Accounting served as the base of my overall education and an entry point to everything I needed to do. I took courses all the way through the CPA exam, and excelled in related work venues, getting opportunities in most of the areas you've heard about--government, public accounting, private business, and non-profits. How accounting is taught hasn't changed much, the good and the bad of it. I know every rough spot along the way, and I provide guidance and encouragement for my students, some of whom are current professionals who missed a thing or two in school. My specialties right now are: first year and intermediate financial accounting, taxation, and aspects of the CPA test. I also help with related issues, including, but not limited to: career counseling and spreadsheets.
ACT English is not the proverbial box of chocolates. If you prepare for it properly, you pretty much know what you're going to get. It's the set of skills required for revising and editing written material. Success will entail employment of standard grammar and a comfortable knowledge of the ACT's approach to crafting questions. If you take the optional writing test, it's about hitting the marks the preparers expect of a student. I have earned a portion of my living as a professional writer and editor for over 25 years, and have provided my students with over 100 hours of ACT English test tutoring. The best prescription is preparation and the confidence that comes from going about it the right way.
ACT math, as opposed to its SAT counterpart, favors students who like applied math and hinders those who aren't attuned to it or haven't been trained for it. Another significant factor in this test is about recognizing the patterns of missing information in their reasoning questions. That too can be learned. The rest is review.
My method for this as for all test preparation is to point out the patterns and the likelihoods, and give my students the benefit of my thinking out loud, which trains them to think about the problem in highly seasoned terms.
We begin with assessment, goal setting and proper expectations to plan how many hours the student must allot to study and to tutoring.
ACT Science is a test like no other. The highest scores go not only to the best science students, but to the students best prepared to look at an almost-bewildering array of unfamiliar data and make sense of it quickly. Of all the test challenges susceptible to improvement through personal coaching, this segment of the ACT is most promising. I like to give the students a strong idea of what is expected of them and share the benefit of my analysis on specific problems in order to train them to think in a similar manner.
Much of what is taught in the lower grades today is meant to lay the foundation for algebra and other higher math subjects. But for many students (especially if they don't realize they were supposed to retain ALL of the previous information) the transition turns out to be a great, stumbling leap that wreaks havoc with all their other subjects while they put full time into understanding algebra. If the student doesn't like math and gets an ineffective, uninteresting teacher on top of their other problems, a good student can turn into a failing student.
My approach is to start them early, provide a healthy review of the foundations, get them comfortable with algebraic concepts, steer them through the common pitfalls while providing customized instruction, and finally take the math stress out of their lives.
After attending the Brooklyn College School of Economics, getting an accounting degree, and passing the CPA test, I worked for two years for Deloitte & Touche, one of the premier business consulting firms. I also taught the introductory business management course at Brooklyn College, which included the advantages and disadvantages of forms of business ownership, functional activities of a business, and topics related to human resources, production, operations, and management information systems.
Many of my students and their parents naturally ask me for career development assistance. That can include career guidance and advice, resume assistance, and a host of test preparation elements for tests or skills not otherwise listed on the site at this time.
They tap both the specialized and general knowledge I have by virtue of my varied career experiences, my seven years of mentorship of science and math students in the Long Island Science & Engineering Fair and for LIMSAT, and my decade of volunteer work guest lecturing and doing all of the above for Long Island Workforce Development, which includes all career paths.
When you ask me, I'll be happy to let you know if your situation is something with which I can help.
"Watching" Bobby Fisher in the championship match with the big flat board and the pundits wringing their hands; joining the chess club myself; becoming a tournament-level chess player; and having the pleasure of playing a young Joel Benjamin--all these things were great milestones in my life. I typically keep up with the discipline by participating in a few games every night online. It's a great privilege to teach the subject. I've seen passionate students begin to approach my abilities in the time I've worked with them, and I think the reason for that is I guide them toward an intuitive grasp of strategy over memorization.
The core of my first career was in law enforcement and forensics. I was a top federal agent and an expert witness in fraud trials. I had taken the basic course in criminology in college, adding five years of training concurrent with my job. I have been tutoring criminal justice for two years with successful results.
Coming as I do from generations of artists and artisans, I had an interest since childhood in trying out the various avenues of art. I have drawn on the professional level, including several years of commercial art sketches for advertising layouts, and at least one business logo that has endured for over fifteen years.
Ecology classes, also known on Long Island as Earth Science classes, vary widely in their content, having in common that this is usually the first class that requires its students to draw conclusions from inference as well as memorize knowledge. This serves them well if they take college science or SAT2. Decades ago, when I went to school, I was at the top of my class in Earth Science. I've kept up with the changes, tutoring students in basic earth science plus the versions that greatly enhance geology and ecology, bolstered further by my ecology training at NASA.
My experience in tutoring the younger grades goes back 40 years to when I was a fifth grader in something called the Future Teachers Club. Because of this marvelous program, I got to skip my own classes, which were freighted with material I had learned on my own, and discover the joy of helping other youngsters learn.
More so than in any other group, the younger grades require a healthy, balanced dose of the two P's--passion and patience. They also need study skills that will last a lifetime, and a well rounded approach.
Two programs I invented while a children's educator at NASA, "What If You Were a Scientist? and "What If You Were an Engineer?" demonstrated that creating a mindset for kids can be the most powerful tool they could ever hope to have.
English is my first language. Early in life I stocked up on a large vocabulary rich with denotation and connotation, which has served me well as a writer and public speaker. I've devoted hundreds of tutoring hours with Wyzant and earlier services, helping as many English-as-a-second-language students as natives to function at a higher, more satisfying level. I do this for general use and for test-taking, using immersion.
I am TOEFL certified. In my first few years of tutoring, most of my kids happened to be on an ESL track. However, others came later. I find it especially exciting to have students that are learning something every moment with every verbal exchange and written word. I've been privileged to have a role in the great success of so many ESL/ESOL learners.
The General Education Development tests, or GED, have been increasingly difficult in recent years to allow for a wide span of grades and applications. Only seventy percent of those who take it pass the test to get their Certificate of High School Equivalency, and the American Council on Education is about to make it harder still. I'm conversant and experienced in tutoring all five parts of the test: Language Arts: Writing; Social Studies; Science; Language Arts: Reading; and Mathematics. My students have done well because I know where the sticking points are and how to manage them. Come to me and we'll make a plan.
The GMAT is a sophisticated test like no other in its ability to stump otherwise intelligent students. In creating such a test, however, the Graduate Management Admission Council has also left a trail of recognizable patterns for the discerning eye. As a federal investigator I was considered the finest of puzzle solvers. With my years of test preparation experience, I've sat down and devised an easy-to-follow methodology for each section and sub-section of the test. For the best of students, it has made a tremendous difference in just 4 - 6 hours of study with me, usually in 2-hour increments. No one has required more than 10.
Although the GRE is designed to be the next-level parallel to the SAT and the ACT, students are surprised to find that they have more difficultly with the GRE than either of the earlier tests. With decades of experience in advanced subjects and testing I can reveal to you the theories that drive the questions, and how to react to the turns they can take. On top of that, I work with the most up-to-date information on the GRE (all the recent years' changes), use the latest books, provide my own study strategies, which I tailor to my students, and add in my own materials.
Beyond the word processor, the most important thing computers have done for us is the invention of the spread sheet, and today that means Microsoft Excel. As a once-active CPA, I've worked on every version of presentation and calculation software, and taught it every place I worked. There's nothing more impressive or attractive to an employer than someone who can customize and calculate the essentials of the business they are in, or understand and improve upon the spread sheets that others have done.
I've had students that need as little as a one-session refresher with a few new tips, to those who need to learn the program from scratch. In between were those who never quite learned it right and were sweating through a week to produce a poor version of what they could have breezed through in an afternoon. I make it understandable.
I've done slide show presentations since my first corporate job in 1984. As a technical specialist I was able to smoothly transition to the use of Power Point as soon as it was invented. I teach it on beginning, intermediate and advanced levels both in the classroom and as a tutor.
After a session where we create a single slide from scratch, I share finished professional presentations as a learning tool where students can practice their basic skills by altering the finished work. At the same time I share the stories behind the creation as well as the thinking and planning that went into them. Depending on how ambitious you want to set the program,the student may learn how to set goals, plan, script, gather material, and present the material. We ultimately create and test full presentations.
Once a fixture at the outdoor summer galleries in the late '70's, I have painted at the professional level, having sold made-to-order landscapes and animal scenes in my local community, which was then Brooklyn.
In the realm of professional commercial art, I used various techniques in acrylics, oils and watercolors to produce and sell labels for wine bottles, also in the 1970's. In the 1980's, I tried my hand at a school called Artography where I took eight students through a semester.
I won first prize in the Chase Manhattan Bank Painting Contest with "Birds of Paradise," and one of my recent works, "Trouble Brewing," was exhibited at the Cinema Arts Centre in 2009.
In addition to my studies in political science and constitutional law, I worked in both the Democratic and Republican parties, including the campaigns to elect mayor Ed Koch (three times), mayor Frances X. Becker (of Lynbrook), county executive Ed Mangano, and those of lesser politicians. I also contributed the first study of the viability of candidate Bill Clinton for the DNC when I represented Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, on behalf of its state senator. Lastly, I worked with county government for nine years in conjunction with a non-profit organization, Hofstra University and Stony Brook University to seek federal and state funding for education projects.
Prealgebra is one of the most important subjects for a student to do well in before the math gets far more difficult. Every time I sit with an algebra or SAT math student who is having a lot of trouble, it's usually because they forgot or never knew their prealgebra. Whether it be a younger student just beginning the topic or the older student who never quite put it together, I let them explore the numbers from every direction in order to see the relationships between them, and I specially tailor explanations that their regular classroom experience cannot get across.
As with most people, public speaking was my greatest fear. I couldn't speak in front of three friends, let alone a classroom. With the step-at-a-time help of some marvelous college coaches, and my own burning desire to recreate myself, I became a U.S. Treasury Department spokesman by the age of 26, visiting dozens, then hundreds, and finally entrusted with a spot on PBS. As a museum founder, I entertained CEO's and shared the stage with politicians. As an author, I've spent eight years leading convention seminars. Through NASA TV, I've spoken in front of 19 million people worldwide at a time. Was I afraid? Just a bit, yes. Like a boxer that must stay hungry, I know how to turn my fear into fighting energy. If I can do it, you can do it with my help.
Reading comprehension is one of the trickiest skills to impart to a student. At the same time, if anything will work, it has to be tutoring, a program developed for the particular student to go their pace and meet their individualized needs.
In my method, it begins with a careful assessment of how that student absorbs information and what their stumbling blocks seem to be. It develops by my sharing how I view and analyze written material and the student practicing those principles with the guidance and exercises I provide. Much of it, I find, has to do with expanding their vocabulary with an emphasis on denotation and connotation. When my students pick up a set of new and productive habits they find every area of learning positively impacted by their improved reading.
From personal experience (my own High School Regent's Diploma) required sitting for exams in English, Social Studies, Spanish, Math (9th - 11th year), and Earth Science. My levels-- grades 85 and better-- correspond to what is currently the "advanced" designation or "mastery" in all of those subjects. Many of my classes were AP (Advanced Placement) as well. I did not utilize prep courses or tutoring.
Currently, I am most qualified to teach and prepare students for Regents English, Global Studies, and Earth Science. After minoring in English, including studies at Columbia University, I achieved 25+ years as a published author. I am up to six years and counting as a judge/ mentor in the Long Island Science & Engineering Fair. If you request a topic I cannot cover, I will gladly tell you.
Conquering the math portion of the SAT is a matter of a solid knowledge of the basics through the early part of algebra 2/ trigonometry and mental preparation for the particular test logic employed. I alert students to what they will likely see on the test, particularly the unusual features, get them to categorize questions for proper study, and (if their goal is a very high score) give them problems to tackle that are harder than any on the test, making the actual experience easy by comparison.
SAT reading is a particular test-specific skill where preparation can and should raise student's scores. My outlook and approach is that you have to give the student a structure, something to look forward to, and a guide through what is expected of them in order to raise their confidence and lower their test taking anxiety.
Without the right help (while others are seeking and utilizing that help), they can fall below the average or fall below their potential. They are at age where scores-college-career-earnings are all tied together. A boost now will make a significant lifetime difference. With SAT reading in particular, the skills and better habits learned will benefit every subject because they all involve reading.
Whether you want to improve your SAT Writing score because it's poor or because near-perfect isn't good enough for you, you shouldn't waste precious time doing it without an expert.
My "Five Page Master Class in SAT Writing" is just one of the tools I employ as a guide to demonstrate a time-tested successful approach to the essay portion. As a professional author and editor I also stress basic and advanced grammar, and as a tutor with decades of experience I provide insight into the patterns and strategies it takes to produce a strong performance on the test.
Though American-born, I took the maximum number of Spanish classes for five years in school. According to Donald Kratzer, I was not only his best student but the most accomplished student he had ever seen. The Brooklyn school system where I learned does NOT make a student fluent like a native speaker, nor does it save you from forgetting over time. However, I've had jobs where my customers spoke only Spanish, I've been tutoring ESL for Spanish customers for years (individually and in the classroom), and I have no problem tutoring elementary Spanish.
There was a time when I was so frightened of speaking that petrified wood was jealous of how stoney I was. Then came some extraordinary training at Brooklyn College from two of the most gifted professors in the field. Within three years I was the Treasury Department spokesman for ten million constituents, racking up audiences of hundreds at a time in person, thousands on PBS. I would go on to create courses for teachers, and share the podium with business and political leaders at conferences. I wrote speeches for my boss, who was head of the Long Island Planning Commission, and later sat in his place. All of this was incidental to - and a great boost to - my career. I would recommend speech training for anyone because I've proven that even the most introverted person with a desire to change can do so.
HOW you study is just as important as how MUCH you study. And while catching-up skills are no substitute for doing-it-right-all-along skills, there are times when you absolutely must know how to catch up. A positive mental attitude and endurance are things you can learn.
I've weathered crises of under confidence and overconfidence, and studied through life's challenges, big and small. Distractions will persist, but we find ourselves putting in more years of study than ever, including study programs at work. I found that that the better I learned how to think things through without adding too many internal distractions, the less external distractions held me back. Since the fifth grade I've done well enough to be consistently asked to help others, and I feel great doing it.
I have an accounting degree with graduate study in taxation; CPA, enrolled agent status; 8 years as tax preparer, tax auditor, and tax manager; additional training at U.S. Treasury Department and Deloitte & Touche.
Areas of experience include personal income tax, partnership, S Corp., and C Corp. with specialties in real estate and textiles, and 501(c)(3) corporations.
I've produced an independent feature film currently on sale, a television pilot being re-cut for sale, and assisted in production of numerous short films and videos. I have also done professional photography seen by millions. As an independent in this sideline, I work on all aspects from set design to final cut, but I have also hired actors, stunt people, camera operators, technicians, costume designers, and carpenters.
In this era of texting, a lack of vocabulary skills has become the greatest impediment to reading comprehension. Each generation uses fewer words than did the previous one. The school system has not been able to step up its efforts in this area, and at the same time, the SAT and ACT have not gotten any easier. In fact, over the years, they have greatly increased their emphasis on vocabulary-based reading comprehension. My method is to recognize the problem, drill the student on the various meanings of tested vocabulary words, and how they can expect to see them used. At the same time, I encourage the habits that enabled earlier generations to learn their vocabulary--reading, writing, and dictionary skills.
As a professional writer, I've done every type of commercial writing from Dollar Stretcher to Scholastic, every sort of technical writing from AICPA to Harmon Kardon manuals, and, with two published novels and many short stories, a wide variety of creative work as well. Having spent many years in writing groups and doing professional editing, I was well qualified to help others when I began to tutor on the subject.
If you work with me, I'll analyze your strengths and weaknesses, and provide a tailored program to meet your needs including exercises, overall strategies, and line-by-line, word-by-word help. Many of my students have had specific assignments like an essay to get into dental school or an application for political asylum, as well as the more common essay for college application, but when I work with you, you will acquire skills and habits that will improve your work forever.