I am one of the few people in the entire world to have scored an 800 on the SAT (revised standards). This unique differentiation has helped me to gain entrance to exceptionally selective schools like the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. To be honest, my I.Q is average. However, I have made up for this deficiency over my entire life through very hard work, perseverance, and by focusing upon basic math and science issues. Understanding a handful of basic concepts allows much more complicated issues to be understood with a huge improvement in test scores/performance.
I have four children; two in elementary school and two in College. Of the 4 children, two have had learning issues and required intensive tutoring. In fact, one of my children had a severe brain injury while very young and was relegated by several esteemed school systems as incapable of ever being able to read, write or perform basic life skills. To the astonishment (and imputed embarrassment of Special Educators), my son recently graduated from one of the country's top schools with a Standard Diploma, was featured on the front page of the Washington Post as a unique success story, and is now a Senior at Lynchburg College (History Major) getting A's and B's. He achieved a 3.7 GPA in Spring of 2012. Each of my children as well as myself had untapped potential that required nurturing. The same is true of their respective test scores, which were dramatically improved as a result of their own hard work and the assistance I provided.
Last, I am also an athlete with a modest degree of acclaim and have been told that I am a fairly inspirational coach. Yet, as a youngster I was the one sitting on the sidelines and was often the last one picked for various teams. This situation was not acceptable and, as a high school student I opted to change my athletic abilities. Today I am one of just a handful of people who can claim to have competed in dozens of national and international athletic events, including dozens of triathlons; 4 Ironman races; nearly 20 marathons and dozens of shorter races; competitive power lifting and bodybuilding; Rowing (sweeps and ergs); Contender on the American Gladiators' TV show.
My athletic and academic natural abilities share a common theme; they were each mediocre at best. My performance and capability was dramatically improved to a level far beyond logical predictions as a result of work ethic and focus. I am confident of conveying this attitude to my students/athletes.
"Yes", I'm pretty good at math, physics, SAT tests and a handful of academic subjects. This ability is required but is by no means all that is necessary to help you. I am not offering to "teach" anybody anything. What I am offering to do is to help accelerate the learning process of anybody studying "anything"....and do further enhance their overall level of sucess through an approach that builds confidence and expands horizons.
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