David R.

Lexington, KY


Tutor specializing in ESL, English, Business, Exam prep

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700+ Hours
Background check passed as of 1/15/16
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Morehead State University
Business Admin


Morehead State University (Business Admin)

About David

Hello, My first name is David--but I go by Mike, my middle name. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Morehead State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. I taught Upward Bound classes to high school students at Morehead State University, and I have worked as an instructor in the Adult Ed Department at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. My primary focus has been teaching English as a second language classes to students from other countries, but I also have a good grasp of math, economics, writing, and more general subjects, too. I have worked as a tutor at Morehead State, helping college students with various subjects, and I have assisted many students in writing papers, including their theses for master's degrees. I have also worked as a substitute teacher in the public school system.
I have found that with almost any subject, if the student will show me the part of the textbook that deals with the subject in question, I can quickly help the student to understand the material and master it. In most cases, when a student is struggling, it is due to an inability to grasp some concept, very often a simple one; I am good at looking at things in different ways and helping students find the way that works for their own learning style.

I have attended a number of colleges and universities and graduated Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Morehead State University in 2004. In addition to business classes, I have taken humanities, creative writing, technical writing, plus classes in philosophy and the arts. I have taken over 20 semester hours of photography at the university level, and I am a professional photographer who has had numerous solo shows as well as entries in a large number of group shows, including many juried shows.

During my time as an instructor with Bluegrass Community and Technical College, I participated as one of 20 educators statewide in a year-long pilot program to study the effects of reading on students' language proficiency. During this process, I received extensive training in methods and materials that can be used to increase reading comprehension, speed, grammar proficiency, and other aspects of the reading experience that carry over into general language learning.
Hello, My first name is David--but I go by Mike, my middle name. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Morehead State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. I taught Upward Bound classes to high school students at Morehead State University, and I have worked as an instructor in the Adult Ed Department at Bluegrass Community and Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Lexington, KY 40507
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Actuarial Science, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, GED,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
College Counseling,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
Special Needs:
ADHD, Phonics,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
ADHD, Grammar,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I can help with basic coverage of Algebra I concepts, including pre-algebra math such as simple equations, variables and constants.


I have been working as a businessman for much of my life, beginning at about the age of eleven. I have owned many businesses of various types. In addition, I have studied business at colleges and universities, including Middlesex Community College, Quinnipiac University, the University of Connecticut, and Morehead State University in Morehead, KY, from which I graduated Magna cum Laude in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Management. I took courses in management, accounting, business law, economics, real estate, and finance.
In addition to owning my own businesses, I have worked as a manager and supervisor for various companies, and I have also worked at Morehead State University as a tutor, assisting college students with their coursework in business management, accounting, and economics.

College Counseling

I have worked with international students for over ten years. My primary function is teaching English proficiency, but many of my students are learning English as a step toward going to college, so I also spend considerable time giving advice on how to choose a career or a major as well as how to select an appropriate college or university. In addition, I counsel students on the steps they need to take prior to going to college in order to be prepared for the rigors of studying required for success.
In addition to the above experience, I also have been tutoring a college student for almost three years, and part of my job is to help him select appropriate classes for each semester in order to satisfy the school requirements as well as to have a functional schedule in terms of his ability to be successful in those classes.


I have been teaching English as a second language for over ten years. As of this summer, I am also teaching Language and Reading to GED students through the BCTC adult ed program.

I cover all aspects of grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, plus reading skills. I also cover the basic techniques and format required for academic writing ( essays, etc. ).

I have been tutoring an undergraduate at EKU for two years and while doing so, his English proficiency and writing skills have improved considerably. I tend to use a hands-on style for writing instruction, having the student do most of the work.

For basic English, I use handouts with instruction geared to the student's needs. In addition to focused instruction, I also encourage students to read extensively; I believe very strongly that reading is a key component of English and in fact all learning.


I have been teaching ESL since 2001, when I spent almost a year in Beijing, China, teaching English to Chinese children and adults. Since returning to the U.S., I have received training and worked for three years as a tutor with Operation Read in Lexington. I also have worked at three different times as an ESL instructor with Bluegrass Community and Technical College. I was the Site Coordinator for one of their off-site ESL programs for a year and a half, in charge of finding, scheduling and training tutors, setting class schedules, planning lessons, providing materials, testing, and often tutoring the students myself.

I have taught oral English as well as reading, grammar, phonics, and vocabulary.
I have had students go from a very low proficiency level, barely able to communicate, to being able to communicate easily in English. Some of them have gone on to take college classes, and many of my adult students have moved on to much better employment opportunities thanks to their increased proficiency in English. In the course of teaching, I have used several different textbooks, as well as my own material, some of which I have developed from scratch.

I have taught students with no English language ability and helped them progress to a level where they can read, write, speak and understand English. I have also helped many students with a basic knowledge of some English progress to higher levels.


I taught GED classes for Bluegrass Community and Technical College's GED program during the summer of 2012. Although that is not my major focus, I found it to suit my teaching style, and I was able to help a number of students make significant progress towards their goal of preparing for and passing the GED test.

I have a complete file of lesson materials to use in preparation, and I am experienced in giving assessments that help students understand what they need to focus on in order to be successful.

I am patient, and I am good at working one-on-one helping students overcome problems and achieving their goals.


I have been teaching and tutoring English for over ten years. Most of my experience has been within the context of English as a Second Language, but I have taught English to GED students and briefly to middle school students. The majority of my experience is with adults.

I approach English from the standpoint of helping students effectively use the language. The rules may be important to some extent in helping students understand what to do, but I don't consider them to be the "main point". Effective communication should be the purpose of improving English ability; using proper grammar is a part of that, but the terminology is not nearly so important as some traditional English teachers try to make it seem.

I will give students a brief explanation of the rules when it is applicable, but most of my emphasis is on giving good examples of correct usage and then having students do practice exercises to enable them to use what they have learned. I have found this to be an effective way to improve grammar for most students.


I have not specifically tutored students for the GRE test, but many of my ESL students have in fact taken the GRE after studying with me. I have never had a student come back and say that they failed to get a good result--but many have come back and told me that they did very well and appreciated learning so much from me that it was easy for them.


I have been teaching English as a second language since 2001. In the course of my teaching, I have used phonics extensively as a means of helping my students learn to pronounce words. I also participated as one of twenty teachers statewide in a year-long reading project conducted by a national organization. We received extensive instruction as well as materials to facilitate English language learning. Phonics was one of the methodologies utilized in this instruction process, and one in which I feel I am especially proficient, since as a young student myself, phonics was a tool used by my own teachers.

I have taught both children and adults of varying abilities and levels. I have found that Phonics is a tool that can be used with any level of learner to consistently improve their abilities and their confidence when learning English. It is also a useful tool to improve reading proficiency and enjoyment.


I have been a photographer for most of my life. Since 1999, I have taken numerous college photography classes at Morehead State University, covering photo techniques including black and white darkroom technology. I have taught photography classes through the Upward Bound summer program at Morehead State. I am a practicing professional photographer who has lectured to art and photography classes and groups of photographers both in the United States and overseas. My work has been in numerous solo and group exhibits in galleries in Kentucky and West Virginia, as well as online photography exhibits, and it is included in online and published catalogues of work. One of these was a solo exhibit of over 60 photos at the Lexington Public Library Central Library Gallery. I have received numerous awards for my photography, including most recently "Best Professional Photo" at the MAGI show in Morehead, Kentucky.
I have studied 35mm, medium format, and large format photography, but I currently still use mostly 35mm film cameras. I have shot with digital, and I currently have digital cameras that I plan to soon start using in addition to film cameras.
I am one of the founding members of the Gateway Camera Club recently organized through the Gateway Regional Center for the Arts in Mt. Sterling, KY. I am also a member of Cave Run Arts Association and the Lexington Art League.


I have been tutoring students in English and ESL since 1999. I spent a year in China teaching ESL to adult students, and I've taught ESL through Bluegrass Community and Technical College Adult Ed for a total of almost 5 years, and I taught for an additional 3 years with another Lexington program.

I have helped students write papers for college English and other classes, and I have helped three different foreign students successfully write their graduate theses.

I have taken creative writing and technical writing courses, and I am proficient in spelling, grammar, word usage, and basic sentence structure.


I have used reading as a strategy for improving overall English skills for many years. Reading is an effective way of learning grammar and spelling skills and increasing vocabulary. I have taken specialized training through the National Center for Family Literacy in Reading Instruction, which gave me access to methodology and teaching resources generally unavailable to non-participants.
Personally, I believe in the power of reading to improve overall English skills and I also believe that reading well is an essential skill if one wants to live a prosperous and productive life.

SAT Writing

I've not specifically taught writing for the SAT or ACT, but I have worked as a GED instructor for BCTC adult education and I've taught writing skills in conjunction with teaching English as a Second Language. I've also tutored a college student for the past three years and helped him improve his writing skills substantially.


I am currently tutoring an EKU student in Statistics. We have not encountered any serious difficulties with the class so far.

Study Skills

I co-taught a Study Skills class at Morehead State University for International students, and I have tutored many college students in multiple subjects and helped them with their study skills and time organization in conjunction with that tutoring.


I have taught ESL for over ten years; many of my students have taken my class as preparation for going to college in English-speaking countries, and I have given some of them individual help with certain areas they had problems with on the TOEFL test. In addition to all the regular areas covered in ESL instruction, I have a strong background in writing, and I've taken special classes in reading instruction.


I have taken university classes in creative writing, fiction and non-fiction, and in technical writing, in addition to all standard English comp classes. I have been tutoring or teaching English as a second language for about ten years, and in that capacity I assist students with sentence and paragraph structure, word choice, and grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Some of my students have achieved dramatic improvement in their writing proficiency while under my tutelage. My methodology is designed to guide the student to gain proficiency and confidence in their abilities so that they will be able to write on their own and produce papers that are not only correctly written but that will attract and keep the reader's attention.

Morehead State University
Business Admin


Morehead State University (Business Admin)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 10 miles of Lexington, KY 40507.