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Steve D.


Very Experienced Computer Science/Programming Tutor

Dedham, MA 02026


Member since:09/2015

Rates from $25 to $30

I can perfom tutoring:

  • On-line
  • In-home

Will travel up to 20 miles

Additional Policies:

Tutoring requires a lot of planning. I need to look at your assigment before helping you. I do not charge for this time of looking at the assignment before our meeting. Based on what I read in your assignment, I get a general idea of how much time it will take for me to help you. I may also need to prepare some things on my end, such as installing the development tools needed to help you, making sure they work, etc. Consequently, unless I've been helping you for a while, a sudden request for help TODAY because you have an assignment due is likely to be refused. It's not that I do not want to help you, it's that I refuse to take money for not helping you. In other words, if I know that we will not succeed or that I will not be able to find the time to help you (because you did not schedule an appointment in advance), I will refuse. Given the above, it is in your best interest to schedule appointments BEFORE assignments are due. Just as you would not be able to see your doctor on demand, the same is true for tutors. I have other students. I have other work. Just like you, I plan my days, have events to attend, and have a life. If you do not make an appointment in advance (at least a day in advance), there is a good chance I cannot help you. I charge less than I am worth because it saves me time in seeking students to tutor. $25 per hour is a very low fee. I will not go below $25.00 per hour. I should charge about $40 per hour, but then I'd have to work (unpaid) seeking students to tutor. If $25.00 per hour is too much, then you probably should see if your university of college can provide you with free tutoring (some can). Unless I've been tutoring you for a while, the minimum session is 1 hour. I only offer smaller sessions to students that have become regulars. If I'm already comfortable with you and know your needs, I can sometimes help you in less than an hour. However, until that happens, I cannot help you in less than an hour. It is in your best interest, then, to build a relationship with your tutor by scheduling regular help. You will be better served if you do.

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About Me

Experience Summary

I have been working as a professional software engineer/programmer since 1984 and am still working in that capacity. Throughout this time I have also been a tutor. I began tutoring in college and continued this as a second source of income. I am very good at tutoring. I have also been an instructor in computer science, Visual Basic, Java, XML, and Excel at a college.

My Hobbies

I am a linquistics-nerd. I've studied German, Russian, Spanish, Icelandic, French, and Italian.

Other Comments

I also tutor in Java, C#, LISP, Pascal, C, Flash, and Actionscript. Tutor Select has no means to add this additional topics, so I am listing them here.


Type Level Year Title Issued By
Degree Bachelors 1985 Computer Science University of Massachusetts, Boston
Degree Bachelors 1995 Philosophy University of Massachusetts, Boston

Subject Commentary

C++ Proficiency: Expert
I am an expert C++ programmer with professional experience developing C++ applications.
Computer Programming This is one of my top subjects! Proficiency: Expert
I have over 30 years of experience as a professional software developer. I also have taught computer programming at a college.
CSS Proficiency: Experienced
I have professional CSS authoring experience.
HTML Proficiency: Expert
I have many years of working experience with html and experience tutoring students in HTML.
Javascript Proficiency: Expert
I am an expert Javascript programmer with many years of professional experience writing Javascript for websites and web applications.
jquery Proficiency: Expert
Highly skilled with several years of experience developing professionally with jQuery.
linq Proficiency: Experienced
Professional experience using LINQ under MVC with C# and Visual Basic.
Linux Proficiency: Expert
More than 30 years experience with linux.
MVC Proficiency: Experienced
I have worked over two years creating web applications with MVC.
SQL Proficiency: Experienced
I have several years of professional experience writing queries and stored procedures using SQL.
VB.net Proficiency: Expert
I have 15 years of experience programming in Visual Basic, before and since .NET. Additionally, I can tutor you in VBA (Visual Basic for Applications).
XML Proficiency: Experienced
I have many years of professional experience with XML.

All Subjects I Tutor

  • Arabic
  • C++
  • Computer Programming
  • CSS
  • French
  • German
  • HTML
  • Italian
  • Javascript
  • jquery
  • Latin
  • linq
  • Linux
  • MVC
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • SQL
  • VB.net
  • XML