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Andrew S.

Arden, NC

$35/hour

Disciplined Tutor Specializing in Primary, Secondary (K-12) Subjects

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 9/17/16
5.0 average from 2 ratings
Well-prepared and enthusiastic tutor
— Mary, Fletcher, NC on 11/1/16

$35/Hour


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Western Carolina University
Public Relations

Education

Western Carolina University (Public Relations)

About Andrew

Thanks for reviewing my page! Please call me Andy.

I grew up in Waynesville, NC and graduated Tuscola High School in 2006. In high school, I was a member of the marching band (trumpet), varsity soccer team, National Honor Society and both the math club and traveling math team. I scored a combined 1780 on the SAT math, verbal and writing sections, having no problems securing admission to my my first and only choice for college, Appalachian State University.

I went on to live in Boone for 4 years as an undergraduate student, studying many areas and finally deciding upon focusing in communication classes. Broadcasting was my direction and I thoroughly enjoyed being involved with the clubs, using the technology and learning specialized information. I was forced to move after 4 years without securing a degree because of my late commitment to choosing an education path.

As a full-time student at Appalachian State, however, I was:
*A captain for various intramural sports teams including indoor/outdoor soccer and flag football
*National Broadcasting Society,
*A popular radio disc jockey on the college and town's local FM radio station, 90.5 FM.
*Student union employee.
*College Political Group

After circumstances required me to halt my education ambitions for a short while, I transferred to Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Public Relations in December of 2013.

As a full-time student at Western Carolina University, I became a volunteer with the Public Relations Student Society of America, maintained an active interest in politics and graduated with a 3.2 GPA.

I spent two years after graduating traveling to and working in places like San Diego, California, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Washington, D.C., interviewing and looking for employment in public relation departments without any luck.

Near the latter part of actively searching for public relations work in Maryland, I was introduced to a tutoring service that helps those who need with proper submission of written materials. Most often, I would receive attachments or scanned copies of documents that needed improvement in proper English writing. I would make notes on proper words, phrases and tense to use and send back my notes with their documents. I have found to really enjoy this work on the side to help those understand the English language better and value making sure when to acknowledge when proper language is needed.

During hours with my current employer, I regularly work with elementary and middle school students with common core mathematics and ELA. I may need to use references if I do not always know the answers. Most elementary, intermediate and early middle school concepts are not complex to me.

Writing, history, civics and social studies are probably my strongest subjects. I consider myself a very capable writer and well-versed in current technologies, research methods, study skills, correct writing style/citations and proper grammar/syntax. I also value my ability to relate to individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of race, gender, income, age or disability.

My tutoring methods are fairly simple. We can discuss the concerns you have in a particular subject matter and I will develop a tailored lesson plan that encompasses the scope of what needs reiteration and further explanation. I can send an e-mail before the scheduled session with the highlights of what I hope to go over in the time allotted. If adjustments or prioritization is requested, I will certainly incorporate your input. An example would be to start each lesson discussing the day's current events, why they are important and put them in relevant context. I like to keep the mood light, without the pressure of perfection. I consider my age, sense of responsibility, well-rounded experience, attention to detail and appetite for knowledge to be strong assets as a tutor and mentor, especially to those in grade school.

I consider myself an excellent candidate to tutor a student who manages attention deficit concerns. I, myself, had to go through counseling through school and continue today to see treatment to help make a good life even better. There are many things I do not mind not to appropriately share with the student if they are having trouble with more than just school.

The most important request I have is for the student to have a generally positive attitude. Specific subject matters can be difficult to grasp (I, myself, had to spend countless hours with a tutor in college to pass the science course). My goal is to make the process fun and have the information stick. If a scheduled time needs to be changed, please let me know as soon as you can and we'll plan for a later today. Stuff happens, I understand.

I will definitely appreciate your consideration and hope to be in contact soon!

Happy Holidays,
-Andy
Thanks for reviewing my page! Please call me Andy.

I grew up in Waynesville, NC and graduated Tuscola High School in 2006. In high school, I was a member of the marching band (trumpet), varsity soccer team, National Honor Society and both the math club and traveling math team. I scored a combined 1780 on the SAT math, verbal and writing
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Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required

My rate includes any travel expense and aligns with that of my after-school position. The only time this changes is if regular sessions are requested; I can then offer a lower rate.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Arden, NC 28704
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Well-prepared and enthusiastic tutor"

- Mary, Fletcher, NC on 11/1/16
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Discrete Math, Elementary Math,
Prealgebra, SAT Math
Science:
Geology, Psychology, Sociology
Art:
Film, Video Production
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Common Core, GED, PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Video Production
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, Criminal Justice,
European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science, World History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Phonics
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary Math,
Grammar, Handwriting, Homeschool,
Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Marketing, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Football, Poker, Soccer

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.

Criminal Justice

I minored in Criminal Justice at both Appalachian State University and at Western Carolina University, where I earned my bachelor's degree signifying such minor achievement.

I have studied extensively the criminal justice system, as a whole, and am particularly knowledgeable of the North Carolina system after having toured the state men and women's prison and the federal prison in Butner.

Elementary Math

I have a regular after-school position within the Buncombe County school system where I regularly tutor elementary and middle school students. Most homework questions involve low to mid-level math problems, which I feel comfortable and confident teaching with thoughtful instruction.

Homeschool

In my current position with the YMCA of Western North Carolina, I work with a group of local elementary school and middle school students in a structured homework and tutoring session for over an hour four days a week, traveling from one school to another. Part of the homework in which I help is with math and language arts common in most K-6th curriculum. I believe to possess enough of the skills being taught by the teachers of the students in my travel radius to be an effective tutor and can provide assistance in other areas, as well.

SAT Math

I scored a 680 on the SAT math section. I passed AP Calculus my senior year in high school while being involved in the math club and competing in math competitions as part of the math team.

Study Skills

In my current position with the YMCA of Western North Carolina, I work with a group of local elementary school and middle school students in a structured homework and tutoring session for over an hour four days a week, traveling from one school to another. I also lead the group of students through structured routine tasks and hold them accountable for their actions with rules and procedure. This relates to the way I like to develop study skills in that developing a routine and schedule a student can stick to will improve their likelihood of material they need to review in order to succeed in their classes.

Western Carolina University
Public Relations

Education

Western Carolina University (Public Relations)

Well-prepared and enthusiastic tutor

Andrew asked questions prior to the tutoring session, to understand exactly where our daughter needed help. He put the time in before coming to our home, arriving with a prepared lesson plan. He is confident in his knowledge of the subject (APUSH). Andrew is now working with our daughter to help her develop a better approach to essay writing. It is also important that our 15-year old feels co

— Mary, Fletcher, NC on 11/1/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

My rate includes any travel expense and aligns with that of my after-school position. The only time this changes is if regular sessions are requested; I can then offer a lower rate.

Travel policy

Andrew will travel within 40 miles of Arden, NC 28704.