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Cliff W.

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

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

$45/hour

  • 1,824 hours tutoring

  • Boise, ID 83709

About Cliff


Bio

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...

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.


Education

Illinois State University
English Secondary Ed
University of Illinois at Springfield
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $45
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Boise, ID 83709
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 2/2/2016

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE, Microsoft PowerPoint

Computer

Microsoft PowerPoint

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Microsoft PowerPoint, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Study Skills,

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.
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I've helped a number of students in one-on-one sessions and ACT/SAT workshops. I help crack the code on strategies and content. I'm excited to work with you!
English,

English

I taught writing, humanities, and literature at the college level for 8+ years. I make grammar and the writing process relevant and easy to understand.
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Writing, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing

History

Geography,

Geography

I've taught Human Geography and have also helped students brush up on traditional geography. I love making connections between the Human Geography topics and current events. I also like to make multiple connections to make the learning "sticky" and more relevant.
American History, European History, World History

Homeschool

English,

English

I taught writing, humanities, and literature at the college level for 8+ years. I make grammar and the writing process relevant and easy to understand.
Study Skills,

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.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Chemistry, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, Spelling, Writing

Language

ESL/ESOL

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I love working with students in the ACT Math section. In addition to teaching you strategies, I also provide tips to doing mental math, becoming more efficient, and understanding math in new ways. The skills you learn go beyond just taking the ACT test.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Trigonometry

Most Popular

English,

English

I taught writing, humanities, and literature at the college level for 8+ years. I make grammar and the writing process relevant and easy to understand.
Study Skills,

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.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Chemistry, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, Writing

Other

Geography,

Geography

I've taught Human Geography and have also helped students brush up on traditional geography. I love making connections between the Human Geography topics and current events. I also like to make multiple connections to make the learning "sticky" and more relevant.
Study Skills,

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.
ESL/ESOL

Science

ACT Science, Chemistry, Geology

Special Needs

Study Skills

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.

Sports/Recreation

Chess

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.

Summer

Study Skills,

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.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Chemistry, ESL/ESOL, GED, Geometry, Reading, Writing

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I've helped a number of students in one-on-one sessions and ACT/SAT workshops. I help crack the code on strategies and content. I'm excited to work with you!
ACT Math,

ACT Math

I love working with students in the ACT Math section. In addition to teaching you strategies, I also provide tips to doing mental math, becoming more efficient, and understanding math in new ways. The skills you learn go beyond just taking the ACT test.
Praxis,

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.
ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT Writing

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (723 ratings)
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1 star
(3)

Reviews


Algebra 2 Lesson - Mid-term Review

Mr. Wheeler has been a great tutor for my son. He makes algebra easier for my son to understand and his average this year has been 90! He is very patient and kind. He is also accommodating with his schedule. We feel fortunate to have found him and highly recommend Mr. Wheeler!

Br, 15 lessons with Cliff

Patient and thorough

Cliff has been working with my 16-year old son for about 6 months tutoring him in chemistry and geometry. Cliff is very good at finding ways to connect the material to the real world. My son tells me that he understands the material better after he goes through it with Cliff. In a large public school such as his, the teacher's don't have much time for individual questions, so working with Cliff has helped my son crystallize topics he wouldn't have grasped otherwise.

Kimberley, 23 lessons with Cliff

Does an EXCELLENT job of explaining concepts!

Our son found his instruction very relatable, i.e. Cliff connected his explanations to easy-to-remember, everyday life scenarios; huge plus in helping students to remember what they’re learning. He is friendly/personable, patient, lively, and provided valuable details about the structure of the test (ACT) and a clear picture re a strategy going forward. Wish we’d found him sooner!

Sonya, 5 lessons with Cliff

Great tutor!

Our daughter learned more in one hour with Cliff than she has learned in 2.5 months in her class. Cliff explains math very clearly and concisely. We heard many ahh ha moments during the session.

Kari, 8 lessons with Cliff

Tailoring instructions

Cliff was attentive to my learning goals. He was able to identify a specific strategy toward understanding the content, ensuring that learning the information can be achieved.

Donald, 2 lessons with Cliff

Great SAT tutor

Cliff was great to work with and helped my son look at testing in a different way. He is very impressed with Cliffs knowledge and is looking forward to his upcoming sessions.

Karen, 7 lessons with Cliff

Creative tutor

We reviewed my last math quiz, which was better but not great yet. My tutor always explains things clearly so I can understand and gives me shortcuts and ideas to remember concepts better.

Ania, 21 lessons with Cliff

Thank you

On time, reasonable price, and helpful comments that allowed to greatly improve. Thank you very much for your comments and suggestions. I would recommend Cliff as a tutor.

Eman, 1 lesson with Cliff

Professional and supportive towards my son

Cliff worked with my son in Geometry and note taking to facilitate studying for quizzes and tests. He called after the session and gave follow up ideas. We were happy with him working with our son.

Kellie , 27 lessons with Cliff
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Cliff W.

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