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James K.

Evergreen Park, IL

$45/hr

Helpful, encouraging social studies tutor!

Background check passed as of 1/31/13
Usually responds in about 5 hours

Helpful, encouraging social studies tutor!

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In June of 2006, I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Chicago, where I majored in history and closely worked with some of the top professors in the department. Then in August of 2009, I graduated from Northwestern University with a 3.94 GPA, earning both my master's degree in education and my Type 09 Illinois Teaching Certificate.

My most recent position was working as a high school social studies teacher in Kuwait, where I gained a lot of valuable experience working with ELL students (and learned a lot about the Middle East!). Before that, I taught college-level and continuing education students at Northwestern College in Chicago. And finally, I've also worked as a private tutor, which has given me a terrific sense for how wonderfully productive working one-on-one can be.

I seem to gravitate toward teaching in one way or another, simply because I have a genuine love of helping others learn and grow, and I think you can easily find that in my work. It is worth noting that I am extremely keen at being able to tell when someone genuinely understands something, and when they're just telling me what "the right answer" is. When I work with my students, I know I have done my job only when they can teach the material back to me.

Math:
Discrete Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anthropology, Archaeology
History:
American History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, European History, Geography, Religion, Social Studies,
World History
Music:
Composition (Music), Ear Training, General Music, Music Theory, Piano
Art:
Composition (Music), Film
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development, GRE, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English, Geometry, Piano,
Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Career Development, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Career Development, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Piano

From 2005-2009, I worked as a private piano tutor, giving lessons to students of all ages (child to adult) and skill levels (beginner to advanced). I am adept at working with students in whatever genre interests them, from classical to ragtime to show tunes to popular music, I have had experience with just about every major one.

Social Studies

In 2009, I graduated from Northwestern University with a Master of Science in Education degree upon completion of a program focusing on secondary education, and social studies in particular. I am certified to teach social studies in Illinois classroom, to any students in grades 6 through 12. To date I have taught U.S. History (regular and AP level); Geography; World History; Non-Western History; and Ancient History. However, I am also adept at working with students on Civics/Government and Political Science.

University of Chicago
Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois
Master's

Education

University of Chicago

Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

James will travel within 5 miles of Evergreen Park, IL 60805.


About James

In June of 2006, I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Chicago, where I majored in history and closely worked with some of the top professors in the department. Then in August of 2009, I graduated from Northwestern University with a 3.94 GPA, earning both my master's degree in education and my Type 09 Illinois Teaching Certificate.

My most recent position was working as a high school social studies teacher in Kuwait, where I gained a lot of valuable experience working with ELL students (and learned a lot about the Middle East!). Before that, I taught college-level and continuing education students at Northwestern College in Chicago. And finally, I've also worked as a private tutor, which has given me a terrific sense for how wonderfully productive working one-on-one can be.

I seem to gravitate toward teaching in one way or another, simply because I have a genuine love of helping others learn and grow, and I think you can easily find that in my work. It is worth noting that I am extremely keen at being able to tell when someone genuinely understands something, and when they're just telling me what "the right answer" is. When I work with my students, I know I have done my job only when they can teach the material back to me.

Education

University of Chicago
Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois
Master's

Education

University of Chicago

Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Evergreen Park, IL 60805

James’s Subjects

Math:
Discrete Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anthropology, Archaeology
History:
American History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, European History, Geography, Religion, Social Studies,
World History
Music:
Composition (Music), Ear Training, General Music, Music Theory, Piano
Art:
Composition (Music), Film
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development, GRE, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English, Geometry, Piano,
Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Career Development, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Career Development, Grammar, 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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