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Leo R.

Dekalb, IL

$30/hour

Engaging, Cost-Effective Lessons

50+ Hours
4.8 average from 10 ratings

$30/Hour


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Northern Illinois University
Biomedical Engineer

Education

Northern Illinois University (Biomedical Engineer)

About Leo

My name is Leo, and I'm a 25-year-old English major at NIU. I think tutoring is really fun! The more you teach about a subject the more you know, and all the subjects on my list are hobbies and interests of mine. I have an A.A.S. in audio engineering, and a decade of guitar experience under my belt. I've been a Potbelly musician for about two years now. I really love reading and writing, and have gotten scholarships and awards for my work.

I believe tutoring should be a comfortable experience for the student, because learning is easiest and most effective when it's enjoyably done. I make subject matter as engaging and relevant as I can, tying our work to applications in the real world and using examples that highlight the fun and rewarding aspects of the material. Although it can vary between students and subjects, a lesson should never be constant boring exercises or recitation, not least of all because it's paid for. Ideally a student with leave each session with more tools to explore and educate themselves in the subject independently, and build confidence for the future. Also, I love animals.

In the workforce I've been a performer, recording and live sound engineer, traveling salesman, biomedical engineer, programmer, child actor, telephone interviewer, and more! I was also an Illinois State Scholar, mathlete, Fulbright-Hays Group Study Grant recipient, and WYSE regional medalist in English and Chemistry.
My name is Leo, and I'm a 25-year-old English major at NIU. I think tutoring is really fun! The more you teach about a subject the more you know, and all the subjects on my list are hobbies and interests of mine. I have an A.A.S. in audio engineering, and a decade of guitar experience under my belt. I've been a Potbelly musician for about two Read more

Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required

Rates are fully negotiable, most of the time I expect to make a 60-80 mile round trip so my default rate accounts for this.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Dekalb, IL 60115
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Physics
Music:
General Music, Guitar,
Music Production, Music Theory
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Computer:
Computer Engineering
Elementary Education:
Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

I scored a 32 on my ACT and have only improved my understanding of the subjects since then. I've been doing a lot of tutoring in this area and will soon be leaving college with a Bachelor's degree in English.

Algebra 1

As my freshman Calculus teacher said, "A student's biggest challenge in introductory Calculus is Algebra." This subject is one of the most fundamental to understanding not just later math subjects, but the kinds of critical thinking that are needed to succeed in the sciences.

After years of higher-level college physics, mathematics, and engineering classes, Algebra has become second-nature to me. My knowledge of this subject as a prerequisite to more advanced coursework enables me to engage the student on a more conceptual level - what the most important concepts to learn from a particular assignment might be, how to relate mathematical equations to physical situations, and strategies to apply to problems that will allow the student to engage the material more effectively on their own.

English

I really love reading and writing, both have been passions of mine since I was a child. I'm currently an English major at NIU with a focus in writing. I got high scores on my ACT (ask and I'll share!) and am doing very well in my classes.

There are a lot of pieces to "English" as a subject - reading comprehension, fluency, grammar, structure, formatting, and so on. As a tutor I try to find the student's weakest area and work to enrich their understanding from that point outward.

The really nice thing about English is that there is so much to appreciate, and you can never separate its constituent parts. No matter what we're learning there are opportunities for it to be both fun and educational in a variety of different ways.

Guitar

I have been playing guitar (self-taught) for 8 years. I have an associate's in Audio Production & Engineering, and worked for 2 years as a recording engineer at the NIU School of Music. I currently have a job playing guitar for 2 hours a week at Potbelly. I am knowledgeable about music theory, the guitar's tonal structure, construction and wiring of different types of acoustic and electrical guitars, and fingering technique.

Precalculus

Years of undergraduate coursework in Calculus and Differential Equations has given me insight into the importance of the fundamental concepts that precede these topics.

Writing

I am currently an English major with an emphasis in Creative Writing. I'm almost finished with my coursework and so far I have straight A's in all my creative writing classes. I've completed a year of focus on Creative Non-Fiction and am currently on another year-long track for a focus on Fiction Writing. I've also received the Orville and Adra Baker scholarship at Northern Illinois University for my essays and have been on the Dean's List for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences twice in the last three semesters.

Northern Illinois University
Biomedical Engineer

Education

Northern Illinois University (Biomedical Engineer)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Rates are fully negotiable, most of the time I expect to make a 60-80 mile round trip so my default rate accounts for this.

Travel policy

Leo will travel within 40 miles of Dekalb, IL 60115.