Tutoring Services from Cindy Downes

Cindy Downes homeschooled her children from PreK-12th grade. After her children graduated, she returned to college and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Oklahoma State University. She tutors students in grades 3-12 privately in the summer and at Cornerstone Tutorial Center during the school year.

Private Tutoring in the Broken Arrow/Tulsa Area

Private Tutoring in Summer only. Available subjects:

  • English Grammar and Composition, Grades 3-12
  • Math - Elementary through Algebra I
  • Remedial Reading (children and adult)
  • High School Biology

Instruction is in my home. Cost is $45/hour or $25/half hour. I will travel, but travel time will be added. You may schedule one hour per week or as many hours as needed.Contact me at cindy@me.com with your name, name and age of student, tutoring needs, phone number and time to call.

Tutoring at Cornerstone Tutorial Center (2015-2016)

Cornerstone Tutorial Center offers homeschool families a variety of high-quality academic and elective classes for grades 3 through 12. Classes are offered "a la carte," which means that families choose one or more classes that fit the needs of their students. Depending on the classes chosen, students attend class one or two times per week and parents supervise the work that needs to be completed on the other days of the week. For more information, tuition costs, or to register for a class, log on to the Cornerstone Tutorial Center website or email ctcacademic@cox.net. Registration is available in June and August. Classes can fill up quickly, so I recommend that you register early.

Cindy Downes is tutoring the following classes at CTC in 2015-2016:

Biology (Tues & Thur. 8:30-9:55 am); Gr. 9-12; Class size limit 16: Exploring Creation with Biology is a Christian-based, rigorous, college preparatory course in Biology that will cover most of the textbook at a rate of one module every two-three weeks. Topics covered include cellular function, DNA, classification, genetics, creation vs. evolutionary theory, ecology, and organisms from Kingdom Monera, Protista, Fungi, and Animalia. Because the course is difficult and not all children learn the same, the material is presented in a variety of learning styles including PowerPoint presentations, videos, lectures, hands-on activities, labs and worksheets. This will ensure the success of every student who does the required homework. Grades are based on class participation, labs, homework, and test scores. This will fulfill one year of high school Biology.

Composition 1: Foundations (Thurs. 12:05-1:25 pm); Gr. 9-12, class size limited to 12: Most writing instructors agree that students, in both high school and college, tend to make the same errors over and over again: sentence structure errors (run-ons, fragments, unclear), punctuation errors (phrases, quotations, compound-complex sentences), paragraphs with no clear topic, unorganized essays that ramble on with no central theme, weak introductions and ineffective conclusions. Composition 1 focuses on improving these basic writing skills through classroom instruction, in-class writing activities, and weekly homework. In addition to weekly assignments, students will also complete four major projects: a memoir, a descriptive essay, a how-to article, and an academic report, each two-three pages in length. Grammar and punctuation will be addressed in the context of the student’s writing. MLA style will be introduced. This will fulfill the composition requirements for one year of high-school English.  

Composition 2: Application (Thurs. 9:55-11:15am); Gr. 9-12; Class size limit 12: In Comp 2, students will apply the skills learned in Comp 1 and learn new skills through the study of mentor texts. Students will study a variety of fiction and nonfiction written by published authors, imitate specific techniques from these authors, and then use these techniques in their own writing. Students will learn how authors use their words concisely and with purpose through the use of concrete nouns, vivid verbs, similes, metaphors, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, and other figurative language. In the second semester, students will work on improving their essay writing. They will learn how to write a compare and contrast essay and how to write effective arguments, counterarguments, and rebuttals for a persuasive essay. During class, students will practice specific writing techniques and write in answer to a prompt, as well as participate in peer reviews. In addition to weekly homework assignments, students will also complete one major writing project per quarter: a narrative essay, a historical fiction story, a compare/contrast essay, and a persuasive essay, each two-four pages in length. Grammar and punctuation will be addressed in the context of the student’s writing. MLA style instruction will continue. This will fulfill the composition requirements for one year of high-school English.

Advanced Comp: Creative Writing (Thurs. 1:30-2:50 pm); Gr. 10-12; Class size limit 12: The focus of Advanced Comp: Creative Writing is to provide students with the skills needed to write in the marketplace, as well as in college, creative writing classes. In the first semester, students will practice professional writing techniques for fiction writing including: characters, plots, scenes, dialogue, and point of view. In addition to weekly homework assignments, students will also complete a fiction story, four-six pages in length. During the second semester, students will learn professional techniques for creative non-fiction (using fiction techniques to tell a nonfiction, narrative story). Students will choose a human-interest story, research the story, interview someone connected with the story, and write the story. The final project will be a creative, nonfiction story, four-six pages in length. Students will learn how to participate in a writer’s critique group, learn how to prepare their writing for submission to an editor, and be encouraged to submit both projects for possible publication. Grammar and punctuation will be addressed in the context of the student’s writing. This will fulfill the composition requirements for one year of high-school English.

Advanced Comp: Career/College Writing (Tuesday, 9:55-11:15 am), Gr. 10-12, Class size limit 12:The focus of Advanced Comp: Career/College Writing is to practice the writing skills needed in the work environment and to prepare students for college research and writing. In the first semester, students will go through the process of applying for a job, preparing correspondence related to a job search, and participating in an interview. Writing projects include an email, a memo, a letter of recommendation, a resume, and a cover letter. During the second semester, students will write a research paper (four-six pages in length). Students will select a topic, research the topic, synthesize sources (note cards, highlighted photocopies), prepare an annotated bibliography, document sources, prepare a topic outline, develop and revise a thesis statement, prepare a first draft, use MLA in-text citations, edit the paper, and rewrite. Students will learn the difference between a paraphrase and a quotation, as well as how to use citations to avoid plagiarizing. During class, students will practice specific writing techniques and participate in peer reviews. This class requires homework to be done weekly. Grammar and punctuation will be addressed in the context of the student’s writing. This will fulfill the composition requirements for one year of high-school English.

Distance Learning Classes

For those who do not live in the Tulsa area, check out my distance learning classes, click HERE.

Testimonials from Clients:

Cindy Downes has been wonderful asset to our kids education. Our daughter Katie was hesitant about enrolling in Biology last year but soon realized that Mrs. Downes was a very fun and committed teacher who understood all styles of learning. Our daughter also took Marketing and Beginning Composition with Cindy last year. Because of a great experience she had, our daughter wanted to take more classes from Mrs. Downes and is now studying Intermediate Composition. Mrs. Downes is able to see what each student is capable of and encourages them to do their best. She somehow draws out each students' strengths that even they didn't know they had. Cindy is an encouragement to our family and is a shining star in the homeschool world. Thank you Mrs. Downes! ~ Wendie Oestmann, Yale, OK

Cindy was like a ray of sunshine that my daughter really needed to see! Cindy gave my daughter the confidence and positive attitude that really helped my daughter realize that she could be a good reader! Camy also looked forward to meeting with Mrs. Cindy and getting a new letter from "Manda Panda". Tutoring with Cindy was a great experience and I will go to her first when ever we need tutoring again!
~ Lauren Burns, Jenks, OK

If your child is struggling or falling behind in school, I highly recommend tutoring with Mrs. Cindy for your child. My daughter fell behind in math and did not pass the state mandated EOI Algebra I test. We started tutoring over the summer and in four short months my daughter retook the EOI test and not only passed, but got a 93%!!! I can honestly say that this would not have happened without tutoring from Mrs. Cindy.
~ Michelle Tennant, Broken Arrow, OK

 

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