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Brandon A.

San Jose, CA

$45/hour

Patient Chess Tutor located in Almaden

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West Valley College
Philosophy

Education

West Valley College (Philosophy)

About Brandon

Between 2012 and 2014 I taught chess to kids in grades K-6. I enjoyed my time as an instructor during that time but had to quit because of scheduling conflicts. However, I am now ready to get back into my passion, teaching chess, as my schedule has opened up.

Usually my classes held from 7 to 25 kids, but sometimes held 1-on-1 classes and sometimes had over 40. I know how to thoroughly teach the basic rules of chess (such as Castling or En Passant) as well as the more complex strategies (such as early, mid, and end game strategies) that need to be known in order to grow as a chess player. I will patiently try to cater to each student to their individual strengths with the aim to be as concise as possible.

It has been a while since I have played in a rated tournament, my last known rating was 1500 (average is 1200). So while I am not a Master (top 5% of players, rated 2000 and above) in regards to chess title, I am, however, a Chess-Master-Teacher (top 5% of teachers, self-assessed)!

I have four years of instructing experience, two of which were spent teaching chess.

Chess is a very serious and very fun game that is never too late to learn. It is a game that will live on for the rest of our lives and is worth getting better at.

I believe once an individual begins playing chess, that person will apply the logic they learn from chess to other aspects of their life. Logic, something that I know needs to directly begin being taught in our public schools, can now be learned through the game of chess in order to better today's youth.
Between 2012 and 2014 I taught chess to kids in grades K-6. I enjoyed my time as an instructor during that time but had to quit because of scheduling conflicts. However, I am now ready to get back into my passion, teaching chess, as my schedule has opened up.

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Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of San Jose, CA 95120
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Chess

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Chess

I was employed by chess tutoring companies teaching chess in a K-6 classroom setting for two of the past three years, with rosters between 1-40 students a class. Smaller groups needed custom teaching plans to stay engaged while larger groups need to be split up into smaller groups based on skill, followed by lessons based on those skills. Lasting from 6 to 12 weeks, I taught the same students on the same day each week once their regularly scheduled school-day ended. The beginning lessons were spent discussing the rules or playing pawn wars, while the more advanced groups and classes went over game-studies.

West Valley College
Philosophy

Education

West Valley College (Philosophy)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Brandon will travel within 20 miles of San Jose, CA 95120.