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Dayna P.

University Of Richmond, VA

$45/hour

English/ESL/Communications Tutor/LSAT/Law School Tutor

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 1/31/14
4.6 average from 36 ratings
Amazing LSAT improvement with Dayna's help. She gets an A+!
— Sean, Petersburg, VA on 3/8/14

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University of Colorado, Boulder
English, Journalism
University of Colorado School of Law
J.D.
University of Virginia
Master's

Education

University of Colorado, Boulder (English, Journalism)

University of Colorado School of Law (J.D.)

University of Virginia (Master's)

About Dayna

In working with students, it is important to me to be genuine and enthusiastic. As both a public school teacher, law school tutor and retired attorney, communication remains the key to successful relationships. A large part of communication includes a sense of humor (!) and a willingness to work hard. That strategy is applied in all areas of accomplishment. My strengths in curriculum include English, grammar, writing, research, government and history. As a former Teacher of the Year in Henrico County, it was exciting to involve students in so much of what the Commonwealth uniquely offers in those areas.
Being computer literate, and able to travel to homes, schools or libraries can make teaching convenient and comfortable. Successful learning then becomes the reward.
In working with students, it is important to me to be genuine and enthusiastic. As both a public school teacher, law school tutor and retired attorney, communication remains the key to successful relationships. A large part of communication includes a sense of humor (!) and a willingness to work Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of University Of Richmond, VA 23173
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Amazing LSAT improvement with Dayna's help. She gets an A+!"

- Sean, Petersburg, VA on 3/8/14

"Knowledgable and wonderful tutor"

- Rajene, Midlothian, VA on 2/15/16

"Confident for AP Exam"

- Georgia, Glen Allen, VA on 5/15/14

"Responsive, realistic, and understanding"

- RAY, Stafford, VA on 3/7/14
English:
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ASVAB,
Career Development,
College Counseling,
GMAT, GRE,
LSAT, Praxis,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL
Language:
TOEFL
History:
American History,
Criminal Justice,
European History, Government & Politics, Political Science, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

American History

After retiring from the practice of law, my experience included several years of teaching American History to Honors students at a high school level. I continue to tutor high school students in both American and European History as well as writing and researching their projects in each of those areas. It is a rewarding endeavor because there is no reason for history to be anything but exciting.

ASVAB

During my work with students taking the ASVAB, I have developed a focused study for each section of the test: Paragraph Comprehension, Vocabulary, General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning and Mathematics. Depending on the number of weeks before taking the test, we work through practice test sessions, one on one review of problem areas, and an emphasis on text anxiety when dealing with computerized and timed standardized tests. I also work with the recruiters who have been assigned to each applicant to ensure a smoother preparation process.

Career Development

As a professional who has pursued two avenues; a doctorate in law, and a master's in education, I share expertise with those seeking help in selecting or furthering their career goals. During my 4 years of teaching high school seniors, I was their counselor from consideration of curriculum through submission of college essays and applications. During my years of legal practice, I presented seminars for (a.) college students and interns who were looking for entry positions or (b.) a viable method for those already in the marketplace to advance in their chosen fields. In many situations, we worked with anticipating changes in employment by revamping resumes, securing certifications or credits, or networking, to insure ongoing success or promotion. The textbook career development models were applied integrating the (1.) "career targets", (2.) training required or preferred to reach them, and (3.) personal vs. professional objectives. My experience reflected that specifics are unique to each person, but the proven methods of career development are necessary and effective.

College Counseling

For several years in my position as a 12th grade honors teacher and member of the Scholarship committee, college and career counseling was an integral part of planning for each student. In addition to determination of strengths and interests of individual students, we dealt with academic qualifications and effective application and interviewing skills.

Counseling involves in-depth determination of a (1.) student's desire, (2.)talents and (3.) the establishment of realistic goals. College/career counseling blends these to insure a confident path to success. My personal background of 3 integrated career paths is experience to bring a necessary and reality based perspective. And, it doesn't have to be frustrating to either the student or family ! I'd be happy to work with you.

Criminal Justice

The study of Criminal Justice involves more than the fictionalized awareness many people have. Because "justice" is the key, many levels of knowledge must be applied to reaching that goal. Forensics, law enforcement, Constitutional issues, and sociology play equally important roles. As an attorney with 21 years experience, and now as a tutor at several Law Schools, the criminal justice system remains a vital part of my expertise. Beyond the implied drama many may expect, there is much more to be learned because the knowledge of qualified, educated professionals in this field impacts lives forever.

English

My background as both an attorney and a teacher provides strong and varied experience with the essence of positive composition and effective speaking.

Communication in writing can insure success in any field of study. Accurate and engaging essays or research papers provide the reader with invaluable information and a positive response to the writer. Proper grammar and precise explanations have provided me with invaluable experience in the practice of law, teaching in both private and public schools, and tutoring in high school and college. Journalism has been my second major and provides tailor-made support to the study and teaching the gift of writing.

GRE

My background and experience in tutoring for the GRE and other graduate level exams is far-reaching. As an attorney and teacher, my students receive careful and enjoyable lessons geared particularly to reading comprehension, parallel logic, and essay writing. We work one on one with precise instructions to improve scores for acceptance to top-tier graduate school programs. Please look over my WyzAnt profile and review the student ratings there. The GRE in large part reflects communication and logic skills which are strengths I can help you develop.

Law

My experience as an attorney for 21 years has provided the experience and communication skills necessary to assist law students or those preparing to take the LSAT. Along with an undergraduate degree in Journalism and several years of teaching full-time, I am enthusiastic and effective one-on-one.

Praxis

Completion of the Praxis exam is required for licensure for teaching in the Commonwealth. As a former full-time teacher in Henrico County (and though I had a doctorate of law degree), my completion of the Praxis lead to my Masters Degree in Education. My scores on all portions of the test were successful at the first taking. It is a specialized type of test-taking, and I've tutored students in that endeavor.

Public Speaking

Public speaking when done well incorporates enthusiasm, knowledge and a relationship with the audience. My background has included that type of presentation whether as a teacher or tutor in public schools and colleges, in front of a judge or jury as an attorney, or when speaking to professionals in seminar settings.
Being confident in your subject matter and comfortable with your audience always equals a positive result. Teaching to achieve this for students of any age is my goal.

SAT Reading

With the updating and revisions which the "new" SAT brings for students in October, the student is required to exercise strategy along with core knowledge. As an experienced tutor with standardized tests from high school level through graduate level degrees, my 21 years as a practicing attorney and my Masters in Education, provides insight to this challenge. Integration of the subject matter along with ways to streamline retention and timing, is the key. These skills remain essential throughout every student's educational and career pursuits. Success on the SAT provides a strong base for future endeavors.

SAT Writing

SAT writing proficiency reflects proper grammar, precise thoughts and a grasp of information. Unlike creative or research writing skills, SAT writing measures application of the techniques learned during the first 12 years of education. My background provides the experience to insure effective review and increased scores.

Writing

Effective communication by writing can insure success in any field of study. Accurate and engaging essays or research papers provide the reader with invaluable information and a positive response to the writer. Proper grammar and precise explanations have provided me with invaluable experience in the practice of law, teaching in both private and public schools, and tutoring in high school and college. Journalism has been my second major and provides tailor-made support to the study and teaching the gift of writing.

University of Colorado, Boulder
English, Journalism
University of Colorado School of Law
J.D.
University of Virginia
Master's

Education

University of Colorado, Boulder (English, Journalism)

University of Colorado School of Law (J.D.)

University of Virginia (Master's)

Amazing LSAT improvement with Dayna's help. She gets an A+! — I struggled with the logic games section of the LSAT. As a result, I scored quite poorly on my first LSAT attempt. I scheduled the second LSAT at the same time as I scheduled private tutoring with Dayna. I saw dramatic improvement in my LSAT score and will be attending law school in the fall... with a scholarship! Thank you, Dayna! ...

— Sean, Petersburg, VA on 3/8/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Dayna will travel within 20 miles of University Of Richmond, VA 23173.