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Mark L.

Bellevue, WA

$45/hr

10+ Year Skilled English/Writing, SAT/ACT, History, College Apps Tutor

Background check passed as of 12/23/13
Usually responds in about 3 hours

10+ Year Skilled English/Writing, SAT/ACT, History, College Apps Tutor

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Thanks for the interest in my services. Here are a few particulars:

I always strive to reinforce the unique qualities in each student. Over the years, I've found that a number of academic problems stem from poor technical skills: an inability to grasp core themes, develop ideas, take and/or utilize notes or adequately comprehend tedious prose, etc. A sharp awareness of individual student needs or challenges and effective approaches comes through experience. I've had my own highly successful tutoring service for the past 10+ years (one of the very very few tutors to have a "full-time" business), personally helping 350+ students (twelve were placed in the Ivy League). In comparative terms, I logged 14,000+ hours tutoring over that span of time. Hence, I am only new to the WyzAnt "online" family (which didn't exist when I began in 1998). As the Internet can often be uncertain, I've made a point of meeting prospective clients first, offering references, before any formal decisions or arrangements. I hold a Bachelor's degree in American and English Literature and a Master's degree in International Relations.

Over the past 10+ years, I've proficiently taught English composition and literature (w-essay writing in all forms and subjects), creative writing, speech, world history, social studies, political science, health, psychology, philosophy and sociology. In addition, I've trained students for the SAT (reading comp, written structure and essay sections), the ACT (reading comp, written structure and essay sections) and TOEFL exams, and I've helped prepare personal statement essays for university applications, along with any college counseling needed (and private school apps/essays as well).

All my students have additional access to me for homework questions (via text, talk or e-mail). In this way, I set out to initially "protect" their grades, while working ahead with "what they will be seeing" in class. I tailor my coursework for the individual needs or challenges of a given student. The majority of my students are between 5th and 11th. I can also work with a few students together, depending on age/skill level, adjusting fees accordingly. As a courtesy, I've furnished my own background check. Aside from tutoring, I'm a full-time published/working writer and college lecturer.

Testimonials

"Great tutor with many years of experience"

- Susan, Bellevue, WA on 6/27/14

"Very prepared & engaging"

- Dee, Bellevue, WA on 11/24/14

"Lots of Great Study Skill Techniques"

- Tracy, Redmond, WA on 11/22/14

"Excellent College Essay Tutor wouldn't"

- Rachel, Issaquah, WA on 11/3/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Adela, Lynnwood, WA on 10/31/14

"Excellent tutor for English writing and reading"

- Dhiraj, Sammamish, WA on 10/22/14

"Great Tutor "

- Wanyi, Bellevue, WA on 7/10/14
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Speech,
TOEFL
History:
American History, Classics,
European History, Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Classics

My Bachelor's degree is in American and English Literature. Our course load wholly encompassed the "classics." Our American analysis spanned 350 years, through the colonial writings of Bradstreet, to Cooper's Pathfinder, to Franklin's Autobiography, to Emerson's Self Reliance, to Poe's Raven, to Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby, to Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls, to Faulkner's Sound and Fury. Our English analysis encompassed about 650 years, through Milton's Paradise Lost, to Shakespeare's Macbeth++, to Wordsworth's, Tennyson's, Browning's and Arnold's poems, to Bronte's Jane Eyre, to Wilde's Importance of Being Ernest, to Kipling's Kim, to Conrad's Typhoon, etc. My Master's degree is in International Relations. Our course load included Tocqueville's Democracy in America and Ikle's How Nations Negotiate, among many others. My lower division courses included classics in Psychology (Freud, Jung) and Philosophy (Plato, Spinoza, Voltaire, Spencer, Nietzsche, etc). In fifteen years of tutoring, I've read/worked on many contemporary classics in history and literature: Animal Farm, Catcher in the Rye, Ender's Game, etc. My private reading encompasses classics in Architecture, History, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, Economics and naturally, fiction and non-fiction. Also, I recommend and lend "teen classics" to students, from my extensive library.

College Counseling

Over the past fifteen years of private tutoring, I've worked on 5+ university applications per year. So much of the process is searching through a student's relative fog of "what I want to major in" or "who I want to be." Aside from planning and editing personal statement essays, a quarter of the time may be spent assessing aptitudes and what I refer to as "resonances." I've utilized Myers Briggs tests and even the What Color is My Parachute workbooks, in order to help steer students in the right direction, and most importantly, avoid having them switch majors mid-stream, thereby tacking on a year or two to a degree. I've become very proficient as a university counselor.

Social Studies

As you're aware, middle school social studies is an introductory overview towards more specialized high school and university courses. My Master's degree is in International Relations. My Master's thesis was "Central European Security and International Peace." I've been privately tutoring social studies, American and World history, Government, Political Science, Geography, Physical Science, etc., per individual student needs, for fifteen years. I am also a freelance writer, and have researched and written about "social studies related issues" (naturally, at a much higher level).

Speech

Public speaking or speech classes were included within my American and English Literature degree. In addition, my International Relations degree focused on "Peace and Conflict Studies," which boiled down to actual speech protocol within State Department and White House venues (our professor was a former assistant to the US Secretary of State). Over the past fifteen years of private tutoring, I've worked with dozens of students in speech classes, creating and refining the actual written prose and tailoring the presentation and overall credibility of the public presentation (along with methods for holding the interest/eye contact of the audience). I've also worked on numerous school government speeches with students. My own work in front of classrooms at Seattle University and Lake Washington Technical College has furthered my ability to effectively convey useful speech techniques.

Study Skills

A great deal of my private tutoring of the past fifteen years has involved "efficiency techniques" (what I call "survival skills"). I preach "balance"----an ability to effectively prep for tests, extended essays or projects, while retaining a bit of "me time" (I call it "sanity time"). My first or second lesson with most students encompasses a "long-term memory" system, which utilizes a series of cards in a revolving pattern (albeit a more enjoyable approach). Additionally, I utilize many "proactive" systems of production, which bypass frequent student delays of "considering" (more often daydreaming). At Seattle University, I was invited to other classes, as a "guest lecturer," to convey my unique card system method, and other organizational essay "technique tricks."

University of California San Diego (UCSD)
English Literature
United States International University San Diego (USIU)
Master's

Education

University of California San Diego (UCSD) (English Literature)

United States International University San Diego (USIU) (Master's)

Great tutor with many years of experience — Mark is a fantastic teacher. My son, who’s a reluctant reader, learns many ways to meet the challenges of reading and writing in school. I always appreciate Mark’s summary of what took place during each lesson and the various strategies that he uses to keep my son interested. Mark has the patience and years of experience to help my son to gain proficiency in processing information, which is very i ...

— Susan, Bellevue, WA on 6/27/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mark will travel within 20 miles of Bellevue, WA 98008.


About Mark

Thanks for the interest in my services. Here are a few particulars:

I always strive to reinforce the unique qualities in each student. Over the years, I've found that a number of academic problems stem from poor technical skills: an inability to grasp core themes, develop ideas, take and/or utilize notes or adequately comprehend tedious prose, etc. A sharp awareness of individual student needs or challenges and effective approaches comes through experience. I've had my own highly successful tutoring service for the past 10+ years (one of the very very few tutors to have a "full-time" business), personally helping 350+ students (twelve were placed in the Ivy League). In comparative terms, I logged 14,000+ hours tutoring over that span of time. Hence, I am only new to the WyzAnt "online" family (which didn't exist when I began in 1998). As the Internet can often be uncertain, I've made a point of meeting prospective clients first, offering references, before any formal decisions or arrangements. I hold a Bachelor's degree in American and English Literature and a Master's degree in International Relations.

Over the past 10+ years, I've proficiently taught English composition and literature (w-essay writing in all forms and subjects), creative writing, speech, world history, social studies, political science, health, psychology, philosophy and sociology. In addition, I've trained students for the SAT (reading comp, written structure and essay sections), the ACT (reading comp, written structure and essay sections) and TOEFL exams, and I've helped prepare personal statement essays for university applications, along with any college counseling needed (and private school apps/essays as well).

All my students have additional access to me for homework questions (via text, talk or e-mail). In this way, I set out to initially "protect" their grades, while working ahead with "what they will be seeing" in class. I tailor my coursework for the individual needs or challenges of a given student. The majority of my students are between 5th and 11th. I can also work with a few students together, depending on age/skill level, adjusting fees accordingly. As a courtesy, I've furnished my own background check. Aside from tutoring, I'm a full-time published/working writer and college lecturer.

Testimonials

"Great tutor with many years of experience"

- Susan, Bellevue, WA on 6/27/14

"Very prepared & engaging"

- Dee, Bellevue, WA on 11/24/14

"Lots of Great Study Skill Techniques"

- Tracy, Redmond, WA on 11/22/14

"Excellent College Essay Tutor wouldn't"

- Rachel, Issaquah, WA on 11/3/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Adela, Lynnwood, WA on 10/31/14

"Excellent tutor for English writing and reading"

- Dhiraj, Sammamish, WA on 10/22/14

"Great Tutor "

- Wanyi, Bellevue, WA on 7/10/14

Education

University of California San Diego (UCSD)
English Literature
United States International University San Diego (USIU)
Master's

Education

University of California San Diego (UCSD) (English Literature)

United States International University San Diego (USIU) (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Bellevue, WA 98008

Mark’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Speech,
TOEFL
History:
American History, Classics,
European History, Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading

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 Mark L.

Mark L. passed a background check on 12/23/13. The check was ordered by Mark through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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