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Stephen G.

New Windsor, NY

$30/hr

Patient algebra, geometry, math in GED/ASVAB, history, pol.sci. tutor

Background check passed as of 1/26/11
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Patient algebra, geometry, math in GED/ASVAB, history, pol.sci. tutor

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After serving as the U.S. Military Academy historian for 30 years, I am returning to other fields of interest -- history and mathematics. In addition to teaching a history course at West Point, I taught several U.S. History courses and political science courses at SUNY Brockport. Before I received my Ph.D., I was an instructor in the History Department at the University of Pennsylvania for two years and also tutored some high school students in American history.

Most of my tutoring experience, however, has come in the area of mathematics. While in college I tutored some women in mathematics for the GED. Currently I'm tutoring a gentleman and a lady in algebra and geometry for the GED. I tutored two gentlemen in math for the ASVAB so they could enter the armed forces and tutored a woman in college algebra to enable her to pass a test exempting her from taking the actual course. I tutored my son and daughter in math through high school and my son went on to major in computer science and math at Carnegie Mellon University and my daughter majored in mechanical engineering at Bucknell.

Testimonials

"Smart, knew his stuff, always prepared ahead of time,, easy to reach, "

- Gerri, Walden, NY on 3/4/12

"He's Great! "

- Cynthia, New Windsor, NY on 5/30/14

"Patient and Very Thorough"

- Jazmin, New Windsor, NY on 4/8/14

"Great Tutor"

- Alfonso, New Windsor, NY on 10/24/13

"So Far So Good"

- Michelle, Newburgh, NY on 2/10/12

"Math"

- Leteesha, Beacon, NY on 10/25/11
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ASVAB,
GED,
GRE,
PSAT,
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
Economics,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT Math

The ACT math is very similar to the SAT math. If you can tutor in one it's easy to tutor in the other. I took a practice ACT math exam on a site and was able to do the problems without any real difficulty.

Algebra 1

I have taught this subject in the past and am currently teaching several students in this subject area. Some elements are needed for the math portion of the GED and additional elements are required in the ASVAB. The math portions of the PSAT use all aspects of this subject with some challenging unusual arrangements that I can help students with if they are facing that test.

Algebra 2

My tutoring work and experience extends into Algebra 2. While I need to brush up on logarithms when I tutor students in this subject, all other areas I find easy and enjoyable. I have found it's easy to help students advance through much of algebra 2 with only one on one attention. I went through four years of high school mathematics myself which included trig and pre-calculus. I also completed a year of calculus in college. While I'm comfortable with all we covered in high school, I don't tutor in calculus.

American History

I have a doctorate in American political history and have taught numerous courses on the college level in different aspects of American history.

ASVAB

Although I graduated from college, attended graduate school, and received my Ph.D. in American history and could help in the English portions of the exam, my greatest strengths on this exam would be in the mathematics sections. I tutored both my son and daughter in math, algebra, and geometry through high school and both of my children went beyond me in their math work in college. My son majored in computer science and mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University and my daughter graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University.
In addition to doing well in high school and passing calculus in college, I have passed the pre-algebra, algebra 1, geometry and Math SAT exams offered by this site. I have looked at sample math questions in this exam and I would be comfortable tutoring anyone in these portions of the exam. I could also assist in the English sections if necessary.
I went through ROTC and served as an officer in the Army Reserves. Although I retired as a lieutenant colonel, I have no particular skills or knowledge from that experience which would be helpful on this test.

Economics

As a student of American history, some understanding of economics is essential. I am well versed in American economic history and can tutor economics at the high school level.

Elementary Math

Not surprisingly, since I teach algebra and geometry, I had no problem with elementary math. Actually, a number of the questions on the exam are similar to those on the GED. I've been tutoring a rather slow elderly gentleman in this subject for the GED for some time so I'm very familiar with the material covered in the test.

European History

I took numerous courses in European history in college including English history, the French Revolution and Napoleon, Europe since 1870 and Europe since 1918. I have also taken several European history reading courses and am well versed in European history since the middle ages. Beyond basic knowledge about Greece and Rome, however, my knowledge of the ancient world is much more limited.

GED

I have tutored an elderly gentleman in math for the GED for several months. He has some learning disabilities so in the course of working with him I've become very familiar with the math curriculum for the test. Based on my background as a historian I could also assist in the social studies portion of the test.

Geography

In tests of geography, I always excel. While my knowledge of American geography is my strongest, I am quite knowledgeable about European and Asian geography as well. If a student is struggling in geography, I am confident that I can help improve their understanding.

Geometry

Geometry is a component of the GED test, a larger component of the ASVAB test and even more notable in the math PSAT test. I have found that students often that are good in Algebra have problems in Geometry and vice versa. I am confident in teaching all aspects of geometry that is covered in high school.

Government & Politics

My doctorate in American political history required me to have a solid understanding of government and politics. Not only did I do my original research in this area using quantitative analysis before it became widely used by historians, it is a subject I follow in the news very closely.

GRE

I took the GRE myself many years ago and did very well. I also tutored a young lady through wyzant who was concerned about the GRE math section. I was able to do all of the problems on the practice set and she felt very prepared to take the test when we finished.

Prealgebra

This is a subject that must be mastered before anyone takes the GED, ASVAB, or math PSAT. If you have a basic understanding of math it is not too difficult to get a handle on prealgebra. Although it may be the first time that a student used letters instead of numbers to do math it is not as bad as it might look at the outset. Never fear, you can get through the material!

Proofreading

While working as the Military Academy historian, I had many opportunities to proofread other people's work. Unfortunately, in many offices, insufficient time was spent on proofreading and, as a result, many embarrasing mistakes were published. If you like to read and are a careful reader you can be a successful proofreader. And you proofreaders out there, do you see my mistake? (I wanted to leave a little something for the readers of this description.)

PSAT

I received a B.A. from Washington and Lee University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. I have tutored students in all aspects of mathematics and have enough English background from my college and graduate work to assist in that area on this test as well.

Public Speaking

In college I worked for three summers at the Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Plant and gave presentations to the public on general aspects of nuclear power and its role in generating electricity. I received a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship before I began graduate school. In addition to taking a course in public speaking in college, I also served as a teaching assistant at the University of Pennsylvania for two years and taught several courses in American history and taught political science in a team-taught course for one year at SUNY Brockport.

While serving as the U.S. Military Academy historian for 30 years, I gave numerous presentations on the history of the institution, the integration of women, and the role of African-Americans at West Point. For more than a decade, I gave major addresses to the newly-arriving staff and faculty on the history of the Military Academy. I also gave more than 100 tours for distinguished civilian and military, foreign and domestic visitors. I also gave individual tours for Bill Moyers, Tom Brokaw, and Dan Rathers.

Reading

Through college and graduate school I increasingly took courses that required a great deal of reading. Reading a daily newspaper and the Sunday New York Times ensures that my knowledge and appreciation of reading have been maintained.

SAT Math

I obviously took the SAT myself and helped my children prepare for their SATs as well. The SAT is not significantly more difficult than Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry and some Trig.

The way the problems are presented is different from what students typically experience in high school but they can be overcome with some effort.

Social Studies

I received a Ph.D. in American Political History from the University of Pennsylvania. I was a teaching assistant at Penn and taught at SUNY Brockport for a year and at the U.S. Military Academy for a semester.
I served as the U.S. Military Academy Historian for 30 years and, during that time, wrote reports and gave presentations on dozens of subjects related to West Point, women, and minorities at the Academy. I also gave more than 100 tours of the Academy for distinguished American and foreign military and civilian dignitaries.
I have passed the American, European, World History, economics, geography, and government and politics tests at this site.

World History

In addition to extensive reading in American history, I have taken numerous courses on European history, Latin America, and am well versed in histories of Asia and Africa. I gained a refresher on the later areas when I helped my daughter study for her global studies course. I am well versed enough to assist a high school student dealing with this subject.

Writing

While serving as the Academy historian I was often engaged in writing papers and documents for the command group. Because of my editing skills I was often called upon to help critically review documents that others had prepared. During the Academy's bicentennial, many videos were prepared by PBS, the History Channel and other channels and I was asked to critically review the text of all of them before they received the Academy's blessing.

Washington and Lee University
History
University of Pennsylvania
Master's
University of Pennsylvania
PhD

Education

Washington and Lee University (History)

University of Pennsylvania (Master's)

University of Pennsylvania (PhD)

Smart, knew his stuff, always prepared ahead of time,, easy to reach, — He was very responsible, attentive, patient, and had great teaching skills. He always gave it his all and always went the extra mile to help. ...

— Gerri, Walden, NY on 3/4/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Although $30 is my normal rate, I adjust it based on the financial condition of the family and the subject.

Travel policy

Stephen will travel within 15 miles of New Windsor, NY 12553.


About Stephen

After serving as the U.S. Military Academy historian for 30 years, I am returning to other fields of interest -- history and mathematics. In addition to teaching a history course at West Point, I taught several U.S. History courses and political science courses at SUNY Brockport. Before I received my Ph.D., I was an instructor in the History Department at the University of Pennsylvania for two years and also tutored some high school students in American history.

Most of my tutoring experience, however, has come in the area of mathematics. While in college I tutored some women in mathematics for the GED. Currently I'm tutoring a gentleman and a lady in algebra and geometry for the GED. I tutored two gentlemen in math for the ASVAB so they could enter the armed forces and tutored a woman in college algebra to enable her to pass a test exempting her from taking the actual course. I tutored my son and daughter in math through high school and my son went on to major in computer science and math at Carnegie Mellon University and my daughter majored in mechanical engineering at Bucknell.

Testimonials

"Smart, knew his stuff, always prepared ahead of time,, easy to reach, "

- Gerri, Walden, NY on 3/4/12

"He's Great! "

- Cynthia, New Windsor, NY on 5/30/14

"Patient and Very Thorough"

- Jazmin, New Windsor, NY on 4/8/14

"Great Tutor"

- Alfonso, New Windsor, NY on 10/24/13

"So Far So Good"

- Michelle, Newburgh, NY on 2/10/12

"Math"

- Leteesha, Beacon, NY on 10/25/11
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Education

Washington and Lee University
History
University of Pennsylvania
Master's
University of Pennsylvania
PhD

Education

Washington and Lee University (History)

University of Pennsylvania (Master's)

University of Pennsylvania (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Although $30 is my normal rate, I adjust it based on the financial condition of the family and the subject.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of New Windsor, NY 12553

Stephen’s Subjects

Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ASVAB,
GED,
GRE,
PSAT,
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
Economics,
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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