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Hello! My name is Steve. I've enjoyed the privilege of tutoring elementary and secondary level students in their homes for 8 years. I have been inspired to design and implement an academic program offering flexibility that is sensitive to the individual needs of each student. My experience has helped to train me to recognize the various needs of my students and to create a program of relevant activities and exercises with specific goals in mind. I work patiently and conscientiously to help each one of my students reach levels of proficiency and achievement in reading and writing skills and, thereby, realizing the prescribed goals of a practical, student-oriented program. I enjoy establishing friendly, caring relationships with my students and am always willing to commit and "go the extra mile" to help any student in need. Aside from promoting academic achievement, I relate to each of my students for the purpose of building their self-esteem and self-confidence. I want my students to feel comfortable and relaxed as we work together one-on-one, creating a friendly teaching and learning environment that the student can enjoy.
I have earned BA and MA degrees in history from the University of Memphis. As a history major, I have studied a wide variety of topics in the fields of both American History and Western Civilization, especially European History. As for American History, I have studied specialized courses in colonial and Revolutionary America, the Early American Republic, the age of Jackson up through 1850, the Westward expansion (including the white man's settlement and relations with Native Americans west of the Mississippi River), the Industrial Age after the Civil War, and early 20th century America through World War II. I have an understanding of political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural themes relevant to the above-mentioned periods of United States History.
A scientific study of man as a physical and rational being, as a social being interacting with other human beings in a community environment, and as a cultural being, subscribing to a particular way of life that depends upon his environment and his ability to utilize natural resources in relation to others with whom he shares his environment. Questions are addressed as to the physical origin of man, i.e. his evolution from lower, more primitive life forms to becoming the rational being he is today, man as a social being who has relational and communication needs in belonging to family and community, and as a cultural being who works and produces in order to contribute to the community and environment of which he is a functioning member and with a sense of individual identity and self-worth. Anthropology studies man as a complete being, physical, social, cultural, emotional, personality, rational, and spiritual (his need to worship God).
I have studied college level astronomy and have earned degree level credit. In addition, I have completed basic physics and basic chemistry college courses to supplement my knowledge of physical science. In my tutoring experience, I have designed astronomy lessons and have used the fundamental science concepts involving the solar system, star types and classifications, galaxies, and cosmology in general. This information has provided a format for me to teach physical science to my students as a way of helping them improve their reading comprehension and study skills. The subject of astronomy concepts, accompanied with pictures and diagrams, has been appealing and motivational in helping my students achieve their goals.
A study of the Old and New Testaments, emphasizing the divine plan of salvation from its inception with the Fall of man in Genesis, the covenant relationships God entered into with the patriarchs, the Mosaic Law, the royal dynasties and the messages of the major and minor prophets foretelling the coming of the eternal King or Messiah, and the consummation of the Law and the Prophets as fulfilled in the miraculous Incarnation when Jesus Christ came as fully God and fully Man, His substitution sacrifice and atonement on the cross for the sins of all humanity and Christ's resurrection from death. the institution of the Church as the Living Body of Christ with the divine mandate given to evangelize the world with the Gospel message and to disciple all believers who are the members of the Church, until the glorious Return of Jesus Christ in Revelation when He will redeem and restore the Earth as God had originally planned it.
I have had successful experience teaching students grammar, correct sentence construction, paragraph and essay composition, and the rules and mechanics of effective writing technique. Also, I teach reading comprehension skills and correct pronunciation and phonics skills.
I have earned BA and MA degrees in history. I've completed many semester hours of course work in a variety of European History topics. My studies have included ancient civilizations, the Roman Period, early medieval and the High Middle Ages with an emphasis on church history. Also, I've completed concentrated studies in Renaissance and Reformation Europe, the Baroque Period, the 18th century Enlightenment, and 20th century Europe with an emphasis on World War II study. Much of my background in European History involves political, social, economic, military, intellectual (philosophy), and cultural topics. Also, I've completed special studies in the histories of England and Germany.
As a professionally licensed teacher, I have earned an endorsement in English with a strong background in grammar. With several years of writing experience as a graduate level student, my knowledge of English grammar qualifies me to teach the parts of speech, correct sentence and paragraph construction, and the composition of essays. Through experience in learning proper writing technique on the college level, I am confident in my ability to teach and guide elementary and secondary level students. I have had successful experience tutoring students in grammar and writing for 8 years. My goal is to help them improve their writing skills, using correct grammar mechanics, punctuation, capitalization, and accurate word usage in stating facts and for describing.
I am a professionally licensed teacher with an earned Master of Arts degree in History. As an educator, I have a strong background in teaching content reading to both elementary and secondary level students. This includes helping students learn to read sentences, paragraphs, essays, story books, and other documented literature, both prose and poetry, with the objective of enhancing the student's comprehension skills. I work with the student to teach synthesis and analysis of written content, interpretation, and reasoning skills complementary to comprehension. I have personally designed and utilized reading passages covering a wide variety of topics and subjects, as well as using outside resources as teaching aids to help students improve their reading comprehension skills. Thankfully, I have had much success helping students with their reading skills. With a strong academic background in history and English, I am confident in my ability to set relevant goals and to work patiently with students to help them reach these goals aimed at improving their reading comprehension.
The development of good writing skills requires a student's ability to distinguish and to use correctly all parts of speech, constructing complete sentences with subjects, verbs, and relevant modifying words and phrases, accurate capitalization and punctuation skills, and clearly written and organized thoughts expressed in the student's writing. Sentences are the building blocks for paragraphs when a main idea and supporting details are included that give the paragraph unity of thought. In addition to the grammar and diction mechanics, including correct spelling skills, a student who is learning more effective writing techniques must be attentive to clarity of thought and proper organization of facts and sentences when writing on a particular topic or theme. Preliminary activities such as mapping of ideas, outlines, and rough drafts are important in carrying the student through the steps of inception of thoughts, organizing thoughts logically, writing to accommodate errors and corrections, and ultimately writing the final version.
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