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I'm passionate about helping students work through their challenges. I enjoy witnessing a child smile because they actually understand their work.

I have worked with students on all educational levels for over 8 years. I completed my Undergrad (B.S. Child Development) at Florida State University and my Masters (Social Work) from Barry University. Im currently finishing up my Dissertation and will have completed my Doctorate in Education in Fall 2017.

I tutor math, reading, science, and study skills. My favorite subject to tutor is math because it challenges me to think outside the box. My tutoring style is stern but compassionate. I am fun, comical, and encouraging. I believe that any student can achieve anything they put their minds to. Sometimes they just need a little help.

My interests are: basketball, singing, and video games.

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Dawna’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University - Bachelors, Child Development

Graduate Degree: Barry University - Masters, Social Work


Basketball, Singing, and Volleyball

Tutoring Subjects

Earth Science

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Florida EOC Assessment Prep

Homework Support


ISEE- Lower Level


Middle School Math



Physical Science




Special Education


SSAT- Elementary Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep

World Religions

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

When educational, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are met, performance is increased. Any individual can work through every obstacle.

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

Find out more about the student and their concerns. Give a joke or three.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Provide scenarios for the student to think critically and problem solve.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Complement efforts, and assist with refocusing.

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

Break down the concept into understandable parts, and explain at a level the child can understand.

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

Assist students by making stories "real." Allow them to create and take part in developing stories and understanding the main points.

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

Consistency, encouragement, and compassion.

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

Find out what the students likes are, and relate the subject matter to their likes.

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

Participatory examples and technology.

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

By assisting them with answering questions correctly. Start easy, and build from that point.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By asking questions. Speak with educator and/or family.

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

Identify the student's learning style, and create lesson plans that reflect the student's needs.

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

Pencil, paper, crayons, coins, and candy.

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