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Deborah A.

Durham, NC

$40/hour

Deborah A. Reading, Writing, History

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Duke University
History

Education

Duke University (History)

About Deborah

I'm a graduate of Duke University with a BA in History. I'm new to WyzAnt but I have been tutoring for several months at the Durham Literacy Center and I absolutely love it. There I help students pass their GED exams. Their reading levels vary, and I have tutored anywhere from a 6th grade reading level to an 11th grade reading level.

I grew up with a learning disability in the form of ADHD and I've had to work around it my entire life. I understand what it's like feeling stupid, lazy and constantly trying to catch up with the rest of my peers. I teach the way I would want someone to teach me: patiently. My passion for the subject matter makes me a great tutor. I firmly believe that the only way to really make something interesting is to love it.

I spent a lot of my childhood with books. Thanks to my major, I spent all of college surrounded by books. I make absolutely sure my students understand what they are reading. I'm also very understanding that not all books are interesting. While I will always prefer that a student reads something they find interesting, sometimes I have to teach them to get past the "boredom factor".

Stephen King has said that the only way to get better at writing is to "read a lot and write a lot." I implement that motto by assigning written homework nearly every session. Essays are scary to some people, and I like to show that there's nothing to be scared of once you have the basic formula. Writing has been a mainstay in my life for years and years. I have several tips and tricks for getting rid of writer's block. I show my students that writing is critical for them to say what they want to say.

I currently tutor specifically for people trying to earn their GED. I teach with the Kaplan book and use practice worksheets and test taking tips. No one likes teaching to the test, but sometimes it's best to be realistic. I show students what to pay attention for in a test taking situation, which is a subject matter of its own.

I LOVE history. American history, to me, is the most fun to teach. I've been a nerd about this for years. In high school I watched the Ken Burns Civil War documentary (all thirteen hours of it) in one weekend...for fun. History is seen as boring by a lot of people, I've always thought of it as exciting and crucial. Besides my passion for the subject, I'm also keen on teaching history the RIGHT way. It's a lot more than just memorizing facts, it's understanding why some events and people have shaped the way the world is today.

Having ADHD is... what? I saw something shiny. Just kidding.

I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of five. I couldn't sit in a chair, I couldn't write legibly, and I certainly could not keep up with my fellow students in math. It was awful and it stuck with me for the rest of my life. I like working with students with learning disabilities because I get that not everyone learns the same way. I try different techniques with students until I find one that works for them. If something is clearly not working I try something else. I push my students hard, but I make sure that they never feel like they're stupid for not understanding something. I only ask that they try.

My current student has a severe disability in reading and writing. Thanks to our work together, she's gone up a reading level in the last few months.

I have reliable transportation and I'm willing to come to your house. If that doesn't work I can have students over at my home or meet them at a cafe. If a public place is too distracting for them, however, we'll have to work something else out.

Feel free to contact me for more information. I look forward to hearing from you!
I'm a graduate of Duke University with a BA in History. I'm new to WyzAnt but I have been tutoring for several months at the Durham Literacy Center and I absolutely love it. There I help students pass their GED exams. Their Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Durham, NC 27707
In-person lessons
Music:
Cello, Music History
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading,
Grammar, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading,
ASVAB, GED,
PSAT, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
History:
American History, Music History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary
Sports/Recreation:
Chess

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Reading

I am a regular tutor at the Durham Literacy Center where I'm the go-to person for reading comprehension and writing. I've helped ESL students and students with learning disabilities. I also make sure students understand the material before I move on to a new topic.

GED

I have several months experience tutoring specifically for the GED. I have access to GED test books and materials for test practice. Not only will I help with subject matter, but I will also go over test preparation and test taking skills.

Reading

I have a lot of experience teaching reading comprehension. My students understand how to answer questions based on passages. I consistently make sure my students understand what they are reading and make sure they learn unfamiliar words.

SAT Reading

At a local literacy center, I am the go to person for tutoring in reading and writing. I am patient and fun but not easy. Reading comprehension can be boring, frustrating, and confusing. I am here to make it a manageable, less frightening experience. Grammar doesn't have to be scary either. I'll list out my rules and tactics for getting the right answer.

Vocabulary

As an avid reader I've built up a very good vocabulary. My father actually started me on vocabulary cards in middle school and I've been interested in words ever since. I studied Latin in middle school and high school which has given me an understanding of roots and etymologies.

I still look up unfamiliar words. To keep life from getting dull, I have the Dictionary.com app on my phone and receive the word of the day every morning.

Currently, my favorite word is supercilious. That's a funny joke because this whole passage is overweening. Also a joke.

Writing

I've been tutoring students in writing for several months and all of them have improved significantly. I spent nearly my entire college career writing. I continue to work on it every day.

I can help you get unstuck and fill that blank screen. You'll create one solid argument after another. We'll build vocabulary together!

Duke University
History

Education

Duke University (History)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Deborah will travel within 10 miles of Durham, NC 27707.