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Charles B.

Tennessee Colony, TX

$35/hr

General Reading/Writing/Science/Math from Elementary to HS

Background check passed as of 3/15/12
Usually responds in about 3 hours

General Reading/Writing/Science/Math from Elementary to HS

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I am a retiree from Shell Oil Company. 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. Recently I had the opportunity to assist doctoral candidates at Sam Houston State, by editing their research dissertations in Psychology.

Currently, I am working with Goodwill Industries in to train and support the severely mentally disabled in real work situations.

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.

Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry,
Prealgebra
English:
ACT Reading, Grammar,
Reading
Science:
Astronomy,
Biology,
Geology,
Microbiology, Physical Science
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Access,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word
History:
Geography, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar,
Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading
Corporate Training:
Accounting,
Business,
Economics,
General Computer, Grammar,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Accounting

BBA from University of Houston w/ 4.0 GPA. Formal education supported by 35 years of experience in Finance and Account with a fortune 500 company in the petrochemical industry. During that time, I worked as an account, supervised accounting departments, developed financial reports, developed/implemented various third party financial and accounting software including Full Accounting Systems (Oil and Gas Information System - OGIS) SAP (a German developed system), designed and developed an Employee Expense Reimbursement system, as well as a Fixed Asset Management system and designed a Budget system in addition to designing and developing innumerable reports to support these software applications.

Algebra 1

Working knowledge of Algebra was required and necessary to support my software development efforts during my career. Algorithms of all types and complexity were employed to develop the calculations required for all of the computer systems I was involved in designing, developing and implementing - Including full accounting systems (Oil and Gas Information System), SAP, Fixed Asset Management, Employee Expense Reimbursement, and Budget systems among others.

Not only was Algebra a learned subject from High School and College, it was a daily hands on experience.

Algebra 2

Early on in my career, I took to the idea that there was a such thing as pure truth and beauty in nature. I has sought it in others - people I could and did respect and admire, and even love. But I found myself seeking something else. Eventually, in college, I stumbled upon the maths where I found symmetry, as well as a kind of truth and beauty that engaged my mind and led to all kinds of adventures, both in my career as well as in my private life. To this day, I find the unexpected beauty in math as a source of wonder about how and why the world is put together as it is. Not many share that wonder with me, however, many have let me share the knowledge I have about math because they valued the knowledge for the practical applications and use they could make of it.

Astronomy

As a knowledgeable layperson today, I studied Astronomy in high school and college. My interest has been maintained over the years by access to a wide variety of periodicals to which I've subscribed through my own account as well as allowed by my employer whose interest was in my maintaining currency in various scientific arenas. In particular, I have a keen interest in tracking developments in both Astronomy and Cosmology on the one hand and physics on the other - not on a professional level, but as an interested and knowledgeable layperson. I possess approximately 300 books on the subjects, all of which I have read and studied.

Biology

Biology was my first major in college. I took a number of courses, including some in developmental biology and genetics. Today, as with Astronomy, I am an interested and knowledgeable layperson who keeps up with the science by means of subject periodicals and books which, when I was employed, were supplied by my employer who encouraged acquisition of new knowledge from multiple disciplines. Now retired, I continue staying up to date by the same means on my own account.

Business

Retired now, I was a professional in the petrochemical industry for 35 years. My career assignments included Supervisory positions in Accounting and Finance, several years as Manager of a Fleet of more than 1000 cars and light trucks stationed nationwide and used for work detail in pipeline operations. I spent time developing and implementing third party financial software systems as well as leading the design and development of a major Asset Management system for the company (Shell Oil)1999. I also served on a team responsible for the purchase of a copy of the SAP software which was used both to redesign the company business processes, but I participated in the successful implementation of the Financial package. Finally, I had experience writing a training manual and training industry peers in how to deal with the Federal Regulators (FERC) and meet the complex reporting requirements of that organization required at the time, including how to translate GAAP accounting standards to the government version of standards - known as FERC accounting. Much else, but these were the basics.

Economics

I studied Economics in college in support of attaining a degree in Accounting/Finance. During my career, a functional understanding of economics and economic theory were necessary for the activities involved in developing certain computer algorithms related to budget forecasts and development of competitive data of various sorts. The economics of oil production, refining and marketing was a key area of knowledge which enabled my ability to develop computer applications which remained relevant for extended periods.

Elementary (K-6th)

With younger children, my first effort it to understand where the child’s base is, that is, what specific issues are the problem and whether those issues extend into the past. Next is to understand the requirements of the parent and the teaching authority.

My experience in teaching younger children is more informal than formal, beginning with my own about thirty years ago when they were in pre-school. Since then, friends and acquaintances have often brought their children to me, usually singly, but occasionally two at a time, to ask my help in helping them over difficult issues that were giving them trouble in school. Over the years, I have engaged as many as thirty to forty children of grade school age in this way for varying lengths of time. I have never had a single complaint that the effort was not effective.

My technique is first to establish a rapport with the child and get him or her to understand that I might know how to show him or her things that would not only make the learning experience easier, but give them a certain power that knowledge and learning can bring. For younger children, the specific problem is usually associated with how to read and write or do math.

In the case of reading and writing, my typical approach is to have them read or write a passage with me taking an interactive role. By that I mean, I will focus on a difficult word or phrase and help the child grasp the meaning, or I might tell a story about a word… things like that. In the case of reading, making the effort to teach the tongue both literally and figuratively, and in the case of writing, teaching the tongue to the eyes and fingers. By that, I mean, teaching the child to read his or her own mind or say a thought to themselves and translate that to paper or a computer. Depending on the educational level, that might include punctuation as well as creative writing. Essentially, it’s an effort to show the child how to understand words that others write and how they can understand those words and speak them themselves, verbally or in writing so that others can in turn understand what they’re saying.

Math on the other hand, is somewhat different. A starting point of understanding the child’s grasp of math has to be established and then the more sophisticated concepts can be built upon that. To some extent that takes exposure to repetitive exercises, but I also use interaction to explain relationships that are often missed in the classroom and sometimes tell stories about the numbers about the 'why' of the exercise.

I treat the subjects other than math and reading at this grade level essentially the same.

Geology

I worked for a major petrochemical company for several decades. The company focused all employes, regardless of specialty, on learning the fundamentals of geology since we were a major exploration and production company in the US as well as Worldwide. We were subject to many tutorials on the subject, both by experts as well as through video and books. Further, we were expected to educate the public when opportunities to do so arose. In my case, I had several opportunities to speak about how oil was found and extracted to community groups in my local area.

In order to be successful, a working, if not hands on, knowledge of geology was required.

Geometry

My career was spent in the pipeline segment of a major oil company. This segment of the company owned thousands of miles of pipelines all over the country. Geometry and the knowledge of lines, angles, dimensions, circumferences and how it was all put together was indispensable for a successful experience with the company. In addition in high school and college, geometry was one of my favorite subjects and the one in which I excelled.

Grammar

I was exposed to all the grammar lessons in grade school through high school that everyone else experienced. Nouns, subjects, verbs, active and passive, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions and diagramming sentences...It wasn't until I became a professional that it was impressed on me by a mentor that perfection was required. The company I worked for spent two years immersing me in tutoring sessions(given by a former professor of English grammar) and formal classes until my writing skills were sufficient that I could conceive an idea and formulate it into a set of words that others could understand with little effort on their part. It was impressed upon me over and over that the responsibility for understanding an idea was mine as the writer and not the recipient. Correct grammar is the key to successful writing. I have had a great deal of experience in writing - twice having the honor of being asked to edit doctoral research dissertations.

Microsoft Access

I have used Microsoft Access since it's introduction for all kinds of data management. Not only have I been trained in the use of the application, I have presented numerous training sessions to professional level staff and management. In my career in the oil industry, I was known as the non-programmer expert in providing complex data solutions using the application.

For me, it has been a useful tool for managing databases and searching for meaningful and valuable data relationships. For more than ten years I've used it on a daily basis for looking up data,searching for data relationships using multiple databases, cataloging data and writing reports. Most recently, I've been using it to build an expenditure database and a production activity database for a local orthodontics laboratory.

I have had several occasions to use the applicaion in translating data from an outdated computer system to a more modern version, realizing vast savings in time and cost.

Additionally I have experience in building databases for a major fleet operation (more than a thousand cars and trucks) where physical characteristics of each vehicle, repair history, fuel use history and other data were maintained for use in writing performance and other reports. I have done much the same with other assets, such as pipeline facilities, producing data and reports for management, regulators and others.



Microsoft Excel

My experience with Microsoft's Excel application is much like that I've had with Access. Excel is presented as a spreadsheet and is used exactly that way - keeping track of lists of things and performing operations on and about them. Combined with MS Access and using the spreadsheet a database enhances them both.

I have used Excel (and Access) for both personal and professional applications ever since Microsoft introduced them. Additionally, I have much experience training many professionals and non-professionals alike in how to use the many and various features.

Microsoft Word

Along with the rest of the suite of Microsoft applications, I have used MS Word for many years and I am familiar with virtually all features of the product. It is the primary vehicle I use in my professional and private writing, of which I have many thousands of examples. It is one of the easiest of Microsoft's products to learn and use, being almost intuitive for the basic experience. Once learned, there are few substitutes outside the Mac world.

Reading

With younger children, my first effort it to understand where the child’s base is, that is, what specific issues are the problem and whether those issues extend into the past. Next is to understand the requirements of the parent and the teaching authority.

My experience in teaching younger children is more informal than formal, beginning with my own about thirty years ago when they were in pre-school. Since then, friends and acquaintances have often brought their children to me, usually singly, but occasionally two at a time, to ask my help in helping them over difficult issues that were giving them trouble in school. Over the years, I have engaged as many as thirty to forty children of grade school age in this way for varying lengths of time. I have never had a single complaint that the effort was not effective.

My technique is first to establish a rapport with the child and get him or her to understand that I might know how to show him or her things that would not only make the learning experience easier, but give them a certain power that knowledge and learning can bring. For younger children, the specific problem is usually associated with how to read and write or do math.

In the case of reading and writing, my typical approach is to have them read or write a passage with me taking an interactive role. By that I mean, I will focus on a difficult word or phrase and help the child grasp the meaning, or I might tell a story about a word… things like that. In the case of reading, making the effort to teach the tongue both literally and figuratively, and in the case of writing, teaching the tongue to the eyes and fingers. By that, I mean, teaching the child to read his or her own mind or say a thought to themselves and translate that to paper or a computer. Depending on the educational level, that might include punctuation as well as creative writing. Essentially, it’s an effort to show the child how to understand words that others write and how they can understand those words and speak them themselves, verbally or in writing so that others can in turn understand what they’re saying.

University of Houston
BBA accounting
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Houston

BBA accounting (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Rate discount for 2+ groups and multiple hour lessons.

Travel policy

Charles will travel within 40 miles of Tennessee Colony, TX 75861.


About Charles

I am a retiree from Shell Oil Company. 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. Recently I had the opportunity to assist doctoral candidates at Sam Houston State, by editing their research dissertations in Psychology.

Currently, I am working with Goodwill Industries in to train and support the severely mentally disabled in real work situations.

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.

Education

University of Houston
BBA accounting
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Houston

BBA accounting (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Rate discount for 2+ groups and multiple hour lessons.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Tennessee Colony, TX 75861

Charles’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry,
Prealgebra
English:
ACT Reading, Grammar,
Reading
Science:
Astronomy,
Biology,
Geology,
Microbiology, Physical Science
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Access,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word
History:
Geography, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar,
Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading
Corporate Training:
Accounting,
Business,
Economics,
General Computer, Grammar,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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