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Alan K.

Miami, FL

$50/hour

Diversely skilled tutor who makes learning fun not work

Background check passed as of 11/16/10

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Western Michigan University

Education

Western Michigan University

About Alan

Most adults as well as kids, who possess the ability to learn a particular subject, fail to do so because the materials are presented in such a boring way, it becomes difficult to retain focus long enough to learn and retain the material. However, if the instructor is skilled and creative enough, and creates an environment where the subject matter becomes fun rather than necessary busy work, real progress can be achieved. Having suffered too many boring teachers growing up, I swore that when I became the person in charge of teaching, I'd make sure lessons were interesting enough and conveyed in a way that my students would want to learn, and keep working on the subject matter until they mastered it, gaining a sense of personal pride and confidence in their achievement. I am a relentless competitor who settles for nothing less than winning. In teaching, I settle for nothing less than my students excelling in their studies. My tutoring adapts to the individual needs and skills of my student which achieves real progress in the subject matter.

If the subject matter is a business class, my expertise comes from direct experience, as I was VP of Sales and Marketing where I took a company from less than 5M to 500M and made them the leader within their marketplace. I've also been Managing Director of this country's largest seller of fine arts. English arts, I am the premier instructor in Florida for a large European company teaching English to both essential government workers, students and corporate VIPs. My English skills have won me many awards and recognitions and I am published in a diversity of subjects. (I am currently working on three books. If it's English, ESL, Literature, Composition, Grammar, or Public Speaking, I am skilled at improving my student's abilities which translates into more success in any career path they eventually follow.

I possess a teaching degree and can make the learning process both fascinating and enjoyable instead of simply busy work. I am world traveled and understand social sciences from politics to government and sociology. In biology and zoology, I have a background of working with some of the world's most rare, interesting and sometimes most dangerous animals on earth.... two of which have my name included in their formal Latin designation.

I am also very comfortable teaching students from other cultures, as although I am a 'Midwesterner', originally from Michigan, my wife is of Latin origin, from Buenos Aires, who designs clothing for the movies.

If you are seeking a tutor who skills will result in significant, measurable improvement in the subject matter or athletic endeavor, contact me.
Most adults as well as kids, who possess the ability to learn a particular subject, fail to do so because the materials are presented in such a boring way, it becomes difficult to retain focus long enough to learn and retain the material. However, if the instructor is skilled and creative enough, and creates an environment where the subject matter Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Miami, FL 33162
Background Check: Passed
Science:
Biology, Zoology
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading, Writing
History:
Government & Politics, Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary,
Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball,
Golf,
Table Tennis,
Tennis

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.

Basketball

I was a standout High School basketball forward and was invited to play college ball too, but chose Tennis instead as my college varsity sport. I am a student of the game and understand all the rules and creative play making.

Business

I have, as VP, taken two companies to the apex of their marketplaces. I took one company from under 6M to almost 500M resulting in them going from private directly onto the NYSE. I was also VP and Managing Director of this country's largest seller of fine arts. As Director of Sales I took a Toronto based company to the apex of the USA marketplace. I have written extensively in business, chaired countless critical international sales meetings and authored selling and management programs at all levels.

ESL/ESOL

I currently am the premier ESL instructor in south Florida for a European based company with which I am sent students for intensive one on one English training. I also teach the most important private class students for a well known south Florida University. I have more than 8 years experience. My students include High School students, Government critical professions (like Air Traffic Controllers and International Law Enforcement), and CEO's of major international companies.
My teaching methods include iconic based learning as opposed to boring memory work, (which is not nearly as effective.) I work with subject matter residents of south Florida are familiar with, including subjects ranging from the Everglades to the Florida Keys, so my lessons and approach is never boring or busy work, but results in measurable progress in mastering the English language.

Golf

I was a star on my high school team, and thereafter was subsequently tempted to leave college to play the pro tour, as I was sponsored by a major retail chain to get my tour card. I understand the mechanics of the game with exceptional skills from 150 yards into the pin and on the putting surface.

Public Speaking

I have a significant background in public speaking at the highest levels. In the world of business, I have been the keynote speaker chaired countless critically important meetings for groups exceeding 300 colleagues and subordinates. In the world of zoology, I was the frequent guest on numerous television talk shows, radio programs and newscasts. I have even stood before the State of Michigan legislature to successfully argue a change in a law regarding the way the state statutes had unjustly viewed a particular species of animal in the pet trade. My diversity of education and experience, coupled with my Midwestern speaking voice has allowed me to be the public speaker at a great diversity of venues, and my creative approach has gotten me numerous return invitations. I can teach others to speak with confidence, logic, creativity and humor to capture and command the attention of audiences they address.

Table Tennis

Coming from a tennis family, early on in life I learned how to master most sports that involved a racket or paddle (tennis, badminton, squash and table tennis.) I grew up in a home with a table tennis room, and now, as an adult, I have a top quality German made table, and play with a custom paddle made in China, with one side's rubber from Korea and the other side's from Germany. I am a serious player and competitor who can play the game almost equally well with either hand. I understand the mechanics of shot making and how to take advantage of vulnerabilities of opponents. My home outside court has a lighting system allowing calm night play under stadium-like conditions.

Tennis

As the star of my high school tennis team, I only lost one match, and went to college to play tennis at the varsity level where I beat all players on the varsity team. My father was a state champion tennis player and thus I've been involved in the sport since I was old enough to pick up a racket. I understand all aspects of the game in both singles and doubles play, including the mechanics of all strokes. Although I am now a casual player, I still play with the same equipment the top pros use, and am probably the most competitive person most ever encounter, as I know how to win and can teach those skills to others.

Vocabulary

Having been a writer all my adult life, my English vocabulary is expansive in many areas ranging from business to fine arts to business.

Writing

I have been writing for a living all my adult life. I am extensively published in magazines and newspapers as well as scientific, art and business areas. I am currently finishing work on a screenplay.

Zoology

There are not many species in the zoological world I am not familiar with, as I worked in research for 10 years studying the lives and habitat of some of the world's most rare, dangerous and fascinating creatures. In fact, 6 years ago, the scientists who decide such matters, honored me by including my name in the formal Latin designation of two rare species I worked with for several years. My expertise extends includes but is not limited to primates, reptiles, marine animals and fishes, amphibians and mammals. My studies have included everything from exotic and endangered fishes to arachnids, and from venomous snakes to birds of prey.
I've won the top National Award from the prestigious aquatic organization, the ALA, and been called a master aquarist in magazine articles written about me.

Western Michigan University

Education

Western Michigan University

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alan will travel within 30 miles of Miami, FL 33162.