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Peter H.

Build Confidence, Reduce Anxiety, Learn Content: Hard Work Pays Off !

Ardmore, PA (19003)

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I have been a teacher and tutor for more than 20 years.

Today, I am an Instructional Aide at Harriton High School, and assist special education and regular students daily in all subjects: math, physics, chemistry, English, history, writing. As such, I am familiar with course content, assessments, standardized testing, ACT, SAT, PSAT, PSSA, and the Keystone. Additionally, I tutor college level courses in physics, mathematics, and English Language Learners (ELL): my students have been from Republic of Georgia, Italy, Mexico, Honduras, China, and Nepal.

My first career was in business as a Vice President, consultant, and trainer. During this time, I taught Business Management at the University of Wisconsin and Chestnut Hill College. I hold BS, MS, and MBA degrees. After completing a 3-year certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy, I am a trainer in communications and motivation. I often use these skills to mediate between parents and students to get commitment to study and goals.

I describe my tutoring style as: patient, focused on reducing anxiety, willing to explain in small steps to build confidence/competence, and then working to master the content.

Student focus is essential! I have high expectations of student effort. It's up to the student to cut back on Facebook, Twitter, social media, computer games, TV, and put in the time studying! I can't do it alone! Parents must be involved in this effort. Hard work pays off!

My wife, Maureen, and I have spent summers in the Himalayas teaching English and art. The photo is me at a Buddhist School in Jharkot, Nepal.

I served as a Lieutenant with the US Army 8th Special Forces in Latin America building schools and water supplies, and am proud of my service.

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Peter’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology
Computer:
Microsoft Excel
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
History:
American History, Government & Politics, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development, Microsoft Excel, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Career Development, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Statistics

ACT English

The reviewer/grader has 2 minutes to evaluate your essay. Make it easy for him to give you a good grade.

Then, let's develop the structure: thesis statement, 3 supporting paragraphs, conclusion.

Grammar, spelling, important. Please, no grade-school vocabulary: good, happy, big, etc.!

I expect the student to write at least 2 essays per week for correction. Hard work pays off!

Algebra 1

I find that many students lack the basic skills of pre-Algebra to succeed in Algebra I.

I first assess the student skills, and if necessary, review all fundamentals to prepare the student for the next level.

As an Aide at Harriton High School I assist students daily in Algebra I, II, Geometry I, II, Trig, and Honors for these courses.

I have my personal notes to take students from basic concepts to complex problems.

Algebra 2

The key to Algebra II is a mastery of Algebra I.

I find that many students are in Algebra II with inadequate basic skills and become lost.

My approach is to first assess basic skills, and bring the student up to competence for Algebra II. I have private notes, past exams, for study and practice.

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored English Language Learners (ELL) for over 10 years.

I received training and certification from the Delaware County Literacy Council, and worked through the DCLC as a volunteer.

I am a contractor with an England based firm to tutor clients in the US. I had long term corporate assignments teaching groups from Latin America, an Ecuadorian production foreman, and a family from Italy.

I am an Instructional Aide, Autistic Support, at the Lower Merion School District. At Harriton High School I tutor ELL in English, Math, and Chemistry.

I have tutored high school students in English and other subjects: a senior woman from the Republic of Georgia, and freshman males from Taiwan, Mexico, China.

Summer 2011 I completed a 30 hour English Language Learner Symposium at the Chester County Intermediate Unit. Additionally I complete 20 hours each year to teach the learning disabled.

I am conversational in Spanish. As an Army Lieutenant with the 8th Special Forces I completed a 3 month Spanish Language training, and was assigned to Ecuador for 8 months. I experienced and know the stress of learning a new language and living in a foreign culture.

I spent the summers of 2010 and 2012 in Nepal teaching English to Tibetan students and monks at monastery schools.

In addition to BS, MS, and MBA degrees, I have a 3 year training in Gestalt psychotherapy from Pennsylvania Gestalt. I often use techniques from this training to assist students to overcome barriers to growth and a new language.

Geometry

I find that many students lack the basic skills of Alegbra I to succeed in Geometry.

I first assess the students Alegbra skills, and if necessary do a review to bring the student up to the necessary level.

As an Aide at Harriton High School I assist students daily in Geometry and Honors.

I use my personal notes to explain basics, then more complex problems.

Copies of past exams and finals prepare the student for tomorrows exams and standardized tests.

Physics

As an Aide at Harriton High School I assist students daily in all Physics.

Additionally, I have tutored physics students at West Chester U, and Temple U.

My personal notes explain basic principles and then solve more complex problems.

Copies of past exams prepare the student for tomorrow's tests.

Prealgebra

As an Aide at Harriton High School I assist students daily in Algebra I, II, Geometry, Trig, and Honors in these subjects.

My personal notes explain basics, then move to more complex problems.

Copes of past tests and finals help prepare the student for tomorrows exams.

PSAT

I have been an SAT, ACT, PSAT tutor for over 10 years.

My first career was in business as a Vice President, consultant, and trainer. During this time I taught Business Management at the University of Wisconsin and Chestnut Hill College.

Today, I am an Instructional Aide in the Lower Merion School District, Autistic Support, and assist special education teachers from grades K through 12.

I also teach English as a Second Language (ESL) as a volunteer and to corporate clients, and have been a volunteer GED instructor.

I hold BS, MS, and MBA degrees. After completing a 3-year certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy, I am a trainer in communications and conflict resolution.

I served as a Lieutenant with the US Army Special Forces in Latin America building schools and water supplies.

My wife, Maureen, and I spend summers in the Himalayas teaching English and art.

I describe my tutoring style as: patient, reduce anxiety, explain in small steps to build confidence/competence, hard work and high expectations.

SAT Math

I find that many students have forgotten the basic concepts behind each problem.

My approach to review basic concepts behind each math problem so that variations of the same problem will be recognized, and solved.

SAT/ACT Math: just as important as knowing the content, is having a strategy to complete these sections. When to do a problem, when not to. When to guess, when not to. Know the penalties for wrong answers.

My personal notes will help the student master the basics, then expand to harder problems.

It's not necessary to do all the problems, but you MUST get the easy and intermediate ones right!

SAT Writing

Most people don't write the way they speak. I hear bad grammar in classes and in the media daily. Let's understand and focus on the differences.

The reviewer/grader has 2 minutes to evaluate your essay. Make it easy for him to give you a good grade. Know and practice the format.

Then, let's develop the structure: thesis statement, 3 supporting paragraphs, conclusion.

Grammar, spelling and vocabulary are important. Please, no grade-school vocabulary such as good, happy, big. Must use an adult vocabulary.

I expect the student to write at least 2 essays per week for correction. Hard work pays off!

Study Skills

My background and credentials related to Study Skills include:

As an Instructional Aide in the Lower Merion School District I work daily under the supervision of Special Educational and other content certified teachers to help students:
* review goals
* review current progress and grades
* plan and prepare for upcoming assessments and projects
* make assignments to reach goals
* check and improve assignment books, make self assignments
* use the library and internet to research and complete assignments
* review homework assignments
* review student time management, making time assignments for subjects
* note taking in class and during independent study
* outline, develop, and write essays
* build vocabulary daily
* assess student strengths and weaknesses
* listen to student anxieties and coach as needed.

I have been an aide for 5 years and have worked in every school in the district from grades K to 12. I am currently assigned to Harriton High School.

I am required to take 20 training hours per year through the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN). Training related to study skills has included:
* supporting students to reach independence in study
* understanding the characteristics of learners
* understanding individual learning differences
* instructional strategies
* teaching children with emotional issues
* understanding challenging behavior
* understanding and working through cultural differences
* student time management and work assignment.
* working with English Language Learners (ELL)

I completed a 3-year training with The Pennsylvania Gestalt Institute in the practice of psychotherapy. I use learned skills to help students overcome anxieties, build confidence, improve communication with teachers, and raise self advocacy within the classroom. I use conflict resolution skills to mediate between parents and students regarding time management at home, to place emphasis on study time versus “Facebook time.”

In addition to Lower Merion School District, I have taught at University of Wisconsin, Chestnut Hill College, Jharkot Traditional School (Nepal), and Pema Ts’al Sakya Buddhist Institute (Nepal).

I have BS, MS, and MBA degrees.

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Education

NYU - Polytechnic University (Industrial Engineer)

Syracuse University (Master's)

University of Delaware (MBA)

Focused, highly competent tutor — Peter tutored our sophomore in Algebra 2 Honors. Peter was always on time and prepared. He was flexible in his approach, helping with whatever was needed that week: particular lessons/sections, homework, test corrections, and exam prep and review. His familiarity with the high school and the teaching staff there was a great asset. Communication with Peter was excellent: he was always reachable by ...

— Mary, Wynnewood, PA on 6/20/14

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Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

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Peter will travel within 5 miles of Ardmore, PA 19003.

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