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Gustav S.

Chicago, IL

$45/hr

Creative, Versatile Tutor in Music, English, and Social Studies

Creative, Versatile Tutor in Music, English, and Social Studies

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For the last 8 years, I have been tutoring people of all ages in writing, social studies, and music. As a result, I'm able not only to craft individual lesson plans for each student, but also to develop a casual rapport that conduces to the learning process. My goal as a tutor is to help students share my excitement for music, writing, history, and the social sciences, and to make lessons fun without sacrificing academic rigor. I specialize in working with young kids (4-10) and high school students preparing for college.

My educational background includes a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with pedagogy training, and an MA in the Humanities. In both cases, my coursework ranged widely over anthropology, history, English, religious studies, and political science. I have also taken extensive coursework in education and pedagogy, which has greatly improved my tutoring and curriculum-development skills.

College-prep is an area in which I have some special knowledge gained from several years working in college admissions, and from my work as a writing instructor for incoming freshmen. Most test-prep tutors work only on the test - I know that admissions counselors look at far more than that, and I try to help strengthen students not only as test-takers, but as all-around candidates. By working with students on their writing, reading, and study skills, I prepare them not only to get into college, but to succeed once they get there.

English:
ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, Anthropology,
Archaeology,
European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Music:
General Music,
Music Theory
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, 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.

Anthropology

Anthropology was one of the three major fields in which I concentrated as an undergraduate student of Interdisciplinary Studies. As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, my concentration is the anthropology of religion and politics, and I have also taken extensive coursework in paleoanthropology, personal identity theory, Irish and Middle East cultures, and cultural theory.

Archaeology

As a student of anthropolgy, much of my coursework has focused on archaeology. I am especially familiar with paleoanthropology, archaeological methods, and the Celtic Bronze Age. My work as a student of philosophy, myth, and history has also increased my knowledge of archaeology.

Elementary (K-6th)

Since 2006, when I began tutoring, I have specialized in working with kids between the ages of 5 and 13. I know the challenges presented by kids in this age group, but I also know how crucial it is that they develop an early foundation for later learning. At this young age, what kids most need is one-on-one attention from engaging tutors who are responsive to their specific strengths and difficulties, which is exactly what I strive to provide.

General Music

I have eight years of experience teaching music, focusing on guitar, piano, and music theory. I have also worked in the music and recording industries in a number of capacities, and have a tremendous passion for music. In my own playing and songwriting, I specialize in a blues-based combination of rock and soul, although I can teach basic music skills in a variety of other styles as well.

Philosophy

I have a Master's Degree from the University of Chicago with a concentration in philosophy. My primary background is political philosophy, Aristotle, Stoicism, and American pragmatism, but I also work on rhetoric and logic. I am currently employed as a writing instructor at the University of Chicago, where I help first-year students write better papers in philosophy and other areas of the humanities.

University of Redlands, CA
Interdisciplinary
University of Chicago, IL
Master's

Education

University of Redlands, CA (Interdisciplinary)

University of Chicago, IL (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Gustav will travel within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60637.


About Gustav

For the last 8 years, I have been tutoring people of all ages in writing, social studies, and music. As a result, I'm able not only to craft individual lesson plans for each student, but also to develop a casual rapport that conduces to the learning process. My goal as a tutor is to help students share my excitement for music, writing, history, and the social sciences, and to make lessons fun without sacrificing academic rigor. I specialize in working with young kids (4-10) and high school students preparing for college.

My educational background includes a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with pedagogy training, and an MA in the Humanities. In both cases, my coursework ranged widely over anthropology, history, English, religious studies, and political science. I have also taken extensive coursework in education and pedagogy, which has greatly improved my tutoring and curriculum-development skills.

College-prep is an area in which I have some special knowledge gained from several years working in college admissions, and from my work as a writing instructor for incoming freshmen. Most test-prep tutors work only on the test - I know that admissions counselors look at far more than that, and I try to help strengthen students not only as test-takers, but as all-around candidates. By working with students on their writing, reading, and study skills, I prepare them not only to get into college, but to succeed once they get there.

Education

University of Redlands, CA
Interdisciplinary
University of Chicago, IL
Master's

Education

University of Redlands, CA (Interdisciplinary)

University of Chicago, IL (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60637

Gustav’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, Anthropology,
Archaeology,
European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Music:
General Music,
Music Theory
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, 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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