Eccentric and Lovable Historian of Politics and Ideas
Eccentric and Lovable Historian of Politics and Ideas
Do you need someone to ignite your child's interest in learning? I taught European History at the university level as well as in high school so I understand what it takes to make the transition from one to the other. My method of tutoring focuses on analyzing texts as opposed to the brute memorization of facts. Because I have a background in a lot of different topics, I tend to allow lessons to move over a wide range of fields, depending on what interests the student. This serves to engage a...
Do you need someone to ignite your child's interest in learning? I taught European History at the university level as well as in high school so I understand what it takes to make the transition from one to the other. My method of tutoring focuses on analyzing texts as opposed to the brute memorization of facts. Because I have a background in a lot of different topics, I tend to allow lessons to move over a wide range of fields, depending on what interests the student. This serves to engage a variety of students on their own terms. In a sense, what I offer is a theatrical performance in which I open up my own inner thinking process about a given topic and, in turn, invite students to join in this performance.
I have in the past conducted my classes as book clubs in which students voted for books to read and I worked my lessons around these books. I believe that this method can be particularly valuable for the smaller more intimate setting of tutoring. Students with Asperger syndrome, in particular, have benefited, as it allows their particular set of interests to set the agenda. Ultimately, I like to see myself as a living resource that students can use to help them connect to the world of books and of private reading where the true process of education lies.
My favorite clients are members of a large family, ranging in age from toddler to teen. I come in for several hours a week to help with whatever is needed. That usually means starting the evening reading to the younger kids. I have a child on each knee while I use one hand to hold a book and my second hand to balance a third kid on top of my head. By the end of the evening, I am talking history and politics with the older kids. In either role, I serve as a reading facilitator, encouraging people to push themselves to read more, read widely and read things that will challenge them intellectually and emotionally.
If this is the kind of entertaining and enlightening experience you want to bring to your kids, contact me. I regularly meet clients in my own home, in public places like libraries and coffee shops as well as making house calls. I offer free initial consultations to prospective clients so they can see if I am a good fit. If you are ever less than fully satisfied with a lesson, tell me and I will not charge for it. One cannot teach excellence without holding oneself to that same high standard.
Bz has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 20 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
BZ tutored my son in reading. He is very patient, but gets kids to do what he wants them to do. My son loved working with BZ and showed a lot of improvement after his tutoring sessions. He not only got my son to read, but also to think about what he read--why the characters acted as they did, and provided historical backdrop to some of the stories. I wish I had had BZ as a tutor when I was young!Anna, 9 lessons with Bz
Recently had a small session with BZ over some translations in Aramaic. BZ is very knowledgeable and I really liked his willingness to help! He was able to get me going in the right path with no problem. We were able to agree on what would be done and he was also very flexible during the session. I would highly recommend. Great instructor.Hugo, 1 lesson with Bz
Great teacher. Great overall knowledge of how to teach a beginner. Prompt and attentive! It’s a bit difficult to arrange because we live in different time zones, But appreciate his attention to this!Joel, 10 lessons with Bz
Really fun, knowledgable and humorous
This fella is really a Maven at European history. If only my bubbie Sadie were still alive to listen in. But then she’d be a 120! Oy!Ethan, 1 lesson with Bz
Great Patient Tutor
BZ has great experience and patient tutoring for kids . He was teaching my two boys. My older one is social study and a little boy reading comprehension. My two boys like to work on with BZ. Thanks a lot.Sandra, 1 lesson with Bz
Fabulous AP European History tutor
BZ is a fabulous AP European History tutor. My son has worked with him a few times and he will continue until his AP exam. He has made the material easier to understand and has worked with him on test-taking strategies for the upcoming AP exam.Robin, 9 lessons with Bz
Makes Learning History Fun!
My daughter finds history and current events in school boring. BZ has a wonderful, quirky style which is extremely engaging and enjoyable for my daughter. I am grateful to BZ for helping my daughter find her history project more compelling and interesting.Victoria, 15 lessons with Bz
Our lesson with BZ was interesting, I was happy that he was challenging my daughter to analyze the facts rather than just repeat them. He Also followed up on the lesson.Ani, 1 lesson with Bz
Dedicated and great tutor! Highly recommend!
My son was struggling with AP US History, I found WyzAnt and chose BZ as his tutor, it was the best decision I could have made. My son's grade had improved to a strong A in a very short period of time, and my son felt very confident to get a 5 after his AP exam. BZ is a very knowledgeable and patient tutor, looking forward for BZ to continue teach my son AP Government after this summer!Jimmy, 12 lessons with Bz
My son said he really liked him a lot and although they were limited on what they could do based on the fact that my son was not very clear with what his English project required at the time, he felt he could really help him and he was very nice.Dalton, 8 lessons with Bz
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