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John H.

Washington, DC

$40/hour

I have always enjoyed teaching, and seeing a student learn.

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Background check passed as of 12/18/15
5.0 average from 7 ratings
Excellent instuctor
— Ann, Alexandria, VA on 10/25/16

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University of Minnesota Minneapolis MN
music education

Education

University of Minnesota Minneapolis MN (music education)

About John

My bachelor's degree is in music education, and I taught instrumental and vocal music for one year in a small town in northern Minnesota. After leaving that position, I was a substitute teacher in the Minneapolis and St. Paul schools for about three years. I sometimes taught other subjects, and not just music. After retiring from the federal government, I taught music lessons for two music stores in the northern Virginia area, and taught lessons in private homes for two tutoring companies.

I have excellent skills in writing, editing, and proofreading, and could teach the basics of writing to students of any grade level or age. I also have extensive experience in public speaking, from 13 years as a member and club officer for Toastmasters International. For several months, I taught test preparation for two small tutoring companies. The main emphases were English usage and reading comprehension. I also taught some classes on problem solving. For a few weeks, I taught a class in ESL (English as a Second Language) for students of an Asian medicine school, for which I served as administrative assistant.

For over 35 years, I have been very interested in word usage and word origins. I have owned and studied many books on such usage, and feel that my experience in these areas is excellent. Co-workers have often asked me to proofread their writing. I often check out library books on word usage and grammar to further improve my knowledge. My knowledge of English grammar is superior. I feel well-qualified to teach these subjects.

As a tutor, I will challenge the students, but I will try to make learning fun, as well. Students will find that, as they learn more about English usage and grammar, reading and writing will be more enjoyable. I will encourage students to read for enjoyment, not just for classwork. I can help students who must make oral presentations in class. Public speaking does not have to be terrifying. Students and their parents can trust me to do a good job for them.
My bachelor's degree is in music education, and I taught instrumental and vocal music for one year in a small town in northern Minnesota. After leaving that position, I was a substitute teacher in the Minneapolis and St. Paul schools for about three years. I sometimes taught other subjects, and not just music. After retiring from the federal Read more

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"Excellent instuctor"

- Ann, Alexandria, VA on 10/25/16
John replied on 10/26/2016

Ann: thanks for the kind words. I am enjoying working with your son, and he willingly considers my suggestions. He has some ideas about using the F attachment (trigger), which is new to him. We discuss these ideas, which are very good. Sometimes I can show him something that may work better. I tell him to use what works better for him.

Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

I am experienced in English word usage and grammar. For over 35 years, I have read many books on these subjects. I own many books to which I often refer when I have questions. I consider myself to have excellent writing skills, and I am also skilled in editing and proofreading.

My knowledge of vocabulary is excellent. I can help students by showing them why one word is correct, and another similar word is not. There are fine distinctions in English, and I think that they are important. They are also crucial to understanding test material.

To find the right word, the student must understand the context of his/her writing. I can help the student do that, so that the writing is logical.

ACT Reading

I have excellent skills in grammar and English usage. Improvement in those skills helps with reading comprehension. Reading both fiction and non-fiction books in different styles expands one's knowledge. This is important to succeeding in the ACT and SAT tests.
I can help students better understand what they read, and teach them how to answer questions from the reading material.

English

My knowledge of English, word usage, and grammar is extensive. For over 35 years, I have read and studied these and related subjects informally. I own many such books, which I often consult or re-read. I often check out and read related library books, as well.

I have always been a good speller, which contributes to my writing skills and excellent reading comprehension. In 7th and 8th grades, I was spelling champion of my school.

General Music

I have a degree in music education from the University of Minnesota. After one year of teaching public school instrumental and vocal music, I was a substitute teacher in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN school districts for about three years. After retiring from the federal government, I taught music lessons in trombone and other instruments for two music stores and two tutoring companies in the Washington DC area.

Grammar

I have studied and read about grammar and English usage for over 35 years. Reading about these subjects is interesting to me, and helps me learn more about being a good writer. I own many books about these subjects, and often consult them.

A basic knowledge of grammar is important to anyone learning to read or write. It is more important as the student becomes more experienced. I can show the student the difference between good grammar and bad grammar, and why one word is better or more logical than the other.

Music Theory

I was a music education major at the University of Minnesota. Although I did only a few years of teaching after graduation, I still know music theory. I have played trombone for many years, which helps me keep my music theory knowledge current.

Proofreading

During my federal government career, I learned to be a very good writer. My co-workers often asked me to proofread or edit their writing. I have excellent skills in vocabulary, grammar, and word usage. I can help a student become a good proofreader, which will improve the student's writing.

Public Speaking

I was an active member of Toastmasters International from 1983 through 1996. During this time, I achieved the ranking of Competent Toastmaster by giving 10 speeches in the basic Toastmasters manual. I later achieved the ranking of Able Toastmaster by giving 15 more advanced speeches in the one of the Toastmasters intermediate manuals. I continued to give occasional advanced manual speeches during my 13 years in Toastmasters.

Reading

I have excellent skills in grammar and English usage. These skills that I can teach the student are helpful in improving reading comprehension. Reading with more understanding will help a student's writing skills, in my experience. These skills complement each other.

I believe in the importance of reading in as many different styles as possible. This will help the reader become a better writer. An interview I once read summed it up in this way (paraphrased): If you want to be a good writer, read everything you can get your hands on.

I will teach students that reading can be much more than just learning information for a class. If it is not fun, reading can at least be interesting and stimulating to the student.

SAT Reading

I could be a great help in tutoring in reading comprehension for the SAT. I have studied English usage and grammar informally for many years. My knowledge of vocabulary is extensive. The improvement in this area that I can provide will help the student's reading skill. The reading comprehension skills I can teach should help the student in any class, and improve the student's confidence.

SAT Writing

Improvement in English usage and grammar helps with writing. I am a very experienced writer, and I can help students understand how to improve their writing. I know a great deal about grammar, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary.

Doing well in the SAT or ACT writing sections requires good knowledge of word usage, punctuation, and spelling. I am very skilled in these areas, and can give the student the benefit of my knowledge. The correct answer in a multiple choice test is not always obvious. Often, the answers look similar, and more than one appears plausible. I can show the student the difference.

Much of my writing has involved providing information to superiors or co-workers. I also understand how to write a persuasive letter or document. This skill is important in writing a college application letter. The SAT and ACT exams may require this skill to write a persuasive essay.

Trombone

I have played trombone for about 55 years, and still play in the Manassas symphony orchestra. In college, I played trombone in the marching band and in several concert bands. I was a musician in the Navy music program, and played many types of music. My degree is in music education. I taught one year in public schools full-time, and later taught for two music stores and two music tutoring companies.

Vocabulary

For over 35 years, I have studied vocabulary, word usage, and word origins. I have many books on these subjects, and I often check out a library book on the subject to read. I find that these books are often entertaining, as well as instructive. Reading about vocabulary can be fun! I will suggest that students read such books.

Writing

I have excellent skills in writing, and am well-qualified to teach grammar as well. I could also help with reading comprehension.

During my federal government career, I often wrote letters, summary statements, or information documents.

I can help students write in different styles, depending on the subject and the intended reader. An information document is not written in the same way as a persuasive paper. I will help writers to understand the differences that can make writing more effective.

University of Minnesota Minneapolis MN
music education

Education

University of Minnesota Minneapolis MN (music education)

Excellent instuctor

He is working with my son, a freshman in high school on trombone. He has found a way to motivate my son, and my son enjoys his lessons with Jon

— Ann, Alexandria, VA on 10/25/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 40 miles of Washington, DC 20008.