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Tom B.

Certified IT Professional with a wide-range of tutoring interests

Fredericksburg, VA (22405)

Travel radius
30 miles
Hourly fee
$45.00
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Hello there!

One of the things I've enjoyed doing over the years is exploring and learning new things. For me, a major part of that is helping others gain a better understanding and knowledge of subjects that interest them (or that they need for work or school…). I've been in the IT field for over 13 years and have spent a good portion of that time training fellow systems experts, first-time users of all ages who haven’t ever used a mouse or keyboard before, and people from all the skill levels in-between. This experience, along with my interest in the field of Psychology, has helped me to become a better instructor and I've been repeatedly told I “have the patience of Job” when working with students.

I have no problem helping those I tutor grasp the entirety of the concepts we’re working on, regardless of how long it might take, and I firmly believe in the idea that there are no dumb questions. I’ll do my best to find ways to help motivate my students, as I want to ensure that they successfully gain the knowledge they’re looking for. I don’t talk down to students, whatever their age or skill level in a given topic, and if I don’t know the answer to a given question, I’ll do my best to find it for you.

Learning is something I've been interested in my entire life, and I enjoying learning about a wide range of topics, including psychology, business, history, and more. My formal education includes a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems, and a Master's of Science degree in Cybersecurity. I also hold several technical qualifications from Microsoft and CompTIA, including the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications. I also worked overseas as a contractor for the Department of Defense for several years, and enjoyed working with both foreign nationals and the children of other DoD employees on their English, computer, and other skills.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please let me know – I’m here to help!

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Tom’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Business, General Computer, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer), Proofreading
Homeschool:
English, Reading, Writing
Business:
Business, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Reading, Vocabulary
History:
American History, European History, Government & Politics, World History
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer)
English:
English, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

General Computer

I have been working in the Information Technology Field for over 13 years, starting as a help desk technician repairing hardware and software issues. Since then I have learned to and been responsible for setting up, configuring, and maintaining both wired and wireless networks, multiple computer systems over various customer locations, and managing multiple servers at said locations as well.

Networking (Computer)

I am qualified to tutor in computer networking-related topics due to my experience, education, and certifications. I have taken numerous networking courses, and earned a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification, along with the CompTIA Network+ certification. I have aided in the configuration, installation, and administration of networks for multiple clients, and these consisted of both wired and wireless networks.

Reading

I am a voracious reader of all sorts of books, from science fiction to Shakespeare and history to technical manuals. I try to make time every week to read, and enjoy helping readers of all ages develop their reading abilities.

Writing

I believe that the ability to properly write is a vital tool of communication in today's world. The ability to express oneself in a multitude of formats, from online chats to school papers to business proposals, is a skill that seems to be dwindling in today's text shorthand culture. However, the ability to write a convincing paper or persuading business document can be learned by anyone; as with anything, it merely takes a bit of coaching and practice. I've written many a paper in my schooling days, in high school, undergrad, and in my graduate work, and have also found that being able to write a moving business proposal can mean the difference between getting ahead or getting behind those who can write well. I've helped fellow students edit, correct, and update their papers for years, and will be happy to help any student who needs assistance.

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Education

James Madison University (Information Systems)

University of Maryland University College (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Tom will travel within 30 miles of Fredericksburg, VA 22405.

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