Natalie Gorna

Natalie G.

Fresno, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
Critical reading and reading comprehension stem from critical thinking skills. When tutoring children in reading, I try to use the Socratic method of teaching as much as possible so they can find the answers to questions by themselves and the right answers make sense to them. More importantly, I encourage them to enjoy reading and explore their own creativity. Online tools like ReadTheory and Quill (aligned to the Common Core curriculum) help me assess their reading levels and see which key concept areas they are struggling with. For school or test prep, I teach older students the most straightforward strategies to quickly and confidently find the answers in a passage or text. I also work with them to break down complex material into manageable pieces so they can better understand what they are reading.

About Natalie G.

During the past 9 years, my goal as a tutor has been steadfast: I want to help you help yourself. As the saying goes, you have to be open to accepting help before you can be helped. I understand that because we are all students our entire lives; 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 guidance, full support and a boatload of knowledge. I adopt methods that are simple, clever and time-saving, and I adapt to individual learning needs.

I have a deep appreciation for mathematics and what it really teaches — discipline, determination, critical thinking — and I am here to prove to you that you can excel at it, too! With over 2500 hours of math tutoring experience, I specialize in basic math, all areas of algebra, trigonometry and precalculus, and geometry for students in 1st through 12th grade, college and university. For high school students, that includes Math 1, Math 2, Math 3, and Integrated Math, and for college students, beginning (introductory) algebra, intermediate algebra, and advanced math. I am familiar with Common Core curriculum.

Though I've been a great reader all my life, I have been working as a professional writer and editor for over 10 years. I offer writing coaching and editing services as well as reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary help. I don't just teach you how to write: I show you how to translate your thoughts into a fluent composition of words on a page. Real constructive criticism is another tool I use to help you build on your skills and reach your 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. CBEST test takers have also been incredibly successful, bringing their scores up by as high as 20 points after lessons with me. I help students pinpoint their struggle areas and conquer them so they can reach their score goals.

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Tammy
Profile-location-online Online

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
Profile-location-online Online

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
Profile-location-online Online

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
Profile-location-online Online

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
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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
Profile-location-online Online

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
Profile-location-online Online

Excellent tutor who knows the material and how to teach it so you can understand it!

Posted May 7, 2020
Ala
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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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