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Tom D.

Fort Myers, FL

$45/hour

Dr. Tom D: GED ACT SAT GRE GMAT math writing psychology biology

200+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/8/13
4.9 average from 98 ratings
You won't find a better tutor.
— Amy, Fort Myers, FL on 1/2/14

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University of Dayton
Education
University of Michigan
Master's
Michigan State University
PhD

Education

University of Dayton (Education)

University of Michigan (Master's)

Michigan State University (PhD)

About Tom

Hi!

I started my career teaching algebra in high school, and retired from teaching human development and psychology in college in January, 2013. Although I spent my career in a wide variety of roles, I enjoy tutoring, and counseling the most. Since retiring I've tutored GED students, mentored former prison inmates, and volunteered at hospice.

I hold a B.S. in Ed., M.A., M.B.A., Ed.S., and Ph.D. I have been a teacher, counselor, principal, superintendent, college dean, entrepreneur, president and CEO of an educational technology business, and consultant to teachers, colleges and businesses throughout the world.

I most enjoy helping students achieve their personal and academic goals. I help them learn how to learn and play the academic game. Learning should be fun. Teaching is too. I find that tutoring students with learning problems is particularly rewarding, and I’ve had a lot of experience helping learning disabled students overcome and compensate for their “disability”. I don’t ordinarily tutor children below high school age.

The academic dean at Muskegon Community College where I taught from 2002 to 2012 called me his "utility teacher". When he couldn't find a teacher for a particular class he would ask me to teach it. I didn't especially like teaching technical courses, but I thoroughly enjoyed teaching human development, various psychology and education courses, business, math, writing, and humanities.

For me, helping students earn their GED is very rewarding. Most GED students don’t have a lot of money, but they have more to gain from passing the tests than other students. For these reasons I will negotiate a rate lower than my usual $45 with any GED student in financial hardship. The broad grin they flash when they pass is worth more than money to me.

I'd love to learn about what and how YOU would like to learn and what your goals are. Please send me an eMail. If you have made payment arrangements with WyzAnt, I’ll send you links to evaluations by my former students and my cell phone number so we can get to know one another. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals.
Hi!

I started my career teaching algebra in high school, and retired from teaching human development and psychology in college in January, 2013. Although I spent my career in a wide variety of roles, I enjoy tutoring, and counseling the most. Since retiring I've tutored GED students, mentored former prison inmates, and volunteered at
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Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required

GED tutoring rate may be negotiated downward for students with financial hardship on a case-by-case basis.

Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Fort Myers, FL 33905
Background Check: Passed

"You won't find a better tutor."

- Amy, Fort Myers, FL on 1/2/14

"Helpful Geometry Tutoring"

- Lidsa, North Fort Myers, FL on 3/13/17

"Tom is fantastic!!"

- Katie, Utica, MI on 9/26/16

"Patient and truly caring Tutor."

- Sam, Cape Coral, FL on 1/11/16

"Well-prepared, professional tutor"

- Haley, Fort Myers, FL on 12/17/15

"Knowledgable and friendly tutor"

- Susan, Fort Myers, FL on 11/24/15

"Knowledgable and Patient Tutor"

- Amarilis, Cape Coral, FL on 10/17/15

"An Awesome Tutor"

- Aysha, Fort Myers, FL on 11/30/14

"Great!"

- Julia, Holland, MI on 6/7/14

"Excellent tutor."

- Jamilla, Cape Coral, FL on 12/4/13
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, GED,
Geometry, GMAT, GRE, Prealgebra
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Ecology, Philosophy, Physical Science, Psychology, Sociology,
Zoology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED,
GMAT, GRE, SAT Reading
Computer:
Macintosh
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
American History, World History, Writing
Special Needs:
Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Business,
GMAT, GRE, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

I'm a former high school algebra teacher and counselor with a PhD in counseling. I spent many years helping students get into the college of their choice. For the past 20 years or so I've tutored ACT prep, particularly in Math and English -- especially math.

Business

I hold a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. I founded and ran Active Learning Systems, Inc. for 25 years. I taught accounting, business communications, intercultural management and communication technology at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Business. I also served as Dean of Business Education at St. Paul Technical College, and was Superintendent at the Taipei American School in Taiwan.

GED

Since I retired in January 2013, I have tutored dozens of students who have successfully earned their GED and many more who have successfully passed the ACT and SAT. The new GED is very difficult, and when possible I recommend that students find other ways to achieve their goals. However, if they want to earn a GED, I am willing and very able to help them pass the tests. I am particularly adept at helping them with math.

Macintosh

I spent much of my life teaching and tutoring people how to use technology, and have been a Mac user since 1982. Currently I have and use a MacBook Pro, iPhone 5 and iPad. I am familiar with and use all Mac software including all versions of the Mac Operating System.

I was President of Microworx, a computer use training company during 1983 and 1984, and was founder, CEO and president of Active Learning Systems, Inc. from 1984 to 2005. I wrote most of the curriculum for Microworx and ALS during the early years. Both companies originally specialized in teaching computer skills and Internet use but developed computer-aided courses in all subjects.

My favorite activities are tutoring one-on-one and writing curriculum. When I tutor, I let the student decide what to learn, and work in a hands-on practical way. I also explain why the computer works the way it does so the learner can trouble-shoot problems and figure out why the computer isn't working they way they want it to.

Sociology

I earned a PhD from Michigan State University in counseling with a cognate in sociology. I studied sociology as an undergraduate at Duquesne University. I studied social psychology at the University of Michigan. For the past ten years I've taught human development and educational psychology at Muskegon Community College. Both classes contained a significant amount of sociology.

Study Skills

Although I am a certified teacher K-12 in Michigan, I don't usually work with children anymore. My doctorate is in counseling and I work with high school students, college students, and adults.

As Director of Student Services at Waverly Schools I served as principle of an elementary school for students who had reading difficulties. As dean at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, I established a study skills center. At Muskegon Community College I helped establish an online tutoring and study skills program in conjunction with the Michigan Virtual Learning Collaborative.

When I work with students on study skills, I generally do a diagnosis first – either with a formal assessment or more frequently a simple conversation. We talk about learning styles, and the student’s educational experience. I look for the source of learning difficulty. Is it organization, focus, reading comprehension, math phobia, or some other difficulty? We try and find the root of the problem and work at eliminating it.

For example, a student may have interpersonal difficulties with the teacher; a residual dislike for a subject, because of previous classroom experiences; poor study or test-taking skills; a learning disability; insufficient motivation; or lack of self-discipline or self-confidence. Learning the academic content usually isn't so difficult once the underlying problems are solved.

There are techniques and tools that a student can learn relatively quickly. For example, in reading I teach the SQ3R method that helps students who have reading comprehension problems.

Once a student understands his/her dominant leaning style he or she can cater to his/her dominant learning mode. For example, an auditory learner can retain what they read much better if the read aloud. A concrete learner is better off if they actually create a physical model of what they are trying to understand. Knowing your learning style enables you to learn efficiently.

There are many websites that can help a student diagnose their difficulty and improve their study skills. I generally try to use all the resources available, but tailor them to the individual student.

Zoology

I studied Zoology and genetics at the University of Dayton as an undergraduate, and comparative psychology at the University of Michigan. I hold permanent K-12 teacher certification in Michigan in the field of biology. I taught high school biology at North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh and General Science at Moeller High School in Cincinnati. I remain especially interested in epigenetics, animal psychology, evolution and ecology and I'm very knowledgeable about recent research in these fields.

University of Dayton
Education
University of Michigan
Master's
Michigan State University
PhD

Education

University of Dayton (Education)

University of Michigan (Master's)

Michigan State University (PhD)

You won't find a better tutor.

Tom can explain anything so it’s clear and easy to understand – even the most difficult math problems. He’s smart and knows a lot about everything. He was always willing to help me in any way he could. It is actually fun learning from him. His encouragement helped a lot when I was about to give up. He was always willing to accommodate my busy schedule. He gave me a lot of advice about how to take

— Amy, Fort Myers, FL on 1/2/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

GED tutoring rate may be negotiated downward for students with financial hardship on a case-by-case basis.

Travel policy

Tom will travel within 12 miles of Fort Myers, FL 33905.