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Derek B.

PhD Grad Specializing in German and Test Prep Instruction

Chicago, IL (60611)

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I hold an MA in German and a PhD from Northwestern University. I've taught German privately and at universities for nearly a decade, and offer instruction at all levels. I also "wrote the book" on test prep, literally! An SAT guide I authored is still being used by students of one of the major test prep companies. I can prepare you for just about any exam, including SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT.

I lived and trained in Germany in the Berlitz method of communicative language instruction. My lessons are fun and interactive, with minimal grammar drills or memorizing tables. You will learn to speak, read, and write in a way that is natural and promotes fluency. As for test prep, I'm a former Kaplan teacher and can teach you strategies that will give you an edge on test day. Whatever your goals, I can help you reach them, and have fun doing it!

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Derek’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
ESL/ESOL, SAT Math, SAT Reading
ACT Science
ACT Math, SAT Math
ACT English, ACT Reading, ESL/ESOL, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

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I'm a former Kaplan instructor and have helped many students improve their scores on a wide range of standardized exams.


While living in Germany, I worked at Berlitz, teaching English to adults and children. I was trained in communicative language instruction, using only the target language and a conversational approach.


I hold an MA in German and have taught it at the college level for nearly a decade. I learned the language while living in Dresden and have been trained in the Berlitz method of communicative language learning.

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Florida State University (Master's)

Northwestern University (PhD)

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Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

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Derek will travel within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60626.

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