I LOVE History. It is a passion of mine. Most of the books in my personal library are about historical figures, eras or events. One thing I find particularly fascinating are the historic events taking place in one part of the world while others are happening in another. For example: Mozart was writing his wonderful music at the same time America was fighting her war for Independence and writing the Constitution.
I have been ballroom dancing since high school. I can dance and teach the waltz, foxtrot, salsa, tango, rumbha, East Coast swing, night club two-step, polka, etc. I am very patient and will go at whatever pace best suits the student.
I have been self employed for many years. I also have a master's degree in business. The course curriculum included Statistics, Accounting, Financial Management, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, International Business, Management in a Global Economy, Economics, Managment of Information Systems, Ethics in Business and many others.
I love to cook and bake. If you want to learn how to create wonderful and delicious meals, you have come to the right place. I make cooking fun.
At all family functions, I am asked to either bake a cake or bread. But I also love to cook all kinds of dishes, mains, sides, desserts. I am one of five kids and cooked my first meal in the 4th grade. Of course Mom helped but I was in the kitchen doing it. Since then I have been in the kitchen.
I have also written three cook books: "My Mother's Kitchen", "Thirty-one Days of Soup", and "Another Giant Zucchini?". I have three more books in development and am collecting my mom's meatball recipes for her to publish.
I was fortunate to have a wonderful English teacher who taught me skills that served me well through Grad school.
I am very patient and adjust my teaching style to match the student's learning style. I also like to use lots of "real world" analogies to explain concepts.
I LOVE Excel. I have used it for years. I have created spreadsheets with formulas, special formatting, inserted pictures, graphic, charts, graphs, etc. I have also imported data from other programs, websites, etc. I can show you all the tricks available.
I have been using Microsoft Windows almost since it first launched. As an IT Manager, I have installed it, updated it, reset it, repaired it, and taught it. I also used the Network version setting up logins and passwords, setting user permissions, and security levels. I have installed/uninstalled devices and software on it, optimized it, etc. I have even troubleshooted family and friend's computer's windows issues over the phone without even seeing the computer.
I use my computer almost all day, and it currently has Microsoft Windows 8 on it, with all the latest patches, of course.
I have been using Microsoft Word for many years. I use it for simple documents to complex ones. I also used it to write 3 books including Tables of Contents, hyperlinks, specialized formatting, etc.
I love to read. It is a passion that I got from my father, whom I never knew to not be engrossed in a book. I am the same. I am always have at least one book on my nightstand, and more often it is two.
If I am not reading a book, I am exploring the Internet reading news articles or just researching something that caught my interest.
One of the first things I ask a student (depending on age of course) is how they learn best, i.e., listening, hands on, reading, etc. I then adjust my teaching style accordingly.
I can help understanding the importance of note taking, scheduling study break time, finding a good location for studying, organizing course work, etc.
I also find the PQRST (Preview, Question, Read, Summary, Test) works very well. Also giving analogies of everyday things can create pictures in the students mind that can help learning.
I have a passion for history. I view history as a intertwined group of events, people, culture, etc. History is a fluid sequence of events and people that, throughout the ages, have evolved into the events taking shape today. I continually find it fascinating how a small decision made 500 years ago has evolved into something that is so common today it isn't given a second thought. I can bring that passion to you.