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David P.

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$40/hour

  • 800 hours tutoring

  • Venice Santa Monica, CA 90405

About David


Bio

My name is David. I am committed to lifelong learning for myself and for others whom I tutor. I am also committed to a dynamic, creative, student-centered learning experience and would like the opportunity to help you gain new skills and new knowledge in English, German, ESL, literature, reading, writing, grammar, preparing research papers, or building vocabulary.

I have earned a B.A. in German, an M.A. in German, an M.Div. in New Testament Studies, an M.A. in Comparative Literature, and a...

My name is David. I am committed to lifelong learning for myself and for others whom I tutor. I am also committed to a dynamic, creative, student-centered learning experience and would like the opportunity to help you gain new skills and new knowledge in English, German, ESL, literature, reading, writing, grammar, preparing research papers, or building vocabulary.

I have earned a B.A. in German, an M.A. in German, an M.Div. in New Testament Studies, an M.A. in Comparative Literature, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. The universities I have attended include the University of Redlands, U.C.L.A., and the University of Southern California. I have over twenty years of experience in teaching all levels of English and German at the college level and have also taught high school and ESL at the Berlitz School of Languages. In addition, I did graduate work at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

I have also worked in the business sector as a travel agent and as a marketing representative for a translation firm. I have taught business English and know how important the skills of writing and reading are in our current, competitive job market.

I would like to be able to help you gain a competitive advantage both for your livelihood and for life. Let me be your G.Y.M. instructor. The letters stand for Grow Your Mind.


Education

The University of Redlands
German
U.C.L.A.
Masters
The University of Southern California
PhD

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $40
  • Travel policy: Within 30 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • Lesson cancellation: 4 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/18/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received a certificate of qualification as an ESL teacher for speakers of Japanese from the Japanese Cross Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. I have taught ESL at the Berlitz School of Languages in Pasadena, California and also at two summer institutes affiliated with Liberty University. Currently, I am teaching an ESL course in grammar and writing to Korean children and am also instructing a Korean adult, who desires to improve his proficiency in spoken English. I have taught the skills of structure, comprehension, conversation, reading, and writing to speakers of other languages, having employed both the traditional direct method and the total immersion method of instruction.
German,

German

I can tutor German from the elementary level to the advanced level. I have had over twenty-five years of experience in teaching German at the college level and at the Berlitz School of Languages. I majored in German at the University of Redlands and received an M.A. in German at the University of California at Los Angeles. I have lived in Salzburg, Austria and Heidelberg, Germany; in the latter city I did graduate work in German at the university there. I can help you gain proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German and an understanding of German grammar, culture, and literature.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have over twenty-five years of experience teaching English grammar in connection with courses in English composition. I see grammar not as an end in itself but as a means to an end. The goal that I am committed to helping my students achieve is to write with greater power, clarity, precision, and effectiveness. Using correct grammar is one way to reach this goal.
Proofreading

Proofreading

I have had over twenty-five years of experience teaching English at the college level. In my capacity as a college professor, I have proofread and edited literally hundreds of essays. I have also taught proofreading and editing skills to my students, showing them how they can become the proofreaders and editors of their own writing. Let me help you learn how to proofread and edit your writing successfully in order to ensure that you gain a competitive edge in whatever profession you enter as well as in life.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

I have over twenty-five years of experience teaching English grammar in connection with courses in English composition. I see grammar not as an end in itself but as a means to an end. The goal that I am committed to helping my students achieve is to write with greater power, clarity, precision, and effectiveness. Using correct grammar is one way to reach this goal.
Reading,

Reading

I have had over twenty-five years of experience in teaching English at the college level. I am an avid reader myself in many fields of study and am committed to reading to ensure that I continue to learn and grow intellectually. I hold an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California. Let me be your G.Y.M. instructor. The letters G.Y.M. stand for Grow Your Mind. I would like to be able to help you read with more comprehension and with more enjoyment.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

I have had over twenty-five years of experience in teaching many different English courses at the college level. Some of these have been English Composition, Introduction to Literature, Creative Writing: Fiction, and Creative Writing: Poetry. As a lover of words from childhood, I have read voraciously and have gained an appreciation for the "spell" of words (in both senses of the term) over the course of my life. I have also actively studied ways to increase my vocabulary both in speaking and in writing. I would like to help you gain a love of English as well and assist you in acquiring some of the treasures in the vast treasure house (literally,thesaurus) of our beautiful language.

English

English,

English

I have taught Remedial English, English Composition, Introduction to Research, and Business English at the college level for over twenty years. I have also taught courses in how to build an argument using reason and evidence and have had a great deal of experience teaching grammar. During my career as an English professor, I have helped a number of students develop their ability to write essays. In addition, I have taught courses in creative writing, specializing in fiction and poetry.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received a certificate of qualification as an ESL teacher for speakers of Japanese from the Japanese Cross Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. I have taught ESL at the Berlitz School of Languages in Pasadena, California and also at two summer institutes affiliated with Liberty University. Currently, I am teaching an ESL course in grammar and writing to Korean children and am also instructing a Korean adult, who desires to improve his proficiency in spoken English. I have taught the skills of structure, comprehension, conversation, reading, and writing to speakers of other languages, having employed both the traditional direct method and the total immersion method of instruction.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have over twenty-five years of experience teaching English grammar in connection with courses in English composition. I see grammar not as an end in itself but as a means to an end. The goal that I am committed to helping my students achieve is to write with greater power, clarity, precision, and effectiveness. Using correct grammar is one way to reach this goal.
Literature,

Literature

I am qualified to teach a wide variety of literature courses, having earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California. I have studied and taught English, American, and German literature. I have also read widely in other European and Asian literatures. In addition, I write poetry and fiction and have won literary awards for my poetry.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have had over twenty-five years of experience teaching English at the college level. In my capacity as a college professor, I have proofread and edited literally hundreds of essays. I have also taught proofreading and editing skills to my students, showing them how they can become the proofreaders and editors of their own writing. Let me help you learn how to proofread and edit your writing successfully in order to ensure that you gain a competitive edge in whatever profession you enter as well as in life.
Reading,

Reading

I have had over twenty-five years of experience in teaching English at the college level. I am an avid reader myself in many fields of study and am committed to reading to ensure that I continue to learn and grow intellectually. I hold an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California. Let me be your G.Y.M. instructor. The letters G.Y.M. stand for Grow Your Mind. I would like to be able to help you read with more comprehension and with more enjoyment.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I have had over twenty-five years of experience in teaching many different English courses at the college level. Some of these have been English Composition, Introduction to Literature, Creative Writing: Fiction, and Creative Writing: Poetry. As a lover of words from childhood, I have read voraciously and have gained an appreciation for the "spell" of words (in both senses of the term) over the course of my life. I have also actively studied ways to increase my vocabulary both in speaking and in writing. I would like to help you gain a love of English as well and assist you in acquiring some of the treasures in the vast treasure house (literally,thesaurus) of our beautiful language.
Writing

Writing

I have had over twenty-five years of experience at the college level in teaching both expository writing and creative writing. I have taught students how to write a thesis and how to support that thesis with reasons and evidence. I am also a writer of fiction and poetry and have taught students how to be more creative in both of those genres. Let me help you become a more effective and persuasive writer. Let me help make the writing process more enjoyable for you.

History

Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

I earned an M.Div. in New Testament Studies from Talbot Theological Seminary. I am qualified to teach New Testament courses and have also taken courses in theology, Biblical exegesis, hermeneutics, church history, Greek, and several courses in various Old Testament and New Testament books, all at the graduate level.
Religion

Religion

I earned an M.Div. in New Testament Studies from Talbot Theological Seminary. I am qualified to teach New Testament courses and have also taken courses in theology, Biblical exegesis, hermeneutics, church history, Greek, and several courses in various Old Testament and New Testament books, all at the graduate level. I have also taught Christian theology at the high school level and a course in world religions for the United States Navy.

Homeschool

English,

English

I have taught Remedial English, English Composition, Introduction to Research, and Business English at the college level for over twenty years. I have also taught courses in how to build an argument using reason and evidence and have had a great deal of experience teaching grammar. During my career as an English professor, I have helped a number of students develop their ability to write essays. In addition, I have taught courses in creative writing, specializing in fiction and poetry.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received a certificate of qualification as an ESL teacher for speakers of Japanese from the Japanese Cross Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. I have taught ESL at the Berlitz School of Languages in Pasadena, California and also at two summer institutes affiliated with Liberty University. Currently, I am teaching an ESL course in grammar and writing to Korean children and am also instructing a Korean adult, who desires to improve his proficiency in spoken English. I have taught the skills of structure, comprehension, conversation, reading, and writing to speakers of other languages, having employed both the traditional direct method and the total immersion method of instruction.
Reading,

Reading

I have had over twenty-five years of experience in teaching English at the college level. I am an avid reader myself in many fields of study and am committed to reading to ensure that I continue to learn and grow intellectually. I hold an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California. Let me be your G.Y.M. instructor. The letters G.Y.M. stand for Grow Your Mind. I would like to be able to help you read with more comprehension and with more enjoyment.
Writing

Writing

I have had over twenty-five years of experience at the college level in teaching both expository writing and creative writing. I have taught students how to write a thesis and how to support that thesis with reasons and evidence. I am also a writer of fiction and poetry and have taught students how to be more creative in both of those genres. Let me help you become a more effective and persuasive writer. Let me help make the writing process more enjoyable for you.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received a certificate of qualification as an ESL teacher for speakers of Japanese from the Japanese Cross Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. I have taught ESL at the Berlitz School of Languages in Pasadena, California and also at two summer institutes affiliated with Liberty University. Currently, I am teaching an ESL course in grammar and writing to Korean children and am also instructing a Korean adult, who desires to improve his proficiency in spoken English. I have taught the skills of structure, comprehension, conversation, reading, and writing to speakers of other languages, having employed both the traditional direct method and the total immersion method of instruction.
German

German

I can tutor German from the elementary level to the advanced level. I have had over twenty-five years of experience in teaching German at the college level and at the Berlitz School of Languages. I majored in German at the University of Redlands and received an M.A. in German at the University of California at Los Angeles. I have lived in Salzburg, Austria and Heidelberg, Germany; in the latter city I did graduate work in German at the university there. I can help you gain proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German and an understanding of German grammar, culture, and literature.

Most Popular

English,

English

I have taught Remedial English, English Composition, Introduction to Research, and Business English at the college level for over twenty years. I have also taught courses in how to build an argument using reason and evidence and have had a great deal of experience teaching grammar. During my career as an English professor, I have helped a number of students develop their ability to write essays. In addition, I have taught courses in creative writing, specializing in fiction and poetry.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received a certificate of qualification as an ESL teacher for speakers of Japanese from the Japanese Cross Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. I have taught ESL at the Berlitz School of Languages in Pasadena, California and also at two summer institutes affiliated with Liberty University. Currently, I am teaching an ESL course in grammar and writing to Korean children and am also instructing a Korean adult, who desires to improve his proficiency in spoken English. I have taught the skills of structure, comprehension, conversation, reading, and writing to speakers of other languages, having employed both the traditional direct method and the total immersion method of instruction.
Reading,

Reading

I have had over twenty-five years of experience in teaching English at the college level. I am an avid reader myself in many fields of study and am committed to reading to ensure that I continue to learn and grow intellectually. I hold an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California. Let me be your G.Y.M. instructor. The letters G.Y.M. stand for Grow Your Mind. I would like to be able to help you read with more comprehension and with more enjoyment.
Writing

Writing

I have had over twenty-five years of experience at the college level in teaching both expository writing and creative writing. I have taught students how to write a thesis and how to support that thesis with reasons and evidence. I am also a writer of fiction and poetry and have taught students how to be more creative in both of those genres. Let me help you become a more effective and persuasive writer. Let me help make the writing process more enjoyable for you.

Other

Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

I earned an M.Div. in New Testament Studies from Talbot Theological Seminary. I am qualified to teach New Testament courses and have also taken courses in theology, Biblical exegesis, hermeneutics, church history, Greek, and several courses in various Old Testament and New Testament books, all at the graduate level.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received a certificate of qualification as an ESL teacher for speakers of Japanese from the Japanese Cross Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. I have taught ESL at the Berlitz School of Languages in Pasadena, California and also at two summer institutes affiliated with Liberty University. Currently, I am teaching an ESL course in grammar and writing to Korean children and am also instructing a Korean adult, who desires to improve his proficiency in spoken English. I have taught the skills of structure, comprehension, conversation, reading, and writing to speakers of other languages, having employed both the traditional direct method and the total immersion method of instruction.
Religion

Religion

I earned an M.Div. in New Testament Studies from Talbot Theological Seminary. I am qualified to teach New Testament courses and have also taken courses in theology, Biblical exegesis, hermeneutics, church history, Greek, and several courses in various Old Testament and New Testament books, all at the graduate level. I have also taught Christian theology at the high school level and a course in world religions for the United States Navy.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received a certificate of qualification as an ESL teacher for speakers of Japanese from the Japanese Cross Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. I have taught ESL at the Berlitz School of Languages in Pasadena, California and also at two summer institutes affiliated with Liberty University. Currently, I am teaching an ESL course in grammar and writing to Korean children and am also instructing a Korean adult, who desires to improve his proficiency in spoken English. I have taught the skills of structure, comprehension, conversation, reading, and writing to speakers of other languages, having employed both the traditional direct method and the total immersion method of instruction.
German,

German

I can tutor German from the elementary level to the advanced level. I have had over twenty-five years of experience in teaching German at the college level and at the Berlitz School of Languages. I majored in German at the University of Redlands and received an M.A. in German at the University of California at Los Angeles. I have lived in Salzburg, Austria and Heidelberg, Germany; in the latter city I did graduate work in German at the university there. I can help you gain proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German and an understanding of German grammar, culture, and literature.
Reading,

Reading

I have had over twenty-five years of experience in teaching English at the college level. I am an avid reader myself in many fields of study and am committed to reading to ensure that I continue to learn and grow intellectually. I hold an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California. Let me be your G.Y.M. instructor. The letters G.Y.M. stand for Grow Your Mind. I would like to be able to help you read with more comprehension and with more enjoyment.
Writing

Writing

I have had over twenty-five years of experience at the college level in teaching both expository writing and creative writing. I have taught students how to write a thesis and how to support that thesis with reasons and evidence. I am also a writer of fiction and poetry and have taught students how to be more creative in both of those genres. Let me help you become a more effective and persuasive writer. Let me help make the writing process more enjoyable for you.

Ratings and Reviews


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Great tutor

I enjoyed my lesson with David a lot! He is patient, knowledgable, and versatile in his lesson techniques! We went over my goals and objectives and David made me feel comfortable about lesson plans! He is fun to talk to!

Lora, 3 lessons with David

Great Teacher

David's love for literature makes him an amazing tutor to work with. I struggled with my English Literature essays and David guided me through step by step to an understanding of structure, thesis, and a wealth of ideas related to the pieces we have worked on together. His comments and notes were generous and extremely helpful. Ever since I started working with David my grades are no less than A+. Look no further if you need a professional tutor, David is a great teacher. I'm thankful for his help. Sam

Sam, 19 lessons with David

High Recommended

David has been proofreading my paper. He is very organized and detailed on all his correction. David responds efficiently to message or text, and he will work with you to your deadlines. I remembered one time when he was out of the country he was able to manage to respond to my text. It has been a pleasure of knowing and working with him.

Merilyn, 20 lessons with David

Very patient and already improving my results at school

Very good at teaching English patiently and uses my current school assignments. David is really nice and is already helping me improve my vocabulary scores in my school.

Simon, 11 lessons with David

Empathic tutor

I could tell some mistakes that I'm currently doing, as well as the difference between words in terms of connotation. He will prepare a plan for me to keep working on my pronunciation.

Pablo, 14 lessons with David

Detail Oriented Tutor

David proofread my essay for graduate school application and he was very thorough and detail-oriented tutor. Highly recommend him as your writing teacher.

June, 3 lessons with David

Kind, very experienced educator and cultured tutor.

My son very much enjoys working with David, as he is kind, patient, fun to talk to and knowledgeable. David is working with our son on helping him become a great writer and journalist, but for now getting him through high school and hopefully into a great creative writing university.

Eve, 4 lessons with David

Patient, kind, and knowledgeable

David and I went over coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, along with the structure of German phonetics, since I wasn't feeling very comfortable with ä, ü, and ö. He assuaged so many of my fears and made sure I understood the material.

Keanu, 1 lesson with David

Very knowledgable and flexible

David was a huge asset as I prepared for my German placement exam. Over the course of 8 sessions, we moved through an entire body of text with depth and precision. He supplied helpful tools and guides that I never would have been able to provide myself. He visited my college campus, meaning that I did not have to commute. David is, overall, a fantastic tutor and a likable human being. Five stars!

Nate, 8 lessons with David
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