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James L.

Top 1% Test Prep Tutor

Top 1% Test Prep Tutor

$80/hour

  • 4,769 hours tutoring

About James


Bio

Hello!

I am an extremely knowledgeable and effective tutor. In my several years at a major test prep company, I had one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the country. In less than a year, they promoted me to training the company's teachers in Upstate South Carolina. I trained instructors on the SAT, ACT, GRE (the graduate school entrance exam), LSAT (law school), GMAT (business school), and MCAT (medical school).

In other words, I am expert in an incredibly broad range of...

Hello!

I am an extremely knowledgeable and effective tutor. In my several years at a major test prep company, I had one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the country. In less than a year, they promoted me to training the company's teachers in Upstate South Carolina. I trained instructors on the SAT, ACT, GRE (the graduate school entrance exam), LSAT (law school), GMAT (business school), and MCAT (medical school).

In other words, I am expert in an incredibly broad range of subjects and have a proven track-record of producing first-class students. But more than that, I know how to teach. Most tutors know their subjects well, but what makes a really great tutor is a teacher who knows his students. I study my students carefully—learning how they learn, paying attention to what might discourage them, applauding them for succeeding in difficult challenges—so that I will be able to meet them in their weaknesses and not crush them with the difficulties that they must inevitably face on test day.

Another trait that makes me an excellent tutor is my versatility: I have broad interests in everything from biology and chemistry to linguistics and philosophy, I am equally at home in the humanities and the hard sciences. I excel at teaching “science kids” to write well and “humanities kids” to dream in numbers. I thoroughly enjoy "challenge" students and have had great success in working with clients with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and ASD. Whatever the learning difficulties, nothing brings me greater joy in my work than seeing a student who despised a subject build confidence in it and go on to study the field at an advanced level.

If you would like to see how I can help, simply send a message and I will be in touch as soon as possible. I am taking students on a first-come, first serve basis—and my schedule is rapidly filling.

I look forward to meeting with you!


Education

Furman University
Philosophy, classics
Heythrop College, University of London
Other
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $80
  • Rate details: Group rates 2: $55 per person/hr 3-5: $45 per person/hr 6+: Negotiable
  • Lesson cancellation: 5 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 7/15/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GMAT, GRE

Corporate Training

Greek,

Greek

I am expert in ancient Greek. As an undergrad in classics, I was invited to be a Junior Fellow with Harvard's classics think-tank, the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. There, I worked on the Homer Multi-text Project and worked along-side post-docs on the most important early Iliad MSS. Since then, I have completed advanced studies in Greek linguistics, where I have specialized in discourse analysis. I have been a major editor on the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament and am currently in negotiations with the editors of the Lexam Discourse Handbooks to write several texts in that series. I began my studies of Greek at Furman University where I won the Greek prize and was president of the Beta Beta Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the classics honor society. Since then, I have studied advanced Greek with world-class Koine scholars like Peter Gentry and Steve Runge. Throughout my time studying Greek. I have always been "that guy": the one that everyone goes to for help with Greek. My teaching methods are thorough, intensive, and fun.
ESL/ESOL, GMAT, Grammar, Latin, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Homeschool,

Homeschool

I love working with homeschool families. In fact, for the last several years, I have averaged roughly 1000 hours a year teaching homeschoolers core subjects in both STEM and the humanities. I would love to be a part of your program in whatever capacity you need! I have a special heart for at home education as I was homeschooled myself from kindergarten through 8th grade. It became difficult for our family to stay on top of the demands of schooling through high school (due to family circumstances), and I was placed in a private classical Christian school. My older brother, however, was homeschooled all the way through to graduation.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Since 2002, I have regularly taught study skills to a wide variety of ages and abilities--from elementary school to graduate studies, from struggling students to the scholarship winners. In my study skills tutoring, I will work with students on self-discipline, organization, memory techniques, and effective ways of processing new information. Depending on the age of the client, I might teach ways to remember to turn in an assignment, how to memorize all of those pesky dates for social studies, or how to get your work done quickly. For graduate students, my studies skills sessions incorporate insights gained from cutting-edge neuroscience that leverage a student's abilities to deal with memorizing literally hundreds of vocabulary items each week or help with fighting the evils of procrastination in working on your doctoral dissertation.
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading

English

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing

History

Classics,

Classics

I served as the president of the Beta Beta Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the classics honor society. I was invited to be a Junior Fellow with Harvard's classics think-tank, the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. There, I worked on the Homer Multi-text Project and worked alongside post-docs on the most important early Iliad MSS.
Geography, Philosophy, World History

Homeschool

Study Skills,

Study Skills

Since 2002, I have regularly taught study skills to a wide variety of ages and abilities--from elementary school to graduate studies, from struggling students to the scholarship winners. In my study skills tutoring, I will work with students on self-discipline, organization, memory techniques, and effective ways of processing new information. Depending on the age of the client, I might teach ways to remember to turn in an assignment, how to memorize all of those pesky dates for social studies, or how to get your work done quickly. For graduate students, my studies skills sessions incorporate insights gained from cutting-edge neuroscience that leverage a student's abilities to deal with memorizing literally hundreds of vocabulary items each week or help with fighting the evils of procrastination in working on your doctoral dissertation.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing

Language

Greek,

Greek

I am expert in ancient Greek. As an undergrad in classics, I was invited to be a Junior Fellow with Harvard's classics think-tank, the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. There, I worked on the Homer Multi-text Project and worked along-side post-docs on the most important early Iliad MSS. Since then, I have completed advanced studies in Greek linguistics, where I have specialized in discourse analysis. I have been a major editor on the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament and am currently in negotiations with the editors of the Lexam Discourse Handbooks to write several texts in that series. I began my studies of Greek at Furman University where I won the Greek prize and was president of the Beta Beta Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the classics honor society. Since then, I have studied advanced Greek with world-class Koine scholars like Peter Gentry and Steve Runge. Throughout my time studying Greek. I have always been "that guy": the one that everyone goes to for help with Greek. My teaching methods are thorough, intensive, and fun.
ESL/ESOL, Latin

Math

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math

Most Popular

Study Skills,

Study Skills

Since 2002, I have regularly taught study skills to a wide variety of ages and abilities--from elementary school to graduate studies, from struggling students to the scholarship winners. In my study skills tutoring, I will work with students on self-discipline, organization, memory techniques, and effective ways of processing new information. Depending on the age of the client, I might teach ways to remember to turn in an assignment, how to memorize all of those pesky dates for social studies, or how to get your work done quickly. For graduate students, my studies skills sessions incorporate insights gained from cutting-edge neuroscience that leverage a student's abilities to deal with memorizing literally hundreds of vocabulary items each week or help with fighting the evils of procrastination in working on your doctoral dissertation.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, Writing

Other

Study Skills,

Study Skills

Since 2002, I have regularly taught study skills to a wide variety of ages and abilities--from elementary school to graduate studies, from struggling students to the scholarship winners. In my study skills tutoring, I will work with students on self-discipline, organization, memory techniques, and effective ways of processing new information. Depending on the age of the client, I might teach ways to remember to turn in an assignment, how to memorize all of those pesky dates for social studies, or how to get your work done quickly. For graduate students, my studies skills sessions incorporate insights gained from cutting-edge neuroscience that leverage a student's abilities to deal with memorizing literally hundreds of vocabulary items each week or help with fighting the evils of procrastination in working on your doctoral dissertation.
ESL/ESOL, Geography, Philosophy

Science

ACT Science, Biology, Philosophy, Physical Science

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

Since 2002, I have regularly taught study skills to a wide variety of ages and abilities--from elementary school to graduate studies, from struggling students to the scholarship winners. In my study skills tutoring, I will work with students on self-discipline, organization, memory techniques, and effective ways of processing new information. Depending on the age of the client, I might teach ways to remember to turn in an assignment, how to memorize all of those pesky dates for social studies, or how to get your work done quickly. For graduate students, my studies skills sessions incorporate insights gained from cutting-edge neuroscience that leverage a student's abilities to deal with memorizing literally hundreds of vocabulary items each week or help with fighting the evils of procrastination in working on your doctoral dissertation.

Summer

Study Skills,

Study Skills

Since 2002, I have regularly taught study skills to a wide variety of ages and abilities--from elementary school to graduate studies, from struggling students to the scholarship winners. In my study skills tutoring, I will work with students on self-discipline, organization, memory techniques, and effective ways of processing new information. Depending on the age of the client, I might teach ways to remember to turn in an assignment, how to memorize all of those pesky dates for social studies, or how to get your work done quickly. For graduate students, my studies skills sessions incorporate insights gained from cutting-edge neuroscience that leverage a student's abilities to deal with memorizing literally hundreds of vocabulary items each week or help with fighting the evils of procrastination in working on your doctoral dissertation.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, ESL/ESOL, GED, Geometry, Reading, SAT Math, Writing

Test Preparation

ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, GMAT, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Ratings and Reviews


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Best tutor ever!

1) awesome in figuring out the weaknesses and strengths of the student , 2) easy to communicate , 3) excellent knowledge that he can pass on to the student, 4) We have been working with James since February ( ACT prep. Memory skills, study skills)

Agata, 29 lessons with James
Tutor responded:

Thank you so much for the kind comment, Agata! It means a lot to me. I strive to be a better to do each week, and I genuinely care about whether I am measuring up to my clients’ hopes. I am really glad that I have the chance to invest in your boys’ futures!

Knowledgable, patient and creative tutor.

James is very wise and his knowledge is vast when it comes to the subject matter he is teaching on (Greek is what he is tutoring me in). Gives practical analysis to better help the student grasp the concept of the lesson and questions that are posed throughout the session. I highly recommend James to anyone seeking tutoring in the array of areas that he is fluent in.

Jason, 7 lessons with James
Tutor responded:

Thanks for your words of high praise, Jason. I really appreciate it. I'm looking forward to our next session!

Outstanding tutor with masterclass knowledge on all subjects who is engaging, caring and fun

James teaches my two high school aged children their core subjects in online sessions. He truly is a master when it comes to engaging students of all ages in a fun and caring manner. James is able to assess an individuals learning style and align his teaching style to maximize deep understanding and retention of information. If you want to learn and develop solid skills in an engaging and enjoyable manner then James is the tutor you need. He truly is the greatest teacher/tutor! We recommend him highly!

Lolo, 531 lessons with James
Tutor responded:

I am glad you think so, Lolo! I love working with your kids.

Easy to Work with, Very Smart, patient and understands High Schoolers

My daughter has had a few lessons with James and I find he is very knowledgeable and she works well with him. She would rather be out playing sports then doing homework and he has come up with ways to make it not so bad to study. We expect to continue to work with James and she gets ready to need help with her SAT's and preparing for college.

Robin, 7 lessons with James
Tutor responded:

Thanks so much for the kind comments, Robin! I'm looking forward to seeing how your daughter's work starts to pay off for her!

Clear, concise and well planned

James has been a very strong motivating factor for my son. His feedback has been well received and on point supporting a planned strategy moving forward. Thank you for guiding his continued progress!

Ken, 6 lessons with James
Tutor responded:

My pleasure, Ken. I'm really glad to hear about the impact that our SAT work is having. Thanks for the encouragement!

Terrific SAT prep tutor

My daughter, who has a very intense athletic/academic schedule, is looking forward to her next SAT prep lesson with James! Need I say more?

Ginger, 11 lessons with James

Understanding and well informed tutor

James was very helpful in asking the right questions and developing a strategy in which to help me get more efficient at studying. Looking forward to learning more from him!

Caitlin, 3 lessons with James

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

James was welcoming and read to work. He shared tons of helpful information and wrote tips down so I wouldn't forget anything. I would recommend James to anyone who is serious about getting good GRE scores!

Alyssa , 13 lessons with James

patient and knowledge teacher insightful

for the ACT reading part he was great! from the very first class Sebastian liked his class and his way of teaching. He helped him with strategies and helped him learn from your mistakes. Hope we had more time

Sebastian, 1 lesson with James
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$80/hour

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Response time: 3 hours