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Robert V.

Burlington, NC

$50/hour

Skilled English Tutor Specializing in Writing and Test Prep

700+ Hours
5.0 average from 204 ratings
Phenomenal tutor
— Maredith, Acworth, GA on 1/25/16

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University of Dayton, OH
American Studies
University of Houston, Houston TX
Master's
University of Houston, Houston, TX
PhD

Education

University of Dayton, OH (American Studies)

University of Houston, Houston TX (Master's)

University of Houston, Houston, TX (PhD)

About Robert

Dear Prospective Student:

I can help you achieve your academic or professional goals.

I am a skilled editor. My clients need editing help - both with the content and mechanics - for graduate school, college, or high school level essays, projects or dissertations and any business-related writing: letters, resumes, presentations and the like. As well, I do Online SAT reading and writing test prep, including the rhetorical analysis, but I do no math.

The Wyzant Online platform great for both of these tasks, but I also accept documents, revise , edit and return to you as Google docs or exchanged Word doc sent by email.

If this works for you, read on.

I connect academics to “the real world.” I incorporate concepts from the other disciplines into my lessons so my students have a bigger, wider, deeper, and stronger contextual net of knowledge that will catch and hold more information.

With a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston, I have taught in high schools, colleges, and as a personal tutor. My younger students find me enlightening and entertaining. University students know that I am well-versed in the humanities, including post modern theory.

The skills needed for reading and writing are no different from those needed when we were hunters and gatherers. While hunting, we needed to remain calm, stay aware of our environment, and interpret the signs we encounter. Reading is no different. One needs the same sustained concentration while hunting down the meaning of a text or crafting one's thoughts into an essay.

My wife and I moved to North Carolina from NYC several years ago.
Dear Prospective Student:

I can help you achieve your academic or professional goals.

I am a skilled editor. My clients need editing help - both with the content and mechanics - for graduate school, college, or high school level essays, projects or dissertations and any business-related writing: letters, resumes,
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Policies

If you want test prep in the local market (Piedmont are of North Carolina) I will adjust my rate. If you are online or I am editing your work, my rate is $50.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Burlington, NC 27215
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"Phenomenal tutor"

- Maredith, Acworth, GA on 1/25/16

"Very competent and helpful"

- Seul Ki, New York, NY on 11/10/17

"Knowledgeable and flexible"

- Rabiya, Durham, NC on 10/18/17

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Mihut, Ogdensburg, NY on 10/15/17

"Helpful Editing Assistance"

- J., Atlanta, GA on 10/8/17

"5 Stars"

- Christina, El Paso, TX on 8/22/17

"Great tutor that's quick and has a tons of patience"

- Antonio, Warner Robins, GA on 8/8/17

"Great tutor and very nice"

- Michael, New York, NY on 6/11/17

"Great Tutor , Out Standing Writing Skills"

- Aseem, Chadds Ford, PA on 10/26/16

"Talented, responsive, personable and sympathetic Tutor"

- Emi, Chicago, IL on 8/1/16

"Very Helpful."

- Tujaim, Neptune, NJ on 7/13/16

"Excellent Writing Skills"

- Ana, New York, NY on 3/3/16

"Great SAT Reading Help!"

- William, Chapel Hill, NC on 2/4/16

"Outstanding Tutor"

- Armando, Sun City, CA on 1/10/16

"Great Tutor!"

- Daniel, Chapel Hill, NC on 9/18/15

"Excellent tutor!"

- Sofia, New York, NY on 8/11/12

"Great Prompt and Understanding Tutor!!"

- Matthew, Newton Center, MA on 8/7/12

"Great Tutor-- Prompt, Knowledgeable, & Effective"

- Crystal, New York, NY on 6/7/12

"Very Good Tutor"

- Sita, New York, NY on 7/30/11

"He knows his job!"

- Tatiana, New York, NY on 8/20/10

"Very good"

- Luis, Bayonne, NJ on 7/17/10

"Robert is professional, supportive and enthusiastic. A terrific tutor."

- Eric, New York, NY on 2/18/10
Art:
Theater
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
American History, Government & Politics, Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Reading,
Writing

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.

ACT English

Let me help you prepare for the reading and writing portions ONLY of the ACT.
While the ACT is gaining in popularity over the SAT - make no mistake - in the final analysis, these are both reading comprehension tests. The better your read, the higher you'll score.

The ACT is a bit different than the resembles a "standard" school test on content, while the SAT is a critical thinking test, meaning how can you work with material you've never seen before.

Career Development

Be a linchpin, the desired employee of the 21st century workforce who doesn't wait to be chosen but is motivated and prepared to lead. With my experience developing career skills, I will teach you to write well, organize and execute smart presentations, as well as sharpen your public speaking, interview skills, and finally revise your resume and cover letters when you want to advance yourself.

College Counseling

Colleges accept you based on your potential. I help both students and their parents understand how to frame the search process, organize their paperwork, pick a potential major, and prioritize their applications. Using my vast experience with students who are sometimes unsure about which are the crucial questions they need to ask themselves, I guide them at all levels of this quest. As well, I assist college students who want to transfer into another school or apply for graduate programs or profession (medical or law) schools, especially with application essays.

Literature

As an avid reader, teacher, and student of writing, I can discuss any genre of texts for its content (the school house literary elements) and as an formal "object of discourse" for university or dissertation work. With my teaching experience, I know how to find the right example for your level so as to break it down so you'll understand.

Public Speaking

More people fear public speaking than death itself. However, every organization hungers for employees who can stand up and champion that its products and ideas.

Excellent public speaking skills are a low cost innovation to your professional or academic skill set that will set you apart from your peers in both professional and social settings.

I have extensive experience in teaching public speaking, not only in the classroom, but also in the workplace. If you allow me, I can teach you solid, basic skills and “hacks” to improve your oral presentation skills immediately. I will teach you how to write and revise your speech, build an effective PowerPoint, and rehearse your presentation in just a few hours of teaching time.

Let me coach you so you can master the boardroom or the classroom.

Reading

Reading is the running of school. In all sports, you need to run. If you cannot read easily, all school work suffers. It's the one skill that all students need to raise their grades across the board. With over 20 years of experience, I've taught many strategies successfully to help students at all grade levels maximize their time spent reading.

All the reading, writing and test taking strategies I teach will help students every day in school, regardless of grade level.

SAT Reading

Nothing replaces close reading across the SAT. My Reading Prep prepares a student for critical thinking - "chunking" the text, annotating for key words from the questions in the text, noting transition words, claims, and rhetorical strategies. This allows the student to unpack the passage at hand and score well.

SAT Writing

With over 10 years of test prep experience, my tutoring covers content, organization and mechanics: grammar help for mechanical errors, content for the critical thinking required for the rhetorical analysis and organization for a completely developed essay. The test grades your work as if it's a first draft, but my tutoring will help you compose a point winning essay.

Theater

I have over 20 years experience in theatre as an actor, writer and director. I trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre by Richard Pinter. I studied Improvisation with Paul Sills among others. I have studied playwrighting with Edward Albee and Eduardo Machado. As well I have performed with noted theatre companies in Minneapolis, MN, and New York City.

Additionally, I have taught "Introduction to Theatre" at the university level. As well, in my college composition classes, my students were required to read and attend the campus productions at the University of Houston in conjunction with my Rhetoric Class. Finally, I am well-versed in theatre as literature, especially the world of Shakespeare and modern 20th century American greats like O'Neill, Williams, Miller, and Mamet.

Writing

High school or college essay? Admission essays and supplemental questions? Grad school seminar papers or projects? Dissertation? Professional letters, presentations, or projects? I do it all. I offer quality editing and revision, as well as input on content. With a PhD in English and years of experience, I am a quick study who can help you nail down those tricky assignments. Let me help you reach your full writing potential in school or business. Please review my student testimonials; then contact me.

University of Dayton, OH
American Studies
University of Houston, Houston TX
Master's
University of Houston, Houston, TX
PhD

Education

University of Dayton, OH (American Studies)

University of Houston, Houston TX (Master's)

University of Houston, Houston, TX (PhD)

Phenomenal tutor

Robert is by far one of the best tutors I have had the pleasure of working with. He is ALWAYS competent and willing to help me no matter the time line. He's work is phenomenal and it still amazes me efficient he works. An assignment that would normally take me a week to do well I can do it with his help in 1-2 days. I highly recommend working with him on any writing or editing project you have. H

— Maredith, Acworth, GA on 1/25/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

If you want test prep in the local market (Piedmont are of North Carolina) I will adjust my rate. If you are online or I am editing your work, my rate is $50.

Travel policy

Robert will travel within 20 miles of Burlington, NC 27215.