California State University Long Beach (English)
California State University Long Beach (Master's)
University of Iowa (PhD)
I specialize in tutoring ADHD students and others who must struggle against a system seems to be designed to exclude them and places enormous barriers that impede their development and achievement. These others include minority students and students who must cope with learning disabilities and/or with mental health issues. I must be clear: I do not provide therapy. Rather, I help clients develop strategies for managing their academic work and succeeding at it in spite of whatever obstacles are in their way.
What makes me stand out as a tutor for ADHD students is that I am ADHD myself, having received a diagnosis very late in life (at age 45). I GET it!
I take a very positive approach to ADHD. I call it, instead, Attention Excess GIFT. Rather than being a deficit of attention, we actually have an excess: we attend to far much more information in our environments and inside our heads than others do because we are so very much interested in so many different things. It is a gift because we end up being much more well-rounded people than those who can put their noses to the grindstone on a small group of subjects or information sets.
We encounter problems primarily because our different way of processing information conflicts with the expectations of existing institutions and social relationships. In order to manage that difference and still succeed, we must find ways to adapt.
As a consequence of my positivity with respect to ADHD I am able to reach others who are struggling with it and help them to turn their work patterns around. I get it. I know what it feels like and I know it is possible to succeed in spite of it. I also know it is not something to feel badly about, not something that makes us “less than” others. Indeed, most of us are extremely bright!
In addition I take an approach to tutoring others for whom the educational system is alienating that incorporates critical theory and cultural criticism in order to help students understand and cope with their alienation. I specialize in providing supports to women and minority candidates who must struggle with racial, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity issues that impinge upon their sense of self worth and that compound the struggles related to their ADHD.
I am a former college professor with a PhD in mass communications. I taught college level courses at various locations around the country, including various campuses of the California State University, the State University of New York (Brockport campus), Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology, Augustana College (Rock Island, IL), and the University of Iowa (as a doctoral student), and more recently the University of Maryland extension campus online.
My content specialties include various forms of writing, from remedial all the way through academic publication; principles and history of communications and mass communications, journalism, mass media, and women’s studies. In addition I have a background in English Literature (British and American), Rhetoric, public speaking, grammar, punctuation, and proofreading. I have knowledge as an editor of APA, Chicago, and MLA style manuals.
When it comes to ADHD coping skills in academia, the specific subject matter is not particularly relevant, however.
I have five key words to describe what I do: Confidence, Strength, Growth, Empowerment, and Achievement. I build confidence, identify and encourage strengths, enable growth, and empower ADHD students to achieve academically.
I do this through a variety of access points, primarily with online services, which reduces the time students must commit to participation by eliminating the need for travel time. I use Join.me technology, which allows online voice conferencing and screen sharing. This service includes an online discussion forum.
I am also available for face-to-face consultation in the Madison, Wisconsin, area for those who prefer it, although I charge a bit more for it to compensate for the extra time and expense required for me to travel.
I specialize in tutoring ADHD students and others who must struggle against a system seems to be designed to exclude them and places enormous barriers that impede their development and achievement. These others include minority students and students who must cope with learning disabilities and/or with mental health issues. I must be clear: I do
Georgia has been tutoring my 7 year old son and has blown me out of the water! She consistently goes above and beyond, and I am extremely impressed by her! She is very punctual, well organized, exhibits enthusiasm and drive in her work, not to mention she is very good with my son. My son absolutely adores Georgia, and when I tell him that she is coming, he jumps up and down and say, "Yeah!" -- this is so wonderful to see and hear, especially since my son has gotten very frustrated with school, which is what ultimately led me to WyzAnt and Georgia. She is truly a diamond in the rough -- I would highly recommend her to anyone!!
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I have more than 20 years experience using Microsoft Word in a variety of contexts: academic, business, personal, and professional.
I have taught public speaking in colleges as part of several undergraduate level courses, including technical writing - engineering students; technical writing - biology students; applied writing (general writing course); and business writing. I have a PhD in communications/mass communication, for which the study of rhetoric (that is, the best qualities of writing and speech).
More than 30 years of experience teaching various levels and kinds of college level writing, from remedial through post-graduate, in subjects as diverse as literature, engineering, biology, sociology, history, media studies and women's studies.
Two years of professional editing of scholarly academic journals.
Ten years of experience working with graduate students completing dissertations.
Several years of running a freelance business that encompasses academic editing and coaching writers, particularly writers with ADHD and other learning disabilities.