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Scott S.

Simi Valley, CA

$49/hr

Patient and Encouraging Academic Coach

Usually responds after +3 days

Patient and Encouraging Academic Coach

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Your academic coach. My approach with students is to gently encourage and motivate them, while helping them focus and stay on task. I assist them with prioritizing their studies and expect them to be active participants in the learning process. I hold students accountable for their performance and expect them to do the work they commit to, rather than accepting excuses. I believe students can accomplish anything they put their minds to, and I understand that sometimes they require guidance in the right direction. I frown upon wasting time. Though I am not a strict disciplinarian, I do expect students to be well behaved and committed to their own success. But, I also have a sense of humor and believe that it's vital to effective learning that the process be enjoyable and fun.

I have been working with young people since I was a teenager, and I love students. For over 20 years I worked as a counselor and director at one of California's premier summer camps, teaching both children and adults. I have taught as a substitute teacher in both public and private schools, covering a wide range of course material, as well as having coached high school students in SAT test preparation. For three years I served as a school administrator in New Mexico at a boarding school for students with learning disabilities such as attention-deficit disorder and dyslexia.

Math:
Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
Public Speaking,
SAT Reading, Writing
Computer:
Linux,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Photography
History:
American History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th)
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Math, SAT Reading
Sports/Recreation:
Swimming
Corporate Training:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Linux

I use several versions of the Linux OS at home and in my business, including Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint, and Puppy. I have set up my home computer a "triple boot system," meaning that I can load either Windows or one of two Linux systems at start-up, depending on my needs. I can assist new Linux users and those interested in using Linux for the first time to get acquainted with this system, including using trial (Live) versions from USB drives or CDs, loading a Linux system onto one's computer as the main OS, and making the transition from Windows/MAC to Linux.

Photography

I have experience over 35 years of experience with both emulsion-based and digital photography. I have extensive experience using "wet" processing of black and white photos in a darkroom environment, as well as using software such as Adobe Photoshop and GIMP for digital photography. I have served as both the photography editor and the editor-in-chief for the UCLA Yearbook, during which time I printed, cropped, and enlarged hundreds of black and white photos for production, using chemicals such as Dektol developer, Stop Bath, and Fixer. I also have developed black and white film using D-76, Stop Bath, and Fixer. All chemicals were manufactured by Kodak. I have shot photographs extensively for UCLA, Brush Ranch School in New Mexico, River Way Ranch Camp in the Fresno area, as well as for personal enjoyment. I have taught photography and yearbook production to high school students and summer camp campers. I have taught framing and composition, light meter use and exposure control, patterns, portraiture, still life, and even the making and use of pinhole cameras.

Public Speaking

As a summer camp director I have spoken in front of over 100 college-age people delivering job training content. In that capacity I have learned how to organize my information, present in compelling and interesting ways, and deal with individuals who were not attentive or distracting. As a moderator for life insurance continuing education courses I have had to prepare fairly technical material which I often was learning for the first time myself, and present it to a group of professional adults who needed course credit to maintain valid licenses. Additionally, I have worked as a tour guide for both a Tournament of Roses float builder, giving warehouse tours to float sponsors and their employees; and for the City of Beverly Hills, giving city tours of many of the famous sites around the area. In all these experiences, I have had to learn how to have confidence when getting up in front of people, deliver compelling content, find ways of making my talks as interesting and engaging as possible, and to have fun being in the spotlight.

Swimming

For many years I was a Red Cross-certified life guard and first-aid provider. I was certified as a water safety instructor (WSI), as well as a CPR instructor. For six years I taught water skiing and other aquatics activities at a children's summer camp, and for three years I was the waterfront director, overseeing all aspects of the aquatics program. I have swim-tested literally thousands of children and have worked with several who needed to improve their swim skills.

UCLA

Education

UCLA

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $49.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Contact Scott for group rates and multiple-hour session rates.

Travel policy

Scott will travel within 15 miles of Simi Valley, CA 93065.


About Scott

Your academic coach. My approach with students is to gently encourage and motivate them, while helping them focus and stay on task. I assist them with prioritizing their studies and expect them to be active participants in the learning process. I hold students accountable for their performance and expect them to do the work they commit to, rather than accepting excuses. I believe students can accomplish anything they put their minds to, and I understand that sometimes they require guidance in the right direction. I frown upon wasting time. Though I am not a strict disciplinarian, I do expect students to be well behaved and committed to their own success. But, I also have a sense of humor and believe that it's vital to effective learning that the process be enjoyable and fun.

I have been working with young people since I was a teenager, and I love students. For over 20 years I worked as a counselor and director at one of California's premier summer camps, teaching both children and adults. I have taught as a substitute teacher in both public and private schools, covering a wide range of course material, as well as having coached high school students in SAT test preparation. For three years I served as a school administrator in New Mexico at a boarding school for students with learning disabilities such as attention-deficit disorder and dyslexia.

Education

UCLA

Education

UCLA


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Contact Scott for group rates and multiple-hour session rates.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Simi Valley, CA 93065

Scott’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
Public Speaking,
SAT Reading, Writing
Computer:
Linux,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Photography
History:
American History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th)
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Math, SAT Reading
Sports/Recreation:
Swimming
Corporate Training:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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