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Austin E.

Chess and Academic Tutoring

Chess and Academic Tutoring

$50/hour

  • 240 hours tutoring

  • Chicago, IL 60657

About Austin


Bio

My name is Austin E. I graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science. I am now a full-time chess teacher with students of all ages and skill levels.

Chess has been my passion for over 9 years now and I enjoy it almost more than anything else. I started playing relatively late but was able to pick up the game very quickly. After high school, my ICCA rating rose to around 2000 from competing in various open tournaments that were...

My name is Austin E. I graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science. I am now a full-time chess teacher with students of all ages and skill levels.

Chess has been my passion for over 9 years now and I enjoy it almost more than anything else. I started playing relatively late but was able to pick up the game very quickly. After high school, my ICCA rating rose to around 2000 from competing in various open tournaments that were available when I was coaching high school. I am currently a Class A USCF player and my recent tournament performance rating is over 2000.

Despite living in Chicago, I am able to give remote chess lessons via computer whenever my students are available. Prior to moving to Chicago, I was able to more actively coach the students in person on my high school team. We have had a few very successful seasons as of late posting 5-2 records at the state championship in 2009, 2010, and 2011 as well as going undefeated and winning our conference also in 2011.

I am able to tutor students of nearly every skill level and all ages- from someone who has no knowledge of the game of chess to an experienced tournament player. I will also be able to help students achieve whatever skill level they are working for, whether it's just learning how to beat their dad at chess or prepare for serious USCF or FIDE tournaments.

My teaching philosophy begins with thoroughly learning the rules of the game including all of the intricacies of pawn promotions, castling, and en passant. Then some very basic chess strategy is necessary. Things like controlling the center of the board, developing your pieces to form an effective attack, keeping your king safe, and being aware of your opponent's threats will immensely improve a beginner's chess ability. After this, studying chess tactics becomes crucial for the player looking to improve quickly. Tactics are using a forced sequence of moves to take advantage of a mistake made by the opponent in order to gain an advantage often in the form of material or a checkmate. A mastery of chess tactics supplemented with a firm grasp of the endgame and modern opening theory is the most effective road to chess success.

I look forward to working with students of many different skill levels and I check my email very frequently throughout the day.


Education

Roosevelt University- Chicago
Philosophy

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 8 miles of Chicago, IL 60657
  • Lesson cancellation: 6 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Spelling

English

Spelling, Writing

History

Philosophy

Homeschool

Prealgebra, Spelling, Writing

Math

Prealgebra

Most Popular

Prealgebra, Writing

Other

Philosophy

Science

Philosophy

Sports/Recreation

Chess,

Chess

I have been playing chess for almost 10 years now. I have been teaching chess to students in person, online, and in schools for about 8 years. I worked as a volunteer coach for the Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School chess team and helped them achieve impressive results. The team had a 5-2 record at the state championship in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and they were also able to go undefeated and win conference in 2011. Most of them are very successful individual players as well and a good number of them are Class B strength tournament players. Immediately after starting to play seriously, I was able to grasp the concepts necessary to excel at my level and I know what it takes to get better quickly. I am expert level strength (approximately 2000+ rating) and I am looking forward to working with students of all skill levels and ages.
Tennis

Tennis

I have been playing tennis for about 8 years now. I started my freshman year in high school and with a lot of practice, I was able to work my way up to 1st doubles. In high school, I also instructed summer tennis camps where the school hosted dozens of 8th graders who were interested in playing tennis the following year. After graduating high school, I then moved on to play 2nd singles at Roosevelt University. Since graduating, I have focused more on instructing beginners in tennis and preparing them to play on a team or just have fun on the weekends.

Summer

Tennis,

Tennis

I have been playing tennis for about 8 years now. I started my freshman year in high school and with a lot of practice, I was able to work my way up to 1st doubles. In high school, I also instructed summer tennis camps where the school hosted dozens of 8th graders who were interested in playing tennis the following year. After graduating high school, I then moved on to play 2nd singles at Roosevelt University. Since graduating, I have focused more on instructing beginners in tennis and preparing them to play on a team or just have fun on the weekends.
Writing

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews

Works great with kids

Austin has an encouraging style, and works well with our to children. He has an encouraging style which makes learning easier. He has been working with us for at least 6 lessons, and the kids enjoy the session.

Rich, 12 lessons with Austin

chess coach

Austin did a great job with my boys and was able to assess where they are fairly quickly and build on their skills. I would highly recommend him to others looking for a chess coach.

Michal, 6 lessons with Austin

Wonderful Chess Tutor

Austin is wonderful! He is so easy and loves his job which makes it great to watch him teach!! He really knows how to connect with his students...I would highly recommend him.

Jamie, 17 lessons with Austin

Excellent chess tutor!

My son really enjoys the lessons with him! He's always come with prepared lesson plan for each lessons. He helped out my son to setup an online chess games that he can track on how my son is doing after each games he played and discussed in the lesson! I'm very pleased to found him!!

Emily, 61 lessons with Austin

Outstanding chess instructor

Austin is an extremely talented chess instructor (and player)! He is patient and logical. I highly recommend getting in touch with him!

Dave, 3 lessons with Austin

Chess tutoring feedback

For the last 2 months, Austin has been tutoring my elementary aged daughter and son in the subject of chess. His knowledge and passion for the game is evident. He teaches at my children's level and engages them for the length of the lesson. After the lesson, my children choose to play chess on their own and look forward to their next lesson with Austin. I would recommend Austin easily for his reliability, teaching skills and chess knowledge.

Joan, 48 lessons with Austin

The Best Tutor

I went from failing a class to passing thanks to Austin. A class I needed to graduate! Thank you Austin!!

Lu Ann, 5 lessons with Austin

Great tutor!

Austin is very passionate about chess. My daughter found him very knowledgeable about the game and really took to his instruction. He has given her a lot to think about and some great tactics to use in her tournaments. I hope to continue her lessons. Thanks, Austin.

Kim, 5 lessons with Austin
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$50/hour

Austin E.

$50/hour

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