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David S.

Harvard Grad Inspires All Students, All Subjects & Special Needs

Alexandria, VA (22304)

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David's Tutoring Subjects

Approved subjects are in bold.
Math:
ACT Math
Econometrics
Geometry
Linear Algebra
Logic
Prealgebra
Precalculus
Probability
SAT Math
English:
ACT English
ACT Reading
Bible Studies
English
ESL/ESOL more »
Grammar
Literature
Proofreading
Public Speaking more »
Reading
SAT Reading
SAT Writing
TOEFL
Vocabulary
Writing
Science:
ACT Science
Anatomy
Anthropology
Archaeology
Astronomy
Biology
Botany
Ecology
Genetics
Microbiology
Nutrition
Organic Chemistry
Philosophy
Physical Science
Psychology
Sociology
Zoology
Computer:
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL more »
Spanish
Speech more »
TOEFL
History:
American History
Anthropology
Archaeology
Classics
European History
Geography
Government & Politics
Religion
Social Studies
World History
Art:
Art History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th) more »
Elementary Math
Elementary Science
Grammar
Phonics
Reading
Spelling
Study Skills more »
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD more »
Aspergers
Dyslexia more »
Phonics
Special Needs
Business:
Business more »
Career Development more »
Economics
GMAT
GRE
Law
Marketing
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Word
Public Speaking more »
Homeschool:
Biology
Economics
Elementary (K-6th) more »
English
ESL/ESOL more »
Geometry
Prealgebra
Precalculus
Reading
SAT Math
SAT Reading
Spanish
Study Skills more »
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English
ACT Math
ACT Reading
ACT Science
ASVAB
Career Development more »
College Counseling more »
GMAT
GRE
MCAT more »
PSAT
SAT Math
SAT Reading
SAT Writing
SSAT
TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Baseball
Chess
Fitness
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Track & Field
Corporate Training:
Business more »
Career Development more »
College Counseling more »
Economics
ESL/ESOL more »
GMAT
Grammar
Law
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Word
Proofreading
Public Speaking more »
Spanish

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ADD/ADHD

I have significant experience working with students with ADD / ADHD, including helping newly-diagnosed students - and their parents and siblings - adjust, incorporate the diagnosis into daily life, and thrive academically and personally. This experience includes helping families navigate the IEP process, time management skills that are adapted for the ADD / ADHD student, as well as helping through medication adjustment periods.

Business

I have provided winning Business Development coaching to owners and principals of companies of all sizes. My business plans, responses to Requests for Proposal, and marketing materials win awards and win contracts. I also excel at helping owners and executives overcome their fears of public speaking.

Career Development

I take a comprehensive look at education, background, experience, and skill sets, and help job candidates develop a strategic - and practical - plan for attaining their career goals. For more than 20 years, I have helped others market their skills appropriately, develop new skills, and take the steps to land the job of their dreams.

College Counseling

I am the first in my coal mining family to attend college, and was admitted to Harvard, Early Admission, Navy ROTC. In addition to the ROTC Scholarship, I won $25,000 in other merit-based scholarships (e.g., National Merit, Presidential, etc.), all of which required complex applications and written, judged essays.

I have extensive experience in providing comprehensive college counseling to students and parents: financial aid, scholarships, college selection process, essays, and high-stakes test prep (e.g., ACT and SAT).

Families who utilize my services enjoy reduced stress and higher success at every step of the process.

Dyslexia

I have worked with dyslexic students since I was a student aide for the learning disabilities lab in grade school. First as a reading peer, then later as a junior high and high school tutor, I worked with dyslexic students. I bring literally decades of experience, and one of my current students has benefited greatly from my 2+ years' worth of ongoing help. Now in his Senior Year, he is confidently looking for colleges.

Elementary (K-6th)

The foundation a child receives in the critical K-6 years provides a springboard to a lifetime love of learning. Understanding the core concepts in the major areas - reading, math, science, and the arts - equips a child to confidently move forward in life, while retaining their initial sense of wonder.

I love working with this age group, making learning exciting, engaging, and enjoyable. For students with special needs or unorthodox learning styles, I am able to custom-tailor my approach to make the material come alive for them. Parents are thrilled to see their child beginning to take a greater interest in school, and beginning to thrive. Students appreciate that I "get" how school can be a scary place socially, especially when they are struggling with a concept that their peers seem to grasp readily.

ESL/ESOL

I love languages, and have varying degrees of proficiency in Spanish, Russian, German, and Latin. My own love of languages translates into a desire to help others learn the intricacies of English - its idioms, its cadence, and its beauty. I understand the anxiety that learning a foreign language can cause, as well as the special barriers that English presents for non-native speakers. I have a proven track record of preparing others for TOEFL and similar tests, with a special emphasis on diplomatic families and foreign-posted business executives.

MCAT

I have extensive experience helping prospective medical school students prepare successfully for the MCAT, including for admission to such institutions as Harvard Medical School. I am well-versed in all four of the subject areas:

* Physical Sciences: Besides being selected for The American Academy of Achievement (where luminaries such as Nobel Prize winners in Physics and Chemistry gather), I have proven test-taking tactics for helping med school students apply what they've learned to box in the correct answer for the "hard science" questions.

* Verbal Reasoning: I especially shine at helping "math and science oriented" students improve their scores in the verbal reasoning section of the MCAT. Often, it is the case that students bound for med school have a strong handle on the concrete knowledge underpinning their field (e.g., Organic Chemistry); but these selfsame students often struggle with the vital communication skills necessary to achieve the highest levels of success in medical school. These students routinely praise my subject-matter-based exercises to help them grasp verbal reasoning nuances directly related to their field.

* Biological Sciences: Besides studying directly under Professor E.O. Wilson - the foremost authority on Evolutionary Biology - I have extensive experience helping medical school students identify the most commonly tested points of knowledge related to Organic Chemistry and the other biological science topics covered on the MCAT.

I am confident that any prospective medical school student seeking one-on-one test prep for the MCAT will greatly value the ground-up approach I take to helping them prepare for this very high stakes test.

Public Speaking

I have won multiple debate contests during my lifetime, including while at Harvard. I was on the Executive Board of both Harvard Model Congress and Harvard Model U.N.

Since then, I have coached multiple small business owners and graduate students on giving oral presentations (e.g., for successful thesis defense + contract / bid oral presentations to Government agencies.)

Speech

I have won multiple debate contests during my lifetime, including while at Harvard. I was on the Executive Board of both Harvard Model Congress and Harvard Model U.N.

Since then, I have coached multiple small business owners and graduate students on giving oral presentations (e.g., for successful thesis defense + contract / bid oral presentations to Government agencies.)

Study Skills

From time management to modern tech distraction management to organizational skills, I excel at helping students of all abilities and habits to custom-tailor practical approaches to their workload. Scores improve, and - just as importantly - free time multiplies, leaving more time to do the things each student actually enjoys.

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