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Lawrence D.

Grand Rapids, MI


Renaissance Man Who Makes Material Exciting

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Background check passed as of 1/19/11
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31 Ratings
15hrs Response Time
Great learning experience.
— Jennifer, Grand Rapids, MI on 3/4/13

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Catholic University of America
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Catholic University of America

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (PhD)

About Lawrence

I am different than most people you will meet. In college I had a major (Psychology) and four minors, hence the designation Renaissance Man. At Michigan I collected two Ph.D's and held the record for the number of graduate credits amassed by a student (I think I still have)

Think of me as a brilliant geek--with personality. I have a phenomenal sense of humor and believe that laughter feeds the learning process. I am passionate about helping others learn and succeed, and have been my entire life. Besides being a Psychologist, I am a certified Public Speaker (International Speakers Association), author (I've published four books), Artist (completed 200 + paintings, some of them actually good), and a grandfather (ten times). I teach Sunday School at my Church where most of the children refer to me as Papa Larry.

I inspire. When I teach I strive to have students learn the core meaning of material and to love the material, not just memorize formulas or meanings.

I am different than most people you will meet. In college I had a major (Psychology) and four minors, hence the designation Renaissance Man. At Michigan I collected two Ph.D's and held the record for the number of graduate credits amassed by a student (I think I still have) Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great learning experience."

- Jennifer, Grand Rapids, MI on 3/4/13
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Prealgebra, SAT Math, Statistics
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science,
Anatomy, Biology, Genetics, Physiology, Psychology
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills,
Public Speaking
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Biology, Elementary (K-6th),
English, French, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Reading,
SAT Math, Statistics, Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
French, GMAT, Grammar, Public Speaking,

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT English

In the past two years I have instructed at least four students in English Grammar and the results have been an increase of at least three points in their test score. I was grounded in grammar by the nuns for more than 15 years of Catholic education, have written five books and studied the rules of the ACT for more than four years.

ACT Math

I have been instructing students in Math for more than 30 years and specialize in helping those to whom Math does not come naturally. In fact, for five years I taught Math to Art students at Kendall School of Design (later Kendall College and now part of Ferris State) and, if you know anything, you know that the very nature of Art students is antithetical to understanding Math.

ACT Reading

My focus is on increasing a student's ability to integrate what he/she reads...remember more...and read at least 50% faster

ACT Science

My approach to the Science portion of the ACT is to help students focus on truly understanding charts, graphs, and tables while integrating that understanding with the prose descriptions provided. The ACT Science Test does not presume that any student has had Chemistry or Physics or Electronics; it, rather, assumes that an individual can learn from the 2-page presentation the test provides sufficiently to answer 5-7 questions correctly.

Algebra 1

I excel at teaching Algebra I, emphasizing

1. Understanding on the part of the student, not just plugging
numbers into a calculator...NOT EVERY STUDENT WANTS THIS

2. Consistency and Discipline...I emphasize to students
showing every step in their process of solving a problem

Algebra 2

I am extremely well versed in Algebra 2 and my instruction focuses on a student learning the "core" of issues (factoring, exponents, word problems) so that it remains with them for a lifetime.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have two PhD's, one of them in education.

I have taught at the elementary school level and also the middle school level. I have written a book on teaching reading.


In teaching geometry, I teach students to...

construct the figure on their own so they can better...

analyze the nature of the problem


double-check their answers in a systematic manner


Besides having taken the GRE, I have tutored several students on the GRE and, in addition, my own background includes a very broad based of knowledge in Medical Science, Math, Language Arts and the range of materials covered by the GRE


I have a dual Ph.D (Education and Psychology) from the University of Michigan and an extremely strong background in Medical Psychology. I have helped students prepare for the GRE in Biology and Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension. In addition, I have a good working knowledge of Chemistry and Math.

Public Speaking

From the strictly administrative side, my credentials include:

1. Being a lifetime member of the International Speakers Network

2. More than 1000 public speaking presentations achieving ratings consistently above
the 90th percentile from audiences

3. More than 3000 hours training managers and salespersons in both individual and group

4. Seven years as a member of the National Speakers Association, the largest speaking
organization in the world

However, more crucial than mere counts of presentations and organizations to which I belong are the passions and nuances I bring to this subject. I emphasize such elements as:

1. How to prepare

2. How to integrate humor into your presentation

3. How to make yourself comfortable

4. Reading an audience and engaging an audience

5. Organizing elements

6. Improvising and personal stories


I have two Ph.D's, one in Psychology and one in Education. I have written a book on Dyslexia (published online) and for 15 years taught those who were to become LD teachers. Perhaps my greatest 'claim to fame' is that for five years I personally worked with Dr. William Cruickshank--one of the founders of the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities--and he chaired my Dissertation Committee.

Study Skills

I have a dual Ph.D. in Psychology and Education and more than 30 years experience in psychological testing. In addition, I have an equal number of years of experience in designing programs to meet the needs of special students. I have helped more than 100 students prepare for the ACT and raise their scores 3 points or more (within a span of 6 weeks)


My approach to writing is to create a structure that will fit a wide variety of applications (expository, argumentation, narrative, etc.) I not only teach the no-no's, but the "yes-yesses" for solid writing with a tinge of creativity

Catholic University of America
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Catholic University of America

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (PhD)

Great learning experience. — My son's last comment after tutoring was "I really like learning there." He believes he is making great strides and he is actually looking forward to taking the ACT test again. ...

— Jennifer, Grand Rapids, MI on 3/4/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $72.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lawrence will travel within 30 miles of Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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