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Tutoring ideally helps students in their self-transformations, to move up and over "brick walls" high and low, and to rekindle fires for learning.
I want to help clients "master faster," so whenever possible, I tailor tutoring experiences to your needs and build bridges between your learning challenges and your interests.
I charge only if I exceed reasonable expectations and meet my own high standards. In a first contact by phone, please help me understand the details of your particular learning challenges. Our first meeting will be at a public library with a study room available or in a similar setting.
My students range from middle-schoolers to retirees. Tutoring clients have included professionals (engineers, business managers, directors) and spouses wanting to learn English to feel more at home as they visit here.
Home-school groups: Talk with me about how to add fun, effective, and efficient learning experiences into your curricula.
I have worked as a contractor on major training and documentation projects for clients including Procter & Gamble, Eli Lilly & Company, and BT Global Services.
From 1983 to 1986, I was immersed in student life in Hamburg, Germany. I owe my fluency in German to these years and the great teachers, experiences, and books that came my way. My particular passion at that time was travel especially bicycle touring in Poland, France, Denmark, and Northern Germany.
Throughout her high school years, my daughter allowed me to help her with English papers. On her ACT test (recent years), on her first and only try, she scored in the 30s in English and Reading.
My English and Reading skills are honed through coursework at University of Kentucky among other institutions, experience as a classroom teacher, and experience as one who became bilingual as a young adult. German is my second language.
Past experience includes visualization of technical content for corporate clients. Tools include Adobe CS6 with InDesign.
My past experience includes teaching in the classroom but my normal assignments were language and communications related (math only on a substitute basis). I completed all my math classes attempted with mostly A, maybe some B, grades. My command of math is solid from basics to Algebra 1 and some Algebra 2. Because of my attention to language, I am very good with helping students understand story problems better.
Past experience includes teaching in the classroom. My assignments were language and communications related (math only on a substitute basis). I completed all math classes I attempted with mostly A, some B, grades. My command of math is solid from basics to Algebra 1 and some Algebra 2. The only reason I list Algebra 2 is due to a tendency I've seen in which people say they need help with Algebra 1 (which I can do) but then request an Algebra 2 tutor (and I am maybe not the best choice for Algebra 2). With language skills as a strength, I can help students understand story problems better.
I adapt my approach as needed to what works well for the student. I have years of classroom teaching experience. It is a thrill to help a student become more excited about learning.
I am a native speaker of American English who became bilingual by personal choice in my mid-20s (proficient non-native speaker of German). As needed, I can help with composition, comprehension, and even sentence diagramming (just one more tool to help with understanding).
I have tutored adults in American English overseas (inlingua) and in Greater Cincinnati (Berlitz).
Interested to improve speaking skills? I am a long-time member of Toastmasters International (practicing public speaking skills). This, together with my study of languages, combines for a helpful skill set.
Geometry is a fascinating subject, and though it is not my strongest in terms of tutoring, I think I can do a fine job in helping students. (I'm stronger with words than numbers.)
As a geometry student years ago, I got an A, and my daughter, not long ago, also did very well in geometry with some help from me.
At age 18, I began my study of German. This was my choice, just to understand my family roots better. By age 24, I was a classroom teacher for German, sharing life experiences with students about my years as a student traveler based in Hamburg. With no childhood exposure to German, I learned grammar first. After 6 semesters of coursework, I still could make little sense of any given sentence in a German novel. At that time, my problem was the words: somehow, I did not understand them well (and there was no Internet to help). Having eventually become proficient in German (hearing, speaking, reading, and writing) as a non-native, I still feel that it's as if every day for life, someone gives me "an extra ten bucks". I say that because there is a certain richness of cultural understanding available only to those who study another language and culture and truly try to understand it.
My command of grammar is very strong for both American English (native speaker) and German (proficient non-native speaker). As needed, I can diagram sentences - it's just another tool to help with understanding.
My past experience includes visualization of technical content for corporate clients. Tools include Adobe CS6 with InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop. Many years ago, I was editor, photographer, and keyliner/paste-up artist for university and student publications. I use words and images to help you make your message clear to the audience that you want to reach.
For Fortune 50 clients, I have created training in PowerPoint on a range of complex topics. Each time, the focus was on each teams’ precise “need to know” about the business applications that were extensively customized. Slide decks often became source material for web-based training (WBT) courses.
As a life-long learner of its myriad features, I use Microsoft Word frequently. I understand Word much better than most people. Whether you seek a better understanding of basics, or complex tables, metadata, outlines, tracked changes, cross-references, templates, or outputs, or how pieces interrelate, I can help you make sense of the part of Word you need to know best.
As you may know, Word is simply vast, designed to handle an incredible number of needs for users around the world. Very few people understand it to a substantial degree, and even authors of books about it admit right inside their books that they do not understand it 100%.
I serve occasionally as a photographer assistant, and in past, have served as a staff photographer at university. I help students and hobbyists apply principles of physics and composition to help plan the work, evaluate work, and as needed, improve approaches to lighting and composition.
My command of math is solid from basics to Algebra 1 and some Algebra 2. Because of my attention to language, I am very good with helping students understand story problems better. I am a former classroom teacher of language and communications (math on a substitute basis only). I completed all math classes that I attempted with high grades.
For better or worse, I have an eye for mistakes in publications and documents of all kinds -- even restaurant menus and product labels. On one hand, few people want to hear about typos and errors, so I say nothing to them. On the other, some people need strategies for avoiding errors, and I think I can help.
Even if your studies are in a field unfamiliar to me, your writing is still subject to standard sets of rules (cultural expectations). I will do what I can to help you master the challenges at hand.
Since 2004, I have been an active member of Toastmasters International. In August 2013, I attended its international convention and its World Championship of Public Speaking. I am involved in two local clubs, whereby I serve as VP Education in one club. Thus every week I dedicate myself in some way to Toastmaster club events which are focused on communication, leadership, and public speaking.
Life experiences as a bilingual, as a classroom teacher, and as a student in masters-level classes for educators have come together to strengthen my appreciation for what we want our minds to do when we want to be good readers.
I offer 30 years experience as a professional communicator with several years as a classroom teacher (speech, German). Standardized test questions are sophisticated but I can help students recognize what each question is asking and also help them to develop the thinking strategies they need to succeed.
Throughout her high school years, my daughter allowed me to help her with English papers. On her standardized proficiency test for college entry (recent years), on her first and only try, she scored very well in English and Reading.
My English and Reading skills are honed through professional work experiences, coursework at University of Kentucky among other institutions, experience as a classroom teacher, and experience as one who became bilingual as a young adult. German is my second language.
Rightly or wrongly, our career success and our reputations are based in part on ability to express ourselves well and choose our words appropriately.
Students eager to build a great vocabulary should read the works of great authors and learn more about how they use unfamiliar words. Students eager to pass an important test can make progress by learning strategies for what to do when encountering unfamiliar words.
When I write, I use everyday words as much as possible. Still, at times, a "fancy" word is precisely what is needed to make my point.
As a student or young professional, when you may least expect it, your "word power" will help or hinder your chances of success.
I am versatile in that I can work in the mode that suits you. We can focus on both substance and mechanics (which most students need), or substance only (your message only, ignoring mechanics and correctness).
Experiences in language-learning, linguistics, teaching and tutoring in foreign languages, public speaking, and other life experiences have strengthened my appreciation for the sheer and enduring power of the written word.
Very Thorough — John did a great job helping our son review for the ACT. He increased our son's score considerably and it was more than enough to allow him to get into the college of his choice. Thanks again for all the hard work. ...
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