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Jim S.

Salinas, CA

$45/hour

Photography, English, Business, Classical Literature

50+ Hours
4.7 average from 10 ratings

$45/Hour


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UCLA
English
Santa Monica College
Other

Education

UCLA (English)

Santa Monica College (Other)

About Jim

As a Certified Flight Instructor, I have developed very strong skills in one-on-one teaching environments. After a long and successful career as a quality assurance executive in the computer game development industry, I retired and returned to school to earn my Bachelor's degree from UCLA in English and a Commercial Photographer certificate from Santa Monica College. This breadth of experience allows me to draw on deep practical knowledge for a real world application.

I'm especially strong in Greek mythology and Shakespeare and having published more than 200 stories in nationally distributed magazines and several op-ed pieces in the Sunday LA Times, I have strong writing skills and the practical knowledge for submission to publications.

People are unique and each of us has a different manner of processing learning experiences. I'm especially skilled at diagnosing a student's learning process and shaping a program to most efficiently impart the needed information.
As a Certified Flight Instructor, I have developed very strong skills in one-on-one teaching environments. After a long and successful career as a quality assurance executive in the computer game development industry, I retired and returned to school to earn my Bachelor's degree from UCLA in English and a Commercial Photographer certificate from Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Salinas, CA 93908
Math:
Elementary Math
Art:
Adobe Photoshop,
Film, Photography,
Video Production
English:
English,
Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Adobe Lightroom,
Adobe Photoshop,
Computer Science,
Desktop Publishing, General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft Outlook,
Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word, Photography,
Video Production
History:
Classics,
Government & Politics, Political Science, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Business,
Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Adobe Lightroom

As a professional photographer and a graduate of the Santa Monica College Certified Commercial Photographer program (rated in the top ten school photography programs nationwide), I have both the technical training and practical experience with both Photoshop and Lightroom. I can show you advanced techniques and skill in both of these applications including basic exposure adjustments, advanced selection, masking, use of levels, and photo-compositing.

Adobe Photoshop

As a professional photographer and a graduate of the Santa Monica College Certified Commercial Photographer program (rated in the top ten school photography programs nationwide), I have both the technical training and practical experience with both Photoshop and Lightroom. I can show you advanced techniques and skill in both of these applications including basic exposure adjustments, advanced selection, masking, use of levels, and photo-compositing.

Business

I have more than 40 years of business experience in roles encompassing finance, marketing, direct mail, technology, publishing, non profit, direct sales, customer support and quality assurance. My last position was as Vice President in a NASDAQ listed company but I have worked in start-up roles and small to middle sized businesses as well. In these roles I have been responsible for hiring several thousand employees over my career and building multiple organizational teams working in cross-team environments. My financial background includes working at the bookkeeping level on up to Controller at a national publishing company.

Classics

My degree from UCLA in English concentrated in literature including Chaucer, Milton, Shakespeare and a wide range of British Literature writings as well as more contemporary American literature up through the post-modern era. In addition, I have studied in depth Greek mythology and the Bible along with a concentration of Classical Western Literature at Santa Monica College. I'm especially passionate about Shakespeare and Greco-Roman mythology.

Computer Science

I have experience in software development including direct programming work in Assembler, dBase, and Basic. The last 20 years of my career has been focused on quality assurance of both computer hardware and software first working for a nationally recognized hardware testing laboratory, building out a software testing laboratory for that company and then moving into quality assurance for one of the top two independent game development companies.

English

I'm both a published writer and a UCLA English graduate who loves helping students sharpen their basic English and writing skills for better communication. My goal is to make my students feel like they have a partner in their writing endeavors through patient review of their efforts and guidance toward improved grammar, effective organization, and the tools available to use stronger vocabulary and correct spelling.

Grammar

UCLA English and Political Science grad, published writer.

Microsoft Outlook

I have used Microsoft Outlook for over 20 years and was employed for 2 1/2 years by a testing company wherein I established a software testing laboratory as well as working on the original Microsoft Windows Logo Testing program for Windows 95.

Microsoft Windows

I have worked with Microsoft Windows from its original version 1.0 and have installed and set up Windows for nearly every version since then including troubleshooting problems with Windows installations.

Photography

I am a graduate of the Santa Monica College Commercial Photography program, holding a certificate. I have over 20 years of photo experience.

Writing

I'm both a published writer and a UCLA English graduate who loves helping students sharpen their writing skills for better communication. My goal is to make my students feel like they have a partner in their writing endeavors through patient review of their efforts and guidance toward improved grammar, effective organization, and the tools available to use stronger vocabulary and correct spelling.

UCLA
English
Santa Monica College
Other

Education

UCLA (English)

Santa Monica College (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jim will travel within 40 miles of Salinas, CA 93908.