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Jim G.

Mentoring, Laughing and Learning with Students for over 15 years!

Goleta, CA (93117)

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Learning is perhaps one of the most profound endeavors we can experience, and, after over 15 years of teaching students from ages 5 to 60, I have discovered that mentoring students is no less profound an experience. I have an AA in Humanities and Music from SBCC, a Bachelor's in Composition, a Master's in Ethnomusicology, and finishing my PhD in Ethnomusicology at UCSB.

As you can see by my photo I am also a musician. As an artist, I have the natural ability to approach problem-solving and intellectual pursuits creatively and passionately. In other words, I am gifted at being able to teach a given subject in myriad ways, individually crafting the material to benefit each student's learning style. Most importantly, my playful nature fosters a fun and energizing learning environment.

I have been teaching college-level students (UCSB and Ventura College) and elementary & middle school students for over 10 years. I am currently tutoring several students in music, language, and test preparations. I look forward to meeting you and discussing the exciting prospects of your future endeavors.

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Jim’s subjects

ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Anthropology, Philosophy, Sociology
Desktop Publishing, General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer)
American History, Anthropology, Classics, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Music Theory
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics, Special Needs
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, CLAST, GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer), Proofreading, Public Speaking


I have studied 1st through 3rd year Arabic at UCSB (University of California, Santa Barbara) with Professor Magda Campo and Dr. Dwight Reynolds (Religious Studies Dept.). I was awarded the FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Fellowship to study Arabic at the American University of Cairo, Egypt for 1 year. I was awarded 2 consecutive Fulbright Fellowships for my MA & Phd research in Egypt.
I have spent over 5 years in Egypt, speaking primarily Arabic.


The Mastery of one's native language enables Mastery of all aspects of their society. Hence, the power of language cannot be overstated. I have been fascinated by English since I was very young, when I would compose wild stories on my mother's typewriter. Of course, my spelling wasn't perfect, but the creative organization of letters into words illuminated limitless potential.

I have been writing ever since. In junior college I was a talented writer, winning several creative writing competitions and requested by my teachers to tutor. My writing talents helped procure grants and successful college applications, as well as communicate lucidly and intelligently my ideas in interdisciplinary homework assignments.

I worked as an English tutor in the Learning Resource Center at Santa Barbara City College until I transferred to UCSB. At UCSB I was awarded two consecutive Fulbright Fellowships (grant writing is also an art!) and honors for my Master's Thesis.

Several of my articles have been published in academic journals, detailing my research in Egypt.

Presently, I am a freelance editor for numerous publications and a professor at Ventura College and Brooks Institute.

I look forward to creative approaches to understanding the complexities of English and, above all, having fun while doing so!


I am currently a professor at Ventura College and Brooks Institute, teaching a wide variety of classes rooted in history and culture. I was also social studies teacher for 4 years and excel at this particular subject matter. One of my talents is to work with students with wide-ranging learning styles and meet their educational and personal goals with great success.

Special Needs

I have worked with special needs children for over 10 years in a variety of learning environments, from preschool and kindergarten to outdoor education.

I am a gifted and creative teacher, able to reach challenging children with humor, games, mystery, and wonder.

Study Skills

Study Skills are one of the most important factors in education and professional endeavors that lead to successful careers. As a working professor, in addition to teaching the subject of the courses, I often teach my students how to study, how to make sense of material, and, ultimately, how to learn. This is, in part, due to the testing-based education system that dominates our schools.

I understand that each student needs to learn in their individual way, and that material can not be memorized by rote and still be meaningful and learned. I teach students how to study using creative techniques that work for each student. From memory games to using the imagination, I will teach learning strategies, organization, and inspire students to be active and enthusiastic in their educational experiences.

I am a PhD candidate at UCSB, professor at Ventura College and Brooks Institute. I am a two-time Fulbright Fellow, and have several publications.

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Santa Barbara City College (Humanities)

University of California, Santa Barbara (Master's)

University of California, Santa Barbara (PhD)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Rates are negotiable based on how many lessons you need, or multiple hour lessons, etc.

Travel policy

Jim will travel within 20 miles of Goleta, CA 93117.

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