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Petaluma, CA (94954)

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To date, I've mainly tutored elementary and high school students in English grammar, sentence construction, and comprehension for whom this is/was their second language. However, with a master's degree in Social Sciences, state-certification in Nutrition and sports massage - and substantial training in human biology and physiology - I am very comfortable in the humanities, biological sciences, and writing/comprehension, as well as history and geography (my graduate courses in Sociology & Social Theory included much European and American history).

I would say that the subject(s) I'd be least enthusiastic about would be math, largely due to a lack of enjoyment while immersed in these in high school and college, though I did pretty well in Geometry (high school) partly because I had such a wonderful teacher! So the written and spoken word are always more stimulating than numbers for me, though I performed well enough in Statistics, crucial in Psychology and Sociology curriculums.

I try to adapt to where the student is at, not where I think he/she should be, am not a drill sergeant as much as one who tries to make academics more interesting, stimulating, and practical! I bring with me junior college teaching experience, social work experience, lots of public speaking and classes in different communities and health clubs, hundreds of health-oriented consultations (nutrition, herbal medicine, understanding our bodies as well as body/mind integration), inner-city tennis coach/instructor (back east), and a never-ending curiosity to learn more! This includes learning to ask the right and most illuminating questions rather than assuming I have all the answers.

Whether you are an elementary, high school, charter student, or community college student, my academic training, experience, and life experience lend themselves to a certain comfort level, yet we must see how this "compatibility" plays out upon our first (and subsequent?) meeting.

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Dennis’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading
Baseball, Fitness, Tennis
Test Preparation:
GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Biology, English, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
American History, Geography, Religion, Social Studies
Anatomy, Biology, Nutrition, Physical Science, Physiology, Psychology, Sociology
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

Social Studies

After receiving a Master's Degree in Sociology, I taught sociology at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA. After moving to Sonoma Co. I taught a class at Sonoma State Univ., combining Sociology, Anthropology and environmental studies (through the Extended Education Program).

My tutoring experience has largely been with elementary school students, but having worked with community college and college age students, I'm very comfortable in the context of social studies!

Study Skills

Having much of my tutoring experience in language arts, composition, self-expression and sentence construction, as well as a Master's in social sciences, I believe that I can help a young student prepare for their academic responsibilities in a more efficient and reasoned manner.
My methodology would include adapting to individual needs, patience, and streamlined preparation within a general subject context, as well as attention to detail within subject areas.
Having had a substantial public speaking experience, I have a certain comfort level with the classroom expectations for students.

Thank you,
Dennis Z., M.A., CNC

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University of Maryland - College Park, MD

American University - Wash., D.C. (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Sliding scale if above hourly rate is a hardship.

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Dennis will travel within 20 miles of Petaluma, CA 94954.

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