highest honors. Click on my profile to learn more!
I have taught many children how to spell!! Although it may not seem like it at times, the English language does have a systematic and phonetically based system for learning to spell correctly. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule! However, if one learns the basics and then memorizes the exceptions, a complete mastery is guaranteed! Knowing word origins and foreign influences on our language also helps to decipher many words.
Wyzant requires a subject matter test be completed to qualify for tutoring the SSAT test. It must be completed in around 30 minutes and be 70% correct to pass. I completed the test in far less time with a 100% passing grade. Furthermore, I, myself, passed the actual SSAT test to enter an elite private college preparatory school in Ross, California with scores in the 99 percentiles. Later in life, both my sons, accomplished the same feat while attending Providence Day School here in Charlotte. Unlike most people, I adore taking standardized tests and I can show others how to have the same success! In addition to solid knowledge of the subject matter being tested, there are many tricks and tips that are useful for improving one's success rates on these types of test. Let me show your children how!
Being an English major from the University of California at Berkeley, I obviously adore the English language, its literature, and its structure. I have taught grammar school with an emphasis on old-fashioned grammar! I have tutored many students on the English portions of the SAT and ACT tests. I currently am fluent in English and near-fluent in French - so understand the struggles of a non-native speaker trying to comprehend strange grammatical and syntactical structures! I promise to work with you to make learning English fun and rewarding! Click on my profile to learn more!
Donna adores words, language and nuances between definitions. She also can help students prepping for many standardized tests that include vocabulary words by showing them secrets, tips and tricks to learning large quantities of words in a rapid manner. And on top of all this, she makes it FUN! And that would be super-duper-fragi-listic-ex-pi-al-i-do-cious! (...which is a made up word, of course!)
I have taught English at a private school in California, and am currently a writer in Charlotte, NC. I am also a specialist in the nuances of English grammar, syntax, and diction. I have tutored for the English portions of standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT, including tutoring for the newest addition in this area - the essay portion. I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with highest honors with a bachelor's degree in English. I wrote my 110-page Honors Thesis on the humor found in the Beat Poetry of the 1950's poet, John O'Hara.