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Joel B.

Coraopolis, PA

$40/hr

Dr. Joel, University Professor: English, History, Writing

Background check passed as of 5/20/13
Usually responds in about 14 hours

Dr. Joel, University Professor: English, History, Writing

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My broad range of educational and teaching experiences, as well as the students with whom I've worked, have prepared me both to meet my students where they are and help them go as far as they can. My PhD is in the history of religion. As an adjunct professor at two universities, I teach writing-intensive courses to undergraduates (freshmen through seniors) in history, literature, and religion. As a critical reading/writing/vocabulary tutor, I've helped middle and high school succeed on the PSATs, SATs, ACTs, and AP exams. As a Sunday School teacher, I've taught religious history to middle and high school students.

Because I've worked with so many students, I know how important it is to meet students where they are, motivate them to push beyond their perceived limits, and support their particular needs as they take on that endeavor. I believe that no one is inherently "good" or "bad" at particular subjects: writing, reading, vocabulary, and history are all skills which anyone can improve with effort and the right guidance. I strive to create an atmosphere in which students are comfortable enough to exceed their limits. While my primary role is to facilitate the mastery of specific skills, my ultimate goal is for my students to become self-directed learners.

Testimonials

"Outstanding!"

- Erica, South Heights, PA on 9/26/14

"Great Tutor"

- Anat, Pittsburgh, PA on 3/4/14
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Anthropology
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
History:
American History, Anthropology,
European History, Geography, Religion,
Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Anthropology

I teach multi-disciplinary undergraduate courses at the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham University, which frequently employ anthropological methods. My dissertation research relied substantially upon anthropological theories of migration and religious conversion. I have also completed an ethnographic study in conjunction with my graduate coursework in anthropology, for the course, "Ethnography of Religion."

Bible Studies

I completed a Master of the Arts in Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2005), in the course of which I took courses in New Testament studies (including Greek translation) and passed the Old Testament and New Testament competency exams. I have also taught undergraduate courses (History of Christianity, Religions of the West) at the U. of Pittsburgh and Chatham U. which contain substantial units within Bible Studies.

Public Speaking

In conjunction with my course on teaching for graduate students and faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, I regularly provide guidelines and suggestions for public speaking. I also conduct classroom observations and provide feedback related to public speaking skills to my students. Finally, I have also edited our institution's handbook for graduate student instructors, which includes public speaking tips.

Religion

I hold a Ph.D. in religious studies, specializing in Christianity. I also teach undergraduate courses in World Religions at the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.

Social Studies

I conducted graduate coursework in the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh, in conjunction with my doctorate in religious studies.

Study Skills

In addition to having been a student as high as the doctoral level, I also frequently counsel my own undergraduate and graduate students on study skills. These skills are easily transferable, with modification, to other levels of students.

University of Pittsburgh
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Master's
U. of Pittsburgh, PA
PhD

Education

University of Pittsburgh

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Master's)

U. of Pittsburgh, PA (PhD)

Outstanding! — Has been an outstanding help with writing skills and suggestions. This is a great precursor to what is expected of college writing. ...

— Erica, South Heights, PA on 9/26/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Joel will travel within 30 miles of Coraopolis, PA 15108.


About Joel

My broad range of educational and teaching experiences, as well as the students with whom I've worked, have prepared me both to meet my students where they are and help them go as far as they can. My PhD is in the history of religion. As an adjunct professor at two universities, I teach writing-intensive courses to undergraduates (freshmen through seniors) in history, literature, and religion. As a critical reading/writing/vocabulary tutor, I've helped middle and high school succeed on the PSATs, SATs, ACTs, and AP exams. As a Sunday School teacher, I've taught religious history to middle and high school students.

Because I've worked with so many students, I know how important it is to meet students where they are, motivate them to push beyond their perceived limits, and support their particular needs as they take on that endeavor. I believe that no one is inherently "good" or "bad" at particular subjects: writing, reading, vocabulary, and history are all skills which anyone can improve with effort and the right guidance. I strive to create an atmosphere in which students are comfortable enough to exceed their limits. While my primary role is to facilitate the mastery of specific skills, my ultimate goal is for my students to become self-directed learners.

Testimonials

"Outstanding!"

- Erica, South Heights, PA on 9/26/14

"Great Tutor"

- Anat, Pittsburgh, PA on 3/4/14
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Education

University of Pittsburgh
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Master's
U. of Pittsburgh, PA
PhD

Education

University of Pittsburgh

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Master's)

U. of Pittsburgh, PA (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Coraopolis, PA 15108

Joel’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Anthropology
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
History:
American History, Anthropology,
European History, Geography, Religion,
Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, Grammar, Microsoft Word, 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.


Background Check Status for Joel B.

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