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Having a positive feeling toward a subject and anticipating success makes learning easier and faster. During our conversations about your class work, I will observe how you approach the material and its challenges. In other words, I figure out how you think. Once I understand your point of view, I focus on areas where you are having difficulty and help you conquer obstacles. That helps you feel less frustrated. With less stress, you will learn the subject more easily and begin to have fun with it. Soon, it will become almost automatic for you to progress at a faster rate, learn more, and get better grades. This may sound odd, but my goal is to get you to a point where you no longer need my help at all. From there on, you are on your way to happy, independent, self-directed learning.
As a professional teacher, I worked most with students from 5th grade through high school. In industries, I taught adult workers, but I enjoy working and learning with people of all ages. As an Electronics QC Testing Technician, my jobs often relied heavily on teaching test operators how machines had to be used properly, safely practices, preventative maintenance, plus how to keep records for tests. I taught them well because I relied on their record keeping when I compiled test result data for software and devices worth millions of dollars to the companies where we worked.
For courses in Life Sciences, an extensive Biology background has helped me for ten years while serving on the board of trustees of a national health charity. I have created and moderated several support groups online. There, we share information and teach each other. My particular value is in reading medical journals and accurately translating them into layman's vocabulary for ordinary patients to understand. One of the books I edited recently is about a complex human medical issue as well.
In English Composition and History, you may wish to benefit from my experience editing books and writing short stories. Over twenty years of experience as an avid participant in Living History events is a rich resource to draw upon as well. More than reading about it, I enjoy actually going out and "living" the way people lived 200 years ago with 100% authenticity. Moreover, I enjoy success as a researcher in early American history. This summer (2012), I located a lost letter written by Benjamin Franklin in 1775. It is now being used in the curriculum of US Constitution courses and as supportive evidence presented in Federal courts.
From all this, you can see that I offer a background that is varied, rich, broad, and rather long. Let's make learning fun and rewarding.
The GED covers Language Arts-Writing, Language Arts-Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics. They test against a 12th grade level of proficiency.
My experience in Elementary and secondary teaching in areas of Reading, Math, sciences, and history is quite helpful to people seeking to pass the GED testing.
From my years spent in industry dealing with real world problem solving for a living, I can also help you learn a how to read critically and reason better so that you have the flexibility to cope with variations in how the questions are written in those tests.
The most important part of answering any test question is first determining what the question is asking of you. That requires critical reading skill.
For students needing help with general computer operation: I presume you will be using recent versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems and some kinds of specialized application software. I began working with computers in 1984. My work included 8 years as a Quality Technician testing industrial machine controllers, operational software, hardware, printers, peripheral equipment, 2 years as a UL certified Testing Lab Tech, plus more. I'm currently using Win7 and XP Professional operating systems in my own PCs.
I am a former Elementary school teacher available for students who need help in basic subjects from early elementary through 8th grade. Teaching for standardized tests is important, but the effort should go farther to prepare students for success in learning and in life.
Example: I challenge students to find main ideas inside of paragraphs and longer articles. Then students must support their contentions in their own words with evidence drawn from the material they read. That feedback allows me to measure students’ comprehension, vocabulary, experience background, and reasoning ability.
I used much the same approach when I worked as a QC Testing Tech in industries. There, I often needed to instruct machine operators and assistants. I wrote work instructions, had my helpers read the instructions and ask questions about the tasks, and then watched them perform some work. Whenever errors or confusion arose, I concentrated on those areas (which indicated they had not understood that facet of the instructions or the process).
By drawing out a constant stream of feedback from students, I gently guide them into learning new skills thoroughly. That develops reasoning abilities which allow students to be flexible and adapt readily to new situations in learning and work.
My methods center on breaking down problems into small, easy to fix parts. That lowers students' stress level thereby making learning easier, successful, and more enjoyable.
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