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Elliot O.

Amherst, MA

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Hello! My name is Elliot. I graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA in May 2011 with a B.A. in narrative studies, gender studies and medical anthropology (self-designed). My interests range all over the academic map: I took courses in everything from literature and medical anthropology to geology and storytelling, and what I love best is making connections between different fields. I have experience teaching and tutoring math (from addition to calculus), English, grant-writing, P.E. (games and sports), religious history and theory, and college-level reading, writing and presentation skills. I have taught ages from kindergarten to college-level courses, and have experience working with people with learning differences (such as test anxiety) and special needs (such as autism).

The most important thing I have learned as a student and as a teacher is that everyone has their own learning style. Students will excel at some activities and not others, at certain times of the day and not others, and with certain methods of presenting and internalizing information and not others. This is something to celebrate! If you struggle in a subject, that is not an indication that you should give up on it, or even that you're bad at it: it's an invitation to explore that subject further, and find the way of understanding it that works for you. The role of a tutor is to help each student discover the methods and strategies that best help them excel, and to encourage them along the way.

If you are looking for a tutor with a lot of experience in student-centered education and individualized learning styles, I hope you'll contact me! I am happy to provide more information about my experience and qualifications to help you decide if I would be a good fit.

"Great experience!"

- P., Amherst, MA on 4/24/12

"Very smart and patient! "

- Marcie, Wilbraham, MA on 1/26/13

"Great teacher"

- Jean Or Don, Amherst, MA on 8/23/12
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word,
SPSS
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Japanese, Latin, Sign Language
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Special Needs
Business:
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Geometry,
Japanese, Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Reading,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball, Chess,
Soccer
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
General Computer, Grammar, Japanese, Latin, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Sign Language,
SPSS,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra at the 5th and 6th grade level, and tutored it to ages 12-20. My style of teaching focuses on understanding underlying concepts and learning to apply them to word problems and specific tasks. It does not heavily feature memorization; I believe that the best way to cement an idea or formula in your mind is to understand how it works and when to use it.

Algebra 2

I have taught Algebra at the 5th and 6th grade level, and tutored it to ages 12-20. My style of teaching focuses on understanding underlying concepts and learning to apply them to word problems and specific tasks. It does not heavily feature memorization; I believe that the best way to cement an idea or formula in your mind is to understand how it works and when to use it.

American History

History was an important part of my undergraduate education, and I have taken courses in aspects of American History such as Indigenous Studies and Land Rights, Race and Education, Oral History, and Gender Studies.

I also took AP US History in high school and received a 5 on the AP exam.

Calculus

I studied calculus in high school for two years, at the end of which I took the BC Calculus AP Exam and received a 5. I have tutored introductory calculus at the college level. As with other forms of mathematics, my philosophy is that formulas and memorization are secondary; what is most important is to understand the principles and how to apply them.

Chess

I have played chess casually for about 12 years, as part of school groups and recreationally. I took part in three workshops on strategy, though that was several years ago. I would characterize my chess skills as low-intermediate, and I have never played in a ranked tournament, but I'm happy to teach beginners and help casual players improve.

Dyslexia

I have served as a reader and writing assistant for a college student with dyslexia and a processing disorder for the past year. I have also worked with dyslexic students on proofreading papers, conducting presentations, and internalizing information.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught 4th, 5th and 6th grade maths, English, PE and creative arts. I have also tutored 4th and 5th grade reading, writing, computer skills and maths. My area of focus is elementary education.

ESL/ESOL

I have completed a 100-hour course in Teaching English as a Second Language. I have also taught English to students ages 10-15 in Mombasa, Kenya, some of whom had English as a third or fourth language.

European History

History was a considerable part of my academic concentration. I have taken courses in German history from Bismark to the fall of the Berlin Wall, early and medieval Christian history (which spans most of Europe), Irish history, and European literature. I have taught European history from a perspective of religious history, and have also contributed to several projects in a project-based course on the Enlightenment period.

Geometry

I have taught Geometry at the 5th and 6th grade level and tutored it to ages 12-20. My style of teaching focuses on understanding underlying concepts and learning to apply them to word problems and specific tasks. It does not heavily feature memorization; I believe that the best way to cement an idea or formula in your mind is to understand how it works and when to use it.

Government & Politics

I have studied the US government as part of US history courses, legal anthropology courses, and through assisting others in studying for LSATs. I have less background in the legal systems of other countries, particularly those not influenced by the British system, but have encountered them as part of my history studies.

Literature

Part of my self-designed B.A. was in literature and narrative studies, so a significant portion of my college education involved studying World Literature. I have taken courses in Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf, West African Literature, Myth and Belief in World Literature, European Novels, Speculative Fiction, and Children's and Young Adult Literature.

I took the SAT and AP Literature subject tests, and received an 800 and a 5, respectively. I am comfortable discussing books from the perspectives of mechanics, content and themes, and am happy to assist with essays on literature topics or with presentations.

I am also happy to serve as a reader or reading assistant for students with learning differences such as dyslexia.

Microsoft Excel

I work as a freelance survey analyst and use Microsoft Excel as my main software. I am comfortable synthesizing and organizing data, aggregating and representing it graphically, and doing statistical tests.

Microsoft Word

I have used Microsoft Word as my main word processor for over 10 years. I am comfortable creating and editing documents, manipulating elements such as tables and formatting, and converting Word documents to other formats.

Philosophy

I have taken courses in philosophy of religion and 20th-century philosophical history, as well as studying philosophy aspects of other subjects such as psychology, history, anthropology and science.

Prealgebra

I have taught prealgebra at the 5th and 6th grade level, and tutored it to ages 12-20. My style of teaching focuses on understanding underlying concepts and learning to apply them to word problems and specific tasks. It does not heavily feature memorization; I believe that the best way to cement an idea or formula in your mind is to understand how it works and when to use it.

Precalculus

I have tutored precalculus to ages 12-20. My style of teaching focuses on understanding underlying concepts and learning to apply them to word problems and specific tasks. It does not heavily feature memorization; I believe that the best way to cement an idea or formula in your mind is to understand how it works and when to use it.

Proofreading

I have worked as a Teaching Assistant in several writing-heavy courses, which involved proofreading, commenting on, and working with students to improve their papers. I am comfortable proofreading for grammar and spelling, flow and themes, and accuracy and format of citations. I am also comfortable proofreading for writers who use English as a second or other language.

Psychology

I have completed 4 college-level and 1 high-school-level psychology course in areas such as Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Neuropsychology and Behavioral Psychology. I have also completed 2 independent research projects in Developmental and Linguistic Psychology.

Reading

I have taught reading at the 4th, 5th and 6th grade level. I have also tutored 4th and 5th graders who were struggling with reading and writing. In both of these experiences I worked with students for whom English was a second or other language.

Religion

I taught the ages 8-14 class for two years at the Northampton MA Friends Meeting (Quakers). As part of my course I covered Quaker history and religious philosophy, issues of non-violence and peaceful activism, the history and practices of world religions, and theories of religious respect and tolerance. For the second year the focus of the curriculum was on World Religions, during which I outlined the histories, major beliefs and philosophies, celebrations and current events effecting Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. As part of my college coursework I also took courses in The English Bible, Norse Mythology and Religion, Myth Theory, Tibetan Religion and Culture, Myths and Beliefs in World Literature, and Nuns, Saints and Mystics. In high school I studied Philosophy of Religion and Religious Experiences, and designed and completed an independent study on Cults and New Religious Movements.

I am comfortable teaching and discussing the history and beliefs of most world religions, past and present.

Sign Language

I have had three years of college-level study in American Sign Language. In addition to completing levels I and II of ASL from a Deaf professor, I was also the co-leader of my school's American Sign Language Collective. I attended weekly sign-only lunches and other events, and helped to translate for several movies and speakers. As part of my coursework I studied Deaf culture and issues of autism, and prepared papers on topics such as translation in law enforcement and the legal system, and the history of Deaf colleges. I would characterize my signing as proficient but not fluent.

Soccer

I have been playing soccer for roughly 17 years, in both recreational and competitive capacities. In high school I played for the junior varsity team for 4 years and captained the JV2 team my senior year. In college I played for the school team for 4 years and was co-captain my 4th year. I currently play in an adult recreational league. I have participated in and helped to run several soccer skills camps and retreats as part of these teams. I have experience supporting coaching staff as part of my captain's duties, and also teaching soccer skills as part of a PE curriculum.

What I like best about soccer is that it is a highly cooperative sport with a lot of opportunities to develop close relationships with your team, but also has a lot of room for personal growth and improvement.

Social Studies

I have taken classes in anthropology, psychology, history, political science, religion, education, identity and cultural studies, oral history and ethnography. I was a teacher's assistant for two social science courses, Gendered Bodies and Ethnography of Law, Medicine and Science. My B.A., which is self-designed, was in the combined fields of Social Science, Natural Science, and Humanities. I was also a student member of the Hampshire College School of Critical Social Inquiry for 3 years, which gave me exposure to a large number of social science disciplines.

I have not specifically taught a social studies course before, but many of the things I have taught such as history, current events, religion and peace and conflict studies, I would consider to be part of the realm of social studies.

SPSS

I work as a freelance survey analyst and use SPSS for most of my statistical analysis. I am comfortable importing and exporting data, formatting data and labels, and performing statistical tests such as t-tests, chi-squared tests and ANOVAs. I have also taught others to use SPSS for survey or research projects.

Statistics

I took statistics classes in high school and college, and completed several independent study statistical projects in college as well. I currently work as a data analysis specialist, and use statistical analysis frequently in my work. I have tutored statistics for economics and nursing students at the college level.

Study Skills

I have tutored and TA'd college-level students in time management, understanding assignment and course requirements, test-taking strategies, and managing learning differences. I have also tutored middle and high school students in time management, writing skills, communication (with teachers and project partners) and managing language barriers.

As someone who has struggled with study skills myself, I make a special effort to be patient, open-minded and encouraging. Studying is a learned skill, not a natural ability, and often the best way to learn it is with another person there to help.

Trigonometry

I have taught Trigonometry at the high school level and tutored it to ages 12-20. My style of teaching focuses on understanding underlying concepts and learning to apply them to word problems and specific tasks. It does not heavily feature memorization; I believe that the best way to cement an idea or formula in your mind is to understand how it works and when to use it.

Vocabulary

I have tutored students in high school and college in vocabulary, included non-native English speakers. I received a perfect score on the vocabulary section of the SAT (though I consider standardized tests to be a poor measure of knowledge in any area).

Writing

I have taught writing at the 4th, 5th and 6th grade level. I have also tutored 4th and 5th graders who were struggling with reading and writing. In both of these experiences I worked with students for whom English was a second or other language.

I have also worked with college students to improve their writing, both in terms of research and mechanics.

Hampshire College

Education

Hampshire College

Great experience! — Claire has an innate ability to teach and explain concepts well. She is extremely patient and was able to help me overcome some hurdles. All in all an excellent experience. She is well organized and professional. Claire was very responsive to my initial email and inquiry and was clear about making arrangements for our class. I plan on continuing tutoring with her. ...

— P., Amherst, MA on 4/24/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $20.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Elliot will travel within 20 miles of Amherst, MA 01002.


About Elliot

Hello! My name is Elliot. I graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA in May 2011 with a B.A. in narrative studies, gender studies and medical anthropology (self-designed). My interests range all over the academic map: I took courses in everything from literature and medical anthropology to geology and storytelling, and what I love best is making connections between different fields. I have experience teaching and tutoring math (from addition to calculus), English, grant-writing, P.E. (games and sports), religious history and theory, and college-level reading, writing and presentation skills. I have taught ages from kindergarten to college-level courses, and have experience working with people with learning differences (such as test anxiety) and special needs (such as autism).

The most important thing I have learned as a student and as a teacher is that everyone has their own learning style. Students will excel at some activities and not others, at certain times of the day and not others, and with certain methods of presenting and internalizing information and not others. This is something to celebrate! If you struggle in a subject, that is not an indication that you should give up on it, or even that you're bad at it: it's an invitation to explore that subject further, and find the way of understanding it that works for you. The role of a tutor is to help each student discover the methods and strategies that best help them excel, and to encourage them along the way.

If you are looking for a tutor with a lot of experience in student-centered education and individualized learning styles, I hope you'll contact me! I am happy to provide more information about my experience and qualifications to help you decide if I would be a good fit.

Testimonials

"Great experience!"

- P., Amherst, MA on 4/24/12

"Very smart and patient! "

- Marcie, Wilbraham, MA on 1/26/13

"Great teacher"

- Jean Or Don, Amherst, MA on 8/23/12

Education

Hampshire College

Education

Hampshire College


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Amherst, MA 01002

Elliot’s Subjects

English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word,
SPSS
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Japanese, Latin, Sign Language
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Special Needs
Business:
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Geometry,
Japanese, Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Reading,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball, Chess,
Soccer
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
General Computer, Grammar, Japanese, Latin, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Sign Language,
SPSS,
Statistics

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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