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Steven B.

San Diego, CA

$75/hour

Patient and Knowledgeable Language Arts Specialist/Test Prep Skills

5.0 average from 37 ratings
Knowledgable and patient tutor
— Crystal, Palm Desert, CA on 8/29/15

$75/Hour


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California State University, Northridge
Philosophy
State Unversity of New York at Albany
Master's

Education

California State University, Northridge (Philosophy)

State Unversity of New York at Albany (Master's)

About Steven

My specialty is Language Arts--reading, writing, organization, and public speaking. I also tutor students in elementary science, history, and mathematics.

My academic background is in Philosophy, in which I hold a Bachelors, Masters, and C.Phil degree. I have been an adjunct professor and lecturer in philosophy at three major colleges. I have also taught English composition and writing on the college level.

I have been a substitute teacher in K-12, and worked with both mainstream and special needs students. For the past couple of years, I have been tutoring students of all ages, from elementary school through the university level.

Presently, I also work as a freelance writer and my articles on numerous topics have been regularly published.

A successful relationship between student and teacher not only enables a student to better understand the material in the particular discipline for which the student is being tutored, but it should also instill a sense of confidence in the student that will help in all future endeavors.
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Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of San Diego, CA 92103
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"Knowledgable and patient tutor"

- Crystal, Palm Desert, CA on 8/29/15

"Steve came with a plan and was well prepared!"

- Mark, San Diego, CA on 6/28/15

"Excellent tutor."

- Bonita, San Diego, CA on 6/13/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Ruth, Chula Vista, CA on 8/19/14

"Amazing! Very Intuitive!"

- Frank, San Diego, CA on 4/10/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Sakie, San Diego, CA on 7/10/13
Math:
Elementary Math
Science:
Philosophy
English:
English,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary,
Writing
History:
American History,
Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
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.

American History

My formal education is in the humanities, one of a group of academic disciplines to which history belongs.

While it is an important part of learning American history to come to know and remember the dates of historically important events in American history, it is also important to understand the nature and context of these events.

The best way for students to learn history and the context in which history moves over time is to not only to read about it, but to discuss it and write about it, all of which I would have a student do as part of my tutoring a student in any history course.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been a substitute teacher in K-12 and I also worked summers with special needs children. I hold a Master's in Philosophy and I was an adjunct professor and taught creative writing and numerous introductory level courses in my field, at three different universities.

Elementary school is the beginning of a student’s career and developing the right skills early is central to that success. While students will study many different subjects during their years in school, there are two essential skills that must be part of any early curriculum; study skills and critical reasoning skills.

My approach is to help a student develop excellent study skills and critical reasoning skills along with tutoring in a particular subject. Study skills facilitate the ease of learning, comprehension and develop a disciplined approach to classwork that will service a student well not only in a particular subject but throughout his or her life.

English

My approach to tutoring in English is to help students become familiar with grammatical categories, sentence structures, formal and colloquial usage. The student will increase his/her vocabulary base, which will increase self-confidence and s/he will develop a more sophisticated ability to communicate with the written and spoken word.

Philosophy

My formal background is in philosophy. I hold a Masters degree in philosophy and have completed all the coursework and exams for a PhD. One of those well intended ABD's I guess. I have taught various courses in philosophy as adjunct professor and lecturer - at three different major colleges and universities.

Public Speaking

I have spoken publicly in both my business career and academic careers. During my years in graduate school, I was a substitute teacher for a couple of the local K-12 districts. Additionally, I was an adjunct professor and taught numerous introductory level courses in my field at three different universities.

Public speaking is largely a matter of preparation and self-confidence; qualities, which I believe I can help to convey to a student.

Social Studies

My formal education is in philosophy, which is one of a group of academic disciplines broadly referred to as the Humanities, which study the human condition; as contrasted with the hard sciences. I have taught social studies before several times.

As an interdisciplinary course designed to expose a student to the humanities and the social sciences, social studies should expose a student to the nature of ideas about society (history, politics, religion, ethical thought, civics) how he/she fits and interacts with in society.

Study Skills

Study skills are critical to success in school and they are not adequately taught early in student’s school career. This leaves students to fend for themselves until later in their school life when the skill is expected and that often puts the student in a difficult come from behind position.

These are skills that need to be taught, learned, and mastered early in a student’s school career. They are a significant and indispensable means to doing well, achieving good grades in school, and they will serve a person well in many endeavors throughout his/her life.

Vocabulary

As a Language Arts specialist, I believe that a student develops a strong vocabulary by reading and writing. Among the benefits of developing a superior vocabulary is the ability to communicate well and command respect, and let us not forget developing good spelling skills.

World History

My formal education is in the humanities, one of a group of academic disciplines to which history belongs. In fact, I have studied and written about the ideas of important 17th & 18th century thinkers in my research as a graduate student.

While it is an important part of an world history course to know the dates of historically important events, it is also important to put events in context and understand the nature of interaction, if any, between historical events.

The best way for students to learn history and context is not only to read about it, but to discuss it and write about it.

Writing

Writing is a combination of research and composition. Composition entails putting the material researched into a coherent, cohesive, grammatically correct structure. The student will learn to do research, understand grammatical categories, sentence structures, formal and colloquial usage, which will aid in the development of a expression. The mastery of writing provides any person with a decided advantage; both with self-confidence and a more sophisticated ability to communicate with others. Frankly, teaching and writing about a particular subject are the two best ways to learn and to master subject material.

California State University, Northridge
Philosophy
State Unversity of New York at Albany
Master's

Education

California State University, Northridge (Philosophy)

State Unversity of New York at Albany (Master's)

Knowledgable and patient tutor — Steven helped me write a basic philosophy paper for my final. He is very knowledgeable and went beyond what I expected (1 tutoring session) and helped me create my paper. He also helped me comprehend the material and is very good at editing and revising papers as well as providing insight to help add more depth to the paper. ...

— Crystal, Palm Desert, CA on 8/29/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Steven will travel within 10 miles of San Diego, CA 92103.