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Robert J.


My primary reward in life is in being helpful.

Petaluma, CA 94954

Male ( Age 77 )

Member since:09/2012

Rates from $34 to $39

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Will travel up to 20 miles

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About Me

Experience Summary

I have a B.S. in Technical Journalism from Iowa State University. I worked on a sales magazine upon graduating until I was drafted into the armed forces, spending four years as a Navy Electronics Technician. On the G.I. Bill I did Television Production coursework at College of San Mateo and entered the Broadcast TV Graduate Program at San Francisco State. I did not complete my Master's degree, but my training and contacts made there led to a 35-year career in television and video editing.

Teaching Style

Very informal and conversational. I like to laugh and joke as well as understand things that are challenging, to both pupil and teacher. Repetition with interesting variation, coming at a problem from different angles solidifies concepts and ideas in our heads.

My Hobbies

It's more than a hobby -- I've played jazz piano since high school, as well as brass (trumpet, baritone, valve trombone) and make part of my living as a performer solo and in bands. My favorite activity is improvising to the chord changes of a familiar tune, finding fresh ways to express the composers' harmonic ideas. I like taking things apart and making them work again, particularly electronics.

Other Comments

I'm very aware of the effect of tone of voice on people's self-esteem, and am convinced that being kind and gentle is the best antidote to the bruising our ego gets from modern life.


Type Level Year Title Issued By
Other took courses, but no degree 1974 Broadcast Masters program San Francisco State Iniv.
Degree Bachelors 1969 BS in Technical Journalism Iowa State University
Other course work 1973 Broadcast Production courses College of San Mateo
Certification Electronics Technician 1969 Transmitter Mechanic US Navy

Subject Commentary

Creative Writing Proficiency: I know the basics
I have an active imagination and like brainstorming with others to come up with ideas for stories.
Grammar Proficiency: I know the basics
I like to edit written pieces to find and correct grammatical errors.
Journalism Proficiency: Experienced
I have a Journalism Degree from Iowa State University. I like to find the lead (most newsworthy point) to begin the story, make it clear and concise, and make it as complete and unbiased as possible.
Reading Proficiency: I know the basics
I enjoy reading to gain understanding of concepts, particularly British writers. My first love was Winnie the Pooh author A.A.Milne, for his sense of humor and style.
Reading Comprehension Proficiency: I know the basics
I'll re-read portions of writing I don't understand until the meaning becomes clear; if the writer is a good one, I usually "get it" on the first read. I do enjoy discussing with other readers what the author's point is.
Spelling Proficiency: Experienced
The high point of my grade school career was winning a spelling bee as a 4th grader in competition with 4th and 5th graders. I took Latin in high school, which has greatly helped my recognizing meaning and spelling unfamiliar words. I'm something of a word freak, my favorite newspaper puzzle being the Jumble, recognizing scrambled words; also like to do crossword puzzles, play Scrabble.
Writing Proficiency: Experienced
I've enjoyed writing letters and analyzing problems in memos at work my whole life. I love communicating with others, questioning to clarify meaning, boiling down wordy and redundant first drafts to lean and clear description.

All Subjects I Tutor

  • Creative Writing
  • Grammar
  • Journalism
  • Reading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spelling
  • Writing