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Gary B.

I'm your friendly neighborhood mad scientist.

Atlanta, GA (30337)

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I have 15+ years of relevant professional experience as a teacher and as an engineering/research professional. My experience includes international teaching & tutoring in Bermuda, Trinidad, Kenya, Barbados, and Korea. I love to learn, and I love to teach.

My Education:
I have a solid education in mathematics and the Earth and Space Sciences. I acquired a Bachelor of Science in Space Studies from American Military University in Charleston, West Virginia, where my professors included distinguished scholars such as former space shuttle astronaut Wendy Lawrence and astronomer Alan Hale (co-discoverer of the Hale-Bopp Comet). In my years as an environmental professional, I have possessed numerous certifications from the National Registry of Environmental Professionals, including the Certified Environmental Scientist (CES) certifications, as well as certifications from the National Institute of Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), and the Environmental Institute. In addition to my formal academic and professional education, I am a serious autodidact that constantly seeks to learn new things in order to stay ahead of the curve.

Awards and Recognition:
I am a 2x Decorated Americorps Alumni, recognized by Secretary of State (then Senator) John Kerry, former Congressman John Olver, multiple Massachusetts State Senators, and former Town of Greenfield Mayor Christine Forgey for youth work and community service in Western Massachusetts. I offer 15 years as an educator, scientist, and technologist. In 2008, I was recognized by AYA Educational Institute in Stone Mountain Georgia for going above and beyond the call of duty to help children in their education.

My Style:
I am neither a pure academic, nor a pure pragmatist. Instead, my subject matter expertise comes from academic training, self-learning, and real world professional experience.

Working with Children:
In my book "The Seven Laws of Successful Youth Work" (2008), I outlined the following principles for working with youth:

1. Teaching is Loving – Our tutors are compassionate and caring individuals with a joy for helping people succeed and achieve their goals.
2. Nobody knows Everything – Our tutors are constantly learning and understand that the educational process is a feedback loop. Our tutors learn more with each student so that the best service can be provided.
3. Knowledge vs. Information – Mr, Booker's educational philosophy emphasises the importance between knowledge and information. Information is simply data, whereas knowledge is the ability to put data into usage. Our tutors
4. Ingenuity is More Important Than Resources – Our tutors rely on creative teaching techniques rather than expensive gimmicks to help students achieve a higher understanding of their subject. This is at the core of why Booker Analysis & Strategy offers tutoring that rivals any of it's competitors at far lower prices.
5. Teaching is Nation Building – Our tutors understand that each student is more than just someone who needs help with an assignment. People use their knowledge to fill their niche in society. This is critical to our approach to personalizing learning.
6. Progress takes Time – Our tutors understand the importance of patience and practice in developing a student's abilities. Booker Analysis & Strategy helps each student to develop a long-term regimen that will lead to the highest impact.
7. Goal setting is Important for Educational Growth – Our tutors help students to set realistically big goals, and assist each students with working to accomplish his/her goals.

Working with Adults:
Like children, adults also need patience, encouragement and reassurance. Our need to ask for help does not go away with adulthood, and neither does our fears of failure. Therefore, I believe that those who tutor adults should not make the mistake of ceasing to be supportive of the adult learner, and to place huge emphasis on building the learner's confidence.

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Gary’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Econometrics, Finite Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SPSS, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anthropology, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biostatistics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Ecology, Electrical Engineering, Geology, Mechanical Engineering, Organic Chemistry, Physical Science
Computer:
AutoCAD, Computer Science, Desktop Publishing, General Computer, Graphic Design, HTML, Linux, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer), SPSS, STATA, Web Design
Art:
Graphic Design
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Business, Career Development, Economics, GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Economics, Elementary (K-6th), Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, AFOQT, ASVAB, Career Development, College Counseling, GED, GMAT, GRE, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Sports/Recreation:
Corporate Training:
Business, Career Development, College Counseling, Economics, General Computer, GMAT, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer), Public Speaking, SPSS, Web Design

ACT Math

Don't be afraid of the ACT. Don't be afraid of math. You can do it. The American College Test is one of many hurdles to overcome in the search for a good college, and it is one that can be overcome with the proper level of preparation and perspiration.

I have been helping people of all ages acquire good testing scores for over 10 years, and can help you maximize your ACT math score. Together, we will cover the disciplines of mathematics covered in the math section of the ACT, as well as develop test taking strategies for maximizing your score.

You can do this. I can help you. Let's win.

ACT Science

Don't be afraid of the ACT. Don't be afraid of science. You can do it. The American College Test is one of many hurdles to overcome in the search for a good college, and it is one that can be overcome with the proper level of preparation and perspiration.

I have been helping people of all ages acquire good testing scores for over 10 years, and can help you maximize your ACT science score. Together, we will go over the scientific method and basic statistics, which is the basis of the ACT science reasoning test. In addition, we will develop test taking strategies to optimize your testing performance.

You can do this. I can help you. Let's win.

Algebra 1

Algebra expands upon the lessons learned during arithmetic. It concerns itself with learning about the generalized behavior of math operations, regardless of what the values of a math operation. It concerns itself with solving for unknown constants and understanding the behavior of variables. Algebra is extremely important. It is a gateway to all vocations that define our modern existence, and students that are not algebra-literate may find themselves relegated to menial work.

Algebra 2

It is impossible to learn all of the fundamentals of Algebra in one year. After the student masters equation mechanics & the basics of math operations in first-year Algebra, the student goes on to learn about more about graphing, systems of equations, and advanced factoring skills.

Anthropology

I first studied anthropology in 2000 as an undergraduate. Since then, I have used my knowledge of anthropology to investigate traditional African martial arts and African languages. I have acquired basic proficiency in the languages of Oshiwambo (spoken by the Ovambo people of Namibia and Angola), IsiZulu/IsiXhosa (Zulu & Xhosa), and Swahili. I have traveled to and spent time in Kenya and Barbados and have immersed myself in those cultures.

Astronomy

Astronomy is one of human civilization's oldest sciences. Humans developed a relationship with the sky very early early in history. The skies provided our ancestors with navigational aide as hunter-gatherers. Humans were able to use the skies as indicators of planting and harvest after inventing agriculture. And today, astronomy continues to provide us with valuable lessons about the universe.

Of all of the subjects that I tutor, Astronomy is the subject in which I am the most passionate. It was my "first love," as I was interested in the subject since the days of my early childhood. Today, I am an active space educator and am a highly active advocate of private and commercial space exploration. And it is this passion that I will bring to your sessions whenever you call upon my help to understand this subject.

Whether you are a K-12 or college student looking to pass a course, or simply in need of a guide to the skies, then nook no further than here.

ASVAB

Making a good score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is the first step to a successful career in the military. Like anything else in a successful military career, getting the right ASVAB score will require discipline, confidence, and skill.

If you need help with passing the ASVAB, then selecting a tutor can help you establish a studying routine that will not only assist you with getting the score that you desire by providing you with assistance, but it will also help get your mind ready for the classroom instruction in Basic training.

Biology

Biology is the study of life, and having a basic understanding of biology will allow you to have a basic understanding of your body, your food, your pets, your plants, your illnesses, and other aspects of your life. But sometimes it can be difficult understanding the academic nuts and bolts of biology. If this is your case, then let me help you.

I have extensive experience in teaching and tutoring biology. Furthermore, I also have years practical experience in the environmental due diligence and industrial hygiene professions to supplement my academic knowledge. Whether your goal is personal enrichment, or to pass a course or exam, I will help you achieve and surpass your goal.

You can do this. I can help you. Let's win.

Business

I have been involved in reliability and quality assurance role throughout my various years of professional experience. I have helped one engineering firm to re-acquire its laboratory certification while serving as the manager of the laboratory. I have served as a consultant to small businesses on various science related topics.

Calculus

Algebra was developed to expand math where arithmetic fell short. Similarly, Calculus expands the reaches of mathematics where Algebra alone cannot reach. Calculus is the study of rates of change for continuous functions. It is an absolute MUST-HAVE for anyone that wants a serious career in the sciences, engineering, or economics.

Being tutored in calculus allows students to master the key concepts of the subject with the aid watchful eyes that will help you understand each problem solving technique, step by step.

Chemistry

The science of matter is one of the most fundamentally important sciences that you will ever study. It is the key science behind good dietary habits, good car maintenance, good hygiene, good gardening, and other key life skills. A good chemistry foundation will help a student navigate through life with a good understanding of the physical world.

My background in Chemistry is both academic and practical. In addition to having studied chemistry in many undergraduate courses, I have extensive professional experience with resins, adhesives, concrete, and photovoltaic cells.

I will help any student maximize their grade or test scores, as well as develop a real-world understanding of the subject.

Differential Equations

I originally took differential equations in the fall of 2002, followed by nonlinear dynamics and chaos the following semester. I have continued to practice and tutor the subject ever since and possess strong proficiency in all fundamental topics that are seen in undergrad courses and on professional exams such as the FOE/ET and CMfgE exams (separation of variables, exact, integrating factor, etc). I am proficient with using differential equations to create mathematical models. I have extensive experience with tutoring and teaching differential equations.

Ecology

Ecology is the science that studies the relationship between living organisms and their environment. It is the key science behind understanding good environmental stewardship. Everyone should have a good fundamental understanding of ecology.

In addition to having an academic background in the Earth and Space Sciences, I am a NREP Certified Environmental Scientist with experience in environmental site assessments and industrial hygiene. In addition, I have great passion for this subject and will transfer this passion towards helping someone make a good grade in this course.

So do you need help with Ecology? No problem. You can do it. I can help you. Let's win.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have 15+ years of youth development experience. I have been a summer camp counselor, martial arts instructor, academic tutor, and lead teacher to students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. I am knowledgeable of Common Core Standards for these grade levels.

Elementary Math

A child's future depends critically upon the quality of education acquired during the elementary school years. In mathematics, the young elementary school student has to learn to count and perform operations on numbers. These are the essential skills that will be necessary to solve most of life's basic problems. This foundation will also be necessary for pursuing higher levels of mathematical knowledge.

My style of tutoring for this age group incorporates imagination and creativity with traditional drills. My goal is to build self-confidence, in addition to a solid mathematics foundation that will help a child pass standardized tests, make good grades, and solve practical problems in life.

If your child needs help, then we will work out a routine that is perfect for the needs of your child. We will turn your child's interests and natural gifts into tools to develop his or her mathematical acumen.

You can do it. I can help. Let's win.

Elementary Science

Elementary School Science is meant to give children an exposure to basic facts and concepts about all of the basic sciences they will be later exposed to. A solid foundation is critical to success in secondary school, where children will begin to specialize in single subjects every year.


GED

Congratulations on your decision to acquire your GED. Whether you want to continue your education after dropping out, or you want to leave high school early so that you may go to college, the GED is a key component in moving on to your next step.

Just as with acquiring a high school diploma, passing the GED can be done through studying and practice. With the right guidance, you will pass the score with flying colors. I will help you identify your areas that need improvement and will help guide you to making those improvements. I will teach you skill sets that you missed. And with the right commitment and practice, you will get the scores that you want.

You can do this. I can help you. Let's win.

Geography


Qualifications:
- A combined total of 15 years of relevant experience as a professional scientist, tutor, and classroom teacher.
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional
- Natural Science (BA), Thomas Edison State College
- Space Studies (BS), American Military University
- Published Author of 7 books and more than 50 articles.

Geometry

The literal meaning of Geometry is "Earth Measure." It is the branch of mathematics that involves the mathematical development of spatial aptitude. All humans must understand Geometry in order to understand the physical world and universe.

I have extensive teaching experience with the subject of geometry, as well as many years of practical real-world experience.


HTML

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is the basic language of the World Wide Web. Having a functional understanding of it is critical to becoming a web engineer. It is also the gateway to understanding more advanced programming subjects such as JavaScript, PHP and CSS.

I have been building websites since 1998 and have master level proficiency in the language. I teach by helping you build your own website, so that you can see all of the tags in action, just as if you were learning to build a house.

Linux

I have been a Linux user since 2006. I primarily use Ubuntu, but also use ArchLinux and Fedora. I am proficient with terminal commands and packages. I am also familiar with Linux file security and defense against Linux Malware.

Logic

I have studied various schools of logic, including symbolic logic, Aristotlean logic, and mathematical logic. I utilize logic as a tool for helping geometry and algebra students to solve proofs. I am the main author of the book, "Nyansapo: Scientific Problem Solving and Decision Making for Everyone," (2008) which discusses formal and informal logic tools to be used when evaluating a hypothesis.

Martial Arts

I have practiced martial arts for 24 years. I began my martial arts instruction with my father, who was an Atlanta Police detective and instructed me in Police Combatives while I was a child circa 1990. He then enrolled me in United Fighting Arts Federation Tang Soo Do (know known as Chun Kuk Do) at Burnette Karate Studios in 1993, where I continued to study until the rank of Shodan (1st black). I have studied Shaolin Kung-Fu under Sifu Dave Joyner at Artistic Attitudes and achieved the rank of Black Sash. I was a distance student of Robert Bussey and the late Grandmaster Al Farnsworth. Since 2000, I have been studying various martial arts from the African continent through my various travels and incorporated them into my fighting system, which I call FIWAI.

FIWAI stands for "Fighting Ignorance With Assertive Insight." It combines the values and discipline of traditional martial arts, with the practicality of Reality-Based Martial Arts.

Physical Science

Physical Science includes the basics of Physics and Chemistry. The course is designed to introduce the adolescent & early teen learner to the physical world. Does your child need help? I have both academic & real world experience with the subject that can help.

Qualifications:
- A combined total of 15 years of relevant experience as a professional scientist, tutor, and classroom teacher.
- Natural Science (BA), Thomas Edison State College
- Space Studies (BS), American Military University
- Published Author of 7 books and more than 50 articles.

Prealgebra

"Pre-Algebra" is the set of lessons in arithmetic that is important for a student as he/she transitions into learning Algebra. Such topics can include integers, factorization, properties of math operations, and the order of operations. It is critical that a student master these subjects for both academic success, and for basic adult skills that are necessary for life such as understanding a weather forecast and managing a bank account.

I have extensive experience with teaching the subject of Prealgebra, as well as real world mathematics experience.


Precalculus

Precalculus is the collection of lessons from advanced algebra, trigonometry, and real analysis that will be necessary for success in calculus. I have extensive teaching experience in the subject of precalculus, as well as many years of practical real-world experience.


Study Skills

I have helped numerous students at the institutions in which I have taught improve their study skills in both physical and online forums. I help students maximize the classroom grades, prepare for tests, as well as learn for leisure. I help students by teaching them to construct a schedule, acquire materials, and practice.

I also understand how to teach children and adults to be skeptical when presented with extraordinary claims, and how to separate good information from bad information.

Trigonometry

The word "Trigonometry" literately means "measuring the triangles." It is geometry's highly computational sister. Trigonometry is important in physics, navigation, astronomy, land surveying, and many other practical applications

Do you need help with understanding this crucial subject? Then look no further. I have many years of tutoring and teaching experience, which is supplemented by having spent many years in the civil and environmental engineering professions where I used trigonometry in Land Surveying and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Furthermore, I continue to use the subject as a backyard astronomer and builder of model rockets.

I am patient, compassionate, and flexible with students. Together, we will accomplish your goals, whether it is passing a course, an exam, or personal enrichment.

You can do it, and I can help. Let's win.

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Education

American Military University

BS (Graduate Coursework)

Very Capable Math and Science Tutor — Gary is a very capable math and science tutor. I have seen him tutor as an independent contractor for us for about 6 years. In addition to knowing the subject matter, he believes in the capability of each and every student. He also works well with parents. I recommend him without reservation. ...

— Afiya, Atlanta, GA on 10/15/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

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Gary will travel within 14 miles of Atlanta, GA 30337.

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