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JAMES F.

Riverside, CT

$75/hr

Interview & Presentation Skills, Writing, Reading, Acting, French

Background check passed as of 10/23/14
Usually responds in about 9 hours

Interview & Presentation Skills, Writing, Reading, Acting, French

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Testimonial:
"Speaking publicly was always my greatest fear until I had an opportunity to be coached by James. In just 5 one-hour lessons, my fear of public speaking was eliminated. James was able to convey that my fear of public speaking was irrational, and with several key preparation techniques I would be able to overcome this lifelong challenge. All true! Thanks James!"
--Senior ranking administrator in a private educational institution

I have 15 years of experience working with kids at Camp Dudley, YMCA as Leader and Department Head.

Kids: introductions, handshakes, eye contact, false eye contact, conversational skills, focus on others (off self), physical posture, body language, physical awkwardness, nervous habits, tension, relaxation, breathing, stance, foot planting, hand gestures, shoulder stretches, heart rate stretches, small talk, anecdotes, jokes, reading, public presentation skills, vocal projection, stance, diction, tempo, eye focus, scanning, avoiding adrenaline.

I studied AP English and grammar extensively at The Brunswick School, in Greenwich, CT, where I won the "Vassar Book Award for Excellence in the Humanities". I minored in English at Kenyon College, home of the literary criticism journal The Kenyon Review.

Writing Sample:
That summer, I would not hear the Final Four, that culminate in the reverberation of gentle humming all around and through me, nor the honeyed trumpet's mellifluous "Taps"--oddly accompanied by the crackling, playful jig of the fire's flame, or the baffling waltz of the fireflies, or the fluttering jitterbug of the bats, but always, always, the distant, whispered march of the Lake...

Acting: My TV credits include The Sopranos and the BBC. I studied acting at Drama Studio London--Graduate School--Cambridge University, Kenyon College (where I won the "Paul Newman Award" for Best Actor), and the Atlantic Theater Company. I was an artistic director and dept head, Witherbee Theater Department at Camp Dudley, YMCA where I taught acting and directed plays for 9 years. I recently founded a local acting studio. I also starred in the improv comedy hit, "Accomplice: New York," from which the New York Times quoted my material. I just finished teaching 5th graders improv comedy at the Go Project at the Grace Church School in NYC. I am currently teaching at a performing arts studio.

When French people hear me speak French, they think I am French. I studied for seven years at Kenyon College and Brunswick School, where I won "The French Award." When I was only sixteen, my intensive study included a week-long immersion in Bretagne, living with a French family who spoke no English. More recently, for six years, I worked for Daniel Boulud at Feast and Fetes, where everyone is French. Pronunciation is my specialty.

Testimonials

"Passionate kid's public speaking/etiquette tutor."

- Jennifer, Scarsdale, NY on 10/24/13

"Very Patient And The Class Is Fun "

- Yung, Elmsford, NY on 11/11/14

"Writing is possible with James."

- Elena, Ridgefield, CT on 8/30/13

"Just what we needed"

- Siobhan, Mount Kisco, NY on 12/8/11

"passionate about teaching"

- Joy, Riverside, CT on 10/11/11
English:
English,
Grammar,
Literature,
Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
French
Art:
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English,
French,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
French,
Grammar,
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.

English

I studied AP English and grammar extensively at The Brunswick School, in Greenwich, CT, where I won the "Vassar Book Award for Excellence in the Humanities". I also studied English at Cambridge University, Kenyon College, home of the literary criticism journal, "The Kenyon Review." Grammar is my specialty.

French

When French people hear me speak French, they think I am French. I studied for seven years at Kenyon College and Brunswick School, where I won "The French Award." When I was only sixteen, my intensive study included a week-long immersion in Bretagne, living with a French family who spoke no English. More recently, for six years, I worked for Daniel Boulud at Feast and Fetes, where everyone is French. Pronunciation is my specialty.

Grammar

I studied English at Kenyon College, home of the literary criticism journal, The Kenyon Review. I studied AP English and grammar extensively at The Brunswick School, where I won the "Vassar Book Award for Excellence in the Humanities".

Literature

I won the Vassar Book Award at Brunswick and studied English at Kenyon.

Public Speaking

Testimonial:
"Speaking publicly was always my greatest fear until I had an opportunity to be coached by James. In just 5 one-hour lessons, my fear of public speaking was eliminated. James was able to convey that my fear of public speaking was irrational, and with several key preparation techniques I would be able to overcome this lifelong challenge. All true! Thanks James!"
--Senior ranking administrator in a private educational institution

INTERVIEWING/PUBLIC SPEAKING:
Relaxation through stretching, breathing, positive imagery, and compassion. How to enter a room and introduce oneself with confidence through eye contact, physical presence, declaratory (not interrogative) inflection. Formulating and crystallizing ideas about passion. Discern unique personality strengths and work preferences using writing and personality exercises.

MFA (UK) from Drama Studio London. Brunswick School, I weekly addressed the Upper School as Student Body President.

Reading

I studied English at Kenyon College and won The Vassar Book Award at Brunswick School.

SAT Writing

Focus, meditation, time management, reading comprehension, critical thinking, formulating and crystallizing ideas, structure, order, outlining, format, spelling, grammar, & vocabulary.

I studied English at Kenyon College and won The Vassar Book Award at Brunswick School.

Writing Sample:
That summer, I would not hear the Final Four, that culminate in the reverberation of gentle humming all around and through me, nor the honeyed trumpet's mellifluous "Taps"--oddly accompanied by the crackling, playful jig of the fire's flame, or the baffling waltz of the fireflies, or the fluttering jitterbug of the bats, but always, always, the distant, whispered march of the Lake...

Theatre

My television credits include The Sopranos and the BBC. I have been featured in the NYT and Time Out NY for my starring role in "Accomplice: NY". I earned my MFA (UK) from Drama Studio London. I earned my BA in Drama with a concentration in Acting from Kenyon College, where I won the Paul Newman Award for Best actor. I also studied Shakespeare, Acting, Movement, and Stage Combat at Cambridge University with The British and European Studies Group. I just finished teaching 5th graders improv comedy at the Go Project at the Grace Church School in NYC. I ran the theater department at Camp Dudley YMCA for five years.

Writing

I studied English at Cambridge University, Kenyon College, and won The Vassar Book Award at Brunswick School. My studies focused on time management, reading comprehension, critical thinking, formulating and crystallizing ideas, structure, order, outlining, format, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary.

Kenyon College
Drama, English Minor
Drama Studio London
Master's
Cambridge University, BESG
Graduate Coursework

Education

Kenyon College (Drama, English Minor)

Drama Studio London (Master's)

Cambridge University, BESG (Graduate Coursework)

Passionate kid's public speaking/etiquette tutor. — James is a wonderful, fun tutor. My two boys have been working with James on their public speaking and general etiquette. James was very patient with them and taught in a way that really sparked their interest. He rehearsed different situations and introductions with them and gave them tips on handshakes, eye contact, posture and conversation. He also gave them great tips on making presentatio ...

— Jennifer, Scarsdale, NY on 10/24/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

JAMES will travel within 40 miles of Riverside, CT 06878.


About JAMES

Testimonial:
"Speaking publicly was always my greatest fear until I had an opportunity to be coached by James. In just 5 one-hour lessons, my fear of public speaking was eliminated. James was able to convey that my fear of public speaking was irrational, and with several key preparation techniques I would be able to overcome this lifelong challenge. All true! Thanks James!"
--Senior ranking administrator in a private educational institution

I have 15 years of experience working with kids at Camp Dudley, YMCA as Leader and Department Head.

Kids: introductions, handshakes, eye contact, false eye contact, conversational skills, focus on others (off self), physical posture, body language, physical awkwardness, nervous habits, tension, relaxation, breathing, stance, foot planting, hand gestures, shoulder stretches, heart rate stretches, small talk, anecdotes, jokes, reading, public presentation skills, vocal projection, stance, diction, tempo, eye focus, scanning, avoiding adrenaline.

I studied AP English and grammar extensively at The Brunswick School, in Greenwich, CT, where I won the "Vassar Book Award for Excellence in the Humanities". I minored in English at Kenyon College, home of the literary criticism journal The Kenyon Review.

Writing Sample:
That summer, I would not hear the Final Four, that culminate in the reverberation of gentle humming all around and through me, nor the honeyed trumpet's mellifluous "Taps"--oddly accompanied by the crackling, playful jig of the fire's flame, or the baffling waltz of the fireflies, or the fluttering jitterbug of the bats, but always, always, the distant, whispered march of the Lake...

Acting: My TV credits include The Sopranos and the BBC. I studied acting at Drama Studio London--Graduate School--Cambridge University, Kenyon College (where I won the "Paul Newman Award" for Best Actor), and the Atlantic Theater Company. I was an artistic director and dept head, Witherbee Theater Department at Camp Dudley, YMCA where I taught acting and directed plays for 9 years. I recently founded a local acting studio. I also starred in the improv comedy hit, "Accomplice: New York," from which the New York Times quoted my material. I just finished teaching 5th graders improv comedy at the Go Project at the Grace Church School in NYC. I am currently teaching at a performing arts studio.

When French people hear me speak French, they think I am French. I studied for seven years at Kenyon College and Brunswick School, where I won "The French Award." When I was only sixteen, my intensive study included a week-long immersion in Bretagne, living with a French family who spoke no English. More recently, for six years, I worked for Daniel Boulud at Feast and Fetes, where everyone is French. Pronunciation is my specialty.

Testimonials

"Passionate kid's public speaking/etiquette tutor."

- Jennifer, Scarsdale, NY on 10/24/13

"Very Patient And The Class Is Fun "

- Yung, Elmsford, NY on 11/11/14

"Writing is possible with James."

- Elena, Ridgefield, CT on 8/30/13

"Just what we needed"

- Siobhan, Mount Kisco, NY on 12/8/11

"passionate about teaching"

- Joy, Riverside, CT on 10/11/11
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Education

Kenyon College
Drama, English Minor
Drama Studio London
Master's
Cambridge University, BESG
Graduate Coursework

Education

Kenyon College (Drama, English Minor)

Drama Studio London (Master's)

Cambridge University, BESG (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Riverside, CT 06878

JAMES’s Subjects

English:
English,
Grammar,
Literature,
Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
French
Art:
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English,
French,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
French,
Grammar,
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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