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Steve C.

South Deerfield, MA

$45/hr

Years of experience making math, writing and music fun

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Background check passed as of 8/30/12
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19 Ratings
 
 
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— Kyle (mom: YuYing), Hadley, MA on 1/19/14

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College of the Holy Cross; Worcester, MA
Physics
Amherst University of Massachusetts
Master's
WNEC
Other

Education

College of the Holy Cross; Worcester, MA (Physics)

Amherst University of Massachusetts (Master's)

WNEC (Other)

About Steve

Hi, my name is Steve, and I have enjoyed teaching for decades.

Each individual student is entitled to a personal commitment from every tutor: to identify the challenge facing the student, and provide guidance, direction, and educational support to overcome that challenge and to be better prepared for future challenges.

As a tutor, I bring a unique background demonstrating a wide variety of topics. This includes 30 years of teaching experience in the fields of software and mathematics to music and performance. This also includes 20 years of written publications involving instructional techniques and problem solving, as well as musical arrangement publications for instruments and voices.

Most computer related tasks also involved teaching, since every new software application also required user manuals and training sessions. Each case required tutoring specific skills to meet specific user needs. In addition, I have lectured on organization skills and problem solving techniques.

Over the past 30 years, I have worked in Worcester, Springfield and Greenfield areas of Western Massachusetts. I would welcome the opportunity to assist your students. Thank you for your time
Hi, my name is Steve, and I have enjoyed teaching for decades.

Each individual student is entitled to a personal commitment from every tutor: to identify the challenge facing the student, and provide guidance, direction, and educational support to overcome that challenge and to be better prepared for future challenges.

As a…
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Travel Radius
Travels within 18 miles of South Deerfield, MA 01373
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great Tutor, Very Perceptive"

- Kyle (mom: YuYing), Hadley, MA on 1/19/14

"Great tutor, presented very clearly"

- Karen, Florence, MA on 10/23/13
Science:
Astronomy, Biology, Physical Science,
Physics
History:
Music History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word,
Proofreading, 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

The ACT tests can cause a great deal of anxiety. I understand, and remember worrying about them when I took them. However, I have been able to assist several students in the basics, so that they can sail thru their ACTs. I have always enjoyed reading and writing. While in college, I had a monthly column in the campus newspaper. For many years, I wrote how-to articles for a British software journal.

While a software engineer, I produced countless written publications involving instructional techniques and problem solving. During these many years, I have taught others how to collect thoughts, organize ideas, and create essays worthy of presentation. I usually work with a variety of typical questions, helping students master the basics of grammar, verb agreement, and vocabulary. I can provide simple rules that will help mast the ACT English test. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

ACT Math

The ACT tests can cause a great deal of anxiety. I understand, and remember worrying about them when I took them. However, I have been able to assist several students in the basics, so that they can sail thru their ACTs. I usually work with a variety of typical questions, helping students master the basics of algebra, geometry, trig, and word problems. I know the ways the ACT tests include trick questions, and I can provide simple rules that will help. Gradually, they are able to advance from the anxiety stage to the confidence stage. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

ACT Reading

The ACT tests can cause a great deal of anxiety. I understand, and remember worrying about them when I took them. However, I have been able to assist several students in the basics, so that they can sail thru their ACTs. I have always enjoyed reading and writing. While in college, I had a monthly column in the campus newspaper. For many years, I wrote how-to articles for a British software journal.

While a software engineer, I produced countless written publications involving instructional techniques and problem solving. During these many years, I have taught others how to collect thoughts, organize ideas, and create essays worthy of presentation. I usually work with a variety of typical questions, helping students master the basics of grammar, comprehension, and vocabulary. I can provide simple rules that will help mast the ACT Reading test. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

Algebra 1

Algebra can be an enjoyable subject or a frustrating chore. I have been able to assist several students in a variety of situations master the basics of algebra, and gradually advance from the frustration stage to the enjoyment stage. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

Algebra 2

Algebra can be an enjoyable subject or a frustrating chore. I have been able to assist several students in a variety of situations master the basics of algebra, and gradually advance from the frustration stage to the enjoyment stage. I also have helped students thru the advanced concepts, up to and including pre-calculus. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

Bible Studies

I have studied the Bible historically, both Old Testament and the New Testament, since the 1980’s. I have studied the New Testament as part of my faith since the 1970’s. I have become familiar with variety of authors defined by Biblical scholars, as well as the historical consistencies and inconsistencies identified by historians on both sides of the “validity” discussion. I am comfortable discussing the Bible as a foundation of religious belief as well as a resource for historical review.

Composition (Music)

I have played the piano professionally since 1977. My performances include over a dozen different theatrical musical productions, local televised performances, and cocktail hour performances. I served as choral director and arranger for an adult singing group from 1993 to 2010, and as co-producer and arranger for a children’s Annual Community Talent Show from 2000 to 2015. Finally, I had four complete books of piano arrangements published by Alfred Music Publications in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2014.

Dyslexia

I have studied teaching methodologies and learning complexities, and I am aware of the challenges facing students with dyslexia. I have worked with students who have reading disabilities, and I understand how time and patience are required to make the most of learning opportunities.

Ear Training

I have played the piano professionally since 1977. My performances include over a dozen different theatrical musical productions, local televised performances, and cocktail hour performances. I also sung and directed vocal groups for decades. I served as choral director and arranger for an adult singing group from 1993 to 2010, and as co-producer and arranger for a children’s Annual Community Talent Show from 2000 to 2015. Finally, I had four complete books of piano arrangements published by Warner Brothers Publications and Alfred Music Publications in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2014.

Elementary Math

Elementary Math

Elementary Math can be an enjoyable subject or a frustrating chore. I have been able to assist several students in a variety of situations master the foundations of math, and gradually advance their understanding from the frustration stage to the enjoyment stage. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

English

English grammar can be annoying to some. However, I have been able to assist several students in the basics, so that they can conquer their anxieties. I have always enjoyed reading and writing. While in college, I had a monthly column in the campus newspaper. For many years, I wrote how-to articles for a British software journal. While a software engineer, I produced countless written publications involving instructional techniques and problem solving. During these many years, I have taught others how to collect thoughts, organize ideas, and create essays worthy of presentation. I usually work with a variety of typical situations, helping students master the basics of grammar, verb agreement, and vocabulary. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

General Music

Music is part of my life. I have studied music for over 40 years, performed for over 38 years, played piano professionally for over 36 years, and taught music to students for over 34 years. This includes dozens of theatrical musical productions, local televised performances, and cocktail hour performances. I also served as choral director and arranger for adult singing groups from 1988-2010, and as co-producer and arranger for a children’s Annual Community Talent Show from 2000-2012. I also had three complete books of piano arrangements published by Warner Brothers Publications in 1999, 2000, and 2001, which mix the styles of pre-1600 with post-1940. I can bring general music history, science, theory and evolution concepts to every interested student.

Geometry

Geometry can be an enjoying subject or a frustrating chore. I have been able to help several students in a variety of situations master the basics of geometry, and gradually advance from the frustration stage to the enjoyment stage. I’d like the opportunity to assist your son or daughter. Thank you.

Grammar

English grammar can be annoying to some. However, I have been able to assist several students in the basics, so that they can conquer their anxieties. I have always enjoyed reading and writing. While in college, I had a monthly column in the campus newspaper. For many years, I wrote how-to articles for a British software journal. While a software engineer, I produced countless written publications involving instructional techniques and problem solving. During these many years, I have taught others how to collect thoughts, organize ideas, and create essays worthy of presentation. I usually work with a variety of typical situations, helping students master the basics of grammar, verb agreement, and vocabulary. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

Logic

I have worked with and taught logic, in a variety of forms, since the 1970’s. As a student, I mastered the specifics behind inductive reasoning and deductive reasoning, and soon able to tutor other students in these disciplines. In the decades since that time, I have taken every opportunity to not only apply these techniques to data analysis and computer programming, but also to educate others in the techniques.

Microsoft Access

I worked as a data analyst and software engineer from 1988 to 2011. During that time, I worked with (and taught others how to work with) Microsoft Access. I built dozens of Access database applications, including one that remained in operation for 17 years. I also co-chaired the committee to establish the standards for Access Database Applications, using the techniques defined in the normalization forms for relational databases by Edgar Codd.

Microsoft Excel

I worked as a data analyst and software engineer from 1988 to 2011. During that time, I worked with (and taught others how to work with) Microsoft Excel. I produced over a hundred MS Excel documents for a wide variety of applications, incorporating database functions, graphs, regression analysis, macros, and advanced reporting. MS Excel has become the default standard for business analysis, and I can guide every interested student on how to gain the most benefit from this tool.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I worked as a data analyst and software engineer from 1988 to 2011. During that time, I worked with (and taught others how to work with) Microsoft PowerPoint. I produced and delivered dozens of PowerPoint presentations for a wide variety of applications. MS PowerPoint has become the default standard for business presentations, and I can guide every interested student on how to gain the most benefit from this tool.

Microsoft Word

I worked as a data analyst and software engineer for over twenty years. During that time, I worked with (and taught others how to work with) Microsoft Word. I produced countless MS Word documents in a wide variety of formats and applications. MS Word has become the default standard for business documentation, and I can guide every interested student on how to gain the most benefit from this tool.

Music History

I have played the piano professionally since 1977. My performances include over a dozen different theatrical musical productions and local televised performances. I studied music theory and music history from ’77 to ’83, and utilized that training in every aspect of arranging. I am familiar with styles from Gregorian chant thru the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and modern 20th century western music, I served as choral director and arranger for an adult singing group from 1993 to 2010, and as co-producer and arranger for a children’s Annual Community Talent Show from 2000 to 2015. Finally, I had four complete books of piano arrangements published by Warner Brothers Publications and Alfred Music Publications in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2014.

Music Theory

I have played the piano professionally since 1977, including performances in dozens of theatrical musical productions, local televised performances, and cocktail hour performances. I served as choral director and arranger for an adult singing group from 1993-2010, and as co-producer and arranger for a children’s Annual Community Talent Show from 2000 to 2012. I also had four complete books of piano arrangements published by Warner Brothers Publications and Alfred Music Publications in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2014. I can bring Music Theory concepts to every interested student.

Phonics

I have studied pedagogical approaches to teaching phonics, as it pertains to the instruction of reading and writing English to young students. I have worked with Kindergarten and First Grade teachers to master the methodology of alphabetical pronunciations, constant and vowel identification, and common sight-word recognition. I have assisted several youngsters master the basics of reading, from struggling with confusing letters to conquering the completed words.

Physical Science

Physical Science can be an enjoyable subject or a frustrating chore. I have been able to assist several students in a variety of situations master the basics of math, physics, and chemistry – all part of the foundation of Physical Science – and gradually advance their understanding from the frustration stage to the enjoyment stage. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

Physics

The good thing about Physics is that it is THE basic science. All of Chemistry is based on Physics, and all of Biology is based on Chemistry. Many teachers don’t tell students this aspect of Physics. Besides that, how many hit TV comedy shows are there about Chemists and Biologists?

Like many math centered courses, Physics can be enjoyable or frustrating. I have been able to assist several students in Physics, and I’m happy to help more. While I can’t promise you an A, I will promise that I can make it more understandable than you think it is now. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

Piano

I have played the piano professionally since 1977, including performances in dozens of different theatrical musical productions, local televised performances, and cocktail hour performances. I also performed “Rhapsody in Blue” with a full orchestra in 1981, and taught several independent piano students from 1983 until 1993. I served as choral director and arranger for an adult singing group from 1993 until 2010, and as co-producer and arranger for a children’s Annual Community Talent Show since 2000. Finally, I had four complete books of piano arrangements published by Warner Brothers Publications and ALfred Music since 1999.

Prealgebra

Pre-Algebra can be an enjoying subject or a frustrating chore. I have been able to assist several students in a variety of situations master the basics of Pre-Algebra and Algebra, and gradually advance from the frustration stage to the enjoyment stage. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

Precalculus

The good thing about PreCalculus is that more than half of the topics were already covered in Algebra I or Algebra II. Most teachers don’t tell students that PreCalc, which is sometimes called Algebra III, involves bringing together concepts from previous math courses in a way that makes them less brain bending. Like all math courses, it can be enjoyable or frustrating. I have been able to assist several students in PreCalc, most recently including my own daughter. While I can’t promise you an A, I will promise that I can make it more understandable than you think it is now. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

Public Speaking

I have been experienced in public speaking since the 1970’s. I have written and presented dozens of talks on topics ranging from music to software to history to organizational skills. I have taught others (both children and adults) the skills required to become effective in public speaking.

Reading

Reading can be annoying to some. However, I have been able to assist several students in the basics, so that they can conquer their anxieties. I have always enjoyed reading and writing. While in college, I had a monthly column in the campus newspaper. For many years, I wrote how-to articles for a British software journal. While a software engineer, I produced countless written publications involving instructional techniques and problem solving. During these many years, I have taught others how to collect thoughts, organize ideas, and create essays worthy of presentation. I usually work with a variety of typical challenges, helping students master the basics of grammar, comprehension, and vocabulary. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

SAT Math

The SAT tests can cause a great deal of anxiety. I understand and remember worrying about them when I took them. However, I have been able to assist several students in the basics, so that they can sail thru their SATs. I usually work with a variety of typical questions, helping students master the basics of algebra, geometry, trig, and word problems. Gradually they are able to advance from the anxiety stage to the confidence stage. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student.

SAT Reading

The SAT tests can cause a great deal of anxiety. I understand, and remember worrying about them when I took them. However, I have been able to assist several students in the basics, so that they can sail thru their SATs. I have always enjoyed reading and writing. While in college, I had a monthly column in the campus newspaper. For many years, I wrote how-to articles for a British software journal.

While a software engineer, I produced countless written publications involving instructional techniques and problem solving. During these many years, I have taught others how to collect thoughts, organize ideas, and create essays worthy of presentation. I usually work with a variety of typical questions, helping students master the basics of grammar, comprehension, and vocabulary. I can provide simple rules that will help mast the SAT Reading test. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

SAT Writing

The SAT tests can cause a great deal of anxiety. I understand, and remember worrying about them when I took them. However, I have been able to assist several students in the basics, so that they can sail thru their SATs. I have always enjoyed reading and writing. While in college, I had a monthly column in the campus newspaper. For many years, I wrote how-to articles for a British software journal.

While a software engineer, I produced countless written publications involving instructional techniques and problem solving. During these many years, I have taught others how to collect thoughts, organize ideas, and create essays worthy of presentation. I usually work with a variety of typical questions, helping students master the basics of grammar, verb agreement, and vocabulary. I can provide simple rules that will help mast the SAT Writing test. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

Songwriting

I have played the piano professionally since 1977. My performances include over a dozen different theatrical musical productions, local televised performances, and cocktail hour performances. I served as choral director and arranger for an adult singing group from 1993 to 2010, and as co-producer and arranger for a children’s Annual Community Talent Show from 2000 to 2015. Finally, I had four complete books of piano arrangements published by Warner Brothers Publications and Alfred Music Publications in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2014.

Study Skills

I have lectured to students from age 7 to age 15 on techniques to organize, study, and take notes. My goal is to show students how outlines can make every aspect of your life easier, from 3rd grade to senior year in college. Once that skill is mastered, the rest – mnemonics, time management, and study habits – become second nature. Multi-tasking is the way of the 21st century. These skills will provide building blocks to guide you in every aspect of your life. I would be glad to share this information with your student.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry can be an interesting subject or a frustrating chore. I have been able to assist several students in a variety of situations master the basics of trigonometry, and gradually advance from the frustration stage to the interesting stage. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

Voice (Music)

I have played the piano professionally since 1977. My performances include over a dozen different theatrical musical productions, local televised performances, and cocktail hour performances. I also sung and directed vocal groups for decades. I served as choral director and arranger for an adult singing group from 1993 to 2010, and as co-producer and arranger for a children’s Annual Community Talent Show from 2000 to 2015. Finally, I had four complete books of piano arrangements published by Warner Brothers Publications and Alfred Music Publications in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2014.

Writing

I have always enjoyed writing, and taken every opportunity to explore a variety of subjects. While in college, I had a month column in the campus newspaper. For several years, I wrote how-to articles for a British software journal. While a software engineer, I produced countless written publications involving instructional techniques and problem solving. During these many years, I have taught others how to collect thoughts, organize ideas, and create essays worthy of presentation. I would be glad to have the opportunity to assist your student. Thank you.

College of the Holy Cross; Worcester, MA
Physics
Amherst University of Massachusetts
Master's
WNEC
Other

Education

College of the Holy Cross; Worcester, MA (Physics)

Amherst University of Massachusetts (Master's)

WNEC (Other)

Great Tutor, Very Perceptive — Steve is a very perceptive tutor. He identifies my son’s strength and weakness right away, and takes great approaches to motivate him. My son becomes happier and more motivated after only one tutoring session with Steve. Steve further helps him to get organized and teaches him the skills for completing homework and projects. Steve’s very broad knowledge base is a big plus, and he can help my s ...

— Kyle (mom: YuYing), Hadley, MA on 1/19/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Steve will travel within 18 miles of South Deerfield, MA 01373.

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