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Paul H.

Three decades of experience to brighten your world!

Three decades of experience to brighten your world!

$50/hour

  • 280 hours tutoring

  • Crystal Lake, IL 60014

"Great tutor for writing"

Mary, 8 lessons with Paul

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About Paul


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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...

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.


Education

Northeastern Illinios University
undergrad
Ashford University
Other

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Rate details: 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!
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 8 miles of Crystal Lake, IL 60014
  • Lesson cancellation: hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 2/8/2011

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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.
Grammar,

Grammar

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!
Proofreading

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

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!
Reading,

Reading

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.
Spelling, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

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!
English,

English

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!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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.
Grammar,

Grammar

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!
Reading,

Reading

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,

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.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I have taught students the skills they need to compose clear, coherent and compelling essays for many years, including for the SAT. Whether they have to construct an argument or analyze somebody else’s, my students develop the keen insights and proper techniques that can produce high scoring responses to the given Prompts.
Writing,

Writing

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.
ACT Reading, Literature, Proofreading, Spelling, Vocabulary

Homeschool

English,

English

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!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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.
Reading,

Reading

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,

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.
Writing,

Writing

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.
Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

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.

Most Popular

English,

English

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!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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.
Reading,

Reading

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.
Writing

Writing

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.

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

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.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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.
Reading,

Reading

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.
Writing

Writing

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.

Test Preparation

ACT English,

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!
SAT 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.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I have taught students the skills they need to compose clear, coherent and compelling essays for many years, including for the SAT. Whether they have to construct an argument or analyze somebody else’s, my students develop the keen insights and proper techniques that can produce high scoring responses to the given Prompts.
ACT Reading

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (110 ratings)
5 star
(102)
4 star
(7)
3 star
(1)
2 star
(0)
1 star
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Reviews


Extremely accomodating and great tutor!

My son told me that Paul was very detailed and have great strategies on how to choose the best answer for the SAT English test. I'm positive that Paul will be able to help my son increase his SAT score.

Aleth, 4 lessons with Paul

Extremely helpful tutor.

Paul worked with our son on the reading portion of the ACT test. Paul was very helpful in teaching our son strategies to use in taking the test. Through his teaching Paul helped him raise his reading score by 9 points and this resulted in a composite score of 33. We are very grateful for Paul's time and patience working with our son. The time and effort Paul put in has helped expand our son's college options tremendously.

Randy, 6 lessons with Paul

Great Tutor with patience.

When I noticed my daughter's falling in grades, I found Paul's profile suitable to help my child. Today, I am glad that he is helping her to improve grades in high school English. His outstanding skills as a English tutor combined with patience helped my daughter to receive proper guidance. I like his interactive way of teaching. He is bringing the best out of my child. I recommend him to any one looking for best English tutor.

Sampath, 24 lessons with Paul
Tutor responded:

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. Paul

Excellent Tutor

Paul is a tutor to our teenage son for improvement in English comprehension and essay writing. Within a couple of weeks of Paul's tutoring we noticed a big improvement in our son's English skills. Paul genuinely likes to help our kid. He uses great humor and ingenious skills to befriend our son and help him. We would recommend Paul.

Tahera, 15 lessons with Paul
Tutor responded:

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. Paul

Best Tutor!

Everything goes very well, Paul is a dependable, responsible, and knowledgeable tutor. We really learned a lot and had fantastic 2 hours every time. He record everything we practiced and find us the exact way to improve it, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc. Also using the books he searched for us, as we work on ESL, helped us a lot. I would recommend him to anyone search for academic help and ESL tutoring.

Alfie, 11 lessons with Paul
Tutor responded:

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

Paul is tutoring my child for ACT English. He is enthusiastic and has motivated my child and helped with his sense of confidence. I believe the highest compliment came from son who said "I wish he was my regular English teacher". I highly recommend Paul; he is prompt and easy to work with.

Karen, 5 lessons with Paul
Tutor responded:

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.

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Paul H.

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