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Universität Tübingen, Germany (History and Classics)
Washington University, MO (Master's)
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (J.D.)
Caring, creative, and confidence fostering coach for German, Latin, European and American history and Math (GLEAM).
When we invest valuable time and resources to have 'cutting edge' technology at our finger tips, we must make doubly sure we devote enough energy, effort, and expertise, to sharpening and honing our most valuable tools: our mental skills.
I have taught students in school settings for six years, tutored for many more. Buoyed by my coaching tutees of mine make marked measurable progress, irrespective of background, from toddler to retiree, from individual with congenital learning issue to graduate student scholar. Pupils in my care love my reasoned faith in their ability to succeed, my confidence fostering focus, and my infectious enthusiasm for any aid, activity and approach that will promote proficiency in the subject.
I am a German native who has lived, studied, and worked in this country since 1983. I came here after studying Classics and History in Germany (Mainz & Tübingen 1979-1983). I graduated with a Master of Arts in History from Washington University, St. Louis, MO in 1984. From 1984 to 1989 I taught Latin and History at private schools while beginning night law school at Temple in Philadelphia. For over 20 years I have been an attorney primarily concentrating on the representation of school aged children in Family and Juvenile Courts. At this juncture in my life I am able to return to my first and foremost passion: educating students in the subjects I love. You would correctly surmise that I am also an avid reader, that I genuinely cherish the craft of composition, and that I appreciate the power of purposed persuasion flowing from the mouths and pens of well educated thinkers.
Tutoring gives me an opportunity to share my love of learning and to use creative ways to inspire mostly younger individuals. I assess my student's learning style, needs and wants, and create a corresponding individual plan and implementation strategy. While it may be human to err, it is also human to learn. Every child has a natural proclivity to playing, exploring, and learning, often without distinguishing one from the other. I see my job as an expert coach who grows, harnesses, and focuses innate talent and fosters love of learning. I am enthusiastic about each of my subjects, and get a thrill out of observing my students discover their own talents, and acquire confidence in their abilities through guided practices and gradual step ups in achievement. Caring, creative, and confidence fostering coach for German, Latin, European and American history and Math (GLEAM).
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ludger to improve my German over the past 2 months. I was preparing for the Level B1 German proficiency test and had a relatively short time period to study for the exam. Ludger was instrumental in helping me achieve my goals and obtaining a great score on the exam. I worked with Ludger in person and via Skype. He was fantastic in both formats. In addition to focusing on traditional tutoring topics, such as grammar and vocab, Ludger also offered great insight into German culture and current events. This is one of many elements that makes Ludger stand out as a great tutor. I highly recommend him.
Ludger has totally exceeded our expectation as a tutor. He is very patient, and very thorough. He is very easy to reach. My son is 16 and was against having a tutor, but loves the way he accomplishes so much with Ludger!
Ludger not only teaches subjects, but his way of looking at life is teaching my son how to reach his goals.
He tries to teach my son to also do the work independently, which is our goal.
Over all FANTASTIC!
Ludger is a great tutor. Broadly and well educated, he is also a patient, kind and flexible person with high standards and genuine interest in his students. He is dependable, professional, quick to respond to emails and to address questions. I selected him because he is a native German speaker, and after a year of learning German on my own, I wanted help with speaking, reading and writing German. I have gotten just what I wanted and more because his knowledge of history, literature, culture and languages is extensive and informs our sessions. As a retired professor, I have insights into what makes a good teacher/tutor. As a parent of two boys who at one time or another needed tutoring, I also recognize him as someone who would work well with children and young people. I recommend him most highly.
I received a last minute notice about a Latin exam for my son. I explained to Ludger and the next night he was there! So thoughtful, helpful and vested in his student's success.
My son loves Latin because Ludger loves Latin and shares that enthusiasm. My son is talking about Latin and thinking about Latin long after the tutor sessions are done for the day.
Our grandson is one tough cookie but he seems to be responding so well to Mr. V. He actually is doing his summer reading and will be able to write the essay in September. We hope to continue with Ludger V's tutoring throughout the entire school year as this has been such a positive experience for us.
When a 16 year old has friends asking their parents if they can have the same tutor, you know you've found the right tutor! Ludger is great. He gets right down to business, is serious about teaching, but he is patient as well. He has adapted to my son's learning style and has already helped him tremendously.
Ludger is a great tutor. He has a very relaxed and informative style which makes learning a new language a joy. Rather than parrot reading from text books Ludger finds different ways of making the language 'stick' in your head. Simple German songs and games make you think about how the language is used in day to day activities and you are surprised how soon you are asking for things and structuring sentences.
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Math is in my blood. My father used to say that all the Veers were good at Math. It proved to be true. My brothers, my sister, we all excelled in Math. Now I tutor Math while my college age son studies Math and Computer Science at one of the best colleges for these subjects, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
There are as many approaches to learning to like Math as there are individual learning styles. When my son went to grade school, I used to write him little notes, each with a little math problem for him to solve in his spare time. He loved it. It allowed me to check on his progress without asking the teacher. She was astounded by the progress he was making and admitted that she was not able to challenge him enough in her class. Liking of Math is nurtured, it is not based on a genetic predisposition. Thorough knowledge of the subject and enthusiasm are a good start. Adapting to the student's learning style allows the teacher to succeed in conveying the knowledge and the liking.
This approach has served me well as a teacher and as a tutor.
Math has always come easy to me. I took the most advanced Math courses at my school in Germany, including Calculus and Linear Algebra, Statistics, and anything building up to those courses. Classmates and friends would ask me for help. Many told me they only understood the concepts after I explained them.
Math seems to be in my genes. My father was good in Math, my siblings all were, and my son studies Math at Carnegie Mellon University, one of the best colleges for the subject.
Tutoring has been a pleasure and a rewarding experience. I work with students of all levels and find an approach that engages and starts building success. Try me.
History is a passion of mine. I studied history in college and graduated from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, in 1984 with a Master's degree in History. Five years of teaching at private high schools netted teaching experience, not fortune. So I changed careers and became a lawyer. After 20 years as attorney I am able to return to teaching. I am certified to teach History, Latin, and German. I tutor while I wind down my law practice. Through the years, I have continued to develop my passion for history and read, and read, and read. My German background gives me a different perspective. My students benefit from that. I find it fascinating to tie events in American history to contemporaneous events in other parts of the world, especially in Europe. This approach brings into sharp relief what is unique about the American experience.
I have played chess since my childhood. In recent years I have begun playing chess online with a number of international players. My average opponent is highly ranked. When I do lose, it is often by timeouts or because I did not use much time to think. I work on openings, the middle game, and the endgame that often involves pawn positioning strategy. At this point I am a competitive player. I love the game.
I have taught Latin and History, studied Latin and History, with an emphasis on Ancient and Medieval European History, and have passed the Massachusetts subject matter test for teachers of Latin and Classical Humanities. Latin and Greek are part of our cultural DNA. The study of these roots of our present society brings abundant fruit, and can be very enjoyable in the process. "Know Thyself!" reminded the words inscribed at the temple of Apollo in Delphi. The study of the Classics aims at nothing less than that.
German is a language spoken by more people in Europe as a first language than any other. Situated in the heart of the continent, the territory of the German nation has served for centuries as a crossroads of streams of ideas, of peoples, languages and cultures. It is not by accident that its residents, historically, have been subjected to significant stresses from a variety of sources and directions. Yet, its people have managed to reset, rebound, and return to a status of respect among nations, time and again.
I have taught German to toddlers, to senior citizens, to business people, to college students. I like the language, the culture, the challenges associated with trying to understand the roles this land, this culture, have played in history down to the present.
I'd love to be your guide and mentor.
Latin was love at first sight for the pious altar boy who learned the Latin phrases from his oldest brother in 1964. As it turned out, the language of the Catholic church was also the language in which Newton wrote about gravity, and the language of science in general for centuries. Then I learned how the inspiring oratory of Rome's foremost attorney, Cicero, worked its rediscovered magic on Italians of the Renaissance era who found dust covered manuscripts of his speeches and educative musings. Like Petrarca in the 14th century we too can rediscover the treasures of Western civilization and learn more about who we are when we study Latin, because this language is embedded in our cultural DNA. I studied Latin at a German Gymnasium (college preparatory school) for six years followed by four years in college. I continued to read Latin in my professional life during leisure times. After 20 years of practicing law I am returning to teaching. I want to help young individuals, and not so young ones, to make the most of their talents. In my life the time and effort invested in learning Latin have paid solid dividends that continue to accrue to this day.
Since grade school I tutored peers in Math. My father told us it was in our blood. I believe we grew up with parents who believed in education and in our abilities, especially in Math. During high school (German Gymnasium) I took the most advanced Math courses (college prep/AP) and continued to be a resource to fellow students who had difficulties grasping terminology or concepts. My son took a similar course and is now studying Math and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, PA. Math does not have to be difficult. It is important to nurture comfort with numbers and Math logic. That is what I am good at, and that is what my students learn from me. The effects are solid and long term.
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