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Cynthia O.

Kirkland, WA

$49/hour

Master's in Teaching with Math, English, Test Prep, ESL, and Computers

3000+ Hours
Background check passed as of 7/17/17
4.8 average from 806 ratings
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— Joan, Bellevue, WA on 1/24/15

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Bob Jones University
Church Ministries
Seattle Pacific University
Master's
Seattle Pacific University
MBA

Education

Bob Jones University (Church Ministries)

Seattle Pacific University (Master's)

Seattle Pacific University (MBA)

About Cynthia

I started my work out of college as a middle school teacher. Then, I worked in business world to learn how knowledge is used outside the academic environment. It helped prepare me to teach students what lies ahead after school. Wanting to learn new cultures and contribute to the education of those in another country, I joined the Peace Corps and went to work in Lesotho, S. Africa, for two years preparing high school juniors and seniors for the Cambridge O-Level Exams with math and English. Upon returning to the US, I earned a Master's in Teaching and teaching certification. I worked with middle and high school students in algebra, geometry, English, and computers. I taught an English immersion course for Korean sixth graders as well and spent time tutoring math, English, and reading at a learning center. I also earned a CELTA (Certificate for English Language Teaching of Adults) from Cambridge University.

After working for General Electric for nine years while earning an MBA, I started a company, and felt it was time to go back to teaching. I've been working with students in Algebra 1 and 2, trig, geometry, ESL, reading comprehension, writing, test prep, computer operations, and general math basics. I'm using the MBA to run my own company and to volunteer in a non-profit organization called Skate Journeys that teaches children and adults inline and quad skating. My years of experience in business along with time as a teacher have allowed me to use both sets of skills to further the organization.

I enjoy seeing students' growth in their areas of study and in a broader context that leads them to a successful future, translating learning where it is used on a daily basis, so they can be the future entrepreneurs, business people, and teachers guiding our world.
I started my work out of college as a middle school teacher. Then, I worked in business world to learn how knowledge is used outside the academic environment. It helped prepare me to teach students what lies ahead after school. Wanting to learn new cultures and contribute to the education of those in another country, I joined the Peace Corps and Read more

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Rate changes may apply based on curriculum preparation required for tutoring or teaching a particular subject. Distance may also be a factor.

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Travels within 9 miles of Kirkland, WA 98034
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"Wonderful tutor--highly recommended!"

- Joan, Bellevue, WA on 1/24/15

"Great Lesson!"

- Sarah, Mountlake Terrace, WA on 7/10/17

"Excellent tutor"

- Cassie, Bellevue, WA on 6/17/17

"Great Tutor"

- Kalani, Seattle, WA on 6/15/17

"Great at geometry!"

- Libby and Hannah Sue, Seattle, WA on 5/9/17

"Extremely Patient and Explains Well"

- Greta, Bellevue, WA on 3/10/17

"Knowledgable, patient and fun"

- Jill, Bellevue, WA on 10/20/16

"Knowledgable"

- Barbara, Bothell, WA on 9/17/16

"Helpful"

- Jasleen, Kent, WA on 8/10/16

"Awesome Instructor"

- Sean, Lynnwood, WA on 7/25/16

"Great!"

- Younjin, Bellevue, WA on 7/19/16

"Okay"

- James, Medina, WA on 6/5/16
Cynthia replied on 6/8/2016

James let me know he wanted to study for his math, English, history, and science tests. Upon arriving, I learned he was most concerned about science, though I told him I was not a science tutor previously. What he wanted was for me to fill in answers on his science study guide. We used the web to assist.

"Helpful and Patient"

- Pamela, Bellevue, WA on 1/26/16

"Best teacher ever"

- Diana, Sammamish, WA on 12/18/15

"Finals help"

- Stefan, Kirkland, WA on 12/7/15

"Knowledgble tutor with lots of experience"

- Ping, Redmond, WA on 12/6/15

"Immediate results"

- Deann, Bothell, WA on 11/29/15

"Patient tutor"

- Christopher, Kirkland, WA on 11/26/15

"Helped my son learn key algebra 2 concepts"

- Laurel, Woodinville, WA on 11/13/15

"Amazing Tutor!"

- Thomas, Kirkland, WA on 9/30/15

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Crystal, Redmond, WA on 9/26/15

"Knowledgeable"

- Jamie, Kirkland, WA on 7/27/15

"Cynthis was very personable, knowledgeable and punctual."

- Sue, Seattle, WA on 6/25/15

"My son likes Cynthia's lesson"

- Gan, Bellevue, WA on 6/11/15

"Very patient"

- Cindy, Bellevue, WA on 1/17/15

"English lessons tailored to perfection"

- Roshini, Bellevue, WA on 8/26/14

"Great tutor"

- Linda, Mercer Island, WA on 5/25/14

"Responsive to our needs"

- Cindy, Bellevue, WA on 3/31/14

"Careful to let me learn by doing it"

- Duncan, Bellevue, WA on 2/25/14
Science:
Nutrition,
PSAT
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
TOEFL,
Writing
History:
Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Fitness

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I taught high school English composition, and I have an MBA as well as Master's in Teaching. I've had to write a plethora of my own papers and revise much work for others, so I'm well-versed in composition and grammar. Additionally, I've worked with students to prepare them for the ACT and SAT as well as others such as the SSAT and ISEE, so I'm quite familiar with standardized testing format and content.

Algebra 1

My love of math came from loving algebra. I had an excellent teacher in 9th grade, and I started my pursuit in math topics thereafter. I got a minor in mathematics as part of my Bachelor's degree, and my concentration for my Master's in Teaching was in math. Of the 6 years I taught in the classroom, I taught algebra every year and find it my most enjoyable subject to tutor.

Algebra 2

I have a master's in teaching and teaching certification in 4th through 12th math and English. I formerly taught Algebra 2 in high schools here and abroad, and my favorite subject to teach is algebra.

Bible Studies

My bachelor's degree is in Church Ministries, and we were required to take a Bible class each quarter we were in school. However, what makes me proficient in New Testament particularly is because I took 3 years of New Testament Greek and read and gave lessons from the Greek text. This, along with having given presentations, lessons, and workshops on Biblical topics, added to my own interest, makes me a highly qualified instructor of the Bible and its study.

College Counseling

I've been to college three times: once for a bachelor's degree, and twice for master's degrees. I also have teaching certification in English and a master's in business administration, and much of college counseling is being able to market oneself in writing and researching options for colleges. I have worked with many students on college application essays as well as helped them do research and make decisions about where they attend. It's very rewarding helping them make this important decision.

Elementary (K-6th)

My teaching certification is from 4th grade to 12th grade. I've tutored students in all those grade ranges. I have a Master's in Teaching and have worked with students younger than 4th grade in teaching English, math, and skating. I'm a certified skating instructor.

Elementary Math

I started tutoring elementary math as part of my Master's in Teaching in the mid-90's. I worked at a learning center where I had students from 4th grade up to 12th grade. I have tutored students as a private tutor as young as 1st grade in math, English, and roller skating.

English

I taught English composition while working overseas in the Peace Corps. I also taught English in a private school for a year in Oregon. While getting my master's in teaching, I tutored English at a learning center in Bellevue. My teaching certification is for 4th - 12th math and English. I have tutored students as a private tutor in grammar, composition, ESL, and for standardized test preparation for the SAT and ACT which includes grammar and composition.

ESL/ESOL

I taught an English immersion course for Korean 6th graders who came to the US for one month. They were able to do short plays and read their compositions in class by the end of their course. I also taught English Composition overseas to students who had English as a second language. I have a CELTA (Certificate for English Language Teaching of Adults) through Cambridge University and have had many ESL students as a private tutor in addition to those wanting to take the TOEFL. I wrote a curriculum for adults who are in business in the US but are wanting additional help with communication in English in audio, oral, or written form.

Fitness

Fitness is the root of my active lifestyle. I work out by skating, running, hiking, or biking. Fitness is essential for me to live a balanced life, and I enjoy teaching modes of fitness to others.

GED

I worked with a student who had a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from another country and needed to pass the GED in order to enter a program at the UW. I worked with him on English and math. We determined the best route for him to take was to try to take the exam in Spanish. He found out he could do that, and so he was able to do very well with the topics presented. I worked with him on some math concepts he wasn't familiar with so he could pass all sections. In another case, I helped a woman learn the math concepts necessary to pass her GED so she could get the promotion for which she was seeking. She actually was able to get a very good job in another company to surpass her goals.

General Computer

I'm proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access). I've also done projects with Publisher and PageMaker. When I worked in an office and taught classes, I was responsible for keeping the network running and teaching people how to use software and new technology. I replaced routers, switches, and wireless modems as well.

Geometry

I have a master's in Teaching and taught geometry in high schools here and abroad. I've tutored many students geometry and have enjoyed helping them succeed in it. I'm certified to teach 4th - 12th grade math and English.

GMAT

I've worked with a student in the math portions of the GMAT. Because the math is algebra and geometry concepts, I'm very familiar with the content. The questions have some similarity to the SAT, but the preparation is a bit different. There is much more emphasis on basic facts on the GMAT, but the questions are a bit more tricky on the GMAT than on the SAT.

Grammar

I worked overseas as a math and English composition teacher and have taught English here in the US. Additionally, I have a Certificate for English Language Teaching of Adults, and grammar is a large part of the instruction.

ISEE

I have tutored a student through ISEE preparation. I've worked with several students to prepare them for the SSAT at all levels. Many prep manuals feature both tests together as they both have analytic and verbal sections, but the grade levels differ as well as the strategy for test completion. I sometimes use ISEE material with SSAT test prep. I earned a Master's in Teaching and teaching certification. I worked with middle and high school students in algebra, geometry, English, and computers.

Microsoft Access

I have been using Access since 2001 and took a class in three levels of Access the same year. Since that time, I have revised and created three databases in Access. I also took courses in Access in my grad program for my MBA. I have my own detailed manual but use the resources the student has along with mine. I earned a Master's in Teaching and teaching certification. I worked with middle and high school students in algebra, geometry, English, and computers.

Microsoft Excel

In my most recent position with GE, I was tasked with writing code in VBA to automate an update that needed to be done monthly. I got a manual and self-taught VBA to do the update. I'm familiar with creating formulas and recently created a budget spreadsheet for the non-profit I work with to project what's needed for holiday and summer camps. I have worked with students in Excel, and I find I need time to develop formulas as I don't work with it every day; so it is best if I can see what a student is working on and what they want to accomplish before deciding I can help him/her.

Microsoft Outlook

I regularly used Outlook on the job working for GE Aviation, for 9 years. I created groups and access to view others inboxes or calendars after the owner granted permission to view. I could easily teach someone how to use it. I earned a Master's in Teaching and teaching certification. I worked with middle and high school students in algebra, geometry, English, and computers.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have used PowerPoint for almost 20 years. The versions change, but most of the functionality remains the same. I have created many PowerPoint presentations with various transitions, templates, and embedded elements from other Office programs. Simplicity and consistency are key elements of a good PP presentation.

Microsoft Publisher

I used Publisher to create print-ready art to submit for publications when I worked at GE Aviation. It's not quite as savvy as something like PageMaker, but it works for many types of page layout designs. I could teach someone how to work with it and what its limitations are.

Microsoft Windows

I've been working in a Windows environment for more than 15 years. I use it much like previous versions of Windows with a Desktop and tend to steer students that way. I've taught others how to use the platform and would be able to tutor someone in its use. Since most user-based systems run on Windows or its concept, learning how to use it is like learning a new language. I would begin with basic computer vocabulary to familiarize the student with concepts that will be used and how windows works with pictures instead of programming code.

Microsoft Word

I've been using the Microsoft Office Suite for over 20 years. I've used Word in an academic and business setting. I continue to use it quite often to make forms of various types for the Non-profit I help run. It's a versatile program for simple things like letters or more complicated items like page layouts.

Nutrition

I have worked for years on my own nutritional plan and have found one that healed my body that I've been on for seven years. I had issues with my health after a serious car accident in 1990 where I went out the windshield of a car, but I've always been very physically active. Adding a guided nutritional plan allowed me to go from having serious gynecologic issues and headaches to having none. My body continues to heal itself, and I've been able to tell and teach my friends, family members, and acquaintances how to get and stay healthy through this nutritional program. It includes ways to deal with stress.

Prealgebra

I started teaching prealgebra in 1984, my very first teaching job. I had a split 7/8th grade class. Since that time, I've tutored and taught prealgebra for many years. It is delightful to prepare students for the algebra series and other upper level math topics. I have a Master's in Teaching and teaching certification in math and English.

Precalculus

In preparing my students overseas to take the Cambridge national exams, precalculus was one of many topics I taught. Much of precalc is upper-level algebra and trigonometry combined. I have tutored precalc the last few years.

Probability

Because probability is included in several curricula, I have tutored students in it the past several years. I took a probability class as part of my master's in teaching degree, and because I've been working with it most recently, I can help students get the basics of it mastered so they are ready for more upper-level problems.

Proofreading

Proofreading has been a part of my regular job for over 30 years. I taught English just out of high school off and on at different schools throughout that time. Any jobs I've had other than teaching have included proofreading in some form or fashion. Formally, I was responsible for proofreading brochures for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. I proofread marketing items while working for General Electric. The past several years, I've worked with students on college application essays or other types of assignments on which they wanted feedback. Because I teach writing, I ask students to proofread and correct their own work first before we review it together. I also proofread assignments per student request.

PSAT

Since I tutor students in the SSAT and SAT, I can also help students prepare for the practice exam before the SAT, the PSAT. It is actually very good for students to take this test so they have an idea what kinds of questions they need to study for the SAT.

Reading

I worked at a learning center in Bellevue where reading was part of the curriculum we offered for children. The reading lessons were structured to help them with phonics as well as vocabulary. I worked with several students to help them improve their ability to sight read and read out loud. I have worked with ESL students on English language pronunciation through reading. Age appropriate books are required for young students to gain confidence in reading, and reading aloud is the first step.

SAT Math

I've worked with several students using an SAT manual to prepare for their exam and many on the math section. Students do best after preparing for the types of questions the exam has along with knowing what formulas and type of math are required. Students improve by learning the math and practicing. Most students see marked improvement after three months having a session once a week.

SAT Reading

I'm working with a student now in preparation for the SAT by using an SAT manual, reviewing preliminary information for taking the test and strategies for success. I will then have the student take several practice tests before the actual exam and review sections that need shoring up. There is a strategy for the reading section that we discuss and practice over time.

SAT Writing

SAT Writing is actually grammar and punctuation as opposed to the essay portion which is a written analysis of someone else's essay. SAT Writing includes word and sentence substitution that corrects grammar and punctuation mistakes or improves the reader's ability to understand the content. Subject/verb agreement is key as well as understanding the types of punctuation required for a particular sentence.

SSAT

I've worked with students on all exam levels of this test. It requires the use of professional manuals and practice test questions. I find consistency in study is more important than just doing practice together once a week. If the student takes the content seriously, I give assignments the student can do on his/her own and discuss with me in sessions weekly. I give strategies for each section and level.

Study Skills

I worked at a tutoring center where we had students who wanted help with study skills, and I provided help for them. We worked on time of day, atmosphere, eating habits, organization, and having the right materials for study. I also had students in the classroom who struggled with getting their homework done, and we discussed home situations or sleep deprivation. These are things I'd discuss with students/parents along with any dysfunctional issues and how to overcome them. I've had great success with students who work with me on improving their study skills.

TOEFL

I created a 16-week curriculum with a TOEFL manual that takes students through the four sections of the TOEFL (reading, listening, speaking, and writing. This curriculum can be modified and condensed to meet students' needs. Some are exercises they can do on their own. The speaking sections we do together, and I grade the writing. I have a CELTA (Certificate for English Language Teaching of Adults) from Cambridge University. I also taught an English immersion course for a group of Korean 6th graders who came to America to improve their spoken English.

Trigonometry

I have a Master's in Teaching with a concentration in math and English. I formerly taught trigonometry as part of a spiral math curriculum when working overseas in the Peace Corps. Students there were preparing to take the Cambridge exams, and I worked with them in class five days a week to prepare. A portion of our preparation was trig. In tutoring Algebra 2, I regularly work with students to understand trigonometric concepts and apply them to real world problems.

Writing

I taught English composition while in the Peace Corps in Africa to high school students. I also took a creative writing class as a post grad. I have two Master's degrees and own my own company, so I've done years of business and academic writing and can help your student improve his/her ability to communicate via the computer or pen. I have several writing students regularly and work with them through the different writing styles so they are savvy with all types of writing.

Bob Jones University
Church Ministries
Seattle Pacific University
Master's
Seattle Pacific University
MBA

Education

Bob Jones University (Church Ministries)

Seattle Pacific University (Master's)

Seattle Pacific University (MBA)

Wonderful tutor--highly recommended!

We have seen both our daughter's grades and confidence increase since she has been tutored by Cynthia. They began during the last school year for Geometry and have continued this year with Algebra II. Throughout, Cynthia has been patient, professional, kind, and knowledgeable. We will continue to work with Cynthia as long as we can.

— Joan, Bellevue, WA on 1/24/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $49.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Rate changes may apply based on curriculum preparation required for tutoring or teaching a particular subject. Distance may also be a factor.

Travel policy

Cynthia will travel within 9 miles of Kirkland, WA 98034.