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James B.

Canton, MI

$32/hr

MI Certified English Teacher, Former Engineer, Experienced Tutor

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MI Certified English Teacher, Former Engineer, Experienced Tutor

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I am State-certified to teach English, History, and Speech. In addition to my B.A. and my teaching certificate, I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. I am therefore able to tutor quite a few different subjects.

Tutoring for AP tests is one of my specialties. I am comfortable preparing a student for an AP test even if that student is not taking the corresponding class in school provided the subject falls within on of my areas f expertise. I have also successfully tutored students both for ACT and SAT test preparation and for class work, and I have assisted students with college entrance essays. With respect to standardized testing, I start by assessing students' work for areas of weakness and focus on one or two key areas at a time.

I tutor in different areas on different days. My stated rate of $32 per hour covers the following regions, each of which is either near my home or near one of my work locations:
1) In Wayne County: Canton, Plymouth, Wayne, most of Westland (anything west of Merriman), and southwest Livonia (anything west of Farmington and south of 5 Mile).
2) In Oakland County: Beverly Hills, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, eastern Southfield (east of Evergreen), and southern Birmingham (south of Maple).

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Geometry, Prealgebra,
SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Astronomy, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering,
Physical Science, Physics
Language:
ESL/ESOL, French, German, TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Government & Politics, World History
Art:
Film,
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th),
English,
ESL/ESOL, French, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra,
Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, French, German, Grammar, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 2

Before becoming a teacher, I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, so I have studied math beyond what is taught in any typical high school program. I am able to tutor all levels of algebra without difficulty.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a certified teacher in the State of Michigan. Although my certification is for grades 6-12, I have been working as a substitute teacher for nearly four years. I have routinely taught at the elementary level.

English

I am a highly qualified, State-certified English teacher for grades 6 through 12. I currently work as a substitute teacher in several districts, and a good deal of my time is spent in English classrooms.

Film

As part of my communications and theater arts teaching minor, I studied various types of films. I am especially well-qualified to discuss the developmental stages of film dramas, which is a key area of study for high-school and college film students. Moreover, I have continued to study films independently since earning my teaching certificate in 2010 and am well-versed in films of different era, from the silent era to the present.

Mechanical Engineering

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University in 1999. My weighted average grade was 91 on a 100-point scale (equivalent to an A- average). I also worked full time as a mechanical engineer most of the time from January 2000 - December 2008.

Prealgebra

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, so my math background is quite strong.

Public Speaking

I hold a current Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate, and speech is one of my certified subjects (along with English and History).

Study Skills

"Study skills" is a very broad category, but as a State-certified teacher I believe I am well qualified. I have been working as a substitute teacher across all grade levels for the past two-and-a-half years (after earning my provisional certificate in the fall of 2010).

Theatre

I am a certified teacher, and one of my teaching minors was communication and theater arts. I have extensive college-level training in various aspects of theater. I have also performed in a number of college plays (as recently as 2010) and therefore have-first hand knowledge of theater productions.

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Kettering University (Formerly GMI)
Eastern Michigan University
Other

Education

Kettering University (Formerly GMI)

Eastern Michigan University (Other)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $32.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

The $32/hr. rate is for tutoring in Plymouth, Canton, Westland, or SW Livonia. Please contact me to inquire about the rate for in-home tutoring in other locations.

Travel policy

James will travel within 25 miles of Canton, MI 48187.


About James

I am State-certified to teach English, History, and Speech. In addition to my B.A. and my teaching certificate, I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. I am therefore able to tutor quite a few different subjects.

Tutoring for AP tests is one of my specialties. I am comfortable preparing a student for an AP test even if that student is not taking the corresponding class in school provided the subject falls within on of my areas f expertise. I have also successfully tutored students both for ACT and SAT test preparation and for class work, and I have assisted students with college entrance essays. With respect to standardized testing, I start by assessing students' work for areas of weakness and focus on one or two key areas at a time.

I tutor in different areas on different days. My stated rate of $32 per hour covers the following regions, each of which is either near my home or near one of my work locations:
1) In Wayne County: Canton, Plymouth, Wayne, most of Westland (anything west of Merriman), and southwest Livonia (anything west of Farmington and south of 5 Mile).
2) In Oakland County: Beverly Hills, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, eastern Southfield (east of Evergreen), and southern Birmingham (south of Maple).

Education

Kettering University (Formerly GMI)
Eastern Michigan University
Other

Education

Kettering University (Formerly GMI)

Eastern Michigan University (Other)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

The $32/hr. rate is for tutoring in Plymouth, Canton, Westland, or SW Livonia. Please contact me to inquire about the rate for in-home tutoring in other locations.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Canton, MI 48187

James’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Geometry, Prealgebra,
SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Astronomy, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering,
Physical Science, Physics
Language:
ESL/ESOL, French, German, TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Government & Politics, World History
Art:
Film,
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th),
English,
ESL/ESOL, French, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra,
Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, French, German, Grammar, 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.


James’s Resources

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