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ROBERT B.

Brandywine, MD

$40/hour

30 years tutoring experience, focused on motivating students

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Background check passed as of 10/21/13
4.5 average from 102 ratings
Amazing ASVAB tutor!!!
— LaWanda, Beltsville, MD on 8/29/13

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U.S. Naval Academy
Bachelor of Science degree completed
Other

Education

U.S. Naval Academy

Bachelor of Science degree completed (Other)

About ROBERT

I am a Naval Academy alumnus, Aerospace Engineering, 12 years Naval service. I got out of the Navy in 1982, have been tutoring since 1984, and all my students have been successful. The relationship between student and teacher is one of mutual trust and mutual respect. My students enjoy my easy-going approach, the way I focus on inspiring them rather than boring or intimidating them, and my dedication to their success.

I pursue a parallel career of government contracting. My specialties are technical and creative writing and editing, risk management, technical problem solving, and presenting proposals to management audiences. The knowledge and methods I learn as a government contractor I immediately apply to improving and technically expanding my teaching.

I entered first grade at Annapolis Elementary School in 1957 and graduated from one of Pennsylvania's top high schools in 1969. My father was Engineering Department Head at the Naval Academy then later Chancellor and lead professor of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh for 18 years until he retired. He was a naval officer and wrote many technical articles and developed new technologies. He wrote several grad school textbooks in business and management, applying mathematical, models. He taught me that if my student fails, I FAILED. No discussion. He was also forever expanding his knowledge and improving his teaching methods. I consequently do the same. I come from a family of educators and writers; my sister wrote childrens' books including FIREFLIES.. Education was priority one in my family. I enthusiastically pay that forward to all my students. If my student falls short, I take responsibility.

I was the lucky one to get my education when I did. Many of today's students are not so lucky. Many American schools have progressively deteriorated since 1970, which is why you now seek a tutor. Like my father, I am forever seeking a better way to teach my students. My evolved approach is to use special tools and curricula I have developed -- as a teacher and also as an engineer -- to inspire my students to discover just how brilliant they are.

In 2002, when I was tasked in early November with rescuing a 9th grade class whose teacher was fired for ineffectively teaching, I quickly developed THE MATH PACKAGE, based on what I had learned teaching COMPUTER MODULES TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION to 476 eighth graders 1999-2000. That curriculum leveraged group dynamics to drive students to work with their friends and achieve the maximum. In 2013, while teaching via Wyzant a 7th grader, I developed THE MATH CHALLENGE, which shows the kids they are capable of solving most problems entirely mentally. When the student turned 13 his mental math speed surpassed mine. The following year, tasked with rescuing 69 sixth graders from one inept substitute teacher after another, I applied THE MATH CHALLENGE, leveraging their intense obsession with peer group popularity, then sat back open-mouthed as I watched them perform like masters degree students.

Today's students learn quickly and comprehensively when they are taught right, but teachers in many schools hold them back and discourage them -- not intentionally but rather due to lack of teacher training. If you suspect this is the case with your child, coaching and encouragement by the right tutor can quickly ramp your child up to a level of performance that will shock you. And though I focus on math because most tutor requests are for math, I also teach other academic areas -- writing, reading, organizational skills, SAT Prep, the sciences, history, grammar, and literature. I also teach French because I studied it for six years and also went to France as an interpreter.

I offer a positive, enjoyable, exciting learning environment. Most of my tutoring assignments start out with the student being apprehensive Session One, but before the end of that session the student is totally happy and excited about both getting much higher grades, being generally happier with life, and looking forward to each session as exciting, motivational, and leading to a great career. I teach because I enjoy it, and today's amazing students pick up on that within minutes at the first session.

I hope to hear from you.
I am a Naval Academy alumnus, Aerospace Engineering, 12 years Naval service. I got out of the Navy in 1982, have been tutoring since 1984, and all my students have been successful. The relationship between student and teacher is one of mutual trust and mutual respect. My students enjoy my easy-going approach, the way I focus on inspiring them Read more

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First session $30. After first ten sessions, rate reduces to $40 per hour.

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Travels within 40 miles of Brandywine, MD 20613
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In-person lessons

"Amazing ASVAB tutor!!!"

- LaWanda, Beltsville, MD on 8/29/13

"Good tutor but have several no shows"

- Torey, Bowie, MD on 2/18/15
ROBERT replied on 2/20/2015

Torey's son Torron scored really high on his first practice SAT, which I let him do on his own time via his Kaplan SAT practice book (which had the answers), but then when I started testing then scoring him myself in realtime, the scores suddenly plummeted. So I started in on his skills on all three tests -- Writing/Essay, Reading, and Math. He began doing much better in Reading, then his essays started getting gradually better, and I worked with him extensively on the math test. He started doing better in math, but his mother then ended the sessions and wrote the above feedback. I admit I forgot the session three times; I am suddenly facing a number of personal issues, and I explained this to Torey. Then each time this happened I voluntarily did a free session for her because it was only fair. Torron definitely improved under my tutelage. As for being charged for the session, Torey is mistaken in her feedback letter because she would not have been charged unless I wrote a session report for a lesson I didn't give, which I did not do nor ever would do. I had to listen to one voicemail from her which was quite abusive, but I continued to tutor her son anyway. Torron is definitely better prepared for the SAT, and if he does everything I recommended, including that session before his mother apparently decided to end the sessions, he will perform well enough on the SAT to accomplish his dream -- getting into the University of Maryland College Park. I am hopeful readers of Torey's feedback here will take her remarks in context.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert B.

"Great Tutor For Some Subjects"

- Daneil, Hyattsville, MD on 8/5/14

"Not very patient"

- Henrietta, Woodbridge, VA on 7/24/13
ROBERT replied on 8/26/2013

I tutored this student twice; an hour and a half the first session then two hours the second.

The course was online Algebra. And it really wasn't all that difficult. There were no problems with the online software.

However, as I tried to teach this student, an adult she would frequently interrupt me, throwing off my train of thought. Not to ask questions, but rather to question the validity of what I was telling her.

I got the impression she had her own ideas and wasn't really listening to me. It was like she was learning on her own, her own unique method, and I was just in the way. This went on and on -- both long sessions. I recall that a few times, in frustration, I said things like, "Henrietta, you're not listening -- if you want to learn from me you'll need to listen to me." I never raised my voice, but I regretted having to say such things because this was the first time I have ever had to do this as a tutor.

I tutor because I enjoy it -- students uplift me with their enthusiasm and their excitement when they feel themselves actually learning. None of that upbeat stuff happened during our two difficult sessions. As for my alleged comment regarding online courses, I do recall saying in passing that I don't usually like online because it adds technical problems in addition to the student's frustration with the subject material. But I did not get into a discussion with nearby library patrons as she indicated.

I am however grateful to Wyzant that 100% of my other student sessions have been positive and usually highly inspirational.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert B.

"Great Tutor"

- Rachel, Fort Washington, MD on 6/17/13

"Great tutor"

- Marlene, Lorton, VA on 1/22/13
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Elementary Math, Geometry, Logic, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Geology, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Sociology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, Career Development, GED, Praxis, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
History:
American History, Classics, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development, Economics, Marketing, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, Tax Preparation

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I have taught in classrooms and tutored for over 30 years. This includes many ADD and ADHD students. I have also tutored students who are dyslexic and students with anxiety and/or social issues.
For example, I worked one-on-one with one Special Ed student in my 8th grade classroom. Everything is possible if you care. He became my top scoring student even though his classmates were all Advanced Placement. This motivated him to enroll in regular classes, become the most popular student in the school, and get involved in athletics.
The following Autumn I was asked by the parent to tutor one of my former classroom students, medically confirmed to have ADHD. We made great progress; he and I worked on Logarithms and Differential Equations. When he needed a topic for a science project, I let him pick up on Naval Architecture research I had performed several years prior. His research paper/science fair demonstration was so professional the teacher asked to retain it.
As a Home & Hospital Teacher I taught an ADHD student who was probably equal in intelligence to Thomas Jefferson, who also had ADHD; in my quarterly evaluations submitted to his school I said he belonged in the Johns Hopkins program for gifted youth. Had I persisted, he would have been admitted.
The ADD and ADHD students I have taught have been remarkably intelligent; they just need someone to encourage them and go step by step with a very open mind. Students deserve to go as far as they want. Whatever it takes.
I tutored one student who had dyslexia. He needed encouragement from someone working with him along the way. I also tutored and mentored a student who had a "Seratonin release" problem; after several sessions he started making considerable progress.
I'd like the chance to help more of these kids so they don't lose out on opportunities they deserve. If your child has ADD, ADHD, or any of these related issues, I want to help.

Prealgebra

I have been teaching and tutoring for 29 years. The subject I have been called upon the most to teach has been math. Prealgebra and algebra have been the most frequently requested subjects over my career. Prealgebra has been a frequent request because parents know that it is the gauntlet to high school that must be passed through successfully.

In addition, I have taught Math Clinic I and Math Clinic II for adult education; prealgebra was part of both curricula (I wrote both curricula).

Also, when I was teaching Computer Modules Technology Education to the 8th grade class of a middle school, I ran an after-school Prealgebra tutoring seminar in my classroom.

During the following summer, at my students' request, I tutored many of my 476 Tech Ed students in Prealgebra/Algebra. I was busy Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM, June through August. Each student had signed a list I provided during the last day of class in June. I used that experience to develop what I now call "The Math Package" -- a special curriculum for math students grade 6 through 12. I can teach math to anyone, any age.

Thank you for your consideration.

SAT Math

I have been a math teacher for 29 years. I developed my own comprehensive math tutoring program, and most of my SAT Prep students have been admitted to their top choice colleges.

SAT Reading

Reading skills are probably the most elusive of all. Students without coaching typically lack the skills to quickly and completely go through a passage -- especially a long one -- and answer the questions correctly.

Since I have been teaching SAT Prep so many years, I understand things the tutoring franchises and tutoring shoppes don't. Most colleges and universities in this country use the SAT for picking their new students. The College Board has been writing and administering the SAT since the beginning. They update the SAT for each test, and they administer several every year.

They are obliged by their customers -- the colleges and universities -- to ensure admission-worthy scores are achieved by students who will probably not flunk out or quit. When students leave college early like that, the college's rating drops. Also, since America's population has been multiplying lately, the College Board also has to further reduce the number of students with good scores by raising the bar.

Until 2013, nearly 100% of my SAT Prep students got into their top choice colleges. Then this year, three of my students got scores up to 2360 on TIMED practice tests then scored the following on their real SATs (March 9 and May 4 tests): 1410, 1420, and 1520. I figured out the College Board's method in time to save my three June 1 SAT students, who consequently got great scores.

The national tutoring franchises don't have a clue about these College board methods. The high school volunteer SAT practice class teachers don't either. I know this -- I have attended many SAT seminars and nobody has a clue. I do. The College Board has to do what they are doing -- I do not begrudge them. But you don't need your son or daughter to become a victim -- as you pay for each SAT attempt.

I get students into college. If your son or daughter has the basic aptitude and DESIRE to attend college, I will ensure he/she gets that opportunity.

SAT Writing

As a professional writer for the past 30 years, I have helped my clients significantly improve their writing test scores. There is a writer lurking in most students, and I know how to bring it out. I have been tutoring for 29 years, and most of my SAT students have gone on to their favorite colleges.

Social Studies

During my 29 years of classroom teaching and tutoring, I have taught class, substitute taught, tutored, and home taught students, including in Social Studies.

When I was in school, I took French for six years, so when I was in the U.S. Navy and my ship docked in Toulon, France, I was appointed ship's interpreter. I also made friends with French people and learned a lot during the week. Knowing the language is the KEY.

After witnessing the wretched way some of my fellow American sailors -- including my best friends -- treated the French in their own country, I gained an important insight into why we take Social Studies.

When I substitute teach a Social Studies class or tutor a student in this subject, I tell this story, anointing them with a pretty good appreciation why they should care about learning this subject. You see, I have learned from personal experience that people in other countries WANT to like Americans because they look up to us. But this is often frustrated when American tourists go overseas and behave badly -- mostly through a total lack of understanding of other cultures. They daydreamed in Social Studies class in school because they thought the course was unimportant, so we all pay the price for that now, don't we? Indeed.

I also advise students that when they graduate and move to an unfamiliar area, a little social studies effort will significantly enable them to make learn about the people and make friends pretty quickly. Everyone needs friends -- especially when moving alone to a new place. Social Studies knowledge helps people with that. The lack of it means you'll go through life alone -- without friends.

I enjoy teaching, and students of all ages enjoy learning from me. Thank you for your consideration.

World History

Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by History. I got deeply involved in historic preservation early in life, I have saved some important historic buildings, and I have also taught World and U.S. History.

Most important national/international affairs taking place now have happened in the past -- probably multiple times. For example, if we examine the reasons the Roman Empire fell, we will get a chilling hint of where America is currently headed. It is said, "he/she who does not learn history is doomed to repeat it.

I have taught many students -- in the classroom and individually -- what happened in history and how it brought us to where we are today. I feel good knowing how much historical knowledge I have imbued into so many young minds. I like to think I may be instrumental in preventing the American nation from repeating mistakes of the past -- including those of the Romans.

I therefore consider it my obligation to do my very best to teach history to America's youth. I also happen to enjoy doing so immensely -- and students find my history teaching to be fascinating and imaginative. I hope for the opportunity to teach your child.

Respectfully,

Robert B.

Writing

My name is Robert, tutor. I have 28 years of comprehensive tutoring, home teaching, and classroom teaching experience. I also have an equal number of years of professional writing/editing experience (I have two parallel careers -- teaching and government contracting.)

For four years I wrote and edited NASA technical manuals. For three years I was the editor and principal writer of a Navy monthly technical journal. I have been a proposal writer since 1993. I have written scores of successful white papers, and I am often solicited both professionally and informally to write/edit/review written material. Some people like me and others sometimes don't, but they all unanimously agree that I have a writing gift. The powerful play goes on, and I contribute my verse.

I discovered my joy of writing freshman in college; I received an A in English the first semester. Since then writing has been my pleasure. I view writing as a sculptor or artist his/her masterpiece. I have had considerable success as a writing teacher and tutor. When a student says he/she is "not a writer," I rather quickly persuade him/her that he/she is quite mistaken. Anyone who has something to say is a potential writer.

U.S. Naval Academy
Bachelor of Science degree completed
Other

Education

U.S. Naval Academy

Bachelor of Science degree completed (Other)

Amazing ASVAB tutor!!! — I wish to give a SHOUT OUT to this amazing tutor, Robert!!! He was patient, understanding, and awesome. My son had retaken the ASVAB test this past Tuesday, August 27, 2013, and passed with flying colors. His score was so high, they asked him to do a confirmation test because he more than doubled or tripled his scores. I highly recommend this tutor for anyone preparing for the ASVAB test. I h ...

— LaWanda, Beltsville, MD on 8/29/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

First session $30. After first ten sessions, rate reduces to $40 per hour.

Travel policy

ROBERT will travel within 40 miles of Brandywine, MD 20613.