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Doug M.

MS Office Expert, Math/Finance/Soccer/next President?

Naperville, IL (60540)

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Hi. My name is Doug M. and I have a strong background in Information Technology -IT, sports, Finance, the Microsoft Office suite of applications, and teaching others of all ages. I have my MBA in Finance and Accounting and a BS in Computer Science. With 3 kids of my own, I am very familiar with most subjects, especially math, science, computers, among others. I am also the head soccer coach for Winfield school, so I am used to working with kids ages 12 to 15.

When I was in school, I was in the Advanced Placement mathematics classes and on the math team. I passed out of 12 college credit hours, mostly of BC Calculus when I was a senior in high school. In college, I was chosen to participate in an Accelerated Professional Track program whereby my undergraduate electives were my MBA foundation courses. This made for a very difficult undergraduate course load, taking both undergraduate and graduate level courses at the same time. However, I knew of no other way of living my college life: working as hard as I could and getting the best grades possible. I ended up with a 3.7 out of 4.0 GPA while still holding down a job throughout my Junior, Senior, and single Graduate year. You see, I graduated with my BS in Computer Science in 3.5 years and finished up the remainder of my MBA in an additional 1.5 years. I accomplished all this while still having an excellent social life, too. Many of my friends asked me how I did it and it all came down to time management. If this difficult equilibrium among studies, social life, and work is something either you or your child strives for; please let me know...as I've been through it. I can give you some tips.

Post college, one of my goals was to become an author. So, in 2008, I decided to stop putting it off and get it done. And by 2010, I had completed my first novel. It was an arduous, exciting, and soul-searching process; but I can now say that it is done. It is posted on amazon.com right now. If you want to read it, if only for the free preview, please let me know. I have started on the next book in the trilogy.

Now, my kids are 16, 12, and 12; and I help out with homework as much as I can. Nothing is more enjoyable than seeing one of them or a student grasp a new concept and apply it for the first time. That is something I strive for each and every time I tutor students.

I hope my life experiences, education, and background give you some idea of where I've been, what I've done, and where I'm going. I look forward to tutoring you or your child!

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Doug’s subjects

Accounting

My concentration for my master's in Business Administration was in Accounting. As a matter of fact, I had enough credit hours of courses to sit for the CPA exam in college, but I didn't want to be a CPA right out of school. However, I worked for a number of years in the accounting department for a large telecommunications company.

Algebra 1

Algebra is the basic foundation of many math concepts and needs to be learned inside and out. I have excelled in Algebra as the material has come very easily to me. I have also assisted with many homework assignments in the subject and that has only reinforced my mastery of the material. Whether it's solving linear equations, factoring polynomials, or working with powers and roots, quadratic/exponential functions, or the differences among rational, irrational, integers, and real numbers; you or your child will learn dramatically as I explain and demonstrate the Algebraic concepts in an easy to understand way.

Algebra 2

Many of the subjects in math build on one another, and algebra 2 is no exception. Students must grasp the concepts in algebra 1 before moving on to algebra 2.

Since math was my favorite subject in school, it is no coincidence that algebra 2 is listed under my subjects here on WyzAnt. From the proper usage of "i" to graphing equations, I've done all parts of algebra 2. In addition, I've helped out my 3 kids with their homework in the subject, so the information is fresh in my mind.

I'm also one of few tutors who loves to teach! Even though I'm not an official teacher in school, I'm our school's head soccer coach. I also assist in teaching various subjects in my job whenever I can. I can truly say I get enjoyment out of watching my students learn new concepts!

And my approach is not typical, either. I use methods that include real-life examples that are of interest to my students. I also use sight/sound techniques to help with key memorization items. This tends to engage them more readily, which makes the material much easier (and more fun!) to learn.

I hope to hear from you soon!!

Business

I have my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Iowa and have more than 20 years experience in business consulting and telecommunications. I look forward to passing on this knowledge to my students!

Computer Science

I have my Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Iowa and have more than 15 years experience in the Information Technology (IT) field. I look forward to passing on this expertise to my students!

Economics

For my MBA course load, I got to take several difficult economics classes. I studied a lot for these and got "A"s in them. But what really threw people for a loop was what happened when I was an undergraduate...

I received my BS in Computer Science at the same university (Iowa) where I got my MBA. Early on I learned the value of studying and getting good grades and that paid off in college. I was selected to participate in a program where I could take some of my MBA classes as an undergraduate...and then finish up my MBA after graduating. These MBA classes, two of which happen to be Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, counted as electives towards my undergraduate degree. So at a time when others were taking Pottery or Golf; I was taking graduate-level economics as MY electives.

The reason I did this wasn't just because it was a requirement of the program, but also because I ENJOYED economics! At the time, my friends called me sick, but I didn't care. I loved the challenge.

I took many other econ courses before I was done and have a very solid foundation in the subject. Teaching it to students has always been a favorite of mine and I hope I get that chance to teach it to you and/or your child!

Elementary Math

I enjoy teaching elementary math to students. I think that this is a subject that is very easy to describe to students using real-world examples...and then translating those to the elementary math concepts being discussed. For example, for a 6-year-old, I may set 10 apples on the table and take 4 away. I then ask how many are left and the answer usually comes easily. I then translate that to the subtraction problem on paper.

However, for a 10-year-old, I may say that LeBron James scores 11 points in the first quarter in a basketball game...so, at that rate, how many will he score in the entire game? I then translate this to the multiplication problem that relates to it.

These are just 2 examples of how I engage my students to not only make learning easier, but also make learning fun!

English

I am of English decent and have extensive educational background using the language (master's degree). I have also authored a book, called The Rewop Chronicles: Base. It went through many revisions before it got to the final product.

Finance

For my MBA, I got to take several difficult finance classes. I studied a lot for these and got A's and B's in them.

I took many other finance courses before I was done and have a very solid foundation in the subject. After all, finance is the subject concentration for my MBA. Teaching it to students has always been a favorite of mine and I hope I get that chance to teach it to you and/or your child!

Fitness

I became somewhat of a fitness/health nut when I was in high school (way back when). Then, on Jan. 1, 1990, I made a New Year's resolution to work out consistently (at least 3-4 times/week) and I stuck with it for 20 years. I even started teaching group exercise classes (step, kickboxing, etc.) in 2001 and loved every minute of it! I know all the major muscle groups, proper stretching techniques, warm-up/cool-down routines, etc. I'm currently the head coach for the Winfield (IL) soccer team, too.

General Computer

I love to teach anything that relates to computers! I'm very familiar with Windows-based Operating Systems like Windows XP and 7. I'm somewhat familiar familiar with Apple products, too. Wireless and xLAN technologies come very easily to me, so I can help out setting up home networks, routers, modems, etc.

From a more technical perspective, I have my BS in Computer Science and have worked in the IT field for about 15 years. I have set up computer systems dozens of times, installed monitors, installed internal and external hard drives, added printers, etc.

I also love teaching my computer expertise to others, so I look forward to setting up a tutoring session with you and/or your child!

Geometry

Geometry is one of those subjects that can be difficult for some, yet easy for others. Luckily, I was in the latter group. All math-related subjects came very easily to me as I was in all of the Advanced Placement math classes throughout my high school and college career.

Also, I have a son who just finished taking Geometry in high school and I helped him with his homework on a consistent basis, so the material is fresh in my mind.

What are the properties of a rhombus? How about a parallelogram or trapezoid? And how do you calculate the area of each? These are just some of the concepts that are covered in Geometry. We'll also cover the calculation of volumes, properties/perimeters/etc. of circles, types of triangles, etc.

The big difference that I bring to the table as a tutor is two-fold. One, a big desire to teach...plain and simple. I wish I had entered the teaching field when I got out of college. That's the main reason why I got into tutoring.

Secondly, I have a unique teaching method whereby I use real-life examples in order to illustrate concept in Geometry. So, if my student and I are sitting at a circular table, I might as her to find the area of the table after handing her a tape measure. Alternatively, I might ask her what type of triangle is formed by connecting invisible lines among chairs in the room. These are items that set me apart from the rest!

Please let me know if/when we can set up tutoring sessions!

Grammar

Proper grammar has always been one of my strong suits and I love teaching it to others...no matter what the level! Whether it's conjugating verbs, finding the subject/predicate, or locating the prepositional phrases, there are so many intricacies in the English language that it can boggle the mind.

What is a gerund and when is it used? What about a past participle? How many different ways are there to spell the "there" sound and when do you use each? These are just some of the questions that plague many school-aged children (and some non-school-aged, non-children. I was brought up in a household where proper grammar was stressed and the plethora of papers I had to write in college (for my undergrad and graduate degree with a 3.7 GPA) just led to reinforce that concept.

But my favorite thing to do is teach! Seeing a student grasp a new concept and getting a problem right is a great thrill for me.

Lastly, and probably most importantly, I am an author of a novel. It took a while and lots of dedication and focus to complete, but I finally did so in 2010.

I look forward to setting up our first tutoring session for you and/or your child!

Microsoft Excel

The Microsoft Office Suite of applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) has been my most often used program for the last 20 years. I have kept up-to-date with each release and use them in my job.

Excel has been my most often used app of the three. I have set up spreadsheets for many, many years and helped out hundreds of users/students navigate their way through the program. And teaching others how to set up their own spreadsheets is a lot of fun and easy!

From simple addition of cells to external data feeds and macros, Excel is so powerful...it's amazing! And integrating your spreadsheets into Word or PowerPoint is simple, too.

In my job, I'm known as the "go-to guy" for Excel. I look forward to helping and teaching this powerful program to you or your child.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Powerpoint has been my most often used ap for pictures and presentations. I have used it for many, many years and helped out hundreds of users/students navigate their way through the program. And teaching others how to use it is a lot of fun and easy! There are both 2 and 3 dimensional letters called WordArt that can be inserted into a presentation...as well as the usual pictures, diagrams, charts, etc.

From simple, one-page notes to complex, multi-page presentations with backgrounds, pictures, encorporating external data, etc.; one of the best answers for all presentations is Microsoft Powerpoint.

In my job, I've made hundreds of Powerpoint presentations and was very successful in creating them. I look forward to helping and teaching this powerful program to you or your child.

Microsoft Windows

I have been a user of the Microsoft Windows Operating System ever since my dad first got me our first Apple II+ in 1984. OK, I'm dating myself and I don't even think they HAD Windows in those days, buy you get the idea. I have only used Mac for a few years and have used PCs (Windows-based systems) for as long as they've been out. I currently have 2 PCs that run Windows 7.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word has been my most often used program for word processing over the last 20 years. From simple, one-page notes to complex novels with tables of contents, pictures, headers/footers, etc.; the best answer for all word processing is Microsoft Word.

I have helped out many users/students navigate their way through the program and teaching others how to use it is a lot of fun and easy! In my job, many people come to me with their questions regarding Word. From different formats and fonts to changing margins and merging mail, I look forward to teaching this powerful program to you or your child!

Poker

Poker is my guilty pleasure. I have read books on poker...including Doyle Brunson's Super System. I regularly go to Texas Hold 'em cash games and tournaments at the local casinos. I have also hosted charity Texas Hold 'em Tournaments at my house over the years. Lastly, I'm very fluent in dealer's choice games like 5-card stud, draw, 7-card stud, wild card games, etc.

Prealgebra

Pre-Algebra is a very important subject that needs to be learned or, better yet, mastered, before moving on to other, more difficult math subjects like Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, etc.

I have 3 kids who have all gone through Pre-Algebra and passed with "flying colors." I took a chance to help out with their homework on a nightly basis, so I'm very familiar with the concepts and material covered in Pre-Algebra.

The items that set me apart from other tutors are 1) I love to teach! Period. If I had to do it all over again, I would have chosen teaching as a profession. But it's too late for that. That's why I chose tutoring.

Secondly, I have a unique way of teaching to my students. I use real world examples to bring the Pre-Algebraic concepts to life. For example, if my student loves to bake, I may use a recipe for chocolate chip cookies to teach ratios. If one batch of cookies takes 3/4 cup of chocolate chips, how many cups would 10 batches need? This is just a simple example of how I can engage my students easier, have them learn to like Pre-Algebraic concepts, and have fun doing it!

I look forward to setting up our first tutoring session with your child.

Proofreading

I'm a published novelist. So, in becoming an author, it took years and years of writing, revisions, etc. to get to the point where I am now.

I have been proofreading English text for most of my life (over 40 years). And, because I'm a tutor, I have a "sixth sense" for what's right and wrong whenever I read anything. Sometimes I'll even get out a pen and mark up an article I'm reading if I notice several items that are incorrect.

I would love to proofread your assignment/book/other item!!

Public Speaking

I remember being incredibly scared taking Speech 101 in high school. I had a severe inferiority complex and was afraid everyone would laugh at me. Eventually I got over my nerves through college and beyond by learning several easy speaking tricks. Honing these via teaching group exercise classes (step, kickboxing, etc.) has only improved my speaking ability. Now, I feel I'm in a great position to help others get over their trepidations when it comes to public (or classroom) speaking.

Reading

I learned to read at a very early age and have been a big fan of reading every day. Since I graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's in Computer Science and an MBA in Finance/Accounting, there were many textbooks that I had to read for the many tests I took and the papers I wrote. I have read so many publications that I'm sure I can help you out with fluency and grammar.

Soccer

I have been coaching soccer for about 10 years in our local park district program. I love working with the kids and helping them learn the fundamentals of the game. I now am the head coach the Winfield Central School soccer team.

Vocabulary

I am such a word buff that when driving my school-aged kids to school, I started something called a "Word of the Day." It was a morning routine where I would choose an appropriate word beforehand, announce it, define it, use it in a sentence, and think of any synonyms for it. The kids didn't like it that much, but it helps their vocabulary insurmountably.

Volleyball

Volleyball is one of my favorite sports, not only to watch, but also to play. I've been playing it for more than 25 years and am very familiar with the rules of the game. I'm fluent in the proper bumping, setting, serving, spiking, blocking, digging, rotations, etc.

Writing

I'm a published novelist. I have been writing for over 40 years. I am currently working a second book in a trilogy I'm writing.

Also, in college, I wrote several papers, letters, and essays...and got mostly A's on the graded items.

I'd love to work with you on your writing assignments!

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Education

University of Iowa

University of Iowa (MBA)

Awesome is the best way to put it. Great guy and a great tutor. Doug is a very nice individual, he has a patient and polite way to him. He uses a variety of techniques to teach the subject matter. He was knowledgeable about the subject matter but what really surprised me was how prepared he came to the tutor session. He went over each topic on his own time prior to the session and brought a packet of his own for me to review over. ...

— Tom from Orland Park, IL on 3/6/13);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $39.00

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Doug will travel within 15 miles of Naperville, IL 60540.

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