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I am not here to teach you - I am here to help you learn. This philosophy creates the road to independence. No matter what the subject is, there are basic buiding blocks. We must master those concepts. Then we can learn how to build upon them in an orderly fashion. As we achieve success, the dependence on tutoring will diminish. For some subjects, the light bulb will go on quickly. For others, it takes longer. For me, the bulb was always dimmer for languages than for math and science. That just increases the challenge to find the right circuit to make it happen. Patience is a virtue - not to keep repeating the same teaching methodology but to find the one turns on the light.
My background is quite diverse. I spent many years in the business world. My first career was in computers where I achieved the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) for The Options Clearing Corporation. Then, I founded and directed SCM Consulting, a supply chain management consulting company. We provided services to Fortune 1000 companies. After moving to Wilmington, I taught at UNCW for seven years as Executive in Residence for Operations Management in the Cameron School of Business. While at UNCW, I got involved with the Cameron Executive Network (CEN). CEN is a volunteer organization made up of active and retired business executives. We match up with students, usually in their junior year, and mentor them one-on-one to prepare them for their careers. I am still active in CEN.
Math is a strong foundation for much of my expertise. My undergraduate degree is in engineering, and I have used math throughout my career. With ACT Math, I combine this knowledge of math with a tutoring approach to remove the panic from taking such an important test under the pressure of time.
Algebra I is difficult for many students because it is a paradigm shift from previous Math experience. My tutoring methods address this on a one-on-one basis, which cannot be done in a classroom. Once the student understands the new paradigm, we work on the learning foundation that eventually allows her/him to move forward on their own.
As a graduate of West Point and a military veteran, I am interested in helping young men an women who desire to enter the military. My 7 years of teaching at the university level gives me the experience of working with young people. I have qualified in a broad range of subjects that provides me with an excellent base for the ASVAB.
Most of my career was in the business world. I founded and directed SCM Consulting, a supply chain consulting company serving Fortune 1000 Companies. I taught 7 years in the Cameron School of Business at UNCW. Courses included: Business Statistics, Introduction to Information Systems,Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Purchasing, Logistics, and Lean Six Sigma.
As a business leader, career development has always been a strategic priority of mine. Without highly qualified and engaged employees, success is impossible. As a mentor with the Cameron Executive Network (CEN) in the Cameron School of Business at UNCW, I've mentored over 40 business students since 2005. I still get calls from many of them on career questions long after graduation.
I am qualified to tutor in Chemistry because of a Business student at UNCW who took Chemistry as a Basic Study not knowing that it is the most difficult basic study science course. I got the book, and tutored her through the course. I was amazed at how much I remembered from my college days.
I believe that the path to academic success is set early in the formal education process. For me, it was my 1st and 2nd grade teachers. As a teacher, role model, and disciplinarian, learning became both a challenge and fun. I will bring these qualities to the tutoring sessions. Comfort and trust are very important to both young children and their parents. Therefore, I spend the first session, at no charge, getting to know each other, discussing our objectives, and how I will tutor.
I was trained as an engineer, and my first career was in the early days of computers.
Taught properly, especially at the younger ages, science needs to be exciting and fun. As your child's tutor, I will put life into the discipline without losing the basic principles of the lessons. Too many children fear science today. Let me help your child embrace it.
My qualifications for tutoring come from a combination of my education, business experience and teaching at the university level. In addition, I mentor business students to prepare them for their careers. I develop one-on-one relationships with them over a two year period. I have always been good with geography because of my travels and interest in current events.
I was trained in grammar in a parochial elementary school, an excellent public high school, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. I tutored grammar my entire career - my staff, consulting client's staff, UNCW students, and UNCW mentees. One cannot communicate effectively and concisely while using poor grammar.
There are two parts to test taking. The first is obvious - knowing the subject matter. The second is often overlooked. It is knowing how to take the test. My approach to tutoring addresses both areas. My qualifications on the subject matter include an MS Degree, many years in the business world, and seven years of teaching at UNCW. Knowing how to take the test is a tool that can add important points to your score. I will teach you a process that will reduce your nervousness and increase your confidence.
My experience with electronic spreadsheets predates Excel. My experience with Excel covers its lifespan. Excel was the standard spreadsheet software for my consulting business, and it was most often the standard of my Fortune 1000 clients. At times, I held Excel training sessions within my company and for clients. I also taught Excel as part of the Introduction to Information Systems course required by all Cameron School of Business students at UNCW.
As the Founder and Director of SCM Consulting, I utilized the PowerPoint presentation as a primary communication tool for over 20 years. I also trained my staff and clients' staff in the use of the tool. At UNCW, I included PowerPoint instruction in several of my courses.
As Founder and Director of SCM Consulting, I managed numerous consulting projects for Fortune 1000 clients. Microsoft Project was usually the project management tool of choice by the client. I utilized Microsoft Project on over 100 complex projects. I conducted training sessions for several clients on Microsoft Project.
Microsoft Word is a word processing tool that seems simple to use, and it is. However, to produce professional looking documents requires advanced skills. Learning how to navigate and how to find various features and functions is the path to success. My tutoring will provide that level of comfort to you.
Pre-algebra is an ideal time to address the paradigm shift from a student's previous Math experience to Algebra. My tutoring methods address this on a one-on-one basis, which cannot be done in a classroom. By working on the understanding of the new paradigm, I better prepare the student for what to expect in Algebra I.
As a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, I am required to have a clear understanding of probability and statistics and demonstrate the ability to teach others. I have done so with clients. I have also taught Introduction to Business Statistics, and Lean Six Sigma during my seven years at UNCW.
Reading with comprehension is the cornerstone to academic and life success. As an avid reader my entire life, I learned to read differently based on the desired outcome. In tutoring, I will introduce exercises to improve both speed and comprehension relative to the reading level of the child. Improvement will be measurable and recognizable.
Math is a strong foundation for much of my expertise. My undergraduate degree is in engineering, and I have used math throughout my career. With SAT Math, I combine this knowledge of math with a tutoring approach to remove the panic from taking such an important test under the pressure of time.
I was an avid reader as a child, which built my vocabulary early in life. Although I am not a true speed reader, I developed techniques to quickly scan a paragraph and comprehend its meaning. Because it is a process, I can tutor others how to do it.
Spelling has become a lost art. Teaching at UNCW for seven years proved this point to me - even with spellchecker. Of course, this doesn't even account for e-mails, texting and tweeting!! I still believe that spelling is important. With my tutoring, your child can become a better speller. We will accomplish this through level appropriate rules and exercises.
Developing good study skills was a matter of survival at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Carrying 24 credit hours a semester in addition to our athletic and military training requirements demanded rigorous time management. When I got involved in mentoring, I modified my process with ideas from experts in the field. I mentor my business students in these study skills.
Reading and vocabulary go together. I built my vocabulary by reading. I tutor vocabulary with reading. Seeing a word in a sentence or in a paragraph, one can often deduce its meaning from the context of its setting. To me, this approach is much more effective than memorizing words and their definitions. I do use the dictionary, but you will have to hire me to find out when.
My background is as a business professional. My writing reflects that background. If you are looking for a tutor for business writing, I am that person. My method will show you how to write clearly and concisely. I pride myself in never reaching the minimum word requirement on a college paper but receiving an A on every one.
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