My first introduction to accounting was in telephone support for patient accounting systems installed in hospitals across the country. In college, the accounting courses were fun and I was very good with numbers. When I interviewed to be the data processing manager for a large Beverly Hills firm, the response that got me the job was my understanding of the accounting equation and my ability to complete reconciliations. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching accounting courses at a local private college, seeing my students finally understand debits and credits along with creating their first financial statements. Now I am a part-time bookkeeper and secretary/treasurer for a nearby non-profit organization.
While in graduate school at the University of the Pacific I worked part-time at an elementary school reading lab. My job required using behavioral strategies that I had learned. I had small groups of ADD/ADHD students that I assisted with reading, comprehension, and writing. Here I learned how to keep students on task, to chart and monitor their behavior, and to acknowledge progress with appropriate rewards.
Recently, I have been working with teenage ADD/ADHD students and helping them to make significant progress with their study and behavior skills. This is an area where I feel qualified to assist a student to succeed.
This is my most favorite subject to tutor; learning the language of math! How to express words in variables, solve and graph linear equations, factor polynomials and understand functions -- they are all part of this course. My students have gone from failing to at least passing when I work weekly with them on building their math skills. Practice, practice, practice -- it's the name of the math game!
Algebra 2 is a course that I currently facilitate at the University of Phoenix. I also have been very successful in helping high school students who are failing the course to achieve passing scores. The topics expected to be covered include: systems of linear equations, factoring polynomials and solving equations, rational expressions, functions, radical expressions and functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and quadratic functions and equations. With many resources at my fingertips, including special math websites, I feel confident your tutoring needs in Algebra 2 can be met.
Preparing for an exam that sets your career path is very important. The ASVAB math exams review basic math, math reasoning, algebra, and geometry -- all areas in which I have expertise. Students that have studied with me for this exam report that they have been very confident with the material.
My business career started as a systems support technician for small mini-computer systems. I moved on to become responsible for larger systems where we processed over 40,000 accounting transactions monthly. Installations, documentation, user support and training have been integral parts of jobs that I have held.
Currently I am working for YFC Point Break Adolescent Resources where I analyze their monthly accounting reports, create their annual budget, prepare quarterly budget reviews and report to the Board of Directors.
The business courses that I have taught at local colleges include: Introduction to Business, Business Math, E-commerce, and Introduction to Accounting.
Part of being a Data Processing Manager for De Anza Corporation in Beverly Hills, California is that I would have to recruit, interview, hire and fire staff as needed for seasonal and annual data processing needs. I developed a talent for learning about what systems in different environments were capable of doing and how different positions would be described.
With this expertise I moved on to become a very successful recruiter for a temporary staffing agency. One summer I helped a client fill turnover by reading over 1,000 resumes!
I taught a course that covered topics such as dressing for succcess, the initial handshake, what not to say and how to best overcome questions that are challenges in the interview. Students rated my realistic approach to job readiness as a true "eye-opener" to the real world.
Passing the CBEST myself was a great step in moving forward with my educational goals. The CBEST exam is difficult for adults that have been away from school for awhile. Part of my specialty as a tutor is to help them make sense of the difficult math and word problems. Also, as a reading and writing coach I have been quite successful in helping adults with this portion of the exam.
For three years I worked with youth in after-school programs for math and literacy in Stockton. The groups are combined 3rd through 8th grade. The best part of this experience is that I have become adept at catching on quickly to how a child learns; whether they are auditory, visual, kinesthetic, etc. Some students need repeated exposure to the material; others want to only be shown once. I have improved as a listener, learned how to communicate with ESL students using visuals, glossaries and translators, and most importantly I have seen students take on challenging new material wanting to move ahead and reach new goals!
Learning the order of operations, the times tables, long division and understanding beginning algebra are all important components of elementary math. The earlier your child can grasp basic problems and enjoy mental math, the sooner they will have the foundation for success. With experience as an after-school tutor and coach for students in second through eighth grade, I feel confident I will be able to help your child succeed.
With an Associate of Arts degree in Music and years of performing experience, I feel qualified to help a student in the area of general music. I began playing the piano in second grade. By sixth grade I could sight-read four part harmony and transpose music on an organ. I went overseas to Finland as a foreign exchange student and learned to play the Finnish national instrument, the kantele. I have been a folk harpist performing for audiences between Seattle and San Diego since 1974. It would be a pleasure to assist a student with reading music, understanding the basics of scales and major/minor keys, and creating simple compositions of their own.
Geometry is a subject where visual learners excel and most students find it far easier than algebra. As a student teacher I spent an entire semester in a high school geometry class learning how to teach the subject, working through proofs with the students, and exploring theorems and postulates. I would welcome the opportunity to continue creating new notes on geometry problems with you. The possibilities are endless!
Preparing for a major college entrance exam can be nerve wracking and intimidating. With my experience and expertise in test taking strategies and coaching students, I welcome the opportunity to advance student's understanding of the GRE. From the reading and writing sections all the way through quantitative analysis and the mathematical concepts, your success becomes the focus of our sessions.
Linear algebra involves working with equations that plot lines. Your equations will have two variables corresponding to your x- and y- axis. Your solutions will be one point (the intersection), many points (the same line), or no points (parallel lines). As an algebra instructor with many years of teaching and tutoring experience I am highly qualified to tutor this subject successfully.
Recently I spent five hours training myself in all aspects of Microsoft Outlook 2010 features. (I have already used the product for many years.) This included calendar, to-do lists, tasks, and mail. I was hired by J.R. Simplot in Lathrop to provide corporate training for their users on three separate occasions. The training sessions were very well received.
Writing papers, proofreading, and completing research projects are all part of what I have experienced with my graduate school studies for an MBA degree. I have also worked extensively with corporations in training their personnel in Microsoft Word in classroom settings. Additionally, I have been an instructor for a private college teaching courses in Word, file management, and computer basics. I would welcome the opportunity to work with a student in this area.
Prealgebra - the foundation for algebra, the bringing together of elementary math skills, and the practice of solving problems. Several students that I work with in prealgebra have found their study skills and comprehension increasing with regular practice. Getting students to write their own word problems and find solutions is the joy of seeing them evolve into competent mathematicians.
Proofreading requires a thorough understanding of grammar, punctuation, and spelling as well as a desire to communicate through the written word. As an administrative assistant for five years I assisted with compiling departmental monthly reports and annual financial reports. Working with company executives, lawyers, and managers we went through many revisions to the final published product.
I enjoy assisting students with their writing and expression as a university instructor. This exposure to many different writing styles and prompts has helped me analyze rubrics and provide constructive feedback. Also, currently one of my part-time jobs is to read and score high school exit exam essays and early placement essays for the California University system.
From looking at daily accounts receivable to projecting if payroll can be met, I am comfortable in moving around the QuickBooks screens. For a local non-profit organization I review the monthly reports and create annual budgets, quarterly budget reviews and enter any entries sent by the CPA to the firm. We have taken the company from having over ten years of old transactions on the books to being current and having numbers that can be reconciled and proven.
Setting up a chart of accounts, knowing debits from credits, realizing when a transaction has been posted incorrectly are all a part of utilizing QuickBooks as it was designed. Without a solid accounting background you can get into trouble quickly!
Reading comprehension is key to success in all school subjects and life in general. Breaking down sentences, looking for details, acting out the story, and even drawing pictures are all tools to becoming literate. From young elementary schoolers to adults, I have tutored many to success over the years. Books take us places by using our imagination and for me it is a joy to open up that world to novice readers!
One of my strengths as a university professor is knowing how to reduce test anxiety. When a student prepares for an exam, test taking strategies can build their confidence. I have coached students who needed to brush up on basic skills. I have also aided others who just needed to polish their understanding of advanced math concepts. Passing and scoring well on the SAT is very important for those students seeking college admissions and scholarships. I welcome the opportunity to further a student's goals.
When I was in the second grade my father converted a manual chain stitch sewing machine to an electric pedal machine for me. I was hooked! Sewing on collars, learning how to properly set sleeves, not being afraid to rip out a seam and better yet-- to handstitch a zipper before sewing it in were all very time consuming important techniques taught to me by my mother and grandmother. I used to take all of their sewing scraps and make clothes for Barbie and Ken dolls. With cardboard and baggies, I even created my own packaging to make some side money one year at Christmas.
Throughout high school my routine was to babysit as many nights as I could during the week (very easy with 12 families in our neighborhood), save all the money for fabric, pattern, and notions, and then sew like crazy during the weekend any hours I was not doing homework or again babysitting. I loved going to school on Mondays with a new dress or outfit. As I had three sisters they also benefited from my creativity. During college I made extra money, after taking tailoring courses, by doing alterations and modifying patterns for difficult body sizes and types.
I believe it would be great fun to sit with someone and share with them the joy of creating something from scratch. I took the cover to the video "Sound of Music" and made a matching outfit to be Julie Andrews one Halloween. Those that saw the likeness were amazed that such a thing could be done. Why not?!
With an MBA degree, a teaching credential and WorkKeys certification, I believe that I have capable resources to help a student with his/her study skills. I have tutored and coached students on getting organized, time management, note taking, and test anxiety. Also, I have completed behavioral therapy training to help slower students advance at their own pace and achieve progress. The strongest tool to share with a student is teaching them to realize how they learn -- with this true success is achieved!
When I was ten years old my mother moved a family of six children to the little town of Mojave, California. During the hot summer months we found being in the local pool the greatest pleasure. Soon we were competing on the local swim team with Coach Vondriska as our "surrogate father." Whatever he asked us to do in the pool, we tried...complaining was not an option. Soon I was good enough to compete in the Junior Olympics held in Southern California. At 13 years old I remember winning the 50 meter backstroke in the Belmont Shores pool. I was so excited I forgot and ran on the wet deck. The next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital with my two front teeth severely cracked and my father holding my trophy.
As girls were not a part of the high school swim team, I kept all of their records. I learned how to track progress, develop workout charts and complete meet entry forms. Since then swimming has been the best source of exercise for me. I have spent hundreds of dollars with trainers as part of the adult Southern California Aquatics team to perfect my strokes for competition. One of my favorite events is the pentathlon where the times from swimming 50 yards or meters of each stroke and an individual medley is added up for a cumulative time. Even though it has been a while since I have been an adult competitor, I feel I could help young and old swimmers overcome a fear of water, challenge themselves to swim more efficiently, and truly enjoy being in water. Sprints, flip turns, keeping stats, and learning how to survive the chlorine are all the joy of the sport!
To become a tax preparer at H&R Block one must complete over 100 hours of training. Last year I was certified and worked the entire tax season. With my prior experience in preparing my own taxes and working with friends and families, I was able to complete 1040EZ forms, the 1040 long form, Schedules A (itemized deductions), Schedule C (small business),and Schedule E (Rental Property). I look forward to being able to process similar returns again this year.