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Ramapo College of NJ
Fairleigh Dickinson University, (Master's)
My name is Michael B. I have spent nearly my entire adult life in the sphere of private business, but my formal education has been in Literature. I believe Literature and Philosophy are frequently thought of, particularly in the case of young people, as subjects that are somehow irrelevant or inaccessible. My approach to teaching is to guide the student in analysis so that he or she discovers that a great work actually is relevant. My objective is to increase his or her appreciation of literature, improve the student's skill in critical thinking and improve their skill in development of a thesis. When students find they are struggling with Literature and have come to believe they hate it, it is only because they have not yet discovered that they love it. I can change that in a few sessions.
I taught literature as well as history, sociology and philosophy while living in Costa Rica. I received a Master degree. In English and comparative literature in 1989.
I am a veteran of the U.S. Army. I love art and music. I study classical violin and Martial Arts. I have lived in a foreign country for ten years. I love golf, fishing and string theory. My name is Michael B. I have spent nearly my entire adult life in the sphere of private business, but my formal education has been in Literature. I believe Literature and Read more
Mike worked with my teenage daughter throughout the last half of the school year. She had a very difficult honors English class and teacher and I was able put the teacher and Mike in touch with each other so he could better communicate to my daughter what was needed, what the assignments were, as the teacher had some social skills issues. Mike had to exercise extreme patience in dealing with a surly teenager and teacher! My daughter's grade went from a "D" to just about an "A". Depending on how she completes her final exam will determine whether she gets an A or a B. Her writing skills have improved so much and her attitude is on an upward swing as well. I highly recommend Mike to anyone who is looking for a High School English tutor and needs help with their writing skills.
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I have been playing guitar for over forty years. My primary focus has been in traditional folk and blues, but I have background in classical guitar as well. I performed extensively while in the US Army and taught basic finger picking styles with emphasis on the constant base line provided by the thumb. I love to sing and play, the guitar after all was first designed to accompany the voice. If your desire is to know the satisfaction of learning accompanying yourself on guitar, I can help you achieve that goal, and enjoy the process. With practice, almost anyone can begin to enjoy the guitar within a few short lessons.
Everyone is nervous about speaking in public, particularly when first entering this realm. However there are some basic skills that can be practiced and developed that can improve one's ability to deliver a stirring public address. Whether you are a student simply looking to pass a course, or a professional looking to advance, I can help improve your technique and build your confidence. I received speech training in under graduate school, but my nearly thirty years in business allowed me to hone my speaking skills. Selling actually requires and is a form of persuasive speech. My approach will focus on several different types of speeches; persuasive, "chalk talk", informative, and demonstration, with emphasis on preparation, body language, vocal production and figures of speech. With a little training one can become a much improved public speaker.