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Roger D.

Rimrock, AZ

$30/hour

Tutoring in Reading Literature, History & Writing

$30/Hour


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San Diego Christian College
Bible Pastoral
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Master's

Education

San Diego Christian College (Bible Pastoral)

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master's)

About Roger

I teach the Humanities which covers Literature, History and Theology, Logic and Rhetoric. I am constantly engaging with my students in conversation about our reading material. Whether in class or one on one, I primarily ask questions of a student to lead him or her in pondering the meaning of the text. As we study Literature and History we get to think the deep thoughts and see the world through the eyes of different people from various times and places. Often, what seems like a simple story or boring history has deep implications about what it means to be human and how we fit into the world. I work with a student’s reading comprehension by slowing down and asking the student what the author is arguing or describing. I lead them to pay close attention to the use of language and flow of thought, breaking it down into smaller parts and seeing how they fit together.

In the composition of essays and creative writing we begin with a main idea, a thesis and the ideas that support it. Starting with this skeleton of an essay or story we add to it until it is fully fleshed out. Also, spelling, punctuation and good articulation will always be enforced through the power of the mighty red pen! Along with reading, being able to write well is a skill that will serve the student for a lifetime. Therefore, do not be surprised if I have you writing, and re-writing, a lot. The goal of all this reading and writing is to have a well ordered mind, a well fed imagination, and the ability to write or speak clearly and persuasively.

I grew up in Southern California and decided that I needed to study the Bible in college with the hope of serving in the ministry. During this time I worked in the campus writing lab helping students to edit and fine tune their papers. I gained experience researching and writing essays that wrestled with competing interpretations of scripture, moral questions and philosophical viewpoints. Later at seminary, my studies in Theology, biblical languages and Apologetics have given me experience in tackling very difficult readings like ancients myths, in depth commentaries and scholarly works. This experience allows me to better guide others in understanding what they are reading and how to express their thoughts clearly.

During college I worked in the campus writing lab editing and fine tuning papers with my fellow students. Throughout college and seminary I gained extensive experience researching and writing essays. I have written a few short and full length plays for youth theater. Through my studies in Theology and the Bible I have gained experience in tackling difficult reading, which allows me to better help others with reading comprehension.

Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees (BA in Bible & MDiv) centered around the study and explanation of the Bible. I was trained to do scholarly research weighing the strengths and weaknesses of various interpretations of scripture passages and then communicate that content to people ranging in all age groups. As a volunteer I often answered Bible questions of those I met on college campuses and malls, and now I do so all the more as my students ask questions in class where I teach through books of the Bible. Besides this I have been a lifelong Christian and I read my Bible on a regular basis.

After college I served as a youth pastor, yet it was in seminary that I found my passion for education and theater. Whether in youth ministry or education I have been working with students in the 6th to 12th grade range. I have even taught art for 1st – 4th grade. I have also written, co-written, directed and acted in several short and full length plays for youth theater: '#Mars,' about two friends who have adventures on what they think is Mars; 'The Ben-Varrey,' an adaptation of a fairy tale about a mermaid, a fisherman and an evil wizard; 'The Path,' an adaptation of John Bunyan's 'The Pilgrim's Progress'; 'Berlin,' an original spy/murder thriller about redemption in a post WW2 Berlin.

So sign up soon! We can start on a book together or you can bring whatever you are currently working through. My joy is to help students learn the skills they need for lifelong learning. I thoroughly enjoy my work and I am looking to do more of it through one on one tutoring!
I teach the Humanities which covers Literature, History and Theology, Logic and Rhetoric. I am constantly engaging with my students in conversation about our reading material. Whether in class or one on one, I primarily ask questions of a student to lead him or her in pondering the meaning of the text. As we study Literature and History we get to Read more

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Travels within 40 miles of Rimrock, AZ 86335
Art:
Drawing
English:
Bible Studies,
English, Literature, Reading, Writing
History:
American History, Classics,
European History, Religion,
World History
Elementary Education:
Reading

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Bible Studies

Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees (BA in Bible & MDiv) centered around the study and explanation of the Bible. I was trained to do scholarly research weighing the strengths and weaknesses of various interpretations of scripture passages and then communicate that content to people ranging in all age groups. As a volunteer I often answered Bible questions of those I met on college campuses and malls, and now I do so all the more as my students ask questions in class where I teach through books of the Bible. Besides this I have been a lifelong Christian and I read my Bible on a regular basis.

Classics

Studying Bible and Theology often includes touching on or studying classic works going back to ancient times. When leading students through a work like the Illiad or Tale of Two Cities I often pause to ask comprehension question or to emphasize what is happening in the narrative at the moment. I also might provide a running commentary on the historical situation that framed the text or the use of language at the time. Besides, this I have a love of classic or ancient literature, myth, and folklore so I often seek it out and read it on my own.

Drawing

I have been drawing since I was a child and have taken instruction at various times. For about 2 years I taught art for grades 1 - 4. This was not about finger painting and macaroni, or any of the usual art projects done in classrooms of that age group. Instead we practiced pencil drawing using the curriculum "Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain." This program trained students to closely observe what they saw and draw it using the aid of a grid system, as well as techniques of "tricking" your brain into paying attention to the object. An example of this would be to turn a photo of a chair upside down and then drawing it upside down. Since the upside down chair is unfamiliar the student draws exactly what they see. I have seen students go from drawing stick figures of the object to creating a very good sketch in perspective within a half hour lesson. This is the curriculum I would use with any potential art student of any age. While the primary medium I can teach would be pencil drawing, I can also instruct in color pencil drawing as well.

Religion

In studying Christian Theology with an emphasis in Apologetics I constantly studied alternate religions and worldviews. While I certainly cannot agree with other faiths (Islam, Mormonism, Wicca, Buddhism) or philosophies (Materialism, Relativism, Empiricism) in their rejection of the resurrection and deity of Christ, I nonetheless appreciate them for what they are--I simply find them interesting. Even if I regard them as ultimately false, they are worth understanding if only to understand my own faith all the more. My goal with a student, whether they are a Christian or not, would be to instill a similar appreciation and clear understanding of the main religions, which should dispel oversimplified stereotypes, hostility or fear.

San Diego Christian College
Bible Pastoral
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Master's

Education

San Diego Christian College (Bible Pastoral)

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Travel policy

Roger will travel within 40 miles of Rimrock, AZ 86335.