Natalie Gorna
Fresno, CA
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Natalie Gorna

Natalie G.

Fresno, CA
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I tutor test prep for the GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment, GMAT Verbal, GMAT Integrated Reasoning, and GMAT Quantitative sections. In addition to arithmetic, algebra, and geometry review, I have helped students successfully tackle the data sufficiency questions, the most challenging in GMAT math. Critical reasoning, sentence correction, and reading comprehension require thorough grammar and reading comprehension training, where paying close attention to how the questions and answer choices are written is just as important as finding the right answers. For Integrated Reasoning, I assess students’ chart, table, and graph reading skills so they can correctly interpret and analyze given information; we also work on logic and critical thinking when analyzing written arguments for strengths and weaknesses. I always go over structure, organization, development, mechanics, and time management for the GMAT writing section, including how to brainstorm, outline, and self-edit under a time limit.

About Natalie G.

For over 10 years, my goal as a tutor has been steadfast: I want to help you help yourself. I know from my own experience how hard it is to learn any subject and how much harder it is to find the right teacher. Now I explain the same concepts I've mastered to countless children and adults who need my help. I provide knowledge, guidance and support. I promote methods that are simple, clever and time-saving, and I adapt to individual learning needs. My comprehensive one-on-one tutoring for basic to advanced math, all areas of English and test prep includes homework, online resources and enrichment learning.

I have a deep appreciation for mathematics and what it really teaches — discipline, determination, and critical thinking. With over 2500 hours of math tutoring experience, I have helped so many students in 1st through 12th grade, college and university with basic math, all areas of algebra, geometry, trigonometry and precalculus. This includes Math 1, Math 2, Math 3, college algebra and advanced math classes. Though I've been a great reader all my life, I have been working as a professional writer and editor since 2009. I offer writing coaching and editing services as well as reading comprehension, phonics, grammar and vocabulary help. I don't just teach my students how to write: I show them how to build on their skills and reach their true writing potential.

For test preparation, I focus on concept review, strategy/approach and time management. I've worked the most with students preparing for the ASVAB, ACT, SAT, CBEST, ISEE, SSAT and GRE. One student increased her overall SAT score by 100 points after just 8 lessons, while another raised his AFQT score by 15 points and now has a great career in the Air Force. I help students pinpoint their struggle areas and conquer them so they can reach their score goals.

Contact me today to set up a risk-free first lesson and let me guide you to successful learning!

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Pu S.
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My son has been working with Natalie on SAT practice tests, mainly on the English portion of the SAT. Her style of teaching is to help him thinking through the problems and the ways to tackle them. So at the end of the day, my son is learning the tools to solve a problem/answer a question correctly. When he is doing the tests himself, Natalie’s approach is stuck with him. Overall, his time in Natalie’s class has been well spent. I am also glad to see that with all these remote learning at his school, he is able to get one-on-one attention every week to truly learn something and get him prepared for SAT.

Posted Jan 18, 2021
Lynne
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My 14 year old daughter worked with Natalie weekly over a 2 month period to prep for the SSAT and HSPT. She did a fabulous job helping my daughter prepare; she was super knowledgeable, patient, and supportive. My daughter has so much confidence going into her tests, thanks to Natalie. We highly recommend her!!!

Posted Jan 18, 2021
Erwin
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Natalie is a wonderful tutor who is extremely knowledgeable in many academic areas including math, language arts and specialized testing, including the CogAT. Our son has been tutored by Natalie for a year now and it has been an incredible experience to watch him grow academically. She is very thorough in her approach and knows how to engage her students to target specific areas of academic need as well as strengthen areas of existing knowledge through enrichment. Since starting with Natalie, his grades have skyrocketed and his test taking skills and abilities have improved to top tier levels. We can't say enough good things about her. We very highly recommend Natalie to anyone looking to tutor their child to academic success!

Posted Jan 18, 2021
Tammy
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Natalie's experience with ISEE and the various texts, apps and other studies guides and insights immediately made us feel like we had definitely made the right choice for tutoring. My daughter loved her approach and ability to personalize the session which instantly made her feel comfortable and eager to work. Highly recommend her.

Posted Jul 19, 2020
Grace
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Natalie has taught me numerous of great skills which are effective in a good way. She has taught me Algebra 1 and English and ever since she was my tutor, my grade started increasing by A LOT after 3-4 lessons! I'm so thankful that she is my tutor even though i always ask her numerous of questions but she is very patient and fun to talk with. Thank you SO much Natalie! I highly recommend her as your tutor!
- Jessica

Posted Jul 19, 2020
Tammy
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Natalie's experience with ISEE and the various texts, apps and other studies guides and insights immediately made us feel like we had definitely made the right choice for tutoring. My daughter loved her approach and ability to personalize the session which instantly made her feel comfortable and eager to work. Highly recommend her.

Posted Jul 19, 2020
Charina
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My family and I appreciate Natalie so much. I recently PASSED my Reading (Score:44) and Math (Score:52) section in the CBEST exam!!! She has been very patient with me throughout the entire process of reviewing for my CBEST exam. She has helped and guided me all the way. She has provided me excellent materials that I used to help me review for my exam. The first time I took the test, I did not pass, so Natalie provided me additional exercises on material covered between sessions; it is an added plus and surely accelerated my overall progress. She would always remind me to always take my time, read the test questions carefully and double check my answers! During the exam I did exactly what she said and it worked!!! Everything that was on the CBEST exam are the ones we reviewed together. Natalie, you are just THE best - thank you so much for all that you did for me! I will miss our review sessions! I highly recommend her - anyone who would hire her will be in great hands!

Posted Jul 19, 2020
Tom
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Natalie is by far the best and most capable tutor I have ever worked with. I am so confident in her ability to help in any subject that I plan to reach out to her during my next class. She is really that good and I'm thankful I found her!

Posted May 30, 2020
Jez
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Natalie knows how to write. More importantly, she truly knows how to teach you to write. She is patient, knowledgeable and encouraging. A great experience with a FABULOUS tutor! 😊

Posted May 7, 2020
Talia
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Excellent tutor who knows the material and how to teach it so you can understand it!

Posted May 7, 2020
Ala
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Natalie is one of a kind. She not only knows her subjects really well but more importantly, she understands how to transmit information and promote learning with humor, style, and grace. Every lesson with her is motivating as she encourages you to do your best and challenges you to succeed. She is a true professional. Thanks for being such a fantastic tutor!

Posted Feb 27, 2020

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Experience

Freelance Editor
Aug 2010 - Present

Self-Employed

I have revised and proofread academic documents (primary, secondary, and post-secondary school) for content, clarity, organization, structure, correct language and grammar, style usage (MLA and APA formats); film scripts; and personal documents, including court statements, fiction short stories, and letters.

Freelance Writer
Aug 2010 - Present

Self-Employed

I have accepted commissions issued by private clientele and have composed résumés, personal statements, cover letters, web text, radio ads, and advertising.

Private Tutor
Aug 2010 - Present

Self-Employed

I have tutored students in grades 1–12, college, and university, as well as working adults, in: *Mathematics: basic (elementary) math, pre-algebra, algebra 1, algebra 2, trigonometry, geometry, precalculus, beginning linear algebra, finite math, beginning statistics, competition math (Math Kangaroo, AMC 8, MathCounts) *English: grammar, reading, writing, vocabulary, reading comprehension, literature, composition, spelling, handwriting *Latin: translation, grammar, vocabulary *Test preparation: all sections of the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, GRE, GED, CBEST, ASVAB (AFQT), TEAS, Accuplacer, AFOQT, TABE, Praxis, COOP/HSPT, CPT (ERB), SCAT, CogAT, STAAR, Smarter Balanced, PARCC *Financial accounting (beginning, non-managerial) *General Music: Music history and music theory

Script Writer
Nov 2012 - Jan 2017

Theme Parkology

I wrote and edited scripts for the production of historical documentaries (short films). I also researched and provided extensive sources per script; revised and proofread projects for clarity, grammar and accuracy; and helped develop 7+ scripts into produced featurettes (DVD releases).

Book Critic and Movie Critic
Jan 2010 - Apr 2012

Examiner.com

I reviewed literature (adult fiction & nonfiction, young adult fiction & nonfiction, children's literature) and films (all genres) for online-only newspaper as Fresno Literature Examiner and Fresno Movie Examiner. 600 reviews in total were published.

Education

High School Diploma
Aug 2006 - May 2009

Kolbe Academy

High School Diploma
Aug 2005 - May 2006

Fresno University High School

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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