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Lessons offered by Terry
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Reading
  • Literature
  • Essay writing
  • ACT prep
  • SAT prep
Levels
  • All Levels

Author of three test prep books and retired Army officer teaches English

Methodology

My approach as a tutor is determined by the student--their current level of knowledge and skill, their goals, and their motivation. The only students I have not been able to help have been those who already believed they knew it all.

Background

I've been a freelance writer and author for 39 years, retired from the Army after 30+ years, nine of them teaching a broad spectrum of classes whose students have gone on to great success. My three test preparation books have been helping those taking the ASVAB and military flight aptitude tests for more than 10 years.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $35/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $30
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $25

Details

4-hr cancellation notice or 1-hr charge applies; travel fee is $20/hr in 15-min increments.

Lessons offered by Terry
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Reading
  • Literature
  • Essay writing
  • ACT prep
  • SAT prep
Levels
  • All Levels

Terry's resume

Terry L. Duran

Professional History

Freelance author/writer 09/80-present

Author of four books, a set of 500 test-preparation flashcards, and many newspaper and magazine articles, plus website content for various clients.

Books and other publications
Barron’s ASVAB, 8th-12th Editions, Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, 2018, 2015, 2012, 2009, 2006.

Military Flight Aptitude Tests, 1st-4th Editions, Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, 2018, 2014, 2011, 2007.

Pass Key to the ASVAB, 6th-9th Editions, Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, 2018, 2015, 2012, 2009.

Barron’s ASVAB Flashcards, 1st-3rd Editions, Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, 2019, 2014, 2010.

The Principles of Winning, Honorbound Publishing, 1993.

Staff and recurring freelance relationships
Barron’s Educational Series, 2003-2012: Copyedited more than 65 book manuscripts for established, diversified New York publisher.

Waco Tribune-Herald, 1992-96, 2003-06: General stories, suburban government and school boards, opinion columns, copyediting.

London Sun, 1993: Coverage of Branch Davidian/Mount Carmel standoff.

Fort Campbell Courier, 1988-89: Assistant editor for award-winning weekly post newspaper; supervised staff, wrote general and high-profile stories, edited copy; additional duty as media relations officer for Fort Campbell, KY, public affairs office.

Infantry Magazine, 1986-87: Multiple articles on military tactics and force development.

The Battalion, 1980-82: Paid staff writer for largest-circulation newspaper in the region; local government, science, university/system administration, features, opinion columns.


Education

Master of Science, Quality Systems Management (2003)
National Graduate School, Falmouth, MA (Camp Mabry, Austin, TX satellite campus)

Master’s-level organizational management courses, 9 hours (2001-02)
Tarleton State University, Killeen, TX

Strategic Management and Facilitation Course (2001)
American Management Association (presented in Austin, TX)

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism (1982)
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Awards

2017 Director’s Writing Award, Joint and Combined Warfighting School

2003 Distinguished Team Achievement, National Graduate School


Employment History

Domestic Operations Branch Chief 11/18-06/20
National Guard Bureau J1
Arlington, VA 22204
Led and coordinated personnel/human resources-related strategic policy and operational support to 54 States, Territories, and the District of Columbia for strength reporting and personnel accountability during disaster/ emergency responses, National Special Security Events, and exercises. Supervised J1 Adaptive Battle Staff during National Guard Coordination Center activations for up to 24-hour operations. Planned and conducted J1 Domestic Operations Personnel Course for mid- and senior leaders across 50 States, 3 Territories, and the District of Columbia.

Chief of Plans, 91st Cyber Brigade 10/17-10/18
Virginia Army National Guard
Bowling Green, VA 22427
Chief of plans for National Guard’s only cyber brigade, stationed across 31 states; drafted and coordinated plans, operations orders, annexes, and other planning and operational tools. Completed full-spectrum mobilization manual for multi-State cyber unit mobilization process—only such document in 54 states and territories of the National Guard. Briefed National Guard Cyber General Officer Advisory Council on brigade’s readiness, individual and unit qualifications, and mobilization forecasts.

Security Cooperation Liaison to the Office of the Secretary of Defense 04/16-09/17
National Guard Bureau J5
Arlington, VA 22204
Coordinated policy and engagements for 73 partnerships in Department of Defense State Partnership Program with Joint Staff, overseas geographic combatant commands, interagency partners, and partner State National Guard staffs and contact teams, resolving questions and issues regarding: legal authorities; funding sources, especially on multiple-source funding events; and providing quality control for legal and technical sufficiency of event entries and updates. Primary author/coordinator of two 770-event-plus annual reports to Congress, plus dozens of quarterly Congressional notification packages for special oversight. Co-chair of joint, multi-component Strategic Management Plan/Resource Management Decision working group addressing Congressional and Service funding methodologies.

Security Cooperation Advisor 04/15-04/16
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Washington, DC 20301
Advisor in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Security Cooperation. Planned, coordinated, and provided two-way feedback, perspective, and insight between the Office of the Secretary of Defense and National Guard Bureau, as well as all six geographic combatant commands, on international security cooperation issues, policies, events, and initiatives. Primary contributor to and coordinator for rewrite of Department of Defense policy on State Partnership Program. Co-chair of joint, multi-component Strategic Management Program/Resource Management Decision working group addressing Congressional and Service funding methodologies.

State Partnership Program Oversight Officer 10/14-04/15
National Guard Bureau J5
Arlington, VA 22204
Co-lead for dedicated six-month NGB Joint Staff roles and functions review and analysis. Supervised combatant command-focused contractors, military manning, and activity reporting, including quality control and drafting Congressional notifications for selected events. Gained approval for 38% increase of authorized positions for division; contributed to and edited 700-event-plus State Partnership Program annual report; initiated rewrite of DoD-level security cooperation policy and DoD instruction.

Senior Desk Officer 10/13-09/14
National Guard Bureau J5
Arlington, VA 22204
Reviewed and coordinated 150+ activities and engagements between 22 State Partnership Program (SPP) partner nations in Central and South America and National Guard leaders in 19 States; supervised two junior desk officers, managed contractor support; coordinated daily with U.S. Southern Command, Joint Staff, and Office of the Secretary of Defense security cooperation offices. Planned and coordinated biannual SPP workshop for all geographic combatant commands and National Guard senior leaders in all 54 States, Territories, and the District of Columbia, addressing 65 partnerships with 71 partner nations worldwide.

Executive Officer, Province-Level Security Force Assistance Team 04/12-09/13
U.S. Army
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Second in command of multi-component, 100-plus person advisory “team of teams” that included U.S. Army and Navy personnel, plus U.S. and international contractors. Advised and mentored Chief of Security (second in command) of Afghanistan’s most important province, plus other senior colonels on the Kandahar AUP staff. Advised deputy commander, Regional Command-South and staff on assessments, progress, and way ahead. Coordinated extensively with Coalition regional HQ, International Security Assistance Force, NATO training mission, and others.

36th Infantry Division Personnel Officer (G1) 04/10-04/12
Texas Army National Guard
Camp Mabry, Austin, TX 78703
Managed operations of personnel, human resources, and key readiness indicator support systems to build and maintain combat readiness of up to 16,000 Soldiers. Advised commanding general, deputy commanding generals, and chief of staff on all personnel matters and projections. Directed a broad array of personnel systems, including strength reporting and personnel accounting, mobilization manning, promotions, assignments, awards, evaluations, replacements, and separations. Planned for and managed manning of mobilizing units from company (~100) to brigade (~3,000) size. Directed administrative management and training, including coordination and interface between eight electronic personnel-related applications. Supervised 12 fulltime and 13 part-time Soldiers.

36th Infantry Division Deputy Personnel Officer (G1) 04/09-04/10
Texas Army National Guard
Camp Mabry, Austin, TX 78703
Day-to-day management of personnel, human resources, and key readiness indicator support systems to build and maintain combat readiness of up to 16,000 Soldiers. Oversaw a broad array of personnel systems, including strength reporting and personnel accounting, mobilization manning, promotions, assignments, awards, evaluations, replacements, and separations. Planned for and managed manning for mobilization of units from company (~100) to brigade (~3,000) size. Directed administrative management and training, including coordination and interface between eight electronic personnel-related applications. Supervised 12 fulltime Soldiers.

36th Infantry Division G1 Operations Officer 04/08-04/09
Texas Army National Guard
Camp Mabry, Austin, TX 78703
Managed mobilization manning, awards, and evaluations. Planned for and managed support for all mobilizing Division units. Supervised 2-3 fulltime Soldiers.

Texas National Guard Deputy J1 09/06-04/08
Texas Army National Guard
Camp Mabry, Austin, TX 78703
Deputy State personnel officer for budget and accountability for 23,000+ Texas National Guard members. Established and improved fulltime employee/contractor accountability; reconciled $70 million border deployment budget; wrote policy newsletter.

Brigade Reconnaissance Troop Operations and Readiness 05/04-09/06
56th Infantry Brigade, Texas Army National Guard
Fort Worth, TX 76115
Responsible for training, accountability, logistics, administration, and discipline of up to 75 soldiers; support deployed elements and facilitate mobilizing new incoming soldiers.

Training Assistance Group Operations Deputy 11/03-05/04
Task Force Martin, U.S. Army
Camp Phoenix, Kabul, Afghanistan
Operations deputy for Afghan National Army Training Assistance Group (Operation Enduring Freedom). Planned, coordinated, and synchronized multinational (US, UK, French, Romanian) training of Afghan National Army soldiers and leaders. Improved and synchronized training schedules and contingency plans.

Regional Training Institute Personnel Services 12/02-11/03
Texas Army National Guard
Camp Mabry, Austin, TX 78703
Personnel Services for Texas Regional Training Institute running 27 courses per year for up to 500 students. Managed and improved pay, awards, promotions, transfers, evaluations, and records for up to 117 staff. Wrote unit Performance Excellence Competition entry that won $4,000 award at State level.

Cavalry Scout Reclassification Course Instructor/Course Manager 02/01-12/02
Regional Training Institute, Texas Army National Guard
Camp Mabry, Austin, TX 78703
Instructor and later course manager for Military Occupational Specialty reclassification course to U.S. Army standards; additional duty as Regional Training Institute operations assistant. Wrote unit Performance Excellence Competition entry that won $5,000 award at State level.

Officer Candidate School Instructor/Senior Instructor/Company Commander 08/98-02/01
Texas Army National Guard
Camp Mabry, Austin, TX 78703
OCS Company Commander and Operations Officer/Instructor for nation’s largest Officer Candidate School with two overlapping 18-month classes annually; average enrollment largest in the National Guard. Managed and rewrote Program of Instruction; taught and supervised classes; designed and upgraded Internet web sites. Concurrently, Company Commander of Bradley infantry company; responsible for training, administration, and discipline of up to 141 soldiers.

Marketing Manager 11/94-07/98
WRS Group, Inc.
Waco, TX 76710
Marketing Manager for health education, sports medicine, and promotional products in school, health care, and other markets at retail and distributor levels. Planned, budgeted, designed, wrote, and executed multi-phased, multimedia campaigns using catalogs, direct mail, press releases, and advertising. Original team member for innovative Internet community campaign. Double-digit sales increases three years.

Marketing and Circulation Manager 02/90-07/94
Stevens Publishing Corp.
Waco, TX 76710
Circulation & Marketing Manager for international professional magazines and newsletters in occupational health and safety, human resources, asbestos abatement, dental hygiene, and environmental markets. Led marketing and database design teams; trained and supervised telemarketing teams. Designed, wrote, and executed successful improved new and renewal business marketing campaigns.

Infantry and Public Affairs Officer 08/82-02/90
U.S. Army
Fort Benning, GA; Friedberg, W. Germany; Fort Campbell, KY
Led, trained, and supervised soldiers, noncommissioned officers, and junior officers in combat and technical skills. Supervised award-winning post newspaper staff; wrote and edited articles and press releases; edited unit newsletters; planned and managed information campaigns and media relations.

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