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Howard C.

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I have been in public education for seventeen years. Prior to that, I served in the military. Both have certain things in common. During that time, I have been a classroom teacher at the middle school and high school levels, a volunteer at the elementary school level, a counselor, and an administrator. While all positions were challenging and rewarding, my passion is the classroom, and the interaction with students.
I have been a successful athletic coach, and have coached both men's and women's teams. I presently am a volunteer, unpaid assistant soccer coach at a local middle school. I am semi-retired, which is advantageous to students and their families, since I can help out at a time convenient to the student and their families.
During my time, I have taught all seven of the social studies subjects, middle school language arts and social studies, and have assisted with helping students with content outside of licensure. For example, I have taught SAT Prep-Verbal. I have also taught several Advanced Placement (AP) subjects, such as AP World History, AP Government, AP Economics, and AP European History.
I firmly believe that all content areas spin off the ability to read, comprehend, have a strong sense of grammar and vocabulary, understanding in context, the ability to take notes, and the ability to outline and write documents from that outline, fulling understanding the writing process. Understanding of the scientific method and test-taking strategies are also very, very important. Computers are wonderful tools, especially for research, but they are not infallible. For example, Spell Check and Grammar Check will not pick up i, if it is used as a noun or pronoun because it is not capitalized. It is not misspelled, and not grammatically wrong, so students, as part of the writing process, must proof-read their work.
I like to think I produce students not only ready for their next level of education, but the use of their education as life skills. For example, if you have poor reading skills, you will miss questions on any exam you take, and it may cost you a job because you did not understand the work application.

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Howard’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Career Development, College Counseling, Criminal Justice, Economics, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Hebrew, Law, Public Speaking, Spanish
Sports/Recreation:
Baseball, Basketball, Bodybuilding, Chess, Fitness, Football, Soccer, Softball
Test Preparation:
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Biology, Economics, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
Business:
Career Development, Economics, GRE, Law, Public Speaking
Art:
Art History, Art Theory
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
History:
American History, Anthropology, Classics, Criminal Justice, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Hebrew, Spanish
Science:
Anthropology, Biology, Genetics, Philosophy, Physical Science, Psychology, Sociology
Math:
Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra, Probability
English:
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

ADD/ADHD

I have several years of working with ADD/ADHD students in my classroom, and also have been trained in Students With Learning Disabilities as part of my counselor training, having counseled them and occasionally their parents in a non-classroom, counseling setting. It is important to maintain their focus, which means shorter lessons, perhaps, and also to follow all laws pertaining to ADD/ADHD students. Based on my training as a teacher and a counselor, I request to be certified in ADD/ADHD students. Thank you.

American History

American History and English go hand in hand, in many cases. Of the original thirteen colonies, all were colonized with the exception of what became New York City and New York, and portions of present-day Delaware. Their reasons for coming here were diverse, but many came for religious freedom.
English has been the language of what is now the United States, and it present in our everyday life, from TV to books. We are unique in that we can celebrate the diversity that all immigrant cultures have had, and what we received from them in so many ways. English is also a "living" language, as opposed to Latin, for example, because many common English words that are used everyday came from the various languages immigrant cultures brought with them. It is very easy to combine the two, and English teachers and Social Studies teachers many times work hand in hand with each other. Lastly, it is no accident that at the middle school level, many Social Studies teachers also teach Language Arts, and vice-versa.

Anthropology

I have an academic background in anthropology, and have participated on digs as a volunteer. I've also taken an online course with Coursera to further enhance my understanding of anthropology, and I've taught this course at the high school level on two separate occasions.

ASVAB

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, is a standardized test comprising of eight sections, or batteries. Four are critical, as they compose the Armed Forces Qualification Tests, or AFQT. Two are devoted to English and Grammar, and two are devoted to Mathematics, primarily Algebra and Geometry. Those four determine whether or not a person gets into the military, other scores notwithstanding. The higher the overall scores, the better career opportunities a prospective member of the military has.
Just as the Department of Defense mandates that the ASVAB be administered to anybody enlisting in the U.S. Military, it also grants each service the right to determine their own minimum passing scores for that branch of the service. For example, the Army may require that a recruit have an overall score of 60 in the AFQT; the Navy may require a recruit to have a score of 65, and so on.
The ASVAB is administered quite a bit at various testing centers. It can also be taken in high school, mostly by seniors. The ASVAB itself does not obligate a person to join the military; as a matter of fact, only about 14% of those that do take the ASVAB do so to join the military. However, it is an excellent indicator as to where a person's strengths and weaknesses are.
Further informati0on about the ASVAB can be found by discussing the exam with any military recruiter, or school guidance counselor.

Baseball

I have played baseball at the high school and collegiate levels. I also played while in the military, time permitting. I was a catcher, and would love to tutor catchers, and pitchers, if they want to learn a new pitch. I'm also a fan and a student of the game, and want to impart the history and traditions of the game to a new generation. We have a team in the "Wood bat" league where I live, and I am a host parent to one of the players on the team. It is the coastal Plains League, and there is some pretty good talent there. Current stars such as Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, among others, have played in this league. I have also been a baseball umpire in Pennsylvania, before moving here in 1995.

Career Development

I have been trained as a Counselor, and career counselors are the growth area in counseling. I have actual experience as a counselor, both in public schools and while I was in the military. I am familiar with mot of the relevant testing options out there, but Strong-Campbell is probably the best. I've tutored students to prepare them for the ASVAB, which is also a career orientation model and not just for the military. It is based on Holland's Six RIASEC Typologies. I am familiar with just about every type of standardized testing out there, as being a counselor requires a significant amount of time involvement with testing of some sort.

College Counseling

I have been trained as a counselor, as well as a career counselor, and have advised numerous students as to how to go about choosing the right college for them, both officially and unofficially. I have been endorsed by the State of North Carolina as a Guidance Counselor, and part of the job of any counselor is to advise students as to options for post-secondary education. Thank you.

Economics

The unique thing about Economics, among the soft sciences, is that it operates by laws, not theory. There is no "Theory of Supply," for example. There is the "Law of Supply."

Economics has two main divisions: macroeconomics, which looks at economics as a whole, and microeconomics, which looks at a portion of the overall economic picture, or at just one particular industry. Economics also has a sets of words, abbreviations, and language all of its own: such as GDP (Gross Domestic Product), The Law of Substitution, and where demand and supply cross is the equilibrium point. There are numerous other examples to use, but this will suffice. The student in Economics should have a reasonably good command of basic math and algebra, and be able to accurately interpret data. Further, economics as a career is a good choice; hardly any economists ever lose their jobs, and they can work just about anywhere.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a licensed teacher in several states, but would also like to work with younger students. I have been doing volunteer work at an elementary school in Charlotte, NC, and also one in Gastonia, NC, for nearly the past two years. Usually I work one on one with struggling students, but sometimes as many as three or four.
It has given me an opportunity to also observe elementary school teachers, how they approach content, how they structure their classes, and how they manage their students. It has been an instructive and learning experience for me.

ESL/ESOL

I am well qualified to be certified in ESL/ESOL because, first of all, I speak three other languages, besides English, myself. Second, I have taught ESL students. Third, I have taught English to students in another country. Fourth, I have taken coursework to learn to teach ESL to other students. Thank you.

GRE

The Graduate Record Exam, or GRE, is a standardized test that is administered and required by a majority of colleges for students who wish to attend graduate school.
It is a standardized test, divided into a variety of sections, all designed to test a potential graduate student's knowledge and abilities in various areas. The test usually takes about two hours to complete.
As a standardized test, it shares certain features common to all standardized tests. The sections are usually comprised of multiple choice questions, with four or five possible answers. The trick to any standardized test is to get the numbers on your side. Test-taking is a skill, and skills can be taught. The parameters of passing scores varies from test to test, regardless of what the test is for.
A student can take a standardized test such as the GREs, as many times as they wish, but that is not the point. As a tutor, it is my belief that a student should work with a tutor to pass it the first time.
Test formats for any standardized test take one of two forms. They can either be written, or done on a dedicated computer. There are pros and cons to both formats. I would recommend taking the computer generated test, because the software allows the student the ability to do several things, such as go back to questions within the section, provides a running clock for time left, and allows students to mark questions for further review, thereby eliminating the possibility for misalignment of answers.
However, in the final analysis, it is still a standardized test, which means it will change very little, and is administered across a broad spectrum of students. This is an advantage.

Hebrew

Shalom! Boker Tov! (Hello! Good morning!). I've lived in Israel for over five years, am Jewish, and know the language. I've taught Basic Hebrew before, as well as conversational Hebrew. Biblical Hebrew can also be taught, but it does require a little more work.
Presently, I'm teaching Basic Hebrew Literacy to a small group of adults, who wish to learn the language, alphabet, vowel markings, and grammar.
Hebrew is a "small" language, that is to say, it doesn't have a lot of verbs or vocabulary, so once a student grasps the basics, they're well on their way.

Praxis

I have a great deal of experience with PRAXIS, having taken them myself, as well as the old NTEs. I also have over 10 years of preparing students as a classroom teacher for taking standardized tests.
During my time as a counselor, I further developed my skills as a Testing Coordinator, so I've seen testing from a variety of points of view.
Taking standardized tests is a skill, and as such, skills can be taught and acquired. I have also taught AP/IB subjects, and have been a test scorer for ETS, as well as a private test-scoring agency.
I think this has prepared me to tutor students of any age to get ready for any type of standardized testing, especially PRAXIS.

Reading

Reading is THE fundamental skill all students have to possess to be successful, not only in school and education, but also in life and employment.
Reading is a skill, and skills can be taught, but in the final analysis, it also requires practice, which means that a student truly has to become a life-long learner and reader.
Technology has been a great help to students, especially Kindle, Kindle Fire,(the names of both taken from a quote from Voltaire concerning reading), as well as Nook and the iPad.
Reading also requires the building of a vocabulary, and enhances comprehension and information retention. For example, and there are many, most math problems are word problems. If a student has good reading skills, they can go through the word problem more efficiently, extract the math information, and solve the problem. This is true for any type of math. It also informs on reading passages commonly found on tests. Some passages require prior knowledge of a subject that the passage is addressing. This is particularly true in the social sciences.
Lastly, knowing an author's tone, audience, the voice they are speaking in, and their particular style informs the reader about what they are reading, and this is true, regardless of literary genre.

SAT Reading

As part of any standardized test, reading is crucial. Usually, the test has several reading passages, from which anywhere between three to six questions may refer to the reading. Most of the questions will have four or five possible answers.

There are several schools of thought as to how to address a Reading Section, and I can provide instruction in all of them, especially the two most prevalent ones, and how to attack a question so that when one has finished, the answer will be clearly obvious.

I firmly and truly believe that test-taking is a skill, and skills can be taught.

SAT Writing

Writing for the ACT/SAT is really no different than writing for an English class or an English composition class; one must have proper noun verb agreement, use the appropriate modifiers, have some grasp of the subject matter one is writing about, be able to construct logical paragraphs that flow one to the next, and so forth. Last, spelling and grammar are very important. A student can write a great story, but if their spelling is bad, or the grammar is bad, the student will not do well.

Soccer

I have played the game, both in high school, and college. I have coached the game, both at the middle school and high school levels, winning championships at both levels (Head Coach at the varsity level, state champions); (Volunteer Assistant Coach at the middle school level, champions; Head coach, middle school, overall record 18-4, losing twice in the county championship). I have been a successful state official for five years, and the college level for two years, before returning to coaching. I have previous experience as a position coach, and tutor. Thank you.

Social Studies

I have been a Social Studies teacher at the Middle School and High School levels for thirteen of the fifteen years I've been in the classroom. I will be the first one to admit that it is a "big tent" covering everything and anything from History, Geography, Economics to Anthropology and Psychology, just to name a few. As a teacher of all of these subjects at various times, and at various levels (Regular classes to AP/IB subjects), I like to think I have a pretty good handle on the content and also how students act and react to Social Studies. Also, there is the added bonus of using mid-to-high order thinking skills, reading skills, and writing skills. So, Social Studies has a lot to offer, not only in broadening a student's perspective, but also in providing them with life-long skills. I ask that Social studies please be added to my list of certified subjects for tutoring. Thank you.

Study Skills

One thing that I think every teacher does, or should do, is teach study skills to their students, regardless of content area. I usually start to develop them with my students during the first few days of school, but they can be taught at any time.
Study skills involve the cooperation of three groups of people: teachers, students, and parents or legal guardians. Very good study skills are crucial for any student seriously thinking about college. A student might be able to "coast", so to speak, in high school, but not in college, where the workloads are much greater, and the ratio of out of class work to in class work in about3:1 in terms of hours.
Study skills start with taking good notes. There are many ways to do this, and I show a variety of options. Notes, along with outlines, have to make sense to a student, since they are the ones using them, but they also all share certain commonalities. Daily review of notes is also very important. Review the notes taken on Monday that day; on Tuesday, review the notes taken on Monday and Tuesday, and so forth. If prepping for a test, backward plan from the date of the test and move forward with your notes.
There is much, much more to study skills, and I ask that this be included in my certified subjects.

Writing

Writing goes hand in hand with reading; if one is good at one, the chances are they will be good at the other.

At the same time, writing can be complex and time consuming, since the best written articles go through a process. It is the rare individual that can sit down and write a completed, final document of any type without going through a process of drafts, proofreading, editing, etc.

Writing is also diverse. A writer needs to know what kind of audience he or she is addressing, the style and voice they will use to write-which informs on the subject matter-and utilize good grammar, as well. The more one writes, the better and more practiced one becomes.

Writing, like so many other things in life, is a matter of perspective, facts, and practice.

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Education

University of Pennsylvania (Secondary Education)

Clemson University, Clemson, SC (MEd)

University of London UK (Graduate Coursework)

Great Tutor Howard has been working with my step-son for the past four weeks on ASVAB preparation. Howard is a great tutor, he is very patient with my step-son and takes the time to ensure my step-son's success on the ASVAB. I definitely recommend Howard as a tutor. ...

— Kimberly from Gastonia, NC on 6/30/14);

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