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I provide custom tutoring in a variety of areas from elementary math and reading to geometry and history. While I am a historian by trade I am an engineer at heart. I have learned that it is easier to adapt my teaching to the needs of students rather than attempt to make them learn in a way which might be contrary to their learning style. I developed this method while an instructor in the Navy and refined it as an elementary school tutor. I love watching students get excited when it finally clicks and they grasp the fun of learning.
I have an amazing wife, who is also a tutor with WyzAnt. And, we also have two children, Nathan and Deborah. I was an engineer for the Navy and honorably separated in 2008. I received my B.A. degree in History from Geneva College in December of 2012 (summa cum laude with research honors). I am currently a graduate student at Trinity International University working on a masters of Church History.
While in the Navy I taught a variety of courses as part of the ship's training department. I have taught numerous classes at various church congregations. I have tutored undergraduate students formally and informally in a variety of subjects ranging from college algebra, chemistry, computer science, and natural science to American and non western history. I also tutored and mentored elementary and middle school students at an after school program for a number of years.
My adaptive teaching style is combined with a solid foundational understanding of the subjects I tutor. I will never come unprepared and I will always be ready to help. I take my students learning seriously and value feedback.
Feel free to browse through my profile. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
While an undergraduate at Geneva College I took Bible 112 (Old Testament), Bible 113 (New Testament), Bible 200 (Exegesis and Hermeneutics), and Bible 300 (Foundations on Christian Thought). I have also taken Systematic Theology and Biblical Theology courses at graduate school. I have also done years of personal academic studies on various topics and passages in preparation for Sunday schools, Bible studies, and preaching.
I was a tutor for an after school program named Tiger Pause which focused on tutoring underprivileged students in a poverty stricken town in western Pennsylvania. The students here were from kindergarten to 8th grade. I had the privilege of tutoring these 30+ students for a number of years.
This time of tutoring with Tiger Pause taught me how to mold my teaching style to the individual needs of each student in order to help them grasp the concept under consideration. This meant learning how to determine the individual challenges a student and then find the best creative way to present material and have them grasp it.
I grew up in the public school system taking advantage of the free computers which Apple had donated to our school. Our family also have a number of apple products which we use daily for work and pleasure (including Macbook Pro and Mac Mini). As a person with some programing interests I have also gotten to know some of Mac's developer tools.
I have taken Communications 101 which focuses on Public Speaking. I have also taken two three credit courses on Argument and debate and Critical Thinking. I have also had the opportunity to speak publicly in a number of various situations with audiences ranging from 3 people to 85 people.
As an academic I have taken many workshops on study skills. These have ranged from how to read effectively, how to prepare for tests, how to write under time constraints, effective memorization techniques, and various methods or styles of learning. And, as a person who has struggled with ADHD I have had to use many techniques myself.
In high school I swam competitively. Then after the Navy I swam competitively at the collegiate level. In addition to swimming collegiately I also dove.
I played Water Polo for four years while in High School. I also managed the female water polo teach for 2 years. This entailed maintaining equipment, traveling with the team, operating clocks, and maintaining the books. I also volunteered as a coach for the High School for one year between the Navy and undergraduate schooling.
Geneva College (History)
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Master's)
Looks at Your Student as a Whole! — Bryan wants your student to succeed. Rather than merely tutoring my Honors Chem student in Chemistry, Bryan has the insight to identify areas of weakness in my son's study skills and offer him practical and helpful tips that will help him succeed in the years to come, as well as answering his Chemistry questions. We are SO grateful that we found Bryan! ...
Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00
Cancellation: 12 hours notice required
Bryan will travel within 7 miles of Deerfield, IL 60015.
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