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Chris G.

Writing, Critical Thinking, Literary Analysis, Test Prep, Applications

Writing, Critical Thinking, Literary Analysis, Test Prep, Applications

$65/hour

  • 169 hours tutoring

  • Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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About Chris


Bio

I started teaching a few years ago when I realized I got a lot more satisfaction from informal, one-on-one relationships than from climbing the professional ladder -- and with degrees from Yale, Yale Law, and UC Berkeley, I was climbing pretty well. I had been a legal reporter, journalist, and book writer -- still am, sometimes -- but after writing a book on Habitat for Humanity, I was hooked on doing meaningful work...and that meant project-based work like teaching and tutoring. I've taught...

I started teaching a few years ago when I realized I got a lot more satisfaction from informal, one-on-one relationships than from climbing the professional ladder -- and with degrees from Yale, Yale Law, and UC Berkeley, I was climbing pretty well. I had been a legal reporter, journalist, and book writer -- still am, sometimes -- but after writing a book on Habitat for Humanity, I was hooked on doing meaningful work...and that meant project-based work like teaching and tutoring. I've taught scores of classes with the University of Phoenix -- courses like Communications, Critical Thinking, Decision Making -- and when not teaching or tutoring or writing, you'll find me traveling...usually, leading build trips with Habitat or my own non-profit in the Dominican Republic.

My teaching style is low-key -- I'm from California! -- but back-door rigorous, because I'm convinced that students learn better, and retain more, when they're *engaged* with the material. It's a two-way street between the student and tutor: the teacher has to try (no, it's not always possible) to make the material *interesting*, *relevant*, *accessible*, and even sometimes *entertaining*, so he or she gets students 'where they live.' Whether students are learning about the Declaration of Independence or writing a paper on Mexico, distinguishing between 'whose' and 'who's' or memorizing the countries in Latin America, they have to feel that what they're learning is significant -- that it will have relevance later in their lives.


Education

Yale
British Studies
University of California, Berkeley
Masters
Yale Law School
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $65
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/28/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Microsoft Word

Computer

General Computer, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have an ESL certificate from the Global Language Institute in England.
General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Study Skills,

Study Skills

I've coached SAT and AP tests (ongoing) for two years. I've taught online (ongoing) for 12 years. My teaching philosophy is derived from my 30 years as a journalist, and experience in law school / legal reporting -- that studying requires *self-discipline*. You set a goal, build a study plan, accept a time frame, and then *execute* the plan. The key to studying -- as in most things in life -- is *organization*, being able to break down an ambition / goal into "bite-size" component parts. My WzyAnt reviews indicate that my approach usually works for students, whether writing an essay or studying for a test.
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

I was a British Studies major in college -- "English" with an historical twist -- and after getting my Master's in Journalism from Berkeley, I've been a professional writer. Reporter, critic, editor, commentator, essayist, book writer, and blogger. I've done writing in almost every form over the last 30 years. I aim to help students find their own "voice," though only after they master the rules of writing. We start usually with "expressive" writing -- things students *want* to write about -- and then to "persuasive" writing, and eventually, "objective" or "school"-type writing. Along the way, most students come to understand they must write clearly or be misunderstood, and that's when they really start to learn. I try to get students to see that good writing *matters* -- that it's in their own interests to write effectively, it's not just "following the rules."
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have an ESL certificate from the Global Language Institute in England.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

The Reading section of the SAT largely consists of Passage Analysis -- figuring out the key points in the passage, and selecting the "best fit" answer from the given list. So preparation largely involves *practice, practice, practice*...though with an eye on the clock, since speed is of the essence. My overall approach is to convince students that analyzing these passages is really "just a game," so they stay focused, don't "freeze up," and can move back and forth quickly -- often through underlining and circling they do on the test material -- between the passage answers (we start there!) and the passage itself. If students do such analyses, say 25 times, they should have a "way in" to almost any passage provided.
Writing,

Writing

Writing is more art than science...but *most* good writing has 1) an interesting theme, 2) a developed "argument," 3) lots of *specific* facts and ideas and images, 4) good and predictable organization, and 5) an "arc" -- a clear beginning, middle, and end. Yes, everyone can, and *should* write differently, individually, because each person has his / her own "voice"...but there are "good writing rules," too, and they should be followed. Until, of course, you're a good enough writer that you can *justify* breaking the rules!
ACT English, ACT Reading, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Writing, Spelling, Vocabulary

History

American History, Geography

Homeschool

English,

English

I was a British Studies major in college -- "English" with an historical twist -- and after getting my Master's in Journalism from Berkeley, I've been a professional writer. Reporter, critic, editor, commentator, essayist, book writer, and blogger. I've done writing in almost every form over the last 30 years. I aim to help students find their own "voice," though only after they master the rules of writing. We start usually with "expressive" writing -- things students *want* to write about -- and then to "persuasive" writing, and eventually, "objective" or "school"-type writing. Along the way, most students come to understand they must write clearly or be misunderstood, and that's when they really start to learn. I try to get students to see that good writing *matters* -- that it's in their own interests to write effectively, it's not just "following the rules."
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have an ESL certificate from the Global Language Institute in England.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

The Reading section of the SAT largely consists of Passage Analysis -- figuring out the key points in the passage, and selecting the "best fit" answer from the given list. So preparation largely involves *practice, practice, practice*...though with an eye on the clock, since speed is of the essence. My overall approach is to convince students that analyzing these passages is really "just a game," so they stay focused, don't "freeze up," and can move back and forth quickly -- often through underlining and circling they do on the test material -- between the passage answers (we start there!) and the passage itself. If students do such analyses, say 25 times, they should have a "way in" to almost any passage provided.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I've coached SAT and AP tests (ongoing) for two years. I've taught online (ongoing) for 12 years. My teaching philosophy is derived from my 30 years as a journalist, and experience in law school / legal reporting -- that studying requires *self-discipline*. You set a goal, build a study plan, accept a time frame, and then *execute* the plan. The key to studying -- as in most things in life -- is *organization*, being able to break down an ambition / goal into "bite-size" component parts. My WzyAnt reviews indicate that my approach usually works for students, whether writing an essay or studying for a test.
Writing,

Writing

Writing is more art than science...but *most* good writing has 1) an interesting theme, 2) a developed "argument," 3) lots of *specific* facts and ideas and images, 4) good and predictable organization, and 5) an "arc" -- a clear beginning, middle, and end. Yes, everyone can, and *should* write differently, individually, because each person has his / her own "voice"...but there are "good writing rules," too, and they should be followed. Until, of course, you're a good enough writer that you can *justify* breaking the rules!
Reading, Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have an ESL certificate from the Global Language Institute in England.

Most Popular

English,

English

I was a British Studies major in college -- "English" with an historical twist -- and after getting my Master's in Journalism from Berkeley, I've been a professional writer. Reporter, critic, editor, commentator, essayist, book writer, and blogger. I've done writing in almost every form over the last 30 years. I aim to help students find their own "voice," though only after they master the rules of writing. We start usually with "expressive" writing -- things students *want* to write about -- and then to "persuasive" writing, and eventually, "objective" or "school"-type writing. Along the way, most students come to understand they must write clearly or be misunderstood, and that's when they really start to learn. I try to get students to see that good writing *matters* -- that it's in their own interests to write effectively, it's not just "following the rules."
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have an ESL certificate from the Global Language Institute in England.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I've coached SAT and AP tests (ongoing) for two years. I've taught online (ongoing) for 12 years. My teaching philosophy is derived from my 30 years as a journalist, and experience in law school / legal reporting -- that studying requires *self-discipline*. You set a goal, build a study plan, accept a time frame, and then *execute* the plan. The key to studying -- as in most things in life -- is *organization*, being able to break down an ambition / goal into "bite-size" component parts. My WzyAnt reviews indicate that my approach usually works for students, whether writing an essay or studying for a test.
Writing,

Writing

Writing is more art than science...but *most* good writing has 1) an interesting theme, 2) a developed "argument," 3) lots of *specific* facts and ideas and images, 4) good and predictable organization, and 5) an "arc" -- a clear beginning, middle, and end. Yes, everyone can, and *should* write differently, individually, because each person has his / her own "voice"...but there are "good writing rules," too, and they should be followed. Until, of course, you're a good enough writer that you can *justify* breaking the rules!
Reading

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have an ESL certificate from the Global Language Institute in England.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I've coached SAT and AP tests (ongoing) for two years. I've taught online (ongoing) for 12 years. My teaching philosophy is derived from my 30 years as a journalist, and experience in law school / legal reporting -- that studying requires *self-discipline*. You set a goal, build a study plan, accept a time frame, and then *execute* the plan. The key to studying -- as in most things in life -- is *organization*, being able to break down an ambition / goal into "bite-size" component parts. My WzyAnt reviews indicate that my approach usually works for students, whether writing an essay or studying for a test.
Geography

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I've coached SAT and AP tests (ongoing) for two years. I've taught online (ongoing) for 12 years. My teaching philosophy is derived from my 30 years as a journalist, and experience in law school / legal reporting -- that studying requires *self-discipline*. You set a goal, build a study plan, accept a time frame, and then *execute* the plan. The key to studying -- as in most things in life -- is *organization*, being able to break down an ambition / goal into "bite-size" component parts. My WzyAnt reviews indicate that my approach usually works for students, whether writing an essay or studying for a test.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have an ESL certificate from the Global Language Institute in England.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I've coached SAT and AP tests (ongoing) for two years. I've taught online (ongoing) for 12 years. My teaching philosophy is derived from my 30 years as a journalist, and experience in law school / legal reporting -- that studying requires *self-discipline*. You set a goal, build a study plan, accept a time frame, and then *execute* the plan. The key to studying -- as in most things in life -- is *organization*, being able to break down an ambition / goal into "bite-size" component parts. My WzyAnt reviews indicate that my approach usually works for students, whether writing an essay or studying for a test.
Writing,

Writing

Writing is more art than science...but *most* good writing has 1) an interesting theme, 2) a developed "argument," 3) lots of *specific* facts and ideas and images, 4) good and predictable organization, and 5) an "arc" -- a clear beginning, middle, and end. Yes, everyone can, and *should* write differently, individually, because each person has his / her own "voice"...but there are "good writing rules," too, and they should be followed. Until, of course, you're a good enough writer that you can *justify* breaking the rules!
Reading

Test Preparation

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

The Reading section of the SAT largely consists of Passage Analysis -- figuring out the key points in the passage, and selecting the "best fit" answer from the given list. So preparation largely involves *practice, practice, practice*...though with an eye on the clock, since speed is of the essence. My overall approach is to convince students that analyzing these passages is really "just a game," so they stay focused, don't "freeze up," and can move back and forth quickly -- often through underlining and circling they do on the test material -- between the passage answers (we start there!) and the passage itself. If students do such analyses, say 25 times, they should have a "way in" to almost any passage provided.
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Writing

Ratings and Reviews


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experienced tutor

Chris shared good feedback after the 1:1 class. Good insight on finding out the student weakness of repetition, unnecessary details etc. Good to set the goal to "tighten up".

Victor, 2 lessons with Chris

Very clear and helpful!

I have struggled with my University application's personal statement for months and seen several writing tutors at my school. In only an hour, Chris helped to organize my thoughts and re-structure/organize my entire ~1500 word essay. Chris pointed out and made the "weaknesses" of my paper clear. I highly recommend Chris as a writing tutor. It was well worth it, and I now have a much clearer idea of what University admission wants! Thank you!

Isabella, 4 lessons with Chris

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Chris G.

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