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Blake B.

Berkeley, CA

$79/hour

Experienced English Tutor Committed to Creating World-Class Writers

Background check passed as of 4/22/15
5.0 average from 13 ratings
I learned a lot with Blake
— Fatou, Oakland, CA on 6/24/15

$79/Hour


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Wake Forest University
English and French
University of Kent
Master's
University of Kent
PhD

Education

Wake Forest University (English and French)

University of Kent (Master's)

University of Kent (PhD)

About Blake

I'm a Marshall Scholar with a PhD in English who is committed to helping your student become a world-class writer, speaker, thinker, and leader. My goal is to connect the abstract world of academia with "real world" experiences and references that students relate to and enjoy in their personal lives. I love using music and pop culture to help students connect with their studies, and I create practical examples of how their studies can apply to their own lives.

My knowledge of English grammar and literature is extensive. As a professional public speaker and lyrical poet, I am well versed in creative writing and performance. I also run scholarship, application, and essay writing workshops for students who are applying to college or postgraduate degrees, and I have successfully coached students to win major national scholarships, including the Marshall Scholarship. More than just helping students succeed in the subject matter, I strive to empower them to be critical thinkers and leaders in their school and community.

I received my MA and PhD in English from the University of Kent (dissertation defended in 2012 with first class honors), and I received a BA in English (Honors) and French from Wake Forest University in 2006, Summa Cum Laude. I have also received numerous writing awards, including the DA Brown Award for Excellence in Writing and the H. Broadus Jones Memorial Scholarship.

As a professional motivational speaker and hip-hop educator, I have over a decade of experience in meeting students "where they are" and helping them achieve their goals in a stress-free, positive environment. I believe that students perform best when they feel confident in their own abilities and supported by caring adults.

A couple of fun facts: I run a weekly personal development blog to help students and adults to overcome the challenges that they face in life (and I create fun rap videos to make the information entertaining and accessible).

I am also a professional music producer of numerous Top 40 radio hits in Europe and regularly perform inspirational raps and beatboxing as part of my motivational speaking at schools and universities around the country.

I would love to learn more about you and your scholar's needs. Please get in touch for a free consultation!
I'm a Marshall Scholar with a PhD in English who is committed to helping your student become a world-class writer, speaker, thinker, and leader. My goal is to connect the abstract world of academia with "real world" experiences and references that students relate to and enjoy in their Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Berkeley, CA 94703
Background Check: Passed

"I learned a lot with Blake"

- Fatou, Oakland, CA on 6/24/15
English:
ACT English, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
SAT Writing, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, Career Development, College Counseling,
GMAT, SAT Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar
Business:
Career Development, GMAT, Public Speaking

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.

College Counseling

For the past eight years, I have run scholarship, application, and essay writing workshops for students who are applying to college or postgraduate degrees. I have successfully coached students to win major national scholarships, including the Marshall Scholarship, and I personally obtained full merit-based scholarships (including tuition, room, board, and stipend) for both undergraduate and postgraduate study. I am committed to teaching students innovative strategies to distinguish their personal statements and applications for admissions committees, and I believe every student has a compelling story to tell that can have a powerful impact on the selection process.

Music Production

I have been a professional music producer from 2007 to the present. I produced a number of Top 40 hits in Europe, including a single that spent a year at #1 on iTunes Portugal, as well as hip-hop records for American and British rappers. I have experience in songwriting, engineering, and producing pop, R&B, hip-hop, acoustic, and rock tracks using ProTools.

Public Speaking

I am a professional motivational speaker with a PhD in English who regularly performs assembly presentations for thousands of K-12 students at schools across America. I have been speaking for over a decade on a variety of topics, many of which are focused on helping students connect their passion with their schoolwork to be more successful.

Wake Forest University
English and French
University of Kent
Master's
University of Kent
PhD

Education

Wake Forest University (English and French)

University of Kent (Master's)

University of Kent (PhD)

I learned a lot with Blake — English grammar, writing an essay composing a persuasive paragraph on a topic. Wrote an excellent piece. We revised his paragraph sentence-by-sentence to work on grammatical issues like punctuation, subject-verb agreement, and diction. He help become a great writer and is building a stronger foundation in the technical elements of writing. ...

— Fatou, Oakland, CA on 6/24/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $79.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Blake will travel within 15 miles of Berkeley, CA 94703.