Desiree D. - Highly Qualified Teacher and Essay Coach for AP History and English

USC Desiree D. Tutors University of Southern California Students in Los Angeles, CA
$80 / hr
Los Angeles, CA
5 miles Travel Radius
In-person + Online

I am a current AP English and AP History high school instructor who has been teaching ELA and Social Studies in the classroom at a middle and high school level since 2016. Before I began teaching in the classroom, I worked as a writing tutor in diverse environments for students as young as first grade all the way through college and even worked with some adults continuing their educations or seeking help with writing projects. While an undergraduate, I also spent two su...
I have just started working with Desiree as my son's AP US History tutor and she is as good as all the other reviews say. She knows her stuff backwards and forwards and has really good strategies. After only one lesson my son is already feeling so much more confident for this tough class. I used to be a teacher so I can be a pretty tough judge, but Desiree is definitely a good one. Happy to have found her.
- Daniel J. from Encino, CA
Desiree is a game changer for my daughter who is really nevervous about AP US History! She is doing a summer APUSH program with Desiree and it has made her so confident, that she is now excited about APUSH! She even plans to schedule college essay writing sessions with her. Desiree is so kind and intuitive as a tutor, she knows how to find the best in her student.
- Destanee C. from Phoenix, AZ
My daughter loved her first class! She needed help with her history essays and Desiree did an amazing job. She taught her how to do analysis step by step, she is very patient and well organized. My daughter says that "Desiree brings out the potential within her students" and she is very excited to learn more. Therefore, we schedule a regular weekly class with her! Totally recommend her!
- Silvina L. from Los Angeles, CA
I hired Desiree to help my son with AP US History and in just a few sessions & essay reviews, 1) his grade in the course at school has improved dramatically with heaps of praise from his teacher over his improved writing and analysis skills and 2) his practice test scores for multiple choice are also up DRAMATICALLY. He was generally scoring around 23 or 25 out of 55 and now he is getting 40-45 out of 55 correct on every practice exam, getting better every time. Desiree knows her stuff. She is so well informed and she takes the time to teach the info to her student in away that will make sense to him as his individual self. My son feels comfortable with her and he feels like he can ask questions and he has fun learning from her. He looks forward to the sessions because he likes talking to her and always learns from her. He hated history and now he is interested and even likes the class at school. He enjoys the success he is experiencing. My son and I Could not recommend this tutor more enthusiastically. She is a talented educator and someone we will be keeping around for a long time. What a find!
- Roz J. from Los Angeles, CA
Desiree is so helpful. I really appreciate her help so much. I had to write a paper and she helped me understand the topic and get ready to write about it when I really thought I couldn't do it. I felt very lost and she helped me write out my thoughts and really outline stuff and make it make sense like other people said. I will definitely come back for help, she made me feel at ease and helped with a really difficult paper.
- Julio G. from Heavener, OK
My kid needed help with writing. After 2 lessons he feels already much better. She is so fantastic that HE is looking forward to more lessons with Desiree to get better !
- Yong-mi K. from La Crescenta, CA
I learned so much in just one session with this tutor Desiree. She helped me so much with my AP World History essay. She helped me understand the different types of essays on the exam which my teacher for the entire last year did not help me understand. Desiree helped me understand in just one session and she even taught me how to outline each different type of essay. We even had time to go over some strategies for multiple choice. I found that she was really easy to talk to, and I didn't feel embarrassed by the fact that I didn't understand so many of the important factors of the exam. She made me feel comfortable and she is funny. I can't wait to work with her again because she helped me more in this session than any tutor or teacher has in much longer periods of time. I recommend that you hire her for any paper or tutoring session you will not regret it you will learn a lot to take with you back to class.
- Nate D. from Miami, FL
I am currently taking World History lesson with Ms.D. As Ms.D is a very experienced teacher in secondary education, she always knows where my confusion would be and the most efficient way to guide me through. Her class is highly interactive and enlightening??
- Maggie M. from Seattle, WA
Writing a paper for my Criminal Justice class. Felt completely lost and had no idea what to do. Brought my ideas to Desiree and she put me at ease right away by talking me through the prompt and she made it seem like I could do it. It seemed impossible before but she made it seem so much less intimidating right away. The prompt was weirdly worded and she helped me rewrite it into a question which helped me a lot in making a thesis and then she showed me how to make an outline and I think I will use that thesis to outline process she showed me for the rest of my life. Legit game changer. Also Desiree is just plain cool. She is really fun to talk to, she's funny, she knows her stuff, she is encouraging and chill. She made this paper fun, which I could not have imagined possible just hours earlier before I scheduled my tutor session. I will definitely be hitting her up next time I need help. 100% recommend.
- Lane R. from Brooklyn, NY
Desiree is so amazing! She really knows what she's talking about and has a knack for finding weaknesses and making them our strengths. I needed help prepping for my AP US History Exam, and we got rolling in our first class. Desiree is super nice and is really easy to talk to, plus, she makes learning fun! I would recommend her to anyone who need an amazing tutor! Thank you so much!
- Shreya G. from Redmond, WA
Desiree was awesome! She helped me out so much with my personal statement, as well as other things to get me set up to send out my law school applications. I will absolutely contact her again for more help!
- Jenna H. from Mahwah, NJ
Desiree did a lot to help me out. I was really confused but just after talking things out with her I got my ideas together and was ready to write. She is patient and really nice and a chill person. She gave me some ideas and techniques for understanding what I read and then making outlines and taking notes that doesn't take too long. It was a good session.
- Victor A. from Phoenix, AZ
I am so happy with how this went. I finally decided to get some help with my writing process and I am so so so glad I came to Desiree. I was referred to her by a friend who swore by her as an essay genius and I am so glad I listened. I was really struggling with my PoliSci class. I understand what we discuss n the class and I have no problem with reading comprehension, but when it comes to expressing my thoughts in essays, my mind goes blank and it's so frustrating. I always wind up procrastinating and I never know where to begin. Desiree was patient and listened as I explained my frustrations and concerns. She read my scatterbrained notes. She then did her magic and coached me into formatting all of this chaos into an organized outline with a thesis statement. I was amazed and could not understand how she did it, but she told me that I had done all the hard work, she just talked me through it and helped me get disentangled. And it's true! She found and tapped into my strengths and targeted them rather than trying to find and fix problems and weaknesses. She just has a really amazing process of asking you exactly what you are really trying to say and then helping you say it. She emphasizes organization of ideas rather than nitpicking at little things. The outlining process she showed me is honestly something I think I will use for the rest of my life. She's really experienced with teaching and tutoring and she is a writer herself and it definitely shows. I'm just so glad I have found her. I will be back!
- Jahkari B. from Elk Grove Village, IL
Just after my first hour session I got more accomplished than after multiple sessions with other tutors. She is very patient and listened to my thought process. We continued to bounce ideas off of each other and within an hour I had a great outline with examples and evidence to support my thesis. I have a lot of struggles with writing, but after meeting with her I feel very confident starting my essay. I?m excited to continue to work with her!
- Lauren W. from Bloomington, IN
I procrastinated really badly over the past few weeks, to say the least. I have one big essay due tonight and one on Thursday. I have been panicking, but she helped me turn all the ideas I have into an actual outline or "action plan" as she puts it! I feel pretty confident now and will definitely be rescheduling this coming week and probably every time I have an essay going forward haha! Thank you! P.S. She was willing to meet with me very last minute (as in I messaged her ten minutes before I was on the meeting with her) and on Super Bowl Sunday, too! THANK YOU THANK YOU
- Kelley B. from New York, NY
Desiree is amazing. I have to write a paper for my modern world history that was really hard for me. Desiree was super cool about taking me last minute and late at night. She looked quickly at the resources I had, then helped me brainstorm. By the end of the lesson, I had a full outline and had topic sentences for all of my paragraphs as well as a laid out plan for what to do next. I am going to meet with her next week before it is done so she can help me proofread and polish. I seriously feel like so much weight off my shoulders. Desiree helped me feel like I can do this and I just needed some encouragement and some expert outlining help! Now my thoughts feel organized and I know I can write the paper. Thank you Desiree so much!
- Didi F. from Beverly Hills, CA
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