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There are few feelings worse than the "I don't get it" feeling when everyone else in the classroom does. Worse yet, is the blow to the self esteem. Even as adults, we beat ourselves up because we "don't get it" in the workplace or we don't possess the knowledge or skills to help our kids or grand-kids with their homework. There is a way to avoid this feeling or help your child or loved one shake the tag of "stupid" that they place on themselves. Positive, encouraging tutoring is the answer.
I graduated Cum Laude from Iowa Wesleyan College with a degree in business administration. I was employed as a tutor at Muscatine Community College. I've tutored various English and math subjects of various levels. I am a published writer with over 30 years experience. I continue to tutor tailored to the needs of the students. I come from an inattentive ADHD family that teaches me on a daily basis the importance of a tailored one on one education. No matter how young or how old, if there is a need in your life, your friends life, or your child's life to learn, then I want to help. Education is important and more often than not the topic of discussion between my wife (fourth grade educator) and myself. She spent nearly ten years as a resource (special education) teacher and has been a great resource in my learning and tutoring to understand the different ways people learn and the strategies to facilitate their success. Often times, it isn't the subject matter, but the way it is presented that is a roadblock.
I look forward for the opportunity to be present when you, your friend, or your child "gets it."
Accounting can be daunting at first, but like anything else, it takes practice. It also takes the ability to explain it in real life terms that goes beyond just the theory.
I love history. Especially the off beat history that isn't usually heard in the classroom. Classroom history is fine, but we tend to romanticize about the story without looking at the facts. I particularly like American history from a humanitarian viewpoint.
The ASVAB test is a great tool that displays a future recruit's strengths and areas of opportunities. Not just for the military, I believe that everyone should take the ASVAB test for no other reason to find out what their strengths are and what they need to work on. It's a great tool for finding out what areas a future students strength to try to determine what college courses to enroll.
I currently teach a Sunday school at my church. Went through catechism growing up. I attend church regularly. I attend bible studies and facilitate bible studies.
I possess a bachelor's degree in business cum laude. I currently run my wife's baking business and my own business.
My wife is a teacher at the local elementary and I have been volunteering in the same elementary for years. I speak to the kids on several different subjects appropriate to grade level. It's common in the morning for me to be in a kindergarten class instructing children how to tie their shoes, identify colors, and play constructively. In the afternoon on the same day, I might be lecturing to a sixth grade class on the horrors of the holocaust, how to convert fractions into decimals, or the difference between and adverb and an adjective. It just depends on the grade level and the desires of the instructor.
I've always done well in the area of mathematics. So much so I was employed as a statistics tutor at the local college. I've tutored many students of all ages successfully. Math is one of those subjects that there is a progression of learning that is linear. Some things need to be learned in order to advance to harder equations. There's no sense in learning how to multiply fractions if students struggle multiplying whole numbers.
English is a necessary evil for who I am. I'm a writer. If I don't know anything about the rules of how and what I'm writing, then what is the point. There can be a certain eloquence in the written and spoken word. One just has to know where to find it, and I can, and have. I look forward to helping others find the elusive eloquence of the English language.
For whatever circumstance, reason, or excuse may come. There are some of us that did not graduate high school, but want to improve their opportunities in life by obtaining their GED. It's an honorable, heroic endeavor that when achieved, can not only open doors, but restore a sense of self in a positive light. Every piece of paper you can hang on a wall behind your desk is a key to more doors to open. GED, diploma, degree, master's, doctorate are ALL achievable by EVERYBODY. The GED is the first gateway to a different life because of different opportunities. I've tutored many post high school students and have helped them all succeed. I have a passion for learning and a passion for helping others that lead me to tutoring. The GED is a great starting point for changing a life, and it makes me proud to be a pat of that process.
Computers can be intimidating and it's one of those things that if you aren't "in the know" then you get left behind quickly. There are, however, basic things to know that have stood true over the last 20 years or so. Once the basics are known (not learned by the way) then the rest becomes easier. With any technology there is tons of information that has a tendency to confuse people and lead them into fear. There really is nothing to be afraid. Maybe because it's expensive machinery and the fear of breaking it that people are afraid of. What people are really afraid of is failure, but without failure, nothing is learned. Sometimes it take the elimination of the negatives to uncover success.
Trying to navigate yourself around a computer can take a lot of time and a lot of failing. I wish I would have been less proud and found a tutor to help me with my first computer. I might have spent less sleepless nights trying to figure things out and more fun enjoying my new "toy."
Kurt Vonnegut once said (and I'm paraphrasing) that the use of the semi colon was only good for proof that you went to college. Grammar is not a set of steadfast rules meant to be followed in a draconian fashion. It once was, but social media has changed the rules. Can you believe that "OMG" is actually in the dictionary. I know that some of my old English and literary teachers cringe when they see how the "younger" generation has incorporated texting into their everyday writings. It makes me want to lol! Anyway, there are a few rules that are expected to be followed when writing and speaking. Knowing what to say, what to write, and how to deliver with impact can be the difference between success and failure. It can be the difference between an accepted resume or landing a second interview. The world of language and grammar is changing at a rapid speed, but there are expectations others might have that can be met or even taken to a new level to impress. I've been writing for over 30 years and am a published author. I know that my skills can be helpful.
I have found a new appreciation for Algebra. It's a series of steps and rules, not just adding and subtracting. Sadly, I didn't find out I was proficient in this area until I was in college. It can be daunting, and I think my biggest problem was fear. I have no fear of numbers anymore and feel I can help others break through that barrier also. Math is a series of rules that don't change. Only the numbers vary. There might be an extra step here or there, but the rules are the same...even if the numbers are big and scary...and followed by an "x" or a "y."
I didn't know it until recently that I have inattentive ADHD. Which means, I have always had difficulty reading and spent years tricking my brain to read and retain. Early in childhood, it would take me months to read a book my friends would finish in weeks. Mainly because I would read and find myself at the bottom of the page not knowing what I read and forced to reread. An ironic obstacle to someone like myself who was born a writer. So I know the frustrations of those with similar obstacles and they have enabled me to passionately pursue a crusade to create book clubs, reading programs at my children's school and be successful. After spending years of feeling "stupid" I educated myself about techniques to trick my brain to take in what I was reading. Getting rid of the "stupid" label I gave myself has been 99% of my success. Oh, did I mention I've been published?
I don't think that anyone but other writers understand this, but I am a writer. I wasn't wired to do anything else but write. I can't build anything out of wood, metal, or even as much as a successful paper airplane. I know nothing of tools and am forced to pay the charges for any furniture purchases that require assembly. I have to pay the store to put it together for me. I have a big truck to compensate for my "un-manliness" but don't ask me the size of the engine, horsepower, or torque. I can (and have), however, written resumes for all my friends and relatives and helped countless students young and old polish off their papers. It wasn't a conscious decision to become a writer but a recognition of who I am. It is something I HAVE to do more than what I want to do. There are times that I think that I don't even like to write yet love it at the same time. I love to imagine and tell stories. Maybe that's all it is and I use paper, pen, computer, whatever to get the story out of my head. Sorry, went a little psycho there. I've tutored others successfully many times through the years and aim to continue doing so.
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