Catholic Univ. of America (American History)
Boston University (Master's)
I'm an enthusiastic proponent of math and reading. I have a Master's degree in Journalism from Boston University, with a specialty in Science Communication.
I have over 20 years of experience as a technical writer and marketing communications writer for high tech companies. Along the way, I've written and edited documents for an contractor at Goddard Space Flight Center, a nuclear research laboratory, and a long list of high-tech companies. I've also taught BASIC computer programming at the community college level, and taught introductory computer use at the college level (back when incoming college students still needed to be taught how to use computers...that seems like a long time ago!).
But my real specialty is helping prepare for standardized tests.
Back in the day, I was pretty good at taking those tests. The first time I took the SATs (before the writing component was introduced), I scored 742 on the verbal, 708 on the math. I took the SATs again, with an emphasis on scoring higher on the math portion. The second time I took the SATs, I scored 689 on the verbal, 737 on the math.
I did almost as well on the Achievement tests, the National Merit Scholarship test, the GREs, and on any other standardized tests I've taken since -- especially the ones with a math components, like the Series 7 or the Series 66 for the financial industry.
Taking math tests, whether for class, SATs, Series 7, or anything else, is two-thirds preparation and one-third attitude.
When you're properly prepared, you intuitively grasp the steps you need to arrive at the right answer, regardless of whether you're using a computer, a calculator, or pencil-and-paper.
When you have the right preparation and the right attitude, the test questions become a series of rewarding challenges and "slam-dunks."
I make sure my students understand concepts, then convert that knowledge to procedures they can use with a calculator or computer.
I've been excelling at standardized tests ever since high school. I can show you or your student how to excel as well.
And if you need some help with reading or writing, I can provide that, too. I'm an enthusiastic proponent of math and reading. I have a Master's degree in Journalism from Boston University, with a specialty in Science Communication.
I have over 20 years of experience as a technical writer and marketing communications writer for high tech companies. Along the way, I've written and edited documents for an
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Most students come to Microsoft Access after they've already become familiar with Microsoft Excel, and used Excel as a "poor man's database."
I'll help Access students understand the difference in emphasis between a large list on a spreadsheet and a relational database.
To start, we'll explore the process of defining data tables ("data normalization") and the relationships between tables.
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