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David O.

Athens, GA

$45/hr

David O. - Test prep and writing

Background check passed as of 2/24/14
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David O. - Test prep and writing

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I really enjoy helping students learn. I particularly enjoy tutoring one-on-one because I can focus on what a student needs and spend as long as he or she needs for mastery. I have been teaching classes and tutoring in standardized test preparation for many years. I've worked with many students preparing for the SAT, ACT, GRE and GMAT. My own most recent GRE scores were 780 and 780. My coaching involves tips and perspective, but also involves practice on real test questions to familiarize students with the test and allay their anxiety. I have worked with students with vision impairment, dyslexia, ADD, OCD, ADHD and Asperger's syndrome, but most are normal students ranging from those weak on standardized tests to brilliant students working towards a perfect score. I have also worked as a classroom teacher in college-composition and creative-writing classes. While most clients have been interested in test prep., I also enjoy helping students with math up through Algebra II and with all types of writing, from business letters to fiction and poetry.

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics
English:
ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science,
Anthropology, Sociology
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
History:
American History, Anthropology, European History, Geography, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Dyslexia, Hard Of Hearing, Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
Career Development, GMAT, GRE,
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science,
ASVAB,
Career Development, GED,
GMAT, GRE,
Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL,
GMAT, Grammar,
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Science

The ACT Science Reasoning section is not about science facts, but about approaching science problems about which you know little or nothing before the test and extracting useful information. It's a bit intimidating to many people at first, but practice makes it easier. I have been coaching students for all areas of the ACT for many years, and Science Reasoning is a specialty of mine.

Algebra 1

Turning x's and y's into numbers is baffling until you get familiar with the process. If your student is still in the baffled stage, I'd be happy to help.

Algebra 2

I have been coaching students 1-on-1 in Algebra for the SAT and ACT for many years, and recently mastered different aspects of the subject coaching a student for Georgia's High School Math 3. I enjoy working with all sorts of students, and feel the one-on-one work is a great help in making sure a student gets to concentrate on what he or she needs.

ASVAB

I have a BA and MA in English Literature with a concentration in writing. I have been tutoring people for standardized tests for many years after teaching college composition classes. I am proficient in high school math through Algebra and geometry and have tutored many in math. I have a good understanding of the material in the other academic areas. I am good at coaching the other parts of test strategy: relaxation, attitude, time management, shortcuts that work. In ASVAB tests, I don't know as much about the trades areas, though I passed practice sections on all of them and did well on all bu electricity.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught math to students of ages k-12 for many years. I have been teaching since 1981. I worked in elementary schools and middle schools in the Clarke County school district filling in for teachers. However, I most enjoy doing one-on-one work with students because in math it makes such a difference to spend as much time as needed on exactly what a student needs. I love taking something like fractions or number lines and making them easy for a student.

Elementary Math

I have been tutoring students in math for many years with good results. I enjoy making math easier for students, finding ways to help them understand and remember how to do various types of assignments.

English

I have a bachelor's and a master's degree in English with a concentration in writing. I have taught creative writing to students from kindergarteners to adults, business writing and composition to college students, and test preparation in writing and reading for students of varied ages. I have also written and read professionally as a reporter, book reviewer, editor, and copy editor, and published writing in a variety of genres. My students have done very well after our work together.

ESL/ESOL

I have a BA and an MA in English specializing in writing, proofreading and editing experience, and I have been teaching and tutoring students in English for thirty years.

GED

I am an experienced and thoughtful tutor in subjects needed for the GED, with particular experience in math and English tutoring, but with interest and ability in social studies and science as well.

Geometry

Geometry can be confusing, but working one-on-one with a tutor makes mastering the subject much easier. I have many years' experience working with students on geometry, and would be happy to lend a hand if that would be useful.

Grammar

In addition to coming from a family that is strict about grammar, I have had some excellent teachers and job experiences that have helped sharpen my skills in and increase my knowledge of the proper use of English.

GRE

The last time I took the test, my scores were 780 math and 780, equivalent to a 333 combined score on the new scale. I have been coaching students for the GRE general test for ten years. While my degrees are in English, I have a knack for this kind of math as well. I have experience working with a wide variety of students, including some who have visual impairment, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and Asperger's syndrome, but also many whose main difficulty is that they haven't had this sort of math in a long time.

Praxis

I took the English Praxis and had a perfect score in Reading, I have worked with quite a number of students in reading, test prep, and the combination of the two.

Prealgebra

I have been teaching arithmetic, geometry, algebra and statistics for many years, primarily as a tutor for students preparing for standardized tests. I am good at working with students by adapting to each person's knowledge and learning style. I have testimonials if you are interested.

Public Speaking

I have taught public speaking in continuing education classes. I also coach people in public speaking, and I am an experienced public speaker myself, with decades of speaking and performing for audiences on a variety of topics. I have been tutoring for quite a while as well, which involves not only teaching but also encouragement and support. I am a professional radio host, so I spend a lot of time thinking about speech performance.

Reading

I love reading, and I love helping students to get in the swing of it.

SAT Math

Review and practice, strategy and confidence building get students ready for this test. While the College Board claims their test is no different than math tests in school, there is a puzzle quality to the questions that is rarely present in high school math class. Also, by the time they take the SAT, most students haven't used the types of math on the test lately--in the case of grade school arithmetic, for as much as 10 years.

SAT Reading

I love reading, and I enjoy helping students do better on the SAT Critical Reading section. While vocabulary building is helpful for this test, it also helps to get used to the kinds of questions the test contains as well as related tricks and traps. I work with students in The Official SAT Study Guide from the College Board using actual SAT questions to practice and to discuss strategy. I have two degrees in English, have taught college composition, and scored 780 out of 800 in reading on the last GRE I took (scoring similar to the SAT, though most students drop 100 points from their SAT scores). I am a patient teacher, but quick witted, so we can move as quickly as you like, and linger as long as you need on something that gives you trouble.

Writing

I have taught and tutored students in writing at a variety of levels. I have also had many of my own writings published in magazines, newspapers, books and on the web. However, unlike many people who are proficient at a subject, I am not impatient with those who are having difficulty with it. I measure success with taking as much time and use as many approaches as needed for a student to progress in writing.

University of Chicago
Univ. of Illinois - Chicago
Master's

Education

University of Chicago

Univ. of Illinois - Chicago (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 25 miles of Athens, GA 30605.


About David

I really enjoy helping students learn. I particularly enjoy tutoring one-on-one because I can focus on what a student needs and spend as long as he or she needs for mastery. I have been teaching classes and tutoring in standardized test preparation for many years. I've worked with many students preparing for the SAT, ACT, GRE and GMAT. My own most recent GRE scores were 780 and 780. My coaching involves tips and perspective, but also involves practice on real test questions to familiarize students with the test and allay their anxiety. I have worked with students with vision impairment, dyslexia, ADD, OCD, ADHD and Asperger's syndrome, but most are normal students ranging from those weak on standardized tests to brilliant students working towards a perfect score. I have also worked as a classroom teacher in college-composition and creative-writing classes. While most clients have been interested in test prep., I also enjoy helping students with math up through Algebra II and with all types of writing, from business letters to fiction and poetry.

Education

University of Chicago
Univ. of Illinois - Chicago
Master's

Education

University of Chicago

Univ. of Illinois - Chicago (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Athens, GA 30605

David’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics
English:
ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science,
Anthropology, Sociology
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
History:
American History, Anthropology, European History, Geography, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Dyslexia, Hard Of Hearing, Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
Career Development, GMAT, GRE,
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science,
ASVAB,
Career Development, GED,
GMAT, GRE,
Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL,
GMAT, Grammar,
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking,
Statistics

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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