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Robert B.

Chicago, IL

$35/hour

Historian and Editor

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Roosevelt University
American History
University of Illinois, Chicago
Master's

Education

Roosevelt University (American History)

University of Illinois, Chicago (Master's)

About Robert

I am a published historian with 25 years of experience and have worked as a copy editor and proofreader. For one year I have been tutoring high school students for a nonprofit called HighSight. I also taught for three years as an adjunct professor in the Historic Preservation Program at Goucher College. I have a talent for explaining difficult concepts and establishing rapport with students of various backgrounds. My strengths are in U.S. and European history, American and English literature, and in improving reading and writing skills. My command of grammar and usage is excellent and I am thoroughly familiar with the University of Chicago and MLA style manuals. More than anything I like to work with students to advance their understanding and self-confidence.

A wide knowledge of American and English literature and a sure command of the nuances of good writing via my experience as a copy editor.

I have read widely in American and European history for 40 years, have worked 13 years for the National Park Service as a historian, and am able to convey facts and concepts about history.

As a tutor of high school students for the past year, I have proven my ability to work well with students from a variety of backgrounds. I enjoy working one-on-one with students and have developed good working relationships. My content knowledge is broad and deep and I am able to convey so as to expand a student's understanding.
I am a published historian with 25 years of experience and have worked as a copy editor and proofreader. For one year I have been tutoring high school students for a nonprofit called HighSight. I also taught for three years as an adjunct professor in the Historic Preservation Program at Read more

Policies
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Chicago, IL 60625
In-person lessons
History:
American History,
World History

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American History

My college major was American History and I have continued to actively keep up with the field. I retired in 2006 as regional historian for the National Park Service's Southeast Region. I have published several books dealing with American history, including a history of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. I also have published book reviews and reference book articles in this field.

English

I worked a number of years as a proofreader and then a copy editor. I have also taken classes with University of Chicago Press editors. I read widely and have a deeply ingrained feeling for good English prose.

Literature

I read widely in American and English literature. My personal library contains works by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Henry James, James Baldwin, Alice Walker, Leo Tolstoy, Ernest Hemingway, and many others. I have a proven ability to help students understand works of literature. In the past year I have helped high school freshmen gain a better understanding of "The Old Man and the Sea," including holding a miniseminar on fishing terminology.

Writing

I am an accomplished writer, having published several books while working for the National Park Service. I have also written an article for an anthology, reference book entries, and book reviews. I have the ability to clearly explain the elements of good writing.

Roosevelt University
American History
University of Illinois, Chicago
Master's

Education

Roosevelt University (American History)

University of Illinois, Chicago (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Travel policy

Robert will travel within 20 miles of Chicago, IL 60625.