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Zachary L.

Chicago, IL


Effective and Caring English and History Tutor

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Background check passed as of 10/2/16

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Benedictine University


Benedictine University (English)

About Zachary

My love for tutoring stems from a passion for helping others in their learning. As someone who needed one on one attention in certain subject areas all throughout my educational career, I completely understand the strain some subject areas place on you. Fortunately, not all subject areas were painfully difficult for me. I found my academic strengths primarily in English and History, which I took to new heights once I entered college.

I decided to take my love for literature and turn it into a possible career by majoring in English. Next to literature my other great passion is History. Therefore in addition to all of my English courses, I have taken twenty one college credits worth of History courses.

As an English major in college, I have been graced with the opportunities to sharpen my writing, reading, literature, and grammatical skills. For the past four years I have used those enhanced skills in the Student Success center as a writing tutor. There I have had the distinct pleasure of working with a variety of students from all different backgrounds and academic levels. The most important part of tutoring for me is understanding each student’s problem areas and relieving them of the stress they cause. I accomplish this by first establishing a level of comfortability with you as I tutor and work through each problem area until both your work level and confidence improves. Once your frustrations towards a subject area are eliminated, then your real learning can begin. Therefore, my initial steps when I tutor you for the first time will be to simply talk to you about your specific frustrations in a subject area. The better I am able to assess what your needs are the better I am able to assist you.

In addition to tutoring writing in all subject areas, I have also completed three separate clinical experiences in a teacher education program at both the middle and high school levels. I have also been a swim instructor for the Oak Lawn Park District for the past four years. Working with kids ranging from the ages of 7 to 13, my primary goal was to have them fell comfortable in the water. Once they became comfortable then as a class we could have fun and learn at the same time. While this is a sport that I teach, I have the same enthusiasm whether I am one on one with you helping you in English or History classes, or in a pool. It gives me immense joy to encourage the learning of others and to be the person that takes someone from frustration to confidence and success.

My best quality as a tutor is having the ability to make you feel confident about their own abilities after a session. I want you to be able to overcome your frustrations so that you may experience the joy of learning through hard work and perseverance. Tutoring is not simply a job but a chance to make a difference in someone's life. That is what I hope to accomplish with each and every one of you who needs my help.

If you need help with anything English or History related please feel free to message me! I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve success in your studies!
My love for tutoring stems from a passion for helping others in their learning. As someone who needed one on one attention in certain subject areas all throughout my educational career, I completely understand the strain some subject areas place on you. Fortunately, not all subject areas were painfully difficult for me. I found my academic Read more

2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Chicago, IL 60643
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading
American History, European History, Government & Politics, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading,
Water Polo

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From t-ball all the way through 8th grade I have played baseball. Throughout my playing days I primarily played both third and second base. Because my brother was a little younger than me, I would help coach during some practices by running infield drills and working one on one in the batting cages with players.


With my degree in English, I have been able to sharpen all of the necessary skills involved in this subject. From reading comprehension to writing techniques, I have worked one on one with college students to improve all of their English needs. While there are so many skills involved in English, I have found the biggest struggle students have with English is their lack of confidence. This is why my primary goal with all students, whether they are learning English as a second language, or trying to improve their existing skills, is to instill a measure of confidence in them. With this confidence my hope is they will use it to succeed in their future endeavors in this subject area.


Reading comprehension is not just a skill I acquired through my English degree in college, it is a passion I have had since I was very young. While other kids were playing video games or watching TV, I would always have a book in my hand. Eventually this passion turned into high grades in all of my English classes, high scores on both the ACT Reading and English portions, and a major in college that I fell in love with. Now, my reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and literature skills have only increased from my college experience. Also, my experience helping college students with their writing in a tutoring zone has given me both the experience and knowledge to help students in all aspects of the writing process, which includes reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar.


I swam competitively up until I entered college. At Brother Rice High School I swam all four years and when I became part of the varsity team my Junior year I helped the newest members become comfortable on the team and with their own skills. In addition to swimming competitively, I have taught swim lessons for the past four years for the Oak Lawn Park District. At one time I would teach a class of about 15-20 students ranging from the ages of 8-13.

Water Polo

I starting playing water polo my Freshmen year at Brother Rice High School and immediately fell in love with the sport. During the summer months of my high school years I participated and helped run a water polo camp at my high school. I mostly ran shooting, passing, and scrimmage drills for younger players. When my peers played water polo in P.E., I helped organize and coach some of the class so they could learn the proper way to play the game. Also, as part of the swim classes I have taught, I have taught students how to tread water in order for kids to be able to properly keep afloat in deeper water.


I have worked with students to improve their writing for the past four years in the college writing center at my university. Not only have I assisted students in their writing across multiple subject areas, but I have also assisted students with their graduate school applications. The majority of these applications include a written personal statement. Most of the time these are medical school applications where students must write why they believe they would be a good fit for their program.

Benedictine University


Benedictine University (English)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Zachary will travel within 40 miles of Chicago, IL 60643.