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James V.

Philadelphia, PA

$45/hr

Highly Qualified Multi-Subject Instructor

Background check passed as of 5/22/14
Usually responds in about 4 hours

Highly Qualified Multi-Subject Instructor

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As a tutor, I specialize in doing what is most important in private instruction: adjusting instruction to meet the individual needs of each of my students. The reason most people ask for tutoring is because their previous instruction has not allowed them to meet the academic goals they have established for themselves. I realize that each student has different goals, different needs, and different motivations for obtaining the the things they want. The job of a master teacher is to tap into each of these priorities and adapt instruction based on what the student requires. In adapting instruction, my students find a safe place where they are able to learn what is required of them, but also in a way that makes sense to the student and meets each student where they currently are academically. I pride myself in my ability to instill a love of learning in my students and instill practices that not only apply to the specific subject I am teaching but also build habits and routines that students will be able to successfully use throughout their entire academic careers.
I received my degree from Ithaca College in Music Education and Performance in 2010. There I intensely studied music theory, performing on a multitude of instruments, and also began honing a craft of teaching a variety of age levels and abilities how to love and create music. The liberal arts nature of the college also allowed me to study a variety of other topics such as mathematics, English, and philosophy. While attending college, and similarly in high school, I established private lesson and tutoring connections throughout all eight years. I founded a tutoring/lesson partnership with the college and local high schools that matched first and second-year college students with soon-to-be high-school graduates with the purpose of preparing them for the college transition and giving them some exposure to life post-high school. With this program I had the opportunity to originate and lead several SAT prep courses, literacy circles, and writing seminars.
Since graduating college I have joined the Mastery Charter School network. I first joined as a general music teacher and have since had that role as well as a writing teacher, reading specialist, core classroom reading teacher, and teacher coach. At Mastery we are at the forefront of reading and mathematics instruction and finding intelligent, common sense solutions to teaching problems. I have encounter an enormous variety of students with differing learning styles and so have become adapted to teaching many different subjects in a large number of ways. I always strive to adapt any lesson to specific student and students who work with me often comment on the individualized attention and care they receive.

Testimonials

"Very Flexible"

- Colleen, Philadelphia, PA on 7/18/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Finite Math, Geometry, Probability, SAT Math
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
History:
Music History
Music:
Clarinet,
Drums,
Ear Training, Flute,
French Horn,
Music History, Music Theory, Oboe,
Saxophone,
Sight Singing, Trombone, Trumpet
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Geometry, Handwriting, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading, Praxis, PSAT, Regents, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Fitness, Soccer
Corporate Training:
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.

ACT English

Throughout college I led tutoring programs in affiliation with local high schools that prepared students to take both the ACT and SAT. On average, students raised their scores by more than 100 points in both reading and math on the SATs and double digit gains on the ACT. I am a certified reading instructor and continue to tutor students of various ages throughout the year.

Clarinet

I studied clarinet for a semester at Ithaca College as part of my Music Education degree. In our Junior year we were required to perform a level 5 NYSMMA solo proficiently in order to graduate. I continue to give lessons to students in 5th and 6th grade.

Drums

I studied percussion for a semester at Ithaca College as part of my Music Education degree. In our Junior year we were required to perform a level 5 NYSMMA solo proficiently in order to graduate. I continue to give lessons to students in 5th and 6th grade.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught at Mastery Charter School Smedley Elementary since August of 2010. I have taught reading, math, writing, and general music. I have been advanced through several pay brackets that indicate advanced performance through multiple yearly observations.

Flute

I studied flute part of my Music Education degree. In our Junior year we were required to perform a level 5 NYSMMA solo proficiently in order to graduate. I continue to give lessons to students in 5th and 6th grade.

French Horn

I studied French Horn for a semester at Ithaca College as part of my Music Education degree. In our Junior year we were required to perform a level 5 NYSMMA solo proficiently in order to graduate. I continue to give lessons to students in 5th and 6th grade.

Oboe

I studied Oboe for a semester at Ithaca College as part of my Music Education degree. In our Junior year we were required to perform a level 5 NYSMMA solo proficiently in order to graduate. I continue to give lessons to students in 5th and 6th grade.

Saxophone

I studied saxophone for a semester at Ithaca College as part of my Music Education degree. In our Junior year we were required to perform a level 5 NYSMMA solo proficiently in order to graduate. I continue to give lessons to students in 5th and 6th grade.

Trumpet

I studied trumpet for a semester at Ithaca College as part of my Music Education degree. In our Junior year we were required to perform a level 5 NYSMMA solo proficiently in order to graduate. I continue to give lessons to students in 5th and 6th grade.

Ithaca College
Music Ed. and Perf.
American College of Education
Enrolled

Education

Ithaca College (Music Ed. and Perf.)

American College of Education (Enrolled)

Very Flexible — My son enjoys his tutoring lessons with James and tells me is learning a lot from him. I have used other tutors in the past and my son has always given me a hard time stating he does not learn anything. But James get an A+. He has been very flexible with his schedule to fit our needs. ...

— Colleen, Philadelphia, PA on 7/18/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

James will travel within 30 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19125.


About James

As a tutor, I specialize in doing what is most important in private instruction: adjusting instruction to meet the individual needs of each of my students. The reason most people ask for tutoring is because their previous instruction has not allowed them to meet the academic goals they have established for themselves. I realize that each student has different goals, different needs, and different motivations for obtaining the the things they want. The job of a master teacher is to tap into each of these priorities and adapt instruction based on what the student requires. In adapting instruction, my students find a safe place where they are able to learn what is required of them, but also in a way that makes sense to the student and meets each student where they currently are academically. I pride myself in my ability to instill a love of learning in my students and instill practices that not only apply to the specific subject I am teaching but also build habits and routines that students will be able to successfully use throughout their entire academic careers.
I received my degree from Ithaca College in Music Education and Performance in 2010. There I intensely studied music theory, performing on a multitude of instruments, and also began honing a craft of teaching a variety of age levels and abilities how to love and create music. The liberal arts nature of the college also allowed me to study a variety of other topics such as mathematics, English, and philosophy. While attending college, and similarly in high school, I established private lesson and tutoring connections throughout all eight years. I founded a tutoring/lesson partnership with the college and local high schools that matched first and second-year college students with soon-to-be high-school graduates with the purpose of preparing them for the college transition and giving them some exposure to life post-high school. With this program I had the opportunity to originate and lead several SAT prep courses, literacy circles, and writing seminars.
Since graduating college I have joined the Mastery Charter School network. I first joined as a general music teacher and have since had that role as well as a writing teacher, reading specialist, core classroom reading teacher, and teacher coach. At Mastery we are at the forefront of reading and mathematics instruction and finding intelligent, common sense solutions to teaching problems. I have encounter an enormous variety of students with differing learning styles and so have become adapted to teaching many different subjects in a large number of ways. I always strive to adapt any lesson to specific student and students who work with me often comment on the individualized attention and care they receive.

Testimonials

"Very Flexible"

- Colleen, Philadelphia, PA on 7/18/14
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Education

Ithaca College
Music Ed. and Perf.
American College of Education
Enrolled

Education

Ithaca College (Music Ed. and Perf.)

American College of Education (Enrolled)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19125

James’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Finite Math, Geometry, Probability, SAT Math
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
History:
Music History
Music:
Clarinet,
Drums,
Ear Training, Flute,
French Horn,
Music History, Music Theory, Oboe,
Saxophone,
Sight Singing, Trombone, Trumpet
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Geometry, Handwriting, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading, Praxis, PSAT, Regents, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Fitness, Soccer
Corporate Training:
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.


Background Check Status for James V.

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