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Kevin G.

Kevin, Professional Tutor, Children's Author, and Ph.D candidate

Maryville, IL (62062)

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36, 35, 34, 34, -- my students' ACT scores from this year! I can show you too how to get top scores.

First of all, I am the father of four award-winning students, including two Metro St. Louis Valedictorians:

Nathan: winner of the prestigious D. L. Bitzer/H. G. Slottow Creativity Award, University of Illinois, Computer and Electrical Engineering

Aaron: M.D.; Medical missionary; Evelyn Whitman Scholar for Outstanding Academic Achievement from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; medical resident at Columbia University; English ACT = 35

Sara: Ms. SMU 2009-10; University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; English ACT = 36.

Christian: 2011 Graduate of Prestonwood Christian Academy where he earned perfect—and I mean perfect—attendance his junior year. Oh, and the best award of all his senior year: The Kindness Award.

I am the author of children’s stories, both humorous and Christian (52 Stories and Poems for Children, Concordia Publishing House, 1987).

I have made numerous visits over the years to public and private grade schools—where I even do Conan O’Brien imitations for grade-schoolers, believe it or not!

I have also tutored numerous high school, college, and grad school students, specializing in English, writing, foreign languages (especially vocabulary acquisition and overview understanding of syntax), and test preparation.

I myself am an award-winning scholar/writer with Ph.D-level expertise in biblical exegesis and English, Greek, Latin, and Hebrew grammar. My ACADEMIC HONORS:
•Ph. D candidate in Theology (ABD), Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (2010)
•Master of Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (2008)
•Fulbright Scholar nominee, St. Louis University (1982 – 1983)
•Summa cum laude
•Phi Beta Kappa
•Premed. GPA: 4.00
•Winner Psi Sayons Award for Outstanding Senior Psychology Student
•Student writing featured in St. Louis University Press
•Div I basketball player (point guard)

For years I was a Professional Entertainer: “The Basketball Ball-handling Wizard”
• With hundreds of appearances throughout the Midwest
•“Best half-time show in St. Louis” – St. Louis Post Dispatch

I love working with children and teenagers of all aptitudes and abilities. I will bring my fatherly love of children and my years of academic achievement to each tutoring session—along with my legendary sense of humor. (Students love me! Teachers hate me! — because I get the whole school uproariously laughing and then leave.)

Sample of humor:
“I wrote an English paper once,” I tell the school children. “My dog doodooed on it.”
“Ooo,” they say.
“Handed it in anyway. Teacher said it was the best thing she’d seen from me all year.”

Sample 2:
“That homework was so hard,” I complained, “it ate my dog!”

On a serious note, I typically guarantee 4 points improvement over prior test taking on the ACT—and have never failed. My strategy is simple — but secret. I’d love to share it with you.

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Kevin ’s subjects

English:
ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, German, Greek, Latin
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, German, Grammar, Greek, Latin, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Basketball

From the age of 9 on, all I ever wanted to be was a basketball player. I worked and I worked at it, all alone on the farm where I grew up, shooting at a basketball hoop nailed to the barn and later making my own "court" of our paved driveway. I won over a hundred awards and trophies for shooting at basketball camps throughout the state of Illinois, and even got to shoot demonstrations for the legendary Ed MaCauley as he lectured to the campers. I also worked hard at ball-handling, picking up new tricks at every camp I attended. During my high school and college days I performed my ball-handling show at hundreds of camps and halftime shows and gatherings throughout the Midwest (even at one wedding!). I was known as "the best halftime show in St. Louis," according to the sportswriters at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. While still in high school, I worked under some of the best basketball coaches of the day: Jerry Sloan, Rick Majerus, Dick Motta, and dozens of other legendary figures. I learned secret tips from all of them--and these I share with the kids I tutor.

I became the only boy in 85 years from my county to play Division I basketball. I earned a full-ride scholarship, first to Valparaiso University and later to St. Louis University. I was known as "The Ball-Handling Wizard." (I can juggle three basketballs off a wall, dribble three basketballs at a time easily, spin the ball on my nose! and all my fingers, and do the so-called "impossible catch"--with TWO basketballs, a doubly impossible feat.)

I have worked with kids of all ages in basketball camps all over the country (and was once specially commended by Jerry Sloan for my love of children). Kids flock around me at camps (maybe its because a leather ball is spinning on my nose) and beg me to teach them my tricks. But in addition to ballhandling, I specializing in fundamentals. I am very scientific about shooting, reducing this skill to simple, memorable elements or gestures. The "frozen swan" the "cubit" and the "non-wobbling equator"--these are just some of the mnemonics I use to help young shooters remember the basics of perfect form in shooting.

I've worked with everyone from kindergartners to Division I college players, boys and girls, anyone who wants to improve his or her skills and, perhaps, has a dream like I had, the skinny little farm kid from Illinois.

I'd love to work with you and help you to reach your goal!

Greek

I am a Ph.D candidate in the Greek New Testament, from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, All But Dissertation status. My dissertation is on word- and soundplay, "parechesis," in the Greek New Testament and involves in depth study of classical Greek precedents and Ph.D level knowledge of Greek vocabulary, grammar, and syntax.

I have studied Greek for 25 years, read over two dozen Greek grammars and am an expert at teaching it.

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Education

B.A. Psychology

St. Louis University; St. Louis, MO ()

Concordia Seminary; St. Louis, MO (PhD)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Travel policy

Kevin will travel within 40 miles of Maryville, IL 62062.

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