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Bz C.

Eccentric and Lovable Historian of Politics and Ideas

Eccentric and Lovable Historian of Politics and Ideas

$50/hour

  • 395 hours tutoring

  • Alhambra San Marino, CA 91108

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Bio

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.


Education

Yeshiva University
History
Bernard Revel
Masters
Ohio State University, Columbus
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Rate details: I can offer a 30% discount for students who take online lessons. A 10% discount for students meeting in the Pasadena/Alhambra area.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of San Marino, CA 91108
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 4/3/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I am the son and grandson of pulpit rabbis, so I was raised around public speaking. The example and encouragement they offered played a critical role in my overcoming my natural shyness and habit of stammering to be a public speaker. In college, I was involved in theater and won 3rd place in a school-wide public speaking contest. As a teacher, I have lectured to large classrooms. As a tutor, working with Asperger kids, I have helped students confront many of the same difficulties I once struggled with.
GRE

Corporate Training

Hebrew,

Hebrew

Hebrew has been a part of my life almost as long as my native English language. I can read Hebrew and have read extensively from the Bible, rabbinic literature and modern Israeli academic literature in their original language. I can also speak the language in a passable manner. I am a doctoral student finishing a dissertation on Jewish messianism through The Ohio State University.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I am the son and grandson of pulpit rabbis, so I was raised around public speaking. The example and encouragement they offered played a critical role in my overcoming my natural shyness and habit of stammering to be a public speaker. In college, I was involved in theater and won 3rd place in a school-wide public speaking contest. As a teacher, I have lectured to large classrooms. As a tutor, working with Asperger kids, I have helped students confront many of the same difficulties I once struggled with.
Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have personally tutored numerous children in the elementary school age group in formal and informal settings. I have worked as an elementary school substitute teacher. I have also worked with this age group as a summer camp counselor. Children take well to me, because I do not talk down to them, but treat them as sophisticated beings.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As someone who has gone through an M.A. and a Ph.D. program, I understand the importance of study skills. In college and to an even greater extent in graduate school, there is no one looking over your shoulder to make sure you do your work. The only way to survive is through personal discipline. That starts with a good example and a little prodding to keep going on a day to day basis.
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

I am well read and quite capable of discussing a wide range of books across the canon of English literature. My academic training gives me a particular edge in terms of textual analysis. I am in middle of writing a dissertation so I understand something about the mechanics of writing and how to present a convincing argument.
Literature,

Literature

I helped co-chair a book club for special needs students through the Aspirations program for autistic teenagers and adults. In addition, I served as a personal mentor for many of the students.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I am the son and grandson of pulpit rabbis, so I was raised around public speaking. The example and encouragement they offered played a critical role in my overcoming my natural shyness and habit of stammering to be a public speaker. In college, I was involved in theater and won 3rd place in a school-wide public speaking contest. As a teacher, I have lectured to large classrooms. As a tutor, working with Asperger kids, I have helped students confront many of the same difficulties I once struggled with.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I have been on both ends of the writing process as a graduate student and as an instructor. I have successfully tutored students in the past in what it takes to write a clear short essay in a limited time frame and got them through their exams.
Writing,

Writing

I am in the process of finishing a 300 page dissertation in history. I also possess extensive experience in grading term papers as a teacher.
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary

History

American History,

American History

I took an exam designed for high school American History teachers and scored in the top quarter. While my professional training has mainly been in European History, I am very well read in terms of American History.
Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

I am well read in both the Old and New Testaments, their medieval Jewish and Christian commentaries as well as the modern academic literature surrounding these books. I have a particular expertise regarding the fifteenth century commentator Isaac Abarbanel. I also have a background in both Hebrew and Latin. My historical studies at the graduate level have included numerous courses on the Bible.
Classics,

Classics

I studied Latin for two years while in college and regularly hold reading sessions in the language. In terms of classical history, much of my training as a historian has been in that period. I am certainly quite capable of holding my own in a conversation spanning Greco-Roman intellectual history.
European History,

European History

I received an M.A. in European History and taught the subject at both the high school and college levels. My particular interests tend toward the early modern period and the often thin line between religion, magic and science at this time.
Political Science,

Political Science

My formal academic training is in intellectual history. As you can imagine, that has included a lot of political theory. For example, I recently took a student through the Declaration of Independence, explaining its connections to John Locke, his belief in a tabula rasa and its connections to the Scientific Revolution. For a number of years, I have been active with the Institute for Humane Studies.
Religion,

Religion

My doctoral studies were in the history of religion. I dealt with Messianism and its paradoxical role in religion as both political and spiritual salvation. I am an Orthodox Jew with a strong background in Christian thought. My history classes tend to turn into attempts to offer my mostly Christian audience a course in basic Christianity that most have never received.
Social Studies,

Social Studies

My academic training extends the full width of the field of social studies. I am a historian, but I also possess a strong background in political science and economic theory. Social studies are the field in which the humanities come together; I am the puzzle master who can make the pieces fit.
World History,

World History

I have taught history at both the university and high school levels. In a test exam given to train world history teachers in the state of Ohio, I scored in the top 25%.
Geography, Government & Politics, Philosophy

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have personally tutored numerous children in the elementary school age group in formal and informal settings. I have worked as an elementary school substitute teacher. I have also worked with this age group as a summer camp counselor. Children take well to me, because I do not talk down to them, but treat them as sophisticated beings.
English,

English

I am well read and quite capable of discussing a wide range of books across the canon of English literature. My academic training gives me a particular edge in terms of textual analysis. I am in middle of writing a dissertation so I understand something about the mechanics of writing and how to present a convincing argument.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As someone who has gone through an M.A. and a Ph.D. program, I understand the importance of study skills. In college and to an even greater extent in graduate school, there is no one looking over your shoulder to make sure you do your work. The only way to survive is through personal discipline. That starts with a good example and a little prodding to keep going on a day to day basis.
Writing,

Writing

I am in the process of finishing a 300 page dissertation in history. I also possess extensive experience in grading term papers as a teacher.
Reading, SAT Reading

Language

Hebrew

Hebrew

Hebrew has been a part of my life almost as long as my native English language. I can read Hebrew and have read extensively from the Bible, rabbinic literature and modern Israeli academic literature in their original language. I can also speak the language in a passable manner. I am a doctoral student finishing a dissertation on Jewish messianism through The Ohio State University.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have personally tutored numerous children in the elementary school age group in formal and informal settings. I have worked as an elementary school substitute teacher. I have also worked with this age group as a summer camp counselor. Children take well to me, because I do not talk down to them, but treat them as sophisticated beings.
English,

English

I am well read and quite capable of discussing a wide range of books across the canon of English literature. My academic training gives me a particular edge in terms of textual analysis. I am in middle of writing a dissertation so I understand something about the mechanics of writing and how to present a convincing argument.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As someone who has gone through an M.A. and a Ph.D. program, I understand the importance of study skills. In college and to an even greater extent in graduate school, there is no one looking over your shoulder to make sure you do your work. The only way to survive is through personal discipline. That starts with a good example and a little prodding to keep going on a day to day basis.
Writing,

Writing

I am in the process of finishing a 300 page dissertation in history. I also possess extensive experience in grading term papers as a teacher.
Reading

Other

Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

I am well read in both the Old and New Testaments, their medieval Jewish and Christian commentaries as well as the modern academic literature surrounding these books. I have a particular expertise regarding the fifteenth century commentator Isaac Abarbanel. I also have a background in both Hebrew and Latin. My historical studies at the graduate level have included numerous courses on the Bible.
Religion,

Religion

My doctoral studies were in the history of religion. I dealt with Messianism and its paradoxical role in religion as both political and spiritual salvation. I am an Orthodox Jew with a strong background in Christian thought. My history classes tend to turn into attempts to offer my mostly Christian audience a course in basic Christianity that most have never received.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As someone who has gone through an M.A. and a Ph.D. program, I understand the importance of study skills. In college and to an even greater extent in graduate school, there is no one looking over your shoulder to make sure you do your work. The only way to survive is through personal discipline. That starts with a good example and a little prodding to keep going on a day to day basis.
Geography, Government & Politics, Philosophy

Science

Philosophy

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

As someone who has gone through an M.A. and a Ph.D. program, I understand the importance of study skills. In college and to an even greater extent in graduate school, there is no one looking over your shoulder to make sure you do your work. The only way to survive is through personal discipline. That starts with a good example and a little prodding to keep going on a day to day basis.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have personally tutored numerous children in the elementary school age group in formal and informal settings. I have worked as an elementary school substitute teacher. I have also worked with this age group as a summer camp counselor. Children take well to me, because I do not talk down to them, but treat them as sophisticated beings.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As someone who has gone through an M.A. and a Ph.D. program, I understand the importance of study skills. In college and to an even greater extent in graduate school, there is no one looking over your shoulder to make sure you do your work. The only way to survive is through personal discipline. That starts with a good example and a little prodding to keep going on a day to day basis.
Writing,

Writing

I am in the process of finishing a 300 page dissertation in history. I also possess extensive experience in grading term papers as a teacher.
GED, Reading

Test Preparation

SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I have been on both ends of the writing process as a graduate student and as an instructor. I have successfully tutored students in the past in what it takes to write a clear short essay in a limited time frame and got them through their exams.
GED, GRE, SAT Reading

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


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

Knowledgable

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

Very Knowledgeable

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

BZ is the best!

BZ is excellent! He knows the US History really well and he is able to explain it very well. My daughter's grade has improved a lot since we hired BZ!

Lilian, 26 lessons with Bz

A great teacher

We are lucky to find BZ for my 9 year old and 11 year old for the summer. We are taking several classes a week, and I have seen the progress of my kids. They are academically strong kids, and BZ is able to keep them interested and engaged. BZ is energetic and very patient with the kids. I like his teaching style. He teaches the kids to discover and learn by asking questions. It's hard to find someone who really knows teaching, and we found him!

Lisa, 13 lessons with Bz

Knowledgeable AP U.S. History Tutor

BZ was very punctual and professional. BZ tutored my daughter in AP U.S. History. He established a nice rapport and was extremely knowledgeable on the topics. He is easy to reach and his follow up is great.

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