I am a lifetime student (always studying something) with ADD, so my own experiences have flavored my style of interacting with students. As a professional dog trainer, I've become skilled at teaching to a very wide variety of personalities. My dog training led me to study learning theory, so all my teaching and tutoring is used with this scientifically sound idea in mind.
I have worked in a very wide variety of business situations, from music publishing to law to ranching, and have run my own computer consulting company where I offered training for small business owners and their employees, as well as at-home computer tutoring. I have an unusually varied background which prepares me to help in a large number of situations. I held certification from Microsoft in their Windows and Office programs.
In these various teaching situations, I have worked with all ages from children to seniors. Each person is treated as the individual they are, and anything I teach will be tailored to work with that individual's strengths. I do not have a "one size fits all" style, because I understand people have different learning styles and different needs in what they are trying to learn.
Further, I take pride in having learned how to find positives in situations that, were they forced upon people, would be difficult at best. For example, I was tasked with implementing a cattle handling program, based on Temple Grandin's work, at a ranch where the cowboys were used to doing things by force. I not only explained the new system, but listened to their ideas and concerns as well. Ultimately, the change went over with incredible results, because everyone was on board with the changes, having felt understood and were happy to see for themselves how their own work became easier.
I have formally studied biology and psychology as a double major, with certificates in animal welfare science. As a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, I am also a stickler for spelling and vocabulary. I grew up with my nose stuck in books!
So whether young or old, if you need help with science, English, basic and advanced computer use on Windows/Microsoft platforms, songwriting/copyright information (music publishing), or animal care and training, please contact me.
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