University of Hartford (Economics)
Trinity College (Other)
I began tutoring in 2006, shortly after changing careers. I chose human services, since I wanted to focus myself and my work on helping others. I had worked for a long time in the media, writing and editing and doing other things. My jobs were very interesting--daily newspaper reporting, editing a law journal, doing press work at the state capitol--and educational.
I learned so much that was challenging and stimulating that I began to realize how vast the knowledge was that I did not have. I developed a real love for learning—-by reading, listening, experiencing, etc.--and I became a dedicated a “lifetime learner." To me, learning is a very exciting thing.
I'm a creative thinker and problem solver. I like to break problems open and study them and find a way to overcome them. I may use a nontraditional strategy, something visual or even a game. I spend a lot of time on the internet looking for ideas for presenting information in a fresh, engaging or fun way. There are many possible routes to breaking down a learning problem.
I graduated from the University of Hartford with a BA in economics, magna cum laude. The economics, in part, represents my fascination with math. I like to read and learn about numbers, in which I find a special beauty.
Likewise, many years as a writer and reader has given me a proficiency in language arts and English. I was a natural writer, being recognized for this talent, first in high school and then college, where I co-taught a writing composition course shortly after arriving at the school. From all this writing--and especially reading--I have an extensive vocabulary and I'm a good speller. For anyone wanting to be a writer, you will find, time and again, the most repeated advice is to be a reader.
As soon as I started tutoring six years ago, I knew I was in a near-perfect niche for me. I enjoyed teaching and I was good at it. I enjoyed that first job more than any other that I'd had in recent memory. I liked my students, I liked the time I spent with them. I empathized with their academic frustrations, and helped guide them to the solutions. That makes both of us feel good. I began tutoring in 2006, shortly after changing careers. I chose human services, since I wanted to focus myself and my work on helping others. I had worked for a long time in the media, writing and editing and doing other things. My jobs were very interesting--daily newspaper reporting, editing a law journal, doing press work at the state
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It’s called the “dismal science” but to me, from the time I started in Econ 101, I was swept away by it, awed and fascinated. With the intersection of simple supply and demand curves, you had the perfect picture of buyers and sellers being matched by the “invisible hand” of the free market.
A freely operating market finding its point of balance, or equilibrium, is what Adam Smith, the 'father' of Economics, described in his seminal 1776 book, The Wealth of Nations. Smith talks about the natural tendency of markets to achieve equilibrium as both buyers and sellers simply act rationally by doing what's in their own best interest.
Smith's book, describing capitalism, defined the basic workings of a market economy operating to bring a reasonable profit to sellers and “utility” to buyers, with price as the lynchpin.
What's the Big Idea? Two Things to Know
Economics is a social science that is all about the allocation of scare resources. No one, not individuals, businesses, organizations, governments can have one of everything for many obvious reasons, but always because supply, commodities, raw materials are finite. In market economies, price is what determines how much is bought and sold.
Also, Economic is divided into two categories: macroeconomics and microeconomics. (I have always much preferred macro to micro, being more a big-picture person.)
Microeconomics is concerned with the actions of individual consumers and businesses, and how they will do their dance toward a price that satisfies both, thereby achieving equilibrium where the market is cleared of the good being sold. Will consumers buy cars this year? Are they saving rather than spending? How are gas prices moving?
Producers consider their costs and wonder how tightly consumers are hanging onto their cash. When they buy for Christmas, will they want more durable toys or cheaper ones?
Macro deals with aggregate demand and aggregate supply. It covers the whole turf, broad and wide: the global economy, a nation's economy, the effect of government policy, wars, unemployment and major disasters, trade and tariffs, and as we see in today's headlines, government debt.
FYI: The “dismal science” moniker. It's a reference to another classic book, this one by economist Thomas Malthus, who, in his 1798 book, An Essay on the Principle of Population, made dire predictions about population growth outstripping the ability for the world to sustain it. It's long been noted that although Malthus made a great argument for his prediction, it never came to pass. At least not yet, today's pundits are observing.
I was for many years a writer by profession: journalist and newspaper and magazine editor, corporate and university communications and press releases and speeches for legislators and others. I since have gone into the human services field, which has included a great deal of tutoring, most of it with children with behavioral and other issues.