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Biorn M.

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$60/hour

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About Biorn


Bio

I am an experienced teacher in the social sciences, politics and government, history, geography, English, writing, and English as a Second Language. I tutor students from the primary school level to advanced graduate students. Although I am a published scholar, I am approachable, easy-going, and adaptable. My job is to help my students help themselves quickly and easily in a way that makes learning the material interesting and fun also. I have a multi-cultural background and am...

I am an experienced teacher in the social sciences, politics and government, history, geography, English, writing, and English as a Second Language. I tutor students from the primary school level to advanced graduate students. Although I am a published scholar, I am approachable, easy-going, and adaptable. My job is to help my students help themselves quickly and easily in a way that makes learning the material interesting and fun also. I have a multi-cultural background and am comfortable speaking in 5 different languages (I'm native in English). I can help any student catch up with a course, pass an exam, prepare a paper, or learn why (for example) geography is interesting and important. I can help prepare and edit a Ph.D. dissertation also, if the student requires it. I've done all of this successfully, both in my own life and with my students. I am happy and comfortable to work with learners of all ages. I work with individuals, small groups, and classes and am enthusiastic about innovative approaches to learning. Please get in touch with me soon, because my schedule tends to fill up, and we'll work together to meet your goals in a way that you will find very rewarding.


Education

Harvard
History
Johns Hopkins - SAIS
Masters
Columbia College Columbia University
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $60
  • Rate details: I am open to reasonable discussion, but this is my standard rate.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/26/2015

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL/ESOL for over 20 years. I have a multi-cultural background myself, and am conversant in 5 languages, so I am familiar with the challenges of learning languages. I always tailor my tutorials to the specific needs of my students and aim to help them learn quickly, efficiently and in an interesting way. Language learning requires some work, but it should also be fun and inspiring as it opens up doors to new people, ideas, experiences, and places.
Portuguese

Portuguese

Although I am a US citizen, I am a specialist in Brazilian studies and the Portuguese language. I have taught in the Brazilian University system, at six different universities, and have lived in Brazil for over 10 years. All of my teaching, while in Brazil, was in Portuguese. I publish in Portuguese. Here, in the Boston area, I teach elementary and intermediate Portuguese. I also teach advanced conversational Portuguese. I am also a highly skilled translator from Portuguese to English and can help any student interested in creating Portuguese to English translations.

English

English,

English

Whether you are needing work on your writing, sentence structures, grammar, or vocabulary, I can help you improve your English skills. I am an experienced teacher as well as a published writer. Developing your skills requires some work, but having a strong English foundation will serve you well both in school and in professional life. I will tailor your tutorial so that we can together attain your goals efficiently and quickly while having fun in the process.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL/ESOL for over 20 years. I have a multi-cultural background myself, and am conversant in 5 languages, so I am familiar with the challenges of learning languages. I always tailor my tutorials to the specific needs of my students and aim to help them learn quickly, efficiently and in an interesting way. Language learning requires some work, but it should also be fun and inspiring as it opens up doors to new people, ideas, experiences, and places.
Writing

Writing

I have taught writing for over 20 years. I have also published books and articles and edited the work of my peers in colleges. Writing is among the most important skills that a student may develop, not only to pass his or her courses but to become a professional in virtually every field. When tutoring my students, I adapt and tailor my teaching to the student's particular needs. Writing well is challenging. Yet there are essential approaches to written expression that truly allow writers succeed at their task. These approaches are what I help my students to master. College applications are also an area where I can help students put their best foot forward, going over their writing, organizing their thoughts, and making the best essays possible. I am open to students wanting to work on their writing who are at any level: from primary school to graduate school.

History

American History,

American History

I graduated in history from Harvard College and have social sciences degrees from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (MA, international relations) and Columbia University (Ph.D., comparative politics). All of my scholarly and teaching work has been closely related to history. I've been a teacher and professor for over 20 years. I have written on the histories of people all over the world, including the USA. My special strength is to help students understand the importance of history, how it relates to their lives, and how to organize the sometimes overwhelming amount of details involved in historical study. For me, memorization is not the key. Understanding and finding the logic to history is the most worthwhile approach because this makes it much more interesting and fun to learn.
Geography,

Geography

The world made more sense to me after I studied geography. Why were certain areas colonized by people from the outside? Why did cities come into being in certain places and not others? Why do large areas remain uninhabited while others have high concentrations of people? The relationship between our natural world, its geography, its climate and human society has never been more important to understand as we all face climate change and its multiple impacts. I take a multi-disciplinary approach to geography, helping my students make sense of it in an intuitive, logical way. When students realize the important relationships between geography and humankind, it is much easier to understand and enjoy learning about it. In my tutorials on geography, my goal is to help my students understand its logic: something important for us all.
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

With a Ph.D. in comparative politics from Columbia University, a Masters from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in international relations and economics, as well as experience teaching and researching in the USA, South America, and Africa, I have the background to help students, at any level, achieve their goals: from the primary school level to advanced graduate students. I like to work with students to find the best ways to help themselves in working through government and politics questions. The goal is to assist students to become intuitive, insightful, and to focus on that which is most important. Then study of politics becomes interesting and fun as well as clearly related to other aspects of the student's life and studies.
Social Studies,

Social Studies

My education is all about social studies: history major as an undergraduate (AB at Harvard), international relations and economics major as a Masters student (at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies), and comparative politics major as a Ph.D. student (at Columbia University, with expertise in Latin American and Middle Eastern politics). I tutor social studies knowing the interaction between history, politics, economics, and culture. My tutorials are designed to attend to my students' goals while orienting them toward the interdisciplinary world of the social sciences. I work with students of all ages and levels. Though social studies can be challenging, I am successful with my students because I help them to understand social studies as interesting, relevant, intuitive, and fun to study.
World History

World History

I have been an enthusiastic student of world history since my grandmother read me history books as a child! Since then, I have lived abroad for many years and acquired a strong curiosity about what has made the current world in which we live. This led to my becoming a history major at Harvard and a student of international relations and politics at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (MA) and a student of world politics at Columbia University's political science department (Ph.D.). I read about and publish on contemporary world history and am familiar with many of the important history debates. It is always a pleasure to teach world history to help students understand the past as a vibrant world which is the foundation of our present.

Homeschool

English,

English

Whether you are needing work on your writing, sentence structures, grammar, or vocabulary, I can help you improve your English skills. I am an experienced teacher as well as a published writer. Developing your skills requires some work, but having a strong English foundation will serve you well both in school and in professional life. I will tailor your tutorial so that we can together attain your goals efficiently and quickly while having fun in the process.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL/ESOL for over 20 years. I have a multi-cultural background myself, and am conversant in 5 languages, so I am familiar with the challenges of learning languages. I always tailor my tutorials to the specific needs of my students and aim to help them learn quickly, efficiently and in an interesting way. Language learning requires some work, but it should also be fun and inspiring as it opens up doors to new people, ideas, experiences, and places.
Writing

Writing

I have taught writing for over 20 years. I have also published books and articles and edited the work of my peers in colleges. Writing is among the most important skills that a student may develop, not only to pass his or her courses but to become a professional in virtually every field. When tutoring my students, I adapt and tailor my teaching to the student's particular needs. Writing well is challenging. Yet there are essential approaches to written expression that truly allow writers succeed at their task. These approaches are what I help my students to master. College applications are also an area where I can help students put their best foot forward, going over their writing, organizing their thoughts, and making the best essays possible. I am open to students wanting to work on their writing who are at any level: from primary school to graduate school.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL/ESOL for over 20 years. I have a multi-cultural background myself, and am conversant in 5 languages, so I am familiar with the challenges of learning languages. I always tailor my tutorials to the specific needs of my students and aim to help them learn quickly, efficiently and in an interesting way. Language learning requires some work, but it should also be fun and inspiring as it opens up doors to new people, ideas, experiences, and places.
Portuguese

Portuguese

Although I am a US citizen, I am a specialist in Brazilian studies and the Portuguese language. I have taught in the Brazilian University system, at six different universities, and have lived in Brazil for over 10 years. All of my teaching, while in Brazil, was in Portuguese. I publish in Portuguese. Here, in the Boston area, I teach elementary and intermediate Portuguese. I also teach advanced conversational Portuguese. I am also a highly skilled translator from Portuguese to English and can help any student interested in creating Portuguese to English translations.

Most Popular

English,

English

Whether you are needing work on your writing, sentence structures, grammar, or vocabulary, I can help you improve your English skills. I am an experienced teacher as well as a published writer. Developing your skills requires some work, but having a strong English foundation will serve you well both in school and in professional life. I will tailor your tutorial so that we can together attain your goals efficiently and quickly while having fun in the process.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL/ESOL for over 20 years. I have a multi-cultural background myself, and am conversant in 5 languages, so I am familiar with the challenges of learning languages. I always tailor my tutorials to the specific needs of my students and aim to help them learn quickly, efficiently and in an interesting way. Language learning requires some work, but it should also be fun and inspiring as it opens up doors to new people, ideas, experiences, and places.
Writing

Writing

I have taught writing for over 20 years. I have also published books and articles and edited the work of my peers in colleges. Writing is among the most important skills that a student may develop, not only to pass his or her courses but to become a professional in virtually every field. When tutoring my students, I adapt and tailor my teaching to the student's particular needs. Writing well is challenging. Yet there are essential approaches to written expression that truly allow writers succeed at their task. These approaches are what I help my students to master. College applications are also an area where I can help students put their best foot forward, going over their writing, organizing their thoughts, and making the best essays possible. I am open to students wanting to work on their writing who are at any level: from primary school to graduate school.

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL/ESOL for over 20 years. I have a multi-cultural background myself, and am conversant in 5 languages, so I am familiar with the challenges of learning languages. I always tailor my tutorials to the specific needs of my students and aim to help them learn quickly, efficiently and in an interesting way. Language learning requires some work, but it should also be fun and inspiring as it opens up doors to new people, ideas, experiences, and places.
Geography,

Geography

The world made more sense to me after I studied geography. Why were certain areas colonized by people from the outside? Why did cities come into being in certain places and not others? Why do large areas remain uninhabited while others have high concentrations of people? The relationship between our natural world, its geography, its climate and human society has never been more important to understand as we all face climate change and its multiple impacts. I take a multi-disciplinary approach to geography, helping my students make sense of it in an intuitive, logical way. When students realize the important relationships between geography and humankind, it is much easier to understand and enjoy learning about it. In my tutorials on geography, my goal is to help my students understand its logic: something important for us all.
Government & Politics

Government & Politics

With a Ph.D. in comparative politics from Columbia University, a Masters from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in international relations and economics, as well as experience teaching and researching in the USA, South America, and Africa, I have the background to help students, at any level, achieve their goals: from the primary school level to advanced graduate students. I like to work with students to find the best ways to help themselves in working through government and politics questions. The goal is to assist students to become intuitive, insightful, and to focus on that which is most important. Then study of politics becomes interesting and fun as well as clearly related to other aspects of the student's life and studies.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL/ESOL for over 20 years. I have a multi-cultural background myself, and am conversant in 5 languages, so I am familiar with the challenges of learning languages. I always tailor my tutorials to the specific needs of my students and aim to help them learn quickly, efficiently and in an interesting way. Language learning requires some work, but it should also be fun and inspiring as it opens up doors to new people, ideas, experiences, and places.
Writing

Writing

I have taught writing for over 20 years. I have also published books and articles and edited the work of my peers in colleges. Writing is among the most important skills that a student may develop, not only to pass his or her courses but to become a professional in virtually every field. When tutoring my students, I adapt and tailor my teaching to the student's particular needs. Writing well is challenging. Yet there are essential approaches to written expression that truly allow writers succeed at their task. These approaches are what I help my students to master. College applications are also an area where I can help students put their best foot forward, going over their writing, organizing their thoughts, and making the best essays possible. I am open to students wanting to work on their writing who are at any level: from primary school to graduate school.

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews

Smart, patient tutor.

Biorn is a pleasure to work with, both helpful and knowledgeable. He is very present in our sessions and the advice he gives is something I can apply to all my assignments.

Lisa, 6 lessons with Biorn

Great guide

Biorn is genuinely helpful and supportive; he provided critical and constructive course corrections. I will certainly ask him for future guidance and support.

Haider, 1 lesson with Biorn

Knowledgeable tutor

Great tutor, very patient and perfectly fluent in Portuguese. Great for conversation or specific assignment help. Would definitely recommend.

Anna, 1 lesson with Biorn

Fantastic Portuguese Instructor!

Biorn is a very friendly and knowledgeable Portuguese teacher. He adapts to my pace and style of learning the language, and also mixes in cultural and Brazilian history. It has been a great experience so far, and I look forward to more lessons in the coming months!

Joe, 2 lessons with Biorn

This guy is Super Super Good.

Biorn has been awesome. You won't find a more knowledgeable tutor for Brazil/Portuguese/History (and probably a lot of other subjects) He is incredibly qualified and super good at distilling important and interesting information into mini lessons. Would HIGHLY recommend him, in fact if you're looking into him as a tutor, shoot me a note and I'd be more than willing to talk more.

Matt, 4 lessons with Biorn

Incredible Tutor!

I was very nervous about a presentation for my graduate seminar class, browsed WyzAnt, and stumbled across Biorn's profile. He was nice enough to call me to discuss my goals for our tutoring session (a 20 minute phone conversation) before we Skyped later that evening. During our session, Biorn was incredibly enthusiastic, engaging, humorous and well-informed. He totally put me at ease and helped me write a VERY detailed outline for my presentation and several thoughtful questions to pose to my classmates. Early in our session I could tell that Biorn was as invested in my presentation being a success as I was. I would absolutely use Biorn for another tutoring session and would recommend him to others without hesitation. I wish he taught at my local university! Thanks, Biorn!!

Lauren, 1 lesson with Biorn

EXCELLENT LESSON !

I have some basic background in Portuguese. Attempting other programs, with disappointment, Biorn jumped right in to access my background knowledge, engaged us in Portuguese conversation and made an exciting lesson. I feel my goals to communicate in Portuguese will be reached in minimum time. He knows how to stay focused on the lesson and keeps it interesting. I look forward to our next class and highly recommend him.

Bill, 2 lessons with Biorn
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