Deanna Olsen - TutorYou

Deanna Olsen - TutorYou

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About this tutor

I utilize a collaborative active learning technique in my role as an educator. I understand that each person learns differently. I seek to understand the learning patterns of my students and utilize procedure oriented tutoring, which maximizes their potential to learn. I communicate with the parents via email or phone after each tutoring session if the student is a minor. I also work with Special Education students and I will follow an IEP protocol while working with these students.

I include information on the status of the child's progress and areas of concern and praise. If you are an adult student I will email you after each session with a synopsis of what we have covered and the goals for the next session.

Additionally, I am a fun person. I believe that education can be enjoyable. When we find a personal connection to learning we can increase the retention of knowledge. I consider myself a "safe" place for students to voice their opinions and ideas. I am interested in ideas that are different from mine and I encourage students to own their truth and be respectful of others.

I truly enjoy discussing topics and conversing with my students. I love to see the "aha" moments and then find a way to relate it back to the student. I enjoy talking with students about different subjects and how they can affect our lives. Often, these discussions lead to further understanding of the subject.

For students who are struggling with writing, I enjoy helping them write papers that professionally exhibit the message they are trying to convey. Writing an MLA paper in High School can be confusing. Writing an APA paper in college can be daunting. I enjoy opening the door to "understanding" the how and why formatting is so important. The moment when the paper is complete and it is a professional, well written paper is very rewarding. I enjoy helping my students get there! 

Additionally, I have worked extensively with Special Education students as a ParaEducator for K-8 students with Mod/Severe Autism and other mild/mod intellectual disabilities. I have an RBT Training Certificate and experience working with ABA therapies. These students have my heart. I love working with them. 

I am an experienced online tutor working with K-12 from homework help, to specific tutoring in English and writing. I am also experienced in tutoring adults in conversational ESL.

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Escondido, CA 92027
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9 Reviews


  • Estelle

    She is a really good teacher. Really kind and professional. I’m learning a lot !

  • Karen Sexton

  • Karen Sexton

    Immediately both my daughter and I liked this tutor. We have had three sessions and plan on using her for years to come. She is assisting my home-schooled daughter who is a freshman in high school. She is personable, detailed, good at her job and is flexible with what we want her to do.

  • Heather Nickerson

    Very caring and genuinely interested in helping me. Thoughtfully listens and identifies the best approach that will work for me. Takes the time needed based on my skill level to ensure a successful outcome.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to get to know my student first. I take a little time to find out their likes, dislikes and why they are seeking help. This allows me to increase the likelihood of a collaborative relationship. I also try to share a little about myself and background. I am a strong empathizer. I know how to increase confidence in my students and energize their learning behaviors. I provide an initial structure that we can discuss and both agree too. I believe in enjoying the learning process and I create fun collaborative opportunities for my students to participate in. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

My education:

TESOL Certificate - ASU - In progress

Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) Certificate: In Progress

National Tutors Association - Intermediate Tutoring Certificate 

Harvard Higher Education Teaching Certificate

Registered Behavior Technician Training Certificate (ABA)

MA: Human Behavior

BS: Organizational Behavior

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I like to speak with the student before I set a price. This way I can be attune to the students needs and negotiate a price that works for both of us.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching as a home school teacher for my son who suffers from multiple chronic illnesses. Traditional public school could not accomodate his needs and I found myself becoming teacher and mom. We found new and interesting ways to build education around his medical needs. He is now in in public High School and doing very well. I then moved into Special Education, teaching children with learning disabilities and major intellectual disabilities such as Autism, ODD, ADHD, and Down's Syndrome. As a tutor I enjoy working with students anywhere from homework help to specific tutoring in writing, and Psychology. Human Behavior is fascinating to me and I believe that with the correct learning behaviors we can all be successful students.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students in the k-12 public school sector. These students have ranged from minimal learning needs to Special Education: Autism (I have specific training in this area), ODD, Down's Syndrome, ADHD. I have worked with college level students, specifically APA writing. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently had an experience with an ESL student who has been struggling with conversational English. She found that over a period of time her confidence has grown and she is finding it easier to converse with those around her. I count this as a win and I am so grateful we have been able to work together.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

The teacher should "love" to teach and they should be a people person. Let's face it. It's no fun to work with someone who doesn't want to be there. They need to be a teacher who is passionate about teaching, learning, AND their students individual needs.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

I will ask my students to write down their strengths and weaknesses on a piece of paper. Then I will ask them to write down what they want to work on in order of importance. It is vital the student is consciously aware of what they want from a tutor. It is necessary for the teacher to understand where the student stands on their needs and desires for learning so the tutor can facilitate an appropriate learning experience. 

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