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Linda J.

Boulder, CO

$50/hour

Tutor with Many Hats: Writing, Math, Computer Science

In-person lessons
50+ Hours
5.0 average from 4 ratings
Linda is great
— Robert, Boulder, CO on 9/1/16

$50/Hour


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About Linda

I have two master's degrees, in computer science and creative writing, and have taught in many venues: universities, corporations, Sunday school, an ad hoc class at an alternative high school, etc. I have a passion for the subjects I know, for the students, and for learning and teaching in general. For over ten years, I ran a training business, aimed at computer professionals. Currently, I am in the process of developing a new set of courses in Computer Science.
I work best with teenagers, college students, and adults, although I have taught other ages. I love the excitement of the teenage and college years. I also have patience with the frustrations adults experience when they need to retrain mid-career. The greatest joy is to see a worried expression relax and turn into one of deep comprehension. The proverbial light bulb is not just a hackneyed expression; people's faces really do light up when they understand something they have struggled with.

To me, as a computer professional, algebra is the foundation of all of what I know. Taking a real world problem, expressing it mathematically, and devising a solution is as exciting as a good mystery. I have the ability to look at whatever a student's exercises are, and come up with similar ones that we can work through together. I will observe how the student works, and see where his/her difficulties lie, and find a unique way to explain whatever holes exist in a student's understanding.

In order to obtain my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, I was required to study how to structure a piece of writing to maximum effect. One of the requirements was that I teach this skill to a small group of students, so I've learned to articulate what works. I am also a professional storyteller, and I understand that even the most mundane piece of writing must tell a coherent story in order to communicate.

All of the corporate courses I develop and teach are at least fifty percent exercise, in which I walk around the room working one-on-one with each student. This has given me years of experience developing exercises that teach, and working one on one with students as they struggle with the exercises.

I look forward to helping you or your student in whatever area is challenging for you. Learning should never be a source of stress, but rather an opportunity. I hope I can share that experience with you.
I have two master's degrees, in computer science and creative writing, and have taught in many venues: universities, corporations, Sunday school, an ad hoc class at an alternative high school, etc. I have a passion for the subjects I know, for the students, and for learning and teaching in general. For over ten years, I ran a training business, Read more

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Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Boulder, CO 80302
In-person lessons

"Linda is great"

- Robert, Boulder, CO on 9/1/16
Math:
Algebra 1
English:
English,
Grammar, Literature, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Vocabulary

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.

Algebra 1

I have an advanced degree in computer science and many years of experience developing software. The logic of algebra underpins all algorithm development. I enjoyed algebra 1 when I studied it, and have forgotten very little. From estimating my taxes, to determining an appropriate rent to charge a tenant, to determining my optimal nutrition requirements, I am always setting up equations and solving for "x."

Algebra is a dynamic, necessary skill in today's world, and I hope I can help your student find the same pleasure in it that I do.

C

I first learned C in 1981, at the start of my career. I have programmed in it for over 20 years.

I have over a decade of teaching experience, teaching students from grade school through adult in various settings.

C++

I first learned C++, in the early 90s, when it and Object-oriented design principals were in their infancy. It came at a time when I was just beginning to design a user interface project, that became manageable, with this knowledge. Within a week, I was a proponent, and spent over ten years developing in C++.

I also have many years teaching experience to all age and experience levels. I have developed a classes in C++ that was offered to corporations and government agencies.

Computer Engineering

I have taught software engineering at the university level for five semesters.

I have also taught various aspects of software engineering (e.g., design) at the corporate level.

I have thirty years development experience, working in industry, so I know what works.

Computer Programming

I have programmed computers for forty years in one capacity or another, using languages as varied as Cobol, FORTRAN, C, C++ and Java. I have developed and taught programming classes in C, C++ and Java at the university level.

Computer Science

I have a master's degree in computer science and over thirty years of experience as a developer. During ten years of that time, I also ran a training business, where I developed and delivered courses aimed at teaching computer professionals the latest skills.

English

I have an MFA in creative writing, and have written a novel and two screenplays. One of the latter has been referred to a Hollywood talent manager. So while I cross my fingers, I would love to share what I know, and the joy of writing with your child.

Linux

I have worked in a Linux environment, modifying kernel code, as well as writing several articles for the Linux Weekly News.

Since Linux is an open source version of Unix, my three years at ATT/Bell Labs, becoming proficient in Unix, is relevant. While there, I was part of a team developing an operating system to emulate Unix, so I also know Unix internals.

UNIX

I worked at ATT/Bell Labs for three years, where I became proficient in Unix. I was part of a team developing an operating system to emulate Unix, so I also know Unix internals.

More recently I have worked in a Linux environment, modifying kernel code.

Writing

My general teaching experience has ranged from teaching university classes to high school students to adults in a corporate setting. In addition to having a masters' degree in creative writing, I have written numerous technical articles and papers in my capacity as a software developer. I have written essays, short stories, short creative non-fiction pieces, a novel, and two screenplays.

Linda is great

Linda has a comprehensive understanding of C++. She is very clear and wonderful to work with. Highly recommend if you are looking to meet one-on-one with a tutor.

— Robert, Boulder, CO on 9/1/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Linda will travel within 15 miles of Boulder, CO 80302.