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Rick V.

Expert Trainer, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and much more!

Expert Trainer, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and much more!

$50/hour

  • 74 hours tutoring

  • Mt. Scott - Arleta Portland, OR 97206

"Great tutor! Can identify and teach to your skill level immediately."

Toni, 4 lessons with Rick

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About Rick


Bio

Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique.

"Good teachers join self, subject, and students in the fabric of life because they teach from an integral and undivided self; they manifest in their own lives, and evoke in their students, a capacity for connectedness. They are able to weave a complex web of connections between themselves, their subjects, and their students, so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves."

–Parker J. Palmer, founder and Senior Partner of the Center...

Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique.

"Good teachers join self, subject, and students in the fabric of life because they teach from an integral and undivided self; they manifest in their own lives, and evoke in their students, a capacity for connectedness. They are able to weave a complex web of connections between themselves, their subjects, and their students, so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves."

–Parker J. Palmer, founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal

It is in this weaving activity–where you as my student are empowered to learn and use what you learn; not only the "how," but also the "why," combined with the desire and willingness to act on that knowledge–it is here that I find the most joy.

As a seasoned professional in the fields of graphic design, training, and business management, I've taught classes ranging from coaching, negotiating, and time management, to the core of both of the well-known Adobe Creative and Microsoft Office suites.

I was a top-scoring trainer (both in-house and on-site classes) for these applications: Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. And I have years of real-world experience consulting, doing design and marketing projects for clients as an entrepreneur, as well as part of a team.

I'm driven by both the passion for learning and the sheer joy of helping my students bridge their knowledge and skills to attain goals. Interestingly, my exposure to so many students and business settings over the years has given me great insight into the various scenarios learners bring to a session. Whether it is overcoming personal obstacles with the software, maybe using Photoshop or Excel for the first time, or learning a best method to get particular tasks done effectively so that your workload seems significantly reduced, in either case, I respectfully meet you where you are at.

When it comes to one-on-one training or tutoring, instead of teaching from a book, I make it a point to learn what your expectations are and evaluate any special areas of interest or goals. If you have courseware you need help with, we'll do a thorough overview of the syllabus and any outlines to determine where best to focus our time. If on the other hand you have a work-related project, I make sure to focus on the tools and skill-building necessary for you to get started. When asked to do the work as a separate contract, which does happen in some cases, I make sure to keep the learning time separate for the sake of clarity.

Through a personal approach, keeping things fun and engaging, I regularly check in and make it a personal goal to ensure the web we weave between technical knowledge, skill-building, and tangible examples, is indeed strong enough to hold the material.

That being said it will forever be up to the a student to apply the knowledge as soon as possible in order to retain it. We are busy little people on this planet! And it's easy to get sidetracked and forget the most important step to the learning process– application!

That is why I engage each of my clients with questions about how they will go about applying what they have learned, and when necessary, assignments for practice.


Education

Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
Management, and HR
Art Institute of Portland (Graphic Design)
Other

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Rate details: Tutoring: • Microsoft $50/hr, up to $65 special projects • Adobe $50/hr, up to $85... Class prep, biz skills, web-related, social media, various coaching, group rates– all subject to assessment.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 35 miles of Portland, OR 97206
  • Lesson cancellation: 16 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 12/16/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Adobe InDesign,

Adobe InDesign

I have years of professional work experience using InDesign as a freelance designer, tutor/trainer, and as a designer on a team. I first learned about InDesign as a graphic design student at the Art Institute of Portland in 2001. I taught InDesign among other Adobe Creative Suite Applications at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers for 2.5 years (June 2009 to December 2011) During my employment there I passed the ACE exam and hold a certificate: Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign CS4, 2011
Adobe Photoshop,

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Applications Instructor experience: New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Kinetic Technology Solutions. 12 years using Adobe products. 20 years helping others get comfortable with their computers.
Adobe Illustrator, Art Theory

Business

Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

My clients tend to appreciate my ability to provide real-world examples and give them the foundation to understand Excel, while also preparing them to solve fundamental problems, and use the application for productivity in a business setting. My clients skills and background vary widely—their seniority, roles within the organization, use of Excel, comfort with computers in general) I am quite adept at delivering training / tutoring to meet my audience with respect and patience, and at the technical level they can be effective with.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I have used Word personally and professionally since the first version, and I've been a professional trainer since 2010 delivering out-of-the book and custom-designed training content for Word.
Microsoft PowerPoint

Computer

Adobe InDesign,

Adobe InDesign

I have years of professional work experience using InDesign as a freelance designer, tutor/trainer, and as a designer on a team. I first learned about InDesign as a graphic design student at the Art Institute of Portland in 2001. I taught InDesign among other Adobe Creative Suite Applications at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers for 2.5 years (June 2009 to December 2011) During my employment there I passed the ACE exam and hold a certificate: Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign CS4, 2011
Adobe Photoshop,

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Applications Instructor experience: New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Kinetic Technology Solutions. 12 years using Adobe products. 20 years helping others get comfortable with their computers.
Dreamweaver,

Dreamweaver

I have years of professional experience teaching Dreamweaver. I taught both the Level 1 and 2 courses – among other Adobe Creative Suite applications – at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers for 2.5 years (June 2009 to December 2011) I've also used Dreamweaver for a few web design gigs, as well as for the formatting of email templates for a former employer. My understanding of HTML, CSS, and how Dreamweaver functions as an editor (both code and visual design format) are plenty to help anyone get started with the application, and in some cases I have provided tips and tricks to even seasoned users. Most people learn on-the-job and barely delve in to what an application can do. Because I was a trainer, I was exposed to a great deal more – especially in terms of efficiencies with the application itself – than what some people learn on the job over long term.
General Computer,

General Computer

My tutor profile describes in detail the depth and breadth of personal and professional experience I have working with computers, as well as my ability to help others acquire comfort and proficiency using them for day-to-day life, and business.
Macintosh,

Macintosh

I have been using the Mac operating system both personally and professionally for 16 years. Prior to that, I was what one might call a "Power User" on the PC, and well, it's safe to say that one might say that about my skills on a Mac at this point. Anyone looking for help with how to get the most out of their Mac, or use Mac-based applications (either native Mac apps, or Microsoft Office for Mac applications, or Adobe Creative Suite applications), it may be hard to believe but I have professional experience using to a fairly advanced level and/or teaching most all of the core applications across both PC and Mac. Plus I've gathered quite the bundle of tricks along the way. As a business skills and applications trainer I make it a point to stay on top of what my clients' challenges are, not only with the software, but the operating systems they use. So if ever a student needed a class on an OS, chances are I could teach them far more than they'd need or have the finances to learn. And when I help others with software-specific / project-oriented tasks, with my knowledge of how to work within the operating system is always appreciated. Folks tend to have opportunity to pick up on much more than what they asked for in the first place.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

My clients tend to appreciate my ability to provide real-world examples and give them the foundation to understand Excel, while also preparing them to solve fundamental problems, and use the application for productivity in a business setting. My clients skills and background vary widely—their seniority, roles within the organization, use of Excel, comfort with computers in general) I am quite adept at delivering training / tutoring to meet my audience with respect and patience, and at the technical level they can be effective with.
Microsoft Outlook,

Microsoft Outlook

I have been using Outlook personally on both a PC and then later when it was introduced for Mac for over 15 years. I also taught Outlook, along with other Microsoft Office Suite applications, at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers for 2.5 years (June 2009 to December 2011). In addition I've used Outlook in professional settings, giving me need to learn some of the more less-utilized features like Calendaring, sharing calendars, setting up meetings, creating and managing tasks, etc..
Microsoft Windows,

Microsoft Windows

I have been using computers since I was 9 years old– so that's 32 years now. I began using the Windows operating system in 1995 and have used it in both personal and professional environments since. Additionally, I taught levels 1 and 2 courses on Windows XP and Windows 7 at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, along with other Windows and Microsoft courses from June 2009 to December, 2011. Even prior to that, I was what one might call a "Power User" on the PC. I can help just about anyone get the most out of their computer in general, plus assist with the use of a rather wide array of PC applications (which of course would include most Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suites). It may be hard to believe but I have professional experience using all of these to a fairly advanced level and/or teaching most all of the core applications across both PC and Mac. Plus I've gathered quite the bundle of tricks along the way. As a business skills and applications trainer I make it a point to stay on top of what my clients' challenges are, not only with the software, but the operating systems they use. So if ever a student needed a class on an OS, chances are I could teach them far more than they'd need or have the finances to learn. And when I help others with software-specific / project-oriented tasks, with my knowledge of how to work within the operating system is always appreciated. Folks tend to have opportunity to pick up on much more than what they asked for in the first place.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I have used Word personally and professionally since the first version, and I've been a professional trainer since 2010 delivering out-of-the book and custom-designed training content for Word.
Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft PowerPoint

Corporate Training

General Computer,

General Computer

My tutor profile describes in detail the depth and breadth of personal and professional experience I have working with computers, as well as my ability to help others acquire comfort and proficiency using them for day-to-day life, and business.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

My clients tend to appreciate my ability to provide real-world examples and give them the foundation to understand Excel, while also preparing them to solve fundamental problems, and use the application for productivity in a business setting. My clients skills and background vary widely—their seniority, roles within the organization, use of Excel, comfort with computers in general) I am quite adept at delivering training / tutoring to meet my audience with respect and patience, and at the technical level they can be effective with.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I have used Word personally and professionally since the first version, and I've been a professional trainer since 2010 delivering out-of-the book and custom-designed training content for Word.
Microsoft PowerPoint

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Knowledgeable and patient, yes.

Rick helped me see I was inconsistent in my approach to my Word manuscript. I intermittently using cutting and pasting tools with scanning other text/picture data. Hopefully I'm on the right track now. Thanks.

Jean, 1 lesson with Rick

Very helpful.

I was struggling to keep up with InDesign in a class, but Rick really helped me connect the dots. I got a better grasp of the basics, and got help applying this knowledge to an assignment. I look forward to meeting again to learn more.

Sarah, 1 lesson with Rick

The only way to learn InDesign

Rick is an amazing teacher with encyclopedic knowledge of InDesign. He knows how to teach the overview of tools and features, so you have the skills to understand the program and make progress even after the lesson with all of your new understanding of this program. I've been teaching for 25 years, and I've never met a more talented teacher.

Jennifer, 1 lesson with Rick

Smart, thorough and patient tutor.

Rick helped me fix some big flaws in my first DIY InDesign project. Such a pleasure to work with...very thorough. Will definitely use again for forward learning in Adobe and also Microsoft Office as needed.

Kim, 1 lesson with Rick

Macintosh setup and utilization review

Rick was excellent. I asked him to review my Macintosh setup and utilization. He is very knowledgeable and very easy to work with. He answered all my questions and based on his understanding of my situation introduced me to some useful tools that I was not aware of. All my objectives were 100% met.

Wayne , 1 lesson with Rick

I Recommend Rick

Rick is engaging and dedicated to teaching and getting across the information you seek. I recommend him to those that are serious about the learning process.

Steve , 2 lessons with Rick

Clear And Concise Teaching Style

I am so glad I found Rick to tutor me in Illustrator. Rick is not only extremely knowledgeable in the program, but he is a natural teacher that is able to communicate clearly and concisely. We covered a lot of information in a short period of time. Rick was able to help me advance my skill in illustrator while showing me how to solve actual issues I was having with current projects. I definitely plan on hiring Rick again in the near future.

Debbie, 1 lesson with Rick

Very Intuitive

I set up some time with Rick to help me with a power-point presentation I was scheduled to present. He was very helpful in making me do the work and showing me what options I had available to me. I clearly hit a home run with the presentation at work, very much due to the assistance I received from Rick. He made sure I would learn how to use the program; he was not just a one hit wonder. Rick was also able to observe my skill set (which was minimal at best) and make suggestions to help facilitate my use of the computer as well as some of the more common software programs. I think the best compliment I can give Rick is that I actually do practice the exercises he gave me in my spare time at home, during lunch, or any free time I have with my computer. Thanks again, most professional!

Helios, 2 lessons with Rick

Great Tutor!

Rick is a great tutor and easy to understand. He is very knowledgeable with Photoshop and patient. I would highly recommend him!

Sherrie, 1 lesson with Rick

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Rick V.

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