Over 600 tutoring hours

John F.

Glendale Heights, IL


Hardworking tutor in: ACT Reading / ACT English / Writing

In-person lessons
5.0 average from 296 ratings
ACT reading & ACT english
— Umapathy, Aurora, IL on 4/17/16


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St. Joseph's College- Indiana
Roosevelt University- Chicago
National Louis University- Chicago
Graduate Coursework


St. Joseph's College- Indiana (History-Education)

Roosevelt University- Chicago (Master's)

National Louis University- Chicago (Graduate Coursework)

About John

My focus will be on ACT reading, ACT English, AP English, writing, grammar, vocabulary, AP History, social studies and government including the Constitution. I was a state of Illinois certified teacher. I am a student oriented person who likes to work with students one-on-one or in a group. I let the parents and students tell me what they need me to do. My job will be to identify where the student is having difficulty and then help the student succeed.

I am available to tutor almost any time in ACT reading, ACT English, US or world history, US constitution and government. My experience as a teacher will allow me to connect with the parents and students in a positive proactive manner. Parents and students come first.

My students nominated me for Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1998 and 2000. I still have the plaques. It was proof that my relationship with students was very strong. I felt it really was an award for them. I hope to continue helping students succeed!

I do not give up!
My focus will be on ACT reading, ACT English, AP English, Read more

Travel Radius
Travels within 17 miles of Glendale Heights, IL 60139
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"ACT reading & ACT english"

- Umapathy, Aurora, IL on 4/17/16

"John was very thorough and patient"

- Esther, Lisle, IL on 11/16/15

"Excellent tutor"

- Ryan, Hinsdale, IL on 9/6/15

"Great Tutor"

- Ayush, Aurora, IL on 4/6/15

"Prompt and courteous"

- Stacy, Batavia, IL on 2/10/15

"Great Tutor!"

- Attia, Wheaton, IL on 2/5/15

"Building Confidence in My Student"

- Sharon, Bartlett, IL on 11/23/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Jen, Woodridge, IL on 10/29/14

"Great Tutor"

- Yang, Oak Brook, IL on 7/2/14

"Good with Positive Reinforcement for Beginning Golfer"

- Andrew, Lisle, IL on 5/14/14

"Fantasic ACT Reading and English Writing Tutor!"

- Estela, Lombard, IL on 1/30/14

"Very knowledgeable and Excellent Tutor"

- Suganya, Lisle, IL on 10/19/13

"Great Tutor"

- Laverne, Streamwood, IL on 8/16/13

"Good class"

- Jane, Bloomingdale, IL on 11/7/12

"Explains things clearly"

- Margaret, Glen Ellyn, IL on 11/6/12

"Patient tutor"

- Liza, Glen Ellyn, IL on 10/24/12

"English proofreading"

- Nazila, Houston, TX on 9/23/12

"Best tutor in my life"

- Richard, Schaumburg, IL on 8/1/12

"Very knowledgeable, and accessible"

- Linda, Wheaton, IL on 7/17/12

"Great tutor"

- Belinda, Downers Grove, IL on 7/12/12

"Greate Tutor"

- Rajni, Bloomingdale, IL on 7/10/12

"Quick Response"

- Cheryl, Lombard, IL on 5/24/12

"Great Tutor; Knowledgeable, Adaptable"

- Rama, Saint Charles, IL on 5/23/12

"Very calm"

- Rico, Lincolnwood, IL on 5/18/12


- Maliha, Streamwood, IL on 4/24/12

"An all around great tutor-teacher tutor and a guitar tutor all in one!!"

- Stephanie, Arlington Heights, IL on 4/17/12

"The best value teacher in the whole site"

- Felipe, Lombard, IL on 4/11/12

"Great tutor"

- Smita, Bartlett, IL on 3/30/12

"Knowledgeable, flexible and effective tutor"

- Darrell, Hoffman Estates, IL on 3/15/12

"Great Tutor"

- Gowri, Schaumburg, IL on 3/8/12
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
SAT Reading
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Elementary Education:

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

ACT English is a very important part of the exam process. A thorough tutorial in this area is a good way to prepare for the test.
My focus will be on all segments of the test
and how best to use the time allotted to complete the exam. Reviewing ACT test booklets will be used as well to improve the students test taking ability.

ACT Reading

The reading test on the ACT is an important part of the test. It is important for the student to understand the meaning of each passage. I will help the ACT test takers obtain the way to understand the concepts of the ACT reading tests. The best way to do this is help the student break down the passages into parts and then understand the entire meaning of the reading passage.

American History

I have taught American History for several years. I have a bachelor's and master's degree in history. I am student oriented.
I know I can help student's based on my experience.


Being a teacher requires a very good grasp of English. I am very confident that I can help your student succeed in any English situation. I know my years as a teacher can be an advantage to the student studying English. I like to make learning fun!

European History

European history is one of my specialties.
I have taught it for many years. I like to break it down into smaller pieces so as to allow students to absorb this subject. Many students find it interesting when I point out that their ancestors might be part of European History. You can learn this subject!


Geography can be a very fun subject. I like to make learning/tutoring fun. Many students
like geography when it is explained to them in an understandable format. It's really not that hard! It can be rewarding also if you plan to travel. I can help you!


I have been playing golf for many years. I previously was a caddy at Beverly Country Club in Chicago. I was also an assistant golf coach at Benito Juarez Community Academy in Chicago in the 1990s. I am currently teaching the game of golf to a colleague of mine. I can obtain a recommendation from my current golf student. He is a lawyer for the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Government & Politics

Many students that I have taught were surprised that government is one way of protecting citizens civil rights. It is important for students to know that our rights are part of our government structure.
The law is there to ensure that we all have our protection and freedom. I can show you
how to find and understand government.


Grammar is so important. When we apply to a job or a school, using proper grammar can make a difference in whether we obtain what we want. Grammar is not difficult, it can be mastered with the right instruction. I hope to tutor students in grammar. I can help you!


I have been playing guitar since 2004 and performing and tutoring guitar since 2006.
I have studied guitar at 3 professional studios in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. They are Burns Studio (affiliated with Moraine Valley Community College),Southwest Music Center, and Players Guitar. I can provide phone numbers for these studios upon request.
I use the Alfred's Basic Guitar Methods Books 1-2-3 to teach and tutor guitar and bass guitar. I am currently privately teaching the guitar to 4 students. I can also provide references. My guitar technique is to determine the level of skill the student has in guitar, and then work on that level to improve guitar performance. I can also email a photo gallery of some of my recent guitar performances. I can help you learn and/or master the guitar.


Literature is an important subject. It can also be fun. How well we read and understand literature is very important in being successful in school. I can guide you through any literature subject. I will explain the subject matter and help you obtain a sound grasp of the subject matter assigned to you.


Reading comprehension is an important part of elementary education. Students must be able to understand what the author is saying.
By tutoring elementary students in such a way as to understand the meaning of words they may not understand, the student can begin to understand the idea of the author.
I can bring the student to the comprehension level after a few lessons, based on my teaching experience.

SAT Reading

The SAT reading test is an exam of how well the student can comprehend vocabulary and the meaning of certain reading passages. The way to approach this test is to carefully read the question and seek inferences that will point the student to the answer. This is what I will do as a tutor of SAT reading.

I can get a student through this!

Special Needs

I was a state of Illinois certified special needs teacher for 10 years in the Chicago Public Schools. My certification was learning disabilities and social/emotional disorders. My current certification number is 774739. I worked with special needs students as a resource teacher and as a classroom subject teacher. I also worked at Clearbrook in 2011 with an autistic student. I have the certification and coursework to work with special needs students.


Knowing the meaning of words can be so important for students. That is vocabulary.
The more vocabulary words you know, very often it can mean the difference in passing or failing a test or a class. Having a good knowledge of word meanings can also make you do well in many different subjects! I can make a difference in your vocabulary skills.

World History

I have a Master's degree in History from Roosevelt University in Chicago. My transcript for this degree is available to any parent. I taught world history for 12 years. My state of Illinois teaching certificates are available at I also have tutored many students in world history. World history is an important subject. Many students find it very interesting. My approach to tutoring world history is similar to my teaching methods. I explain historical concepts to students including difficult words so they can comprehend the textbook and the teacher's requirements. I will then check the student's ability to understand the concepts in the current school lesson. And if necessary, I will continue to review important concepts to the student.


The ability to write correct and complete essays is important in many school subjects. Effective essays are also a component of ACT and SAT examinations. Excellent writing skills are a significant part of the educational process and can lead to better grades and examination results. My experience as a teacher can help students increase their writing technique.

St. Joseph's College- Indiana
Roosevelt University- Chicago
National Louis University- Chicago
Graduate Coursework


St. Joseph's College- Indiana (History-Education)

Roosevelt University- Chicago (Master's)

National Louis University- Chicago (Graduate Coursework)

ACT reading & ACT english — John taught me how to understand each paragraph. He also taught me when and where to use commas. We reviewed over subject and verbs. He also taught me to understand the vernacular by acquiring some vernacular books. ...

— Umapathy, Aurora, IL on 4/17/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Travel policy

John will travel within 17 miles of Glendale Heights, IL 60139.