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Hello! I am Dawn. I love tutoring, especially in one on one situations, because I love to watch the light in someone's eyes when they "get it." I can and will use various methods from visual to lecture to help you or your child learn the subject.

I have worked with students who just needed help studying and ones who had extreme test anxiety. I am willing to help you with what YOU need.

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Dawn’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Pima Community College - Current Undergrad, AS for Transfer

Test Scores

ACT Science: 33


Baking, tea, dogs, and learning

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT Science

Adult Literacy

American Literature


AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP United States History

AP US History

AP World History


Basic Computer Literacy


British Literature




College Application Essays

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

College Math

Comparative Literature

COMPASS Mathematics


COMPASS Writing Skills

Creative Writing

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Earth Science


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing


European History

Expository Writing


Fiction Writing

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

GED Social Studies

General Biology



Graduate Test Prep

High School

High School Biology

High School English

High School Government

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing



Homework Support



HSPT Language Skills

HSPT Quantitative

Human Resources

Intermediate Accounting

Introduction to Fiction

K-11th Grade Standardized Tests Prep


Life Sciences



Medical Terminology


Medieval Literature

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office


PC Basic Computer Skills

Personal Finance

Persuasive Writing

Philosophical Ethics




Poetry Writing


PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills




Short Novel

Social Sciences

Social Studies



SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Technology and Coding

Test Prep

The Modern World

US Constitutional History

US History

World Civilization

World Literature

World Religions


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

When teaching one on one you are able to make the method fit the student. Learning is individual, and I enjoy being able to make the experience worthwhile for the student.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would sit down with that student and their parents (if a minor or high school student) and find out what their goals are, how they think they learn and what their interest level in the subject is. Just because you need to know it for a test or a class doesn't mean you are interested. It is my job to make what you learn interesting so you actually learn it, not just memorize it.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teaching someone to learn is one of the most difficult things there is. One of the reasons for that is that it takes time to learn. Thus, the number one thing I will do is teach patience and to try a different way if it didn't work the first, second or third time. Finding the way you learn is the key to finding a way to learn.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

That is going to vary student by student. We would begin by setting goals. Goal setting starts at the beginning of the very first session. Each session is going to have a purpose and a goal, and as those are achieved there needs to be a reward. What those rewards are will be up to the student.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Change the way it is being taught or change the subject entirely. Giving a "brain break" and coming back to a concept later often helps ease frustration and enables the student to see things in a different light.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

This depends upon the application of the comprehension. If you are attempting to understand what you are reading for a test versus if you are attempting to actually absorb the text. For one, you need to be able to apply text to typically multiple-choice answers, and this is done by understanding key words and phrases after skimming a paragraph or two. The other involves not just understanding the words written, but when, where and why they were written. Teaching the context of the writing often allows a student to understand what they are reading.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

While textbooks are useful in organizing a subject and giving an objective view of it, I find that stepping outside of the textbook and giving real world examples allows a student to understand the subject best.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Finding the relationship of the subject to something they love is a challenge, but is possible. Showing them this relationship and helping them use their joy in one subject to tackle another is my job.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Double checking work from classes, giving sample tests and asking for writing samples are some ways; but often just discussing the topic with the student will give you all the information you need.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Allow them to succeed. Don't set challenges so high they cannot attain them. If they haven't taken Calculus yet don't expect them to be able to complete a Physics problem. Being excited about the subject and letting them know that they have done well allows for them to gain the confidence they will need.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By asking them. It seems simplistic, but often the student knows exactly what they need. Talking with them will allow you to see what it is.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

By knowing how to teach in different methods. Some people need to hear things in a lecture, some need to read it and some need to see it. Some need all three or some combination thereof. It's my job to find that combination and supply it to the student.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

That depends upon what subject I am working with. I will use textbooks, manuscripts and sample tests; but I also use movies, museums and interactive models. The needs of the student and the subject determine this.

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