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Stephen S.

Hockessin, DE

$50/hr

Math and Science Tutor

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I have lived overseas and have friends from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.

I'm fluent in German and my native English, and enjoy learning about other cultures and know some Dutch, Swedish, French and Chinese, however, my main area of instruction for tutoring has been in math and science.

I was recognized by the state's teacher competency service with a Recognition of Excellence in Content Knowledge for Chemistry.

I have my Bachelor's in Chemistry and a Master's in Business Administration plus Pennsylvania Teacher Certification in Chemistry with twenty years of tutoring experience in the following subject areas:

Math (Pre Algebra, Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Pre Calc)

Physical Sciences:

Chemistry (High School and General)
Physics (Middle and High School)

Languages:

ESL
German

SAT Prep

Testimonials

"Excellent Tutor! Saved My Daughter From an F!"

- Susan, Coatesville, PA on 5/30/10

"Awesome tutor in several subjects!"

- Shelley, Chadds Ford, PA on 11/11/13

"A Wonderful First Visit"

- Beth, Wilmington, DE on 10/11/13

"A fantastic tutor"

- Patricia, Newark, DE on 6/12/12

"Very Helpful, Flexible, and Caring Tutor"

- Sherrie, Wilmington, DE on 4/25/12

"Relaxed and collaborative"

- Julie, Wilmington, DE on 3/24/12

"A big help"

- Robin, Kennett Square, PA on 11/28/11

"Boost to Grade and Confidence"

- Zachary, Hockessin, DE on 6/3/11

"Helpful tutor"

- Tim, Wilmington, DE on 2/23/11

"A wonderful tutor"

- Darlene, Lincoln University, PA on 11/7/10
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology, Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
Computer:
Microsoft Excel
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
German,
TOEFL
History:
American History, Classics, European History, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry,
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ASVAB, GED, GRE, Praxis,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
German,
Grammar, Microsoft Excel

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.

Chemistry

I am a certified Chemistry Teacher.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked with 3rd to 6th graders at the elementary level on science, math and reading skills. I have helped my students read at one grade level above the grade they are in and also similar to and often greater gains in their math level proficiency.

ESL/ESOL

I'm certified to teach ESL through the Literacy Volunteers in the Greater Wilmington area.

I have worked mostly with students from South America who were learning English as Second Language and they achieved the first level proficiency in English as a second language. Unfortunately, they moved out of the area and we could not finish the next level.

I understand what is is like to learn a foreign language. I am fluent in German and have studied various European languages and have a strong interest in learning about other cultures, but also to share with people American culture and increase their understanding of this culture and the American English we use.


German

I am a Certifed German Teacher in the State of PA.

Phonics

Being an ESL tutor, I was taught how to teach phonics. Also being a teacher of German and having studied various foreign languages has given me a good grounding in the basics of phonics.

Praxis

As you can see I've tutored in many subjects and although I did not need to do so took the Praxis test in Chemistry, for which I received a Recognition of Excellence award for testing in the top 15%. I also scored above the requirement needed for certification for Math in Pennsylvania and Delaware and am working to have Math added to my certification.

Prealgebra

I am a certified math instructor for both Pennsylvania and Delaware. I have over 25 years of tutoring experience. Most of that has been in math.

Social Studies

I am certified for both European and World History, and fluent in German with a strong interest in world cultures.
I have taken several social science courses in college, which all provide a good basis for being able to tutor social studies.

Study Skills

Being a tutor one needs to help students develop good study habits and organizational skills in order to be successful.
This grounding can be used in general study skills work.
Additionally, I have a PA Certification in Teaching, which included a course on Content Reading. A course that I've found to be extraordinary useful in my tutoring and has helped me teach students how to decode a textbook.

Messiah College
Chemistry
University of Delaware
Master's
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Other

Education

Messiah College (Chemistry)

University of Delaware (Master's)

West Chester University of Pennsylvania (Other)

Excellent Tutor! Saved My Daughter From an F! — I contacted Steve when my daughter was failing Honors Geometry with only 3 weeks of school left. He met with her twice a week and helped her bring her grade up to a C which was practically a miracle. Lauren understood things Steve taught her that she had been confused about for weeks. Her grades on her subsequent quizzes and tests were all A's or B's and subsequently her 4th quarter grade improved ...

— Susan, Coatesville, PA on 5/30/10

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

If less than 24 hours notice is given, one grace cancellation is allowed. However, it it becomes habitual, full hour rate will be charged.

Travel policy

Stephen will travel within 15 miles of Hockessin, DE 19707.


About Stephen

I have lived overseas and have friends from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.

I'm fluent in German and my native English, and enjoy learning about other cultures and know some Dutch, Swedish, French and Chinese, however, my main area of instruction for tutoring has been in math and science.

I was recognized by the state's teacher competency service with a Recognition of Excellence in Content Knowledge for Chemistry.

I have my Bachelor's in Chemistry and a Master's in Business Administration plus Pennsylvania Teacher Certification in Chemistry with twenty years of tutoring experience in the following subject areas:

Math (Pre Algebra, Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Pre Calc)

Physical Sciences:

Chemistry (High School and General)
Physics (Middle and High School)

Languages:

ESL
German

SAT Prep

Testimonials

"Excellent Tutor! Saved My Daughter From an F!"

- Susan, Coatesville, PA on 5/30/10

"Awesome tutor in several subjects!"

- Shelley, Chadds Ford, PA on 11/11/13

"A Wonderful First Visit"

- Beth, Wilmington, DE on 10/11/13

"A fantastic tutor"

- Patricia, Newark, DE on 6/12/12

"Very Helpful, Flexible, and Caring Tutor"

- Sherrie, Wilmington, DE on 4/25/12

"Relaxed and collaborative"

- Julie, Wilmington, DE on 3/24/12

"A big help"

- Robin, Kennett Square, PA on 11/28/11

"Boost to Grade and Confidence"

- Zachary, Hockessin, DE on 6/3/11

"Helpful tutor"

- Tim, Wilmington, DE on 2/23/11

"A wonderful tutor"

- Darlene, Lincoln University, PA on 11/7/10
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Education

Messiah College
Chemistry
University of Delaware
Master's
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Other

Education

Messiah College (Chemistry)

University of Delaware (Master's)

West Chester University of Pennsylvania (Other)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

If less than 24 hours notice is given, one grace cancellation is allowed. However, it it becomes habitual, full hour rate will be charged.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Hockessin, DE 19707

Stephen’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology, Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
Computer:
Microsoft Excel
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
German,
TOEFL
History:
American History, Classics, European History, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry,
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ASVAB, GED, GRE, Praxis,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
German,
Grammar, Microsoft Excel

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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