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I work with Adobe Illustrator to create charts, diagrams, and images for myself and for professional work. I've been working with this program since 2010.
Adobe Photoshop is my most used image tool. I use it to edit my photographs and scanned images, to create diagrams, and to make images from scratch. I am very familiar with Adobe Photoshop and can work in any version from 7.0 to CS5.
Algebra 1 is one of my most tutored subjects. As the first real introduction into many higher math concepts, it's essential that students understand Algebra 1. I can explain the concepts using many different methods. Since every student learns differently, it's necessary to individualize the explanations so that the student can understand the material. I am used to bridging those gaps.
The trio of algebra 1, geometry, and algebra 2 is where many students have trouble in their math career. I am very familiar with algebra and how it works, and I can help students understand the sometimes difficult concepts. The concepts covered here are essential to completing other math and science courses.
I took AP Calculus BC in high school and continued my education with Calculus at college. One of the advantages of learning higher level math (such as differential equations and real analysis) is that it gives you a much better perspective of the basic math and the underlying structure and foundation.
I have a B.A. in scientific illustration. I have been drawing all my life and regard drawing skills as one the the most basic and fundamental skills in my "toolbox." Over the years and through my degree program, I have improved my drawing and experienced many critiques.
Drawing is a skill developed from observation and understanding of form, line, shape, and volume. It is very important for most kinds of artwork. Drawing is really a practice-based skill, and with all art effective critique is essential. I have years and years of experience in doing and critiquing art from the most basic level up to fully professional art, and I can help you learn.
I am fluent in both Mac and PC. I've used PC (windows) computers for over ten years. I use predominantly Windows XP and 7 and have not used Windows 8 yet. On Macs, I am familiar with Mac OSX. I've used a Mac laptop for the last 5 years and Macintosh desktop computers as well. I can use tablet and smartphone devices as well. I am very patient and can help people who want to learn computers, even people with no experience at all. I tailor my lessons to the skill level of the student.
Geometry is one of my most tutored subjects. As a visual thinker, I excel in explaining concepts different ways, to find which way helps the student most. Geometry is often where students have trouble because the concepts are presented differently. I can help bridge that gap.
Geometry is also where students first encounter proofs. I have a great deal of experience with helping students with proofs. My step-by-step methods help students understand how to plan and create a proof.
I am a native speaker of English and can explain grammar and spelling concepts. I have excellent grammar and spelling myself, and am very patient when teaching to others.
I have a B.S. in Mathematics from Arcadia University. I got an A+ in linear algebra and abstract algebra. I spent a lot of time helping the other students with their homework and in understanding the concepts.
Consequently, I am well-prepared to help students learn the various parts of algebra, from proofs to dealing with spaces. I am particularly good with proofs, which are generally a problem area for math students. I am quite familiar with vector spaces, proofs, and matrices.
I have worked with Microsoft Excel for over 10 years. I use it for budgets, graphing, printing labels among other things. I have helped many people from the most basic computer skill level up to quite advanced and can tailor my teaching style to your needs.
I have worked with Microsoft Powerpoint for over 10 years. I use it for my presentations, from classes to conference audiences. I have helped many people from the most basic computer skill level up to quite advanced and will tailor my teaching style to your needs.
I have worked with Microsoft Word for over 10 years. I use it all the time for typing and basic typography, such as signs and announcements. I have helped many people from the most basic computer skill level up to quite advanced and will tailor my teaching style to your needs.
In particular, I can help write letters and resumes. I can proofread and help edit papers and essays.
I have a B.A. in scientific illustration. I was very effective in critiques and frequently assisted the other students in my classes. I've been painting with acrylic paint for over 10 years and it is one of my primary media.
As a trained scientific illustrator, acrylic paint is a major medium for me. I can teach its uses, its advantages and disadvantages, and how to use it. I can teach glazes and washes, along with the color theory necessary to take proper advantage of acrylic paint's translucency (or lack thereof).
In my own time, I paint both abstract and realistic work, so I can help teach the techniques to artists aimed in almost any direction.
I have a B.A. in Scientific Illustration from Arcadia University. I do all my own photography for reference photographs. I've been using digital cameras for over ten years, and for the last few I have used a DSLR. I have also done black and white film photography and developed the film and paper myself.
With my DSLR, I use manual settings, and I photograph a variety of things. As an artist, I can assist with both the artistic and the technical side of photography.
Photography is fantastic in and of itself, but it's also an essential tool for many artists for taking reference images. I take hundreds of reference images and can assist with scientific, stock, and reference photography.
As an artist, I also take photographs for art and creative purposes. I can teach the mechanical operation of cameras, both digital and film, from the simple point-and-click to the DSLR. The artistic ideas behind photography spread across the other artistic disciplines. I can teach about focus, depth of field, exposure, blur, color design, composition, transferring images to the computer and the use of photoshop to gently improve and clean up images.
This area of math is the stepping stone from concrete math (addition and multiplication) to more abstract math. Many kids get lost on this step. Every child learns differently, so it is essential to explain math in a way they understand. I am used to bridging the gap, and I can explain math in many different ways.
I took precalculus in High School and have since then gone on to get a B.S. in math. One of the advantages of learning higher level math is that it gives you a greater depth of understanding of the basic stuff. It wasn't too long ago I took high school math myself, so I still remember how it was to learn it.
I am a native speaker of English with excellent grammar and spelling. I can help out with editing for both style and content. In particular, I can help out with essays, research papers, math papers, letters, and resumes.
Trigonometry is usually very scary to students, since it brings back bad memories of geometry. Like with geometry, my skill at explaining concepts many different ways, especially visually, helps students a great deal. Trigonometry is essential to science and disciplines like physics, architecture, and engineering, so it is very important that students learn it correctly.