Welcome to 2018! I enjoy tutoring and consulting and look forward to helping you. Hopefully my life experiences and personal journey will make it possible for me to pour into you in a meaningful way that inspires learning, results in growth, and brings out the best in you. In 2016 to 2017, three of the books I authored got published. How did that happen? Growing up in a very rural community, I really did not see myself as an author, nor did I envision myself working in the field of compute... [more]
It's amazing how writing a paragraph transforms into a masterpiece simply by selecting appropriate vocabulary words. I encourage students to first capture their thoughts on paper, then go back and see which words they can change to better portray the essence of their thoughts to their audience. I do have special testing software that I use to diagnose vocabulary deficiencies. Curriculum is then selected for the student.
I am the type of person who mentally makes edits when reading other people's letters, computer postings, or whatever else they have written. However, I would not consider myself an extremist. I enjoy writing, and I enjoy people. I promise not to drive you too crazy as I did with students who I kept sending back to their seats with more corrections. I hope through working together with my students, they will develop a joy for the English language, and for writing. They may even pick up some keyboarding skills along the way. I am a published author. Though it's been a few years, I wrote a computer book for Prentice-Hall. It did go into a second edition publication. Anyway, I could ramble on, but this is not about me; it's about you or someone you love or at least know. It would be my pleasure and a great honor to tutor new students.
I worked for over 16 years in information systems as a supervisor in a credit union. I both used Excel and taught it. Prior to that I taught in post secondary schools for over 11 years, and also taught Excel in that role. I have my masters in education from CSU East Bay. I graduated in 2010 with my masters.
Many people would describe me as "techie." I currently serve in the church as the administrator. In that role, I am the go-to person for computer needs. In my prior position, I worked over 16 years supervising a team that kept computers up and running throughout the credit union. We also did technology classes for the staff there. Prior to that, I taught the computer classes at post-secondary schools for over eleven years. There is hardly a day that goes by that I am not using the computer to accomplish something. Yet, I am still very much people oriented and enjoy sharing with others.
I love creating documents and helping people to make presentations that sing! I am Microsoft Expert Level certified in MS Word 2010. I am also comfortable with other versions. I really use Word almost every day. There is so much you can do with this software. I taught Word classes in both the corporate/enterprise environment in my last position where I worked for over 16 years.. I also taught Word classes at post-secondary technical schools. I taught in post secondary schools for over 11 years. I use Word constantly in my role as a Church Administrator and also in supporting our kids church program. If you do not understand how to use Word, I would love to help you. It's a great adventure!
I taught PowerPoint classes in a post-secondary school environment for many years. I also taught PowerPoint in a corporate setting as well. Additionally, I've used PowerPoint many times to deliver presentations. PowerPoint is fun. There is much you can do with it, especially with the newer versions of Microsoft Office. You can make leaves fall off the tree. You can have the airplane fly across your page. You can add graphs, videos, charts, pictures, and control transitions and animations. Your viewer, the person benefiting from your PowerPoint presentation, does not have to own PowerPoint, as you can also pack up your presentation to present to even those without PowerPoint.
Having a solid foundation in math is essential for students. I am currently tutoring students after school mostly in math and English. Students coming to me typically start by completing a diagnostic learning assessment on the computer. This testing process takes a number of hours to complete. Once completed though, it gives me a good indication of the student's level. I can then assign individual curriculum to better assist the student with filling in any math learning gaps. The curriculum I use one on one with the student is tailored to helping that particular individual. I find that math is pretty straight forward; however, there are basic concepts that the student needs to learn in order to succeed with math. Overall, it does take practice. I encourage the students to practice until the problems become easier to complete. With practice and proper instruction the student can feel more comfortable.
I enjoy both reading and writing. I have my masters degree in education. If a student is having a hard time with reading comprehension, then I have diagnostic software tools to assess the grade level of the student and also prescribed materials to assist the student. I make use of the ACE curriculum which is excellent and effective in assisting students.
(Updated 1/12/18) I am a published author and am writing even more these days. In 2016 and 2017 three of my books got published. As of this update I am currently writing two more books and look forward to publishing them in 2018. I enjoy writing and also enjoy helping others develop their papers and express their thoughts in a way that allows them to shine. What started as daily journaling turned into now writing books instead. As far as my style goes, I tend to write in a simplistic form and consider my audience. I find that many people do not understand super long words, so I avoid using them unless I have time to explain the words. If you need some help with writing, just let me know! It takes patience and practice. It takes being gracious with yourself and allowing time for your thoughts to develop. You also need to be willing to rewrite parts or all of your paper or document until you, not just your readers, like it. Writing is something that is seemingly inescapable. We live in a technology savvy, information age in which writing is a key tool. I find in working with students that many have a great deal of creativity and imagination along with great ideas just waiting to come alive on paper. See the joy of students capturing their imagination in such manner thrills me to no end!
I enjoy the art of the English language. It is very colorful in speech, writing, and literature. I am a published author. I have a Master of Science degree in Education from the California State University at Hayward. I incorporate journaling into my day almost daily. I enjoyed sharing with others, and helping them learn. I have taught for many years. I am very patient, and I work well one on one with others.
Proofing continues to grow stronger as I write and see my books go to print. Additionally, I have a lot of experience in double checking and proofing student papers. When teaching in a post secondary environment, grading and proofing papers became common place. As a church administrator I also proof documents written by our pastor.
Obtaining a high school diploma or completing the GED exam is one huge step towards empowering yourself to have the skills needed in the workforce today. My heart goes out to those who for whatever reason did not complete high school and now struggle to keep a job. I would enjoy helping people assess their current level, and then make goals and work towards their GED. I taught in post-secondary schools for over 11 years and assisted individuals train for working in the computer field. I have my Master of Science in Education and enjoy teaching.
I have worked with kids that come to me discouraged in their math assignments and homework. I work with them to show them how to overcome such challenges. I find that often times students are in overcrowded classrooms and do not understand how the teacher explained math. Working with students one on one gives me opportunity to explain and then for them to practice.
I have my Master of Science in Education from California State University East Bay. I find that I commonly share study skills and tips naturally while tutoring students. I can share note taking and outlining tips. Thought mapping is very helpful for capturing new information. Also, for students lacking focus or having difficulty being attentive while reading, there are some techniques that I can show them and work with them on. For some students, simply organizing their binder and folders makes a huge difference. After all, if they cannot find their papers, then no credit is received in the classroom. I find that teaching study skills and organizational types of skills help provide structure to the students' learning environment. These are also lifetime tools and habits that are really, really great especially when taught early.
I have had experience in working with people one on one in the area of resume development, career exploration, and job interviewing. In my role of teaching and supervising in post secondary schools, assisting students preparing to graduate and land their first career position became common place. I helped my student prepare for interviewing and prepare their resumes. In a middle management role, in the field of Information Systems, where I worked for over sixteen years, I periodically would do interviewing and hiring of candidates for positions in our department. I received formal training within the company to perform interviewing and selecting of potential employees. This skill of interviewing and wading through a pile of resumes gave valuable insight and allowed me to assist friends, family, and now church members. In my role as our pastor's church administrator, he refers people to me for help in this area. I assist them by helping them explore possible positions that they may fill in the community, and then we work through creating their resumes. People have been very pleased at the result as they do land jobs and are able to support their families. I enjoy helping people discover more about themselves, and discovery their passions. I believe that just getting any job to pay bills is perhaps good temporarily. However, finding that which you really enjoy doing and can receive payment for doing has a higher reward.
I taught MS Access several years ago at a post secondary school. I was the lead business teacher. I also wrote the curriculum for the classes. I have current up-to-date experience due to my day-to-day work at church. I am responsible for our church database. I designed and developed it using MS Access. I am continuing to build on to it. Currently it is used to house information for our members, our attenders, and our visitors. I use it to develop and print out special reports such as the new people's report for our pastors and child check-in sign-in reports. I am also versed in integrating from MS Access to MS Word. That's how I do our church's weekly mailing to our visitors and thank them for joining us. That is also how I produce our kids church name tags for the children to wear upon arrival. I really enjoy working with MS Access. I don't consider myself a "programmer" as such. Though I can do some cool things with MS Access. Special programming falls outside of my scope/expertise at this time.
I really enjoy Outlook. I taught Outlook enterprise wide as part of the company's technology training at the place I worked last. Additionally, I went through Franklin Covey's certification workshop to get trained to use Outlook in teaching their Focus workshop at the time. I don't think they still have that exact workshop; however, the principles are still applicable. I am comfortable with Outlook and people would often stop by my desk and ask questions.
MS Windows is a broad topic! However, I am very versatile with MS Windows. I worked over 16 years as the supervisor in the Information Systems Dept in a credit union. When people come to me needing help with Windows it's normally something to do with the way they are structuring their files, viewing their files, or other operational kinds of questions that involve the operating system. I am comfortable. If they get super complex, then I will be open with the individual and send them back to look for a tutor who does more of the programming or engineering aspects.