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Brian G.

Somerville, MA

$40/hour

Patient and Knowledgeable Ivy League SAT and Foreign Language Tutor

5+ Hours
5.0 average from 5 ratings
Knowledgeable and creative tutor
— Galina, Revere, MA on 6/24/17

$40/Hour


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Brown University
Linguistics, Classics

Education

Brown University (Linguistics, Classics)

About Brian

I have been teaching and tutoring since I graduated from Brown University in 2013 and realized I could share my love of languages, and get paid to do it! In 2014, I completed a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and since then I've taught ESL in Boston, Massachusetts and Moscow, Russia. In addition, I served as interim Latin teacher at a New Hampshire boarding school from 2014-2015.

As I've tutored various subjects and used the communicative method to teach languages over the years, I've seen again and again the success and confidence that results from eliciting responses from students and patiently working through material with them. I've been exposed to many different teaching methods and styles during my time studying various languages, living and dead, both in formal classroom situations and on my own, and I've tried to take the best of what I've seen and incorporate it into my own methods and recommendations for how students should study.

Two things that have always come naturally to me are languages and standardized tests, and while I have a passion for the former, I also enjoy approaching test problems as puzzles and find satisfaction in sharing the techniques that helped me succeed with others.
I have been teaching and tutoring since I graduated from Brown University in 2013 and realized I could share my love of languages, and get paid to do it! In 2014, I completed a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and since then I've taught ESL in Boston, Massachusetts and Moscow, Russia. In addition, I served as interim Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Somerville, MA 02144

"Knowledgeable and creative tutor"

- Galina, Revere, MA on 6/24/17
Math:
Algebra 1, Elementary Math, Geometry, SAT Math
Science:
PSAT
English:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, IELTS, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
IELTS, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Language:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL,
German,
IELTS, Latin,
Reading, Russian,
TOEFL
History:
Classics
Special Needs:
Elementary Math, Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
ESL/ESOL

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.

Chinese

I studied Chinese for one year in high school, two years in college, and also spent a summer in Beijing studying Chinese intensively. I've had many different instructors and used different textbooks, so I've seen material presented in different ways. I know what worked for me, what worked for my classmates and what didn't really work for anyone. I have also done some tutoring in Chinese online.

Classics

I majored in Classics at Brown University. In addition to classes in Latin and Ancient Greek, I studied Greek History, Greek Mythology, and more.

ESL/ESOL

In 2014, I completed a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). I received 120 hours of classroom instruction in teaching English, created and implemented 6 lesson plans using my own material, observed colleagues teaching and participated in feedback sessions. Since then I have taught in-person and online group and 1-on-1 ESL lessons. In my most recent ESL position in Moscow, Russia, I taught adults, teenagers and young learners with levels ranging from beginner to advanced, both in groups and 1-on-1.

German

I studied German for four years in high school and also in college. I scored a 5 on the German AP and in the 99th percentile on the AATG National German Exam. I have spent around two months total in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Latin

I recently served as an interim Latin teacher at a boarding school in New Hampshire, where I taught all four levels of Latin offered. Authors I taught included Vergil, Caesar and Suetonius. I studied Latin for four years in high school and also in college. I scored an 800 on the Latin SAT II, and tutored Latin senior year of high school. I've studied the Aeneid and Petronius in depth, plus some Catullus, Horace, Ovid, Cicero, and various medieval Latin authors. I even participated in a weekly spoken Latin group senior year.

Russian

I spent the last year teaching ESL in Russia, where I got a chance to improve both my teaching methods and my knowledge of Russian. Before that I studied Russian for two years in college, and was consistently near the top of my class. I had three different instructors, so I've seen material presented in different ways. I know what worked for me, what worked for my classmates and what didn't really work for anyone.

Brown University
Linguistics, Classics

Education

Brown University (Linguistics, Classics)

Knowledgeable and creative tutor

It was my first meeting with Brian. He is very oriented on the student's unique need. His extensive tutoring experience allows him to come up with interesting ideas in planning lessons.

— Galina, Revere, MA on 6/24/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Brian will travel within 5 miles of Somerville, MA 02144.