Hello! My name is Doug and I live in Denver, Colorado. I am an attorney who works in education. I've taken many standardized tests and difficult classes, and I know that students learn in different ways.
I have designed test prep programs for international students, and I specialize in working with students who wish to go to college and graduate school. I enjoy tutoring because it's a great chance to work with individual students and help them with the specific skills they need to improve. I listen to my students, help them set realistic goals, and then push them.
I find tutoring to be a lot of fun, and you too should have fun as we work as a team to improve your skills and increase your confidence. I am on your side, and it would be my pleasure to work with you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Arizona - Bachelors, fine arts
Graduate Degree: Denver University College of Law - PHD, Law
I enjoy playing guitar, writing, and reading. I play touch football and enjoy karate.
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning
ACCUPLACER Language Use
CLEP American Government
CLEP Introduction to Business Law
College Application Essays
GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment
GMAT Integrated Reasoning
High School Business
High School English
High School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy as a tutor is that your time is valuable, and I will help you set and meet your goals. I don’t lecture; I listen to you. One-on-one tutoring is my chance to see what you know, and that allows us to work on only what you need. I function as your academic coach. We will work together to set your goals before I give you an assignment. Then, we will work together and strive for constant progress. We can have fun while we work. My goal is to get you interested in the subject you want to work on, and then to give you realistic and manageable benchmarks to meet. You will increase your understanding, and become more confident. You can do it!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During our first session, I will want to learn about you, as well as your academic strengths and challenges. We will identify your educational goals and we will set benchmarks that we think you can achieve.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
To work more effectively in school, whether it is high school, college or graduate school, students need to learn to manage their time and create a plan to meet the deadlines their courses require. We will review your overall goal as a student, and we will then examine your syllabi to make sure we have an effective plan to meet all of your course requirements. As we work together, we will continue to refer back to our plan and see what adjustments we need to make. Once you become accustomed to reviewing your class requirements early in the semester, it will be easy for you to manage your time and workload in the future.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
A great way to stay motivated is to review your plan and to acknowledge what you have completed successfully, and what changes you can make in the future. Most students lose motivation when they feel overwhelmed by their workload. Developing a plan with certain targets to reach during the semester will increase a student's confidence and make the demands of multiple classes more manageable. Self-assessment during the semester is a key tool to avoid getting overwhelmed.