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Daniel B.

Mc Lean, VA

$39/hr

Your tutor for English, Spanish, and all levels of history

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You hire a tutor to explain a confusing subject to you in a way you can understand. Your tutor is your Daniel Boone, your guide through the wilderness. A good guide is one who has passed through the wilderness before and come out alive. You will find no one more experienced than I in the thickets of English, Spanish, and history.

Spanish: I received straight A's in all my undergraduate Spanish classes, and honed my skills by spending months in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. I also served as a Spanish interpreter for fifteen years in a personal injury law firm. I can show you how to avoid ever making a mistake in Spanish spelling, explain regular and irregular verb conjugations, how to use the Spanish subjunctive mood, the simple and easy ways to learn Spanish noun genders, and how to use cognates to turn English words into Spanish and back again.

History: I have a Bachelor of Arts in history from Missouri Southern State University with summa cum laude honors, and a Master of Arts in European history from George Mason University, also summa cum laude, with a master's thesis on Calvinist economic doctrine. I have supplemented this education with years of independent study of all aspects of European, American, and world history. The key I will show you is to approach history as a story or drama, not as a list of unrelated dates and events; you will no more forget the key points of history as I teach it than you will forget the plot of your favorite movie.

English: My score on the Graduate Record Exam (the entrance exam for graduate school) was in the highest 1% of all test takers. I can show you the elements of English grammar, how to decipher unfamiliar words by using their Greek or Latin roots, and construct concise, punchy sentences.

My methods: At our first meeting, you will tell me about yourself: what kind of learner you are, why you are studying this subject, what problems you are having in learning it, and what results you hope to achieve. Then you will tell me about the teacher, and show me the syllabus, the textbooks, and any graded tests or papers you have already received in the course, so I can assess the teacher's methods and demands. Then we will make a tutoring plan designed especially to make you a success in your course! You can expect to improve your command of the subject right away.

Testimonials

"Great Tutor"

- Samer, Mc Lean, VA on 1/27/13
Math:
ACT Math
English:
ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
Spanish
History:
American History,
European History,
Geography, Government & Politics, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling
Business:
GRE, Law
Homeschool:
English, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Reading, GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Law, Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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American History

American history is uniquely important to Americans, because it influences our lives and stirs our emotions more than any other, just as Japanese history is more important to the Japanese, or Micronesian history to Micronesians. But American history has a worldwide importance too, an importance that makes it a lot more significant to Micronesians than Micronesian history is to Americans. America is the most powerful country in the world, one of the richest, and its citizens have rights and liberties that are denied to most of the world's people. While America has broken its promises of liberty and equal rights to some groups (American Indians, black people, and gays, to name a few), even these cheated live better in America than members of the same groups do in most countries of the world. So, studying American history is a search to explain America's wealth, power and freedom; where it came from, how it can be preserved, and how other countries can equal or surpass America's success.

Although I can coach you to memorize lists of presidents, laws, battles, or inventions, if you feel that is what you need, that is the dullest and least effective way of studying history. History is a story, and if that story is well told it is entertaining and (more importantly for your purposes) easier to remember on a test. I prefer to start with an overview of what life was like, for the ordinary people and for the leaders both, at the start of the period we are studying, and then how it was different from life at the end of the period, as well as how it was different from life today. All the details in between - the wars of the armies, the inventions of the scientists, the changes in the people's lives - can then be understood as part of a story about how and why people's way of life changed during the period.

If you are studying for a class, I will want to see your textbook, your instructor's syllabus, and any grades he has given you. I can help you learn the material, but there is more to getting a good grade then just knowing the material; you also have to understand what the instructor expects and how he evaluates you. I will help you to do that. Your ultimate performance is up to you, but I can show you how to improve.

European History

The world's second smallest continent, really no more than a subcontinent, Europe has a history that is important out of all proportion to its size. Europe is the source of the main languages, religions, and political structures of not just the USA, but the whole Western Hemisphere. And thanks to colonialism and imperialism, Europe has left its mark on all Africa, Asia and Australia too. So if we study history to understand how things got to be the way they are now, European history is essential.

Although I can coach you to memorize lists of kings, dynasties, battles, or inventions, if you feel that is what you need, that is the dullest and least effective way of studying history. History is a story, and if that story is well told it is entertaining and (more importantly for your purposes) easier to remember on a test. I prefer to start with an overview of what life was like, for the ordinary people and for the leaders both, at the start of the period we are studying, and then how it was different from life at the end of the period, as well as how it was different from life today. All the details in between - the wars of the kings, the inventions of the scientists, the changes in the people's lives - can then be understood as part of a story about how and why people's way of life changed during the period.

If you are studying for a class, I will want to see your textbook, your instructor's syllabus, and any grades he has given you. I can help you learn the material, but there is more to getting a good grade then just knowing the material; you also have to understand what the instructor expects and how he evaluates you. I will help you to do that. Your ultimate performance is up to you, but I can show you how to improve.

Spanish

I have spoken Spanish everywhere from the University of Salamanca in Spain to the remote island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. Spanish was my minor as an undergraduate, and I spoke it better than most of the majors. I delight in teaching Spanish because it is a beautiful, simple language that is more logically spelled than English. It is one of the easiest languages for English speakers to learn because our whole language is filled with Spanish cognates, loanwords, and related words. If you've seen a cowboy with a "lasso," you'll understand why "lazo" means a bond or tie in Spanish. If you've heard of somebody "throwing down the gauntlet," you'll understand why "guante" means "glove" in Spanish.

Although I try to tailor my tutoring method to the individual needs of the student and the class, I believe strongly in both teacher and student using Spanish at least 75% of the time during the lesson, even at a beginning level. We will avoid studying lists of vocabulary words; new vocabulary will be introduced in the context of conversation, just the way you learned most of your English vocabulary.

I look forward to leading you through the wonders of Spanish, one of the most useful and beautiful languages in the world.

World History

Globalization dominates our lives today. We consume products made all over the world, work with people from every country, sell our goods to every corner of the Earth, and communicate instantly with people on the other side of the planet. But Americans know very little of the history of the world outside the West, and the rest of the world understands our past only slightly better. The very foundations of all human society - the use of fire, written language, the smelting of metals, the institution of marriage, the concept of government - all originated in Africa and Asia, not the West. For most of human history, Europe was a backward civilization and the Americas had no literate civilization at all north of the Rio Grande. If you asked an alien being in the year 1400 what country would come to dominate the Earth in the next millennium, it would certainly have answered, "China." Only the accidental discovery of the Americas, coupled with a scientific revolution brought on unintentionally by the printing press and the Protestant reformation, catapulted the West from obscurity to world leadership.

World history has a further significance for Asian, Australian, Latin and African Americans, because it is the story of where they came from and the origins of the traditions and ideas passed down to them. For African Americans especially, learning the history of Africa is the first step in restoring the heritage that was robbed from them by slavery and the deliberate deprivation of education for generations.

Although I can coach you to memorize lists of kings, dynasties, battles, or inventions, if you feel that is what you need, that is the dullest and least effective way of studying history. History is a story, and if that story is well told it is entertaining and (more importantly for your purposes) easier to remember on a test. I prefer to start with an overview of what life was like, for the ordinary people and for the leaders both, at the start of the period we are studying, and then how it was different from life at the end of the period, as well as how it was different from life today. All the details in between - the wars of the kings, the inventions of the scientists, the changes in the people's lives - can then be understood as part of a story about how and why people's way of life changed during the period.

If you are studying for a class, I will want to see your textbook, your instructor's syllabus, and any grades he has given you. I can help you learn the material, but there is more to getting a good grade then just knowing the material; you also have to understand what the instructor expects and how he evaluates you. I will help you to do that. Your ultimate performance is up to you, but I can show you how to improve.

Daniel’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Daniel. View all of Daniel’s resources

You and your kids are learning a much larger history than I did as a child. "History" was once considered to consist exclusively of written records. The idea was that we could only know what happened in the past from the observations of someone who saw the past happen, and the only way to know that was if the observer wrote down what he knew. Thus, history was considered to start... read more

Miguel de Cervantes has had more influence on modern Spanish than any other writer. Even people who know no Spanish and never heard of Cervantes will sometimes talk about "tilting at windmills," meaning to try to do something impossible and fail spectacularly. The phrase comes from Cervantes's famous novel Don Quixote, where the crazy main character thinks he is a knight-errant and... read more

Missouri Southern State University
History
George Mason University
Master's
George Washington University
J.D.

Education

Missouri Southern State University (History)

George Mason University (Master's)

George Washington University (J.D.)

Great Tutor — Daniel is an excellent tutor. He was very helpful in teaching me the concept of the writing that I got a very good grades. He taught me a lot!! He always open for questions to ask, and I'm looking to work with him again in the future. ...

— Samer, Mc Lean, VA on 1/27/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $39.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Daniel will travel within 20 miles of Mc Lean, VA 22102.


About Daniel

You hire a tutor to explain a confusing subject to you in a way you can understand. Your tutor is your Daniel Boone, your guide through the wilderness. A good guide is one who has passed through the wilderness before and come out alive. You will find no one more experienced than I in the thickets of English, Spanish, and history.

Spanish: I received straight A's in all my undergraduate Spanish classes, and honed my skills by spending months in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. I also served as a Spanish interpreter for fifteen years in a personal injury law firm. I can show you how to avoid ever making a mistake in Spanish spelling, explain regular and irregular verb conjugations, how to use the Spanish subjunctive mood, the simple and easy ways to learn Spanish noun genders, and how to use cognates to turn English words into Spanish and back again.

History: I have a Bachelor of Arts in history from Missouri Southern State University with summa cum laude honors, and a Master of Arts in European history from George Mason University, also summa cum laude, with a master's thesis on Calvinist economic doctrine. I have supplemented this education with years of independent study of all aspects of European, American, and world history. The key I will show you is to approach history as a story or drama, not as a list of unrelated dates and events; you will no more forget the key points of history as I teach it than you will forget the plot of your favorite movie.

English: My score on the Graduate Record Exam (the entrance exam for graduate school) was in the highest 1% of all test takers. I can show you the elements of English grammar, how to decipher unfamiliar words by using their Greek or Latin roots, and construct concise, punchy sentences.

My methods: At our first meeting, you will tell me about yourself: what kind of learner you are, why you are studying this subject, what problems you are having in learning it, and what results you hope to achieve. Then you will tell me about the teacher, and show me the syllabus, the textbooks, and any graded tests or papers you have already received in the course, so I can assess the teacher's methods and demands. Then we will make a tutoring plan designed especially to make you a success in your course! You can expect to improve your command of the subject right away.

Testimonials

"Great Tutor"

- Samer, Mc Lean, VA on 1/27/13
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Education

Missouri Southern State University
History
George Mason University
Master's
George Washington University
J.D.

Education

Missouri Southern State University (History)

George Mason University (Master's)

George Washington University (J.D.)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Mc Lean, VA 22102

Daniel’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math
English:
ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
Spanish
History:
American History,
European History,
Geography, Government & Politics, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling
Business:
GRE, Law
Homeschool:
English, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Reading, GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Law, Spanish

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.


Daniel’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Daniel. View all of Daniel’s resources

You and your kids are learning a much larger history than I did as a child. "History" was once considered to consist exclusively of written records. The idea was that we could only know what happened in the past from the observations of someone who saw the past happen, and the only way to know that was if the observer wrote down what he knew. Thus, history was considered to start... read more

Miguel de Cervantes has had more influence on modern Spanish than any other writer. Even people who know no Spanish and never heard of Cervantes will sometimes talk about "tilting at windmills," meaning to try to do something impossible and fail spectacularly. The phrase comes from Cervantes's famous novel Don Quixote, where the crazy main character thinks he is a knight-errant and... read more


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