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Douglas G.

Gansevoort, NY

$54/hour

History, Public Speaking & English Tutor Wants to Help YOU LEARN!

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Queens College of the City University of New York
Boston University
Master's

Education

Queens College of the City University of New York

Boston University (Master's)

About Douglas

A freelance writer and publicist by profession, I competed in speech and debate in college and was also a judge on the forensics tournament upon graduation. These days, I work in State government and am also the author of the critically acclaimed book, "A Bitter Cup of Coffee," which is widely credited with forcing Major League Baseball and its players' union to compensate retired men for their service and contributions to the national pasttime. When I lived in New York City, I was a substitute teacher licensed by the Board of Education to teach social studies.

But enough about me. How can I help you study and learn? My individually tailored program is age-appropriate to meet each student's needs. Generally, we learn because we're interested in something, not because we're forced to commit it to memory by rote and repetition. By rote doesn't really mean you've learned anything -- just that you remember it.

Sure, if you just want to do something again and again, it'll become so natural that it'll be ingrained in your memory. But while that method is great for tests and just plain remembering, it is also boring. I don't want you to think of studying that way, I want you to think of studying as fun. Remember Tom Hanks, as Josh Baskin, in the movie "Big"? He made algebra fun for the son of the couple hosting a dinner party by making analogies to basketball player Larry Bird. He told the youngster that if Bird scored 10 points in the first quarter of an NBA game, he would probably score 40 for the entire game. One quarter was to 10 points that he scores as four quarters was to X.

Learning is fun -- that's my motto. If you need help, contact me and start embracing the idea that history, government, public speaking and English can be fun topics. And watch your grades soar!
A freelance writer and publicist by profession, I competed in speech and debate in college and was also a judge on the forensics tournament upon graduation. These days, I work in State government and am also the author of the critically acclaimed book, "A Bitter Cup of Coffee," which is widely credited with forcing Major League Baseball and its Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Gansevoort, NY 12831
In-person lessons
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
History:
American History,
Government & Politics,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

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.

American History

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in History from a major university downstate, and frequently write about historical subject matter for many magazines and periodicals.

English

Let's face it: the English language is hysterical. As the late George Carlin once noted, how come you park on a driveway but drive on a parkway?

The folks at Wastedbrain.com are equally dumbfounded by the English language. As they've pointed out, in what language do people:

Recite at a play and play at a recital?
Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
Have noses that run and feet that smell?

If you're dumbfounded about the answers to these questions, you're not alone. Since the English language is an acquired taste, we need to hone your taste buds. Otherwise, it'll really sour you on learning.

Just remember you haven't failed until you stop trying to learn!

Government & Politics

I have been working in legislative government since 1997. First for the City of New York and now for the State of New York. I have also been part of the electoral political process.

Electoral politics IS NOT legislative government. While you need the former to do the latter, they are very different.

Public Speaking

I was part of my forensics society during college; as an undergraduate, I capped off my senior year in 1981 by finishing in second place in the Epideictic category at the New York State Speech & Debate Championships.

I also judged tournaments while attending graduate school, so I believe I am well qualified to offer my services to your son or daughter.

SAT Reading

As a professional writer and author, I am of the opinion that reading is everything. "You should never read just for enjoyment," said John Waters. "Read to make yourself smarter!"

Or, as the talented screenwriter Nora Ephron once said, "Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter."

I hope to share this love of reading with your son or daughter.

SAT Writing

All writers hate writing but love having written, said Dorothy Parker. And while the end result is always more pleasurable than the process itself, it doesn't have to be.

I'm a freelance writer who's been published in a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Sun Times, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the Burlington Free Press and Baseball Digest, among others. I'm also the author of a critically acclaimed book, "A Bitter Cup of Coffee," which is widely credited with helping nearly 900 retired ballplayers w/o pensions and health insurance receive compensation for their service and contributions to the national pastime.

I look forward to giving you the right stuff to write better!

Vocabulary

There's no trick to having an extensive vocabulary, especially if you're an avid reader and writer.

I'm a freelance writer who's been published in a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Sun Times, the Billings Gazette, BLACK HILLS FACES magazine and Baseball Digest, among others. I'm also the author of a critically acclaimed book, "A Bitter Cup of Coffee," which is widely credited with helping nearly 900 retired ballplayers w/o pensions and health insurance receive compensation for their service and contributions to the national pasttime.

Acquring an extensive vocabulary and learning about words, their derivation and their proper usage can be fun -- if you want to learn AND have fun, you should consider contacting me!

Writing

All writers hate writing but love having written, said Dorothy Parker. And while the end result is always more pleasurable than the process itself, it doesn't have to be.

I'm a freelance writer who's been published in a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Sun Times, the Billings Gazette, BLACK HILLS FACES magazine and Baseball Digest, among others. I'm also the author of a critically acclaimed book, "A Bitter Cup of Coffee," which is widely credited with helping nearly 900 retired ballplayers w/o pensions and health insurance receive compensation for their service and contributions to the national pasttime.

I look forward to giving you the right stuff to write better!

Queens College of the City University of New York
Boston University
Master's

Education

Queens College of the City University of New York

Boston University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $54.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Douglas will travel within 20 miles of Gansevoort, NY 12831.