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Thomas E.

Raleigh, NC

$35/hr

Programming, Chinese (Mandarin), and Liberal Arts Tutor

Background check passed as of 6/12/13
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Programming, Chinese (Mandarin), and Liberal Arts Tutor

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In May 2011, I graduated cum laude from Guilford College holding a Dual Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies and Comparative Religious Studies with the equivalent to a minor in Mandarin Chinese (that which is now presently being taught throughout much of the United States) - though I am a proficient speaker. As a part of my studies, I lived abroad in Yunnan Province, China - studying the language and conducting research on the various cultures present throughout the 'untamed' Southwestern region of China. Today, I am working toward my Associate's of Applied Science in Computer Programming, already having enterprise-level programming experience.

From August of 2011 to June 2013, I taught at a private, secular middle school for boys in Richmond, Va. As a full-time faculty member, I taught Future Problem Solving (an interdisciplinary critical thinking and reasoning course), Community Problem Solving, Philosophy, Religion, and Chinese. In Fall 2013, my hope is to attend - through a distant education program - North Carolina State University's Geospatial Information Sciences program. Today, I work for a Raleigh-based programming company.

As a teacher, I have worked primarily with middle school boys; however, as a former director of and contributor to summer programs, I have experience working with the entire K-12 range. Through WyzAnt, I have worked with a wide range of students, most in high school, entering college, or adult learners.

My focus as a tutor is developing student autonomy - the ability for a student to independently tackle work and assignments - regardless of the subject (as long as the subject falls within my own expertise). In order to achieve this goal, the student and I work together to develop tools which he or she can utilize when encountering an obstacle. The goal of tutoring is to cultivate a student's self confidence and to enable them to 'troubleshoot', so to speak. My strengths as a tutor - and a teacher - lie primarily in reading comprehension, text analysis, and writing (all critical skills in subjects such as history, religion, anthropology, etc. - or, at the collegiate level what is called the 'Liberal Arts').

Today, I am a programmer and work for a company in the Raleigh Area. I am also very able and willing to work with students on computer-related or programming-related subjects.

My tutoring instills within each student a passion for the subject, accomplished by aiding in the student's discovery of what - in education - we call "relevance" - the ability for a student to make a connection between his or her own experience and the material.

Math:
Algebra 1,
Prealgebra
English:
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Anthropology
Computer:
C++, Computer Programming,
HTML, Java, SQL, Visual Basic
Language:
Chinese
History:
Anthropology, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion,
Social Studies, World History
Art:
Drawing
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
English,
Prealgebra, Reading, Writing
Corporate Training:
C++, Chinese,
Grammar, HTML, Java, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
SQL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Today - though already holding two Bachelor's degrees - I am studying toward my Associate's of Applied Science in Computer Programming (as well as working toward my Master's in Geospatial Information Science through North Carolina State University). Programming and geospatial information science, particularly the theoretical "stuff", are very math-heavy fields, meaning I engage higher-level mathematics and statistics on a daily basis; however, my passion as a tutor still lies in helping students to establish that necessary strong foundation - to identify that missing link that keeps the "penny [from] dropping", so to speak - so they are able to grow to love the subject.

Chinese

During college, I studied Chinese (Mandarin) intensively for two (2) years, earning a total of eighteen (18) credits.

My study of the Chinese language and the various cultures throughout China's frontiers took me abroad to China in 2009. There, I studied the language in a more intensive and focused program over a five-month period (February-June 2009), attending lectures six hours a day. Since returning from China, I have continued to study the language and am currently preparing for the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) - an international proficiency examination.

From 2011-2013, I worked to introduce a Chinese language program at a private, secular school in Richmond, VA, eventually being asked to lead and teach the program.

Computer Programming

Currently, I am a Software Developer in the Raleigh area, utilizing a wide range of languages and development environments. I am also pursuing formal qualifications through Wake Technical Community College, hoping to receive an Associate's of Applied Science in Computer Programming within the next year. My total experience as a programmer amounts to one and a half years.

Elementary Math

As a middle school student, myself, I became increasingly lost as math progressed. Using intuition alone, I qualified for geometry my ninth grade year of high school. I soon discovered the foundation that I had missed during middle school was necessary - particularly as the courses began to handle much larger and more unfamiliar numbers (math quickly became an even greater point of frustration). Thankfully, my geometry teacher realized I understood very little as a result of not having the necessary foundation. My family sought out a tutor for me. I rapidly became successful in math (learning all of algebra in one month). I went on to study calculus - never receiving below an A in mathematics.

Today - though already holding two Bachelor's degrees - I am studying toward my Associate's of Applied Science in Computer Programming (as well as working toward my Master's in Geospatial Information Science through North Carolina State University). Programming and geospatial information science, particularly the theoretical "stuff", are very math-heavy fields, meaning I engage higher-level mathematics and statistics on a daily basis; however, my passion as a tutor still lies in helping students to establish that necessary strong foundation so they are able to grow to love the subject.

English

The English language has always been an integral part of my own studies - and, by extension, my teaching. The ability to accurately and precisely employ the language in expressing oneself (either formally or informally) is an ability not to be taken for granted. Every student has the ability to be an expert of expression. Further, confidence in English is liberating and opens a world of possibilities.

Having a degree in the Humanities, writing was at the very core of my work throughout college: a typical student writing between fifty and eighty pages a week (and reading exponentially more). Our writing ranged from formal, argumentative papers to creative writing and short stories. Further, as mentioned above, all of our writing was accompanied by reading spanning numerous genres. Each course culminating in research-driven analysis of classics and contemporary scholars.

As a student, I spent a great deal of time working as a tutor to other students as they composed their essays. Informally, in class, much our time was spent critiquing fellow students' work. Too, I worked for a professional writing agency.

Public Speaking

I have participated in and led branches of various non-profit organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Each of these organization was public-focused, requiring a great deal of speech writing, preparation, and delivery. The culmination of my leadership training was marked by my participation in Guilford College's Principled Problem Solving Scholars Program (PPSSP) - a community leadership development program that prepared us to not only analyze organizations, but also offer assessments - often critical - to involved parties.

Too, throughout my career, I have acted in several plays and spoken in and led many public forums.

Religion

In May 2011, I graduated cum laude with the addition of Departmental Honors from Guilford College holding a Dual Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies and the History of Religion (Comparative Religious Studies). As a senior, I completed an Honors Thesis detailing the life and work of Mircea Eliade. Throughout my time as a student of Religion, I studied all major religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam); however, my education also covered less well-known, minority religions strewn about the world. Too, in 2009, I published a paper through the School for International Training (SIT) in Southwest China.

A typical student of Religion is expected to complete eight courses in order to satisfy their Department's degree requirements. As a student, I completed fourteen (14) courses.

World History

In May 2011, I graduated cum laude from Guilford College holding a Dual Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies and Comparative Religious Studies (also known as the 'History of Religion'). As a part of my time in college, I also completed the requirements for a minor in Anthropology and Sociology - a program focused on international - or, 'World' - history. Each degree I received from Guilford spent much of its time in the World arena - examining major historical movements and currents throughout the world.

While my knowledge base clearly supplies me with the ability to recall the details, the most important aspect of my education in international history was its focus on isolating the cause and seeking out the effect. My studies focused around the central theme of World Studies: how did the part influence the whole? Or, why did things look the way they did? What caused a country - or entire continent - to take the social and political shape it took?

As a teacher of Future Problem Solving, much of my own curriculum as defined by the program focuses on World History, in homage to the saying, "[the trend of] History repeats itself."

Writing

As a former student of the Liberal Arts, much of my training is in writing composition - the use of language to achieve a means (whether that be research-oriented - or "expository" - or persuasive). Throughout my studies and time as a teacher, I have also assisted students and colleagues with the mechanics of writing - again, developing each's self confidence.

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Guilford College Greensboro, NC

Education

Guilford College Greensboro, NC

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Thomas will travel within 20 miles of Raleigh, NC 27604.


About Thomas

In May 2011, I graduated cum laude from Guilford College holding a Dual Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies and Comparative Religious Studies with the equivalent to a minor in Mandarin Chinese (that which is now presently being taught throughout much of the United States) - though I am a proficient speaker. As a part of my studies, I lived abroad in Yunnan Province, China - studying the language and conducting research on the various cultures present throughout the 'untamed' Southwestern region of China. Today, I am working toward my Associate's of Applied Science in Computer Programming, already having enterprise-level programming experience.

From August of 2011 to June 2013, I taught at a private, secular middle school for boys in Richmond, Va. As a full-time faculty member, I taught Future Problem Solving (an interdisciplinary critical thinking and reasoning course), Community Problem Solving, Philosophy, Religion, and Chinese. In Fall 2013, my hope is to attend - through a distant education program - North Carolina State University's Geospatial Information Sciences program. Today, I work for a Raleigh-based programming company.

As a teacher, I have worked primarily with middle school boys; however, as a former director of and contributor to summer programs, I have experience working with the entire K-12 range. Through WyzAnt, I have worked with a wide range of students, most in high school, entering college, or adult learners.

My focus as a tutor is developing student autonomy - the ability for a student to independently tackle work and assignments - regardless of the subject (as long as the subject falls within my own expertise). In order to achieve this goal, the student and I work together to develop tools which he or she can utilize when encountering an obstacle. The goal of tutoring is to cultivate a student's self confidence and to enable them to 'troubleshoot', so to speak. My strengths as a tutor - and a teacher - lie primarily in reading comprehension, text analysis, and writing (all critical skills in subjects such as history, religion, anthropology, etc. - or, at the collegiate level what is called the 'Liberal Arts').

Today, I am a programmer and work for a company in the Raleigh Area. I am also very able and willing to work with students on computer-related or programming-related subjects.

My tutoring instills within each student a passion for the subject, accomplished by aiding in the student's discovery of what - in education - we call "relevance" - the ability for a student to make a connection between his or her own experience and the material.

Education

Guilford College Greensboro, NC

Education

Guilford College Greensboro, NC


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Raleigh, NC 27604

Thomas’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1,
Prealgebra
English:
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Anthropology
Computer:
C++, Computer Programming,
HTML, Java, SQL, Visual Basic
Language:
Chinese
History:
Anthropology, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion,
Social Studies, World History
Art:
Drawing
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
English,
Prealgebra, Reading, Writing
Corporate Training:
C++, Chinese,
Grammar, HTML, Java, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
SQL

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.


Thomas’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 Thomas. View all of Thomas’s resources

There is really no reason why there are different citation styles (beside emphasizing the importance of one piece of information within the citation over another). Someone, somewhere in history decided he or she did not approve of one method for citing works and therefore developed another -...


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