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Jonathan W.

Rochester, MN

$40/hour

English and Study Skills Tutor

1250+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/29/14
5.0 average from 477 ratings
Excellent tutor
— Miyoung, Rochester, MN on 9/24/12

$40/Hour


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Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
Classical Studies
Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL
Master's
University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
MEd

Education

Trinity University, San Antonio, TX (Classical Studies)

Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL (Master's)

University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ (MEd)

About Jonathan

I love to help people with their writing! And I've been doing it for more than ten years, first as an editor and then as a teacher.

Since moving to Rochester, I have tutored students of all ages in English skills, including grammar, writing, reading, and ESL. Before moving to Rochester, I taught grammar, writing, public speaking, and general computer skills at a technical college in Illinois. Before teaching at the college, I was an editor for eight years.

In my master's program in education, I researched best practices for teaching grammar. As an undergraduate at a liberal arts university, I studied writing, linguistics, and three foreign languages (I have studied other languages at different times, too). I took public speaking in my other master's program. All of my degrees required extensive writing.

My research also includes student performance. Students achieve far more through effort than natural ability, though many are intimidated by writing or computer skills. I focus on changing those perceptions and equipping students with good study skills. I have also studied memory techniques and can help students memorize material more quickly and effectively.

I love teaching more than anything else. My students know that I care about their well-being as well as their education. I would love to talk with you about your goals.
I love to help people with their writing! And I've been doing it for more than ten years, first as an editor and then as a teacher.

Since moving to Rochester, I have tutored students of all ages in English skills, including grammar, writing, reading, and ESL. Before moving to Rochester, I taught grammar, writing, public speaking, and
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The regular rate is the total for up to two students. Please contact me about rates for three or more students.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Rochester, MN 55906
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent tutor"

- Miyoung, Rochester, MN on 9/24/12

"Excellent writing skills and very patient"

- Ranadheer, Chicago, IL on 9/21/17

"Awesome"

- Rajashekar Reddy, Louisville, KY on 9/21/17

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor."

- Gloria, Rochester, MN on 1/17/17

"An excellent teacher"

- Tai-Hua, Rochester, MN on 3/29/16

"Thank you very much for being an excellent tutor."

- Kyaw, Slinger, WI on 11/20/15

"a very helpful tutor"

- Harry, Rochester, MN on 9/19/15

"Great tutor!"

- Lucia, Rochester, MN on 4/1/14

"Great tutor"

- Yanto, Boston, MA on 6/16/12
Math:
Algebra 1, Elementary Math
Language:
Latin, Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Bible Studies

I have a master's degree in religion and have taken Bible courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. My training includes criticism, hermeneutics, Old and New Testament, and Greek and Hebrew exegesis. I have also taken courses in systematic theology, church history, and other subjects.

Elementary Math

Math has always been one of my strongest subjects. In middle school, I attended a math and science magnet program and skipped ahead a year in math. I reached precalculus in high school and took calculus in college. In my education master's program, I took a course in statistics. I work with many elementary children and can explain abstract concepts simply.

English

Not only have I studied grammar and writing, I have years of writing and editing experience and have even taught grammar, writing, and presentation skills.

Before teaching these subjects, I was an editor for eight years. I learned to write correct, clear, concise, compelling professional prose.

A bachelor's and two master's degrees have given me extensive practice in writing research papers. I have also worked at a library and library associations. In one position, I contributed to a research database. I can offer valuable insights into all phases of research writing.

If you want to learn how to put a paper together, how to communicate effectively, or how to polish your prose, I can help.

Grammar

I love all things about language, and grammar is one of my favorites. I have eight years of editing experience and have taught grammar at the post-secondary level.

I learned many advanced grammar concepts from studying several foreign languages and earning a minor in linguistics at the undergraduate level. In my first graduate program, I continued to study languages and performed research in translation theory. In my second graduate program, I studied best practices for teaching grammar.

I excel at simplifying technical subjects, and grammar is one of my specialties.

Proofreading

I was an editor for eight years. I wrote, copyedited, and proofread print and online communications of all types. I also wrote many academic papers in my bachelor's program and two master's programs. In addition, I have taught grammar and writing, giving students one-on-one feedback on their papers and showing them how to proofread their papers systematically. In my master's program in education, I researched this very topic of how to teach students to edit their papers.

I can go over your writing with you and help you see places for improvement. I can also give you the tools for editing your writing more effectively.

Reading

I have taught nonfiction and fiction reading comprehension. Nonfiction reading skills fall into four categories: understanding the words, relating the text to the reader's current knowledge, keeping the big picture in mind, and interacting with the text's ideas. These skills overlap somewhat with fiction reading comprehension, but understanding fiction involves analyzing characters, plot, dialogue, description, etc. To analyze story elements effectively, readers need to focus on developing observation skills.

Spelling

Spelling lists are usually compiled based on pronunciation, spelling patterns, frequency of appearance, or subject. I can help students with lists from school and supplement their studies with other lists. I can also teach students tricks to memorizing difficult words more easily.

Study Skills

In my recent experience teaching at a technical college, I found that many students had not received training in study skills. Because I taught the first class all students took, it was my job to ensure that everyone left the course with those skills.

I have tutored in test preparation and have researched study skills and related performance issues. Through years of project management experience, I also honed my organization and time management skills.

I can help you develop skills in organization and time management, class preparation and participation, effective research techniques, and test preparation. This includes such topics as individual learning styles, memory tips, project planning, using time efficiently, preventing procrastination, note-taking in and out of the classroom, test-taking strategies, and reducing test anxiety.

Vocabulary

Should students learn vocabulary just through extensive reading, or should they study vocabulary separately, too? Research shows that students who study vocabulary separately comprehend reading much better. Vocabulary study is also essential to SAT preparation. I help students develop a regular, well-paced habit of vocabulary study. And more importantly, I help students apply efficient memorization techniques that maximize their study time.

Writing

Writing is one of my favorite subjects to teach. I recently taught writing at a technical college, along with grammar, presentation skills, and other subjects. As an editor for eight years, I learned to write correct, clear, concise, compelling professional prose.

A bachelor's and two master's degrees have given me extensive practice in writing research papers. I have also worked at a library and library associations. In one position, I contributed to a research database. I can offer valuable insights into all phases of research writing.

I would love to talk with you about how I can help you with your professional or academic writing.

Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
Classical Studies
Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL
Master's
University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
MEd

Education

Trinity University, San Antonio, TX (Classical Studies)

Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL (Master's)

University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ (MEd)

Excellent tutor

He is responsible for all my kids. He has never disappointed me, not even once. He is really knowledgeable, understanding and smart. I'm so glad he is a part of our lives.

— Miyoung, Rochester, MN on 9/24/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

The regular rate is the total for up to two students. Please contact me about rates for three or more students.

Travel policy

Jonathan will travel within 15 miles of Rochester, MN 55906.