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Neil G.

Wilmington, DE

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Experienced In-Home Tutor--multiple academic degrees/subject areas

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/8/14
5.0 average from 17 ratings
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— Curtis, Glen Mills, PA on 7/10/15

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Johns Hopkins University
English
Stanford University
Master's
University of Pennsylvania
PhD

Education

Johns Hopkins University (English)

Stanford University (Master's)

University of Pennsylvania (PhD)

About Neil

I teach exclusively one-on-one, and specialize in homebound students. I have been a teacher from 1969 to the present day, sometimes full-time and sometimes part-time. I cover a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to English, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, folklore, most maths, history, social science, some sciences, German, French, SAT, and ACT.

I am certified in English and math for secondary schools from 6th grade to 12th grade, and I have also taught for 7 years at Cabrini College, University of Oregon, and University of Kentucky. I have taught undergraduate and graduate students. My current specialty is Homebound instruction and tutoring one-on-one.
I teach exclusively one-on-one, and specialize in homebound students. I have been a teacher from 1969 to the present day, sometimes full-time and sometimes part-time. I cover a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to English, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, folklore, most maths, history, social science, some sciences, German, Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Hourly rate can be negotiated according to subject difficulty level, travel distance, timeslot convenience, groups other than 1-on-1, and length of time commitment.

Travel Radius
Travels within 18 miles of Wilmington, DE 19810
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"Encouraging"

- Curtis, Glen Mills, PA on 7/10/15
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Elementary Math,
Finite Math,
Geometry,
Linear Algebra,
Logic,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, COOP/HSPT,
Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
French, German
History:
American History, Anthropology,
Classics,
Government & Politics, Political Science,
Religion,
Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Sports/Recreation:
Chess,
Table Tennis

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.

ADHD

Although I have not taken any courses in ADD/ADHD, I have a lot of personal experience teaching Homebound Students (2010-2014) with a variety of disabilities, including but not limited to ADD/ADHD, sluggish cognitive tempo, dyslexia, math confusion, panic disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety issues. etc. As a very patient individual who is good in stress situations, I am a natural in dealing with a wide range of student disabilities--including physical handicaps like impaired sight and hearing.

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 and 2 are two of my favorite specialties. But I teach all of the maths in middle school and high school. As a former double major in college, I also handle English subjects and history as well.

Anthropology

I have a PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania (1974). This area of study is essentially a study of diverse cultures: regional, local, ethnic, occupational, regional, religious, and even nationalities. I have taught folklore and anthropology courses at the college level at two major universities: University of Oregon (1974-76) and University of Kentucky (1976-81). I have also published many articles on folklore and anthropology. One example is a study I did on Religious folk art of the Ukrainian Community in Delaware. It was sponsored by the Winterthur Museum.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I have worked with two Asperger students in the past for years as their teacher and tutor. I have also read a lot about the illness and have a colleague (teacher) who has Aspergers, and a grandson who is high on the autistic spectrum (and may have Aspergers--too young for official diagnosis). As a teacher, I know enough to express myself literally when imparting information to Asperger students and to express more symbolic and nonliteral information using lots of examples. I can also act appropriately without unnecessary emotions due to their flat emotional personalities. I believe that I have sufficient experience dealing with Aspergers and even other forms of autism to be able to deal with this phenomenon.

Bible Studies

I have read and studied and taught classes in the Old and New Testament literature. I have read the Koran and the Book of Mormon to get better in sights into Islam and Mormonism. I have a MA and a PhD in Folklore, a social science that delves into comparative religious and superstitious belief systems. I have published scholarly articles on Polish and Ukrainian religious art, and also on costume styles of Hasidic Jewish sects in New York, all based on original fieldwork..

Chess

I am a board game fanatic. I grew up playing Checkers, Chess, Go, Backgammon, etc. I know all the rules and moves in Chess and have even followed the careers of the Chess masters Spassky and Fischer. I have coached adolescents and have been the Chess Club advisor several times when I was teaching Middle School in California in the 1970s and in Kentucky in the 1980s.

Classics

If by classics, you mean the Greek tragedies, comedies, and philosophies, I have thoroughly studied all of that in my English classes (BA in 1968) and Folklore and Mythology classes (PhD in 1974). I have taught Greek, Celtic, and Teutonic mythology at the college and University levels (1974-81). If you expand Classics to mean aspects of classic literature post-ancient Greece, I have been an English teacher for a very long time, and have often taught the classics of both American and British literature. My background is pretty solid in the Classics.

COOP/HSPT

In the course of my 20 plus years of teaching and tutoring, I have been called upon numerous times to train students who are going to take either the COOP or the HSPT tests in order to pass an entrance test into the Catholic or other Parochial Schools as an alternative to the Public or non-religious Private Schools. Using a current exam practice book, I have tutored these students in all of the areas of these tests. Of the 10 or more students that I have tutored in this manner, ALL of them scored high enough to earn their way into an appropriate religious school. I am very familiar with the test formats of these tests.

Differential Equations

My teaching certificate for secondary school mathematics was earned in 1981, renewed in 1991, in the Commonwealth of Kentucky where I taught in the 1980s. My college training and my experience as a teacher included Differential Equations as a subject. I taught Differential Equations in Delaware (2010-2014) on a reciprocal teaching certificate issued in 2012, based on my California teaching certificate (issued for life in 1969) and my Kentucky certificate. I have a BA, two MAs, and a PhD. I am also trained in modern computer and graphing calculator applications dealing with Differential Equations.

Discrete Math

My teaching certificate for secondary school mathematics was earned in 1981, renewed in 1991, in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where I taught in the 1980s. My college training and my experience as a teacher included Discrete Mathematics as a subject. I taught Discrete Math in Delaware (2010-2014) on a reciprocal teaching certificate issued in 2012, based on my California teaching certificate (issued for life in 1969) and my Kentucky certificate. I have a BA, two MAs, and a PhD. I also taught at Cabrini College, University of Oregon, and the University of Kentucky at the undergraduate and graduate school levels for a total of 8 years. I also trained in modern computer and graphing calculator applications of Discrete Mathematics. All of the above information above should be more than enough to qualify me in this area of Discrete Mathematics.

Dyslexia

In my 20 plus years of experience as a teacher, I have worked with many students with dyslexia. Among the students who mixed letters up (usually English classes), I had them keep a notebook of their most commonly misspelled words that they needed to refer to when they were proofreading their writing. When it came to reading, I did a lot of reading together with them to catch misspoken words. Of my math students, this was trickier to stay on top of because when the numbers were backwards or upside down, their computations would be compromised. I had to work out a lot of problem solving with them by observing them closely.

Elementary Math

All elementary and middle school math subjects, also English (reading, writing, grammar). I am also certified to teach high school subjects in these same areas.

English

I received a BA in English at the Johns Hopkins University in 1968. I received an MA in English Education at Stanford University in 1969 and was certified to teach English in the secondary schools in 1970. Then I taught English in Middle School in California to 7th and 9th graders for two years. I went back to graduate school and got an MA (1971) and a PhD (1974) in Folklore and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. After this I taught English and folklore at Cabrini College, the University of Oregon, and the University of Kentucky from 1973 to 1981. I then switched to another career for 22 years. But I have been tutoring English, reading, writing as well as math as a part-time job (independent Contract tutor and Homebound teacher) from 1986 to the present. My certification to teach English in California was issued for life. All of my certifications are still updated.

Finite Math

I earned my teaching certificate for secondary school mathematics in 1981 and then renewed it in 1991, in the Commonwealth of Kentucky where I taught in the 1980s. My college training and my experience as a teacher included finite mathematics as a subject. I taught finite mathematics in Delaware (2010-2014) on a reciprocal teaching certificate issued in 2012, based on my California Teaching Certificate (issued for life in 1969) and my Kentucky certificate. I have a BA, two MAs, and a PhD.

Geometry

I cover all maths up to and including precalculus for middle school, high school, and college students, and I do English, reading, writing too. I was a double major in school.

Handwriting

In my 20 plus years of teaching experience, I have taught many of my students how to write cursive. We go over the capital letters and the lower case letters. I find this useful for my algebra students because some of the small letters can look like Arabic numbers. For my English students, it provides a more formal and neat look to their handwriting.

Linear Algebra

My teaching certificate for secondary school mathematics was earned in 1981, renewed in 1991, in the Commonwealth of Kentucky where I taught in the 1980s. My college training and my experience as a teacher included Linear Algebra as a subject. I taught linear algebra in Delaware (2010-2014) on a reciprocal teaching certificate issued in 2012, based on my California Teaching certificate (issued for life in 1969) and my Kentucky certificate.

Logic

My first major in college for one year was Philosophy, and I took two courses on logic. In my 20 plus years as a teacher, I have taught logic in many math classes (primarily algebra, geometry, and trigonometry). I also incorporated logic into humanity courses I taught, especially when I taught students to write research papers in English, social science, and history classes.

Nutrition

I have diabetes and have taken many diet and nutrition courses in the last 25 years. I have also had bariatric surgery in 2014 and took a whole year of courses on nutrition, exercise, diet, and weight management. I have successfully lost 60 plus pounds and now know as much as the average practicing nutritionist about good nutrition.

Pharmacology

From 1988 to 2010 (22 years), I worked for a Pharmaceutical company as a Promotions Editor for their medical drugs. In that job, I read about and learned about pharmaceutical products for the following disease areas: cardiovascular, respiratory, neurology, psychological disorders, anesthesia, pain management, etc.

Political Science

I took two courses in political science at Temple University in the 1960s, and I have read many books over the years on politics, history, political parties, world politics, starting with Machiavelli. Most recently I have read a biography of Abraham Lincoln's presidency called "Team of Rivals," which detailed how he governed the US effectively with a Cabinet of rivals that he chose himself. I also recently read a biography about Nelson Mandela and his South African Presidency"called Mandela's Way," which described his successful techniques for leading his country. As a registered Democrat, I have voted in every national election since 1964 and in many state and local elections in eight different States where I have resided. I am proactive and knowledgeable about political science issues on the Federal and state levels. As a homebound teacher, I have had at least five students in the last four years (2010-2014) who have had government, civics, and/or political science classes, in which I have helped guide them. I have also helped three students write political science-oriented research papers on (1) The role of women in the US Military and how it should change, (2) Judicial issues that emerged during the famous Lindbergh Kidnap/Murder Trial, and (3) Lessons learned from the Mandela Presidency in South Africa.

Praxis

I took the Praxis back in 1988 and passed. I have tutored and coached four students in the last 10 years who needed to pass the Praxis in order to become teachers here in Delaware. I have a current guidebook that I use when I take on a college education major who needs help in getting a better score in the Praxis exam.

Prealgebra

I tutor all middle school math subjects: prealgebra, algebra 1 and 2, trigonometry, precalculus.

Religion

I am certified in English and math for secondary schools from 6th grade to 12th grade, and I have also taught for 7 years at Cabrini College, University of Oregon, and University of Kentucky. I have taught undergraduate and graduate students. My current specialty is Homebound instruction and tutoring one-on-one.

I have read and studied and taught classes in the Old and New Testament literature. I have read the Koran and the Book of Mormon to get better in sights into Islam and Mormonism. I have a MA and a PhD in Folklore, a social science that delves into comparative religious and superstitious belief systems. I have published scholarly articles on Polish and Ukrainian religious art, and also on costume styles of Hasidic Jewish sects in New York, all based on original fieldwork.

Social Studies

I have guided many students in social studies courses in my capacity as a homebound teacher from 2010 to 2014. I read a lot of history and social studies books. I keep current with many social studies issues. Two recent graduating seniors of mine last year wrote papers on social studies topics, which I helped them on. One was on the advantages of women serving in the US military. The other one was on the elements of violence found in the sacred writings of Islam.

Study Skills

I have taught study skills often in the last 22 plus years as it relates to specific subject areas, most notably math, English, writing, history, SAT, ACT,and vocabulary development, etc. On many occasion, I have taught several study skills classes that concentrated primarily on the best study skills in general, such as outlining, using mnemonic memory, organization, using the library effectively, planning to write a research paper, etc.

Table Tennis

I was my elementary school champion in ping pong in 6th grade. I played in many competitions when I was a young man and coached it when I was a camp counselor. I know all the rules of the game. In graduate school at Stanford, I had a Chinese roommate and played table tennis with him and his friends, all of whom excelled at the sport.

Johns Hopkins University
English
Stanford University
Master's
University of Pennsylvania
PhD

Education

Johns Hopkins University (English)

Stanford University (Master's)

University of Pennsylvania (PhD)

Encouraging

Neil is very encouraging and motivating to help me get to College. He challenges me so that I can be the best student.

— Curtis, Glen Mills, PA on 7/10/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Hourly rate can be negotiated according to subject difficulty level, travel distance, timeslot convenience, groups other than 1-on-1, and length of time commitment.

Travel policy

Neil will travel within 18 miles of Wilmington, DE 19810.