The American University (International Studies)
Thunderbird School of Global Management (MBA)
University of Missouri, Columbia (Graduate Coursework)
I'm new to WyzAnt but experienced and passionate to develop the potential in others. My skill as a tutor is a product of many experiences. As a student, I earned GPAs of 4.00 (Associate degree), 3.75 (Bachelor), and 3.79 (MBA). As a professional, I launched a start-up company in Kosovo and trained 19 workers, enabling them to run the business on their own.
My approach to tutoring centers on asking questions, ideally around half of everything I say. In my experience, almost any concept can be made simple. I strive to maintain a sense of wonder toward the world and cultivate "can-do" mindset. I'm new to WyzAnt but experienced and passionate to develop the potential in others. My skill as a tutor is a product of many experiences. As a student, I earned GPAs of 4.00 (Associate degree), 3.75 (Bachelor), and 3.79 (MBA). As a professional, I launched a start-up company in Kosovo and trained 19 workers, enabling them to run the business on
Being a great teacher is a rare talent, and Landon definitely possesses it. In fact, Landon is the best tutor I've ever had. He is very intelligent, thoughtful and attentive to my needs. He also understands that different people learn best through different methods of teaching. Therefore, he lets me figure out the answers and guides me with very thorough explanations. What is most admirable about Landon is that he is always hungry to learn and to expand his skill set. As a teacher, he approaches every lesson as an opportunity to learn as much as his student. Therefore, all of our lessons have been engaging and fun. Landon makes every convoluted concept understandable and has the patience and dedication to explain difficult concepts until they become coherent! I recommend Landon to anyone who is looking for an amiable, intelligent and respectful teacher!
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In May 2014 I earned an MBA degree from a top-ranked program and graduated with distinction (GPA 3.79/4.00).
During that program I completed two professional internships as a management consultant and analyst for venture capital investors.
Before grad school I raised $100K in seed funding and launched an American-style bakery and cafe in Kosovo. We succeeded in generating positive cash flow nine months after opening and built a loyal customer base.
As an MBA student, I received over 100 hours in career development coaching.
I have assisted peers, friends, and family to craft resumes and cover letters and to rehearse for interviews.
As a business owner and director of a non-profit, I interviewed dozens of candidates.
As a job-seeker, I have also applied and interviewed for roles in numerous industries.
As an American growing up in Albania and Nigeria, I learned two languages to native fluency (Igbo and Albanian) and another two languages to elementary proficiency (Greek and Italian). Later as a university student I also studied both Arabic and Mandarin Chinese.
Along the way I have informally helped dozens of friends to improve their English proficiency. For instance, two years ago I helped to organize an English conversation club that met at a cafe in China. Earlier in life I also volunteered to teach ESL to professionals from Latin America working in Washington, DC.
These experiences gave me a great deal of first-hand experience about how people learn new languages and also a love for the process.
- I won Best Team Defense (oral) and Best Biennial Report (written) in an eight-week financial management competition. My team of five ran a computer-simulated multinational company for eight weeks, making decisions on capital structure, sources of financing, inter-company funding, transfer pricing, international tax management, currency risk management and interest rate risk management.
- I performed due diligence research on about 12 potential investments and reported findings to venture capital and angel investors.
- I advised the management teams of five early-stage startups on steps they could take to increase the value of their firms and to position themselves for future rounds of funding.
- I assisted the management teams of two startups to develop financial and operational models in Excel to support their business plans.
I built websites as a teenager (in the late 1990s) both for myself and non-profit organizations; I was self-taught from books and websites. I became proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop through formal college courses. I developed expertise in business tools, especially Microsoft Excel, Word and Powerpoint. I have used both a PC and a Mac as my primary computer at least 5 years each. I approach computer tutoring with the goal to make the client self-sufficient! Technology changes quickly, but you can stay ahead of the curve!
As an entrepreneur in Kosovo I developed a bookkeeping template in Excel that the local authorities agreed to accept in place of three paper ledgers, saving my employees time and reducing errors.
As an MBA student I relied on Excel for a variety of marketing and finance projects. During that time I both gave and received informal help from my colleagues on how to better use Excel.
I am passionate about finding ways to use technology (especially Excel!) to simplify business processes.
Several times each month, I learn new Excel skills by looking up free tutorials online. I would be happy to help you do the same and become self-sufficient.
I received formal public speaking training in college and in my MBA program.
However most of what I know came as a result of volunteering for speaking opportunities and seeking feedback afterward.
My speaking experiences range from advising venture capital investors on the risks/benefits of potential deals, teaching lessons from the Bible, and speaking to the Albanian public on behalf of the US Embassy in Albania.
Both at work and in school, my colleagues looked to me for coaching and leadership in the area of public speaking.
In 2007 I graduated from The American University in the University Honors Program. My capstone project on US foreign policy received an Honorable Mention, an honor given to about 5% of graduating seniors.
Last summer (between the first and second years of my MBA) a colleague and I wrote a 100-page business plan for a large public-private partnership budgeted at $500 million. Using the plan, our client was able to secure a partnership with the Lincoln Center, its top prospective partner.
My GPAs reflect a wide range of academic skills: Associate degree 4.00, Bachelor 3.75, and MBA 3.79.