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Tom H.

Writing and History Mentor

Writing and History Mentor

$30/hour

  • 453 hours tutoring

  • Sauganash Chicago, IL 60646

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About Tom


Bio

I come from a family of teachers, especially English! I grew up in an environment committed to clarity in both oral and verbal communication. I also have to credit my eight brothers and sisters for teaching me the virtue of patience and learning how to deal with a wide assortment of personalities.

After earning a BA in English from Columbia University, I received my Masters in Education at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

I have taught from the third grade up to senior level...

I come from a family of teachers, especially English! I grew up in an environment committed to clarity in both oral and verbal communication. I also have to credit my eight brothers and sisters for teaching me the virtue of patience and learning how to deal with a wide assortment of personalities.

After earning a BA in English from Columbia University, I received my Masters in Education at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

I have taught from the third grade up to senior level subjects, from basic grammar and composition courses to more specialized courses such as journalism and public speaking. In my many years of teaching, I have come to appreciate that effective writing is about the most difficult --and most worthwhile -- skill to master.

My experience ranges from underprivileged urban students to college-prep suburban students. Acting as a personal and academic adviser for 10-15 students annually over the past 18 years, I feel as though I have a good sense of the numerous non-academic pressures adolescent life brings with it.

I have extensive experience in helping students with the research paper process. I just completed a a one-year sabbatical to complete a Masters in Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago.

During my 22 years of teaching, I have explored other interests, coaching debate, developing an a capella group, moderating school newspapers, drama productions and yearbooks.


Education

Columbia University
English
M.Ed University of Massachusetts-Amherst
MEd
University of Chicago
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $30
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60646
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/8/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Film

Film

I first began to study film at Columbia University, where I took two courses with the famous film critic Andrew Sarris. I have since developed my own elective at my school, entitled The Art of Film, which takes the students through the history of the film from its beginnings. My special interests are in silent film, as well as the films of Kurosawa, Billy Wilder, Frank Capra and John Sayles.

Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I have coached debate at my high school for the past 18 years. In fact, I started the team! Since then, we have had students compete in local and national contests. I have had to work with students on content and delivery. I have also taught a public speaking semester-long class at my school.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Over my past 22 years of teaching English to middle and high school students, I have often had the opportunity to work one-on-one with students who have recently arrived in the United States. My emphasis for ESL/ESOL students has been to master grammar and reading comprehension, as these form the foundations for effective communication.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have coached debate at my high school for the past 18 years. In fact, I started the team! Since then, we have had students compete in local and national contests. I have had to work with students on content and delivery. I have also taught a public speaking semester-long class at my school.
Grammar, Proofreading, Spanish

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My experience with elementary education stems mostly with 3rd grade, as I taught for an entire year in a self-contained classroom in a private school in Washington, DC. My focus that year was fundamentals in reading, public speaking, geography and composition. I also have experience with 1st, 2nd and 4th graders teaching CCD in a local parish, including some students who did not yet know how to read, which presented some exciting challenges!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Having taught middle school students for over 15 years, study skills have always been a mainstay in my curriculum. In fact, if students at this age do not adopt a system that works for them, they will encounter significant difficulties in high school. I have acted as an academic adviser for dozens of middle school and high school students, which has frequently involved pinpointing pitfalls in the students' study habits. Finally, I have a study skills curriculum available that can prove handy to those students struggling in this area.
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Over my past 22 years of teaching English to middle and high school students, I have often had the opportunity to work one-on-one with students who have recently arrived in the United States. My emphasis for ESL/ESOL students has been to master grammar and reading comprehension, as these form the foundations for effective communication.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have coached debate at my high school for the past 18 years. In fact, I started the team! Since then, we have had students compete in local and national contests. I have had to work with students on content and delivery. I have also taught a public speaking semester-long class at my school.
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing

History

Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

I have taken several courses in Old testament studies -- with specific reference to Salvation history. I also have taken extensive courses on the Synoptic Gospels, as well as the Epistles of St. Paul and St. John. Finally, I have taught Sacred Scripture on the high school level, which i believe is the best preparation of all!
Religion,

Religion

I have taught a variety of subjects within the discipline of religion, particularly in the Catholic Faith. At the high school level, I have taught apologetics to seniors, Church history to juniors, moral theology for sophomores and Sacred Scripture to freshmen.
Social Studies,

Social Studies

I have always had an interest in social studies, especially in regard to how Western cultures have encountered other cultures through the centuries. In fact, for one semester I was asked to teach a series of lectures on that specific subject. Having coached debate for 18 years, I have had to prepare my student competitors to gain a deeper understanding of issues both domestic and foreign, economic and diplomatic, to become successful.
Sociology,

Sociology

I have just completed a quarter-long course on all the biggest names in sociology -- namely, Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Freud, Levi-Strauss and Douglas. The professor who designed the course provided special insights regarding the role of the unconscious in society. I am also familiar with a number of other more recent names in the field -- in particular, Charles Taylor and Neil Postman.
American History, European History, Geography, Philosophy, World History

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Although my main experience stems from writing and composition, I love working with word problems and algebraic challenges. I actually appreciate the occasional break from my usual share of tutoring tasks in writing, as much of algebra presents one intriguing puzzles to solve. I often find that I have a unique perspective on algebra as a humanities person that allows students greater confidence step by step.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My experience with elementary education stems mostly with 3rd grade, as I taught for an entire year in a self-contained classroom in a private school in Washington, DC. My focus that year was fundamentals in reading, public speaking, geography and composition. I also have experience with 1st, 2nd and 4th graders teaching CCD in a local parish, including some students who did not yet know how to read, which presented some exciting challenges!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Over my past 22 years of teaching English to middle and high school students, I have often had the opportunity to work one-on-one with students who have recently arrived in the United States. My emphasis for ESL/ESOL students has been to master grammar and reading comprehension, as these form the foundations for effective communication.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Having taught middle school students for over 15 years, study skills have always been a mainstay in my curriculum. In fact, if students at this age do not adopt a system that works for them, they will encounter significant difficulties in high school. I have acted as an academic adviser for dozens of middle school and high school students, which has frequently involved pinpointing pitfalls in the students' study habits. Finally, I have a study skills curriculum available that can prove handy to those students struggling in this area.
English, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Spelling, Writing

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Over my past 22 years of teaching English to middle and high school students, I have often had the opportunity to work one-on-one with students who have recently arrived in the United States. My emphasis for ESL/ESOL students has been to master grammar and reading comprehension, as these form the foundations for effective communication.
Spanish

Math

Algebra 1

Algebra 1

Although my main experience stems from writing and composition, I love working with word problems and algebraic challenges. I actually appreciate the occasional break from my usual share of tutoring tasks in writing, as much of algebra presents one intriguing puzzles to solve. I often find that I have a unique perspective on algebra as a humanities person that allows students greater confidence step by step.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Although my main experience stems from writing and composition, I love working with word problems and algebraic challenges. I actually appreciate the occasional break from my usual share of tutoring tasks in writing, as much of algebra presents one intriguing puzzles to solve. I often find that I have a unique perspective on algebra as a humanities person that allows students greater confidence step by step.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My experience with elementary education stems mostly with 3rd grade, as I taught for an entire year in a self-contained classroom in a private school in Washington, DC. My focus that year was fundamentals in reading, public speaking, geography and composition. I also have experience with 1st, 2nd and 4th graders teaching CCD in a local parish, including some students who did not yet know how to read, which presented some exciting challenges!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Over my past 22 years of teaching English to middle and high school students, I have often had the opportunity to work one-on-one with students who have recently arrived in the United States. My emphasis for ESL/ESOL students has been to master grammar and reading comprehension, as these form the foundations for effective communication.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Having taught middle school students for over 15 years, study skills have always been a mainstay in my curriculum. In fact, if students at this age do not adopt a system that works for them, they will encounter significant difficulties in high school. I have acted as an academic adviser for dozens of middle school and high school students, which has frequently involved pinpointing pitfalls in the students' study habits. Finally, I have a study skills curriculum available that can prove handy to those students struggling in this area.
English, Reading, Spanish, Writing

Other

Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

I have taken several courses in Old testament studies -- with specific reference to Salvation history. I also have taken extensive courses on the Synoptic Gospels, as well as the Epistles of St. Paul and St. John. Finally, I have taught Sacred Scripture on the high school level, which i believe is the best preparation of all!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Over my past 22 years of teaching English to middle and high school students, I have often had the opportunity to work one-on-one with students who have recently arrived in the United States. My emphasis for ESL/ESOL students has been to master grammar and reading comprehension, as these form the foundations for effective communication.
Religion,

Religion

I have taught a variety of subjects within the discipline of religion, particularly in the Catholic Faith. At the high school level, I have taught apologetics to seniors, Church history to juniors, moral theology for sophomores and Sacred Scripture to freshmen.
Sociology,

Sociology

I have just completed a quarter-long course on all the biggest names in sociology -- namely, Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Freud, Levi-Strauss and Douglas. The professor who designed the course provided special insights regarding the role of the unconscious in society. I am also familiar with a number of other more recent names in the field -- in particular, Charles Taylor and Neil Postman.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Having taught middle school students for over 15 years, study skills have always been a mainstay in my curriculum. In fact, if students at this age do not adopt a system that works for them, they will encounter significant difficulties in high school. I have acted as an academic adviser for dozens of middle school and high school students, which has frequently involved pinpointing pitfalls in the students' study habits. Finally, I have a study skills curriculum available that can prove handy to those students struggling in this area.
Geography, Philosophy

Science

Sociology,

Sociology

I have just completed a quarter-long course on all the biggest names in sociology -- namely, Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Freud, Levi-Strauss and Douglas. The professor who designed the course provided special insights regarding the role of the unconscious in society. I am also familiar with a number of other more recent names in the field -- in particular, Charles Taylor and Neil Postman.
Philosophy

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

Having taught middle school students for over 15 years, study skills have always been a mainstay in my curriculum. In fact, if students at this age do not adopt a system that works for them, they will encounter significant difficulties in high school. I have acted as an academic adviser for dozens of middle school and high school students, which has frequently involved pinpointing pitfalls in the students' study habits. Finally, I have a study skills curriculum available that can prove handy to those students struggling in this area.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Although my main experience stems from writing and composition, I love working with word problems and algebraic challenges. I actually appreciate the occasional break from my usual share of tutoring tasks in writing, as much of algebra presents one intriguing puzzles to solve. I often find that I have a unique perspective on algebra as a humanities person that allows students greater confidence step by step.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My experience with elementary education stems mostly with 3rd grade, as I taught for an entire year in a self-contained classroom in a private school in Washington, DC. My focus that year was fundamentals in reading, public speaking, geography and composition. I also have experience with 1st, 2nd and 4th graders teaching CCD in a local parish, including some students who did not yet know how to read, which presented some exciting challenges!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Over my past 22 years of teaching English to middle and high school students, I have often had the opportunity to work one-on-one with students who have recently arrived in the United States. My emphasis for ESL/ESOL students has been to master grammar and reading comprehension, as these form the foundations for effective communication.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Having taught middle school students for over 15 years, study skills have always been a mainstay in my curriculum. In fact, if students at this age do not adopt a system that works for them, they will encounter significant difficulties in high school. I have acted as an academic adviser for dozens of middle school and high school students, which has frequently involved pinpointing pitfalls in the students' study habits. Finally, I have a study skills curriculum available that can prove handy to those students struggling in this area.
Reading, Spanish, Writing

Test Preparation

Praxis,

Praxis

The specific section of the Praxis I would be most helpful with is Language Arts. I have taught grammar and usage for middle and high school students, so I am thoroughly familiar with the types of questions the Praxis aims to test. Having dealt with helping hundreds of students with their writing, I would also be able to indicate how to write for a specific audience and assist with revision techniques.
ACT English, ACT Reading, ASVAB, PSAT, SAT Reading

Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (125 ratings)
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Reviews


Relates well

There are many tutors on WyzAnt that are smart, but being able to relate to the kids is what separates the good from the great tutors. Tom is excellent at talking with my son on his level which is what makes him so good. Anyone can see from Tom's resume how smart he is, but his ability to interact with my son so easily separates him from many other tutors we have used.

Ed, 3 lessons with Tom

Excellent

Tom is a wonderful tutor and very talented. My son said he is really helping to teach the proper writing skills. As a teacher, Tom really understands the requirements to teach my son.

Laura, 11 lessons with Tom

Awesome tutor

First of all Tom is a very nice person. He really tries to understand what the student needs. He helped me to edit my essays for business school. Even though we had just one lesson, I could see that he is a real professional.

Ardak, 1 lesson with Tom

Great tutor, very patient!

Tom is a great tutor for my teenage son. He works page by page with my son, helping him read complex novels that would be quite a struggle on his own. My son hates going to Sylvan but he is willing to work with Tom!

Leanne, 11 lessons with Tom

Excellent Tutor!

Tom is an excellent English/ACT tutor!!! My son was tutored by some of the "fancy" ACT prep schools. With Tom his scores have increased dramatically! Thanks Tom!

Roni, 17 lessons with Tom

Experienced educator, flexible, great with teens!

Tom started working with my daughter at the end of her freshman year in high school. She has special emotional needs affecting her motivation and executive functioning and had fallen behind in several classes and was in danger of failing. I knew we needed an experienced and mature adult who had worked with a wide variety of students and who could adapt to individual needs. Tom was just that! I was able to give Tom the background information about my daughter's experiences in life and as a learner and set the overarching goals and Tom took care of the rest. He instantly connected and empathized with my daughter in a way that made her see him as an ally. No matter what Tom encountered at each session he was able to meet my daughter where she was and help her make progress, be it on a specific homework assignment or project, reviewing content, organizing notes and folders or just building confidence. He is especially good at assisting with writing, history, English, religion and test preparation in any subject. I highly recommend him!

Kate, 22 lessons with Tom

Great tutor!!

Tom is very patient tutor! Very smart and detailed oriented from whom I have learned a lot. He is so easy to be be reached by phone or email, always responds on time and he is always looking to help more than what you ask. I highly recommend him to everyone!

Marco, 1 lesson with Tom

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Tom H.

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