Recognized as an accomplished writer even in grammar school through Young Authors, I went on to earn a Ph.D. and see my work published. I have been a college professor for over 20 years and have graded countless papers, essays, and journal entries.
I have also been a fluent Spanish speaker for over 25 years, have lived in Central and South America, and have taught Spanish at a college level.
Since I have taught every academic level from junior high to doctoral levels, I am able to relate to you where you are and take you to the next level. I look forward to hearing from you!
I simply love working with students. I am a "people person" that believes teaching is best done in the context of a mentor-type relationship and not merely a coldly professional academic one. When I see the "lights go on," a student not just coming to know but also coming to understand, there is nothing more gratifying.
I had the privilege of studying under Dr. Thomas for nearly 4 years. His passion for teaching compels him to invest all he can into his students. He has a vast depth of knowledge and passes that knowledge on in a way that is understandable and rememberable for students of all skill levels. Dr. Thomas is hands down the best instructor I had the pleasure of learning under. You will not find a more capable teacher/tutor.
Dr. Thomas is one of the most naturally gifted and engaging teachers I've ever met, let alone had the pleasure of learning from. His breadth of knowledge is truly incredible, and the way that he relays the lessons and plans in an accessible, entertaining, and fluid way makes learning a joy rather than a chore. He genuinely cares about the students he teaches, desiring to see them all thrive to the best of their abilities. He was one of the strongest influences on my learning experience, and has been a key inspiration on my journey toward becoming a professor one day. I highly recommend. 10/10
Dr. David Thomas is a brilliant man with an amazing gift to teach. He cares about his students like they’re his children. Dr. Thomas goes above and beyond what is expected of him. The best part about him is that he cares. He has set aside time to talk with me about personal struggles in my life - transitioning from professor to mentor and friend.
Dr. Thomas is a the kind of educator that always goes the extra mile. In addition to being incredibly personable and kind, he cares deeply about making sure his students internalize and apply what they learn. He always made the learning experience go beyond the immediate requirements of the assignment by helping me envisage how the topic, exercise or skill would help me reach my goals for the future. I cannot recommend him enough!
After an initial meet and greet so that we are comfortable with each other, I assess where they stand in respect to their subject matter--both through their own self-perception and also as a professional objectively observing their work. Then I develop a personalized plan to take them from where they are to where they want and need to be. Finally, we begin to work that plan together.
My bachelors degree is from the University of Notre Dame, and both my MDiv and my Ph.D. are from Southern Seminary. I graduated top of my class in Spanish from an immersion school in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1993, and have taught in Spanish (to Spanish speakers) in the United States, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, and Spain in the years since. My studies in French, German, Greek, and Hebrew strengthen my grasp on the language arts in general.
Typically, my rate is between $40 and $50 per hour, depending on the specifics of the student. If travel outside my immediate area is required those expenses would affect the rate.
I began teaching at junior high, high school, and junior college levels and ended up at college and graduate level.
I have worked with a broad spectrum of students, from those already highly educated and seeking their doctorates, to high school level students struggling to grasp the basics of the discipline they are facing. In some cases I have taught in circumstances where I was teaching in Spanish to those for whom Spanish was their second language as well as my own. For writing skills, I have coached students who had next to no writing experience but were now required to write full, formal papers.
Seek a teacher with practical people experience, who knows how to relate to you personally, rather than just an "ivory tower" academic who may be brilliant but doesn't know how to transmit their knowledge and expertise.
Try to come up with concrete goals you want to reach. It's fine if these goals are, for the time being, the overcoming of negatives that have you frustrated. The questions you should ask yourself as a student should be those that help change your self image from a person who is merely trying to survive to one who has the confidence to thrive.