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Patrick M.

Littleton, CO

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Rice University, Bachelor of Arts
University of Colorado - Boulder, Leeds School of Business
MBA
University of Michigan - Strategic HR Planning Executive Education
Other

Education

Rice University, Bachelor of Arts

University of Colorado - Boulder, Leeds School of Business (MBA)

University of Michigan - Strategic HR Planning Executive Education (Other)

About Patrick

I'm a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing my passion for learning with others. I enjoy teaching and I'm patient with students. I focus on coaching students on the learning process as well as the content. I believe that every student is unique and work with each to find approaches to learning, studying and academic success that are attuned to their individuality.

I attended a private college prep high school. I took 7 AP courses in high school and work with students taking AP classes. I earned a B.A. from Rice University and have an MBA from CU-Boulder. Most of my career has been as a Management Consultant, IT Consultant, or Technical Sales Rep to companies and government agencies.

I took the ACT in June 2013 and scored 32 overall ("Composite", 98th percentile) with subscores of 34 in science, 32 in Reading, 31 in Math, and 29 in English.

I tutor students in Middle School and up through high school, college, graduate school, as well as executives. Parents are welcome to participate in meetings if their schedule allows.

I'm a full-time tutor. If you're a high school senior or college student with open periods/time during the day, we may be able to find a time during the day to meet.

I've helped a number of people enlist that would not otherwise be able to by helping them increase their ASVAB scores significantly.

My mindset in working with students is that through my mentoring and coaching I provide my students with an essential freedom: the "freedom to choose" their future, rather than have it chosen for them, as free will is one of the many God-given gifts we all receive. I believe that students, parents and educators have an obligation to discover and develop the many gifts with which students are born. I see my role as that of a mentor and coach in the art and science of learning, and when the opportunity arises, providing life coaching to students at a critical time in their life.

For students looking for help in developing their writing, I've written two books (through CreateSpace) that can be found on Amazon: "5 Big Ideas for Cradle Catholics" and "Do You Want to Get Well?" Each book is available as a free PDF download. If interested, contact me for the download website. I'm in the process of writing a third book, titled "What is Love? A How-to Guide".

Here are subjects I've tutored quite a bit recently:
College-Level Study Skills Development for College and High School Students (all students)
Finance for undergrad and grad students (discounting, bond pricing, company valuation, etc.)
Chemistry
Pre-Calculus/Trig, AP Calculus AB/BC, College Calculus, Business Calculus (Metro/CU-Denver)
College Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry (high school and college students)
Statistics & Probability (high school AP and college students)
Physics, AP Physics
ACT/SAT / ASVAB/AFOQT / GMAT Test Prep
Writing
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Recent Wins:
ACT Testing October 2016: I worked with one student to prepare for the ACT and he raised his score by 9 points to a 32. This is the biggest increase I've seen. How did this happen? The student didn't prepare for the previous test while he worked diligently to prepare for the October test. The student is bright and learns quickly. He worked through 3 complete practice tests publicly available on my website and all three practice tests in the new "2016-2017" official red prep book. Another student I worked with focused on increasing his reading score and increased that score by 4 points to a 25 for that subtest. He also worked through multiple practice tests on my website and worked through the practice reading tests from the newest official prep book.

ACT Testing September 2016: One student prepared for the ACT over the summer before Senior year and increased his composite score from 15 to 20. Another student prepared for the ACT in April 2016 scoring a 29. The student continued to prepare for the ACT in the Fall to increase her score to a 31 (and a 32 Superscore).

AP Testing 2016: Coached one student who scored a 5 on the AP Calculus AB test (Regis HS). Coached another student who scored a 4 on the AP Physics 1 test (Grandview HS). We made heavy use of practice tests and analyzing the results of practice tests to prepare for the AP tests.

ACT: Student increased composite score from 24 to 31. I met with the student during their open period during the day for 1-2 hours each week.

Calculus (course required for graduation): Metro student earned a "B" in Business Calculus (June-Aug prep before course start, Sep-Dec 2015). Lesson learned: It's wise to begin preparing for a Calculus course before the course starts, Calculus takes time to absorb.

ASVAB (Navy enlistment to enable new dad a better career path): Student increased score from 29 to 49 in six weeks (Jan/Feb 2016). Lesson learned: The right resources, the right approach, a solid plan, and the motivation to work the plan can increase your ASVAB score significantly.

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A Note on Communications:
I typically avoid responding to electronic communication when I am with a student (with the exception of calls from my wife), and as a result it may take longer to respond to your text or email.If you send an email or text on a Sunday or even on a Saturday, you may not receive a response until Monday. We are designed by God to work diligently for 6 days and then rest on the seventh day. I recommend the same for you, as it is within your design specs too. :) Take one day off each week and rest. We are not designed to be 7x24 machines. Enjoy the gift of a day of rest and the positive impact it will have on your outlook in life and the positive impact it will have on your work the other 6 days of the week. :)
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I'm a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing my passion for learning with others. I enjoy teaching and I'm patient with students. I focus on coaching students on the learning process as well as the content. I believe that every student is unique and work with each to find approaches to learning, studying and academic success that are attuned to their Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required

ASVAB, Active Military and Former Military Transitioning to Civilian Life rate: $30/hr. ***Students with only one parent providing financial support: $27/hr. ***Peace (Police) Officer: $30/hr.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Littleton, CO 80126
Background Check: Passed

"The Best Tutor"

- Leslie, Morrison, CO on 9/19/11

"A+ Tutor!"

- Adrienne, Littleton, CO on 11/23/16

"Thorough follow up and feedback"

- Dan, Westport, CT on 10/30/16

"excellent tutoring"

- Anar, Austin, TX on 10/17/16

"Well prepared and knowledgeable"

- Shannon, Denver, CO on 9/27/16

"Very Intelligent !"

- Sally, Parker, CO on 9/2/16

"Greatly Exceeded All Expectations"

- Tony, Belmont, MA on 9/1/16

"Brand new start"

- Sandra, Littleton, CO on 7/30/16

"Awesome"

- Devona, Denver, CO on 7/23/16

"Police Exam"

- Anais, Aurora, CO on 7/11/16

"Excellent AP test results"

- Jean, Castle Rock, CO on 7/6/16

"Organized and prepared"

- Monica, Littleton, CO on 6/18/16

"Great response time, Great Tutor!"

- Mariah, Castle Rock, CO on 5/20/16

"Above and beyond"

- Pepper, Denver, CO on 4/30/16

"Great tutor"

- Maddy, Englewood, CO on 4/14/16

"knowlegable, great at communicating/explaining, and very patient"

- Josh, Littleton, CO on 4/10/16

"Organized, effective tutor. Will work with him again."

- Lisa, Littleton, CO on 4/5/16

"Great teacher!"

- Abigail, Aurora, CO on 3/24/16

"Patient, excellent at many subjects"

- Clarisse, Denver, CO on 3/23/16

"Very knowledgeable and gifted teacher"

- Sophia, Littleton, CO on 3/8/16

"Great teacher, very smart, and easy to talk to"

- Jessica, Castle Rock, CO on 2/17/16

"Success!"

- Barrie, Littleton, CO on 12/22/15

"First meeting went well."

- Alec, Denver, CO on 11/29/15

"Patient and a great teacher!"

- Lisa, Littleton, CO on 11/19/15

"A truly caring tutor"

- Thomas, Denver, CO on 10/15/15

"Great tutor/coach"

- Lynn, McKinney, TX on 9/30/15

"Great tutor"

- Darby, Denver, CO on 6/29/15

"Very intuitive and friendly"

- Kyle, Aurora, CO on 6/21/15

"Exceptionally Gifted & Talented Educator"

- Doug, Parker, CO on 4/1/15

"Patient and thorough"

- Betsy, Aurora, CO on 2/5/15

"Above and Beyond!"

- Kay, Denver, CO on 9/19/14

"Great tutor"

- Patrice, Littleton, CO on 9/8/14

"Great ASVAB Tutor"

- Fred, Littleton, CO on 8/18/13

"Great tutor. Very knowledgeable."

- Marina, Denver, CO on 8/18/13

"The Best!"

- Leigh, Littleton, CO on 5/10/13

"Communicates with maximum effect!"

- Stewart, Denver, CO on 1/10/13

"Extremely helpful"

- Todd, Englewood, CO on 2/20/12

"Very thorough"

- Richard, Littleton, CO on 1/3/12

"Great tutor for a tough subject"

- Julie, Arvada, CO on 12/6/11

"Excellent Tutor"

- Rebecca, Littleton, CO on 12/1/11
Math:
ACT Math,
Actuarial Science, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations, Elementary Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Biology, Biostatistics,
Chemistry, Genetics, Organic Chemistry, Physics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ACT Reading, AFOQT,
ASVAB,
Career Development, College Counseling,
GMAT,
GRE, Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Accounting, Business,
Career Development, Economics, Finance,
GMAT,
GRE, Marketing, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Chess,
Cooking

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.

ACT Math

I took the ACT in June 2012 and scored 32, which is the 97th percentile. There were a few questions that I didn't get to as I ran out of time. I did not guess on those, although I would recommend guessing to my students as there is no penalty on the ACT for guessing.

My approach to coaching for all standardized tests is holistic: content for sure, but also strategy, guessing, calculator selection and usage, nutrition and sleep. For those who believe in God I remind them to pray. Prayer and action are a strong combination.

AFOQT

I have previously assisted two students in preparing for the AFOQT (Air Force Officer Qualifying Test).

I am familiar with the unique components of this test, including the more advanced math topics that are tested as well as the concepts that are tested that are relevant to pilots.

Algebra 1

Algebra is the on-ramp to college and the professions, and it is a subject that I began teaching in the middle of Spring Semester 2012 and will continue teaching.

Robert Moses calls math and algebra the ticket to 21st century citizenship, and I would agree. It is the foundation upon which all other secondary and college math and science success will be built, so it is of strategic importance to every student.

I focus on working with students to understand the "why" not just the "how", so the "how" will stick.

My goal is to help students master the subject so that it is a source of strength for their academic and professional career, not a weakness that hinders their future.

ASVAB

If you would like to get into the military but struggle with the ASVAB or believe it may be a hurdle to military entrance I can help you. If you are shooting for eligibility of a specific career I can also help.

I recently worked with one high school grad and increased her ASVAB score 25% in one month.

Biostatistics

I have tutored many students in Statistics. Some of those students have been in the biosciences field, so by necessity I have tutored students on the application of statistics to the biosciences; that is, biostatistics.

Business

I have a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado's flagship university.

I have started more than one business, at least one of which is successful, and consulted a number of Fortune 500 business as a management consultant.

Calculus

I can help you understand Calculus and even learn to enjoy it. Whether you are in College and taking Calculus or High School taking AP Calculus, I can get you from the point of struggling to being ahead of the class, comfortable with the class and your abilities, and, in the case of AP Calculus, prepared for the test.

I have developed proprietary materials and methods to help you quickly go from where you are now to where you need to be.

For example: I have just developed materials to help English Language Learners learn AP Calculus.

Chess

I teach chess to middle school students as an elective as there are substantial benefits to students from a behavioral and mathematical perspective. My teaching is rigorous and includes Algebraic Chess Notation, all allowable moves (en passant, castling, etc.), strategy, tactics, pattern recognition, etc. My focus is on getting students who have never played chess to the point where they can begin playing in tournaments, at which point they can find another teacher to take them to the advanced/expert level.

College Counseling

I have helped a number of students apply for college, from college selection, application development, and essay writing. I have experience with the Common Application as well as specific applications for some colleges.

Elementary Math

I can help students struggling with Singapore Math understand how to build models to solve problems.

I can help students increase their "Mental Math" capability that will enable them to do more math, more quickly, and more reliably.

I can administer a diagnostic test that helps me identify a particular student's math strengths, weaknesses, and gaps. I then develop a custom plan to fill in the gaps and shoring up the weaknesses.

I can provide challenge to elementary (and high school) students that are not being challenged, introducing them to Calculus, Statistics, Probability, etc. in a way that they can understand given their current understanding of math.

Finance

Finance

I have an MBA and can tutor any of the typical graduate level or college level Finance classes:

Corporate Finance: Present Value, Net Present Value, Bond Pricing, Bond Duration, Internal Rates of Return, Calculating Expected Returns, Portfolio Variances, Covariances,Calculating Beta, WACC, etc.

Derivatives: Rocket science level math to model derivatives, swaps, futures, etc.

GMAT

I scored 720 on the GMAT after being away from school for 20 years and have developed a specific approach to preparation which can help you increase your GMAT score. While the approach is the same for each individual, I tune it based on the requirements of each student for maximum impact.

I have worked with a number of International Students to help them prepare for this test.

Praxis

I recently passed the PRAXIS math test for Secondary School Math Teachers (High School and Middle School) at the score required to pass in the State of Colorado, which is the highest score requirement of any state. I used the same standardized test strategies, techniques and approaches to pass this test in the first attempt that I use with students.

Reading

I have just completed a graduate school course in teaching reading. As a result of the course I have developed a strategy to help students of all ages build their ability to read and write in English.

While our brains are genetically wired to learn to speak languages, reading and writing must be taught, as there is no genetic wiring for reading or writing.

English is one of the most difficult languages to learn how to read and write for a few reasons: 1) the English vocabulary is much larger than most other languages. Researchers at Harvard and Google just calculated the English language at 1,022,000 words and growing by about 8,500 words per year, 2) English spelling is a mess, with more than 1,100 spelling rules (compare that to Spanish's 46). These challenges don't arise when listening and speaking a language but arise when reading and writing.

My strategy for improving English reading capabilities takes into account these challenges as well as each student's specific background, strengths, weaknesses, and goals. The solution harnesses modern technologies to address the challenges, taking into account strengths and weaknesses, and achieving goals in a novel and engaging way.

Study Skills

Developing good study skills become increasingly important as students progress through school. I help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and work with them to develop a plan for learning that fits their individual traits. I also teach students specific approaches that are used by the best students to 1) increase memorization capability, 2) focus on what is important, and 3) increase their proficiency in taking standardized tests.

Rice University, Bachelor of Arts
University of Colorado - Boulder, Leeds School of Business
MBA
University of Michigan - Strategic HR Planning Executive Education
Other

Education

Rice University, Bachelor of Arts

University of Colorado - Boulder, Leeds School of Business (MBA)

University of Michigan - Strategic HR Planning Executive Education (Other)

The Best Tutor — We have found Patrick to be an excellent tutor. He is extremely knowledgeable regarding testing methods, content, etc, and has been able to determine our grandaughter's mode of learning. He is timely, responsible, kind and thorough and has been of great help. He is the best tutor we have ever had and we are very pleased and feel confident that he has helped our granddaughter immeasurably. ...

— Leslie, Morrison, CO on 9/19/11

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $72.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

ASVAB, Active Military and Former Military Transitioning to Civilian Life rate: $30/hr. ***Students with only one parent providing financial support: $27/hr. ***Peace (Police) Officer: $30/hr.

Travel policy

Patrick will travel within 5 miles of Littleton, CO 80126.