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Elliot A.

Love Tutoring; Love Helping Others

Love Tutoring; Love Helping Others

$40/hour

  • 51 hours tutoring

  • Melrose, MA 02176

About Elliot


Bio

Teaching runs in my family. Both of my parents, and most of my siblings have taught in public school or private school at one time or another. Learning is one of the key aspects of a fulfilling life, and my love of learning makes tutoring a natural for me. I feel deeply rewarded after virtually every tutoring lesson because I enjoy helping people truly understand a topic.

I graduated from Boston University with a Computer Science degree in ‘99. I’m self-employed now, but even when I...

Teaching runs in my family. Both of my parents, and most of my siblings have taught in public school or private school at one time or another. Learning is one of the key aspects of a fulfilling life, and my love of learning makes tutoring a natural for me. I feel deeply rewarded after virtually every tutoring lesson because I enjoy helping people truly understand a topic.

I graduated from Boston University with a Computer Science degree in ‘99. I’m self-employed now, but even when I worked as a programmer, tutoring was always a hobby I really enjoyed. I’ve been tutoring for fifteen years, starting in college, where I tutored Elementary and Middle school students in a variety of after-school programs. I loved it, and since then I’ve tutored countless students at many levels in a wide array of disciplines including teaching programming to Middle schoolers at ACE Computer Camps.

I’ve tutored students in many levels of High school coursework in Mathematics, History, and English. My interests and skill sets are diverse, so I have tutoring experience in many subjects. Growing up with my family background you could say I’ve been tutoring at least one person, at any given time, for most of my life. However, as I’ve become more interested in self-employment in the last few years, I’ve focused more on tutoring full time. It really is one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling activities I do, and the best job I’ve ever had.

Now about my subjects--because many students find Math to be very intimidating and because I’ve always had the gift of being able to understand and explain it, I am particularly attracted to teaching a wide-range of Math-related disciplines. I love helping to illuminate what had previously been mysterious. I love to see students experience that “a-ha” moment.

History and Social Science have always been loves of mine. I find the human story fascinating, and I love communicating its various episodes and their meaning. I also enjoy teaching English and writing, as the ability to understand one another and express ourselves through narratives is a very important – and often delightful skill.

From a quality of life standpoint, I’ve been a student of Eastern Philosophies for years, and find them very rewarding. I always love helping others through the sharing and exploring of those principles. I do it as often as I can, and look forward to doing more in the future.

Every student is different, so I don't employ one exclusive tutoring method. My goal is for the student to come to an understanding of the subject in his or her own way, and that involves meeting them where they currently are, and finding a pace and learning method they're comfortable with.

I typically start by getting a clear sense of my student’s goals, background, and level of comfort with the material. From there, our lessons are focused more on understanding underlying principles than simply grinding through problems. I do this because if one learns to solve a type of problem without a true understanding of the fundamentals involved, that flaw will soon be exposed. But once one genuinely understands a principle, he or she can relate it to whatever problem they are presented with.

I tend to ask for a lot of real time feedback, so I know what my students are thinking and feeling as our lesson progresses. I allow plenty of opportunities for students to jump in whenever they feel the need--it makes learning more efficient, and cuts down on potentially needless repetition. I like to communicate the real-world applications of material; this helps to give students a big-picture understanding of why a subject is relevant to begin with. At the end of each lesson, I often review and summarize the material covered, to make sure my student walks away clear on the meaning and relevance of what we’ve just reviewed.

Tutoring is often more interactive than many give it credit for. By being open to a student’s input, an effective tutor can often help the student achieve more.

I hope you've gained a better sense of me and my outlook, and also hope you find the tutoring experience as rewarding and fulfilling as I have.


Education

Boston University
undergrad

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 30 miles of Melrose, MA 02176
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 11/25/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Proofreading,

Proofreading

I am a born proofreader; I actually enjoy the process. If you are looking for a meticulous, fastidious proofreader, I’m the one. If you are an author who wants an extra set of eyes to proofread your content, just contact me. If you are a student whose eyes have glazed over after reading and rereading your paper for the past few days, and you can’t stand to look at it any more, call me. If English is your second language, and you don’t feel confident expressing yourself in standard written English, contact me. I’ll help your writing read as smoothly as that of a native speaker of American English. In short, whatever your proofreading requirements are, I am sure I can help you.
ESL/ESOL, Grammar

Elementary Education

Reading,

Reading

I've been teaching students to read for more than 15 years. I've provided remediation for high school students who required supplementary reading instruction. When a student has poor word attack skills or trouble with reading comprehension, it affects all academic areas, but especially English, Social Studies or History, Science, Foreign Languages, and even mathematics. Many of the errors I see on the mathematics sections of standardized tests can be attributed to faulty reading. Students might misunderstand what the word problem is asking, misread test instructions, or be unable to discern the main idea of the passages in the critical reading section. I help my students become very skilled at identifying and rephrasing (restating in their own words) the main idea of the passages we read. Depending on the student’s level, we proceed sequentially through the following skills: •Letter formation •Phonics •Sight words •Reading comprehension (main idea, following directions, drawing inferences, close reading for details, varying reading rate according to the type of material being read, critical thinking abilities, drawing conclusions, …) A reading specialist can help your student overcome word attack and comprehension problems. Feel free to contact me for further details.
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

I have taught writing to younger students, adults, and people for whom English is not their native language. I have written features for a magazine, and have edited and proofread many essays, magazine articles, and books. I’m an aspiring author myself, so writing skills are something which come naturally to me and which I have a lot of experience in.
Literature,

Literature

I have taught writing to younger students, adults, and people for whom English is not their native language. I have written features for a magazine, and have edited and proofread many essays, magazine articles, and books. I’m an aspiring author myself, so writing skills are something which come naturally to me and which I have a lot of experience in.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I am a born proofreader; I actually enjoy the process. If you are looking for a meticulous, fastidious proofreader, I’m the one. If you are an author who wants an extra set of eyes to proofread your content, just contact me. If you are a student whose eyes have glazed over after reading and rereading your paper for the past few days, and you can’t stand to look at it any more, call me. If English is your second language, and you don’t feel confident expressing yourself in standard written English, contact me. I’ll help your writing read as smoothly as that of a native speaker of American English. In short, whatever your proofreading requirements are, I am sure I can help you.
Reading,

Reading

I've been teaching students to read for more than 15 years. I've provided remediation for high school students who required supplementary reading instruction. When a student has poor word attack skills or trouble with reading comprehension, it affects all academic areas, but especially English, Social Studies or History, Science, Foreign Languages, and even mathematics. Many of the errors I see on the mathematics sections of standardized tests can be attributed to faulty reading. Students might misunderstand what the word problem is asking, misread test instructions, or be unable to discern the main idea of the passages in the critical reading section. I help my students become very skilled at identifying and rephrasing (restating in their own words) the main idea of the passages we read. Depending on the student’s level, we proceed sequentially through the following skills: •Letter formation •Phonics •Sight words •Reading comprehension (main idea, following directions, drawing inferences, close reading for details, varying reading rate according to the type of material being read, critical thinking abilities, drawing conclusions, …) A reading specialist can help your student overcome word attack and comprehension problems. Feel free to contact me for further details.
Writing,

Writing

I have taught writing to younger students, adults, and people for whom English is not their native language. I have written features for a magazine, and have edited and proofread many essays, magazine articles, and books. I’m an aspiring author myself, so writing skills are something which come naturally to me and which I have a lot of experience in.
ACT English, ACT Reading, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Spelling, TOEFL, Vocabulary

History

American History, Geography, Philosophy, Political Science, World History

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I love algebra. It's the basis of all higher-level mathematics, and I love helping students develop the same passion for algebra that I have. I can teach students the equivalent of a full year of a rigorous algebra high school curriculum, making sure you master all of the skills needed to succeed in this crucial subject. Our tutoring sessions can help you get a higher grade in school as well as a strong foundation to score well on the mathematics sections of the SAT and/or ACT College Admissions Tests. I can help lead you to mastery of the following topics: •Equations and Functions •Real Numbers •Equations of Lines •Graphs of Equations and Functions •Writing Linear Equations •Graphing Linear Inequalities •Solving Systems of Equations •Exponential Functions •Factoring Polynomials •Quadratic Equations and Quadratic Functions •Rational Equations and Functions
English,

English

I have taught writing to younger students, adults, and people for whom English is not their native language. I have written features for a magazine, and have edited and proofread many essays, magazine articles, and books. I’m an aspiring author myself, so writing skills are something which come naturally to me and which I have a lot of experience in.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Pre-algebra is an essential course for students who plan to study Algebra and other higher-level math courses (such as Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, …) in high school and college. When I tutor students in Pre-algebra, I review the following topics with them so they can pursue higher-level mathematics with confidence and success. Some Pre-algebra topics include: • Types of numbers o Integers o Fractions o Decimals o Negative numbers • Operational properties o Commutative properties o Associative properties o Distributive properties • Constants and variables • Basic equations • Use of parentheses • Order of evaluation of formulas • Exponentiation o Ratios o Logarithms o Scientific Notation o Significant Figures o Simplifying Radicals
Reading,

Reading

I've been teaching students to read for more than 15 years. I've provided remediation for high school students who required supplementary reading instruction. When a student has poor word attack skills or trouble with reading comprehension, it affects all academic areas, but especially English, Social Studies or History, Science, Foreign Languages, and even mathematics. Many of the errors I see on the mathematics sections of standardized tests can be attributed to faulty reading. Students might misunderstand what the word problem is asking, misread test instructions, or be unable to discern the main idea of the passages in the critical reading section. I help my students become very skilled at identifying and rephrasing (restating in their own words) the main idea of the passages we read. Depending on the student’s level, we proceed sequentially through the following skills: •Letter formation •Phonics •Sight words •Reading comprehension (main idea, following directions, drawing inferences, close reading for details, varying reading rate according to the type of material being read, critical thinking abilities, drawing conclusions, …) A reading specialist can help your student overcome word attack and comprehension problems. Feel free to contact me for further details.
Writing,

Writing

I have taught writing to younger students, adults, and people for whom English is not their native language. I have written features for a magazine, and have edited and proofread many essays, magazine articles, and books. I’m an aspiring author myself, so writing skills are something which come naturally to me and which I have a lot of experience in.
ESL/ESOL, SAT Reading, Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL, TOEFL

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I love algebra. It's the basis of all higher-level mathematics, and I love helping students develop the same passion for algebra that I have. I can teach students the equivalent of a full year of a rigorous algebra high school curriculum, making sure you master all of the skills needed to succeed in this crucial subject. Our tutoring sessions can help you get a higher grade in school as well as a strong foundation to score well on the mathematics sections of the SAT and/or ACT College Admissions Tests. I can help lead you to mastery of the following topics: •Equations and Functions •Real Numbers •Equations of Lines •Graphs of Equations and Functions •Writing Linear Equations •Graphing Linear Inequalities •Solving Systems of Equations •Exponential Functions •Factoring Polynomials •Quadratic Equations and Quadratic Functions •Rational Equations and Functions
Prealgebra

Prealgebra

Pre-algebra is an essential course for students who plan to study Algebra and other higher-level math courses (such as Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, …) in high school and college. When I tutor students in Pre-algebra, I review the following topics with them so they can pursue higher-level mathematics with confidence and success. Some Pre-algebra topics include: • Types of numbers o Integers o Fractions o Decimals o Negative numbers • Operational properties o Commutative properties o Associative properties o Distributive properties • Constants and variables • Basic equations • Use of parentheses • Order of evaluation of formulas • Exponentiation o Ratios o Logarithms o Scientific Notation o Significant Figures o Simplifying Radicals

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I love algebra. It's the basis of all higher-level mathematics, and I love helping students develop the same passion for algebra that I have. I can teach students the equivalent of a full year of a rigorous algebra high school curriculum, making sure you master all of the skills needed to succeed in this crucial subject. Our tutoring sessions can help you get a higher grade in school as well as a strong foundation to score well on the mathematics sections of the SAT and/or ACT College Admissions Tests. I can help lead you to mastery of the following topics: •Equations and Functions •Real Numbers •Equations of Lines •Graphs of Equations and Functions •Writing Linear Equations •Graphing Linear Inequalities •Solving Systems of Equations •Exponential Functions •Factoring Polynomials •Quadratic Equations and Quadratic Functions •Rational Equations and Functions
English,

English

I have taught writing to younger students, adults, and people for whom English is not their native language. I have written features for a magazine, and have edited and proofread many essays, magazine articles, and books. I’m an aspiring author myself, so writing skills are something which come naturally to me and which I have a lot of experience in.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Pre-algebra is an essential course for students who plan to study Algebra and other higher-level math courses (such as Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, …) in high school and college. When I tutor students in Pre-algebra, I review the following topics with them so they can pursue higher-level mathematics with confidence and success. Some Pre-algebra topics include: • Types of numbers o Integers o Fractions o Decimals o Negative numbers • Operational properties o Commutative properties o Associative properties o Distributive properties • Constants and variables • Basic equations • Use of parentheses • Order of evaluation of formulas • Exponentiation o Ratios o Logarithms o Scientific Notation o Significant Figures o Simplifying Radicals
Reading,

Reading

I've been teaching students to read for more than 15 years. I've provided remediation for high school students who required supplementary reading instruction. When a student has poor word attack skills or trouble with reading comprehension, it affects all academic areas, but especially English, Social Studies or History, Science, Foreign Languages, and even mathematics. Many of the errors I see on the mathematics sections of standardized tests can be attributed to faulty reading. Students might misunderstand what the word problem is asking, misread test instructions, or be unable to discern the main idea of the passages in the critical reading section. I help my students become very skilled at identifying and rephrasing (restating in their own words) the main idea of the passages we read. Depending on the student’s level, we proceed sequentially through the following skills: •Letter formation •Phonics •Sight words •Reading comprehension (main idea, following directions, drawing inferences, close reading for details, varying reading rate according to the type of material being read, critical thinking abilities, drawing conclusions, …) A reading specialist can help your student overcome word attack and comprehension problems. Feel free to contact me for further details.
Writing,

Writing

I have taught writing to younger students, adults, and people for whom English is not their native language. I have written features for a magazine, and have edited and proofread many essays, magazine articles, and books. I’m an aspiring author myself, so writing skills are something which come naturally to me and which I have a lot of experience in.
ESL/ESOL

Other

ESL/ESOL, Geography, Philosophy

Science

ACT Science, Philosophy, Physical Science, Psychology

Sports/Recreation

Chess

Chess

Chess is one of my favorite games; I've been playing for the better part of three decades. I love the creativity and strategy involved, and also the seemingly endless ways the game can unfold--no matter how many games you've played, you'll still often find the board in a different position than you've ever seen before. I've been in chess clubs in high school, college, and after graduating, and have taught chess to beginners since college. My style of play tends to be fairly open and creative--although chess success often revolves around understanding fundamental principles, few rules are set in stone, and I'm willing to think outside the box if the situation calls for it. I think that's some of the beauty in chess--there are principles which should guide you, but the way in which you use those principles are up to each player; it's both an art and a science. My style of teaching tends to be pretty interactive. After relaying some basics of core strategies, I tend to ask students their reasons for making a certain move, give suggestions for what may be a better move if need be, or if their move was a particularly impressive one, probe to find out how they came up with that tactic and then learn from them! Chess can be a very fluid game, and one can learn a lot by keeping a "beginner's mind". I feel chess is truly one of the world's great games, and I appreciate every moment I spend imparting it to (and learning more tips also) from others.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I love algebra. It's the basis of all higher-level mathematics, and I love helping students develop the same passion for algebra that I have. I can teach students the equivalent of a full year of a rigorous algebra high school curriculum, making sure you master all of the skills needed to succeed in this crucial subject. Our tutoring sessions can help you get a higher grade in school as well as a strong foundation to score well on the mathematics sections of the SAT and/or ACT College Admissions Tests. I can help lead you to mastery of the following topics: •Equations and Functions •Real Numbers •Equations of Lines •Graphs of Equations and Functions •Writing Linear Equations •Graphing Linear Inequalities •Solving Systems of Equations •Exponential Functions •Factoring Polynomials •Quadratic Equations and Quadratic Functions •Rational Equations and Functions
GED,

GED

The GED is a computer-based exam that is comprised of four sections: Reasoning Through Language Arts; Mathematical Reasoning; Social Studies; and Science. This test is designed to measure the skills and concepts a student is expected to master during his or her years in high school. I have been helping students pass standardized tests like the GED for 15 years, and I can help you, too!
Reading,

Reading

I've been teaching students to read for more than 15 years. I've provided remediation for high school students who required supplementary reading instruction. When a student has poor word attack skills or trouble with reading comprehension, it affects all academic areas, but especially English, Social Studies or History, Science, Foreign Languages, and even mathematics. Many of the errors I see on the mathematics sections of standardized tests can be attributed to faulty reading. Students might misunderstand what the word problem is asking, misread test instructions, or be unable to discern the main idea of the passages in the critical reading section. I help my students become very skilled at identifying and rephrasing (restating in their own words) the main idea of the passages we read. Depending on the student’s level, we proceed sequentially through the following skills: •Letter formation •Phonics •Sight words •Reading comprehension (main idea, following directions, drawing inferences, close reading for details, varying reading rate according to the type of material being read, critical thinking abilities, drawing conclusions, …) A reading specialist can help your student overcome word attack and comprehension problems. Feel free to contact me for further details.
Writing,

Writing

I have taught writing to younger students, adults, and people for whom English is not their native language. I have written features for a magazine, and have edited and proofread many essays, magazine articles, and books. I’m an aspiring author myself, so writing skills are something which come naturally to me and which I have a lot of experience in.
ESL/ESOL

Test Preparation

GED,

GED

The GED is a computer-based exam that is comprised of four sections: Reasoning Through Language Arts; Mathematical Reasoning; Social Studies; and Science. This test is designed to measure the skills and concepts a student is expected to master during his or her years in high school. I have been helping students pass standardized tests like the GED for 15 years, and I can help you, too!
ACT English, ACT Reading, ACT Science, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL

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Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor

Elliot is a very patient Tutor. He was able to calm down and slow down my niece, thus creating a relaxing environment that enabled her to focus and absorb the material better. I highly recommend Elliot.

Joe, 1 lesson with Elliot

Elliot A. is a great tutor

Elliot meets students where they are and is patient and supportive and uses humor when appropriate. He always arrives on time and is well prepared for the lesson.

Anne, 8 lessons with Elliot

Excellent Tutor

Elliot has worked closely with my 5th grader for a few months now. Their main focus has been writing. His teachers have noticed that not only has his writing homework improved but his in class writing has also shown improvement. Elliot is very easy to get along with. He's easy-going, patient and keeps the lessons moving at a nice pace. My son really enjoys their time together.

Lauren, 25 lessons with Elliot
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