Steven F.

Gaithersburg, MD


Professor for English, Test Prep, and many other subjects.

600+ Hours
Background check passed as of 1/14/15
5.0 average from 151 ratings
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— Joseph F., Sterling, VA on 7/30/17


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University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland, College Park
Graduate Coursework


University of Maryland, College Park (Philosophy)

University of Maryland, College Park (Graduate Coursework)

About Steven

I am a former university professor and an expert on all aspects of English. I taught at the university level for about 20 years. I have been tutoring at all levels - pre-school, elementary, middle school, high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional - for almost 10 years. I can help students in many subjects and I enjoy helping all ages and levels to learn and accomplish their goals.

Since 2007, I have specialized in teaching all aspects of English language: speaking, reading, writing, listening, pronunciation, vocabulary, speech-making, literature, business and professional English. I have also helped students to study whichever topic they like: mathematics, science, engineering, government and politics, management, religion, history...

I also teach Test Preparation, for TOEFL, IELTS, Praxis, SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE and others. I can help you earn the score you want and need.

If you tell me what you would like to study, I can help you to understand, speak, write and take tests about it.
I am a former university professor and an expert on all aspects of English. I taught at the university level for about 20 years. I have been tutoring at all levels - pre-school, elementary, middle school, high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional - for almost 10 years. I can help students in many subjects and I enjoy helping all ages Read more

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"Excellent communication with students!"

- Joseph F., Sterling, VA on 7/30/17

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Evgen, Rockville, MD on 10/19/17

"Patient and Kind Tutor"

- Marilin, Silver Spring, MD on 8/2/17

"Patient and Knowledgeable Tutor"

- Deepa, Boyds, MD on 3/3/17

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor and good academic adviser."

- Sat, Hagerstown, MD on 3/1/17

"Great Handwriting Tutor"

- Jeffrey, Chevy Chase, MD on 1/3/17

"Very knowledged and well prepared tutor"

- Dora, Germantown, MD on 12/18/16

"Great help to learn English"

- SOONCHAN, Potomac, MD on 11/13/16

"Excellent tutor"

- GH, Gaithersburg, MD on 10/10/16

"Excellent and helpful tutor"

- Manuel, Gaithersburg, MD on 8/9/16

"Helped me organize"

- Christine, Gaithersburg, MD on 10/8/15

"Very good tutor!!"

- Kwan, Clarksburg, MD on 2/7/15
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math,
Anthropology, Biology, Philosophy, Praxis,
PSAT, Psychology
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
Bible Studies,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
AFOQT, Career Development, CBEST, CLAST, College Counseling,
LSAT, Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Microsoft Word
Latin, Reading,
American History, Anthropology, Classics, Government & Politics, Political Science, Religion, Social Studies, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math,
Phonics, Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math,
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Career Development, ESL/ESOL,
GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I have taught many students how to take and succeed at the ACT, as well as other college prep and entrance exams (SAT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, etc.). I was a university-level professor for many years, specializing in logic, analytical reasoning, ethics, organizational science and other related topics. For many years now I have been a teacher in a private school and a private tutor. I teach language arts (reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, grammar, literature, essay writing and analysis, research), mathematical skills, the humanities and the social sciences. I have studied the psychology of learning and teaching as a way to help students study, learn and achieve their goals.

ACT Reading

I have helped many students prepare for all aspects of the ACT, including those parts testing English language knowledge and skills. I have been tutoring English language and literature, and many other subjects, since 2007, helping students achieve the scores they need on the ACT, SAT, GRE and other tests. I have also taught standardized test preparation at a private school since 2007. Before that, I was a university teacher and professor for almost 20 years, involved in teaching, testing and grading writing and analytical thinking. I have studied a wide variety of methods and research on reading, writing, teaching, learning and testing, and I use that study to help my students do their best.

Bible Studies

As a teacher, professor and researcher in philosophy, I studied and taught philosophy of religion and the historical and philosophical connections of religion to ethics, science, literature, language and culture. I have read and studied the Old Testament, or Torah, in Hebrew and English, and I have read and studied the New Testament in Greek, Latin, French and Hebrew. I have studied both Catholic and Protestant interpretations, translations and editions of the Bible, and investigated comparative religious studies of the Bible and the Torah and the Talmud, the Qur'an, the Book of Common Prayer and other religious texts. In response to requests from both undergraduate and graduate students I led studies/examinations of the Bible with respect to the justification of war, the idea of the 'good Christian soldier', corporate social responsibility and ethics in general.


At the university level, I taught undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational science, business ethics, and corporate policy and social responsibility. As a private tutor, since 2007, I have tutored many undergraduate and graduate students in business, management, human resource management, industrial and organizational psychology, labor law, accounting, finance, economics, business and financial mathematics and statistics, real estate and investment.

College Counseling

While a graduate student and teacher at the University of Maryland, from 1989 until 1994, I was an adviser to undergraduate and graduate students for the Philosophy Department. I advised both current and prospective students on application and admission to universities (UMD and others), on financial aid applications and related documents, on documentation for international students, on maintenance of work and grades to continue proper status, on course selection and graduation requirements, on applications for scholarships and fellowships, and on the taking of standardized tests and writing of essays for applications. From 1994 until 2005, I did similar work as a teacher and assistant professor at the George Washington University, including all advisement tasks for students in GWU's Peace Studies Program from 2003-2005. As a private tutor since 2007, I have helped many high school students and many adult private school students with their university selection, entrance test preparation, and applications and essays.

Elementary Math

I have taught all levels of math, from elementary through middle school to high school and college, and I have taught in private schools, in universities and as a private tutor. I have a great deal of knowledge and expertise not only about the topics of math but also about the psychology of learning and teaching math and about its history, connections to culture and science, and how it shows up in games and puzzles, engineering, science, art and technology, schoolwork and home life and jobs. I enjoy helping students -- children but adults too -- see the value, interest, enjoyment and even beauty that can be found in math. And I enjoy looking at math with others as they learn it and work on it; I go through it with them and experience it again as the classes go on


I have taught English to many hundreds of students at a private school and before that I was a university professor for almost 20 years.


I have taught ESL to many hundreds of students, both at a private school and by private tutoring. I can help you with speaking, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary and pronunciation.


I have taught and tutored all aspects of English language to many hundreds of students, in private schools and as a tutor for 9 years. I teach reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar to students at all levels: pre-school, elementary, middle and high school, college and university undergraduate and graduate, and professional. While I was a student, teacher and professor for twenty years, I studied grammar (of English and of other languages) through language research, linguistics, psychology and history. I can help students improve their grammar and go further - to improve their style.


I have taught correct handwriting skills to adult students at a private school as part of their preparation for college. Students write, on average, one handwritten essay for thirty minutes a week; it must not only adequately answer a question and satisfy standards of good writing (grammar, vocabulary, relevance, etc.), but also satisfy standards of legibility, symbol choice and punctuation. This is especially important for students whose native language and culture use a different approach to orthography and spelling than is standard in English in the U.S. I have been teaching this to 15 students a week (on average, per class) each week for the last 7.5 years.


As an English-as-a-Second language teacher, both at a private school and as a private tutor, since 2007, I have prepared many students for the IELTS test. IELTS is a test often preferred by students who intend to enter business or corporate employment outside of the U.S., particularly businesses and corporations which use British English or use/accept either British or American English. The IELTS test is often requested by students from African nations and Arabic-speaking nations, and I have taught many students from those nations who need or want IELTS instead of TOEFL. The IELTS test has two versions, the General Version (used primarily for students seeking employment) and the Academic Version (used primarily by students seeking entry to a university). I have prepared students for both; I understand and can teach to the differences, which are in the Reading and Writing sections. Students are often most concerned about the Speaking portion of the IELTS, which involves a 'face-to-face' conversation and responding to topics as they arise during the conversation. I have a great deal of experience helping students to cope with the pressures and requirements of this sort of testing. Of course, I also teach the requirements and skills needed for the Listening portion of the IELTS. All four areas of language skill must be taught together -- speaking and listening, reading and writing -- in order for a student to become competent in the language. The content, the structure, the manner of assessment and the grading form of the IELTS are different from those of the TOEFL test, which is used more frequently by companies and universities based in the U.S. itself. However, I understand the differences and can teach students what they need in order to do well in either (or, in both).


In the last several years, I have tutored several students who have immigrated to the U.S. with their families (from China, Korea, Brazil and several European and African nations), as well as some students who have immigrated alone to stay with relatives, but whose families have the goal that they attend (right away or eventually) an independent or private school as a step on the way to attending an Ivy League or similar university. Those students, primarily in middle school and early high school years have needed to take and score well on either the SSAT or the ISEE or both. I have tutored them in one or the other, and in some cases both. To do so, I have studied the tests and taken practice tests many times myself; but I have also had to explain both the correct and incorrect answers to the test questions, and I have had to teach methods and strategies for answering questions, analyzing texts and writing essays for the tests.


I am a former university professor. I taught at the university level for about 20 years. Since 2007, I have taught many students how to take the PRAXIS tests they needed for admission to teacher education programs and to qualify for teaching licenses in Maryland and Virginia. There are two main sorts of PRAXIS tests: PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II. PRAXIS I is usually taken before entry into a teacher education program or just after a student has been admitted to the program. It tests students' competence in reading, writing and basic mathematics at the academic level, that is, at the basic level for undergraduates. The Reading section requires students to read relatively short, somewhat academic texts and show their understanding of the content, rhetorical style and argumentation by answering questions about the texts. Students need to be taught about grammar, vocabulary, style, analysis and basic/general knowledge of culture and facts suitable for a graduating university senior. The Writing section tests five basic skills: Students need to be able to write argumentatively, write in an informative or expository style, revise sentences and paragraphs to be better, demonstrate an understanding of grammar, vocabulary and organization, and demonstrate an understanding of the requirements for academic published material. The Mathematics section requires students to show that they understand the sorts of math skills and knowledge expected in high school.

I have taught all of these language and mathematics skills to many people and have successfully helped many students to prepare for and pass the PRAXIS I test. The PRAXIS II tests are subject tests and ask students to demonstrate their skill and knowledge in the specific area(s) they want to teach. I can help students study for many of their specific content areas, since I can help them study many topics in the arts, sciences, humanities, engineering and some languages. Most recently, I have helped students prepare for PRAXIS II tests in English Language Arts and Composition and English Language Literature, Government and Political Science, Fundamental Subjects, and Social Studies.


I have taught reading (as well as writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, and grammar) to all levels of students for over 8 years, both as a private tutor and as a teacher in a private school. I have taught many hundreds of students across the age groups, from elementary to middle and high school to adults. Prior to that, I was a university teacher and professor, teaching both undergraduates and graduate students.

I have studied and used many methods of teaching and learning, and included research from education studies, psychology, linguistics, cognitive science and philosophy. I always look for and use the best method(s) for each student.

SAT Reading

I have taught SAT reading to many students, both high school students and students originally from non-English-speaking countries.

SAT Writing

Since beginning private tutoring in 2007, I have helped many students prepare for and succeed at taking the SAT. I teach the whole test, both the mathematics/quantitative parts and the language/reasoning parts. I have taught thousands of students, at the university level, at the primary and secondary levels, and at the professional level. I help students prepare for tests, for college and for careers. I can help you, too.


I have taught speaking (including pronunciation, articulation, and erudition) as an explicit part of the TOEFL test preparation of adult private school students, from 2007 until now (2014), at a language institute in Maryland. Pronunciation is about making the proper sounds. I can tell which English sounds you do not make or do not make well, and I can teach you how to use your mouth, lips, teeth, tongue, and voice to make correct English sounds. Articulation is about making words, phrases, sentences easily, smoothly, clearly, and effectively. I can help you with grammar and vocabulary and practice to help you articulate your thoughts well. Erudition is about being skillful with language. I can help you raise your level of language skill and style so that you can speak and write very well for school, university, business or your career.

At the preparatory level at the school where I teach, students concentrate on speaking and speech for a two-hour class per week. I have taught this to approx. 15 students per week for each week since 2007. I have also taught speaking and speech to students in special classes dedicated only to those subjects/skills, most recently, two hours twice weekly during the winter months of 2014-2015 for each student. Since 2007, I have also regularly tutored speaking and speech, one-on-one, to private students, some in middle school, some in high school, some in college, and some working adults.


I have taught and tutored many students to take and pass the SSAT as well as many other entrance exams (SAT, PSAT, TOEFL, etc.)

Study Skills

I have taught study skills at the public school, university and adult private school levels. From 1988 to 2005, I included the teaching of, and advisement concerning, study skills in all of my courses, both undergraduate and graduate. Study skills include how to read well, how to take notes, how to schedule and manage your study time, and how to prepare for quizzes, tests, exams and projects. Also, study skills include preparing to write essays and papers, and then writing them well, and preparing for important projects, and then doing the projects well. Study skills also include paying attention to teachers and to teachers' instructions, and learning from mistakes. Since 2007, I have taught study skills to middle school, high school and adult private school students, sometimes at the explicit request of the parents, the students or the school, and sometimes as part of the curriculum I have developed in order to help the student be more successful in the study of whichever topic was being taught or tutored (e.g., English class, mathematics, social studies, government, etc.).


I have taught TOEFL to hundreds of students from all over the world since 2007. I am an experienced and well-qualified English teacher. I help students of all ages, from elementary school through middle and high school to university and professional levels. Also, I was a professor at universities for nearly 20 years.


I was a university professor for about twenty years. I have helped both students and professors and business professionals to write better.

University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland, College Park
Graduate Coursework


University of Maryland, College Park (Philosophy)

University of Maryland, College Park (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent communication with students!

Steven helps increase my knowledge and understanding of the topic by guiding me through the learning process by asking and commenting on my understanding at the most appropriate times. His timely and unique questions help drive my learning to a much deeper level than previously reached. Spending time with Steven has proved to be very valuable to my learning process.

— Joseph F., Sterling, VA on 7/30/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Steven will travel within 9 miles of Gaithersburg, MD 20879.