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Cliff W.

Boise, ID

$40/hour

Experienced educator/tutor in English,Humanities, ACT, Math, Science

5.0 average from 417 ratings
Praxis testing
— Jay, Happy Valley, OR on 5/15/16

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Illinois State University
English Secondary Ed
University of Illinois at Springfield
Master's

Education

Illinois State University (English Secondary Ed)

University of Illinois at Springfield (Master's)

About Cliff

Thank you for considering me as a future tutor for you or your son/daughter. I know that education is important to you, and you would like your son/daughter to succeed in school and beyond, or would like to succeed yourself. I'm here to help.

When I was a kid, my aunt instilled in me a curiosity to learn and a sense of "wonder" about the world. I have taken that same curiosity into my own studies, teaching, and tutoring.

Teaching:
I taught for 8+ years at the college level at schools in Michigan and Illinois. I worked with ESL students, adult students, 18-22 year old college students, and also tutored. I taught over 50 writing classes, lectured on subjects as varied as Greek culture and drama, Enlightenment and Romantic literature, Frankenstein, television and movies, and postmodern literature. I also developed and taught a class on JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Writing/Editing:
In addition to teaching, I have also had opportunities to edit documents and publications for companies like the Bank of Japan, Johnson and Johnson, and I've helped students prepare entrance essays to MIT and Brown University. I was a freelance journalist for the Springfield Business Journal in Springfield, Illinois, and helped write curriculum and tests for Pearson Education. These real life experiences have helped make my teaching/tutoring more effective.

Tutoring:
I have tutored students in algebra, geometry, chemistry, English, writing, ACT/SAT prep, and history. I love using word pictures and many of my tutoring students have said I help them visualize a math problem or compare a chemistry problem to something else they might do in life (like cooking). With writing, I help students get organized, help them produce ideas that are clear and concise, and help them learn to communicate strong images and use an active voice.

Personal:
I love reading, working out, spending time with my family, learning computer software and spoken languages, traveling, and cooking. While life has taken me on many adventures, I have taken a love for learning and a sense of wonder wherever I have been.

Again, thank you for your consideration as we look to partner in your son's, daughter's, or your own learning adventure.
Thank you for considering me as a future tutor for you or your son/daughter. I know that education is important to you, and you would like your son/daughter to succeed in school and beyond, or would like to succeed yourself. I'm here to help.

When I was a kid, my aunt instilled in me a curiosity to learn and a sense of "wonder" about
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Boise, ID 83709
Background Check: Passed

"Praxis testing"

- Jay, Happy Valley, OR on 5/15/16

"Help with senior project"

- Nancy, Boise, ID on 4/23/16

"My son was able to complete his math homework!"

- Karter, Meridian, ID on 4/14/16

"Excellent review on novel"

- Rocio, Mcallen, TX on 12/15/15

"Outstanding work"

- Fatimah, Atlanta, GA on 11/28/15

"Knowledgeable, passionate and very patient teacher"

- Junior, San Jose, CA on 11/21/15

"Great Tutor"

- Ron, Eagle, ID on 11/18/15

"Awesome Tutor"

- Tiffany, Meridian, ID on 11/17/15

"Excellent, knowledgeable, patient tutor!"

- Kelcey, Boise, ID on 11/9/15

"Helpful AP Human Geography Tutor"

- Linda, Stockton, CA on 10/9/15

"Thanks, Cliff, for all of your insight."

- Stephanie, Eagle, ID on 9/12/15

"Very patient and instructional"

- Chase, Chesapeake, VA on 9/12/15

"Right to the point"

- JoAnn, Ramsey, NJ on 8/25/15

"Very patient, and understanding of the student's needs!"

- Miroslava, Melba, ID on 7/12/15

"Great Tutor!!"

- Linda, Boise, ID on 7/10/15

"The best!"

- Sidney, Kuna, ID on 6/20/15

"Amazing tutor"

- Jamie, Meridian, ID on 5/16/15

"NO NEED TO LOOK ANY FURTHER!!!!! Tutoring with a purpose!"

- Margaret, Eagle, ID on 3/19/15

"Great Tutor"

- Andrea Gorven, Meridian, ID on 3/3/15

"Very detail oriented!"

- Misty, Meridian, ID on 1/26/15

"Great tutor"

- Yoshitaka, Meridian, ID on 11/7/14

"Helpful GRE Tutor"

- Lucy, Meridian, ID on 10/21/14

"Awesome experience with awesome results!"

- Krista, Boise, ID on 4/12/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics
English:
ACT English, Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, Praxis,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, World History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Microsoft PowerPoint
Sports/Recreation:
Chess

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Chess

I have loved the game of chess for a number of years. I have played in a number of tournaments (USCF and non-USCF tournaments) and teach beginning to intermediate chess. I teach the basics of chess play, opening King pawn and Queen pawn moves, and also middle game strategy. I am also available for group tutoring.

Chess is great for teaching logic, problem solving, and memorization.

Praxis

When I took the Praxis exam, I passed it near the 99% mark. I have also taught ACT/SAT test prep, English, writing, and tutor in Algebra 1, 2, Geometry, and Trig. The Praxis exam has a significant amount of overlap in these areas.

Study Skills

In addition to teaching students in English, math, science, and ACT prep, I have worked with students on developing good study skills by managing their time, setting priorities and goals (and rewards), eliminating distractions, and staying accountable. I work with students to develop a planner, journal, and break assignments into smaller pieces. I also incorporated different learning style techniques to help them meet their goals.

Illinois State University
English Secondary Ed
University of Illinois at Springfield
Master's

Education

Illinois State University (English Secondary Ed)

University of Illinois at Springfield (Master's)

Praxis testing — Cliff was instrumental in helping me study and pass Praxis tests. He was knowledgeable in all subjects, showed patience and compassion. He used multiple teaching techniques to identify how I learned best! ...

— Jay, Happy Valley, OR on 5/15/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Cliff will travel within 20 miles of Boise, ID 83709.