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I am recently retired. After graduating in 1977 from Eastern Illinois University with a B.A degree (1976) and M.A. degree in 1977, I spent 33 years in the telecommunications industry. I am now looking to use the skills I have honed during my career to help students find their way thru the fog of understanding their school work.
During my career, I have had multiple opportunities to train fellow employees. When teaching others, I believe in the Socratic method of teaching. For you parents that can remember the movie "Paper Chase", I would paraphrase a key scene by saying I can take your students mind and change it from a container of mush, to a vessel of knowledge. I believe in asking the students questions related to why they are doing something, not just how.
I can help you with a number of subjects; from basic math to simple algebra; reading and writing; United States history; and Microsoft Excel and Word.
The key to responding to ACT English questions is understanding what is being asked, and the context of the written material.
I can help you break the material down, which will enable you to better understand what is being addressed, and allowing you to respond to the ACT questions.
I am well read in American History, plus I completed numerous classes in American History back when I completed my undergraduate degree. I am also an accomplished writer, having done a significant amount of writing as part of my prior job responsibilities.
I can help you with your writing to enable you to better express yourself. Issues such as punctuation and context can be improved, and I can help you do so.
I have spent numerous years working with Excel, having used it for spreadsheet analysis. I can show you how to maneuver around the spreadsheet, as well as to perform such functions as "If statements" and VLookup.
I have been playing for 40+ years. I am well versed in the strategies, and able to explain the basics of the game(s), including identifying which hands are superior.
I have completed my Competent Toastmaster training. During my career, I have given presentations before large groups of fellow employees. I spent 6 years representing the company I was working for before State Regulatory Commissions.
Reading comprehension is based on understanding the context of what is written. The first step is to understand what the author is trying to convey. That applies to the individual paragraphs, as well as the overall text. I can help the student better understand what they are reading, by first breaking the material down to understand what each sentence is attempting to say.
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