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David B.

Atlanta, GA

$65/hour

Tutoring confidence and proficiency in oral and written communication.

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5.0 average from 1 ratings
Very professional and knowledgeable on the subject of Ancient Roman Empire.
— Vanessa, Stone Mountain, GA on 5/16/16

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St. Andrews Presbyterian College
English Literature
Atlanta Law School
J.D.
Atlanta Law School
Master's

Education

St. Andrews Presbyterian College (English Literature)

Atlanta Law School (J.D.)

Atlanta Law School (Master's)

About David

I have taught classes on Rome, Greece, wisdom literature, legal matters, English and American literature, World History, and American history. My education and experience are very strong in writing, reading comprehension, English and American literature (fiction and poetry), in which I have a Bachelor of Arts, World History, and in American history (non-fiction. I have raised 2 daughters to adulthood, reading to them every night, teaching them to read well and to enjoy reading. Both of my daughters have been avid and fast readers since early childhood. I have read widely across many disciplines, including English language literature, archaeology, architecture, science, literature from other languages and cultures, and in history. I have further honed my reading and writing skills by my daily reading, writing, evaluating, analyzing, and researching in my work as an attorney and in my work in the insurance business.

I enjoy teaching and tutoring very much. I approach tutoring with a positive attitude. I am flexible in working with different learning styles and abilities. I initially ask what the student hopes to accomplish from tutoring. I ask how much time the student has to become proficient in the subject. I then find out what problems have occurred and determine where the tutoring should be focused. I suggest a plan to the student for tutoring the subject within the time necessary. We then reach agreement on a plan. I tutor by encouraging the student to become comfortable with many learning techniques, such as lecture, questions and answers, taking good notes from reading or from a lecture, reviewing the reading and notes on a regular basis, preparing for a test, and memorization. I go over the subject matter repeatedly. I begin each session with a quick review of what was studied in the previous session.

I approach tutoring with the concept that learning can be exciting. I believe that a student can be taught to embrace and know the subject well. I think that such techniques will help the student to develop confidence in their ability to learn and to be successful in their coursework.
I have taught classes on Rome, Greece, wisdom literature, legal matters, English and American literature, World History, and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required

I am willing to discuss my hourly rates for students for multiple hour lessons, group rates, specific subject rates, and rates for special situations. The hourly rate includes travel time

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Atlanta, GA 30305
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very professional and knowledgeable on the subject of Ancient Roman Empire."

- Vanessa, Stone Mountain, GA on 5/16/16
Science:
Archaeology
Music:
Music History
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English,
Grammar,
Literature,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bar Exam,
College Counseling,
GED,
LSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
Microsoft Word, QuickBooks
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
Business,
Law,
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking,
QuickBooks

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.

American History

I have taught American history to my students. I have been told that I have made the subject come alive for them. I have studied the many different periods of American history, and continue to study now. I constantly and regularly read books on American history. The scholars have many disagreements on how history should be interpreted. It is a dynamic subject that changes constantly as more people delve into researching the details, and they find new sources not known before.

Archaeology

I had some courses in sociology with archaeological components and studies in college. I have been on site in several digs in the area where I live to observe techniques. I have read many books by archaeologists, and subscribe to archaeology periodicals.

Bar Exam

I am a practicing attorney with 35 years experience admitted to the State Bar of Georgia. I am familar with the Georgia bar exam because I took it and passed it the first time. I also took an extensive bar exam preparatory course before taking the bar exam. Bar exams ask real life law questions which I can effectively tutor about because I have been involved in many real life legal situations with clients involving trials, civil procedure, extensive research, and ethics. I also am familar with the structures of bar exam multiple choice questions and techniques for effectively answering questions correctly and timely, as well as familiarity with questions seeking written responses in that portion of the exam.

Bible Studies

I studied a core curriculum in college entitled "Christianity and Culture" in which the liberals arts program was taught by a combined teaching of how and why cultures developed over time under the many different influences of different areas in life, such as religion, geography, history, music, government structures, architecture, sculpture, art, philosophy, and many other disciplines. Part of this curriculum included the Bible and its influence on history and culture. I took an in depth college course on Wisdom Literature which studied Job, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, various books in the Apocrypha, and the book of James in the New Testament. In that course I extensively used and became very familiar with the Interpreter's Bible, which is a 12 volume scholarly set of books that provide deep historical and cultural insight into the Bible. I have my own full set of that series, as well as the Interpreter's Bible Dictionary, a 5 volume series, and the full 12 volume set of the New Interpreter's Bible, as well as a number of other commentaries. I also have many historical studies of the cultures, such as Egypt, Greece, Macedonia, and Rome that have influenced and been influenced by the Hebrew culture, which help one to understand the Bible better. I have taught many in depth Sunday School classes for many years. I am presently teaching a course on Job that started in 9/12 where we meet weekly for one hour. We are presently in 5/13 at the 7th chapter. I have designed curriculums for Sunday School classes that I then taught. For instance, one such course was 100 B.C. to 100 A.D., 200 years that radically changed western culture. I use maps, archaeology, architecture, military history, and many other texts from various disciplines in my teaching. I approach teaching the Bible by using scholarly and academic texts. One of the initial facts I teach is that the present day Bible is a series in time of translations from many different languages where literal translations are difficult, as concepts in one language cannot be easily translated into another language. So the approach cannot be that of literal reading, but must be one of exploration, having flexibility, and having an open mind.

Business

I have run my own business of practicing law for 35 years, during which time I have handled many business and commercial matters and cases involving multiple kinds of client businesses. Those types of businesses are as follows: insurance, car dealers, furniture stores, clothing stores, doctor, dentist, lawyer, accountant, funeral home, publishers, plumbers, health equipment providers, landlords, mortgage purchasers, repair services, printers, and construction. The work I have completed for my business clients has enabled me to understand how business operates and what issues are important. I have also had some teaching experience in showing a business client how to avoid various business problems.

Classics

My college BA degree in English had substantial exposure, reading, and analysis in the classics of Greece, Rome, European, English, French, German, Spanish,and American classics. Additionally, the reading, research, and study of classics in law in law school and in my practice of law required a substantial knowledge of the classic literature. Many of the legal concepts and phrases in law come directly from Latin texts and concepts, some of which came from Greek texts and concepts. Additionally, many English and American works in law have become classics, such as Blackstone's Commentaries. English common law had a distinctive foundation in Latin and Greek classics. Classics also teach and instruct in the subjects of ethics and morality, which are so important in today's world.

College Counseling

I have my own experience of the college application and acceptance process that helps me to understand the difficulties and decisions students face. I was also deeply involved in the college application and acceptance process of my two adult daughters, in which I gained further experience in completing applications, applying for financial aid, reviewing of the curricula taught, considering majors offered, evaluating what kind of work my daughters were interested in doing with a college degree, and the visiting of a college campus in person to attend classes and spend a weekend to determine if a particular college met their expectations. Additionally, I have represented people in my law practice where I was involved in providing college counseling to help young students make a decision and straighten out their lives.

Criminal Justice

I learned the theory of the subject of criminal justice in law school. Much of the theory came from my classes in constitutional law. I have also served as an attorney in many criminal cases for the defense in bench trials and jury trials, as well as negotiated pleas. I have also been involved in criminal appeals. When I was investigating what had happened in a criminal case as preparation for trial, I discussed the facts with many police officers. Such discussions and obtaining of documents helped me to understand how a criminal case was prepared by the police and the prosecution.

English

I tutor writing, literature, grammar, English, reading, vocabulary, and public speaking. English is one of the basic structures of all those subjects after grammar. It is a skill that can be learned and understood so that a person can write and speak well. English and grammar go hand in hand with each other, and complement each other. It is important to learn English early and well so that the other subjects can be built on a sound foundation. My college degree was in English and American Literature, and my post-graduate degrees are solidly based in understanding and being able to use correct English. I write every day in a professional manner. I will teach your child excellent English to create that solid foundation.

GED

I first determine what grades in school (elementary, middle, high) have been completed successfully, then find out what areas have been problems and successes for the student, whether the GED exam or other tests (ACT, SAT, etc.) have been taken before, the result of such exam(s) such as scores, any post-school education, and the interests of the student. I then prepare a plan for the subjects and areas of review for the student, then determine frequency and duration of lessons, and discuss with the student and/or family. If the plan is agreed upon, we then start in on the plan. I also can do lessons online.

Geography

I have been fascinated with maps since my early childhood. A map can show many features of geography, although it is difficult to convey topography well on paper or on a 2 dimension screen. There are computer programs that can show topography very well. I would be working with students on reading and reviewing maps of the world and the US. I would be teaching about geography by using maps in some of the following ways. Maps throughout time have shown a particular cultural bias, depending on who drew the map and its purpose. Maps also help a student understand why countries act in particular ways. It is important to know how to read a map, and to understand where the physical borders separating countries are and to know where a country is in relation to other countries around it. It is also important to know what continent each country is located in. Geography can help students to understand history and politics.

Grammar

I tutor writing, literature, grammar, English, reading, vocabulary, and public speaking. Grammar is the most basic structure of all those subjects. It is a skill that can be learned and understood. It is important to learn grammar early and well so that the other subjects can be built on a sound foundation. My college degree was in English and American Literature, and my post-graduate degrees are solidly based in understanding and being able to use correct grammar. I write every day in a professional manner. I will teach your child excellent grammar to create that solid foundation.

Law

I am qualified to teach law because I have practiced law for 35 years. I have a Juris Doctorate degree and a Master of Laws degree. I am able to describe legal theories and history in a way that non-legal persons can understand. Law is divided into many different subject areas. Generally each subject is taught separately, but there are relationships and connections between subjects that are based on the facts of a case and the law that applies to those facts. I teach law as an effective and practical way to avoid, anticipate, or handle problems and disputes.

Literature

My major in college in my Bachelor of Arts degree was English and American literature. I teach reading comprehension, but also appreciation and understanding of the literature being read, whether in English, or translated from another language. The subject is large, but there are many writers that rank very large indeed, such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Melville, Faulkner, Warren, Hemingway, Dos Passos, and more. I teach what these writers were saying in their works. These composers of words are not shy in their use of the English language. They push the edges, create new approaches, and blaze a path. There are very deep subjects being discussed, and these writers are not afraid to enter the discussion wholeheartedly. I am able to show you the way into these wonderful works of art.

Music History

My undergraduate degree classes included music history in a combined curriculum throughout the 4 years of college which showed how music history developed side by side with other historical developments. Music kinds, styles, periods, instruments, and composers were explored in detail, including listening to the various types of music. This led to my own life long enjoyment of music as I expanded what music I had listened to and my knowledge of different composers and their works, along with the study of the historical development of musical instruments. I have also worked on many vocal musical works, and I enjoy opera. I also grew up in New Orleans, so I have some knowledge of jazz. I have read many biographies of composers. I have also studied how composers turn fiction into music. A classic example of this phenomenon is Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's composing of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" from William Shakespeare's play of the same name.

Public Speaking

I am a trial lawyer and a teacher. I speak in front of people on a regular basis. I have learned the various techniques of public speaking over time and with experience. I have presented countless arguments and cases to other lawyers, insurance companies, judges, and juries for many years. I am confidant and prepared. I know all of the elements of how to speak in public and how to teach public speaking.

QuickBooks

I have used Quickbooks Pro for my business and taxation accounting in my law practice for many years. I am familiar with setting up accounts, and the many various parts of the program. I have created many different types of reports. The importance of regular backups cannot be emphasized enough. Quickbooks is a valuable business tool that can help a business function better.

Reading

I teach reading comprehension. It is absolutely essential for a person to be able to read well that they have a large vocabulary. I teach the development of a large vocabulary in order to read well, but also to have full comprehension of all the many things that swirl around us for all of our lives. A person that has a large vocabulary knows how to use that vocabulary, both in speaking and in writing. The development of a large vocabulary can only be accomplished by a lot of reading. I can teach you to read well, and in the process, to develop a large vocabulary. Also, I teach enjoyment of reading so that you want to read. Reading will become for you something that you can never get enough of, and it will become something that is necessary and good in your life. I teach being able to read well, which means that you will be successful in life, as a successful person has in their toolbox the skill of reading well. Reading is about following the telling of a compelling story.

Social Studies

The combination of my college education, my experience of 5 years in working for an insurance company, where I worked with the public, my law school experiences, and my practicing law for 35 years has given me a life long course in Social Studies. I have throughout my life extensively read across many disciplines, including history and fiction, which together with my work experiences, have given me a deep understanding of societies and social relationships, and the effect of those social relationships through history on people. The combined results of those social relationships and the pressures caused on societies over time can be seen in the progress or lack of progress of societies in the present world. The study of societies over time provides great insight into which social policies were successful and which were not successful. The resulting insights are instructive in how people should lead their lives today and what social trends and policies they should support and encourage.

Vocabulary

I teach reading comprehension. It is absolutely essential for a person to be able to read well that they have a large vocabulary. I teach the development of a large vocabulary in order to read well, but also to have full comprehension of all the many things that swirl around us for all of our lives. A person that has a large vocabulary knows how to use that vocabulary, both in speaking and in writing. The development of a large vocabulary can only be accomplished by a lot of reading. I can teach you to read and in the process, to develop a large vocabulary.

World History

I have read and extensively studied World History from many different viewpoints. My studies started in high school and continue until this day. I started out reading about WW II, and progressively went forward and backward in time about other countries, continents, cultures, religions, history, geography, and studied deeply in many World History subjects. I enjoy and I am excited about the historical record of our world.

Writing

I teach writing. In order to write well, a person must be able to have high reading comprehension. It is absolutely essential for a person to be able to write well that they have a large vocabulary. I teach the development of a large vocabulary in order to write and read well, but also to have full comprehension of all the many things that swirl around us for all of our lives, and then be able to describe in written form those living experiences . Writing also requires an inventive imagination. A person that has an active imagination has a large vocabulary and reads well, and knows how to use that reading and vocabulary in writing. I teach good communication, for that is what writing essentially is.

St. Andrews Presbyterian College
English Literature
Atlanta Law School
J.D.
Atlanta Law School
Master's

Education

St. Andrews Presbyterian College (English Literature)

Atlanta Law School (J.D.)

Atlanta Law School (Master's)

Very professional and knowledgeable on the subject of Ancient Roman Empire. — My son was really pleased with the help that David provided him in completing his paper. It was a Godsend that we were able to sift through the thousands of Wyzant tutors and find David who was knowledgeable in the specific area we needed to cover. My son said he really knew his stuff concerning the Ancient Roman Empire. ...

— Vanessa, Stone Mountain, GA on 5/16/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

I am willing to discuss my hourly rates for students for multiple hour lessons, group rates, specific subject rates, and rates for special situations. The hourly rate includes travel time

Travel policy

David will travel within 20 miles of Atlanta, GA 30305.