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Austin E.

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Chicago, IL (60605)

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My name is Austin E. and I am currently a senior at Roosevelt University in Chicago. I am double majoring in Philosophy and Political Science and I am planning on going for my Teacher's Certificate in the fall of 2013 after I get my BA. Having studied philosophy, I am very comfortable tutoring those who need help in modern philosophy (that being the focus of my degree) and logic. I am also very proficient in mathematics as that was my focus early in my college career. Math was by far my easiest subject throughout high school and I got an A in Calculus 1 in college. I'm a few years removed from studying calculus but I am more than comfortable teaching Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1.

Aside from academics, I would like to function mainly as a chess tutor. Chess has been my passion for almost 6 years now and I enjoy it almost more than anything else. I started playing relatively late but was able to pick up the game very quickly. I am now expert level strength (approximately 2000+ rating) and am very active in coaching the students on my local high school team. Despite living in Chicago, I am able to give remote chess lessons via computer whenever my students are available. Prior to moving to Chicago, I was able to more actively coach the students in person on my high school team. We have had a few very successful seasons as of late posting 5-2 records at the state championship in 2009, 2010, and 2011 as well as going undefeated and winning our conference also in 2011.

I am able to tutor students of nearly every skill level and all ages- from someone who has no knowledge of the game of chess to an experienced tournament player. I will also be able to help students achieve whatever skill level they are working for, whether it's just learning how to beat their dad at chess or prepare for serious USCF or FIDE tournaments.

My teaching philosophy begins with thoroughly learning the rules of the game including all of the intricacies of pawn promotions, castling, and en passant. Then some very basic chess strategy is necessary. Things like controlling the center of the board, developing your pieces to form an effective attack, keeping your king safe, and being aware of your opponent's threats will immensely improve a beginner's chess ability. After this, studying chess tactics becomes crucial for the player looking to improve quickly. Tactics are using a forced sequence of moves to take advantage of a mistake made by the opponent in order to gain an advantage often in the form of material or a checkmate. A mastery of chess tactics supplemented with a firm grasp of the endgame and modern opening theory is the most effective road to chess success. I will be able to help my students achieve this primarily through various online resources and the many books that have been written by International Master Jeremy Silman.

I look forward to working with students of many different skill levels and I check my email very frequently throughout the day.

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Austin’s subjects

Algebra 1, Logic, Prealgebra
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Spelling
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), Prealgebra, Writing


I have been playing chess for almost 6 years now. Immediately after starting to play seriously, I was able to grasp the concepts necessary to excel at my level and I know what it takes to get better quickly. I am expert level strength (approximately 2000+ rating) and I am looking forward to working with students of all skill levels and ages.

I worked as a volunteer coach for the Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School chess team and helped them achieve impressive results. The team had a 5-2 record at the state championship in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and they were also able to go undefeated and win conference in 2011. Most of them are very successful individual players as well and a good number of them are Class B strength tournament players.


I have been playing tennis for about 8 years now. I started my freshman year in high school and with a lot of practice, I was able to work my way up to 1st doubles.

In high school, I also instructed summer tennis camps where the school hosted dozens of 8th graders who were interested in playing tennis the following year.

After graduating high school, I then moved on to play 2nd singles at Roosevelt University. Since graduating, I have focused more on instructing beginners in tennis and preparing them to play on a team or just have fun on the weekends.

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Roosevelt University- Chicago (Philosophy)

Chess tutoring feedback — For the last 2 months, Austin has been tutoring my elementary aged daughter and son in the subject of chess. His knowledge and passion for the game is evident. He teaches at my children's level and engages them for the length of the lesson. After the lesson, my children choose to play chess on their own and look forward to their next lesson with Austin. I would recommend Austin easily for his rel ...

— Joan from Oak Park, IL on 5/18/13

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Austin will travel within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60605.

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