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Peter B.

Math and English/Writing Tutor for K-9th grade students

Arlington Heights, IL (60006)

Travel radius
15 miles
Hourly fee
$25.00
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I am an Northwestern Grad with a degree in Expository Writing. I also possess a Teaching Certification/Degree from Northeastern. I am an experienced math and writing tutor who will teach basic math concepts and/or expository writing with patience and strong communication skills.

My previous math tutoring has focused on fractions, decimals, algebra, geometry, negative numbers, square roots, exponents, scientific notation, and percents. In addition, we can utilize the Khan Academy website to enforce and review basic math concepts and fundamentals.

My undergrad major consisted of being a member of a writer’s workshop. My grammar and spelling skills are solid. For English, my favorite activity would be acting out and interpreting literature by reading plays out loud together, and taking roles or parts for each character.

I have taught ages 8-15. I was a volunteer tutor for many years at the Francis Scott Key School near Oak Park. I also taught Junior Achievement while working in the corporate world.

Tutoring would be provided in your home at $25.00 per hour. We could also meet at the nearest public library. I may also be able to set up sessions online.

Regards,
Peter

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Peter’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Web Design
Sports/Recreation:
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, GED, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
History:
American History, Geography, Social Studies
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Computer:
DOS, General Computer, HTML, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Photography, Web Design
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

DOS

Regarding DOS, I provided computer support at Systat in the late 80's using DOS based computers. Most of the support issues related to needed changes to a user's config.sys file and autoexec.bat file.

I took a formal class at Oakton C.C. in DOS and received an A grade.
I also took a formal refresher class in DOS at the College of DuPage and received a B grade.

I have been using personal computers since 1986. I owned both a 286 and a 386 computer running DOS.

I am A+ Comptia Certified; and the majority of my test related to DOS and the use of its operating system.

In addition, I formally studied Unix at the College of DuPage. The Unix command driven OS is similar to DOS.

Even with Windows, I drop down to the command line to use DOS for certain tasks such as batch renames, which are easier to do in DOS than in Windows.

Regards, Peter B.

Elementary (K-6th)

Regarding K-6 teaching, I am state certified for 6 - 12 English and K-12 substitute teaching. At Northeastern, I student taught English at a private Chicago Catholic school at the 5th grade level; and I student taught Math and Social Science at the 5th grade level at the APMA school in Chicago. (Albany Park Multicultural Academy).

Since then, I have taught 3rd through 9th grade lesson plans for Junior Achievement in Glen Ellyn and Lisle. I volunteer tutored at the 3rd grade level at the Francis Scott Key school for three years.

While tutoring Math, I have focused mainly on fractions, decimals, percents, reduction, and equivalents. I am currently Wyzant certified for elementary Math and Prealgebra. Recent tutoring experiences have focused on fractions, division, and reduction.

Photography

I am a Northwestern grad with a degree in expository writing. I also possess a teaching certification/degree from Northeastern. For photography, I have been a lifelong photographer as a hobby. I learned on manual rangefinder cameras in the 1970's. I was a yearbook photographer in middle and high school; and involved in dark room work.

I have expertise with relationships between shutter speed and aperture for proper exposure. I am familiar with depth of field, bulb, time exposures, panning, F stops, fast lenses, SLRs, digital photography, ISO speed, white balance, focal lengths, zoom, telephoto, wde angle, and the inverse relationship between shutter and diaphram.

I have read multiple books on digital photography, SLRs, Canon cameras, and Olympus cameras. I own an SLR, and use it in manual mode and aperture preferred mode, along with shutter preferred mode or time value mode.

I am familiar with most if not nearly all the menu choices on my SLR cameras, and why the photographer would choose them. I am familiar with locking exposure, locking focus, manual focus, exposure compensation, and bracketing.

I am familiar with the use of JPEG file saving, RAW file saving and conversions, or saving to both simultaneously. I am familiar with the various digital storage cards and sizes and speeds of memory cards. I know how to transfer digital photos via USB cable or via a card reader. In addition, I am familiar with the various settings on the dials, fill flash, red eye reduction, forced flash, and bounce flash.

Lastly, I am familiar with burst mode, live view, spot metering, average metering, and center weighted metering., image stabilization, use of tripods and monopods, and locking the mirror. I have utilized the Macro mode of my lenses.

Study Skills

I am an Northwestern Grad with a degree in Expository Writing. I also possess a Teaching Certification/Degree from Northeastern. Regarding study skills, I had poor study skills until college. I went to the student help center and learned about time management, organization, test taking skills, and essay skills.

For certification, I have just finished reading and studying two study skills books.
One is Super Study Skills, the Ultimate Guide to Tests and Studying by Laurie Rozakis. In this guide, the author introduces the reader to study schedules, organization, study centers, use of computers, improving memory, previewing text while reading, making predictions while reading, skimming, finding main ideas, using SQ3R, using SMRR, using context clues, preparing for tests, group study, being prepared, test taking skills, and evaluating tests.

I also read Study Power by William Luckie, which was similar to the above. I should be able to help students by eliminating cramming, preparing daily, creating a schedule, and reducing test anxiety. We can determine if they should do homework alone or with a buddy or group. We can look at note taking skills and how notes are taken. We can also look at active listening and active reading. Does the student highlight the text while reading, take notes while reading, and study their notes?

Tennis

Regarding tennis, I have been a lifelong player, starting to play at the age of seven.
I took lessons at our local park district at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level.

As a teen, I went to a tennis summer camp, where I played and took lessons every morning for three weeks.

In High School, I played on our tennis team for four years. Later, in college at Northwestern, I played on the intramural tennis team.

As an adult, I have taken adult lessons at the Heritage tennis club. There, I learned how to instruct by being introduced to mini-tennis and dozens of class drills. I also watch my son's tennis lessons at the junior level. During the summer, I have taken intermediate lessons with the park district, and learned under different instructors.

I possess all shots--slice backhand and forehand, top spin backhand and forehand, one handed backhanded and two handed backhand; flat serve, slice serve, and drop shot. I can teach all the shots. I also experimented with all grips: continental, eastern, and western and understand the pluses and minuses to the different grips. I am an extremely consistent player, who would help students by rarely missing; and hitting near them while learning stroke production.

I am an avid watcher of tennis on TV. Lastly, I have read dozens of books on Tennis. I grew up watching Vic Braden teach tennis on TV; and I have read his instructional books.

My main focus on learning is to hit against a backboard to solidify ground strokes. I also love drills where we can beat records for most volleys in a row; or longest rally. I have taught my son to love the game; and have improved my wife's game significantly.

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Education

Northwestern University

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Standard Hourly Fee: $25.00

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Peter will travel within 15 miles of Arlington Heights, IL 60004.

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