Andrew M.

Baltic, CT


The Practical Tutor

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/15/11
4.9 average from 71 ratings
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— Jerrica, Groton, CT on 1/12/18


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Metropolitan State College of Denver
Minot State University


Metropolitan State College of Denver

Minot State University (Master's)

About Andrew

I'm a licensed teacher (CT) with a wide variety of passions and skills. I call myself The Practical Tutor because my focus emphaizes real-life application of academic and theoretical skills. My educational background is in English Secondary Education (B.A., Metro State, 2004) and Business Management (M.S., Minot State, 2010). I teach all High School Diploma subjects to online learners at the Hartford Job Corps Academy and practice my arts and avocations, including songwriting and performance, photography, entrepreneurial business, fitness and nutrition, and ornithology.

Academics, especially in the traditional sense, can sometimes become quite frustrating. Have you ever thought of math as a foreign language? Have you ever felt as if there was no connection between speaking and writing? Have you ever wondered what a test-maker was thinking? Have you ever felt as if the subject matter or the method was simply not fit for real world use? Then you feel like I once felt. With the help of some great authors and teachers--and a little bit of hard work--I came to "speak Math," to "write what I could say," "get inside a test's head," and much more. If these or other similar academic questions have plagued you in the past, let me be the practical key that opens the impractical lock.

Sometimes the trouble isn't in academics. Have you ever wondered why one song sticks in your head while another one won't? Have you struggled with finding your stance or swing at the plate, or with maximizing your arm or your defense? Have you ever wondered why someone else's physical training regimen seems to do so much for them but yours doesn't seem to do the same for you--even though you're spending more time with your system than the other person does with his/hers? Do you have trouble getting and staying healthy and effective on the job or on the team? Have you ever wondered why you didn't get the job or didn't make the sale, but felt like you could have or should have? I provide available, research-based, time-tested, and--naturally--practical solutions that are as intellectually engaging and fun as they are effective. You are probably much closer to writing that great song, finding your swing, hitting a new level of fitness, getting the job, and making the sale than you believe. Let my experience become your primer today!
I'm a licensed teacher (CT) with a wide variety of passions and skills. I call myself The Practical Tutor because my focus emphaizes real-life application of academic and theoretical skills. My educational background is in English Secondary Education (B.A., Metro State, 2004) and Business Management (M.S., Minot State, 2010). I teach all High Read more

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Travels within 20 miles of Baltic, CT 06330
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent Tutor!!!"

- Jerrica, Groton, CT on 1/12/18

"Very Skilled and An Expert"

- Linda, Old Saybrook, CT on 9/27/14

"Great first lesson and impression!"

- Laura, Waterford, CT on 2/8/13

"Pays Attention"

- Sheri, Norwich, CT on 8/12/12

"Professional and Friendly!"

- Chris, Stonington, CT on 8/6/12
Test Preparation:
Career Development,
Elementary Education:
Study Skills,
Track & Field

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

My greatest strengths in mathematical instruction are consistency in methodology for Algebra 1; practical applications such as spreadsheets, personal finance, business management, taxes, and planning; and using solid test-taking strategies to winnow answer choices logically.


I learned to throw when I was four and began to pitch. When I reached my teens, I switched positions and began to play the outfield, which let me utilize my speed defensively. Offensively, I worked with a hitting coach and went to baseball camps regularly, which brought my game up to an entirely new level. In college I played recreationally and learned how to catch--including knuckleballers. My fascination with the position bloomed into full-on signing and communication systems for better game management and great relationships with several gifted pitchers. While player-managing in the Job Corps league, I played first base and consulted with a personal trainer to maximize my strength.My coaching experience has taught me more than my playing experience ever could, and while I remain an avid student of strength and fitness, I also have experience forming and managing a lineup, running practices and drills, and making game management decisions.

Bible Studies

My mother and I read from the Bible for half an hour every day until I left home. My familiarity with scriptural studies increased through church, where I took and taught church school. In high school, I took Religious Education courses every semester and ended with ten credits in that area. When I attended Taylor University, I took Biblical Studies courses including Old Testament Literature I and II, New Testament Literature I and II, and Wisdom & Poetic Literature. I also gained a more secular perspective by taking The Bible As Literature at Metro State College of Denver. From comparative scriptural studies to pure exegesis, I have many years of experience in reading and analyzing the Bible.


I graduated from Minot State University with my M.S. in Business Management in 2010. My coursework covered many vital areas of corporate enterprise, including strategic positioning and planning, market analysis, advertising and marketing, human resources management, financial analysis and planning, virtual teaming, proposal writing, and knowledge management. In terms of practical business, I also have outside experience. During my undergraduate years, I ran a shoe repair and care business as a sole proprietor. After my college years, I participated in the budget and operations planning of Metro State's Writing Center. Today, my wife and I are Market America Unfranchise owners and collaborate with six other business partners in that enterprise.

Career Development

From the time I started in Job Corps, I taught Career Preparation. It was a good fit because I had come through some hard times and undertaken several job searches in order to land that job, and the techniques that had worked for me served as a jumping-off point for teaching my students. I read books, developed curricula, studied with a professional job coach at CT Works! centers, participated with my students in skills sessions (for instance, interviewing, dress for success, government funding seminars, and resume review sessions) and self-knoweldge exercises (such as Myers-Briggs Inventory batteries, teamwork challenges, and career transition courses), and continued to apply what I learned by becoming an itinerant opportunity hound. To this day, I continue to promote myself in a variety of areas and to expand my value.


Whether it's writing, literature, vocabulary, criticism, grammar, journalism, or practical communication for business or personal matters, I am the consummate ELA professional. I have edited, proofread, published, and presented in regional and national level outlets.


Total fitness encompasses several areas of study and proficiency. While I was always involved in team sports, the individual aspect of training and adopting a "three hundred sixty degree" healthy lifestyle rounded out my knowledge of and experience in maintaining excellent fitness. Through a wide variety of physical exercise regimens including calisthenics, weight training, resistance training, plyometrics, and cardio training, I gained thirteen years of experience in using stretches, body weight, and fitness equipment to achieve great results for baseball, football, and hockey training. Studying basic nutrition, undergoing diet analysis and making appropriate adjustments, employing focused daily stretching routines, and adjusting posture, though, have all become part of achieving complete fitness for me over the past five years, and I would relish the chance to share with you the myriad benefits of combining all these practices.


Flute was my primary conservatory instrument. I studied at Hartford Camerata Conservatory of Music for ten years, graduating at sixteen at Grade VI. My time there included weekly one-on-one lessons, group ensembles, reading, and theory. I am very familiar with a wide variety of flute music and, while my skills are not what they once were, can demonstrate and teach the performance and study skills needed for the instrument. I played in every middle school and high school instrumental group that I could, including band, orchestra, and pep band. In college, I studied as part of a flute octet at Taylor University (noted as "flute choir" on the transcript) during each semester, which was where the bridge to modern music became complete.


I taught GED preparation for one year and became very acquainted with the test format, the frequently included topics, and the strategies for test-taking and topical study.


My generation was the last to generally learn sentence diagramming, parts of speech, and grammatically correct usage in average public schools. My attention to detail, literary background, and reading on the matter--which spans most of the popular and usual books and includes a few of the specialized and arcane--renders me a replete grammarian. I use my proprietary grammar learning materials for both native speakers and ESL learners.


I have played guitar for over sixteen years now. Starting with acoustic and moving into electric, I established a solid foundation in rock, blues, metal, folk, and alternative acoustic music. Over the past ten years, I have written over three hundred songs, performed as the house artist for It's A Grind coffee house for three years, recorded an EP and a full-length home-produced demo, and worked in a variety of group settings. If you're looking to learn backing, lead, songwriting, vocal performance with guitar, studio recording, group practice, and modern music theory, I am an excellent resource.


Through uncanny memory, extensive reading, and brilliant guidance, I have explored a wide variety of English literature from around the world. I have done guest lectures, published critical essays, and advised current and former students on literature reading, analysis, criticism, and response.


For a while, I used only Windows and PC products, but after banging my head against that wall for quite some time, I dove into the world of the Mac OS and all the programs that thrive there. The best part of my background is that I have all the knowledge of a PC user and can apply it to the "front of house" and "back of house" in the Mac environment. Now, three years after taking the initial plunge, I am proficient in a wide variety of Mac programs and patterns. I specialize in photo and video processing and production, use Microsoft Office for Mac heavily, and can find and apply solutions for almost any problem an end user can solve without disassembling the system.

Microsoft Excel

Since Microsoft debuted Office, I have used Excel for a wide variety of numerical and non-numerical applications. My strengths are in statistical analysis, budgeting and finance, and presentation preparation. I work in both Mac and PC formats. I have taught the introductory Office course Computer Applications 110 at the college level.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Since college, I have been an inveterate PowerPoint user. As PowerPoint has grown, so has my ability to use it to create "semi-animated films," alluding to automating the entire presentation to coincide with voice, music, an audience's reading speed, or some combination of the three. Teaching Computer Applications 110 at the college level lent further expertise to my knowledge, making me fluent in both the PC and Mac formats.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is the program with which I am and historically have been the most familiar. I've used it for desktop publishing, letters, papers, cards, labels, name badges, signs, notes, flyers, and just about anything else a printer can render. Longtime PC and Mac platform familiarity and teaching Computer Applications 110 at the college level make me a premier Word user.


In college, I read the basics of philosophy and studied informally under Professor Steve, as he liked to be called, at the University of Colorado at Denver. However, my love for the thought processes behind the philosophical legacy really kicked into high gear when I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which forever tied my thoughts to practical application. While some may outstrip me in knowledge of texts and in arguing conceptually, I never fail to ply logic stridently and to subject others' claims to a rigorous inspection under practical circumstances.


I have practiced photography since I was seven, when I first learned on a film SLR. Through the explosion of digital photography I followed the SLR to its current format. Experimentation and exploration of not only the camera and my lens collection but also of editing software has given me a solid foundation from which I continue to develop my portfolio. I have over two hundred shots in my general showing portfolio, including portraits, sports photos, landscapes and natural close-ups, still lifes, black and whites, nighttime scenes, weddings, architecture, and natural phenomena. I recently took third place in the professional category at the Through The Looking Glass Photo Contest and had work displayed at the Bushnell in Hartford, CT from September 5 through December 17, 2010.


Students of all ages, especially those who have formerly struggled with mastering pre-algebra, thrive with Memory Magic, The Three Branches, and Shorthand Shortcuts, my proprietary materials. I welcome all clients who believe they have an unsolvable math block at this basic level and relish the opportunity to develop and personalize even more foundational curriculum and materials for them!


I am a longstanding grammarian in the school of Strunk and White, the Associated Press, MLA, and APA formats. Allow me to proofread for every comma splice, dangling modifier, ambiguous antecedent, and poorly constructed participial phrase. (If you don't know what these are, all the more reason to contact me.) Allow me to format your Bibliography, Works Cited, parenthetical citations correctly, and whatever else needs attention.

Public Speaking

More than anything, being a teacher has made me, by necessity, a public speaker. My ability to hold my students' attention and to convey my message cogently yet powerfully partially determines their level of performance. Therefore, I command an excellent presence and have plenty of daily practice in addressing and interacting with groups. Formal public speaking was also a passion of mine during my schooling. In eighth grade, I took third place in the state finals of the Modern Woodmen of America public speaking competition. In high school, I served as the vice president of my sophomore class and the leader of a student organization known as The Silent Majority. I have often been chosen by employers at the Job Corps Academy to moderate disagreements, mentor new teachers, head focus groups, perform trainings, and address the assembly. My writing ability and my extensive vocabulary provide that I can write a good speech as well as deliver it.


Since 2015 I have worked with struggling readers and earned my Connecticut certificate as a Reading Specialist (K-12, #102). My proprietary tracking system can be used with almost any text/s and tracks student development in key areas of reading fluency and comprehension.


I have written over three hundred songs since 1996, when I penned my first. While I have not attended songwriting classes or gotten formal instruction in songwriting, I continue to emulate the best modern acoustic and electric songwriters, as detailed in my guitar certification request. Through my three years as the house artist at It's A Grind, I had to keep the rotation fresh and make sure to write about two or three new songs per week to integrate into my standing material. Constant live performance has taught me how to refine my songs and to write them not only as a whole but as an evolving body as well.

Special Needs

In college, I taught many differently abled learners at the college's Writing Center. I am familiar with Dragon Naturally Speaking software, audio books (some of which I recorded), and assistance from other tutors at the Adaptive Learning Center to bridge the gap with several dedicated students. My most profoundly affected student worked through dislexia, PTSD, epilepsy, environmental allergens, and limited mobility as cerebral palsy took its toll. However, over the course of two years, she completed her college degree in history and anthropology with my help. I also coached soccer and supervised other recreational activities at a summer camp for children with affective needs including ODD, ADD, ADHD, and the Autism spectrum.

Study Skills

Different learners have different study methods, and I have used a variety in my day. I seek to pair students with the methods they find most effective. I teach and practice many classic and contemporary techniques, including memorization, mnemonic design, structural analysis, SQ3R, flash cards, verbal training, group study, keyword & definition-based learning, rephrasing and rewriting, practical application, research, and more.

Track & Field

I was a Varsity letterman when I walked on with the cross country team in my junior year. The team were conference champions both that year and next; I was ranked all-conference during my senior year and the team came in second place at the state open. In addition, I also began to run distance and moderate relay events with track and field. While my specialty is distance running and training, I also have experience with the shot put and the discus.


Talk to me for a few minutes and you'll realize I take vocabulary seriously. Granted, this also comes from teaching the 1100 words every high schooler ought to know as my daily warm-ups, but it's also drawn from a love of arcane, specific, and highly illustrative diction. Say what you need to say? I'll guide you to eloquent elocution past ever Dr. Mayer's purview. Understand what they mean? I'll have you deciphering Shakespeare with the savvy of a seasoned cryptographer. (If you didn't understand these examples, contact me.) Suffice it to say, there's a turn of phrase for everything, so turn to me. I've got those rare, complicated words under control.


I have extensive writing experience, including many types of writing such as journalism, poetry, critical essays, essays, op/Ed pieces, and short stories. Moreover, my three principles of writing help students understand, simplify, and execute better writing through an observable, measurable process.

Metropolitan State College of Denver
Minot State University


Metropolitan State College of Denver

Minot State University (Master's)

Excellent Tutor!!!

Andrew is an excellent teacher/tutor and my teenaged son loves working with him. Andrew comes prepared with lesson plans and worksheets that help my son to understand the concepts being taught. My son’s math grade has gone from a D to a B after only two lessons.

— Jerrica, Groton, CT on 1/12/18

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $57.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Personalized instruction takes time to create. Remember that for every hour of tutoring you receive, there are probably several hours of preparation that precede it.

Travel policy

Andrew will travel within 20 miles of Baltic, CT 06330.