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I have worked in Adobe Illustrator since around 1999. While I don't use it as often as I would Photoshop or InDesign, as Adobe's vector editing program, it is invaluable when creating certain types of graphics. These include graphics which can be resized without 'pixellation' (which happens to bitmap graphics - jpg, gif, tif, etc. that do not have high enough resolution.) I am well versed in the field of graphic design and desktop publishing, and would happy to tutor/mentor anyone wishing to pursue those fields.
I have been using Adobe InDesign on a daily working basis (CS2/CS3/CS4, some CS5) since 2005. There is too much to list in a small paragraph, but I have done layers, templates, pagination, linking text blocks, effects, spot/process color, preflighting, creating outlines from text, etc.
Dictionary.com defines desktop publishing as "the design and production of publications by means of specialized software enabling a microcomputer to generate typeset-quality text and graphics." I have been in the that field (pagination, item & page layout, photo and text placement, retouching, color correction, white space.) for over 17 years, using a combination of Quark Xpress, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Acrobat. It is literally the 'business of design' so to speak, so that one designs for medium as well as the audience intended. For instance, a magazine ad would be designed differently than say a newspaper ad.
I have been drawing my whole life, with all types of media - pencil, pen, colored pencil, pastels (they come in dark colors too!) as well as charcoal. I can draw freehand, copying/using artistic license on another piece of art, and just sketch, and I have some illustration skills. I have drawn mostly objects, places, environments, architectural-type drawings, and done sort of 'freehand' stuff (kind of 'on-the-go' type drawing, with no predetermined outcome when I started to draw, but one that came quickly as I drew, is my definition.) I haven't done many drawings/sketches of people, so I would say that is my weak point. Otherwise, I have drawn with pen/pencil/pastel and paper, as well as done some 'illustration' type of stuff in Photoshop and Illustrator.
I have always been quite good in English (and therefore received mostly A's and some B's), from spelling to vocabulary, grammar, reading, and writing. I have had many people comment that I write well, and spelling-wise, I can spell well without consulting a dictionary.
I have been using the Macintosh since 1986 - 26 years - so I am well versed in all things Macintosh. I have worked on most OS versions, all the way up to 10.6. If you have a question about how to do something on the Mac, most likely I will know how to do it!
I have used PowerPoint since 1995, so I am familiar with animations, slide transitions, placing audio and/or video files, and setting up professional presentations for use in any environment. I am also experienced in showing you how to set up infographics (i.e., charts, tables, and graphs).
I have been an avid reader since I was a kid, and try to read different subjects and different mediums (online, newspaper, books, and magazines). Reading helps jumpstart and/or add to the imagination (whether for home, work, school, a project, etc.) and it helps to engage the brain as well as keeping updated with the English vocabulary. Even now I find myself wondering what a word truly means, and if I have a moment or I'm near the computer, I'll look it up.
For as many students as there are in the world, there are different studying techniques and habits. Some don't mind background noise (music, tv, people talking, etc.) while some must have their environment be library-quiet. During my education, I have tried many techniques, and can sit down with a student to find out what theirs/yours is. Everyone has a style that seems to fit well. Just like working a job, you have to set goals, know the consequences, and be steadfast/determined to study/read/learn/etc. And a bit of stick-to-it-iveness doesn't hurt!
Study skills can involve (to me) where you study, how you study, how long you study, with whom you study, etc. All those need to be addressed. If you can't study well at home, have you tried studying in a library? If the library is too quiet (or you're falling asleep), maybe try another type of space that is available to you -- a coffeeshop, a quiet diner/restaurant, a park, somewhere in your school. Also, if you can study in your room, do you study better with 1) no music/TV? 2) instrumental music? 3) your 'regular' music? Do talk shows/talk radio bug you or inspire you? Lastly, if you have trouble concentrating, are you distracted by family, future events, grades, and/or something else? Why does (one of those) bug you? Do you read but not fully understand and comprehend the section you need to learn? Writing notes, on a separate sheet of paper, or in the textbook, can sometimes help. These are things I have personally struggled with, and I found my own way of studying. While each person has their own methods, I can help you (or a family member, friend, etc.) to find his/her own method.