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Mark F.

Experienced Tutor & Advisor "Test PREP & Study Skills"

Racine, WI (53404)

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Good time management skills really help students prepare themselves for the challenges of balancing school life. Regardless of academic level, student can benefit from a well thought out time budget plan that help's juggle the demands of school, work, and that ever important social life...better known as "me time".

Knowledge of exam requirements is critical! It is difficult to walk into the ACT, ASVAB, or GED without practice. All exams are uniquely designed to meet certain objectives.

Increase your chance of success by preparing well in advance. As your tutor, I will assist you by designing a blended package that consists of instruction, review and diagnostic exams.

My goal is simple: thoroughly prepare you for any exam or class. I will use a variety of teaching strategies to enhance your understanding. Most importantly, I am always searching for efficient and effective ways of advancing you forward towards your goals.

My Background: I served 24 years naval veteran with 20+ years teaching students in a variety of subjects. I have a Bachelors degree in Business Management and certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

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Mark’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Economics, General Computer, Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, ASVAB, GED, TOEFL
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Economics, Prealgebra, Reading, Study Skills
Business:
Economics, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
History:
American History, Geography, Government & Politics, World History
Language:
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Word
Math:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
English:
ACT Reading, Reading, TOEFL

American History

Here in America we are descended in spirit from revolutionaries and rebels -- men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine.


-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The United States has a rich history that is growing by the day. We managed to assimilate many cultural values and traditions to form our version of democracy. There is nothing hard about this subject...just a desire to learn important events...the rewards and consequences of decisions in our country. I look forward to sitting back and enjoying a good conversation about our storied past.

ASVAB

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is used by the military services to determine if a candidate is qualified to enlist in the armed services.

The ASVAB has 10 tests. Scores from four of the tests:

Word Knowledge (WK)
Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
Mathematics Knowledge (MK)

These are combined to compute your score on what is referred to as the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT). Scores on the AFQT are used to determine eligibility for enlistment. Scores on all of the ASVAB tests are used to determine the best job for a candidate in the military.

Preparation Time: In my experience with tutoring students, it takes an average of 4-6 months to properly prepare for this exam. I recommend 20-28 hours per week of study, partcularly in the four major domains listed above. There is a fair amount of pressure as the subject areas are timed.



Economics

Economics deals with the principles that apply to the analysis of the behavior of individual consumers, businesses and nations in the economy. Students will generally apply analytical techniques to hypothetical as well as real-world situations to evaluate economic decisions. Expect to demonstrate an understanding of how free markets work and allocate resources efficiently.

Identifying the characteristics of the different market structures is critical as well as the ability to analyze the behavior of firms in terms of price and output decisions. Students at any level of school may be asked to evaluate the outcome in each market structure with respect to economic efficiency, identify cases in which private markets fail to allocate resources efficiently, and explain how government intervention fixes or fails to fix the resource allocation problem. It is also important to understand the determination of wages and other input prices in factor markets, and analyze and evaluate the distribution of income.

All of this sounds complicated right? Not really, just have an open mind to dive into the intricate world of economics. You would be surprised just how often we apply MACRO and MICRO economic thought into everyday life.

Elementary Math

What is it about math that creates so much anxiety in people? Hard to really say because we do some form of calculation every day, whether it’s buying our favorite cold drink or that special product that we have been saving for…maybe it is figuring out time distance or the measurement of a football field in yards or feet. Perhaps someone wants to know how to break a dollar down into portions or fractions. We literally use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division every single day.

In my experience, there are many factors why a young student struggles with math or any subject. So much is going on in their lives…the continual social adjustment to others, including teaching professionals at schools. Sometimes we have to remember to operate at the level of the student, help them build a solid foundation to build upon in the future. While in the military, I had to learn various concepts of math in order to do my job. I taught many people in my charge these concepts. Most importantly, I learned to adapt to their learning styles...it was not just my way of understanding. Currently, I offer lessons in math for all ages. I understand the anxiety and continually change strategies in order to find a students learning style.

Keys for success:

Positive Attitude
Balanced Life
Embrace the challenge
Enjoy Life
Believe

Qualifications:
B.S Business Management
Professional Instructor

Fitness

I possess over 20 years of leading fitness sessions in a military environment. I attended and graduated from the Navy's elite Recruit Division Commnader's Drill Instructor's course, earning a certification to lead navy recruits and students through daily approved fitness improvement program, nutrition and hydration requirements.

GED

The Tests of General Education Development, or GED Tests, are standardized tests that measure skills required of high school graduates. The ultimate goal in passing these exams is a certificate that is equivalent to a high school diploma. A GED certificate can be useful for gaining admission to college, for obtaining certain vocational licenses, or for finding employment in the many types of jobs that require a high school diploma or its equivalent.

The GED consists of five tests that cover a different component of standard high school curriculum.

The Language Arts, Writing Test includes two parts. Part I consists of 50 multiple choice questions and is essentially an editing test. What this means is that you will be examining brief selections of text in order to identify and fix problems in grammar, sentence structure, writing mechanics (use of commas and capitalization of proper nouns), and document organization. Part I also tests on the use of homonyms (words that sound alike but are spelled differently.
During Part II of the Language Arts, Writing Test, you will plan and compose a handwritten essay. This part of the test is designed to measure your ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

The Social Studies Test is designed to measure your ability to understand, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and apply a variety of social studies concepts. The content areas covered on the test are U.S. history, world history, civics and government, economics, and geography.

The Science Test gauges ability to understand, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and apply basic high school science concepts. Areas covered include life science (biology), earth and space science, and physical science (chemistry and physics).

The Language Arts, Reading Test

The Reading Test measures ability to understand, analyze, and draw reasonable inferences from reading material.

The Mathematics Test
Mathematics Test questions cover the basic math concepts and skills taught in high school, including operations on numbers; number forms, relationships, and patterns; elementary statistics and probability; algebra and functions; geometry (including coordinate geometry) and measurement; and basic trigonometry. Some questions are based on visuals such as geometry figures and data presented in graphical format (tables, charts, and graphs).

The test is comprehensive; I highly recommend a study program 4-6 months in duration that includes practice exams.

General Computer

I have 20+ years of general computing experience. Besides the everyday use of systems, I have helped many clients with home network setup, software installs...both operating systems and productivity software (MS Office).
I can assist with the integration of various peripheral hardware, ensuring that all of your systems will work with each other. Most importantly, if you want to get beyond the on/off button and learn what is inside the box...write me, I can help.
Building a computer can be a challenge, but very fun! Remember there is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to computer operations...in fact the more you know about your systems capabilities, the better.

Government & Politics

Government and Politics is a broad and diverse subject…it really depends in what country a person lives in. This is no different in our country. People’s way of doing things is different…folks think, act and have fundamental differences throughout the various states. The study of general concepts used to interpret U .S. government and politics requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U .S. government and politics. While there is no single approach to this subject, students should become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes.
Typical objectives in this course of study include:

• know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U .S. Government and politics
• understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences (including the components of political behavior, the principles used to explain or justify various government structures and procedures, and the political effects of these structures and procedures)
• be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U .S. government and politics (including data presented in charts, tables, and other formats)
• be able to critically analyze relevant theories and concepts, apply them appropriately, and develop their connections across the curriculum

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is taught between the fifth and eighth grade. The objective of prealgebra is to prepare the student for the study of algebra.

Prealgebra includes several broad subjects:

•Review of natural number arithmetic
•New types of numbers such as integers, fractions, decimals and negative numbers
•Factorization of natural numbers
•Properties of operations such as associativity and distributivity
•Simple (integer) roots and powers
•Rules of evaluation of expressions, such as operator precedence and use of parentheses
•Basics of equations, including rules for invariant manipulation of equations
•Understanding of variable manipulation
•Manipulation and arithmetic with the standard 4-quadrant Cartesian coordinate plane

Pre-algebra may include subjects from geometry, especially subjects that further understanding of algebra in applications to area and volume

Study Skills

I have worked with many students that chose the armed services as a career. Many were fresh out of high school. As anyone can imagine, study skills and organization are primary areas of emphasis. Learning to take impact notes while reducing fluff words significantly enhances opportunities to excel in just about any subject. I tell all my clients to focus on what is being asked of them. This means read for purpose and invest in themselves by dedicating hours outside of the classroom. Where do I come in as a tutor? I will help you narrow your focus to the immediate subject and provide meaningful content. I have coached students to success by providing sustainable lifestyle adaption solutions.

As a Certified Professional Instructor; I teach my students methods used by the College Board to prepare for a class, or exam, routine establishment, listening, reading and note taking techniques.

Staying motivated to succeed in school can become difficult for any person in this day and age. With so many activities available in addition to your academic obligations, it is easy to become overwhelmed.

TOEFL

The TOEFL tests an individual's ability to use and understand English in an academic setting. The exam was developed to address the problem of ensuring English language proficiency for non-native speakers wishing to study at U.S. universities. It has become an admission requirement for non-native English speakers at many English-speaking colleges and universities. Additionally, institutions such as government agencies, licensing bodies, businesses, or scholarship programs may require this test.

The exam consists of the following areas:

1.Reading

The Reading section consists of 3–5 passages, each approximately 700 words in length and questions about the passages. The passages are on academic topics; they are the kind of material that might be found in an undergraduate university textbook.

2.Listening

The Listening section consists of six passages 3–5 minutes in length and questions about the passages. These passages include two student conversations and four academic lectures or discussions. Each conversation and lecture stimulus is heard only once. The questions are meant to measure the ability to understand main ideas, important details, implications, relationships between ideas, organization of information, speaker purpose and speaker attitude.

3.Speaking

The Speaking section consists of six tasks: two independent tasks and four integrated tasks. In the two independent tasks, test-takers answer opinion questions on familiar topics. They are evaluated on their ability to speak spontaneously and convey their ideas clearly and coherently.

4. Writing

The Writing section measures a test taker's ability to write in an academic setting and consists of two tasks: one integrated task and one independent task. In the integrated task, test-takers read a passage on an academic topic and then listen to a speaker discuss the same topic. A summary will be written about the important points in the listening passage and explain how these relate to the key points of the reading passage.

The guidance here is simple. Study 4-6 months in advance of the exam. I will provide meaningful content and exams in order to prepare you for the real thing.

Qualifications:

Professional Instructor
B.S in Management

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Education

DeVry University (Business Management)

Keller Graduate School of Management (MBA)

Super Tutor! Mark has been working with my son for a couple of sessions now and already my son is showing signs of having more confidence in himself. He has gotten 4 A+'s on his last 4 assignments. Mark is a very respectful young man with great regard for children and what makes them tick. My son thinks the world of him and he has given my son the tools to believe in himself. That is no small feat and I would ...

— Wendy from Racine, WI on 2/25/14);

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Mark will travel within 40 miles of Racine, WI 53406.

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