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Steve W.

Honolulu, HI

$50/hr

English Language Specialist (BA, Eng. Lit. U.H. Manoa '96)

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English Language Specialist (BA, Eng. Lit. U.H. Manoa '96)

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Aloha!

I have two degrees: an AA in English from Moorpark College and a BA in English from U.H. Manoa (1996). Since childhood I have been a voracious reader, and a fairly prolific writer as well. I have published two books. I also substitute teach at HBA middle school and High School, and write for a website. I've dabbled in poetry and songwriting also over the years, and I enjoy encouraging people to discover more of the usefulness, power and beauty within the English language. Due to personal interest and a great deal of reading, I've also acquired a substantial amount of knowledge on Logic and Law.

I think it's important to also mention that I am a Christian, and conversant with that, my ethical orientation is in following The Golden Rule and pursuing excellence in all that I do. That being said, I believe that there is tremendous variation in students' personality types and academic needs, so at the first meeting we'll have a discussion about the students and/or parents' goals. Based on that discussion, I will custom-make a tutoring plan to fit the student's needs. At all times I will be open to adjusting the plan based on your recommendations. I will never take personal offense if a student or the students parents decide that I am not a good match for the particular student's needs.

Mahalo,

Steve

Testimonials

"Positive and encouraging."

- Hyewon, Honolulu, HI on 11/21/13
Steve replied on 7/5/2014

Thanks!

"Very conscientious and knowledgeable"

- Larry, Honolulu, HI on 2/14/13
Steve replied on 2/14/2013

Mahalo nui loa!

Math:
Logic
Science:
Philosophy
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Music:
Guitar
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT, Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
GMAT, LSAT,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Martial Arts
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
GMAT, Grammar,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

This course will be focused on helping the student score as highly as possible on the ACT English exam. I will also gladly cover any related concerns expressed by the student to help overall with the student's reading comprehension and writing.

ACT Reading

I earned both an Associate of Arts degree and a Bachelors' degree in English Literature (Moorpark College, 1988; UH Manoa, 1996). Both degrees required plenty of reading. I also had to develop comprehension and memory tricks, as some of the subject matter was quite boring. Luckily for me I have always been a voracious reader, so due to that, I was able to excel. I am also interested in philosophy and theology, and I eventually built my vocabulary to a fairly high level. I also wrote quite a bit for my degrees, and learned proper grammar along the way. Publishing numerous articles and two books since then have refined it even more. I enjoy helping my students improve their reading skills.

Bible Studies

The Bible is by far the number one best-seller in the history of the world. If one wishes to fully understand Western Civilization, one must understand the Bible. This course will focus on the major themes of the Bible, developments from Science, Archaeology, History, Philosophy and other areas which support the Bible and its worldview, different interpretive approaches, systematic Theology, and more.

English

In the process of earning a bachelors degree in English Literature (UH Manoa, 1996), I learned proper grammar. Publishing numerous articles and two books since then have refined it even more.

ESL/ESOL

Learning English as a second language is a unique challenge, but one that is incomparably helpful once it is accomplished, as so much of the world's communications are done in English.

I will not only help my students to learn the rules of English grammar, but also teach them tips and tricks to enrich their vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing skills. I will do all of this in the LEAST boring way I can manage.

Grammar

In the process of earning a bachelors degree in English Literature (UH Manoa, 1996), I learned proper grammar. Publishing numerous articles and two books since then have refined it even more.

Guitar

I've been playing guitar for over 30 years - mostly blues-based styles (blues, rock'n'roll, reggae, etc.). I can play (and help a student learn) almost anything I hear that isn't super complex. I took formal lessons when I was in High School, so I understand chords, scales and basic Music Theory. That being said, I don't teach sight-reading because I think it's not necessary for most "fun" music. Once I teach the student(s) scale and chord patterns, they will be able to shift those patterns anywhere on the neck, and play in any key or mode.

Literature

I have an AA from Moorpark College, and a BA from UH Manoa (1996) in English Literature. I never got any grade below a "B" at UH, and most of my English grades were "A"s. In addition, I read and write a LOT, so my knowledge of this subject is quite strong.

Logic

I've taken several college courses on logic, at both Moorpark College in CA and at The University of Hawaii at Manoa. My most important studying on the subject, however, has been self-directed. Due to my interests in philosophy and theology, I felt the need to study The Nine Rules of Inference carefully, along with common logical fallacies (and the subtle ways in which they violate the former). This has resulted in a fairly strong grasp of these topics.

LSAT

In addition to my English degrees and logic studies - which have given me a solid grasp on the Rules of Inference - I practiced as a licensed realtor in Hawaii for about 14 years (1997-2011). Hawaii is an "escrow state", so we generally don't involve attorneys in transactions unless there are peculiar circumstances. This being the case, realtors here are well-trained in contract law, and we pick up not only substantial statutory knowledge, but a fair amount of knowledge about precedents and procedure as well.

Studying U.S. Constitutional law as a hobby (self-directed), working for H&R Block, starting my own tax preparation business, and several other businesses have also been informative in this regard, although I will always make it clear, to whomever it may concern, that I am not (yet) a licensed attorney.

Martial Arts

I trained in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Karate as a kid, then in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Relson Gracie in the '90's for about six years. Although I never formally went beyond blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu, I've been watching MMA since it's beginning, and carefully tracking what works and what doesn't in real situations. I've also studied Judo and Sambo, so I know some submissions that BJJ black belts don't know. My son trains at Gracie Uptown and used to train at Gracie Waikiki, and I've helped train the kids at both locations.

Philosophy

I am a voracious reader, and in addition to the philosophy I learned in college, I have learned a great deal by way of self-directed study. I've always found the concept of "wisdom" fascinating, and since "philosophy" means "love of wisdom" ("philo" = love and "sophia" = wisdom), I have spent a lot of time seeking to understand all I could about it. I am always happy when I can impart understanding to someone else about it, and generate those "aha!" moments.

Proofreading

I have lots of experience proofreading. In the process of earning my English degrees, I proofread many papers. Since then I have proofread numerous papers and essays for myself, family, friends, my pastor, and students at Oceania Graduate Seminary. I've had numerous news articles published, have published two books, and recently proofread a comparative Theology book called "A Parting of Ways" for its authors Mike Bressem and Robert Arakaki. I'm a good nitpicker (but I'll be nice about it).

Reading

Few, if any, cognitive skills are more useful in our day-to-day life than strong abilities to read and comprehend. When a student improves his/her reading, they inevitably become a stronger thinker as a result. This course will be focused on improving vocabulary, reading comprehension, memory tricks, and any related skills requested by the student (or the student's parents).

SAT Reading

This course will be focused on improving the student's reading comprehension, by way of both increasing vocabulary and imparting tips and tricks which enhance clarity.

In the process of earning a bachelors degree in English Literature (UH Manoa, 1996) I learned a great deal of vocabulary, along with proper grammar. Publishing numerous articles and two books since then have refined it even more. I look forward to sharing some of what I've acquired with my students.

SAT Writing

In the process of earning a bachelors degree in English Literature (UH Manoa, 1996) I learned proper writing and grammar. Publishing numerous articles and two books since then have refined it even more.

TOEFL

English can be a tricky language to learn as a new language. In the process of obtaining my degrees, it became clear to me that English has a tremendous amount of borrowed language. It also has many features that seem odd in comparison to other languages. Nevertheless, it can be a uniquely specific language, as well as being powerful and beautiful for expression. I very much enjoy helping non-native speakers learn to improve their grasp on English.

Vocabulary

I have developed a broad vocabulary through earning Associate of Arts and Bachelors degrees in English Literature (Moorpark College, 1988; UH Manoa, 1996), as well as from reading a tremendous amount of books in my lifetime. I have also published numerous articles and two books since then. This course will be customized to shore up the student's vocabulary in whichever areas are most important, per the student's goals. To the extent possible, we'll focus on categorically related words for an enhanced synergistic effect.

Writing

In the process of earning a bachelors degree in English Literature (UH Manoa, 1996), I learned proper writing and grammar. Publishing numerous articles and two books since then have refined it even more.

U.H. Manoa

Education

U.H. Manoa

Positive and encouraging. — My son enjoyed the first session. He was motivated on a couple of writing pieces and appreciated Mr. Steve. He thanked him the next day as we were doing our gratitude journal. ...

— Hyewon, Honolulu, HI on 11/21/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Steve will travel within 10 miles of Honolulu, HI 96817.


About Steve

Aloha!

I have two degrees: an AA in English from Moorpark College and a BA in English from U.H. Manoa (1996). Since childhood I have been a voracious reader, and a fairly prolific writer as well. I have published two books. I also substitute teach at HBA middle school and High School, and write for a website. I've dabbled in poetry and songwriting also over the years, and I enjoy encouraging people to discover more of the usefulness, power and beauty within the English language. Due to personal interest and a great deal of reading, I've also acquired a substantial amount of knowledge on Logic and Law.

I think it's important to also mention that I am a Christian, and conversant with that, my ethical orientation is in following The Golden Rule and pursuing excellence in all that I do. That being said, I believe that there is tremendous variation in students' personality types and academic needs, so at the first meeting we'll have a discussion about the students and/or parents' goals. Based on that discussion, I will custom-make a tutoring plan to fit the student's needs. At all times I will be open to adjusting the plan based on your recommendations. I will never take personal offense if a student or the students parents decide that I am not a good match for the particular student's needs.

Mahalo,

Steve

Testimonials

"Positive and encouraging."

- Hyewon, Honolulu, HI on 11/21/13
Steve replied on 7/5/2014

Thanks!

"Very conscientious and knowledgeable"

- Larry, Honolulu, HI on 2/14/13
Steve replied on 2/14/2013

Mahalo nui loa!

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Education

U.H. Manoa

Education

U.H. Manoa


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Honolulu, HI 96817

Steve’s Subjects

Math:
Logic
Science:
Philosophy
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Music:
Guitar
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT, Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
GMAT, LSAT,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Martial Arts
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
GMAT, 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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