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Dave J.

Leesburg, VA

$55/hour

Experienced Analyst and Expert User - MS Office, Excel, Access and VBA

Background check passed as of 10/20/15
4.9 average from 28 ratings
Knowledgeable and great communicator
— Emily, Kansas City, MO on 11/7/16

$55/Hour


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University of Maryland
Mechanical Engineer
US Navy Instructor Training School
Other
US Navy Nuclear Power School
Other

Education

University of Maryland (Mechanical Engineer)

US Navy Instructor Training School (Other)

US Navy Nuclear Power School (Other)

About Dave

I am passionate about learning. I also love to teach, and somewhere along the way, I discovered that I am good at it. There are many things that go into being "good at it." Obviously you need to have mastered the subject matter, but that is not enough. You must also be able to relate it in a way that is relevant and engaging. Finally, you must be understanding and patient. A sense of humor certainly doesn't hurt either. My education as an engineer, 25+ years of experiences in my professional life, and personality make me a good fit to be a tutor.

I specialize in subjects that help people to be more productive - specifically Microsoft Office products including Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). I've been using these products my entire career, and my goal during that time has been to maximize their effectiveness so that I can focus on my core business. In that time, I've become the "go-to-guy" for how to get things done. Whether you are trying to improve your overall proficiency, have a specific task in mind, or are facing a deadline at work with no clue how to get started (or finished), I can be YOUR "go-to-guy."

As the owner of my own business, I generally have flexibility in my schedule. While it's nice to plan weeks in advance, I'm usually able to respond to very short term requests. The ability to connect online not only makes that possible, but very easy. If desired, I'm also available to meet face-to-face at a location of your choosing.

I understand that tutoring can be expensive, and you are of course, looking to get the best value for your dollar. To provide you with that best value, I like to have a brief discussion before the first lesson (either by phone or e-mail) to understand what your goals are. I will request that you send me any applicable files so that I can look over them before we meet. This prep time is factored into my rate, so you only pay for the time spent tutoring (unless we make other arrangements). If any of the material is company proprietary or sensitive, I will be happy to sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) before we start.

Since I've started tutoring, a couple of people have pointed out that they chose me because my experiences and skills made me a good fit for their specific task(s). Specifically, I am a Program Manager (PMP certified) and am knowledgeable about schedules, budgets, Earned Value (EV) and risk. I'm no stranger to PowerPoint as it seemed like I was constantly briefing the status of something. I'm also a veteran so I understand the military structure and language that goes along with it.

In closing, I'm friendly, patient and love what I do. I welcome the opportunity to meet and discuss how I can help you succeed.
I am passionate about learning. I also love to teach, and somewhere along the way, I discovered that I am good at it. There are many things that go into being "good at it." Obviously you need to have mastered the subject matter, but that is not enough. You must also be able to relate it in a way that is relevant and engaging. Finally, you must be Read more

Policies
Cancellation
16 hours notice required

- I'm willing to negotiate rates based upon circumstances (groups, multiple lessons, etc...)

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Leesburg, VA 20176
Background Check: Passed

"Knowledgeable and great communicator"

- Emily, Kansas City, MO on 11/7/16

"Great with Excel"

- Kannan, Vienna, VA on 12/7/16

"Dave J. explained concepts clearly"

- Brian, Arlington, VA on 6/6/16

"Thinks on his feet and very knowledgable"

- Michelle, Malibu, CA on 11/28/15
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Access,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Outlook,
Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Project,
Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Visual Basic
Business:
Business, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word, Project Management

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Microsoft Access

I have used MS Access in my professional career as an engineer, program manager and consultant spanning 25+ years. I’ve developed stand-alone desktop databases, custom web apps and Automation programs combining Access with Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Project using VBA. I’ve split databases, placing the back-end on a server, and connected multiple front-ends with up to 10 users at a time. Access is also very useful to quickly import Excel information, perform queries and export the results back to Excel. I've taught and tutored all levels of Access.

Microsoft Excel

I am qualified to tutor Excel because I know it, use it and teach it at an expert level. I am currently using Office 365 and Excel 2013 in my own work, but have used every version since Office 97. Between my own needs, and those of my clients, I have used most of Excel's built-in functionality and have also extended its capability using VBA. My approach to tutoring Excel is to find out what you want to learn and then explain and demonstrate all of the options available.

Microsoft Outlook

I have used Outlook in my entire professional career. As a consultant, I teach that you need to let the tools do the heavy lifting, keep you organized and save time. I've taught and tutored other professionals on how to get the most out of Outlook so that they can focus on their core business. Using VB, I've also had other programs (primarily Excel and Access) send e-mails and tally results from received e-mails.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I've been using PowerPoint on a daily basis for 25+ years. In that time, I've mastered essentially every feature and have also used VBA to further extend PowerPoint's functionality. Realizing early on that creating presentations can take a large amount of time, I created templates and have also linked Excel and Access to automatically populate slides. If you are interested in learning PowerPoint, or ratcheting your level of knowledge up a notch, I can help.

Microsoft Project

MS Project is a relatively easy program to learn, but difficult to master. As a program manager of multi-million dollar programs, I learned and became a fluent in MS Project. I’ve imported and exported data from Access and Excel and have used VBA to extend its functionality even further. Ironically, I've failed many times using Project and had to keep at it until I figured it out. Those failures are how I became an expert at it. I’ve taught and tutored all levels of MS Project.

Visual Basic

Visual Basic is the common language behind all of MS Office Products and I have used it with every program - not only to extend the functionality of each program, but to have the programs work together. If you can achieve a level of 10 by using a single MS application, you can achieve a level of 100 by using VB. I have tutored and taught all levels of VB.

University of Maryland
Mechanical Engineer
US Navy Instructor Training School
Other
US Navy Nuclear Power School
Other

Education

University of Maryland (Mechanical Engineer)

US Navy Instructor Training School (Other)

US Navy Nuclear Power School (Other)

Knowledgeable and great communicator — He cares about making sure you understand every part of the program and not just how to get the easy answer. He's great at organizing his thoughts and working through any question step by step so you can follow him. If you aren't going with Dave, you're doing it wrong! ...

— Emily, Kansas City, MO on 11/7/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 16 hours notice required

- I'm willing to negotiate rates based upon circumstances (groups, multiple lessons, etc...)

Travel policy

Dave will travel within 40 miles of Leesburg, VA 20176.