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Marcus R.

Pasadena, CA


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Duquesne University, Special Education


Duquesne University, Special Education (Economics)

About Marcus

I hold a BS in Economics and have spent 10+ years working in finance. I can explain macroeconomics and microeconomics in entertaining and descriptive ways that relate to the real world.

I am a personal trainer who services 30+ sessions a week and holds a 500 hour certification. I really like physiology and can teach it; in addition, I can grow you like a weed. I put 18lbs of lean muscle on one client in 6 months, and added 100lbs to another client's bench press in 7 months. Weight training is about geometry and dedication, not supplements.

I'm an entertaining guy with real world experience. I can make your learning easy!
I hold a BS in Economics and have spent 10+ years working in finance. I can explain macroeconomics and Read more

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Travels within 35 miles of Pasadena, CA 91107
In-person lessons
Microsoft Excel
Elementary Education:
Track & Field

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I hold a 500 hr certification from the American Fitness & Nutrition Academy. In addition to being a CPT I'm also a weight management specialist. I can furnish my schools address the the serial number on my degree upon request


I studied Economics @ Duquesne University under some rather old school professors. Be your concern simple supply and demand concepts or the depths of macroeconomic policy I can make it clear for you.

I believe the key to learning Economics is to learn theory and not to attempt to memorize every definition and graph action. Translating the multitide of economic jargon into everyday words and concepts will greatly decrease your learning curve.

In addition I have a wealth of practical real world experience as an investment esoteric things like the point of diminishing returns or the implication of currency exchange rates on a country's international trade is something I can make crystal clear.

I've got a great speaking voice, and I tend to make a lot of jokes to get the point across


I hold a 500hr certification that is actually a degree from the American Fitness & nutrition academy. I can furnish my degree serial # upon request. Additionally I'm a working personal trainer for the David Barton Gym.

Microsoft Excel

I'd like to say I'm and excel whiz, but it tends to be a better strategy to be modest about your computational skills so I'll put it like this. I get the way the machine thinks and can convey this to you in a minimal amount of steps.

If you are new to excel I can show you how to get up to speed quickly...which is mostly to understand that a spreadsheet is very different from a word processor in how it organizes and assesses data.

I know the VLOOKUP and Pivot tables cause people the most need to worry. Not only can I make the syntax (that's the actual formual that appears on the text line) make sense, but I can show you how to interpret the error codes that you get from excel to improve the speed of your learning.

Excel is rather intuitive once you understand how it likes you to input data and what it finds intolerable (like a circular reference - which is where you have made a mistake in writing a formula and one of the cells to be added to the total contains the sum total...and hence it never stops caculating).

I'm patient, I'm funny and I can manke you understand. If you've just been hired for a position and you've...embellished on your excel skills... I'm the guy for you :-)

Public Speaking

In addition to orally defending my economic thesis at Duquesne University, I also chaired the debate club. During my 20's I was a spoken word poet performing for no less than 75 people, 3 times a week, for a period of 5 years.

In 2003 I began working as an equity analyst at an investment banking firm, the position required me to present our firm's prospectus to consultants and to verbally defend the firm's position on investment.

I presently am retained by The American Fitness & Nutrition Academy to speak to the graduating class of students, prepare them for graduation and give them a primer on working in the field.

When it comes to public speaking, I stress being prepared and avoiding going "off the cuff", even on topics that you know well. I instruct on speaking from the diaphragm and presenting your ideas as a dialog and not a lecture (albeit a dialogue where the other party is silent). I have been known to utilize voice exercises and acting exercises to increase the effectiveness of the speech. Public speaking can be explained in three tenets: know what you plan to say, know your audience and use physical space as your prop.


What can I say I like to read. Reading comprehension is about getting to the essence of what the author is trying to convey and not being distracted by the use of unfamiliar words or the artistic license that can often appear in writing.

I emphasize understaning of where the subject is going and taking it slow. Reading quickly and reading comprehension are not necessarily synonomous. I read some rather technical critical theory and film theory and semiotics and it pays to take it slow. You might not like the sound of that...but it's much better than having to reread something several times to make heads or tails of it.

I'm very patient with younger students and will even do a little acting and throw in different voices to keep things entertaining.

Writing with correct grammar can be difficult, but understanding grammar is not. If it sounds funny it is funny for the most part, your ear tends not to fail you. Books are your friends, let me show you.

Track & Field

I ran competitive track & field for nearly a decade. Was ranked in the state of new jersey for the 200m, 110 high hurdles, 400IM hurdles..anchored the 4X400 relay as well as the shuttle hurdle relay, was the lead leg in the 4X100 and 4X200. I coached womens track for a year in college


In addition to holding a BS in Economics (which is a writing discipline) I worked as a consumer discretionary analyst for nearly 10 years which required me to write financial and economic commentary on a nearly weekly basis.

I write economic commentary, financial commentary, critical theory, narratives,manifestos, socio-economic essays and a I also write for screen.

Be your requirement a college essay, statement of purpose, a thesis, research paper or something more indepth like a study or a white paper I can help you outline the process and aid you in finding your writing voice.

Duquesne University, Special Education


Duquesne University, Special Education (Economics)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Marcus will travel within 35 miles of Pasadena, CA 91107.