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Kyle M.

Certified Educator with Masters, Tutoring 3rd Grade Through College

Certified Educator with Masters, Tutoring 3rd Grade Through College

$39/hour

  • 455 hours tutoring

About Kyle


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My experience teaching and tutoring students of all ages in a wide variety of subjects can be your advantage! An experienced classroom teacher, I have Texas teaching credentials for all-levels English-as-a-Second-Language, general subjects in 4th through 8th grades, and all-levels Music, and I've taught in all of those classrooms. In addition, my experience collaborating with special education colleagues to assist students with learning disabilities, working in both Special Ed classrooms and...

My experience teaching and tutoring students of all ages in a wide variety of subjects can be your advantage! An experienced classroom teacher, I have Texas teaching credentials for all-levels English-as-a-Second-Language, general subjects in 4th through 8th grades, and all-levels Music, and I've taught in all of those classrooms. In addition, my experience collaborating with special education colleagues to assist students with learning disabilities, working in both Special Ed classrooms and content-area classrooms to do so, prepares me to help a wide range of students reach their goals. Texas requires rigorous federal background checks for educator certification, so you are assured that my background is clear.

In this new age of online learning, it is very convenient for us to meet whenever needed - regardless of our locations - and I look forward to working with you to accomplish your goals!

However, as young beginning music students learn best when the teacher is in the same room with them, I will not agree to teach music online to students younger than 10 years. In my opinion, online music lessons are especially difficult for young students because of the demands upon their concentration and motor control, which are still developing. Young students need to get their lessons from a qualified, local teacher with a fun and fascinating place to make music! It is best if parents get involved, too. Observe each lesson, take notes, and guide your child's practice throughout the week - leading up to the next lesson. Some general music programs might let you join in and participate - even teaching you how to help your child develop concentration and motor control more effectively. Good luck!

Otherwise, I would enjoy teaching experienced young instrumentalists (7 and older), arrangers and composers (11 and older), and perhaps also young actors and actresses (middle grades) who want to sing, perform, and even act better. I can teach violin and viola, cello and bass, electric bass, recorder and bassoon, and I am will


Education

Lamar University
Bachelor of General Studies
McNeese State University & the University of New Orleans
Graduate Coursework
Texas State University-San Marcos
MEd

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Subjects

Art

Art Theory,

Art Theory

As a general fine arts major in college, my training included a variety of approaches to art theory, including speaking and writing about art, and the application of the theory to artistic endeavors. After a full year studying art appreciation and theory, creative communication design, theatre crafts, and dance choreography, and two years of music theory and composition study, I landed squarely among those who create, design, and execute artistic work within the customs and professional standards. However, two semesters of art history then gave me a better view of the theoretical underpinnings of art, with opportunities to practice writing about art theory and analysis, while a theatre history course enabled me to apply my understanding of art theory to writing a thesis that included analyses of a variety of theatrical design elements, including costumes, masks, staging and architectural design, dance, and music. Rather than being secluded within the visual arts, my view of art theory transcends all the arts.
Theater,

Theater

Having been successful both on and off stage in my middle school drama troupe, I continued to participate in and learn all aspects of theater arts in high school and college, where my academic major included theater arts and educational theater. College afforded me exceptional opportunities to study technical theater, stagecraft, costume design, mask and puppet design, dance, Labanotation, choreography, stage sound design, and stage management, and I participated, in various roles, in a variety of plays, musicals, operas, ballets, recitals, and concerts. After college, I continued remaining active in the theater, and have been an actor/singer, technician, designer, or director for several regional and community play and musical productions. Being a strong mathematician, I bring an unusually technical and analytical approach to design, choreography, and stagecraft.
Video Production

Video Production

In my work as a teacher, I used iMovie & GarageBand to produce videos of student concerts & classroom lessons. As a graduate student in education technology, I used iMovie & web-based open source software to produce videos, as well as slideshow presentations and podcasts with original music soundtracks. From initial shooting & audio recording to editing, scoring, and producing DVDs, I have practiced the video production process many times & can teach it. Finally, having broad experience with cameras, computers & software, I know how to use a variety of devices & platforms, and can identify & teach unusual ways to accomplish students' production goals.

Business

GRE,

GRE

As a college graduate who attended graduate school, I have prepared for and taken the GRE. During my teaching and tutoring career, I have helped many college students improve their reading, writing, analysis, algebra, trigonometry, and geometry skills, all of which prepared them for graduate work and the GRE. I have particularly helped students prepare for the GRE Math section.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

Besides university training and practice in public speaking, and many oral presentations to my classmates, I have worked for decades in clubs, associations, and societies affording me many opportunities to deliver speeches and other oral presentations for a variety of purposes. As a performing artist and experienced speaker, I have long overcome stage fright, know how to control my body and voice, and I feel very comfortable in front of an audience and commanding their attention. Furthermore, being a professional classroom teacher, I have prepared and presented pertinent material in front of students and colleagues for two decades. My research, organization, and preparation skills are excellent, and I know how to help others learn to prepare, organize, and present, so that they use their body, voice, and material to their best advantage.
Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Computer

Video Production,

Video Production

In my work as a teacher, I used iMovie & GarageBand to produce videos of student concerts & classroom lessons. As a graduate student in education technology, I used iMovie & web-based open source software to produce videos, as well as slideshow presentations and podcasts with original music soundtracks. From initial shooting & audio recording to editing, scoring, and producing DVDs, I have practiced the video production process many times & can teach it. Finally, having broad experience with cameras, computers & software, I know how to use a variety of devices & platforms, and can identify & teach unusual ways to accomplish students' production goals.
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Being a state-certified, all-levels ESL teacher - with classroom ESL teaching experience - and having advanced training in applied linguistics, I understand how to help students of all ages develop & improve their command of English. In addition, my early childhood writing experiences, my advanced language learning - including both English & German, and my experience assessing student standardized writing tests not only prepare me to assist with comprehensive language learning, but also make me sensitive to the stress students face when learning language.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As college graduate with a master's degree and over 200 semester hours of coursework, I possess excellent reading, writing, grammar, and comprehension skills. In addition, my experience as a college journalist and proofreader makes me well practiced at quickly reading and evaluating professional-level writing. Finally, experience as a paralegal and advanced training in scientific research and writing make me familiar with a great variety of professional writing for various purposes. Due to this background, I easily notice misspellings, wrong words and syntax, and clarity problems - and I know how to fix them.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

Besides university training and practice in public speaking, and many oral presentations to my classmates, I have worked for decades in clubs, associations, and societies affording me many opportunities to deliver speeches and other oral presentations for a variety of purposes. As a performing artist and experienced speaker, I have long overcome stage fright, know how to control my body and voice, and I feel very comfortable in front of an audience and commanding their attention. Furthermore, being a professional classroom teacher, I have prepared and presented pertinent material in front of students and colleagues for two decades. My research, organization, and preparation skills are excellent, and I know how to help others learn to prepare, organize, and present, so that they use their body, voice, and material to their best advantage.
Statistics,

Statistics

As a very capable mathematician, I have for many years applied my knowledge of statistics to various situations in which analysis was useful. When I was a restaurant & retail manager, I used statistics & business analysis skills I learned in college to describe & understand the performance of my stores. As a teacher, I used statistical analysis to interpret my students' standardized test performance data. Serving two years on my campus' improvement committee, it was my duty to use test score data & demographic data to recommend specific areas for improvement. In graduate school I had to strengthen my knowledge of statistics, so I took further courses & hired a tutor to make certain that I understood. Great professors in statistics & research design enabled me not only to learn to use statistical analysis to understand the methods & conclusions of scientific papers, but also to integrate statistical analysis into my own research designs.
General Computer, Grammar, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

As a state certified ESL (English as a second language) and music teacher, I have an endorsement to teach all grade levels, early childhood through grade 12. This means that I am well familiar with the developmental, social, and intellectual aspects of children of all ages. What's more, I am also state certified to teach general academic subjects to students in grades 4 through 8. Though most of my experience is with those middle grade students, I have also worked often as a public school tutor and substitute teacher in Kindergarten through third grade, reinforcing and supporting students' general academic learning. Though I am a strong English language arts teacher, my math and science instruction is superb and social studies may be my best subject. My graduate training included curriculum design at all levels, and I specialize in integrating all the content areas and technology into project-based lessons.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

From the time I was a young student, math was my best subject and understanding it came easily. I realized early that I not only grasped math concepts quickly, but also that I knew how to explain them to others in ways they could understand. By the end of high school, my understanding deepened and I scored in the top 6% on the SAT. Now, after college-level math coursework, teacher training, and experience helping students of all ages with math, I'm well prepared to tutor students who struggle with math.
Reading,

Reading

Literacy affects student performance in every subject, so my varied reading experience in every subject, superior analytical skill, uncommon reading comprehension, advanced training in teaching English literacy in all subjects (grades K-12), my knowledge of all content areas, and my experience teaching & tutoring emerging readers through high school & college prepare me well to assist both young readers & students of all ages who wish to increase their reading skill. As a former middle school teacher with ESL training & experience, an all-subjects substitute teacher, and a general subjects tutor who enjoys helping students perform better, I possess the background, experience, advanced training, and desire to help students read better. My special skills include up-to-date best practices in evaluative & instructional techniques, and I excel at understanding classroom teachers' plans & strategies, which enable me to know how to best reinforce my students' work at school.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

A long-time certified all-levels educator with advanced pedagogy training, I performed well in both undergraduate and graduate courses and learned much about how students best learn at every stage of development. In particular, my coursework in Secondary Curriculum and Methods, Classroom Management, Human Growth and Development, Philosophical Foundations of Education, Strategies of Secondary Teaching, Evaluative Techniques, and courses in teaching reading in both elementary and secondary schools prepared me to use a variety of current rigorous and relevant techniques to help students organize their effort, work efficiently, and maximize their learning in every subject. I learned how to help students plan ahead and think strategically, to consider every parameter, every possibility, and every nuance to determine their best approach to each task. I have many years of experience helping students improve important study skills, such as reading more critically, taking great notes and organizing them effectively, planning their own homework and study sessions more effectively, reflecting on their own work and progress, and identifying areas for improvement and topics for further research, guiding students to utilize their best efforts very efficiently. As a zealous general educator, I am very competent and effective in every core subject, and my ability and desire to help students study successfully both transcends and encompasses all subjects, making me an ideal study skills tutor for students from elementary school through college.
Elementary Science, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

As a state-certified teacher of English-as-a-Second-Language, all grade levels, and also being certified as a middle school generalist, I possess broad curriculum knowledge relating to students' language assessment and development. My college education included four semesters of English literature and composition, plus two semesters of advanced speech and communication, and several courses in philosophy, humanities, and art and theatre history which required submission of a variety of written papers, including major theses. Now, I routinely tutor students, ages 4 to adult, with various English language development needs, especially reading, writing, and literary analysis.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Being a state-certified, all-levels ESL teacher - with classroom ESL teaching experience - and having advanced training in applied linguistics, I understand how to help students of all ages develop & improve their command of English. In addition, my early childhood writing experiences, my advanced language learning - including both English & German, and my experience assessing student standardized writing tests not only prepare me to assist with comprehensive language learning, but also make me sensitive to the stress students face when learning language.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As college graduate with a master's degree and over 200 semester hours of coursework, I possess excellent reading, writing, grammar, and comprehension skills. In addition, my experience as a college journalist and proofreader makes me well practiced at quickly reading and evaluating professional-level writing. Finally, experience as a paralegal and advanced training in scientific research and writing make me familiar with a great variety of professional writing for various purposes. Due to this background, I easily notice misspellings, wrong words and syntax, and clarity problems - and I know how to fix them.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

Besides university training and practice in public speaking, and many oral presentations to my classmates, I have worked for decades in clubs, associations, and societies affording me many opportunities to deliver speeches and other oral presentations for a variety of purposes. As a performing artist and experienced speaker, I have long overcome stage fright, know how to control my body and voice, and I feel very comfortable in front of an audience and commanding their attention. Furthermore, being a professional classroom teacher, I have prepared and presented pertinent material in front of students and colleagues for two decades. My research, organization, and preparation skills are excellent, and I know how to help others learn to prepare, organize, and present, so that they use their body, voice, and material to their best advantage.
Reading,

Reading

Literacy affects student performance in every subject, so my varied reading experience in every subject, superior analytical skill, uncommon reading comprehension, advanced training in teaching English literacy in all subjects (grades K-12), my knowledge of all content areas, and my experience teaching & tutoring emerging readers through high school & college prepare me well to assist both young readers & students of all ages who wish to increase their reading skill. As a former middle school teacher with ESL training & experience, an all-subjects substitute teacher, and a general subjects tutor who enjoys helping students perform better, I possess the background, experience, advanced training, and desire to help students read better. My special skills include up-to-date best practices in evaluative & instructional techniques, and I excel at understanding classroom teachers' plans & strategies, which enable me to know how to best reinforce my students' work at school.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

My most relevant qualification for teaching the SAT Writing and Essay sections is at least 6 years directly teaching them to about a dozen high school students, and my success was demonstrated when the younger brother of one of my SAT students hired me to do the same for him. In the course of teaching the SAT, I've kept track of the changes in the test and format, and I made specific, detailed studies of every official College Board SAT practice test, as well as the essay scoring rubric. I also have academic qualifications for teaching the SAT Writing and Essay sections. As a certified English-as-a-Second-Language instructor, my training included academic English, with a special study of writing for various purposes. During my teaching career, I often taught writing in context - outside the English class - so that students learned to apply writing to practical and technical situations. Finally, having served as a standardized writing test scorer, I have a deep understanding of how the SAT and other writing tests are arranged and measured, so that I teach students how to monitor and evaluate their own writing with accuracy and objectivity.
Writing,

Writing

As a teacher, I've often taught students to express themselves verbally and through writing. Writing may stand on its own as a topic of study and practice, but, because language is commonly used for communication in every field of human endeavor, it directly affects all other subjects. Thus, my training and experience teaching various subjects - and how to write for those subjects - and my previous work as a journalist, reviewer, editor, and paralegal, have given me a broad understanding of writing for a variety of purposes, which I enjoy imparting to students. Other work and leisure activities have also given me useful writing experiences. As a merchandiser and marketing technician, I often wrote reports that had to be clear, concise, and technically correct - there was no room for elaboration or error. As an active Yelper, my reviews are respected by and useful to fellow patrons of businesses. I've created professional blogs and websites, commented on those of others, and I've scored perfectly on standardized writing tests, subsequently worked as a writing scorer for a standardized testing company. What I learned about standardized writing tests enables me to better assist students at every level. Finally, as a graduate student focused on research and writing, I studied the reading-writing connection, learned and practiced every aspect of the writing process, learned how to best help students improve their research & written expression, and came to view the internet as a substantial opportunity for students to write and collaborate. I'm familiar with every major writing format, including MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian.
ACT English, ACT Reading, Grammar, Literature, SAT Reading, Spelling, TOEFL, Vocabulary

History

Social Studies,

Social Studies

During graduate school, I made a special study of the K-12 social studies curriculum, while also learning how to teach, design, implement, and report social science research studies. Besides learning the social studies curriculum, I learned how to help students apply scientific research methods to social studies. As part of my curriculum study, I worked with a team of fellow educators to design a middle school history curriculum, to write and assemble some of the lessons, and to present our work to an audience of educators and college students. In studying social science research design, I had courses in research methods and experimental design, in both of which we worked alone and in teams to design, research, and present our work, and a also course in the use of statistics in the social sciences.
Sociology,

Sociology

During graduate school, to boost my background knowledge in the social sciences, I took several sociology courses, including basic courses in Self and Society, Comparative Culture, Social Problems, and Statistics in the Social Sciences. In addition, I took related coursework in Psychology and Human Development to support my knowledge and skills related to conducting sociological research, including design, methodology, and statistical analysis. Years of work experience as a teacher have caused me to apply this learning to my work on campus planning committees and academic teams, and district level oversight boards.
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Philosophy, World History

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Since I was a child, my intuition about numbers, quantities, and mathematical relationships was evident. As I grew & learned, it was obvious that I easily understood algebraic & other mathematical principles. My course averages in algebra were among the best in my class, I gained a reputation as the one who would finish tests first, and my SAT Math score came out in the top 6% nationwide. College algebra courses then synthesized my command of basic operations & expanded my knowledge of higher operations. In business, I have constantly applied my knowledge of algebra toward making complex mental computations, formulating financial strategies, and solving a variety of problems quickly. This background has enabled me to assist many middle school, high school, and college students with algebra through tutoring & classroom support.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

A long time mathematician, I exhibited unusual talent from an early age, excelled in algebra during high school, scored in the top 6% on the SAT math section, and further developed my algebra skills in college. Throughout various careers, I have effectively applied my algebra skills toward streamlining my work. I have since used my knowledge of the K-12 math curriculum & current best instructional practices to successfully tutor many elementary, middle school, high school, and college students in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, improving their algebraic thinking & preparing them well for higher mathematics
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

As a state certified ESL (English as a second language) and music teacher, I have an endorsement to teach all grade levels, early childhood through grade 12. This means that I am well familiar with the developmental, social, and intellectual aspects of children of all ages. What's more, I am also state certified to teach general academic subjects to students in grades 4 through 8. Though most of my experience is with those middle grade students, I have also worked often as a public school tutor and substitute teacher in Kindergarten through third grade, reinforcing and supporting students' general academic learning. Though I am a strong English language arts teacher, my math and science instruction is superb and social studies may be my best subject. My graduate training included curriculum design at all levels, and I specialize in integrating all the content areas and technology into project-based lessons.
English,

English

As a state-certified teacher of English-as-a-Second-Language, all grade levels, and also being certified as a middle school generalist, I possess broad curriculum knowledge relating to students' language assessment and development. My college education included four semesters of English literature and composition, plus two semesters of advanced speech and communication, and several courses in philosophy, humanities, and art and theatre history which required submission of a variety of written papers, including major theses. Now, I routinely tutor students, ages 4 to adult, with various English language development needs, especially reading, writing, and literary analysis.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Being a state-certified, all-levels ESL teacher - with classroom ESL teaching experience - and having advanced training in applied linguistics, I understand how to help students of all ages develop & improve their command of English. In addition, my early childhood writing experiences, my advanced language learning - including both English & German, and my experience assessing student standardized writing tests not only prepare me to assist with comprehensive language learning, but also make me sensitive to the stress students face when learning language.
Geometry,

Geometry

I exhibited talent in math from an early age & remember grasping mathematical concepts quickly & easily. In high school geometry, I immediately realized that the logic, proofs, relationships, and processes easily made sense to me, and I earned a high average without special effort. When I took the SAT, my math score was in the top 6% in the nation. Though not a math major in college, I nonetheless continued my math study & deepened my command of the logic, processes, and practical applications of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics. I have since used my talent & knowledge in geometry to perform my job functions, beginning with my first professional job as a surveyor's assistant. Surveying being a practical application of geometry, I performed that job exceptionally well & learned much from the surveyor. Since becoming a teacher, I've tutored math students of every age & level of development, and my knowledge of the math curriculum has enabled me to help students progress efficiently from arithmetic, through algebra, to geometry, trigonometry, and beyond.
Piano,

Piano

I was a university undergraduate music major for three years and studied piano for a total of 6 semester hours during that time. I learned and developed excellent basic technique, including appropriate fingerings, hand positions, use of the pedal, posture, and elementary piano literature, and I performed a jury examination at the end of each semester. I learned to sightread and improvise simple accompaniments, which I often use in the course of my string instrument teaching, and I've used my piano skills as musical director of stage musicals. As a state certified music teacher, specializing in instrumental music, I consider piano an important basic instrument to use with children, and I have often used it in my classroom to demonstrate literature, music theory, and harmony. While I am not a professional piano performer, I've learned the basic lessons of the piano well enough that I am able to prepare beginning and intermediate pianists to study with professional pianists.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

As a certified middle school generalist, my greatest strength is preparing students for high school academics - particularly mathematics. Besides growing up gifted in math, I excelled in high school algebra & geometry, and my college training included linear algebra, business analysis, physics, and statistics - all of which require command of algebra. In my teaching career, I studied the middle school & high school math curriculum very closely, and helped prepare many 6th & 7th graders for high school algebra.
Reading,

Reading

Literacy affects student performance in every subject, so my varied reading experience in every subject, superior analytical skill, uncommon reading comprehension, advanced training in teaching English literacy in all subjects (grades K-12), my knowledge of all content areas, and my experience teaching & tutoring emerging readers through high school & college prepare me well to assist both young readers & students of all ages who wish to increase their reading skill. As a former middle school teacher with ESL training & experience, an all-subjects substitute teacher, and a general subjects tutor who enjoys helping students perform better, I possess the background, experience, advanced training, and desire to help students read better. My special skills include up-to-date best practices in evaluative & instructional techniques, and I excel at understanding classroom teachers' plans & strategies, which enable me to know how to best reinforce my students' work at school.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Though I'm qualified in all core content, mathematics came naturally for me and has been my strongest subject. I somehow found high school algebra and geometry to be very easy, and I scored in the top 6% of the nation on SAT Math. In college, I continued my math training with pre-calculus, linear algebra, statistics, and business analysis, and used my deep understanding of math for years as a manager and salesman after graduation. Now, as a teacher, I find that my previous real-world experience using math every day enables me to help students find a way to apply the principles of logic to manipulate numbers and equations. Recently, in graduate school, I learned to use statistics and research design principles to resolve research questions, an experience that further deepened my command of mathematical concepts, and, in another of my major courses, I was an integral member of a team that analyzed the standards and objectives, designed and planned instruction, and created assessments for an entire unit of high school linear algebra. Finally, my test-taking strategies are very clever, and I can share a variety of tips to ensure that my students think carefully and check their own work accurately.
Statistics,

Statistics

As a very capable mathematician, I have for many years applied my knowledge of statistics to various situations in which analysis was useful. When I was a restaurant & retail manager, I used statistics & business analysis skills I learned in college to describe & understand the performance of my stores. As a teacher, I used statistical analysis to interpret my students' standardized test performance data. Serving two years on my campus' improvement committee, it was my duty to use test score data & demographic data to recommend specific areas for improvement. In graduate school I had to strengthen my knowledge of statistics, so I took further courses & hired a tutor to make certain that I understood. Great professors in statistics & research design enabled me not only to learn to use statistical analysis to understand the methods & conclusions of scientific papers, but also to integrate statistical analysis into my own research designs.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

A long-time certified all-levels educator with advanced pedagogy training, I performed well in both undergraduate and graduate courses and learned much about how students best learn at every stage of development. In particular, my coursework in Secondary Curriculum and Methods, Classroom Management, Human Growth and Development, Philosophical Foundations of Education, Strategies of Secondary Teaching, Evaluative Techniques, and courses in teaching reading in both elementary and secondary schools prepared me to use a variety of current rigorous and relevant techniques to help students organize their effort, work efficiently, and maximize their learning in every subject. I learned how to help students plan ahead and think strategically, to consider every parameter, every possibility, and every nuance to determine their best approach to each task. I have many years of experience helping students improve important study skills, such as reading more critically, taking great notes and organizing them effectively, planning their own homework and study sessions more effectively, reflecting on their own work and progress, and identifying areas for improvement and topics for further research, guiding students to utilize their best efforts very efficiently. As a zealous general educator, I am very competent and effective in every core subject, and my ability and desire to help students study successfully both transcends and encompasses all subjects, making me an ideal study skills tutor for students from elementary school through college.
Writing,

Writing

As a teacher, I've often taught students to express themselves verbally and through writing. Writing may stand on its own as a topic of study and practice, but, because language is commonly used for communication in every field of human endeavor, it directly affects all other subjects. Thus, my training and experience teaching various subjects - and how to write for those subjects - and my previous work as a journalist, reviewer, editor, and paralegal, have given me a broad understanding of writing for a variety of purposes, which I enjoy imparting to students. Other work and leisure activities have also given me useful writing experiences. As a merchandiser and marketing technician, I often wrote reports that had to be clear, concise, and technically correct - there was no room for elaboration or error. As an active Yelper, my reviews are respected by and useful to fellow patrons of businesses. I've created professional blogs and websites, commented on those of others, and I've scored perfectly on standardized writing tests, subsequently worked as a writing scorer for a standardized testing company. What I learned about standardized writing tests enables me to better assist students at every level. Finally, as a graduate student focused on research and writing, I studied the reading-writing connection, learned and practiced every aspect of the writing process, learned how to best help students improve their research & written expression, and came to view the internet as a substantial opportunity for students to write and collaborate. I'm familiar with every major writing format, including MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian.
Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Precalculus, SAT Reading, Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Being a state-certified, all-levels ESL teacher - with classroom ESL teaching experience - and having advanced training in applied linguistics, I understand how to help students of all ages develop & improve their command of English. In addition, my early childhood writing experiences, my advanced language learning - including both English & German, and my experience assessing student standardized writing tests not only prepare me to assist with comprehensive language learning, but also make me sensitive to the stress students face when learning language.
TOEFL

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Since I was a child, my intuition about numbers, quantities, and mathematical relationships was evident. As I grew & learned, it was obvious that I easily understood algebraic & other mathematical principles. My course averages in algebra were among the best in my class, I gained a reputation as the one who would finish tests first, and my SAT Math score came out in the top 6% nationwide. College algebra courses then synthesized my command of basic operations & expanded my knowledge of higher operations. In business, I have constantly applied my knowledge of algebra toward making complex mental computations, formulating financial strategies, and solving a variety of problems quickly. This background has enabled me to assist many middle school, high school, and college students with algebra through tutoring & classroom support.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

A long time mathematician, I exhibited unusual talent from an early age, excelled in algebra during high school, scored in the top 6% on the SAT math section, and further developed my algebra skills in college. Throughout various careers, I have effectively applied my algebra skills toward streamlining my work. I have since used my knowledge of the K-12 math curriculum & current best instructional practices to successfully tutor many elementary, middle school, high school, and college students in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, improving their algebraic thinking & preparing them well for higher mathematics
Geometry,

Geometry

I exhibited talent in math from an early age & remember grasping mathematical concepts quickly & easily. In high school geometry, I immediately realized that the logic, proofs, relationships, and processes easily made sense to me, and I earned a high average without special effort. When I took the SAT, my math score was in the top 6% in the nation. Though not a math major in college, I nonetheless continued my math study & deepened my command of the logic, processes, and practical applications of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics. I have since used my talent & knowledge in geometry to perform my job functions, beginning with my first professional job as a surveyor's assistant. Surveying being a practical application of geometry, I performed that job exceptionally well & learned much from the surveyor. Since becoming a teacher, I've tutored math students of every age & level of development, and my knowledge of the math curriculum has enabled me to help students progress efficiently from arithmetic, through algebra, to geometry, trigonometry, and beyond.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

As a certified middle school generalist, my greatest strength is preparing students for high school academics - particularly mathematics. Besides growing up gifted in math, I excelled in high school algebra & geometry, and my college training included linear algebra, business analysis, physics, and statistics - all of which require command of algebra. In my teaching career, I studied the middle school & high school math curriculum very closely, and helped prepare many 6th & 7th graders for high school algebra.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Though I'm qualified in all core content, mathematics came naturally for me and has been my strongest subject. I somehow found high school algebra and geometry to be very easy, and I scored in the top 6% of the nation on SAT Math. In college, I continued my math training with pre-calculus, linear algebra, statistics, and business analysis, and used my deep understanding of math for years as a manager and salesman after graduation. Now, as a teacher, I find that my previous real-world experience using math every day enables me to help students find a way to apply the principles of logic to manipulate numbers and equations. Recently, in graduate school, I learned to use statistics and research design principles to resolve research questions, an experience that further deepened my command of mathematical concepts, and, in another of my major courses, I was an integral member of a team that analyzed the standards and objectives, designed and planned instruction, and created assessments for an entire unit of high school linear algebra. Finally, my test-taking strategies are very clever, and I can share a variety of tips to ensure that my students think carefully and check their own work accurately.
Statistics,

Statistics

As a very capable mathematician, I have for many years applied my knowledge of statistics to various situations in which analysis was useful. When I was a restaurant & retail manager, I used statistics & business analysis skills I learned in college to describe & understand the performance of my stores. As a teacher, I used statistical analysis to interpret my students' standardized test performance data. Serving two years on my campus' improvement committee, it was my duty to use test score data & demographic data to recommend specific areas for improvement. In graduate school I had to strengthen my knowledge of statistics, so I took further courses & hired a tutor to make certain that I understood. Great professors in statistics & research design enabled me not only to learn to use statistical analysis to understand the methods & conclusions of scientific papers, but also to integrate statistical analysis into my own research designs.
ACT Math, Precalculus

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Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Since I was a child, my intuition about numbers, quantities, and mathematical relationships was evident. As I grew & learned, it was obvious that I easily understood algebraic & other mathematical principles. My course averages in algebra were among the best in my class, I gained a reputation as the one who would finish tests first, and my SAT Math score came out in the top 6% nationwide. College algebra courses then synthesized my command of basic operations & expanded my knowledge of higher operations. In business, I have constantly applied my knowledge of algebra toward making complex mental computations, formulating financial strategies, and solving a variety of problems quickly. This background has enabled me to assist many middle school, high school, and college students with algebra through tutoring & classroom support.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

A long time mathematician, I exhibited unusual talent from an early age, excelled in algebra during high school, scored in the top 6% on the SAT math section, and further developed my algebra skills in college. Throughout various careers, I have effectively applied my algebra skills toward streamlining my work. I have since used my knowledge of the K-12 math curriculum & current best instructional practices to successfully tutor many elementary, middle school, high school, and college students in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, improving their algebraic thinking & preparing them well for higher mathematics
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

As a state certified ESL (English as a second language) and music teacher, I have an endorsement to teach all grade levels, early childhood through grade 12. This means that I am well familiar with the developmental, social, and intellectual aspects of children of all ages. What's more, I am also state certified to teach general academic subjects to students in grades 4 through 8. Though most of my experience is with those middle grade students, I have also worked often as a public school tutor and substitute teacher in Kindergarten through third grade, reinforcing and supporting students' general academic learning. Though I am a strong English language arts teacher, my math and science instruction is superb and social studies may be my best subject. My graduate training included curriculum design at all levels, and I specialize in integrating all the content areas and technology into project-based lessons.
English,

English

As a state-certified teacher of English-as-a-Second-Language, all grade levels, and also being certified as a middle school generalist, I possess broad curriculum knowledge relating to students' language assessment and development. My college education included four semesters of English literature and composition, plus two semesters of advanced speech and communication, and several courses in philosophy, humanities, and art and theatre history which required submission of a variety of written papers, including major theses. Now, I routinely tutor students, ages 4 to adult, with various English language development needs, especially reading, writing, and literary analysis.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Being a state-certified, all-levels ESL teacher - with classroom ESL teaching experience - and having advanced training in applied linguistics, I understand how to help students of all ages develop & improve their command of English. In addition, my early childhood writing experiences, my advanced language learning - including both English & German, and my experience assessing student standardized writing tests not only prepare me to assist with comprehensive language learning, but also make me sensitive to the stress students face when learning language.
Geometry,

Geometry

I exhibited talent in math from an early age & remember grasping mathematical concepts quickly & easily. In high school geometry, I immediately realized that the logic, proofs, relationships, and processes easily made sense to me, and I earned a high average without special effort. When I took the SAT, my math score was in the top 6% in the nation. Though not a math major in college, I nonetheless continued my math study & deepened my command of the logic, processes, and practical applications of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics. I have since used my talent & knowledge in geometry to perform my job functions, beginning with my first professional job as a surveyor's assistant. Surveying being a practical application of geometry, I performed that job exceptionally well & learned much from the surveyor. Since becoming a teacher, I've tutored math students of every age & level of development, and my knowledge of the math curriculum has enabled me to help students progress efficiently from arithmetic, through algebra, to geometry, trigonometry, and beyond.
Piano,

Piano

I was a university undergraduate music major for three years and studied piano for a total of 6 semester hours during that time. I learned and developed excellent basic technique, including appropriate fingerings, hand positions, use of the pedal, posture, and elementary piano literature, and I performed a jury examination at the end of each semester. I learned to sightread and improvise simple accompaniments, which I often use in the course of my string instrument teaching, and I've used my piano skills as musical director of stage musicals. As a state certified music teacher, specializing in instrumental music, I consider piano an important basic instrument to use with children, and I have often used it in my classroom to demonstrate literature, music theory, and harmony. While I am not a professional piano performer, I've learned the basic lessons of the piano well enough that I am able to prepare beginning and intermediate pianists to study with professional pianists.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

As a certified middle school generalist, my greatest strength is preparing students for high school academics - particularly mathematics. Besides growing up gifted in math, I excelled in high school algebra & geometry, and my college training included linear algebra, business analysis, physics, and statistics - all of which require command of algebra. In my teaching career, I studied the middle school & high school math curriculum very closely, and helped prepare many 6th & 7th graders for high school algebra.
Reading,

Reading

Literacy affects student performance in every subject, so my varied reading experience in every subject, superior analytical skill, uncommon reading comprehension, advanced training in teaching English literacy in all subjects (grades K-12), my knowledge of all content areas, and my experience teaching & tutoring emerging readers through high school & college prepare me well to assist both young readers & students of all ages who wish to increase their reading skill. As a former middle school teacher with ESL training & experience, an all-subjects substitute teacher, and a general subjects tutor who enjoys helping students perform better, I possess the background, experience, advanced training, and desire to help students read better. My special skills include up-to-date best practices in evaluative & instructional techniques, and I excel at understanding classroom teachers' plans & strategies, which enable me to know how to best reinforce my students' work at school.
Statistics,

Statistics

As a very capable mathematician, I have for many years applied my knowledge of statistics to various situations in which analysis was useful. When I was a restaurant & retail manager, I used statistics & business analysis skills I learned in college to describe & understand the performance of my stores. As a teacher, I used statistical analysis to interpret my students' standardized test performance data. Serving two years on my campus' improvement committee, it was my duty to use test score data & demographic data to recommend specific areas for improvement. In graduate school I had to strengthen my knowledge of statistics, so I took further courses & hired a tutor to make certain that I understood. Great professors in statistics & research design enabled me not only to learn to use statistical analysis to understand the methods & conclusions of scientific papers, but also to integrate statistical analysis into my own research designs.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

A long-time certified all-levels educator with advanced pedagogy training, I performed well in both undergraduate and graduate courses and learned much about how students best learn at every stage of development. In particular, my coursework in Secondary Curriculum and Methods, Classroom Management, Human Growth and Development, Philosophical Foundations of Education, Strategies of Secondary Teaching, Evaluative Techniques, and courses in teaching reading in both elementary and secondary schools prepared me to use a variety of current rigorous and relevant techniques to help students organize their effort, work efficiently, and maximize their learning in every subject. I learned how to help students plan ahead and think strategically, to consider every parameter, every possibility, and every nuance to determine their best approach to each task. I have many years of experience helping students improve important study skills, such as reading more critically, taking great notes and organizing them effectively, planning their own homework and study sessions more effectively, reflecting on their own work and progress, and identifying areas for improvement and topics for further research, guiding students to utilize their best efforts very efficiently. As a zealous general educator, I am very competent and effective in every core subject, and my ability and desire to help students study successfully both transcends and encompasses all subjects, making me an ideal study skills tutor for students from elementary school through college.
Writing,

Writing

As a teacher, I've often taught students to express themselves verbally and through writing. Writing may stand on its own as a topic of study and practice, but, because language is commonly used for communication in every field of human endeavor, it directly affects all other subjects. Thus, my training and experience teaching various subjects - and how to write for those subjects - and my previous work as a journalist, reviewer, editor, and paralegal, have given me a broad understanding of writing for a variety of purposes, which I enjoy imparting to students. Other work and leisure activities have also given me useful writing experiences. As a merchandiser and marketing technician, I often wrote reports that had to be clear, concise, and technically correct - there was no room for elaboration or error. As an active Yelper, my reviews are respected by and useful to fellow patrons of businesses. I've created professional blogs and websites, commented on those of others, and I've scored perfectly on standardized writing tests, subsequently worked as a writing scorer for a standardized testing company. What I learned about standardized writing tests enables me to better assist students at every level. Finally, as a graduate student focused on research and writing, I studied the reading-writing connection, learned and practiced every aspect of the writing process, learned how to best help students improve their research & written expression, and came to view the internet as a substantial opportunity for students to write and collaborate. I'm familiar with every major writing format, including MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian.
Precalculus

Music

Cello,

Cello

I am qualified as a cello tutor due to my university training, more than 20 years' performance and tutoring experience, and that I am a state certified music teacher specializing in string orchestra. As a university graduate student (1993-1994), I began to complete the requirements for music teacher certification, which included improving my knowledge and skill on all the stringed instruments. The cello being the instrument I least understood, I participated in the university's string education methods class and spent two semesters performing on the cello in the university symphony orchestra. I eventually doubled on instruments - including the cello - in the pit orchestra for university theatrical productions. My work as a graduate student during those years included teaching strings in the public schools, so I taught beginning cellists in class and gave some of them their private lessons. In those days, I also performed on the cello in some recording studio sessions with a folk-rock band. Since becoming a certified music teacher and string orchestra specialist, I have often practiced my cello skills, used them in class when teaching my orchestras, led section rehearsals, taught private lessons when needed, and performed on the cello at state music convention sight-reading sessions. I worked part-time as an orchestra director from 1993 to 1998, and then full-time as an orchestra director from 1998 to 2003 and 2007 to 2012. Of course, I tutored my cellists as needed and, though the cello remains the stringed instrument I've played for the shortest time, my cello technique, sight-reading skill, and knowledge of the cello far surpasses that of most intermediate level students.
Ear Training,

Ear Training

My university undergraduate music training included four semesters of specific coursework in ear training, using the George Wedge method and materials. In this series of courses, I developed excellent audiation, that internal or non-physical sense of hearing that both singers and instrumentalists need in order to scrutinize and adjust their own intonation. From this experience, I carried away such a well-developed sense of relative pitch that I can recognize many specific pitches, similar to someone with perfect pitch. As a certified music teacher, I am charged with helping students develop these same skills, which I have done with students aged 5 to adult.
General Music,

General Music

I am qualified as a general music tutor due to my private and school training since age 11, more than 100 semester hours of university undergraduate training, 26 semester hours of university graduate music training, more than 40 years of music performance experience, more than 35 years private teaching experience, and that I am a state certified music teacher with about 15 years professional experience. After several years performing in the elementary school choir, I took up the violin and performed in school orchestras from ages 11 to 18, took private violin lessons, and began performing professionally in the Beaumont (Texas) Symphony Orchestra before entering college. I entered college as a violin major, but also studied and performed on the bassoon, string bass, and recorder, and I composed and arranged music. As a college freshman, my music theory knowledge was sufficient to place me in the second semester of the music theory course and I began teaching violin and string bass lessons to young local children. I also continued performing professionally as a member of the Lake Charles Symphony (Louisiana), and, over the years, I have continued performing and teaching private lessons, and eventually completed all the requirements for music teacher certification. I worked part-time as an orchestra director and violin tutor from 1993 to 1998, then full-time as an orchestra director from 1998 to 2003 and 2007 to 2012, and, in 2009, I studied the Kodaly Music Education method and learned how best to teach general music to children.
Music Theory,

Music Theory

My college education included three years as a music theory and composition major, and I completed all the major coursework, including 4 semesters each of music theory, ear training, and composition; 2 semesters of counterpoint; and a semester each of form and analysis and orchestration. An intuitive mathematician, I easily understood music theory and was able to apply its principles to my analyses and compositions, and I have tutored several university music theory students over the years. In addition, my integrating of music theory into my other music students' lessons has been seamless and effective.
Piano,

Piano

I was a university undergraduate music major for three years and studied piano for a total of 6 semester hours during that time. I learned and developed excellent basic technique, including appropriate fingerings, hand positions, use of the pedal, posture, and elementary piano literature, and I performed a jury examination at the end of each semester. I learned to sightread and improvise simple accompaniments, which I often use in the course of my string instrument teaching, and I've used my piano skills as musical director of stage musicals. As a state certified music teacher, specializing in instrumental music, I consider piano an important basic instrument to use with children, and I have often used it in my classroom to demonstrate literature, music theory, and harmony. While I am not a professional piano performer, I've learned the basic lessons of the piano well enough that I am able to prepare beginning and intermediate pianists to study with professional pianists.
Sight Singing,

Sight Singing

Requiring a combination of several musical skills, sight singing is a complicated course of study that can occur at any level, young beginner to expert adult. I have read music since age 11 and gained fluency in both treble and bass clefs before graduating high school. I went on to study music theory for three years as a university undergraduate music major and learned to read all the remaining clefs. As part of my music theory and ear training, I not only read music of every clef, but also demonstrated my internal audiation by singing excerpts and songs on sight, without aid of any accompaniment or prompting. I have since had many occasions to practice these skills - auditioning for and singing in musical shows, impromptu singing with choirs and barbershop quartets, and as part of my music teaching. My university graduate training included 6 semester hours of Kodàly music education, in which I learned specific techniques for training students of all ages to read music, audiate what they read, and show their understanding by sight singing. Finally, as a certified music teacher, I have integrated sight singing into my instrumental curriculum and teach all my students that the voice is their first or original instrument, and that it enables them to demonstrate their understanding directly, unhindered by instrumental technique.
Violin

Violin

I am qualified as a violin tutor due to my own private lesson and school training since age 11, nine semester hours of university training, more than 35 years performance and tutoring experience, and that I am a state certified music teacher specializing in string orchestra. As a middle school student, I performed in the school orchestra and began my private training with the school orchestra director by taking one 30-minute private lesson each week. By age 13, I continued my lessons at a more advanced level with another teacher for 45 minutes each week through age 15. By age 17, I earned my first professional job performing in the violin section of the Beaumont Symphony Orchestra (Texas) and, a year later, went to college as a violin major. As a college freshman, I immediately began teaching violin lessons to young children and continued performing professionally as a member of the Lake Charles Symphony (Louisiana). Over the years, through changes in my major and even non-musical careers, I continued performing and teaching private lessons, and eventually returned to music as a career, becoming a school orchestra director and completing all the requirements for music teacher certification. I worked part-time as an orchestra director and violin tutor from 1993 to 1998, and then full-time as an orchestra director from 1998 to 2003 and 2007 to 2012. Of course, I tutored my violinists as needed and tutored several other violinists as my time permitted.

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Being a state-certified, all-levels ESL teacher - with classroom ESL teaching experience - and having advanced training in applied linguistics, I understand how to help students of all ages develop & improve their command of English. In addition, my early childhood writing experiences, my advanced language learning - including both English & German, and my experience assessing student standardized writing tests not only prepare me to assist with comprehensive language learning, but also make me sensitive to the stress students face when learning language.
Sociology,

Sociology

During graduate school, to boost my background knowledge in the social sciences, I took several sociology courses, including basic courses in Self and Society, Comparative Culture, Social Problems, and Statistics in the Social Sciences. In addition, I took related coursework in Psychology and Human Development to support my knowledge and skills related to conducting sociological research, including design, methodology, and statistical analysis. Years of work experience as a teacher have caused me to apply this learning to my work on campus planning committees and academic teams, and district level oversight boards.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

A long-time certified all-levels educator with advanced pedagogy training, I performed well in both undergraduate and graduate courses and learned much about how students best learn at every stage of development. In particular, my coursework in Secondary Curriculum and Methods, Classroom Management, Human Growth and Development, Philosophical Foundations of Education, Strategies of Secondary Teaching, Evaluative Techniques, and courses in teaching reading in both elementary and secondary schools prepared me to use a variety of current rigorous and relevant techniques to help students organize their effort, work efficiently, and maximize their learning in every subject. I learned how to help students plan ahead and think strategically, to consider every parameter, every possibility, and every nuance to determine their best approach to each task. I have many years of experience helping students improve important study skills, such as reading more critically, taking great notes and organizing them effectively, planning their own homework and study sessions more effectively, reflecting on their own work and progress, and identifying areas for improvement and topics for further research, guiding students to utilize their best efforts very efficiently. As a zealous general educator, I am very competent and effective in every core subject, and my ability and desire to help students study successfully both transcends and encompasses all subjects, making me an ideal study skills tutor for students from elementary school through college.
Geography, Government & Politics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Philosophy

Science

Physical Science,

Physical Science

My educational background includes high school geometry, physical science, biology, and physics, 7 college hours of physical science and lab, personal study of physics of music and biophysics, and two graduate courses in statistics and research design. As a professional educator, I have directed student research projects and helped judge at student science fairs and Capstone presentations. As a tutor, I often blend science with other subjects to create a hands-on approach to science that helps enhance my students' understanding of difficult concepts.
Sociology,

Sociology

During graduate school, to boost my background knowledge in the social sciences, I took several sociology courses, including basic courses in Self and Society, Comparative Culture, Social Problems, and Statistics in the Social Sciences. In addition, I took related coursework in Psychology and Human Development to support my knowledge and skills related to conducting sociological research, including design, methodology, and statistical analysis. Years of work experience as a teacher have caused me to apply this learning to my work on campus planning committees and academic teams, and district level oversight boards.
ACT Science, Philosophy, Psychology

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

As a long-time middle school music, theatre, and general subjects teacher, I have worked successfully with ADHD students in a variety of contexts. In more than 20 years of working with music and theatre students, I have learned to work positively and constructively with students with ADHD, and found means to help them learn, interact, and perform effectively. From 1994 to 1998, my work in a program for gifted and talented middle schoolers helped me to understand that students can struggle with ADHD issues because of their giftedness, and I found that students struggled less with ADHD once their special gifts and talents were recognized, developed, harnessed, and directed for academic success. During the 2010-2012 school years, my school assignment included work in Content Mastery, where I tutored and mentored individual students with ADHD and helped them to understand concepts and complete work for all their classes. My experience with ADHD students, my familiarity with their particular strengths and weaknesses, and with advice from my special education colleagues, I learned to tap into each student's knowledge and abilities and to modify instruction to meet their individual needs. This experience with ADHD continues to serve me every day as an all-levels general subjects itinerate educator, as I need to quickly evaluate students' needs and determine their best learning approach. Finally, my graduate school work included specific training and research relating to ADHD, including legal and management considerations.
Special Needs,

Special Needs

As a long-time music and general subjects teacher, I have worked successfully with students' special needs in a variety of contexts. In more than 20 years of working with music students, I have learned to work positively and constructively with students of every background, including those having learning disabilities and other special needs, and found means to help them learn, interact, and perform effectively. From 1994 to 1998, my work included gifted and talented students in a special university-based program supervised by a Ph.D. psychologist. From the beginning of my initial training to become a certified teacher, I tutored special needs students, from preschool students with severe congenital disorders to secondary students whose special needs stemmed from dangerous accidents or other trauma. During the 2010-2012 school years, my assignment included work in Content Mastery, where I tutored individual students with learning disabilities and helped them to understand and complete work for all their classes. Due to my students' varied disabilities, academic strengths, and backgrounds, and with advice from my special education colleagues, I learned to tap into each student's knowledge and abilities and to modify instruction to meet their individual needs. This experience with special needs continues to serve me every day as an all-levels general subjects itinerate educator, needing to quickly evaluate students and determine their best learning approach. Finally, my graduate school work included specific training and research relating to students' special needs, especially ADHD, dyslexia, and autism spectrum disorders.
Speech,

Speech

As a communicator and speech-maker, I have both university training and practical experience, and my training also included recognizing and analyzing speech and language disorders. During my university education, besides basic courses in English Composition and Literature, I also took courses in Expository Writing and Speech Communication, both of which taught me how to research and organize ideas in such ways as to communicate information (Expository Writing) and persuasion (Speech Communication) most effectively. My teacher training in English-as-a-Second-Language and human development also improved my knowledge of the communication process, enabling me to know the signs and clues that can indicate how best to assist students in overcoming difficulties and acquiring more effective speech and language skills. Many years subsequently spent teaching students in general subjects, tutoring the SAT and other standardized essay/persuasion tests, and working as a reader/scorer of standardized essay/persuasion tests have buttressed my skills and secured my confidence in teaching students to use speech and language to express and communicate their ideas more effectively. Finally, having written and presented my own expository and persuasive speeches in public for various purposes, I possess an equitable blend of theory, practice, and methods for teaching the same to students.
Study Skills

Study Skills

A long-time certified all-levels educator with advanced pedagogy training, I performed well in both undergraduate and graduate courses and learned much about how students best learn at every stage of development. In particular, my coursework in Secondary Curriculum and Methods, Classroom Management, Human Growth and Development, Philosophical Foundations of Education, Strategies of Secondary Teaching, Evaluative Techniques, and courses in teaching reading in both elementary and secondary schools prepared me to use a variety of current rigorous and relevant techniques to help students organize their effort, work efficiently, and maximize their learning in every subject. I learned how to help students plan ahead and think strategically, to consider every parameter, every possibility, and every nuance to determine their best approach to each task. I have many years of experience helping students improve important study skills, such as reading more critically, taking great notes and organizing them effectively, planning their own homework and study sessions more effectively, reflecting on their own work and progress, and identifying areas for improvement and topics for further research, guiding students to utilize their best efforts very efficiently. As a zealous general educator, I am very competent and effective in every core subject, and my ability and desire to help students study successfully both transcends and encompasses all subjects, making me an ideal study skills tutor for students from elementary school through college.

Sports/Recreation

Chess

Chess

I have been a chess enthusiast since my middle school years, when my friends and I would play often on weekends and sometimes carry portable sets to school for use during our leisure hours. As I grew older, I learned more about the strategy of chess, and that one must learn to use knowledge of the movement of pieces to not only predict their opponents' possible moves, but also one's own responses to the same. For years since, I am often speculating about several moves ahead of my opponents and can quickly assess a player's skill - as well as the means for improving their skill. As a music teacher, I've realized that chess - like music - is a game of patterns. This connection I have used with my music students and found that their playing chess improves their overall musicality, while playing music helps them improve their chess playing. On a personal level, I have played chess with many people of many ages, including those "chess masters" who set up in the park to take on all comers. Sometimes I win and sometimes I lose, but I always learn from my mistakes, and my opponents often offered explanations and suggestions for improvement. I suppose that my experience learning from great players helps me to better teach the game!

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Since I was a child, my intuition about numbers, quantities, and mathematical relationships was evident. As I grew & learned, it was obvious that I easily understood algebraic & other mathematical principles. My course averages in algebra were among the best in my class, I gained a reputation as the one who would finish tests first, and my SAT Math score came out in the top 6% nationwide. College algebra courses then synthesized my command of basic operations & expanded my knowledge of higher operations. In business, I have constantly applied my knowledge of algebra toward making complex mental computations, formulating financial strategies, and solving a variety of problems quickly. This background has enabled me to assist many middle school, high school, and college students with algebra through tutoring & classroom support.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

A long time mathematician, I exhibited unusual talent from an early age, excelled in algebra during high school, scored in the top 6% on the SAT math section, and further developed my algebra skills in college. Throughout various careers, I have effectively applied my algebra skills toward streamlining my work. I have since used my knowledge of the K-12 math curriculum & current best instructional practices to successfully tutor many elementary, middle school, high school, and college students in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, improving their algebraic thinking & preparing them well for higher mathematics
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

As a state certified ESL (English as a second language) and music teacher, I have an endorsement to teach all grade levels, early childhood through grade 12. This means that I am well familiar with the developmental, social, and intellectual aspects of children of all ages. What's more, I am also state certified to teach general academic subjects to students in grades 4 through 8. Though most of my experience is with those middle grade students, I have also worked often as a public school tutor and substitute teacher in Kindergarten through third grade, reinforcing and supporting students' general academic learning. Though I am a strong English language arts teacher, my math and science instruction is superb and social studies may be my best subject. My graduate training included curriculum design at all levels, and I specialize in integrating all the content areas and technology into project-based lessons.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Being a state-certified, all-levels ESL teacher - with classroom ESL teaching experience - and having advanced training in applied linguistics, I understand how to help students of all ages develop & improve their command of English. In addition, my early childhood writing experiences, my advanced language learning - including both English & German, and my experience assessing student standardized writing tests not only prepare me to assist with comprehensive language learning, but also make me sensitive to the stress students face when learning language.
GED,

GED

My general education knowledge & skills are so varied & solid, and I have so much experience teaching & tutoring students in Kindergarten through college, that I can offer training in every subject at any level appropriate for each student's current level of attainment. As a certified middle school generalist & all-levels ESL instructor, my knowledge, skills, and instruction in language arts, math, science, and social studies are strong, and my experience in many different careers gives me the ability to direct students in interesting practical applications of academic skills. Due to my background in psychology & learning development, I learn about each student's interests & personality, and design custom work that both interests them & meets their academic needs. This background has taught me the value of integrating several subjects into interesting, real-world academic projects that increase the effectiveness of student learning. I know that students learn best when their work is interesting, fun, and relevant to their experience. My teaching experience enables me to provide study skills support, advice on organizing work to best meet students' general educational goals, and other means to enrich learning. My broad academic training, my teaching experience at all levels, and my advanced teacher training enable me help middle school & high school students prepare for high school & college success.
Geometry,

Geometry

I exhibited talent in math from an early age & remember grasping mathematical concepts quickly & easily. In high school geometry, I immediately realized that the logic, proofs, relationships, and processes easily made sense to me, and I earned a high average without special effort. When I took the SAT, my math score was in the top 6% in the nation. Though not a math major in college, I nonetheless continued my math study & deepened my command of the logic, processes, and practical applications of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics. I have since used my talent & knowledge in geometry to perform my job functions, beginning with my first professional job as a surveyor's assistant. Surveying being a practical application of geometry, I performed that job exceptionally well & learned much from the surveyor. Since becoming a teacher, I've tutored math students of every age & level of development, and my knowledge of the math curriculum has enabled me to help students progress efficiently from arithmetic, through algebra, to geometry, trigonometry, and beyond.
Piano,

Piano

I was a university undergraduate music major for three years and studied piano for a total of 6 semester hours during that time. I learned and developed excellent basic technique, including appropriate fingerings, hand positions, use of the pedal, posture, and elementary piano literature, and I performed a jury examination at the end of each semester. I learned to sightread and improvise simple accompaniments, which I often use in the course of my string instrument teaching, and I've used my piano skills as musical director of stage musicals. As a state certified music teacher, specializing in instrumental music, I consider piano an important basic instrument to use with children, and I have often used it in my classroom to demonstrate literature, music theory, and harmony. While I am not a professional piano performer, I've learned the basic lessons of the piano well enough that I am able to prepare beginning and intermediate pianists to study with professional pianists.
Reading,

Reading

Literacy affects student performance in every subject, so my varied reading experience in every subject, superior analytical skill, uncommon reading comprehension, advanced training in teaching English literacy in all subjects (grades K-12), my knowledge of all content areas, and my experience teaching & tutoring emerging readers through high school & college prepare me well to assist both young readers & students of all ages who wish to increase their reading skill. As a former middle school teacher with ESL training & experience, an all-subjects substitute teacher, and a general subjects tutor who enjoys helping students perform better, I possess the background, experience, advanced training, and desire to help students read better. My special skills include up-to-date best practices in evaluative & instructional techniques, and I excel at understanding classroom teachers' plans & strategies, which enable me to know how to best reinforce my students' work at school.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Though I'm qualified in all core content, mathematics came naturally for me and has been my strongest subject. I somehow found high school algebra and geometry to be very easy, and I scored in the top 6% of the nation on SAT Math. In college, I continued my math training with pre-calculus, linear algebra, statistics, and business analysis, and used my deep understanding of math for years as a manager and salesman after graduation. Now, as a teacher, I find that my previous real-world experience using math every day enables me to help students find a way to apply the principles of logic to manipulate numbers and equations. Recently, in graduate school, I learned to use statistics and research design principles to resolve research questions, an experience that further deepened my command of mathematical concepts, and, in another of my major courses, I was an integral member of a team that analyzed the standards and objectives, designed and planned instruction, and created assessments for an entire unit of high school linear algebra. Finally, my test-taking strategies are very clever, and I can share a variety of tips to ensure that my students think carefully and check their own work accurately.
Statistics,

Statistics

As a very capable mathematician, I have for many years applied my knowledge of statistics to various situations in which analysis was useful. When I was a restaurant & retail manager, I used statistics & business analysis skills I learned in college to describe & understand the performance of my stores. As a teacher, I used statistical analysis to interpret my students' standardized test performance data. Serving two years on my campus' improvement committee, it was my duty to use test score data & demographic data to recommend specific areas for improvement. In graduate school I had to strengthen my knowledge of statistics, so I took further courses & hired a tutor to make certain that I understood. Great professors in statistics & research design enabled me not only to learn to use statistical analysis to understand the methods & conclusions of scientific papers, but also to integrate statistical analysis into my own research designs.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

A long-time certified all-levels educator with advanced pedagogy training, I performed well in both undergraduate and graduate courses and learned much about how students best learn at every stage of development. In particular, my coursework in Secondary Curriculum and Methods, Classroom Management, Human Growth and Development, Philosophical Foundations of Education, Strategies of Secondary Teaching, Evaluative Techniques, and courses in teaching reading in both elementary and secondary schools prepared me to use a variety of current rigorous and relevant techniques to help students organize their effort, work efficiently, and maximize their learning in every subject. I learned how to help students plan ahead and think strategically, to consider every parameter, every possibility, and every nuance to determine their best approach to each task. I have many years of experience helping students improve important study skills, such as reading more critically, taking great notes and organizing them effectively, planning their own homework and study sessions more effectively, reflecting on their own work and progress, and identifying areas for improvement and topics for further research, guiding students to utilize their best efforts very efficiently. As a zealous general educator, I am very competent and effective in every core subject, and my ability and desire to help students study successfully both transcends and encompasses all subjects, making me an ideal study skills tutor for students from elementary school through college.
Writing,

Writing

As a teacher, I've often taught students to express themselves verbally and through writing. Writing may stand on its own as a topic of study and practice, but, because language is commonly used for communication in every field of human endeavor, it directly affects all other subjects. Thus, my training and experience teaching various subjects - and how to write for those subjects - and my previous work as a journalist, reviewer, editor, and paralegal, have given me a broad understanding of writing for a variety of purposes, which I enjoy imparting to students. Other work and leisure activities have also given me useful writing experiences. As a merchandiser and marketing technician, I often wrote reports that had to be clear, concise, and technically correct - there was no room for elaboration or error. As an active Yelper, my reviews are respected by and useful to fellow patrons of businesses. I've created professional blogs and websites, commented on those of others, and I've scored perfectly on standardized writing tests, subsequently worked as a writing scorer for a standardized testing company. What I learned about standardized writing tests enables me to better assist students at every level. Finally, as a graduate student focused on research and writing, I studied the reading-writing connection, learned and practiced every aspect of the writing process, learned how to best help students improve their research & written expression, and came to view the internet as a substantial opportunity for students to write and collaborate. I'm familiar with every major writing format, including MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian.
Macroeconomics, Microeconomics

Test Preparation

ASVAB,

ASVAB

As I high school and college student, I took the ASVAB on two different occasions when I considered enlisting in the Army or Marine Corps. After I became a teacher, I served as test administrator and testing monitor for a variety of standardized tests - including the ASVAB - and I have since tutored others in preparing for the ASVAB.
GED,

GED

My general education knowledge & skills are so varied & solid, and I have so much experience teaching & tutoring students in Kindergarten through college, that I can offer training in every subject at any level appropriate for each student's current level of attainment. As a certified middle school generalist & all-levels ESL instructor, my knowledge, skills, and instruction in language arts, math, science, and social studies are strong, and my experience in many different careers gives me the ability to direct students in interesting practical applications of academic skills. Due to my background in psychology & learning development, I learn about each student's interests & personality, and design custom work that both interests them & meets their academic needs. This background has taught me the value of integrating several subjects into interesting, real-world academic projects that increase the effectiveness of student learning. I know that students learn best when their work is interesting, fun, and relevant to their experience. My teaching experience enables me to provide study skills support, advice on organizing work to best meet students' general educational goals, and other means to enrich learning. My broad academic training, my teaching experience at all levels, and my advanced teacher training enable me help middle school & high school students prepare for high school & college success.
GRE,

GRE

As a college graduate who attended graduate school, I have prepared for and taken the GRE. During my teaching and tutoring career, I have helped many college students improve their reading, writing, analysis, algebra, trigonometry, and geometry skills, all of which prepared them for graduate work and the GRE. I have particularly helped students prepare for the GRE Math section.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Though I'm qualified in all core content, mathematics came naturally for me and has been my strongest subject. I somehow found high school algebra and geometry to be very easy, and I scored in the top 6% of the nation on SAT Math. In college, I continued my math training with pre-calculus, linear algebra, statistics, and business analysis, and used my deep understanding of math for years as a manager and salesman after graduation. Now, as a teacher, I find that my previous real-world experience using math every day enables me to help students find a way to apply the principles of logic to manipulate numbers and equations. Recently, in graduate school, I learned to use statistics and research design principles to resolve research questions, an experience that further deepened my command of mathematical concepts, and, in another of my major courses, I was an integral member of a team that analyzed the standards and objectives, designed and planned instruction, and created assessments for an entire unit of high school linear algebra. Finally, my test-taking strategies are very clever, and I can share a variety of tips to ensure that my students think carefully and check their own work accurately.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

My most relevant qualification for teaching the SAT Writing and Essay sections is at least 6 years directly teaching them to about a dozen high school students, and my success was demonstrated when the younger brother of one of my SAT students hired me to do the same for him. In the course of teaching the SAT, I've kept track of the changes in the test and format, and I made specific, detailed studies of every official College Board SAT practice test, as well as the essay scoring rubric. I also have academic qualifications for teaching the SAT Writing and Essay sections. As a certified English-as-a-Second-Language instructor, my training included academic English, with a special study of writing for various purposes. During my teaching career, I often taught writing in context - outside the English class - so that students learned to apply writing to practical and technical situations. Finally, having served as a standardized writing test scorer, I have a deep understanding of how the SAT and other writing tests are arranged and measured, so that I teach students how to monitor and evaluate their own writing with accuracy and objectivity.
STAAR,

STAAR

My most relevant qualification for teaching the STAAR is my 15 years directly tutoring students, ages 9-14, in preparation for all sections of the test. In the course of teaching, I've kept track of the changes in the test and format, made a specific, detailed study of the essay scoring rubric, and helped many students perform their best on the STAAR. My academic qualifications include teacher certifications for all subjects in 4th-8th grades, and English-as-a-Second-Language for all grade levels, and my university training included Math, Social Studies, and English, with a special study of writing for various purposes. Finally, having served as a STAAR writing test scorer, I have a deep understanding of how the STAAR is designed and measured, so that I teach students how to use sound testing strategies, how to monitor their work, and how to more accurately provide the best responses to any kind of test question.
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, PSAT, SAT Reading, TOEFL

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Knowledgeable, pleasant and observant.

I learned first lesson fundamentals, (holding instrument and bow, first left hand pattern) plus what to practice. Nice introduction, I am now a two week violinist (the family is petitioning the city for noise abatement)..... actually, that which I assumed would be the most difficult part isn't, given great direction (thanks Kyle)...

Henry, 3 lessons with Kyle

Very Patient and Smart

Kyle does a great job explaining things. I’m take a college course, Psycology Statistics Research and Design. He’s very knowledable and patient. I would suggest him to anyone.

Katy, 3 lessons with Kyle

Very good with my very active 3rd grader. Shows up on time and tutoring is helping with my son's reading.

He is working hard to bring my very active 3rd grader up to grade level. He is always well prepared and David enjoys the lessons and looks forward to the lessons.

Linda, 30 lessons with Kyle

Quick , knowledgeable and patient!

I needed help in an area of math no one knows! Texas Appraisal Math! However, he quickly read up on it and became a pro at it right in front of me! He was able to quickly learn and grasp the concept and then immediately teach it to me so that I could Also understand. Im very impressed

Tosha, 1 lesson with Kyle

Kyle is Great!

Kyle tutored my oldest son for SAT prep. We decided to work with Kyle because he was one of the few tutors that could work with him in both Math and English concepts. In each session he helped with my son identify and fill in knowledge gaps while also giving SAT test strategies and pointers. My son ultimately did great the second time he sat for the SAT. Now Kyle is working with my youngest son and I'm confident that we'll have similar results!

Serenity, 27 lessons with Kyle

Knowledgeable and patient

Kyle showed me how to understand my math assignment in a simple way. I feel more confident going forward. I look forward in working with Kyle in the future. I was stressed and frustrated with my math homework before Kyle taught how to do the problems. After Kyle left I was able to complete my homework.

Roberta, 2 lessons with Kyle

Incredible tutor

Incredible tutor, Patient, trustworthy, caring and very knowledgeable. Kyle knows how to simplify things so that the student can understand. Kyle does not make me feel bad when I have trouble understanding something. He is definitely the right tutor for the job!

James, 3 lessons with Kyle

Highly recommend - very proactive with lessons and great with my ADHD daughter

My daughter was really struggling with math and has ADHD so her attention span and organizational skills are a bit to be desired...from the first lesson, Kyle was able to connect well with her, adjust his lesson according to her deficits, and do so in a way which worked well for a child with ADHD. He explained concepts in different ways to ensure she'd understand, he brought his own materials, and worked with tests and homework she had from school. He also worked with her on organization. He was very engaging, and did not need me (or her) to tell him specifically what to do--rather, he worked with her to figure out what needed help and stepped right in. My daughter's grade in math has improved significantly. I wouldn't hesitate to call Kyle if your child needs math help!

Penelope, 4 lessons with Kyle

Great assesment on individual progress

Kyle is a great tutor. He does have a very good thought process on getting to know my daughter's strengths and particular weaknesses. Has great vocabulary towards the subject at hand. My daughter feels very comfortable and optimistic in her progress.

Scott, 4 lessons with Kyle
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