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Brian E.

English, Writing, and Math Teacher with 15 Years' Experience

English, Writing, and Math Teacher with 15 Years' Experience

$65/hour

  • 232 hours tutoring

  • South Berwick, ME 03908

About Brian


Bio

I am a tutor and teacher with 15 years’ experience of teaching English Language Arts, writing, Math, and standardized tests like the GRE, SAT, ACT, PSAT, and SSAT.

I have been teaching writing and English since 2002. I worked for 5 years as an English Language Arts teacher in high schools, and I have also taught creative writing and composition for Warwick University, the Open University, Winchester University, and Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, NH. As a published poet and...

I am a tutor and teacher with 15 years’ experience of teaching English Language Arts, writing, Math, and standardized tests like the GRE, SAT, ACT, PSAT, and SSAT.

I have been teaching writing and English since 2002. I worked for 5 years as an English Language Arts teacher in high schools, and I have also taught creative writing and composition for Warwick University, the Open University, Winchester University, and Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, NH. As a published poet and teaching artist, I have worked in schools and privately with students from age 4 to 94, helping them to craft better writing. As an English and writing tutor, I have worked with students from 5th to 12th grade, and for up to 2 years. My students not only improve their writing, their English skills, and their confidence, but also have fun doing it.

I have also taught and tutored math since 2002. I was a math major at Cambridge University, England, which is one of the top 5 universities in the world for math; and I have taught math in adult education, in high school, and as a tutor of students from middle school to adult. I work hard on building up understanding and rapport with students so that I can overcome the emotional barriers that students can have toward math, using my creativity to make it understandable and—who knows?—maybe even enjoyable.

One area in which I specialize is tutoring for standardized tests of all kinds, such as the GRE, the SAT, and the ACT. I am particularly well placed to tutor for these tests because my background in teaching English, math, and writing means that I have expertise every aspect of the test. I also have a thorough understanding of how to teach the test-taking skills that are essential for achieving a good score. I myself got a perfect score on the GRE the first time I took it, so I know what’s needed for a student to score to his or her best potential.

Finally, I also specialize in helping students write their college application essays. As a counselor in high school, and as an expert in teaching creative essay writing, I have helped dozens of people to write powerful college essays that got them into the colleges they wanted.

I love all teaching, but I particularly enjoy tutoring. It’s such a great way to create powerful learning and positive life changes for a student. There’s little in life that I enjoy more, so I hope you will contact me and see how I can help you.


Education

University of Warwick
English and Writing
University of New Hampshire
Other

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly rate: $65
  • Rate details: I offer a free initial consultation to check if I'm a good fit for you. I do this by phone or Skype and it takes about 10-15 minutes.
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of South Berwick, ME 03908
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE

GRE

I am uniquely well placed to help GRE students because I have deep experience of all the GRE sections. I am a professional writer, I have taught English teacher at the college level since 2006, and I also majored in math at Cambridge University, U.K., which is one of the top 5 colleges in the world for math. I have taught English, math, and writing since 2002 and I specialize in teaching the test-taking skills that get the high scores on the GRE.

Corporate Training

Proofreading

English

Writing,

Writing

I am a published poet and professional writer, with a detailed understanding of how the writing process works for different kinds of writing. At college I majored in English and Creative Writing, achieving a GPA of 4.0, and I am taking my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire. I have taught and tutored English and writing to students of all ages since 2003, including five years teaching in high schools and six years teaching writing at college level. I particularly enjoy doing tutoring work, because of the depth of connection it allows me to develop with a student.
ACT English, English, Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Homeschool

Writing,

Writing

I am a published poet and professional writer, with a detailed understanding of how the writing process works for different kinds of writing. At college I majored in English and Creative Writing, achieving a GPA of 4.0, and I am taking my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire. I have taught and tutored English and writing to students of all ages since 2003, including five years teaching in high schools and six years teaching writing at college level. I particularly enjoy doing tutoring work, because of the depth of connection it allows me to develop with a student.
English, SAT Math, SAT Reading

Math

SAT Math

Most Popular

Writing,

Writing

I am a published poet and professional writer, with a detailed understanding of how the writing process works for different kinds of writing. At college I majored in English and Creative Writing, achieving a GPA of 4.0, and I am taking my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire. I have taught and tutored English and writing to students of all ages since 2003, including five years teaching in high schools and six years teaching writing at college level. I particularly enjoy doing tutoring work, because of the depth of connection it allows me to develop with a student.
English

Summer

Writing,

Writing

I am a published poet and professional writer, with a detailed understanding of how the writing process works for different kinds of writing. At college I majored in English and Creative Writing, achieving a GPA of 4.0, and I am taking my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire. I have taught and tutored English and writing to students of all ages since 2003, including five years teaching in high schools and six years teaching writing at college level. I particularly enjoy doing tutoring work, because of the depth of connection it allows me to develop with a student.
SAT Math

Test Preparation

GRE,

GRE

I am uniquely well placed to help GRE students because I have deep experience of all the GRE sections. I am a professional writer, I have taught English teacher at the college level since 2006, and I also majored in math at Cambridge University, U.K., which is one of the top 5 colleges in the world for math. I have taught English, math, and writing since 2002 and I specialize in teaching the test-taking skills that get the high scores on the GRE.
ACT English, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Disappointed with SAT Essay Lessons

This review is strictly for taking lessons for improving scores on essay portion of SAT. I contacted Brian to setup lessons for my son. We felt my son needed more structured strategy and guidance on improving his score on SAT essay. In our introduction emails, Brian stated that he had a structure program for this. However, after taking two lessons, it seems that he doesn't have one. Brian may be able to edit, analyze and help to revise the already written work, but his approach will take many lessons, costing hundreds and thousands of dollars, to achieve the goal. These are some of our experience and my observation. 1) Brian doesn't really have a lot of experience working with SAT essay portion. He even stated he wouldn't even know what the actual score of the written essay will be by looking at my son's essay. 2) He reviews the essay that my son writes as any writing tutor can do. But we were not looking for writing tutor, but looking to attack SAT essay. His few recommendation on improving SAT essay can be easily found on-line in many places. 3) He didn't provide any structure or organized templates or idea how to tackle SAT essay in a succinct or relatively easy way. As a claimed expert, he should have a strategy to help the kids to improve with ease, but that is NOT the case. 4) His approach is more geared towards improving writing in long term. It may help improve SAT essay, but will take a very long time with many lessons running up the cost in thousands. That model simply is not worthy it and that was not what we signed up for. 5) This may apply how Wyzant works, but he is so sensitive about time. He will calculate every minute he spends even off the system as lesson fee. I am disappointed that extra few minutes here and there must be charged on top of an one hour lesson. 6) I believe SAT essay has its own particular and needs special approach. Our search contines.

Martin, 2 lessons with Brian
Tutor responded:

Hi, Martin, I’m very sorry that you and your son did not have the tutoring experience with me that you were hoping for. Sometimes it does happen that a tutor doesn’t “fit”, and if that ever happens for you or your son again, I hope you know that Wyzant offers a Good Fit Guarantee (https://support.wyzant.com/hc/en-us/articles/208602136-What-s-the-Good-Fit-Guarantee-) that will refund you for the first hour of tutoring with a new tutor. I am a little puzzled about some of the points you made, and I would like to try to clear up any confusions. I do have a structured program for the SAT essay, and I used it with your son. In the first lesson I went over exactly what needs to be done in the essay (showing understanding and analysis of reading, structuring the answer, using English correctly and formally), and gave a clear, step-by-step process for how to do this, summarized in a handout that also features a precise, one-page template for how to structure the essay. We also looked at an example of a good essay to see what made it good, and I reviewed a practice essay by your son and gave him specific feedback on its strengths and weaknesses. I told him what approximate scores it might have received in the real SAT, though I didn’t pretend to be able to say what exact scores the SAT might have given it, because that depends very much on the opinions of the two people who actually score it on the day. In the second session, I reviewed another practice essay by your son, telling him which section was the best written and how he could repeat that in other paragraphs. I helped him to develop more detailed analysis of the text he’d read, and helped him draft an effective paragraph to convey those ideas. At all times, my advice and feedback was focused explicitly on how to score more highly on the three SAT criteria of Reading, Analysis, and Writing. I would have preferred to cover this material in 3 lessons rather than 2, but you wanted me to do it before a particular deadline, so I sped things up. And when I spent 5 minutes reading your son’s essay before the lesson, I made sure to finish the taught part of the lesson 5 minutes early, so that you were billed for 1 hour tutoring as we had arranged. Once again, I am very sorry that you and your son did not believe that my tutoring was helpful. I hope that you find a tutor who fits your requirements, but please bear in mind that there is no Magic Method for the SAT essay: it requires thought, effort, and practice, as any complex writing task does. If you don’t find another tutor, I am sure that your son can learn a great deal about how to perform better on the SAT essay if he reviews our work together during these sessions. I hope he does well and gets the college places he wants.

Inspiring First Lesson

Today was my first lesson with Brian in achieving better business communication through writing. I found him to be knowledgeable, methodical and a great listener. I look forward to continuing to work with him to improve the content on my website and blogs. Thank you!

Michelle, 7 lessons with Brian

Brian is Superb!!

As the title suggests, Brian is absolutely fantastic. I had just three weeks to study for my GRE and many tutors turned me away for "moral reasons"... apparently it wasn't enough time to study and pass. Brian took me on and we got straight into the action. His overall knowledge and personal experience with the GRE is outstanding and sets him apart to everyone else. He pushed me towards other websites and software that really helped me out in my free time. With this, I was able to send over questions and answers and he appropriately responded. I believed I already had a strong background in the Quantitative sections, but I was definitely unprepared for the GRE. Even after looking through youtube videos and online tutorials, Brian's explanations helped the most. He is clear, concise and extremely thorough with his delivery. Where in some questions I was able to obtain the right answer, I could no replicate the process, it was messy and uncoordinated. The best way to describe Brian is where I could get from A to B, in a long convoluted, mess he showed me a way of getting there in essentially a straight line- the quickest, most efficient way. From here, I was able to replicate my answers and further able to gain consistency in my process, reasoning and results!! Brians base technique is sound. And it's with this technique and his explanations, you absolutely cannot falter or fail. On another note, he's flexible, approachable and British!! Thank you Brian!

Chris, 9 lessons with Brian

Amazing

Love his teaching methods! Helped me get my description grade up by 3 letters and helped me understand narrative and had tons of helpful hints and structures.

Christy, 6 lessons with Brian

Wonderful Tutor

Thank you for working with our son over the summer. Your communications throughout were thorough and thoughtful. Nolan enjoyed each lesson and is confident about his upcoming Math Subject test and SATs.

Tamara, 11 lessons with Brian

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