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Dennis K.

Enumclaw, WA

$40/hour

Patient, Experienced Excel Tutor Also Tutors ESL

Background check passed as of 2/22/13
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University of Washington
Political Science
Seattle University College of Education
EdD

Education

University of Washington (Political Science)

Seattle University College of Education (EdD)

About Dennis

People and learning are what make life interesting and meaningful. I work well with people of various sizes, shapes, colors, ages and cultures. Everyone learns more in a relaxed, casual and spontaneous environment. When I can, I involve the student and his or her background in the examples, which I have found to be a sure-fire way to increase interest and participation. I remain patient and positive at all times. Seeing features just once is not enough, so when I can, I leave the student with good practice exercises to do in their own time at their own pace. This helps retain the information and decreases the amount of lesson time, saving the student substantial cost.

I attended an excellent Catholic grade school and an excellent Catholic high school (Seattle Prep). Those schools stressed math, grammar, punctuation and reading skills. We were taught from the first grade to write with proper grammar, spelling and punctuation at all times. Word choices and math skills were also stressed. I have a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington.

I worked in and taught electronics electronics for 9 years, which requires a broad use of math: Fractions, decimals, percentages, algebra, trigonometry. For 11 years I trained Boeing employees in Word, Excel, Windows, Internet, and PowerPoint at the various Boeing plants.

I taught and tutored all the above plus Business Math and Business Communication (clear and effective writing) at a local college. These classes were very small (3-8 students). This is where I did lots of tutoring in a drop-in lab setting. Individual students would come in for tutoring in any or all of these subjects. I enjoyed it even more than teaching, as it gave me the opportunity to know the student as a person, not just a student.

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People and learning are what make life interesting and meaningful. I work well with people of various sizes, shapes, colors, ages and cultures. Everyone learns more in a relaxed, casual and spontaneous environment. When I can, I involve the student and his or her background in the examples, which I have found to be a sure-fire way to increase Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Enumclaw, WA 98022
Background Check: Passed
Math:
Algebra 1, Microsoft Excel,
Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, SAT Math
Computer:
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Phonics, Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Writing

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.

Grammar

I attended a Catholic grade school and a Catholic high school in Seattle. Both of these schools stressed literary skills. Everything we wrote had to be in complete sentences using proper grammar, spelling and punctuation. There is a difference between LET’S EAT GRAMMA and LET’S EAT, GRAMMA.

I have used this knowledge throughout my life. I taught Business Communications for nine years, stressing the proper use of writing to help create a professional yet friendly tone.

Word choices can also be profoundly important. You want to choose wording that conveys your message and, if possible, leaves the reader feeling good about your message. A good relationship can hinge on your choice of words.

If proper use of these principles creates clear and effective writing, why not use them in all of your written communications, even emails? Is there ever a time you don’t want to be clear and effective in your writing? Good writing is not just for journalists and novelists. It’s for everyone.

Microsoft Excel

I taught Excel from 1991 until last year. In 1991, I began contracting with Green River Community College as an Instructor/Consultant, training primarily Boeing Commercial Aircraft personnel in Word, Excel, Windows, Internet, Access and PowerPoint. I went to almost every Boeing plant in the Puget Sound area, training employees from every department of Boeing imaginable: Human Resources, fire fighters, sales staff, crash investigators, engineers, office personnel, programmers, accountants, production employees, security personnel, flight engineers. Excel was their primary interest.

The contract work ended in 2003. I was immediately offered a position with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe teaching all the above. These classes were very small (3-10 students). This is where I did lots of tutoring in a drop-in lab setting. Individual students would come in for tutoring in any or all of these subjects. Again, Excel was the primary focus of their interest.

I enjoyed it even more than teaching, as it gave me the opportunity to know the student in a more personal way that does not happen in a traditional classroom environment.

I can tailor Excel to one's specific needs. I have lots of examples to show Excel’s power yet ease of use. I can leave the student with practice examples to do on the student's own time and own pace.

Proofreading

As the Business Communication instructor at Muckleshoot Tribal College (2003-2012), I had each student write a response to 10 emails, each dealing with a difficult situation. Their objective was to address the problem with a positive attitude and a potential solution. They had to address the following ideas in every email response:

What does their message want me to know?
What does their message want me to believe?
What does their message want me to do?
What does their message want me to feel?
Did the choice of certain critical words help in developing the message?
Did the message achieve its intended objectives?

I would proofread each one not only for the above questions, but also for mechanics (grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.) as well as the general tone (the overall feeling of the message).

Reading

I attended a Catholic grade school and a Catholic high school in Seattle. Both these schools stressed literary skills. We had to prove that we understood each paragraph by writing one complete sentence, stating what the main idea of the paragraph was. This made us pay close attention to what we read and very aware of the fine differences between words of similar meaning. It also did wonders in expanding our vocabulary.

I have used this knowledge throughout my life. I taught Business Communications for nine years, stressing the importance of understanding what someone had written, including the tone, which often contains a message of its own.

Good reading is not just for parents and teachers; it’s for everyone.

Vocabulary

I attended a Catholic grade school and a Catholic high school in Seattle. Both of these schools stressed literary skills. Everything we wrote had to be in complete sentences using proper grammar, spelling and punctuation. There is a difference between LET’S EAT GRAMMA and LET’S EAT, GRAMMA.

I have used this knowledge throughout my life. I taught Business Communications for nine years, stressing the proper use of writing to help create a professional yet friendly tone.

Word choices can also be profoundly important. You want to choose wording that conveys your message and, if possible, leaves the reader feeling good about your message. A good relationship can hinge on your choice of words.

If proper use of these principles creates clear and effective writing, why not use them in all of your written communications, even emails? Is there ever a time you don’t want to be clear and effective in your writing? Good writing is not just for journalists and novelists. It’s for everyone.

Writing

I attended a Catholic grade school and a Catholic high school in Seattle. Both of these schools stressed literary skills. Everything we wrote had to be in complete sentences using proper grammar, spelling and punctuation. There is a difference between LET’S EAT GRAMMA and LET’S EAT, GRAMMA.

I have used this knowledge throughout my life. I taught Business Communications for nine years, stressing the proper use of writing to help create a professional yet friendly tone.

Word choices can also be profoundly important. You want to choose wording that conveys your message and, if possible, leaves the reader feeling good about your message. A good relationship can hinge on your choice of words.

If proper use of these principles creates clear and effective writing, why not use them in all of your written communications, even emails? Is there ever a time you don’t want to be clear and effective in your writing? Good writing is not just for journalists and novelists; it’s for everyone.

University of Washington
Political Science
Seattle University College of Education
EdD

Education

University of Washington (Political Science)

Seattle University College of Education (EdD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Dennis will travel within 5 miles of Enumclaw, WA 98022.