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Douglas D.

The English & Testing Tutor with Pizzazz!

Long Beach, CA (90844)

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Most recently, I have taught English, social studies, integrated coordinated science, and mathematics classes to both general and special education students at the secondary school level in a variety of settings. I have also taught and counseled students in career development at the community college level. I have a great deal of enthusiasm for assisting students, especially individually, to achieve their specific goals. I possess a B.A. degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, an MBA degree in Marketing from Tulane University, and an M.S. degree in Counseling from California State University, Los Angeles.

I prefer to engage students in the learning process by being both patient and encouraging as well as utilizing specific praise to keep students on track to meet their educational objectives. I have extensive knowledge of the English language, and I can tutor students effectively in not only vocabulary and grammar but also reading and writing. As a result, I also can prepare them to study strategically for a variety of tests, such as the ASVAB, SAT and CBEST.

All in all, being a seasoned professional with in-depth experience in both the business and educational arenas, I have the flexibility and varied expertise to meet a myriad of tutoring needs, and I would welcome the opportunity to provide you with the kind of tutoring that would be most effective in achieving the learning outcomes that you expect and deserve!

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ACT English

I studied English extensively in a private high school in New York, and, am well versed in test taking strategies, having been a high school and community college counselor for a number of years. I can definitely help you do exceptionally well on the ACT English Test!

ACT Reading

Being an avid reader, I can give you the most effective test-taking strategies to retain the information you need on the Reading Section of the ACT exam, so that you can ace these reading comprehension questions with ease!

American History

I majored in International Affairs as an undergraduate at George Washington University, and, as a result, consider myself to be extremely well-versed in the major events in American History, both past and present, and can help you remember them readily!

ASVAB

I administered and interpreted the results of the ASVAB for many students in my recent position as a High School Counselor. Consequently, I am well qualified to give pointers on the most productive test-taking strategies for this exam, and, afterwards, once the test results are back, I can definitely assist in the career decision-making process, whether it involves further education or on-the-job training.

Business

I possess an MBA degree in Marketing from Tulane University. I also worked in a myriad of sales and marketing positions over the years, giving me a broad-based, in-depth understanding of the inner workings of the business world.

Career Development

I possess an M.S. degree in Community College Counseling, as well as a Professional Clear Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling and Child Welfare and Attendance, both from California State University, Los Angeles. I also worked as a full-time Career Counselor at the same school prior to graduation. More recently, I worked as a Career Counselor at Glendale Community College, administering the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory on a regular basis. Subsequently, I worked as a Career Counselor at both Los Angeles Trade-Technical College and Rio Hondo College in Whittier, CA. Most recently, while working as a Continuation High School Counselor at Twin Palms H.S. in Blythe, CA, I administered and interpreted the results of the ASVAB exam, for students considering various career goals subsequent to graduating.

CBEST

Having worked as a full-time Special Education H.S. Teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as a Substitute Teacher for the Palo Verde Unified School District in Blythe, CA, I passed all three sections of the CBEST exam the first time I took it, and, as a result, am well qualified to tutor those students interested in taking the CBEST in order to enter the teaching profession.

College Counseling

At California State University, Los Angeles, as a Career Counselor, I counseled many undergraduate students who were interested in pursuing studies at the graduate level. At a number of community colleges, moreover, I counseled students regarding study skills that would make them more competitive when they applied to a four-year college as juniors. I also gave them information regarding courses required to transfer successfully to institutions within the California State University System, University of California System, as well as private universities, such as the University of Southern California.

English

I am an extremely effective communicator in the English language, in both oral and written form. I would, therefore, be most delighted to share my knowledge of grammar, spelling, vocabulary, as well as reading and writing skills to increase your overall fluency in English!

General Computer

I have a great deal of proficiency in General Computer skills, particularly in regard to using the Internet, e-mail, and Microsoft Word.

Geography

I have always had a love of geography, dating back to my childhood. Having taken college level courses in Political Geography at George Washington University, I possess a great deal of expertise in this particular area. Overall, I have the capability to help you understand the importance of geography in the context of not only current but also historical events.

Government & Politics

As an undergraduate at George Washington University, I majored in International Affairs, which included many courses in Government and Politics. In addition, I possess a great deal of interest in political events, both past and present, and would be more than happy to assist students in gaining a better understanding of this exciting field of study!

Grammar

I studied grammar extensively in high school, and consider myself to be an expert in the field. I am certainly well qualified to help students navigate the fundamentals of this field, and would relish the opportunity to do so!

GRE

Possessing two master's degrees, one in business and the other in counseling, I know the importance that many graduate schools place on scoring well on the GRE. In turn, I would be excited to share my knowledge of effective test-taking strategies in order to maximize your overall score, as well as your chances of being accepted to the graduate school of your choice!

Law

My father practiced civil law, and, as a result, I possess a solid foundation in this field, particularly as it relates to American jurisprudence. As an MBA student at Tulane University, moreover, I studied Business Law, and possess specialized knowledge in this area.

Literature

I am well read in both American and English literature, and can assist students readily in understanding the nuances of language of the most popular authors of past and present.

Marketing

Having received an MBA degree, majoring in Marketing, from Tulane University, and having worked in a number of sales and marketing positions subsequent to graduating, I consider myself to be well versed in marketing strategies employed by a variety of consumer products companies, including Proctor and Gamble. Specifically, while living in Houston, TX, I worked as an International Marketing Representative for a Mexican beer distributorship, assessing the market potential for new products both in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as a Case Manager for a school supply manufacturer, marketing impulse-oriented paper products over five southwestern states. At that time my largest account in this region was Wal-Mart in Bentonville, AR, with over a million dollars annually in sales.

Microsoft Word

I have been using Microsoft Word for many years, and consider myself to be well-versed in many of its intricacies. I certainly would be delighted to share my knowledge of this word-processing program so that you can utilize it more effectively.

Philosophy

I studied philosophy as an undergraduate at George Washington University, and found it to be utterly fascinating. As a result, I certainly possess a solid foundation in this field, which I would be more than happy to share with my students to increase their understanding of the basics.

Proofreading

I consider myself to be an expert proofreader, and possess much helpful experience over the years both in editing and checking for errors in my own as well as others' written work. As this comes easily to me, I would be excited to help you with any worthwhile proofreading project!

Psychology

I have taken many psychology courses in both undergraduate as well as graduate school, and, moreover, had the opportunity to study psychology in depth in pursuing my M.S. degree in Community College Counseling from California State University, Los Angeles. I, therefore, come well prepared to help students obtain a better understanding of the basic tenets of psychology, including Freud, Jung, and Skinner, among others.

Public Speaking

I have extensive experience making oral presentations in a myriad of sales and marketing positions, and also have portrayed a variety of characters as an actor, such as Prospero, in Shakespeare's "The Tempest". All in all, I consider myself to be an eloquent public speaker, utilizing charm, wit, and enthusiasm to convey my message as effectively and memorably as possible.

Reading

I like to read, and can share my enthusiasm and understanding of this endeavor quite readily. As a consequence, I can certainly help you with effective strategies to read a variety of materials, including both fiction and non-fiction, with both greater comprehension and appreciation for the written word.

SAT Reading

Before graduating from high school, I took the SAT reading test and scored in the 700's. I come well prepared, as a result, to share effective test-taking strategies with you so that you too can maximize your reading score.

SAT Writing

I took the SAT writing test before graduating high school, and scored in the 700's, having been very well prepared in high school. Bearing this in mind, I can certainly help you to write more effectively on this portion of the SAT, so that you too can maximize your score in this relatively difficult but extremely critical area.

Spelling

I have always been an excellent speller, as far back as I can remember, which I can certainly ascribe to an exemplary private school education. To this day, there are very few words that I am unable to spell correctly, as I possess innate linguistic ability in this area, and would be happy to share some effective strategies to make spelling a less daunting task for you!

Study Skills

I taught a course in Study Skills Strategies at Glendale Community College, here in California. In teaching this course, I used the book "How to Become a Master Student". As a result, I know many of the mnemonic devices that are useful in learning to study more effectively, both for coursework, as well as test preparation. I also am familiar with the various techniques that can be employed on multiple-choice tests to eliminate obviously wrong answers, and thus improve one's odds of obtaining the right answer. In addition, I can help students to focus and concentrate more effectively on the task-at-hand, in spite of any environmental distractions.

Vocabulary

I possess a very rich vocabulary, having studied Latin in depth in high school, which helped me to comprehend the derivation of many complex words in English. As a result, I can help you to break down these words into their component parts so that you too are better able to determine their overall meaning, both in context and individually.

Writing

I like to write immensely, and know that I have an inherent knack for the written word. There are many easy-to-learn tricks to effective writing, and I would be excited to share them with you, so that your writing too stands out from the crowd, and, at the same time, accurately reflects your unique perspective on life!

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Education

George Washington University (Int'l. Affairs)

Tulane University A. B. Freeman School of Business (MBA)

California State University, Los Angeles (Master's)

Surpassed my Expectations...!!! I have had many tutors in the past and Douglas surpassed my expectations...!!! I have never walked away understanding an assignment as well as I did after meeting with him. Douglas was easy to reach by phone and answered all of my emails. When it came time for the meeting, he was 20 minutes early. Douglas took an incomprehensible assignment and turned it into a joyful experience. He left me with a ...

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