I've been involved in tutoring since entering university in 1974. Graduating with an English major and Computer minor, I found I was one of the only computer specialists I knew that could spell or put together a coherent composition in English.
My students at that time were in typically secondary school and older who needed help with English composition or English literature. My most notable success was the blind girl who I helped to raise her grade in English literature. I learned a great deal from her and the process as well.
I studied numerous technical topics related to programming and computers such as Donald Knuth's "The Art of Computer Programming." I studied Pascal and used it on the latest thing of that day - a microcomputer called the Apple ][ around 1979.
Technical instruction has always been part of my work, whether written in my job description or not. Early on, I created the DECStart customer training program for Digital Equipment Corporation, writing the entire curriculum and being its sole presenter. I delivered this to small groups of 2-5 students over the course of about a six month period. My efforts were praised with the highest feedback from the customers to whom I delivered the training.
Later, I got to write my own job description, creating and heading up the Worldwide Training group at SQRiBE. I designed and then delivered training to corporate partners across the globe over multiple years. As with DECStart, I wrote the entire curriculum and all course materials, then delivered them personally. This was presented to larger groups - perhaps half a dozen to a dozen, in classroom settings. Performance ratings were gathered after every class. I received an average rating of 9.4 on 10-point scale.
In the 90s my wife and I put together a little web company called Atyzyk. We had some great successes, including creating the logo for Outlook Express for the Mac (I still have the original proposal art). I used Photoshop and Illustrator for image creation and retouching, and later added Dreamweaver.
During this period I carried on individual tutoring in web technology and the Adobe suite. It was gratifying to see those I had tutored taking on roles in the web or graphic design industry.
It was at this time I gained a Laubach Literacy certification in TESOL, applying it in the Pacific Northwest to the many immigrants in that area. Meetings were always one on one and characterized by mutual respect and cooperative tutoring.
The most fun I've had recently is using Sketchup for 3d modeling and animation. It's easy and fast and all sorts of fun. I've used it since about the time Google bought it from @Last software - perhaps 6 years or so, and am considered a subject matter expert in the product.
I have tutored several people in Sketchup, always individually, for the last several years. Sessions have been as frequent as daily. The tutoring requested has always been at the introductory level, which is just fine, and lasts less than a few months. Feedback has been universally positive, without a single refund request. I look forward to the student that wants to gain expert level skills!
Let me discuss my approach to tutoring. I offer a free consultation for our initial visit in which we can discuss approach, scheduling, location, and anything else you wish to cover. In the same vein, I will constantly work with you to make sure you are completely satisfied with tutoring sessions. If you are not satisfied, and I cannot make it right, then I will not bill you for that session.
I am always on time for tutoring sessions and expect the same punctuality from you. If you cannot make it, or are delayed for some reason, please let me know in advance and we can schedule alternate or make-up sessions. I am available to travel to the location of your choice, or we can work out a schedule that takes advantage of other meeting places as you are inclined.
It should be obvious that I have long experience and broad conversance with my fields, but that is only part of the equation. I'll continually evaluate the proper approach to make sure I am presenting ideas in a manner you can profit from. Do you thrive with audio learning? Mayhap you are a visual or kinetic learner, or some unique combination of those. All of that plays a strong role in how I will approach your tutoring.
My unofficial family motto "Just have fun with it," which is something I would hope to apply to our tutoring sessions. Learning can be a delight, and that is how I intend to approach it with you.
I hope you can enter into that spirit with me and just have fun with whatever tutoring you need and I can give. When your time and inclination combine, I'd like to hear from you to get started on our tutoring project together.
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