I have over thirty years of corporate financial experience at various levels and across several industries. I started in traditional financial analyst/staff accountant roles and progressed through the ranks to positions of international controller and chief financial officer. I held these titles with two different companies, one publicly-traded, so I have had experience in working with a wide variety of professionals in different environments around the world. In more recent years, I have worked as an independent consultant specializing in areas of financial reporting, internal control, and interim managerial staff-augmentation roles. I began teaching finance and management courses online in the fall of 2012 and have been doing so ever since.
I particularly enjoy tutoring because I am able to help so many students become familiar with concepts that are so very important in today's world! By sharing my background and experience, I look forward to helping students learn and master financial, management and business skills they will be able to apply throughout their personal and professional lives.
Northern Illinois University - Bachelors, Management
DePaul University - Masters, Finance
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching approach is best described as "student-centric." This means that my teaching methods shift the focus of activity from the teacher to the students. The method I prefer to foster in my sessions is called active learning. This is when students solve problems, answer questions, formulate questions of their own, discuss, and explain their concepts during the session. I try to treat each student as a unique individual.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I prefer to get to know my students a little before jumping into tutoring. By gaining some background information on a student's objectives, goals and motivations, I can develop methods to best reach the student and apply the course material to their personal and professional lives.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The best way to help a student become an independent learner is to help to generate curiosity and genuine interest in the subject matter.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I find that my student-centric approach to teaching is helpful in motivating students. I encourage students and get them actively involved through the active learning process and try to draw connections in the learning exercises to "real life."
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I have found the best way to help a student understand a concept that they are having difficulty with is to use a number of different examples. This will help the student to identify with one or more of the methods and examples being used and increase their level of understanding.