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John T.

Berkeley, CA

$40/hour

Expert Tutor in English, German, History, and More

4.6 average from 22 ratings
Enthusiastic and competent tutor for students
— Soonhye, Albany, CA on 3/3/16

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UC Berkeley
English
Cornell University
PhD

Education

UC Berkeley (English)

Cornell University (PhD)

About John

Hi there:

I’m a former assistant professor of English with over 10 years of experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

I earned my B.A. from UC Berkeley and my Ph.D. from Cornell University. Thanks to a stipend from the DAAD, I was able to study for a year at the Universität Göttingen in Germany.

From 1993 until 2003 I taught at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Since 2006 I've been working as an editor and a tutor in Berkeley, California.

I can tutor you in college writing, professional writing, English and comparative literature, and German.

COLLEGE WRITING
I can teach you how to write a research paper and enjoy the experience. Specifically, I can show you
*How to develop a strong thesis statement.
*How to find and use evidence to support your thesis.
*Why the first paragraph of your essay is the last paragraph you should write.
*Why the most important part of every sentence is the end of it.

PROFESSIONAL WRITING
I can teach you the skills that are required for professional writing, such as
*How and when to use formal and informal English.
*How to write effective e-mails and cover letters when networking and applying for jobs.
*How to write and deliver an impressive public presentation.

ENGLISH & COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
I can teach you how to analyze literature and write about it. Specifically, I can teach you
*What the elements of a fictional narrative are and how to analyze them.
*What the elements of a poem are and how to analyze them.
*How literature both reflects and shapes culture and society.
*How English literature compares to literature in other languages.

GERMAN
I can teach you:
*How to speak and understand German.
*How read and write German.
*How to impress your German girlfriend or boyfriend.
*How to make your next trip to Germany, Austria, or Switzerland an unforgettable one.

Contact me today and we will design a tutoring plan just for you.
Hi there:

I’m a former assistant professor of English with over 10 years of experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

I earned my B.A. from UC Berkeley and my Ph.D. from Cornell University. Thanks to a stipend from the DAAD, I was able to study for
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Berkeley, CA 94705
Background Check: Passed

"Enthusiastic and competent tutor for students"

- Soonhye, Albany, CA on 3/3/16

"Lively, fun and informative"

- Frankie, Berkeley, CA on 4/17/15

"Great attitude, obviously enjoys teaching, very eager to tailor tutoring to suit the student."

- Payton, Mill Valley, CA on 1/10/14
English:
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
German
History:
American History, European History, Geography, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

English composition (essay writing)

I have 10+ years experience teaching college-level English composition. Whether you’re a high school student preparing for college, an undergraduate preparing for graduate school, or you just need some extra help with an English course, I can be your secret to success. Let me help you improve your grades, your test performance, and your essay-writing skills.

English literature

I'm a published scholar with 10+ years experience teaching English literature at the university level. I’m well qualified to teach all periods, genres, and authors, and I’m a special expert in the older periods (Beowulf, Chaucer, and Shakespeare).

German

I studied German at U.C. Berkeley and the Universität Göttingen, earned my Ph.D. in English and German literature from Cornell University, and taught courses in German literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

I tutor all aspects of German (reading, writing, and speaking), and I’ve had good results using Hueber’s Schritte International.

My approach to language teaching is easy-going and direct. Whatever your goals, I will make it my goal to help you meet them as quickly as possible.

UC Berkeley
English
Cornell University
PhD

Education

UC Berkeley (English)

Cornell University (PhD)

Enthusiastic and competent tutor for students — He is devoted to helping students with meeting their own needs related to English. Definitely, he has enough skills to do it successfully. ...

— Soonhye, Albany, CA on 3/3/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 10 miles of Berkeley, CA 94705.