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Alan C.

Ivy League Cornell-Penn Grad-Patient, Friendly 20+ Years Experience

Santa Monica, CA (90403)

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$60.00
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I have tutored in a wide range of subjects, from English, math and science, to finance, computer apps (Excel, QuickBooks, MS Windows, WORD. and other subjects. My English, math and science tutoring include years of volunteer tutoring in schools in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Acquiring knowledge is an adventure, and I like to convey my passion for learning to my students. I was inspired by passionate teachers, and I like to convey that passion and to see my students enjoy the process of learning.

I have been teaching and tutoring for decades. In college at Cornell University, I taught high school English and creative writing for a year to students at a New York State Home for Boys. With my instruction and help, a dozen boys were successful in writing short stories. I was able to arrange to publish these stories in a Cornell University literary magazine. Each of the boys had a bound copy of all of their work. For every one of these boys, it was the first time they had ever written, much less published, a full short story. The directors of the facility where the boys live told me that the boys in my creative writing class were changed for the better.

I taught English in Japan to over 60 students.

While working for a large company, I developed curricula on financial analysis and discounted cash flow analysis, including educational materials. I then structured and presented a two-day intensive class (12 hours of instruction time) to 10-12 groups of employees in cities across the USA.

I developed curricula and materials and presented a one-day seminar on quantitative statistical analysis (regression and trending) and financial risk analysis. This course was delivered in 10 cities across the USA and in London, UK for three successive years with hundreds of total attendees.

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Alan’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Astronomy, Biology, Geology, Physics
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Business, Finance, GMAT, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, QuickBooks
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Handwriting, Physics, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, College Counseling, GMAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Business, College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, Finance, GMAT, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, Statistics

Algebra 1

I have taught the basics of Algebra 1 for many years, including students in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills schools. I work with each student and take particular care to build the student's math foundation and confidence. The pace and content of the successive lessons must be adjusted to each student's comfort level. It is especially important in Algebra 1 for the student to master each stage before moving on to the next.

Algebra 2

I have taught math for many years to students of all skill levels, including students in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills schools.

American History

I have been a student of American History for over 50 years. I grew up in Westchester County, New York and in Newton, Massachusetts (near Boston), where our local history taught in school was the colonial history followed by the Revolutionary War and the founding of the US. I excelled in AP and Honors American History in High School, and continued American History studies at Cornell University as part of my undergraduate work. I enjoy sharing with students my passion and interest in American history.

Business

I have a B.S from Cornell University in industrial and labor relations and an MBA from Wharton - University of Pennsylvania. I worked at Marsh & McLennan for eight years as a risk analysis and risk management professional.

I have owned my own business -- Cantor & Company, since 1982. We do risk analysis and risk management consulting for medium to large size companies, municipalities and some non-profits. I have designed, developed, sold, and supported performance improvement and risk management systems for over 100 hospitals.

My current business operations include development of a web-based subscription risk analysis software service.

Bottom line, I have extensive work experience in both a large corporate and small business environment.

College Counseling

I have been assisting and advising high school college applicants for years. I have served as an alumni interviewer for Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. I have interviewed dozens of applicants and routinely advise them on how best to present themselves to achieve success in their college admissions efforts. I have helped kids with their college applications.

Elementary Math

I have taught math, reading and writing on a volunteer basis in pre-school and elementary school. I am infinitely patient with kids and like to teach in a fun manner where the content of the lesson sticks because the kids are enjoying it!

English

I have been a student and teacher of English for decades. I completed AP English in high school and excelled in my English classes at Cornell University. I taught English as a volunteer in college, in Japan during a two-month visit there, and have continued to teach English in a variety of school and professional settings.

Geography

I have been a dedicated student of geography for decades. In addition to regularly reading the National Geographic Magazine, I have traveled the world extensively, including Africa (north, Central and East Africa), Asia (including India, Burma, Thailand, China, Japan et. al.), Europe, Central and South America. I have also travelled and done business in 48 of the 50 States of the USA. My intimate knowledge of world geography is informed by reading, study and travel.

Government & Politics

I have been a student of government and have been active as a citizen in politics over many years. At Cornell University, I took several courses in government. I spent a week based at Cornell University's Capitol Hill House (a few hundred yards from the Capitol) lobbying senators and congressmen (as a member and leader of a student lobbying team). I was actively engaged in a continuing dialog with a fraternity brother who served as a congressman for 26 years. I have also actively engaged in local and regional politics, with Los Angeles City Council members and with a long-term Supervisor of the County of Los Angeles. I have participated in and taken a leadership role in successful local lobbying efforts. I have encouraged and assisted dozens of fellow citizens over the years in both the nature of our government and how to actively participate in it.

Microsoft Excel

I am an Excel Expert. I have been working with successive versions of Excel for over 20 years. I have developed professional applications in Excel, including advanced statistical and financial applications. I have had extensive experience in students and clients how to use and customize Excel.

Microsoft Outlook

I work in Outlook every day.
I am an Outlook Expert. I have been working with successive versions of Outlook for over 15 years. I have had extensive experience in helping employees and students on how to use and Outlook email, calendar and contacts.

Microsoft Windows

I am an MS Windows expert. I have been working with successive versions of Windows for over 20 years. I have developed professional applications in Windows, including advanced statistical and financial applications in Excel. I have had extensive experience in helping students and clients in how to use Windows, including how to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues.

Microsoft Word

I am a Word Expert. I have been working with successive versions of Word for over 20 years. I have developed extensive documents utilizing a broad spectrum of features in Word, including inserting images, symbols, tables and other elements. I have had extensive experience with students and clients how to use Word and make it work for the user.

Prealgebra

I have taught math to students for years and love to teach the basic principles and fundamentals so that the students have a firm and confident foundation.

Public Speaking

I have been doing public speaking for decades. I began in High School where I was Co-President of the Mamaroneck, NY high school Debate Team.

In Wharton I gave numerous presentations to classes and to some corporate Boards of Directors (including a presentation on a research project presented to the Board of Directors of GE.

During my 8 years at Marsh, I gave numerous presentations to groups ranging from a dozen to a few hundred. I presented annual seminars on Risk Analysis at 13 successive Annual Risk and Insurance Management Society Conferences, with audiences ranging as high as 300.

I gave seminars to groups of executives (audiences 15-60) in cities all across the USA and in London, UK.

More recently, in 2013-2014 I have been an active member of Toastmasters, and have earned the Competent Communicator Award.

QuickBooks

I have have been using QuickBooks for over 15 years. I am an expert in creating invoices and in entering and tracking deposits, revenues, and expenses. I am proficient in entering payroll information. I have produced regular sales tax reports. I am an expert in QuickBooks reports: standard and custom reports.

Reading

I love reading. Reading is a window into all there is to know. Reading is a key to knowledge of the universe and to the joy of life. I love to teach reading and reading comprehension.

Spelling

I have always taken the study and mastery of spelling very seriously. I began by actually reading the dictionary in elementary school. I loved to study and learn not just the words themselves, but also the etymology -- which often helps with the spelling. I encourage all of my students to read extensively -- and to always keep a manual log of any words that are new to them. When you write a word down -- it helps you learn the word and helps you remember exactly how to spell it.

Vocabulary

I have always taken the study and learning of vocabulary very seriously. I began by using Vis-Ed Vocabulary cards in high school. I realized early on that one's ability to express one-self is dependent in part on the extent of his/her vocabulary. I encourage all of my students to read extensively -- and to always keep a manual log of any words that are new to them. When you write a word down -- it helps you learn the word and helps you remember it. Vocabulary can and should be fun -- since we all like to express ourselves. A continually improving vocabulary helps enable us to express ourselves better.

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Education

Cornell University (Labor Economics)

Wharton - University of Pennsylvania (MBA)

Knowledgeable and Passionate Tutor Alan clearly taught me the basics of finance in relation to risk. He has hands-on work experience and a very strong educational background from top schools. He was responsive and flexible with times to meet. Alan went beyond what was expected and was well prepared for the lesson. Highly recommend Alan for anyone looking for a passionate tutor who will adjust to your needs. ...

— Sarah from Los Angeles, CA on 8/26/14);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

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Alan will travel within 10 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90403.

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