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Paul H.

Arlington Heights, IL


Three decades of experience to brighten your world!

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4.9 average from 75 ratings
Great tutor for writing
— Mary, Northbrook, IL on 2/14/12

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Northeastern Illinios University
Ashford University


Northeastern Illinios University

Ashford University (Other)

About Paul

After twenty-eight years of teaching all aspects of the English Curriculum, I look forward to sharing this accumulated experience, insight and understanding with as many students as I can. Whether diagramming sentences, analyzing poetry, unlocking literature, or preparing for standardized exams, my students have grown to love the high return on their intellectual investment.

The main components of my approach to teaching have always included a high regard for the innate strengths and capabilities of my students, regardless of previous achievements. Since I emphasize the process of learning as much as the product, I guarantee positive and lasting results at many stages and in many areas.

From the rudimentary English basics of Grammar to the soaring heights of creativity and composition, the scope of my experience has something to offer almost any eager student (even a reluctant one). No matter how difficult English has been in the past, we will forge a path to success in the future. The most essential characteristic that I value in my students is the willingness to improve.
After twenty-eight years of teaching all aspects of the English Curriculum, I look forward to sharing this accumulated experience, insight and understanding with as many students as I can. Whether diagramming sentences, analyzing poetry, unlocking Read more


I am happy to negotiate a reduced rate, especially for longer, or more frequent lessons. Whatever your needs are, I can customize billing for your situation!

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Travels within 10 miles of Arlington Heights, IL 60004
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In-person lessons

"Great tutor for writing"

- Mary, Northbrook, IL on 2/14/12
Paul replied on 2/15/2012


Well, this certainly was a wonderful surprise! Thank you so much for the glowing review. Working with your son has been quite an enjoyable experience and I look forward to many more opportunities to unlock his (temporarily hidden) potential. As always, your support is most appreciated and crucial in this enterprise. Thanks again!


"Extremely helpful tutor."

- Randy, Arlington Heights, IL on 5/16/13

"Great Tutor with patience."

- Sampath, Wheeling, IL on 1/17/12
Paul replied on 1/30/2012

Dear Sampath,

Thank you so much for your positive feedback; I am confident that all the hard work that your daughter has done will pay off big dividends in her grades, both now and in the future! My key to success is based largely on the hard work of my students! It continues to be a pleasure helping your daughter gain more confidence and skill in English. Thanks again.


"Excellent Tutor"

- Tahera, Schaumburg, IL on 1/17/12
Paul replied on 1/30/2012

Dear Tahera,

Thank you very much for your positive feedback; I know that most of the credit goes to both you and your son for working so hard. I look forward to guiding your son through this second semester, so that we can see even more significant growth in his writing, reading and thinking. I can hardly believe the difference already between his skill level now and what it was when we started! Thanks again.


"Best Tutor!"

- Alfie, Schaumburg, IL on 9/16/11
Paul replied on 9/23/2011

Alfie, thank you so much for your positive feedback; I am so glad you are happy with our lessons! When I think about how hard you are working and the effort you put into the learning process, I am very gratified. I look forward to many more fantastic sessions in the coming weeks and months. Thanks again!

"Great attitude"

- Karen, Arlington Heights, IL on 8/23/11
Paul replied on 8/23/2011

Dear Karen,
Thank you so much for your glowing review! I do indeed consider it an honor to lead your son along the path that ends in greater self-confidence and a real appreciation for our complex language. Keep up the good work; it is through your good example that your son is such a good student.

ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, MCAT, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary
Public Speaking

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ACT English

Throughout my many years of teaching Introduction to Literature, British Literature and American Literature, one essential, ongoing component of my classes was always centered on the skills necessary to achieve high scores on all the National Exams; I tried to teach them how to think. Regardless of what we were reading at the time, my approach always brought close attention to the process of increased comprehension through perceptive and active reading strategies. Certainly, the management of complex passages and their questions was a regular component of our weekly efforts. Year after year, my students achieved scores in excess of their expectations, and this, of course, opened many windows in the area of college admissions. It was hard work; but it paid off in a grand fashion!


My experience in teaching English ranges from the rudiments of Grammar to the heights of Literary Analysis. During my years in the classroom, my students learned to love to learn; that was my approach. While keeping a keen eye on the skills to be developed, whether we were diagramming sentences, analyzing poetry, or practicing for the ACT, I sought to foster an atmosphere of both discovery and enjoyment. My classroom environment emphasized the direct correlation between honest hard work and sterling results. From 6th grade to Senior year, my students discovered hidden talents and appreciated the work it took to achieve their highest potential!


Currently, I am assisting several students who are on their journey toward English Mastery. Some have already taken the TOEFL and are seeking greater understanding of English idioms and cultural references, especially in social interactions that contain humor. Others are preparing to advance their scores on specific sections of the test. I have greatly enjoyed all these lessons, particularly when it is clear that sudden understanding has taken place.

My twenty-eight years of experience in teaching English for grades six through twelve have equipped me with the diverse approaches, clever explanations, and light-hearted encouragement mannerisms that seem to be a perfect fit for students of all ages who want to gain greater skill and confidence in communicating and comprehending our complex language.


Back in 1981, I began a Grammar instruction program at a small boys school and it has been paying enormous dividends for decades. Throughout the Middle School the young men were mastering the essentials of formal English Usage, Diagramming and all elements of Grammar. As they entered High School, they had a command of proper English that set them above their peers, especially in the areas of sophisticated and correct sentence and paragraph construction. The hard work definitely paid off for all of them!


My experience with the rigors of high school reading include quite a few years of instructing Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors in the fine art of looking closely at the text. Our selections varied quite a bit from classic American tales to Medieval selections to semi-modern British pieces. I always stressed the importance of becoming an active reader, one who is engaged with the text and is always asking questions so that his mind remains focused. Invariable, the students would leave the class with a greater appreciation for not only the craft of writing but also the skill of reading.

SAT Reading

For all the years that I taught Sophomores and Juniors, one of the ongoing disciplines in my class was preparation for the national exams: ACT. SAT and AP. Regardless of what genre, time period, or native country we were studying the fine-tuning of accurate reading habits and sensible literary analysis were always imbedded in my approach. By year's end each student had increased both his skill and confidence in reading more actively, analyzing more intelligently and writing more eloquently.
By the time the day of the test had arrived, all the students were much better prepared than even they thought possible. Their admirably high scores were always a satisfying dividend for their hard work.


The blank page. Nothing is more intimidating to a young or reluctant writer. After decades of working with students from grade 6 to 12, I have acquired the insights and techniques that can be of great help to struggling writers of all ages. Starting with the basics of Grammar Mastery and progressing though Advance Placement analysis and composition my classes have given a tremendous boost to all of my students. Using a variety of literary sources, as well as some imaginative exercises, I have been able to increase both the skill and confidence of my students.

Northeastern Illinios University
Ashford University


Northeastern Illinios University

Ashford University (Other)

Great tutor for writing — Paul has worked with my high school son twice, and he is excellent. He has a relaxed way of relating to the students, and had my rather quiet son talking at length about his thoughts on his paper. Paul helped with leaving questions for my son to answer in writing in his paper, and later with discussing details to modify during revisions. My son felt that the sessions were much more helpful than an ...

— Mary, Northbrook, IL on 2/14/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

I am happy to negotiate a reduced rate, especially for longer, or more frequent lessons. Whatever your needs are, I can customize billing for your situation!

Travel policy

Paul will travel within 10 miles of Arlington Heights, IL 60004.