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John H.

Alexandria, KY

$40/hour

Get great help with presentations, English, German, and computers

300+ Hours
5.0 average from 148 ratings
Expert of presentation coaching
— Mac, Cincinnati, OH on 2/23/17

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University of Southern Indiana
Communications
University of Kentucky (Graduate)
Graduate Coursework
Universität Hamburg
Other

Education

University of Southern Indiana (Communications)

University of Kentucky (Graduate) (Graduate Coursework)

Universität Hamburg (Other)

About John

As a young adult, I seized all the opportunities that study abroad in Germany afforded me. I immersed myself by choice in the culture. It was the culture of the poor student — but still! This was living a dream: I was a university student, a seasonal worker, an English tutor, and a traveler. The initial 1-year plan wasn’t enough, so all in all, I stayed 3 years. I made friends from many walks of life. I owe my fluency in German to teachers, hosts, friends, and mentors of those years. Travel became a passion—especially bicycle touring in Northern Germany, Poland, France, and Denmark.

To me, it’s very important that spirits stay strong for lifelong learning. Today, students who come to me, also come from many walks in life. Some are busy professionals or students needing short-term help in a subject I offer. Others want to learn German for personal or work-related reasons or they want to dive deeper into the language they’re learning, to become the best writers and second-language learners they can be. And the list goes on.

For students from high-school age to retiree: I help you draw from your own strengths and knowledge. As we come across knowledge gaps or misunderstandings, we fill or fix them quickly and move on. For subjects new to you, I first provide an overview, a roadmap. Depending on subject and circumstances, online sessions may be an excellent choice for flexibility, convenience, “green-ness,” and value.

For younger students and for special education: In consultation with other experts in the family (one retired, one in student teaching now), I plan next steps for going forward based on needs.

In all cases, to the extent that’s feasible, I tailor tutoring experiences to your needs and build bridges between your learning challenges and your interests. Home-school groups: Contact me about learning experiences I can offer for your curricula. I look forward to finding out more about your learning goals!
As a young adult, I seized all the opportunities that study abroad in Germany afforded me. I immersed myself by choice in the culture. It was the culture of the poor student — but still! This was living a dream: I was a university student, a seasonal worker, an English tutor, and a traveler. The initial 1-year plan wasn’t enough, so all in all, I Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required

$10/ add'l student; $10/hr. add'l travel >25 mi. (North to Cincinnati, East Galbraith Rd; S to Falmouth KY)

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Alexandria, KY 41001
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"Expert of presentation coaching"

- Mac, Cincinnati, OH on 2/23/17

"Recommended tutor"

- Enad, Cincinnati, OH on 2/13/17

"Tailors Lessons to Individual and Keeps it Interesting"

- Jean, Mason, OH on 8/12/15

"Very helpful"

- Jonathan, Cincinnati, OH on 3/1/15

"Very Thorough"

- Tammy, Ft Mitchell, KY on 6/27/14
Science:
Elementary Science
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Computer:
Adobe InDesign,
General Computer,
Graphic Design,
Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word,
Photography
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Handwriting,
Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing

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.

ACT English

Throughout her high school years, my daughter allowed me to help her with English papers. On her ACT test (recent years), on her first and only try, she scored in the 30s in English and Reading.

My English and Reading skills are honed through coursework at University of Kentucky among other institutions, experience as a classroom teacher, and experience as one who became bilingual as a young adult. German is my second language.

Adobe InDesign

Past experience includes visualization of technical content for corporate clients. Tools include Adobe CS6 with InDesign.

Algebra 1

My past experience includes teaching in the classroom but my normal assignments were language and communications related (math only on a substitute basis). I completed all my math classes attempted with mostly A, maybe some B, grades. My command of math is solid from basics to Algebra 1 and some Algebra 2. Because of my attention to language, I am very good with helping students understand story problems better.

Algebra 2

With years of experience as a classroom teacher who's tutored my own daughter as needed throughout her academic career, I offer a solid command of math from basics to algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus. With language skills as a strength (bilingual: German), I can help students structure thought processes to approach math challenges with greater confidence.

Elementary Math

I adapt my approach as needed to what works well for the student. I have years of classroom teaching experience. It is a thrill to help a student become more excited about learning.

English

I am a native speaker of American English who became bilingual by personal choice in my mid-20s (proficient non-native speaker of German). As needed, I can help with composition, comprehension, and even sentence diagramming (just one more tool to help with understanding).

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored adults in American English overseas (inlingua) and in Greater Cincinnati (Berlitz).

Interested to improve speaking skills? I am a long-time member of Toastmasters International (practicing public speaking skills). This, together with my study of languages, combines for a helpful skill set.

General Computer

I am self-taught with regard to most of my computer skills, which means that I read extensively, keep up to date in my specialty areas, and apply successfully a fair amount of what I've learned. As a former classroom teacher, I am experienced in making explanations as easy to follow as possible.

Geometry

Geometry is a fascinating subject, and though it is not my strongest in terms of tutoring, I think I can do a fine job in helping students. (I'm stronger with words than numbers.)

As a geometry student years ago, I got an A, and my daughter, not long ago, also did very well in geometry with some help from me.

German

My first trip to Germany as a high-school junior hooked me on German. But six college semesters later, I had mastered only basic grammar; my reading and speaking skills were at frustratingly low levels! Study-abroad programs to the rescue, I immersed myself in daily life in Germany. I studied, worked, traveled, shopped, banked, and even dreamt auf Deutsch. And my English got rusty! This base of life experience and ensuing decades of professional work as a teacher/writer/editor has been helpful to lead my students to overcome obstacles in German and gain fresh, motivating perspectives.

Grammar

My command of grammar is very strong for both American English (native speaker) and German (proficient non-native speaker). As needed, I can diagram sentences - it's just another tool to help with understanding.

Graphic Design

My past experience includes visualization of technical content for corporate clients. Tools include Adobe CS6 with InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop. Many years ago, I was editor, photographer, and keyliner/paste-up artist for university and student publications. I use words and images to help you make your message clear to the audience that you want to reach.

Handwriting

I offer ten years of practical experience in teaching handwriting with elementary students. Patience and praise are keys. As needed, I adapt my approach to the particular requirements a student faces (vertical or slanted). My personal, everyday practice is to write in a very legible manner. Hobby-wise, I practice calligraphy.

Microsoft PowerPoint

For Fortune 50 clients, I have created training in PowerPoint on a range of complex topics. Each time, the focus was on each teams’ precise “need to know” about the business applications that were extensively customized. Slide decks often became source material for web-based training (WBT) courses.

Microsoft Word

As a life-long learner of its myriad features, I use Microsoft Word frequently. I understand Word much better than most people. Whether you seek a better understanding of basics, or complex tables, metadata, outlines, tracked changes, cross-references, templates, or outputs, or how pieces interrelate, I can help you make sense of the part of Word you need to know best.

As you may know, Word is simply vast, designed to handle an incredible number of needs for users around the world. Very few people understand it to a substantial degree, and even authors of books about it admit right inside their books that they do not understand it 100%.

Photography

I serve occasionally as a photographer assistant, and in past, have served as a staff photographer at university. I help students and hobbyists apply principles of physics and composition to help plan the work, evaluate work, and as needed, improve approaches to lighting and composition.

Prealgebra

My command of math is solid from basics to Algebra 1 and some Algebra 2. Because of my attention to language, I am very good with helping students understand story problems better. I am a former classroom teacher of language and communications (math on a substitute basis only). I completed all math classes that I attempted with high grades.

Proofreading

For better or worse, I have an eye for mistakes in publications and documents of all kinds -- even restaurant menus and product labels. On one hand, few people want to hear about typos and errors, so I say nothing to them. On the other, some people need strategies for avoiding errors, and I think I can help.

Even if your studies are in a field unfamiliar to me, your writing is still subject to standard sets of rules (cultural expectations). I will do what I can to help you master the challenges at hand.

Public Speaking

My Public Speaking tutoring will focus on you as an individual, your current strengths and areas for improvement, your goals, and the learning modes that work best for you. Approaches can range from “high attention to both substance and mechanics” to “substance only.” The specific details of your person, your situation, and your goals are all essential and valuable inputs to finding an approach that will work best. For more than 20 years, I have been active either as a classroom teacher or as a member of Toastmasters International. I identify and pursue practical approaches to help you increase your effective use of skills in communication, leadership, and public speaking. To address any particular challenges or concerns, I may be able to offer to distill personal experience into helpful stories and insights to help make your reach for success seem much easier.

Reading

Life experiences as a bilingual, as a classroom teacher, and as a student in masters-level classes for educators have come together to strengthen my appreciation for what we want our minds to do when we want to be good readers.

SAT Reading

I offer 30 years experience as a professional communicator with several years as a classroom teacher (speech, German). Standardized test questions are sophisticated but I can help students recognize what each question is asking and also help them to develop the thinking strategies they need to succeed.

SAT Writing

My tutoring in Writing for standardized tests focuses on you as an individual, your current strengths and areas for improvement, the learning modes that work best for you, and the task at hand in the ACT or SAT. Approaches can range from “high attention to both substance and mechanics” (most students need help with grammar and usage) to “substance only” (the message only, ignoring mechanics and grammatical correctness). To address challenges and to keep things interesting, I can distill personal experience into helpful stories and insights. I was a high-school German teacher early in my professional career and am now a technical writer. I have attended to ongoing refinement of writing, listening, and presentation skills through long-time membership with Toastmasters and websites that I am developing. In a similar vein, I help local experts refine their written works to bring them to market. These and other experiences in language-learning, linguistics, teaching and tutoring abroad, and editing for publication all influence my appreciation for the sheer and enduring power of the written word, and I enjoy sharing this with my students.

Vocabulary

Rightly or wrongly, our career success and our reputations are based in part on ability to express ourselves well and choose our words appropriately.

Students eager to build a great vocabulary should read the works of great authors and learn more about how they use unfamiliar words. Students eager to pass an important test can make progress by learning strategies for what to do when encountering unfamiliar words.

When I write, I use everyday words as much as possible. Still, at times, a "fancy" word is precisely what is needed to make my point.

As a student or young professional, when you may least expect it, your "word power" will help or hinder your chances of success.

Writing

As a tutor for writing (or advanced writing), I consider what you want to accomplish alongside the requirements of the assignment or task at hand. I offer personal experience as a former teacher, a technical writer, and one who has refined writing, listening, and presentation skills over many years.

University of Southern Indiana
Communications
University of Kentucky (Graduate)
Graduate Coursework
Universität Hamburg
Other

Education

University of Southern Indiana (Communications)

University of Kentucky (Graduate) (Graduate Coursework)

Universität Hamburg (Other)

Expert of presentation coaching

John helped someone in my family prepare a presentation to address important business issues and marketing information for the managers of the enterprise. Before hiring John, although all facts were gathered and organized, nervousness and uncertainty were still big issues (choice of words, how to stand, etc.). After a few sessions, there was much more clarity about the concerns and how to deliver

— Mac, Cincinnati, OH on 2/23/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

$10/ add'l student; $10/hr. add'l travel >25 mi. (North to Cincinnati, East Galbraith Rd; S to Falmouth KY)

Travel policy

John will travel within 25 miles of Alexandria, KY 41001.