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Texas Tech University
Secondary Education-Social Studies
Central Michigan University - Mt. Pleasant


Texas Tech University (Secondary Education-Social Studies)

Central Michigan University - Mt. Pleasant (Master's)


I offer tutoring in: Study Skills, GED Preparation, ACT Reading, Geography, American History, European History, Anthropology, GRE Preparation, and Microsoft Word. My background includes high-school teaching experience in American History, World History, and World Geography plus Associate Professor for University of Phoenix-taught Human Resources Management to graduate students and Sociology to undergrads for two years. I will make World Geography "come alive" because I have traveled throughout Europe and lived in Germany, Saudi Arabia, Hawaii, and Vietnam.

I would love to assist students in preparing for the GRE exam; I have practical study techniques that paid off for me in attaining a desired score on the GRE.
I offer tutoring in: Study Skills, GED Preparation, ACT Reading, Read more

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Travels within 20 miles of Bossier City, LA 71112
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ACT Reading

Effective reading comprehension is the basis of learning most subjects that are not taught via listening only or hands on work. I can be of help in increasing basic reading comprehension.


I have the experience of daily accommodations for 504 students, to include ADD/ADHD needs in my four years of full-time teaching I have had a many as 6-7 special needs students in my social studies classes in public school.

Additionally, my oldest son has ADHD and my youngest son has ADD. I am prepared to assist in any way possible for all students and their specific needs.


I passed the AFOQT the 1st time taken in 1971 and I am confident that I can help anyone prepare for the exam. I was in the Army Service 3/23/71-4/30/96 - four years enlisted and 21 years as an officer. I welcome the challenge!

American History

We all need to learn from our predecessor's mistake; absorbing American History helps us to make better decisions for the future.


I took nine semester hours of Anthropology on the undergraduate level and loved every minute of it. I hope to pass my energy and excitement for Anthropology to others.


I have assisted many high school students with learning disabilities, to include autism. Every person can learn, I just need to find out how each student learns best! I have one son who has ADHD, one with ADD, and a daughter who is dyslexic.
I welcome the challenge of tutoring a student with special needs.


I have a Masters of Science in Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. My retail experience is over four years and I have taught economics in high school and human resources management on the graduate level to MBA candidates. I welcome the opportunity to help anyone in their efforts in attaining a business degree.

Career Development

As an officer in the Army for 21 years I made mentoring and counseling subordinates on career development a part of my daily routine.

It became evident to me as a young draftee that further education (military and/or civilian) was the "sure" path toward promotion. When I made a decision to reenlist, I mad up my mind to try to go to every military advancement potential school that was humanly possible plus continue my college courses toward a master's degree. I might add that job #1 was to "be all that I could be" as a soldier. Don't let anyone do a better job than me! My career planning paid off; I was promoted five times in four years and became a SSG/E-6 beginning as an E-1 draftee. Additionally, the same month that I became a SSG, I received a direct commission as an officer in the Army. It must be noted that after four years I had already maxed the number of promotion points that one could achieved for both military and civilian education.

Career development ideas begin in high school and never stop during a lifetime, they only continue.


I have special training taken a a private institution especially for the parents of dyslexic children (Tacoma, WA).

We always knew our adopted daughter (from South Korea) was special and that she had
some type of learning disability in kindergarten, but it wasn't until the first grade that was had her tested (school system was not a great deal of help)at our expense and then many months of training for dyslexic children outside the public school system. The training was worth every penny because my daughter learned to cope with her severe dyslexia and went on to be an honor student in high school and college. She is a wonderfully talented certified Art teacher today K-12 and loves every minute of her day!


I have taught economics is high school and have a clear perspective of what economic principles should be learned and retained for later college or in general usage, if applicable. Additionally, there are some basics that I would like to teach all, to include balancing a check book (manually or online)and how "to," "when" it may be appropriate to establish credit.

Elementary (K-6th)

Since I have passed the ACT reading test, the English test, ESL, and elementary math and science plus I am certified for 6-12 Social Studies, I feel confident in tutoring elementary students in all of the foregoing subjects. Presently I am substituting in elementary school also.

Elementary Math

Learning elementary math concepts are the basis of one's financial success; one cannot always rely on calculators. Rote memorization is the best method to learn math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). I highly recommend the "old method" of repetitious use of flash cards for all math functions, to include learning fraction equivalents (these flashcards may be homemade). Math homework is almost daily because repetition is the best teacher. The same logic will follow in middle and high school; your son or daughter should have daily homework in Algebra or Geometry.

Elementary Science

I love science and enjoy passing on new concepts to elementary school age children. When the child's eyes open real wide you know learning is occurring. Whether you are demonstrating how a volcano erupts or how a reaction in a bottle blows up a balloon "its a magical time" to see that true learning is occurring. My wife teaches K-5 science lab every day and gives me a multitude of ideas to try make learning creative and fun, if at all possible. The love of science and math should start at an early age where we may mold each future engineer, architect, or astronaut.


We all have to learn "the mother tongue". English has been said to be the most difficult language to learn and I agree. To learn proper English we must learn more exceptions than there are rules. It's no mystery why we must study the English Language Arts each and every year K-12 and that most bachelors degrees require several semester/quarter hours of English-even in college.

We should be most talented in our native language-not in Spanish or French!


I am intrigued with the possibility of teaching English as a second language. It seems that English is probably the most difficult of languages to learn (so many exceptions to the rule). I will endeavor in my tutoring to not only teach the language, but incorporate a little history and life skills along with the grammar. I do feel that it is very important to try to learn at least a bit of the native language of the country that you are living in; it makes everything a lot easier. I found that if I tried to speak German in Germany, the people did not laugh-they respected me trying. The
same has been true when I lived in West Texas and tried to speak a little Spanish with the local Mexican-Americans. They did not laugh; they appreciated me trying. I hope to make your tutoring session learning a second language enjoyable sessions.

European History

We must study European history to learn more about ourselves.


Common sense and learning how to take a test often go a long way to success.


I love tutoring World Geography and have taught it on the high school level for two years.


I possess the general knowledge of undergraduate beginning geology that has given me an interest in the subject that I hopefully can transfer to the student. Studying geology can be quite enjoyable; it is so different and exciting, as opposed to a subject that one has already studied in high school. If you have a science requirement for a bachelors degree, why not study geology for fun; one might even enjoy the subject so much that it may mean a change of major. We certainly live near the vast oil fields of the Gulf and West Texas. I know that is was very meaningful for me a a freshman in college studying rock formations in Big Bend National Park in South Texas-what a fantastic field trip it was!


Effective grammar skills are needed by all. We must learn proper grammar to pass the many tests given in this life. We cannot graduate high school without passing end of course tests and we need to achieve certain scores on the ACT or SAT to be approved for entrance to the college of our choice. It just makes good sense to learn and to use appropriate grammar in the classroom and during a job interview for example. One does not want to be overlooked due to poor grammar, no matter what the circumstance. One should use colloquial language at home or on the block and a professional language in all other scenarios. I can help in this area with my many years of practical experience.


If I made 1250 on the GRE the one and only time I took it, I can help you attain the score you need.


My love of reading began as a young child; my father, mother and grandparents always read to me. A love of literature is gained by doing. I recommend a summer reading program also.
Reading enhances one's knowledge about a myriad of subjects, while increasing vocabulary, and with work-increased comprehension-level. When a student has grown in their ability to read and comprehend well, the gains are limitless.
Abraham Lincoln was one who was self-taught to a great extent.
If one can read and comprehend the whole world is open where
achievement is imminent.

Microsoft Access

In 2003 I began using Microsoft Access while at General Motors Truck Plant in Shreveport, LA. Microsoft products seem to be user friendly and I enjoy tutoring others in computer applications. Presently I am available for tutoring each evening M-F and on weekends.

Microsoft Windows

I have been working with Microsoft Windows daily since 2001 and feel qualified to tutor
individuals who are not confident in their computer skills. My background includes assisting one-on-one in the computer lab in public high school and being faculty on-duty in the computer lab for University of Phoenix for two years.

Microsoft Word

I would love to help all with Microsoft Word; I have 11 years experience.


I would be glad to tutor the functions and activities of living organisms and their parts, including all physical and chemical processes. Hopefully, the student has a background in basic high school biology before enrolling in Physiology. I have taught high school Biology and feel confident that I can be of help in this subject which is one of my Wyzant certified areas for tutoring.


Proofreading is a skill that all need from time to time. It is very difficult to effectively proofread all that one has written. Not only should we use "spell-check" and grammatical checks when using "Word" or "WordPerfect" on the computer, but often it makes sense to let others eyes read what has been written and make comments about that read. We must also proofread math or any other function that might impact on others at school, church, or work. Proofreading should be what comes natural at the end of every endeavor.

Public Speaking

I have the experience of hundreds of public speaking engagements as an officer in the Army for 21 years. Additionally, I was an instructor of human resources functions for 18 years in the military and a public school teacher upon retirement.

My public speaking has continued as an Associate Professor for the University of Phoenix and as a liturgist each Sunday in church. Public speaking, as Dale Carnegie said, is a "way to make friends and influence enemies". We all need the exposure and practice of public speaking, even if we use it only a small amount of the time.


I have loved reading since elementary school and feel that I can help all become better readers. I am certified in reading and ACT Reading and welcome the opportunity of tutoring in the Shreveport/Bossier City area.

SAT Writing

We all need outside help in writing. My tutoring will include the insight necessary to use the thesaurus, dictionary, or even the English grammar text at the appropriate time.

Additional instruction will be of the variety of how to eliminate choices on a multiple choice test, thereby often giving one a 50/50 chance of success in guessing.

Social Studies

I have a B.S. degree in Secondary Education -Broad Field Social Studies from Texas Tech University. I am Life-Certified in Texas.

Special Needs

My background includes special training in tutoring dyslexic children (my daughter is dyslexic) and experience with ADD and ADHD children in the classroom for four years. Additionally, my oldest son is ADHD and my youngest son is ADD, so I have reality experience both at home and at school.


We never quit learning to spell; this is a life-long process of learning to spell and define new words. Having spell-check on the Word software on the computer is helpful, but we don't always have a laptop or Smartphone available. I can be helpful in teaching spelling rules used in most words and how to recognize obvious errors in words that do not follow the many rules learned in
English class. Repetition of correct spelling rules and writing of spelling words in sentences or crossword puzzles will reinforce the correct spelling of words for many years to come.

Study Skills

Social Studies: I possess a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Social Studies (Grades 6-12)

I believe that I can help all students who have not been taught study skills in their regular classroom.

My goal is to cover organization skills, effective listening strategies to be practiced and motivating the student to pursue all avenues of hands-on learning.

Additionally, I will cover the "dos and don'ts" of beneficial note-taking and outlining. Last but not least I'll cover test taking skills that will assist in recall for all subjects.


I am qualified to tutor the "English as a Foreign Language" exam because I have experienced trying to learn Spanish and German in the past. Today, there are free practice tests that I may use tutoring to increase confidence in attaining the desired score. I feel confident to pass on lesson-learned test taking techniques that have proven valuable in the past (for example: me personally taking the GRE and scoring well).


I am qualified to teach trumpet lessons because I played seven years in public school in the band. I would love to help students who are in their first year of band.


Having a "good" vocabulary is necessary to understanding both the spoken and written word. We may not get the rewards of life that we desire if we cannot understand all of the words we hear. It is important to expand our vocabulary daily. Being able to articulate what we mean is very important in today's society and having an extensive vocabulary will enhance one's success in life and in one's vocation.


Since we all have to learn to read and write, why not learn to write effectively and efficiently? I makes sense that learning to write has not gone away in one's education. No matter what abbreviations and/or incorrect English we use on the computer, in emails, or texts--writing well is still a very important part of one's education.

Some day one might want a grant for education or the desire might be to convey the possession of qualifications and/or attributes to be the best choice to fill a job opening. Writing letters may be a thing of the past for most, but effective writing will always be a necessity for us all!

Texas Tech University
Secondary Education-Social Studies
Central Michigan University - Mt. Pleasant


Texas Tech University (Secondary Education-Social Studies)

Central Michigan University - Mt. Pleasant (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

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DONALD will travel within 20 miles of Bossier City, LA 71112.

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