I think I bring a unique combination of skills to the role of tutor/teacher, and I believe these skills are at least as important as having expertise in the subjects themselves. To list them briefly: I enjoy working with learners of all ages; I have excellent communication skills; I have a good supply of patience; I am flexible in terms of processes, methods, and types of learning (and learners); my subject-knowledge is based on both textbook sources and real-world experience; and, finally: I... [more]
I have over 15 years of experience with Excel and think it's one of the most versatile programs ever made. It's easy to learn to use for everyday needs, and robust enough to do some very complex work. I've used it for hundreds and hundreds of projects and tasks and have not been disappointed. A few brief examples: I used multiple, linked spreadsheets to handle all billing, payroll, and corporate performance metrics for my 150+ employee business. I created a complex compensation model entirely in Excel for a world-renowned law firm (Holland & Knight) with ~$500M in annual revenues - it worked well enough that it was still in use 10 years later! The most rewarding project of my career was using Excel make a real difference in people's lives: in partnership with the state of Florida, I created a capacity model that for the first time specifically identified the type and amount of all the computer, human, and physical resources needed to continue functioning in the event of a catastrophic hurricane; this was completed shortly before the worst hurricane season in history, with destruction actually rising to the levels contemplated in the project. But the state was ready. More important for those reading this is that I have taught many people from a multitude of professions and with many disparate needs to use Excel and get the most out of it for _them_. I'm passionate about this because you will accomplish more, and do it better, WITHOUT having to shell out all the time for new software, hardware, or consultants.
I have a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University. At FSU I learned to program in Pascal, C, C++, Assembler, and Scheme (a Lisp-like functional language). Subsequently, I helped to found a software development company in Tallahassee, Florida (1995). I was a full-time programmer/part-time everything else the first several years. Over course of my career I have hired and trained programmers, and was directly responsible for designing, overseeing development, quality assurance, and project management for numerous custom software systems. I have spent the last four years in a variety of activities, but chief among them are two: (1) learning the Lua programming language, in which I am now proficient; and (2) development and publishing of the online store site: www.scullgear.com. For student who need detailed help in a language I do not know, I would defer to tutors that have the expertise in the particular languages if possible. For programming principles and programming in any language, I feel I am very educated and knowledgeable from the academic as well as business worlds.
I have a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University. I co-founded a software development company in Tallahassee, Florida in 1995 and was a Senior VP there for 17 years, helping to grow it into a 10+ million (revenue/year) business. During that time I personally programmed full-time for five years; hired and trained programmers for 15 years; and, was directly responsible for designing, overseeing the development of, and ultimately delivering custom software systems to clients through the United States.
I have been working in a mixed Windows/Mac OS environment for almost a decade. I have been running my consulting business and all personal computing on Apple's platform for the last four years. I use an iMac as my personal machine for development; I manage a network with that iMac and a Macbook Pro, an Airbook, four iPhones, and two iPads on a daily basis. I am very knowledgeable of the Mac OS in general, and am proficient in all the core apps and many of the common programs run on the Mac OS: Scrivener, Pixelmator, ABBY OCR, Avast, iWorks and Office for Mac, etc.