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I don't help students pass classes or tests; I teach students how to master academic skills, from writing to reading to test-taking: ESL, Grammar, Composition, Critical Thinking, Literature, Speech, SAT 1 and 2, ACT, AP, college application essays, and personal statements. I also can help professionals with career development, business writing and speaking, and technical writing and editing.
As a former college instructor, I have subject matter expertise. As a former Dean of Students, I understand how important it is to serve both students and parents. I can meet in public libraries or in student's homes.
As a proofreader, I am thorough, quick, and experienced, having been both a technical writer for NASA and an English instructor.
I have worked at for-profit colleges for 20 years and thus have worked closely with Career Development managers whose job it is to place graduates. As a former Director of Education, it was my role to reach out to potential employers and find out from them what skills they needed our graduates to possess, and to work with Career Development personnel to place students, to keep tabs on their progress as they moved up in the workforce, and to forge contacts between graduates and students. Since I have worked at several such colleges featuring diverse career training (including but not limited to Graphic Design, Multimedia, CAD, IT, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Medical Assisting, Business, et al), I not only have a thorough understanding of these industries but also of more general career skills and soft skills, such as resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, professionalism, teamwork, customer service, project management, and more. On a personal level, I have been successful in several different career fields, including technical writing and education. As a former technical writer, instructor, Director of Education, and Dean of Students, I am consultative, a top-notch coach and trainer, and very well-connected. I am interested in "giving back" and mentoring for success!
I have helped many students for years with both personal statements and application essays. I was a college dean for 15 years, so I am well-qualified.
I have taught grammar, composition, speech, and critical thinking for 20 years, and am comfortable working with people of different cultures. I understand the critical need many ESL/ESOL students have for skill in both conversational and formal writing, whether for academic advancement or career advancement. I work best with Asian students, but have also successfully taught students from locales as far-flung as Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and South America.
I am not bilingual and would not be a good fit for someone who knows no English--I work best with students who can communicate orally or in writing at at least a rudimentary level, or with students who have mastered basic English and who want to polish their skills, correct idiomatic errors, etc.
I have taught speech, grammar, composition, and critical thinking for 20 years, but my first love is speech. Once could argue that the fear many have of speaking in public is perhaps the phobia that is most rewarding to overcome. Fear of public speaking can hurt relationships and careers needlessly; speech is very much a learnable skill, and "talent" or "outgoing personality" is not required to succeed.
I am experienced, reliable, patient, approachable, and successful. I have helped many learn to successfully speak in public, and I can help you as well.
Great tutor, I would absolutely recommend him! — Patrick has really helped my writing in a big way and I couldn't do it without him. I am a grad student currently working on my thesis and Patrick has given me helpful writing tips and has really refined my writing skills. My grades have greatly improved since working with Patrick and my thesis advisor has been impressed with my progress. He is also a great motivator and makes you feel like you ...
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