Garfield S.

Teaches at NYIM Training

Garfield brings real world Excel experience as a former data analyst for a Wall Street investment firm that managed millions of dollars in assets. He currently serves as an analyst for the New York Road Runners organization for their youth services programs . In addition to his work experience, his 20 years of volunteer experience in educational services means he very comfortable in serving the needs of a large and diverse community. His teaching style is grounded in a calm, reassuring presence that focuses on understanding of what is being taught rather than a simple accumulation of knowledge and facts. In the same way the software he teaches seeks to find innovative & efficient solutions to being productive, he also seeks to bring a creative and organized approach to learning. He really believes learning is a balance of a structured curriculum as well as a wonderful & playful sense of discovery. His favorite quote is the following from May Sarton. "Each day and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness." Garfield teaches Excel and Outlook at NYIM.

Reviews of Garfield S.

(55 Reviews)
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4/4/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


This class was really good and I really liked the Instructor. Oddly when we Registered we thought we were registering for Mr. Garfield's class but ended up being Pete and we were pleased! When we register for Excel #2 we hope that we get Pete again and not by accident this time : )

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4/1/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Great class-- I took this class to learn some of the basics that I never learned; which was consequently slowing me down on the advanced functions I execute daily. Perfect for beginners and self taught users.

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4/1/2018
Melissa N.

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Melissa N. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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3/16/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Intermediate Excel for Business


Garfield is a great teacher. We covered a lot in the class. I love that you can retake it again and that there is a video to refer to.

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3/15/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Intermediate Excel for Business


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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3/1/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Fast as Hell at Excel


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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2/27/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Intermediate Excel for Business


I thought the instructor was very knowledgeable. The class was a bit slow paced for me and we spent a lot of time reviewing things I thought should have been in a beginners corse.

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2/26/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Intermediate Excel for Business


Garfield is a great teacher, in that he makes an effort to answer any and all questions that the students may have. He's knowledgeable, engaging, and injects humor into the lessons, and the material he works with is realistic in a business setting. The exercises also do a good job of testing comprehension. The only complaint I have is that the harder parts of the class come too far into the second half of the class, which means that we rushed through some important aspects of Excel (pivot tables, Countifs, etc.). If you use Excel regularly and this is simply a brush up, then you'll have no problem with this pace. If you're looking to expand your skills or you're returning to the application after not having used it in awhile, then you might struggle during the second half. Luckily, NYIM allows for a free repeat of the class within a year, something I plan to take advantage of. Other than that, I'm happy that I took the course, and I'll probably try for the advanced class once I feel completely comfortable with what I've learned up to that point.

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2/23/2018
John E.

Attended: Excel Programming with VBA


It was really helpful. I wish it were 3 days since the last half of the 2nd day we basically rushed through what was planned for the course since we didn't have time.

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2/18/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Fast as Hell at Excel


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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2/14/2018
alex l.

Attended: Advanced Excel for Business


Michael followed the syllabus well and class was knowledgeable, which helped with the fast pace we set throughout the day. Thanks Michael for a job well done.

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2/13/2018
Milad T.

Attended: Excel Programming with VBA


Garfield is great!

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2/8/2018
David A.

Attended: Access Essentials


David A. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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2/7/2018
Becky F.

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Becky F. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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2/6/2018
Maria G.

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


They had me the minute I heard "free retake". I had a really good experience, got a lot out of the class. Garfield was extremely knowledgable in Excel. He's a really good teacher, very patient, and moved through the instruction at a nice pace.

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1/31/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Advanced Excel for Business


great class. pace at times can be a little too fast. (a few more pauses would help)

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1/28/2018
Geet C.

Attended: Intermediate Excel for Business


Geet C. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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1/28/2018
Allen C.

Attended: Intermediate Excel for Business


Garfield is a great teacher, definitely recommend.

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1/27/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Intermediate Excel for Business


Fantastic class!

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1/26/2018
Sepp D.

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


trying to cram too much into too few hours. should be 4 nights or two days.

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12/1/2017
Emily M.

Attended: Finance Essentials in Excel


It was a lot of fun, and the way it was taught really helped me relate the topics to how they would be useful in my day to day at work

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11/17/2017
Matthew B.

Attended: Finance Essentials in Excel


Matthew B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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11/9/2017
Edina M.

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


I enjoyed the class, and the instructor was excellent, as well. The only issue was running out of time, which made us rushing through the course material towards the end of the day. I would recommend this place to others who are very beginners and have no knowledge of Excel and would like to master the basics.

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11/4/2017
rabiel a.

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Good Instructor. He was good at teaching and answers all questions. Very knowledgeable

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11/3/2017
Georgia T.

Attended: Excel for Business Level I - Fundamentals (EXPRESS)


Georgia T. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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11/3/2017
Asya S.

Attended: Excel for Business Level I - Fundamentals (EXPRESS)


The class was very helpful. It refreshed my Excel knowledge. But for me it was a little difficult to catch everything because course was only 3 hours without any brake. I think this class need to last at least 5 hours. Anyway I have good impression and would like to take a future classes on Excel. Thank you very much !

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11/1/2017
Michael M.

Attended: Excel Programming with VBA


Michael M. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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10/27/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Finance Essentials in Excel


Garfield is a great teacher. Really learned a lot

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10/27/2017
Petro .

Attended: Excel Programming with VBA


Great Training and instructor. Minor suggestion would be to have more hands-on training by students.

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10/19/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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9/30/2017
Michael R.

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Great teacher, knowledgeable, clear, and patient

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9/14/2017
Emily I.

Attended: Fast as Hell at Excel


Great class! Garfield is an excellent teacher!!!

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8/1/2017
Anthony B.

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


This class was excellent! Garfield was a fantastic teacher. Very detailed and thorough. He made the day engaging and interesting. I would urge anyone considering taking classes at NYIM to jump right in.

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7/24/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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7/22/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Very informative!

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7/9/2017
Adam F.

Attended: Access Essentials


Adam F. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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6/19/2017
Steven S.

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Steven S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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6/13/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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6/10/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Intermediate Excel for Business


Very helpful review and Garfield is very patient and extensive with teaching the material. The pacing could be faster since the earlier topics were at times review and the harder topics seemed rush due to time.

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6/10/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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6/7/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Automating Excel Reports Level 4A


Among all the excel classes I have taken, this is by far the worst. The course can be more adeptly described as "Why Never Use VBA". Course material was ill-prepared, instructor was not helpful and classroom was in a bad set-up. Highly recommend against taking it as it was a total waste of my money and time. Here is a full description of why the course was bad: 1). Class hour was shortened significantly For a 10 - 5 schedule, class officially started at 10:40am and ended at 3:45pm. This is including an one hour lunch break. We had a total of 4 loose hours instead of 6. We started late not only because some students were late, but also because we had to go around the classroom to explain why we were there....I just don't see why this was useful at all as we were just working with our own computer... 2). Instructor was ill-prepared and bad at teaching For a good hour the instructor was sitting in the back, reading the displayed code line by line in a surprising tone as if it was his first time seeing it. Then he went on to conduct a project on his own without explaining any of it, or attempt to get anyone in the class to follow. In fact, no one was trying to follow. We thought he will strop at some point to explain what he was doing, but he didn't. He was also repeating the same material over and over again instead of giving us useful new information. For example we went through the same code about how to get to the bottom of the table at least 5 times. Lastly, he was a soft and slow talker. Think about a full day in a dim-lit computer room and how that may help. 3). Class material was ill-prepared For a six hour course the teaching manual was only 15 pages written in broken language. The instructions were missing key steps from the first project. Then we just got completely lost till the end. None of the writing was helpful or even fully related to the material we were going over. 4). Uncomfortable working environment Class took place in a extremely cold, dark computer room where we were each assigned an old desktop. It was not comfortable at all to spend a full day there.

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6/4/2017
Sandra R.

Attended: Intermediate Excel for Business


Sandra R. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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5/22/2017
Sheilla S.

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Sheilla S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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5/20/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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4/10/2017
Charles F.

Attended: Outlook Essentials Specialist


Charles F. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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4/10/2017
Dylann R.

Attended: Intermediate Excel for Business


Dylann R. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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3/30/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Excel for Mac Level 1


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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3/23/2017
Adurel Clarke .

Attended: Access Essentials


Adurel Clarke . gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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3/18/2017
Nicole B.

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


A great course to get a quick learning of all the options with Excel. I feel like I'll be able to use the program at work now and pick it up really quickly.

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2/6/2017
virginia k.

Attended: Outlook Essentials Specialist


the class description is kind of misleading. You don't become a specialist in a one day class. the outlook specialist class is for those who have already been using it for about six months. That was not the case for me. Outlook isn't difficult, I just have not been using It. The instructor is good but he goes a bit fast. He worked on a computer in the back of the room and reflected the screen on a projector. this was fine but the dim lights needed to be more dim so that I could see better. the room was hot, the fan was noisy, and the street noise was distracting. We did not use the manual in the class, the downloaded or the printed version. I think their intention is to show you a little bit of everything and then send you home to practice. I would have liked the class to have been two or even three days long so it could really sink in and I would be willing to pay the price. There were only three people in the class; good, but is this class not popular?

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2/4/2017
Ronit A.

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Garfield is highly knowledgeable and very patient. We covered a lot of material and the course was very educational.

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1/28/2017
Melanie F.

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Melanie F. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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1/14/2017
Jeffrey A.

Attended: Excel for Business Fundamentals


Jeffrey A. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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12/5/2016
Robert W.

Attended: Excel Programming with VBA


Chris was a great VBA teacher. I highly recommend what he brings to the table in the form of actual experience and project in his classes.

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11/15/2016
Marwah A.

Attended: Outlook Ninja


Marwah A. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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