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Bob R.

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Senior Intelligence Analyst for Writing and U.S. History Tutoring

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university of washington-seattle
Psychology
Idaho State University
Master's
University of California-Davis
Graduate Coursework

Education

university of washington-seattle (Psychology)

Idaho State University (Master's)

University of California-Davis (Graduate Coursework)

About Bob

I have a Master's degree from Idaho State University. I am a senior intelligence analyst with over 33 years experience as an U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) intelligence officer, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian analyst and private defense contractor. I have provided intelligence and crisis support for the office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD), U.S. Joint Combatant Commands, U.S. Military Services, the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), National Security Council (NSC) staff, senior U.S. State Department officials, U.S. Congressional staff, and members of the Intelligence Community (IC).

I have mentored junior analysts in critical thinking and analysis, writing articles and briefings for a wide spectrum of audiences and crafting short (1-3 pages) executive-level papers. To me, there is no greater achievement than crafting or editing a tightly written, well reasoned and organized product. I am currently training as a full-time DoD analytical writing instructor.

I have an Associates degree in history, and am an experienced United States high school history tutor. I have studied and read extensively on both U.S. and World History. I especially have a passion for military history, which provides me with a unique perspective to understand the interconnected nature of past events.

Please feel free to contact me with your specific tutoring requirements. Let me know how I can help you meet your individual needs.
I have a Master's degree from Idaho State University. I am a senior intelligence analyst with over 33 years experience as an U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) intelligence officer, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian analyst and private defense contractor. I have provided intelligence and crisis support for the office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Read more

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Group rates: - Two students - $30/hour - Three students - $25/hour

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Alexandria, VA 22310
Background Check: Passed
Science:
Psychology
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Vocabulary

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American History

I have an Associates (AA) degree in history, and have voraciously read and studied history throughout my life. My special interest is military history, both United States and World areas of concentration. I have visited many of the European and American battle sites which I have studied. Recently I have focused on the U.S. Civil War, and the causes that led to that conflict. I am also knowledgeable in Ancient World History (especially Greek and Roman) and Modern (1800-present) U.S. and World events. Here is a list of the history courses I have taken:

(1) Vietnam: The War Years - Highline Community College (HCC) (1987); (2) History Of The Soviet Union - University of Maryland (UM) (extension course - West Germany) (1985); (3) World War II - UM (1984); (4) Experience Of World War I - UM (1983); (5) Wars Of The Modern Middle East - University of Washington (UW) (1981); (6) War And Society - UW (1980); (7) History Of The Ancient World - UW (1978).

Books I have recently read include: (1) The Secret War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War (1998) by Edwin C. Fishel; (2) Battleship at War: The Epic Story of the USS Washington (1986) by Ivan Musicant.

History-related trips I have taken recently: (1) Antietam battlefield tour (August 2016).

Self-testing information:

(1) In March 2016, I took a practice paper and pencil College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam on History of the United States: Early Colonization to 1877. This exam appeared in the College Board 2014 CLEP Official Study Guide.

With one day's worth of test preparation, I achieved a raw score of 63 correct answers out of 87 total questions, an 72.41% accuracy rate. Though the formula to transform raw scores into CLEP final scaled scores is unavailable to the general public (note: and is highly protected by the testing companies), my research seems to indicate that my scaled score would be around 74, giving me an exam letter grade somewhere within the A range.

(2) In late March 2016, I took an Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History multiple choice (mc) question practice test (paper and pencil version). This exam appeared in the 2014 McGraw Hill AP History study guide. In this version of the AP exam, mc questions counted for 50% of the total exam grade.

With half a day's preparation, I correctly answered 62 (77.5%) of the total 80 mc questions. This raw score converted into a weighted score of 69.75/90. My converted weighted score was within that of the top 14% of all students taking the 2014 exam. Additionally, only 11% of students taking the 2014 exam received a overall final grade of 5 (extremely well qualified) on the complete AP test.

Mostly importantly, my weighted score fell within the 66-78/90 score range for 2014 results. This indicated that, based solely on my mc answers, I had a 60.8% probability of being within the group that achieved a 5 on the complete AP test.

Bottom line: based on my practice exam performance, I am extremely well qualified in AP-level U.S. History knowledge.

English

I have several years of experience writing articles for senior U.S. Government officials and for general Defense Department audiences.

Geography

As a retired U.S. Army officer and former Department of Defense civilian employee, I have developed detailed knowledge of most areas of the world. This is especially true of Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Through my own readings, I have also been exposed to every region on earth. And I certainly understand the geography of the United States very well. Technically speaking, I am most familiar with physical geography (topography and hydrography). In March 2016, I scored 96% on a practice, online Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) World Geography exam. I took the exam 'cold turkey,' without any pretest study or preparation.

Government & Politics

In March 2016, I took a practice paper and pencil College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam on American Government. This exam appeared in the College Board 2014 CLEP Official Study Guide.

With little prior test preparation, I achieved a raw score of 71 correct answers out of 80 total questions, an 88.75% accuracy rate. Though the formula to transform raw scores into CLEP final scaled scores is unavailable to the general public (note: and is highly protected by the testing companies), my research seems to indicate that my results were somewhere in the A- to A scaled score grade range.

Grammar

I completed the college level English course Grammar Of The English Sentence (credit/no credit grading only) at the University of Washington (1981). My writing experience and coursework/training is additional evidence of my long term proper grammar usage. Please see my Qualifications in the Writing section and my Tutor Profile for further details.

Proofreading

As a federal civilian employee or assigned U.S. Army Reservist (USAR), I have completed the following internal training courses while at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Washington, DC: (1) Critical Thinking And Structured Analysis (CTSA) (2006); (2) Analytical Writing For Intelligence Producers (2004); (3) Analytic Skills: Argument Evaluation (2001); (4) Writing For The Military Intelligence Digest (MID) (2000); (5) Executive Briefing For Professionals (2000); (6) Structured, Logical Writing For Analysts And Professionals (2000). As part of the curriculum for the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) - USAR, I completed the graduate school level Senior Leaders Communication Skills course (1995). While earning my Masters degree at Idaho State University (ISU), I audited a Biology Department Seminar In College Teaching (1992). In college at the University of Washington (UW), I passed a Honors English course on Advanced Expository Writing with a grade of 3.4 (4.0 scale) (1977). I also completed several other college level writing, speech and logic courses at the UW (1976-1981).

Psychology

I have a masters (MS) degree in general-experimental psychology, and have done social/personality psychology coursework in a PhD program.

Vocabulary

As part of my professional writing career, I have developed a very large vocabulary. In February 2016, I took a self-administered, paper and pencil version of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), the test used to determine eligibility to enter the U.S. military. One of the ASVAB subtests - Word Knowledge (WK) - is the vocabulary portion of the ASVAB. On my self-test, I had a near-perfect (one wrong!) WK score. As an ASVAB tutor, I also maintain an extensive vocabulary list of several thousand words for WK training.

World History

I have an Associates (AA) degree in history, and have voraciously read and studied history throughout my life. My special interest is military history, both United States and World areas of concentration. I have visited many of the World War I and World War II European battle sites which I have studied. I am also knowledgeable in Ancient World History (especially Greek and Roman), English History and Modern (1800-present) U.S. and World events. But whatever the time period or location, I'm sure to have some general knowledge of the topic. Below is a list of the world history courses I have taken:

(1) Vietnam: The War Years - Highline Community College (HCC) (1987) [note: tutoring focus on both the U.S.-Vietnamese conflict and on international actions]; (2) History Of The Soviet Union - University of Maryland (UM) (extension course - West Germany) (1985); (3) World War II - UM (1984); (4) Experience Of World War I - UM (1983); (5) Wars Of The Modern Middle East - University of Washington (UW) (1981); (6) War And Society - UW (1980); (7) History Of The Ancient World - UW (1978).

Books I have recently read include:

(1) The Great Armies of Antiquity (2002) by Richard A. Gabriel; (2) The Complete Roman Army (2003) by Adrian Goldsworthy.

Writing

I have several years of experience writing articles for senior U.S. Government officials and for general Defense Department audiences. As a federal civilian employee or assigned U.S. Army Reservist (USAR), I have completed the following internal training courses while at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Washington, DC: (1) Critical Thinking And Structured Analysis (CTSA) (2006); (2) Analytical Writing For Intelligence Producers (2004); (3) Analytic Skills: Argument Evaluation (2001); (4) Writing For The Military Intelligence Digest (MID) (2000); (5) Executive Briefing For Professionals (2000); (6) Structured, Logical Writing For Analysts And Professionals (2000). As part of the curriculum for the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) - USAR, I completed the graduate school level Senior Leaders Communication Skills course (1995). While earning my Masters degree at Idaho State University (ISU), I audited a Biology Department Seminar In College Teaching (1992). In college at the University of Washington (UW), I passed a Honors English course on Advanced Expository Writing with a grade of 3.4 (4.0 scale) (1977). I also completed several other college level writing, speech and logic courses at the UW (1976-1981).

university of washington-seattle
Psychology
Idaho State University
Master's
University of California-Davis
Graduate Coursework

Education

university of washington-seattle (Psychology)

Idaho State University (Master's)

University of California-Davis (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Group rates: - Two students - $30/hour - Three students - $25/hour

Travel policy

Bob will travel within 10 miles of Alexandria, VA 22310.