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Patrick A.

Fort Wayne, IN

$50/hour

Test taking, study skills, college & grad school letters, careers

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Background check passed as of 3/17/15

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Oakland University
Sociology
Michigan State University
Master's
Michigan State University
PhD

Education

Oakland University (Sociology)

Michigan State University (Master's)

Michigan State University (PhD)

About Patrick

As a college teacher for 30+ years, I have taught students ranging from the best-prepared to those needing remediation. I believe that everyone can learn - with the right motivation and skills. And that's where I come in.

In an effort to understand what techniques successful college students use to study effectively, I did systematic research with colleagues on the subject. We looked at reading, notetaking, and underlining techniques and what clues worked to help students achieve good grades. We published a half-dozen articles on the subject, one of which was selected as 1 of the 27 best articles on the subject over a 30-year period. I took the insights I had learned about successful active learning and put them into two editions of an innovative student study guide integrated into a best-selling college textbook, along with a teacher's manual and a test bank of over 2,200 original questions that incorporated diversity as well as multiple levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. Over the years I have worked closely with our student tutoring center to help students improve their test-taking ability.

I have extensive experience teaching students throughout the educational spectrum. I was a teacher of choice for Collegiate Connection students - high school students taking college courses on campus, but I also taught for over a dozen years in freshman learning communities of students needing remediation - who turned out to be significantly more successful than expected. I published research demonstrating that innovations to make my classes more accessible to nontraditional students in fact benefited all students. I have also taught courses for high school teachers on how to incorporate active learning into college-level courses. In recognition of this work, I have been invited to give over 70 presentations on diversity and student success. A dozen sets of my syllabi and course materials have been selected by my national professional organization as models of good pedagogy. I have published 10 professionally-refereed book chapters on how to teach more effectively. I have received 16 teaching awards at the local, state, regional, and national levels.

Over the years I have advised dozens of undergraduate students and helped get many of them into top graduate programs. I helped develop and I ran our graduate program in sociology for several years, reading dozens of application letters. I am sought out by students for my detailed, personalized letters of recommendation. I have worked closely with my advisees on how to prepare and market themselves for a fluid, shifting job market and rewarding - and perhaps multiple - careers.

As the author of 3 books, over 30 published articles - in professional as well as popular sources - and as the invited Guest Editor of a professional journal, I know what constitutes good writing and how to produce it. I also have extensive proofreading and copyediting experience.

As a first-generation college student, I had to navigate the potentially obscure and confusing maze of higher education largely on my own. I did figure it out, and I earned Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. degrees. I want to pass on what I've learned in my lifetime of college experience so that you don't have to do it alone!

Clearly I have a proven record of success. Let me help you develop and polish your skills and improve your applications. Let me help you realize your dreams!
As a college teacher for 30+ years, I have taught students ranging from the best-prepared to those needing remediation. I believe that everyone can learn - with the right motivation and skills. And that's where I come in.

In an effort to understand what techniques successful college students use to study effectively, I did systematic
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Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Science:
Sociology
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Writing
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading
Business:
Career Development,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Career Development

Over 30+ years of teaching, I have advised dozens of undergraduate majors, minors, and graduate students on how to prepare for and market themselves for careers that fit with their needs and interests. I have also incorporated career information into all of my courses, showing the practical applicability of the subject matter. I taught Work and Organizations for a number of years, surveying the national and local labor markets and talking with recruiters and Human Resources professionals about what they looked for in job candidates. I have been invited to give a number of presentations on campus about career preparation.

College Counseling

Over the years I have advised dozens of undergraduate students, showing them how to integrate their general education courses into their major and create a useful and skillful product. That is, to get an education and not just a diploma. I helped get many of them into top graduate programs. I helped develop and I ran our graduate program in sociology for several years, reading dozens of application letters. I am sought out by students for my detailed, personalized letters of recommendation. I have worked closely with my advisees on how to prepare and market themselves for a fluid, shifting job market and rewarding – and perhaps multiple – careers. I have extensive experience teaching students throughout the educational spectrum. I was a teacher of choice for Collegiate Connection students – high school students taking college courses on campus, where I often got involved with advising them about their choice of college and application letters. I also taught for over a dozen years in freshman learning communities of students needing remediation – who turned out to be significantly more successful than expected, largely through intentional interventions and successful personal support. I published research demonstrating that innovations to make my classes more accessible to nontraditional students in fact benefited all students. I know what it takes to be successful in college and how to do it.

Public Speaking

I have taught at the college level for over 30 years, from large lectures to small seminars. I have won 16 teaching awards at the national, regional, state, and local levels. I was invited to give a national lecture that was broadcast on live TV to over 80 college campuses. I have given over 50 presentations at national and international professional conferences, as well as over 100 invited presentations and workshops to campus and community groups. Recently I auditioned for and was accepted to give a TED Talk. Further, I have professionally published articles on how to teach more effectively, including lecturing and use of PowerPoint.

Sociology

I have taught college-level sociology for over 30 years, from introductory to graduate courses, including at least 25 different subject area courses. I have 10 book chapters on sociological pedagogy and was invited to author 2 editions of a student study guide bound into a best-selling sociology textbook. I also wrote the original test bank (over 2,200 questions at all levels of Bloom's Taxonomy) and instructor's manual. I have taught courses and given national and regional workshops for high school sociology teachers. I developed a module for high school sociology that was nationally distributed. I have received 16 awards for teaching sociology at the national, regional, state, and local levels. I have helped a number of my sociology undergraduate advisees to get into top graduate schools.

Oakland University
Sociology
Michigan State University
Master's
Michigan State University
PhD

Education

Oakland University (Sociology)

Michigan State University (Master's)

Michigan State University (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Patrick will travel within 25 miles of Fort Wayne, IN 46835.