I am a retiree from Shell Oil Company and active member in Mensa. During my 35 year career, I held a number of positions from Accountant to Fleet Manager to Business Systems Design and Development. With this background and the experience I acquired in class and on the job, I was or became proficient in the Sciences, Math, History, Business Management and Finance, Computer Applications and Industry Regulatory issues (Microsoft, SAP and others) which were supported by a natural talent for speaking and writing. At any given time, I had one or two individuals for whom I mentored during their first couple of years with Shell. Currently, I have been assisting doctoral candidates at Sam Houston State, by editing their research dissertations in Psychology. In addition I have been designing and producing expense and budget reports for a small local company using Microsoft database tools.
I have also been a member of the social organization, Mensa for almost 40 years. Whether it is the organization that drives me or whether it is something within myself driving me, since joining I have had an insatiable desire to learn things - all kinds of things ... almost everything I am capable of learning. I no longer read fiction because I can think up better fictional stories as anyone else. I enjoy reading about the research and learnings of others - especially when it comes from the researcher or scientist themselves, for when someone does something unique or discovers something new, its a wonderful experience for others to hear it straight from the source in order to get the full and unabridged story. Indeed, I've learned to keep my thoughts to myself until I'm sure that what I'm going to say is accurate - and then say what I have to say in a way that it is easily understood by those who wish to know. Else, what's the use? Someone who knows everything, but can speak nothing that can be understood, effectively knows nothing. I've practiced hard and I've pleased myself over the years by being able to bring the news of whatever I know to others.
My methods for tutoring include familiarizing myself with material for which the student is seeking a tutor, learning from the student themselves what the expect and require, engaging the student with the material and ensuring the student masters the material. The exact means for using a particular method will depend on the student's requirements and temperament with a view in turn to their classroom and curriculum requirements.
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