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Patrick A.

Effective English Tutor and Video Production Teacher!

Los Angeles, CA (90065)

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Hello there!

If you're looking for an English tutor or video production teacher, I'd be a great fit for you!

I've been in the video production field for the past 13 years, working as an editor, camera operator, and producer on TV shows such as Cablevision's "Neighborhood Journal" and EBTV's "This Week in East Brunswick". Originally from New Jersey, I moved out to Los Angeles for more film and video opportunities. In LA, I've produced videos for the Kollaboration stage show, shot/edited music videos, and completed post production work on shorts. I work on both Windows and Mac-based editing software, so I know my way around Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere very well. When I'm not doing my own video production work, I like to teach budding filmmakers the things I've learned!

Besides my video production work, I'm also an avid reader and I love to write. I'm a sucker for the classics--from Shakespeare to Tolstoy, J.D. Salinger to Jane Austen. Because of my literary inclinations, I studied English at Rutgers University. In 2006, I graduated with a 3.9 GPA. To this day, I love discussing great literature and film; that's why I pursued an English Degree--with a concentration in Film Analysis!

Many people have told me my passion for film and literature is contagious. My goal is to pass this love for the arts on to my students. When you choose me as your tutor, you'll find that I really get to know you, so that my lessons are molded to your particular interests and strengths. Whether you want to learn how to edit on Adobe Premiere or analyze a Shakespearean sonnet, we'll go in-depth till you feel comfortable on your own.

Thanks for taking the time to read my description! Hope to see you soon!

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Patrick’s subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Photography, Video Production
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

English

I graduated from Rutgers University with a concentration in English. Besides my degree qualification, I'm also an avid reader and writer. This is important, because I feel that my passion for the subject matter is passed on to my students. I've gotten numerous complements from past students who have told me that, due to my down-to-earth and energetic teaching methods, they've learned to appreciate literature even more.

ESL/ESOL

I've been involved with Fluencia Online for three years, creating video material to help Portuguese-speaking students learn English. Fluencia Online is a company that believes the key to ESL success is solely speaking in English to the student. This is also the method that I've adopted.

Film

The degree I earned at Rutgers University is English, with a concentration in Film Analysis. I've worked in broadcasting for 10 years, and owned my own videography company for 5. Currently, besides tutoring, I shoot and edit videos for a living.

Grammar

I graduated from Rutgers University with a concentration in English. Besides my degree qualification, I'm also a writer. I've written published short stories and am currently working on a screenplay. The key to good writing is--of course--being understood. Without grammar, the author's original message is lost. It goes without saying, then, that I'm a firm believer in grammar. My teaching methods lean more towards providing examples; simply repeating grammar rules over and over make learning stale and boring.

Literature

I graduated from Rutgers University with a concentration in English. Besides my degree qualification, I'm also an avid reader of the classics. This is important, because I feel that my passion for the subject matter is passed on to my students. My goal is to make literature fun and come to life. I try to compare the events of a book to modern events, because great literature really is timeless.

Macintosh

I've been using Apple computers for over a decade. I've video edited, typed reports, browsed the internet, changed the System Preferences, etc.

I've also taught people transitioning from Windows how to use OSX.

Microsoft Windows

Since the mid-90's, I've used every incarnation of Microsoft Windows. My current computer--which also boots OSX Mountain Lion--is using the latest version of Windows 8. I've helped people with Metro, which replaced the common Start Menu of Windows.

Photography

I've been working with cameras since 1994. In the late 90's, I got my first Nikon SLR. I started developing film in a makeshift darkroom. Currently, I own a digital SLR--a Canon 7D, which I use for both photographic and video work. I absolutely love photography, so much so that I minored in Photographic History in Rutgers University.

































Proofreading

I know that a typo can ruin an essay; it makes the writer feel less qualified, even if the points he/she makes are valid. I graduated from Rutgers University with an English degree. I had to write so many essays, I lost count. As a result, I became quite good at proofreading. Many of my fellow students began to ask me to proofread their essays too.

After I graduated, I began to take freelance jobs as a proofreader for online publications. Sometimes I had to rewrite whole sentences!

When I tutor someone in proofreading, I give him/her tips on how to step back from something they've written. Sometimes, you're simply looking at your work too closely!

Reading

I graduated from Rutgers University with a concentration in English. Besides my degree qualification, I'm also an avid reader. I try to read at least an hour a day. I feel like it's very important to not just know how to do something, but to care about doing it. That's why I try to make reading something my students can really have fun with. It doesn't have to be a stuffy, boring activity. If you view it as a fun, leisurely hobby, your grades will reflect that and go up.

Study Skills

I had a 3.9 GPA at Rutgers University, mostly owing to my excellent study skills. I tend to make itemized lists, setting small milestones for myself which add up to the end goal. I can teach you how to be organized in this way so as to not be overwhelmed.

Video Production

For 6 years, I worked for the East Brunswick Television station as a producer, camera operator, editor, and director.

After my stint there, I worked at Cablevision Television for 1 year as a Producer. I was responsible for directing, shooting, and editing a story every two weeks.

Since moving to LA, I've directed music videos, such as Alfa's "Missed Opportunity" and edited shorts, such as Meirav Haber's "Stan".

Writing

I graduated from Rutgers University with a concentration in English. Besides my degree qualification, I'm also an avid writer. Ever since I was a boy, I've written short stories, scripts, and poetry.

This love of writing has transferred over into my professional life as well: I'm currently involved in putting together a digital magazine and a website with film reviews!

I will teach you how to find a voice that's unique, one that's your own.

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Education

Rutgers University (English)

Beyond Expectation I have been seeking help with editing old vob files, almost giving up, when I received help from Patrick who has proven to be exceptional. Patrick is professional, knowledgeable even beyond his field of expertise, caring to know that you have understood and learned, efficient, and to the point of a problem. I am absolutely impressed with Patrick's expertise, his conduct, very pleasant personalit ...

— Renata from Beverly Hills, CA on 8/1/14);

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Patrick will travel within 20 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90065.

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