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Phillip J.

Cypress, CA

$30/hr

"Hoop and Dive" Tutoring

Background check passed as of 2/12/14
Usually responds in about 8 hours

"Hoop and Dive" Tutoring

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Hi, my name is Phillip, and I am a student myself. I attend community college and am in my first year of pursuing an associate's degree with plans to transfer to a four-year university, following this accomplishment, to continue my education. I have grown up in Southern California; I spent two years of secondary education at Oxford Academy, in Cypress, then went on to study at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California, where I graduated from the Theatre Conservatory this past June. The education I received there, with its unique balance and blend of the conceptual fields of arts and humanities and the procedural studies of science and math is what enables me to offer specific and comprehensive tutoring in subjects ranging from history, to theatre, to algebra, to photography.

I have always found fulfillment in sharing knowledge and skills with those willing to search it out. My first experience working with children younger than myself was through an outreach program that was organized by my high school, which offered free basic-level theater classes to under-served elementary school students from the areas surrounding the Main Street campus, taught entirely by students from the high school, like myself. In every interaction, I wondered at their capacity for curiosity and query, even as they met an age that exposed them to many social pressures for the first time. I believe that if even a fragment of a student's curiosity can be saved, or reawakened, and cultivated toward productivity and education, they will succeed in life, as well as school.

I have been tutoring through WyzAnt for over a year, now, however, I believe, my most valuable experience as a mentor to date has been independent of coordinating organizations such as WyzAnt, and rather through the relationships I have built with my peers. I have helped students my own age and older as they underwent the stages of college preparation and rehearsal for the critical auditions required by many schools' theater programs for admission and scholarship. I have provided guidance and mentorship to students up to three years my junior in way of course planning and college-readiness, as well as coaching for both amateur and professional theatre and film auditions. More personally, I have spent late nights with my younger brother as he struggled with high school math and the teachers who offered little help to the less-than-squeaky, less-than-interested wheel.

The culmination of my experience is a two-fold approach to academic tutoring, affectionately and appreciatively named "Hoop and Dive". As the case is in many schools today that many classes require more rote memorization than critical thought, the "hoop" stands first: the many "hoops" teachers set for their students as requirements of the class. This encompasses all dates and names to be remembered, repetitive homework to be accomplished, and daunting tests to be prepared for. All this is first, though hardly foremost. Once the "hoop" has been jumped through, and the student is prepared for (or prepared to successfully prepare for) whatever formal examination required by the teacher, comes the "dive". Fortunately, many teachers account for the "dive" into more anecdotal and conceptual learning by way of projects, group assignments, and speeches. It is essential that students can identify in every subject both something that interests them and provokes further discovery, and something which they can apply to their own lives, either now, or in the future. And this is what I strive to be as a tutor: a bridge, between the classroom and the outside world.

Thank you for your consideration,

Phillip

Testimonials

"Phillip Is Absolutely Wonderful!!!"

- Kathy, Paramount, CA on 3/26/14

"Very thinking and detailed!"

- David, Lynnwood, WA on 1/25/14
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
Bible Studies,
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Photography
History:
American History, European History, Government & Politics, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, English, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Baseball
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

While I passed my own Algebra 1 course over five years ago, I have had the opportunity to exercise my skills and share my knowledge in numerous ways since the seventh grade. In addition to the application of my knowledge of Algebra in higher level math courses, I was recruited by my parents last year to work with my younger brother and salvage his Algebra 1 grade in what was my first experience in one-on-one academic tutoring.

Baseball

I played baseball for six years, and was privileged to learn from a personal coach who taught to teach. I have always shared the technical knowledge and skill development that was imparted to me with my younger brother who shared my love of the game. I stopped playing to pursue my other passions, but have continued to live vicariously on the field from time to time through the glove and bat of my brother and cousin, whom I continue to mentor.

Bible Studies

I have grown up in a christian home, and, since the age of nine, had a step father who pastors a local bible-believing church. I have served on the worship team and in church leadership since I was twelve.

Photography

I have had a passion for photography since my first exposure to it my junior year in high school (no pun intended). I have won four blue ribbon awards at the Huntington Beach Art League for my photography, and a scholarship in the Visual Arts through the Friends of Cypress Cultural Arts organization for my work, as well.

Public Speaking

My experience in public speaking has largely been through the Junior State of America organization. I was the Regional Director of Public Relations, and subsequently a State level Deputy Director of Debate. The student-run organization promotes the development of public speaking skills and aims to combat political apathy. I studied at one of their summer school programs at Stanford University during the summer before junior year in high school, which included a Congressional Workshop that taught students the intricacies of debate and public speaking.

Theatre

I studied many aspects of theatre during my four years in the Theatre Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts. Previous to that, I took classes at South Coast Repertory through their Youth and Teen Programs. I have been involved in numerous shows, as performer, director, and crew member. This semester I am continuing my own study of theater; I am enrolled in courses in Musical Theatre and Stage and Screenwriting.

CYPRESS COLLEGE
Undeclared

Education

CYPRESS COLLEGE (Undeclared)

Phillip Is Absolutely Wonderful!!! — I am not generally an online person; although, I will say Phillip is our hero! My daughter had asked me to get her some help with Algebra (other than the after school program that wasn't working). I had no clue what to do nor where to go for help. So I found this web site (WyzAnt) and started reading. I came across Phillip and was extremely impressed with his profile and desire to help children. ...

— Kathy, Paramount, CA on 3/26/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Basic subjects/study skills for multiple students: $25/student/hour

Travel policy

Phillip will travel within 10 miles of Cypress, CA 90630.


About Phillip

Hi, my name is Phillip, and I am a student myself. I attend community college and am in my first year of pursuing an associate's degree with plans to transfer to a four-year university, following this accomplishment, to continue my education. I have grown up in Southern California; I spent two years of secondary education at Oxford Academy, in Cypress, then went on to study at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California, where I graduated from the Theatre Conservatory this past June. The education I received there, with its unique balance and blend of the conceptual fields of arts and humanities and the procedural studies of science and math is what enables me to offer specific and comprehensive tutoring in subjects ranging from history, to theatre, to algebra, to photography.

I have always found fulfillment in sharing knowledge and skills with those willing to search it out. My first experience working with children younger than myself was through an outreach program that was organized by my high school, which offered free basic-level theater classes to under-served elementary school students from the areas surrounding the Main Street campus, taught entirely by students from the high school, like myself. In every interaction, I wondered at their capacity for curiosity and query, even as they met an age that exposed them to many social pressures for the first time. I believe that if even a fragment of a student's curiosity can be saved, or reawakened, and cultivated toward productivity and education, they will succeed in life, as well as school.

I have been tutoring through WyzAnt for over a year, now, however, I believe, my most valuable experience as a mentor to date has been independent of coordinating organizations such as WyzAnt, and rather through the relationships I have built with my peers. I have helped students my own age and older as they underwent the stages of college preparation and rehearsal for the critical auditions required by many schools' theater programs for admission and scholarship. I have provided guidance and mentorship to students up to three years my junior in way of course planning and college-readiness, as well as coaching for both amateur and professional theatre and film auditions. More personally, I have spent late nights with my younger brother as he struggled with high school math and the teachers who offered little help to the less-than-squeaky, less-than-interested wheel.

The culmination of my experience is a two-fold approach to academic tutoring, affectionately and appreciatively named "Hoop and Dive". As the case is in many schools today that many classes require more rote memorization than critical thought, the "hoop" stands first: the many "hoops" teachers set for their students as requirements of the class. This encompasses all dates and names to be remembered, repetitive homework to be accomplished, and daunting tests to be prepared for. All this is first, though hardly foremost. Once the "hoop" has been jumped through, and the student is prepared for (or prepared to successfully prepare for) whatever formal examination required by the teacher, comes the "dive". Fortunately, many teachers account for the "dive" into more anecdotal and conceptual learning by way of projects, group assignments, and speeches. It is essential that students can identify in every subject both something that interests them and provokes further discovery, and something which they can apply to their own lives, either now, or in the future. And this is what I strive to be as a tutor: a bridge, between the classroom and the outside world.

Thank you for your consideration,

Phillip

Testimonials

"Phillip Is Absolutely Wonderful!!!"

- Kathy, Paramount, CA on 3/26/14

"Very thinking and detailed!"

- David, Lynnwood, WA on 1/25/14

Education

CYPRESS COLLEGE
Undeclared

Education

CYPRESS COLLEGE (Undeclared)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Basic subjects/study skills for multiple students: $25/student/hour

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Cypress, CA 90630

Phillip’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
Bible Studies,
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Photography
History:
American History, European History, Government & Politics, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, English, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Baseball
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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