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 Tulsa Area

Private Tutoring, Summer only: English Grammar and Composition, 8th grade +

  • Grammar, Punctuation, and Sentence Structure
  • Advanced Essay Writing
  • Research Papers
  • MLA Style
  • Advanced Creative Writing

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 (2016-2017)

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 2016-2017:

High School Biology; 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; Gr. 9-12, class size limited to 8: 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, 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. Grammar and punctuation will be addressed in the context of student’s writing. MLA style will be introduced. This will fulfill composition requirements for one year of high-school English. Supply fee includes handouts and supplies used in class. This class requires homework.  

Composition 2: Application; Gr. 9-12; Class size limit 8: In Comp 2: Applications, students will apply the skills learned in Comp 1 through fiction and nonfiction writing projects, each three-four pages in length. Students will learn how to use their words concisely and with purpose through the use of concrete nouns, vivid verbs, similes, metaphors, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, and other figurative language. Students will focus on improving their essay writing with an emphasis on how to write effective thesis statements, arguments, counterarguments, and rebuttals for a persuasive essay. MLA style instruction will continue; Works Cited and in-text citations will be introduced. Each class includes specific instruction followed by a time for the students to practice the writing technique and participate in peer reviews. Grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure will be addressed in the context of the student’s writing. This will fulfill the grammar and composition requirements for one year of high-school English. Supply fee includes all handouts and supplies used in class. This class requires homework. Prerequisite: Comp 1 or by assessment.

Composition 3: Advanced Essay Writing; Gr. 10-12, Class size limit 8: Advanced Essay Writing is founded on the principle that all writers face three universal problems: every writer has to come up with good ideas, every writer has to organize those ideas clearly, and every writer has to express those ideas effectively. This course will address these problems through the use in-class lectures, videos, and writing practice, as well as homework using the textbook, The Lost Tools of Writing, from Circe Institute. The students will focus on writing the persuasive essay; however, they will also learn stylistic techniques that can be applied to reading and writing poetry, narrative structure that can be applied to writing fiction, and about the concept of authority, which can be applied to research. In addition, students will learn to read closely, think clearly, and express effectively. Every essay contains opportunities to practice logic and critical thinking skills as well. Grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure will be addressed in the context of the student’s writing. This will fulfill the composition requirements for one year of high-school English. Essays must be typed in MLA style using Microsoft Word. Supply fee includes textbook, handouts, and supplies used in class. The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe is NOT included in the supply fee as most families already have this book. This class requires homework. Prerequisite: Comp 2.

Composition 3: Creative Writing; Gr. 10-12; Class size limit 8: The focus of Advanced Creative Writing is to provide students with the skills necessary to write creatively in the marketplace or just for fun. Students will practice creative writing techniques for character development, plot development, scene writing, dialogue, and point of view. In addition to weekly homework assignments, students will also complete five major projects: flash fiction (500 words), a novella (2,500-10,000 words), one historical fiction short story (750-1500 words), one short story of student’s choice (750-1500 words each), and several forms of poetry including the ballad (150-300 words). Grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure will be addressed in the context of the student’s writing. This will fulfill the grammar and composition requirements for one year of high-school English. Supply fee includes all handouts and supplies used in class. This class requires homework. Prerequisite: Comp 2.

Composition 4: Advanced Research Writing/Resume Writing; Gr. 10-12, Class size limit 8 :In the first three semesters of the year, students proceed step-by-step through the process of writing college research papers. In addition to weekly homework assignments, students will write two (or three) investigative research papers that are 8-10 MLA pages in length. Students will select a topic, research the topic, prepare notecards, synthesize sources, document sources, prepare a topic outline, develop and revise a thesis statement, prepare a first draft, prepare a works cited page, edit the paper, and rewrite. Students will learn the difference between a paraphrase and a quotation, as well as how to use in-text citations to avoid plagiarizing. Grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure will be addressed in the context of the student’s writing. During the last semester, students will go through the process of the job search. Students will research a chosen career, take several career assessments, complete a job application, write a resume, write a cover letter, and participate in a mock interview. This will fulfill the composition requirements for one year of high-school English. Supply fee includes textbook, all handouts and supplies used in class. This class requires homework as well as access to a library. Prerequisite: Comp 3.

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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