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Janet S.

Potomac, MD

$50/hr

Harvard Grad Tutors in Computing, Writing and Test Prep Skills

Background check passed as of 3/10/13
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Harvard Grad Tutors in Computing, Writing and Test Prep Skills

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I'm a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience. I am a lifelong learner, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others. I have some teaching experience. As a tutor, I tailor my teaching to what students want and need to know. I use lots of examples. I'm patient, and I encourage students to ask lots of questions. I've raised two children with different learning styles. My youngest is currently a sophomore in high school.

I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College, with a teaching certification in Secondary Social Studies. After graduation I joined the Peace Corps and taught English as a Foreign Language to middle and high school students for two years in Guider, Cameroon. After returning to the U.S., I earned graduate degrees from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University (Ed.M, Ed.D), where my graduate coursework focused primarily on planning, policy, statistics, research design and data analysis . I am also a certified Project Management Professional, and a certified SAS Programmer (Base Level Certification, Version 9).

I lived and attended school in Florence, Italy for 8 years and am fluent in Italian. I studied French in school and in college, and became fluent when I worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa.

My computer skills include SAS Programming, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), and Photoshop Elements.

My other interests include reading, photography, cycling, genealogy, and a variety of needle and paper crafts.

Testimonials

"Wonderful Tutor "

- Sarah, Silver Spring, MD on 5/26/14

"Janet is an EXCELLENT Tutor in Helping my Son Prepare for SAT"

- Marti, Washington, DC on 6/8/14

"Great Tutor! Highly recommended!"

- Sijing, Silver Springs, MD on 3/17/14

"Knowledgeable and patient."

- Lucian, Washington, DC on 1/2/14

"Patient and wise"

- Rarita, Potomac, MD on 11/12/13

"Great Tutor for SAS and Statistics!"

- Melissa, Falls Church, VA on 9/27/13

"Knows her Stuff"

- Martin, Silver Spring, MD on 9/14/13

"Great Tutor"

- Luann, Potomac, MD on 9/13/13
Math:
Statistics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Italian
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English,
SAT Reading,
Statistics, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Adobe Photoshop

I've been using Photoshop since I bought my first digital camera in June 2000. I have used it to edit and enhance thousands of photographs over the years. I have also used it for creative projects such as digital scrapbooking and card design, so I am familiar with a broad range of Photoshop features.

I am currently using Photoshop Elements 10 on a Windows-based PC, but I have used other editions as well. I have an active subscription to Photoshop Elements User, and I am an avid life-long learner, so I frequently pick up new skills from that and from other books and blogs I read.

English

I earned a score in the 99th percentile (verbal) when I first took the SAT as a student. At that time, I had just returned from several years of school in Italy, where I also studied Latin and Greek, and became fluent in Italian and French. Since then, my verbal ability in general, and my English in particular, have only improved, as my academic and professional accomplishments will attest.

I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Swarthmore College and Harvard University, and taught English as a Foreign Language to high school students in West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

In my professional career, I have written hundreds (if not thousands) of pages of complex documents, and reviewed similar documents produced by others. I am often asked to suggest ways to improve such documents. For several years, I also reviewed applications for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science, Engineering and Diplomacy Fellowship Program.

I look at writing from many different angles, ranging from sentence and paragraph structure, to logical flow and completeness, and appropriateness for the intended purpose. I believe that reading is important in learning to think critically, and that learning how to review and edit one’s own work is a key to good writing.

I have kept up with the changes to the test, and I am familiar with the different components of the critical reading and writing portions of the test. As a tutor, I can offer strategies drawn from my own unique experience as a student, as well as those I have learned from others.

General Computer

I have been the Microsoft Office suite on the job since it first came out. I use Word to complete a variety of tasks, ranging from simple memos to complex documents with tables, charts, and footnotes. I am proficient in all of the basic functions, and many of the advanced ones as well.
I use Excel to complete tasks ranging from simple calculations to complex spreadsheets and charts. I am proficient in all of the basic functions, and many of the advanced ones, including VLOOKUP, PivotTables, and importing data from other programs. I’m currently preparing myself for the Microsoft Excel Expert certification exam.

I use PowerPoint to create presentations that include tables, charts, and other graphic elements. I am proficient in all of the basic functions, and many of the advanced ones, including importing data from other programs.

I regularly use Outlook to schedule meetings, to create contact groups or distribution lists, and to share schedules with others in my office. I frequently use the sorting, filtering, and search functions to manage my mailbox.

I am proficient in Windows as a user, not as an IT professional. I regularly use it to set up and maintain my computer, install or uninstall applications and devices, including printers, cameras, and other hardware. I use it to organize and manage files. I create libraries and folders, and use other Windows functions to import files from other devices or memory cards, backup, restore, move, copy, or delete files or create shortcuts. I am familiar with many of the customization features (using themes, wallpaper, adding/removing gadgets from desktop, setting date, time, region and language). I use it to connect to network and manage internet options, adjust sound, display, change battery settings, and set up user accounts and passwords. I am comfortable using it on office networks and stand-alone computers. I currently use Windows 7, and I am beginning to learn Windows 8.

There are often multiple ways to do things in Microsoft Office. My first step in teaching is to find out what the learner wants or needs to know, and what skills they already have. I then use the information to tailor my approach to the learner's specific needs.

Grammar

I have a good aptitude for languages. English is my first language, but I was raised speaking Italian and French, and have also studied Latin and Greek. Studying other languages has trained me to pay attention to grammar, spelling, and usage.

I taught English as a Foreign Language to middle and high school students in Cameroun as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

I have over 20 years of professional experience, and writing different types of documents (including letters, requests for proposal, talking points, speeches, and technical reports) is part of my everyday job. I also review documents for others, both formally and informally.

Italian

I lived and attended school in Italy for 8 years (grades 4 through 11). I read it, speak it, and write it proficiently.

I have some language and other teaching experience. I am certified to teach high school Social Studies in Pennsylvania, and I taught English as a Second Language to French-speaking students (middle school and high school age, as well as adults) in Cameroun when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer there.

Microsoft Excel

I have been using MS Excel on the job for many years. I have used it to complete a variety of tasks, ranging from simple calculations to complex spreadsheets and charts. I am proficient in all of the basic functions, and many of the advanced ones, including VLOOKUP, PivotTables, and importing data from other programs.

I enjoy learning new features and sharing my knowledge with others. I am often asked to help others at work.

There are often multiple ways to do things in Excel. My first step in teaching is to find out what the learner wants or needs to know, and what skills they already have. I then use the information to tailor my approach to the learner's specific needs.

Microsoft Outlook

I have been using Microsoft Outlook on a daily basis since it was first released.

I'm very comfortable navigating the Outlook interface, formatting message content, creating contact records, tasks, and appointments.

I regularly use Outlook to schedule meetings, to create contact groups or distribution lists, and to share schedules with others in my office. I frequently use the sorting, filtering, and search functions to manage my mailbox.

I love to share my knowledge with others, and I'm usually the person my colleagues go to if they have a question about something they are doing in Outlook.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have been using MS PowerPoint on the job since it first came out. I have used it to complete a variety of tasks, ranging from simple presentations to more elaborate ones that include tables, charts, and other graphic elements. I am proficient in all of the basic functions, and many of the advanced ones, including importing data from other programs.

I enjoy learning new features and sharing my knowledge with others. I am often asked to help others at work.

There are often multiple ways to do things in a software program. My first step in teaching is to find out what the learner wants or needs to know, and what skills they already have. I then use the information to tailor my approach to the learner's specific needs.

Microsoft Windows

I have used Windows since the first version came out in the 1980s, and currently use Windows 7.

I am proficient in Windows as a user, not as an IT professional. I regularly use it to set up and maintain my computer, install or uninstall applications and devices, including printers, cameras, and other hardware. I use it to organize and manage files. I create libraries and folders, and use other Windows functions to import files from other devices or memory cards, backup, restore, move, copy, or delete files or create shortcuts. I am familiar with many of the customization features (using themes, wallpaper, adding/removing gadgets from desktop, setting date, time, region and language). I use it to connect to network and manage internet options, adjust sound, display, change battery settings, and set up user accounts and passwords. I am comfortable using it on office networks and stand-alone computers.

Microsoft Word

I have been using MS Word on the job since it first came out. I have used it to complete a variety of tasks, ranging from simple memos to complex documents with tables, charts, and footnotes. I am proficient in all of the basic functions, and many of the advanced ones as well.

I enjoy learning new features and sharing my knowledge with others. I am often asked to help others at work.

There are often multiple ways to do things in Word. My first step in teaching is to find out what the learner wants or needs to know, and what skills they already have. I then use the information to tailor my approach to the learner's specific needs.

Proofreading

I have worked for the Government for nearly 25 years. A lot of what I do everyday involves preparing written documents. Sometimes I write my own; other times I review documents prepared by others and provide comments. I have written technical reports, speeches, congressional testimony, letters, presentations, and contract documents, to name a few.

I am very flexible in my approach, and I apply different criteria depending on what the document is for, and why I am reviewing it. Sometimes I focus on style, purpose, clarity or accuracy. Other times I focus more on sentence and paragraph structure and sequencing, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, or spelling.

SAS

I have used Base Level SAS in my work for many years for a variety of statistical and database management tasks. I have taken courses to keep my skills current, and I am certified as a Base Level SAS Programmer in version 9.

I taught SAS to graduate students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education when I was a student there, and coached friends who needed SAS programming help to finish their doctoral dissertations.

I also taught SAS to students, fellows, and research assistants at the Harvard School of Public Health when I worked there for 2 years.

More recently, I tutored undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Maryland, George Washington University, and George Mason University in SAS skills ranging from basic applied statistics to SAS graphics and the macro language.

SAT Reading

I earned a score in the 99th percentile (verbal) when I first took the SAT as a student. At that time, I had just returned from several years of school in Italy, where I also studied Latin and Greek, and became fluent in Italian and French. Since then, my verbal ability in general, and my English in particular, have only improved, as my academic and professional accomplishments will attest.

I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Swarthmore College and Harvard University, and taught English as a Foreign Language to high school students in West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

In my professional career, I have written hundreds (if not thousands) of pages of complex documents, and reviewed similar documents produced by others. I am often asked to suggest ways to improve such documents. For several years, I also reviewed applications for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science, Engineering and Diplomacy Fellowship Program.

I look at writing from many different angles, ranging from sentence and paragraph structure, to logical flow and completeness, and appropriateness for the intended purpose. I believe that reading is important in learning to think critically, and that learning how to review and edit one’s own work is a key to good writing.

I have kept up with the changes to the test, and I am familiar with the different components of the critical reading and writing portions of the test. As a tutor, I can offer strategies drawn from my own unique experience as a student, as well as those I have learned from others.

SAT Writing

I earned a score in the 99th percentile (verbal) when I first took the SAT as a student. At that time, I had just returned from several years of school in Italy, where I also studied Latin and Greek, and became fluent in Italian and French. Since then, my verbal ability in general, and my English in particular, have only improved, as my academic and professional accomplishments will attest.

I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Swarthmore College and Harvard University, and taught English as a Foreign Language to high school students in West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

In my professional career, I have written hundreds (if not thousands) of pages of complex documents, and reviewed similar documents produced by others. I am often asked to suggest ways to improve such documents. For several years, I also reviewed applications for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science, Engineering and Diplomacy Fellowship Program.

I look at writing from many different angles, ranging from sentence and paragraph structure, to logical flow and completeness, and appropriateness for the intended purpose. I believe that reading is important in learning to think critically, and that learning how to review and edit one’s own work is a key to good writing.

I have kept up with the changes to the test, and I am familiar with the different components of the critical reading and writing portions of the test. As a tutor, I can offer strategies drawn from my own unique experience as a student, as well as those I have learned from others.

Writing

Over the course of my professional career, I've written a lot of reports, issue papers, abstracts, articles, correspondence, and other documents.

I also frequently written documents of all kinds as part of my work, and provide constructive comments.

Sometimes colleagues ask me to review their work informally prior to submitting it as a work assignment, and I'm always happy to provide suggestions.

I look at written work from several different perspectives, starting with grammar, spelling, word choice and sentence structure. Then I look at paragraph structure, document organization, tone, logical flow, ability to meet a specified objective, and overall readability.

I don't try to address all of these areas at once. I will focus on the areas with which you want help, and prioritize them based on your interests.

Janet’s Resources

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I speak Italian, and sometimes I send messages to friend and family in Italy, using email, Skype, or Facebook.   In Word, there are several ways to insert the accents and symbols used in other languages.  These include using Insert > Symbol, looking up the extended ASCII number for the accented character and typing on the numeric keyboard while holding the Alt key.  However,... read more

Microsoft Office is suite of programs used around the world for office and school work.  The Office suite includes Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.  One of the advantages of using these programs is that they have a lot of features, and you can use them to create a variety of projects in many different styles and formats.  Another advantage is that many of the shortcuts that work... read more

I'm not a natural planner, but I learned to appreciate plans the hard way.   Planning requires a conscious effort, but if you do it regularly, it shouldn't take more than a few minutes a day, and it pays off.     It's easy to brush it off as one more thing you don't have time for, but those are the times you need it most.     Planning encourages you to... read more

Swarthmore College
Sociology
Harvard University
EdD

Education

Swarthmore College (Sociology)

Harvard University (EdD)

Wonderful Tutor — Janet is one of the most amazing and knowledgeable tutors I ever had. She saved me and helped me pass a class that I was about to fail. She is flexible in terms of schedule; she is driven and a true inspiration. She even worked with me once for 7 straight hours. As soon as Janet understood my concerns, she helped me create a plan to help me stay focused and finish my projects. With her help, I wro ...

— Sarah, Silver Spring, MD on 5/26/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Janet will travel within 20 miles of Potomac, MD 20854.


About Janet

I'm a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience. I am a lifelong learner, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others. I have some teaching experience. As a tutor, I tailor my teaching to what students want and need to know. I use lots of examples. I'm patient, and I encourage students to ask lots of questions. I've raised two children with different learning styles. My youngest is currently a sophomore in high school.

I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College, with a teaching certification in Secondary Social Studies. After graduation I joined the Peace Corps and taught English as a Foreign Language to middle and high school students for two years in Guider, Cameroon. After returning to the U.S., I earned graduate degrees from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University (Ed.M, Ed.D), where my graduate coursework focused primarily on planning, policy, statistics, research design and data analysis . I am also a certified Project Management Professional, and a certified SAS Programmer (Base Level Certification, Version 9).

I lived and attended school in Florence, Italy for 8 years and am fluent in Italian. I studied French in school and in college, and became fluent when I worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa.

My computer skills include SAS Programming, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), and Photoshop Elements.

My other interests include reading, photography, cycling, genealogy, and a variety of needle and paper crafts.

Testimonials

"Wonderful Tutor "

- Sarah, Silver Spring, MD on 5/26/14

"Janet is an EXCELLENT Tutor in Helping my Son Prepare for SAT"

- Marti, Washington, DC on 6/8/14

"Great Tutor! Highly recommended!"

- Sijing, Silver Springs, MD on 3/17/14

"Knowledgeable and patient."

- Lucian, Washington, DC on 1/2/14

"Patient and wise"

- Rarita, Potomac, MD on 11/12/13

"Great Tutor for SAS and Statistics!"

- Melissa, Falls Church, VA on 9/27/13

"Knows her Stuff"

- Martin, Silver Spring, MD on 9/14/13

"Great Tutor"

- Luann, Potomac, MD on 9/13/13

Education

Swarthmore College
Sociology
Harvard University
EdD

Education

Swarthmore College (Sociology)

Harvard University (EdD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Potomac, MD 20854

Janet’s Subjects

Math:
Statistics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Italian
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English,
SAT Reading,
Statistics, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Janet’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Janet. View all of Janet’s resources

I speak Italian, and sometimes I send messages to friend and family in Italy, using email, Skype, or Facebook.   In Word, there are several ways to insert the accents and symbols used in other languages.  These include using Insert > Symbol, looking up the extended ASCII number for the accented character and typing on the numeric keyboard while holding the Alt key.  However,... read more

Microsoft Office is suite of programs used around the world for office and school work.  The Office suite includes Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.  One of the advantages of using these programs is that they have a lot of features, and you can use them to create a variety of projects in many different styles and formats.  Another advantage is that many of the shortcuts that work... read more

I'm not a natural planner, but I learned to appreciate plans the hard way.   Planning requires a conscious effort, but if you do it regularly, it shouldn't take more than a few minutes a day, and it pays off.     It's easy to brush it off as one more thing you don't have time for, but those are the times you need it most.     Planning encourages you to... read more


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