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New St. Andrews College (Liberal Arts and Culture)
University of Louisiana at Monroe (Master's)
UPDATE (February 2016): I have decided to celebrate the Ides of March in style. Between now and March 15th, any new student who contacts me and signs up for lessons will receive a special rate of only $75. That's a savings of over 15% my normal rate. Happy Learning!
Are you looking for help for your child or grandchild? Or are you looking for extra help for a student in your classroom? I provide education support for students, parents, and teachers. The support I provide goes beyond mere tutoring, far beyond what is commonly referred to as "homework support." I offer full-featured education support. Here are some of the common elements:
- Study Skills
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Logical Reasoning
- Reading Comprehension
Each student's needs are different, and I deal with each student's situation individually. Rather than merely tutoring students in particular subjects to prepare for a test, to improve a grade, or to complete particular assignments, I dig in deep to understand what is holding the student back. Though this can be effective in short-term, emergency situations, it is also very effective in creating long-term change. What I do is often referred to as education consulting. In addition to the in-depth consulting for improving educational weaknesses, I also provide personal mentoring for students who need help beyond their specific education-related needs.
Examples of specific education needs some of my students may have:
- Test Prep (ACT, SAT, PSAT, GMAT, and more)
- Overcoming ADD/ADHD
- Overcoming Dyslexia
- Grade analysis
- Study Skills analysis
- Essay planning, drafting, and revising
- Essay review and analysis
- College planning and applications
My services are not merely for those who feel they have deficiencies. I often work with students who simply desire to improve or even maximize their learning abilities. Here are just a few examples of learning courses I offer:
- Language learning
I also provide larger-scale services, such as
- Curriculum Design and Planning (for schools, teachers, and homeschools)
- School Format Transitions: Transitioning from conventional to home school; changing schools; changing degrees; becoming a self-educator.
- School Level Transitions: Pre-school to Elementary, Elementary to Middle, Middle to High, High to College and beyond
I can help students at all levels with their study skills, and analyzing a student's study skills always plays a role in my tutoring. At a basic level, it is the skill in studying that determines a student's success in studying. For the most part, better grades and better learning come with better studying. Often that simply means smarter studying.
There is no "magic" fix. For most students, it takes several weeks to begin to see significant improvement. For many students, it takes much longer. This depends partly on the age of the student and the strength of the habits we are working to change. I have been working with students at various levels for over twenty years, and I have been studying education theory and practice longer than that. If you merely want a better test score next week, I can help with that, but that's like taking aspirin to mask the pain when real medical treatment is what you need. If I can see a simple or immediate fix, I will tell you. I take what I do very seriously, and I have three very important personal policies related to this: (1) I don't continue working with students I'm not actually helping; (2) I don't continue working with students when they reach the point that they can do just as well on their own; and (3) I strive to always analyze, diagnose, and treat "educational maladies" with as much precision as possible, and recommend only "treatments" that I believe will be the most effective in eliminating the root problem as quickly and as completely as possible.
Finally, please keep in mind that I come at education from an "outside-the-box" perspective--and I don't say that lightly. I believe strongly that our educational system almost across the board--public, private, and parochial--is flawed at its foundation. I taught within the system, and I have actively chosen to withdraw. Though I teach ACT and SAT preparation, I believe the ACT and SAT exams are inherently flawed. I am very good at helping students make the most of their abilities and knowledge in taking the ACT and SAT exams, so I continue doing that because it's not their fault the tests are so flawed. I don't judge those who choose to remain in the system, whether teachers, students, or parents. Just because I have chosen to withdraw from the system doesn't mean you should. Because of my position outside the system, however, I am uniquely positioned to help you maximize your time within the system.
If you're interested in hearing more, I'll be happy to speak with you. The rates listed are for one student meeting at my location; the rate to meet at your location is higher, and my group rates are listed in my tutor policies. I do also offer courses like those mentioned above, and I have monthly and yearly consulting packages, if you're interested in discussing one of those. If you're looking for tutoring that looks like what you're used to, you should probably find someone else to work with. If you want the same thing you're used to, I'm not your guy.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. Please be sure to read my Tutor Policies and the TutorFAQs on my blog. And don't hesitate to contact me for any reason.
If you think that I may be in a unique position to help your student and you simply cannot afford my rate, you may ask for special arrangements. I do, in very limited circumstances, offer "scholarships." If you really can afford my rates, please don't ask for special consideration. UPDATE (February 2016): I have decided to celebrate the Ides of March in style. Between now and March 15th, any new student who contacts me and signs up for lessons will receive a special rate of only $75. That's a savings of over 15% my normal rate. Happy Learning!
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Courtney was super easy to work with and taught me great quantitative tactics for the GMAT exam. I'd recommend him again and look forward to sharing my progress and building on that in our next session.
In only 4 sessions with Mr. H, my son's SAT score has soared up to a whopping 2160 from a stagnating 2000. He has clearly demonstrated that he is very effective, as he quickly discovered my son's time phobia for SAT and also resolved it with expedition. Therefore, he is a marvelous tutor.
My daughter looks forward to meetings and bounces through a variety of topics. Courtney has patiently given great guidance and enhanced her confidence. Highly recommended.
We were very impressed and satisfied. Courtney taught my son reading skills necessary for successfully taking the English and Reading parts of the ACT. My son’s reading comprehension has greatly improved, and he has a renewed confidence and a great understanding of what is required for the ACT.
Courtney tutored our daughter, specifically to help her improve her SAT scores. She had a few group sessions with Courtney between the 2nd and 3rd try at the SAT. After the 3rd attempt, her scores were high enough for her to receive a full academic scholarship! Thank you Courtney.
Our experience with Courtney was wonderful. He really cares about his students and truly wants them to succeed. I cannot say enough about him.
I hired Courtney to work with my daughter on the SAT reading and writing portions. He had worked with her just for about two months, and in that short time, he was able to help her raise her score by 250 points. That is absolutely excellent and I am very pleased with his work. I am now getting him to help her in the math section as well. I would highly recommend him.
My son really enjoyed the lessons he had with Courtney. His ACT score greatly improved and we will continue with lessons in the future. We highly recommend him for any education needs!!
Courtney was unfailingly patient in our sessions and worked hard to understand my knowledge gaps. He is thoughtful and smart and gave full consideration to all of my questions, no matter how basic. He made use of each minute of the session, and I came away feeling more confident of my skills and newfound knowledge. I plan to sign up for more sessions in the future. Thanks, Courtney.
After meeting with Courtney I was very impressed with him taking the time to read a file I had prepared explaining my sons needs and past grading along with test scores. My son's statement after his first session was "Courtney was awesome". Simply put my son feels very embarrassed about his learning disability and Courtney set him at ease. My high schooler explained to me after a few sessions that Courtney's one of the best teachers he has ever had. I will say as a parent I have noticed Patrick's confidence has a big boost since he has been working with Courtney. There is no doubt in my mind I would highly recommend Courtney and we plan on continuing to use him in the future. KUDOS Courtney.
I am a junior in high school and Mr. H tutored me in Study Skills for about 6 months last year. He spent a lot of time with me and really cared about what he was teaching. He followed up each week to make certain that I was implementing the new skills. He has a lot of life experience so he knows what it takes to do well in school. I learned many valuable organizational and study skills from Mr. H that I am still using this year and I plan to use throughout college. I strongly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a great tutor!
My 7 year old son worked with Courtney on his reading, writing, and physical activity this summer. Courtney is an excellent tutor who I highly recommend. He was patient with my son, while still encouraging him to try his best. Courtney's tutoring style would work with any child's personality. I saw improvement over just a few lessons. Courtney is very professional, easy to reach and very dedicated. You can tell he truly wanted to help my son and that makes all the difference.
We have been VERY pleased with Courtney. He is obviously very intelligent, he knows his way around the world of academia. He has provided great insights into that world for our son. He has been very flexible with our schedule. Besides teaching my son how to take the test he is also focused on how to teach him to learn and think for life beyond college. Courtney also has shown my son that college is the vehicle to his destination...that he needs to put in the hard work and effort.
I, (like the majority of parents on here), reached out to Wyzant to better prepare my son for the SAT and preferably his classes in general...with Courtney I got that and so much more. First, let me say it was a "breath of fresh air" to have in a non-traditional job to have someone as professional as he is. I noticed it right away,...after our initial phone call, he emailed me a thank you letter for my time, and then he followed up thoroughly. Now, as it pertains to the tutoring of my son...two words: highly recommended. Not only did I find a tutor for education for my son but a life coach as well, because applies what Courtney teaches him to his daily life. I am pleased with the quality of service, and the level of excellence Courtney brings with him!
We have seen Courtney for a few sessions now and he is very easy to reach by his contact # and also very accessible and accommodating by schedule & needs. He has been very helpful to my son for his study skills for the short term and for life study skills for his future academic success. He has excellent relationship skills with my 13 year old son and is sincerely interested in motivating and teaching my son.
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The ACT is one of my specialties. I have been working with students to prepare for the ACT and similar tests for nearly 10 years. I am capable of helping your student in all areas of the ACT. If you would like help preparing for just the English portion of the test, I can help you or your student with that, or I can help you prepare for the entire test.
The ACT is one of my specialties. I have been working with students to prepare for the ACT and similar tests for nearly 10 years. I am capable of helping your student in all areas of the ACT. If you would like help preparing for just the Math portion of the test, I can help you or your student with that, or I can help you prepare for the entire test.
The ACT is one of my specialties. I have been working with students to prepare for the ACT and similar tests for nearly 10 years. I am capable of helping your student in all areas of the ACT. If you would like help preparing for just the Reading portion of the test, I can help you or your student with that, or I can help you prepare for the entire test.
The ACT is one of my specialties. I have been working with students to prepare for the ACT and similar tests for nearly 10 years. I am capable of helping your student in all areas of the ACT. If you would like help preparing for just the Science portion of the test, I can help you or your student with that, or I can help you prepare for the entire test.
I have spent over twenty years studying and researching ADD/ADHD, and I have had good success in the past working with students who struggle with their attention, including those who are hyperactive.
I have worked in publishing, including hands-on desktop publishing for over 15 years. I have worked as an editor and as a designer, and I have been doing desktop publishing freelance for nearly as long. I have used Adobe PageMaker and InDesign, along with other Adobe CreativeSuite products (Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.). I have also used other products and am well-versed in word-processing programs including Microsoft Word and iWork Pages.
I have been tutoring for over ten years, and much of that experience is with elementary students. I have a strong background in all aspects of elementary education. I have worked with students with a variety of "disabilities," as well.
English is one of my specialties. I have a degree in English, and I have taught English at various levels for over 10 years, including teaching at the college level.
I have studied several foreign languages, including Ancient Greek, Latin, French, Spanish, German, and Russian. I have over ten years experience teaching English speaking and writing skills, including teaching English as a Second Language.
I have been tutoring for ten years, and I have worked with students at all levels, including the ISEE. I am well prepared to cover all aspects of the ISEE.
I took two years of college Latin, and I have taught Latin in both the classroom setting and to individuals, starting in 2000. I have not taught Latin constantly since 2000, as I have spent time teaching college English and pursuing entrepreneurship, but I currently tutor Latin to multiple students.
I have over four years of college level training in logic and rhetoric. My experience and training are in the areas of propositional logic and some symbolic logic.
In college, linguistics and semiotics were areas of interest, and I spent a great deal of time studying and researching in these areas. I have worked with students of varying ages for over a decade to help them develop their reading skills, including phonics. I am also certified in the Project Read Program by Language Circle.
Reading and other study skills are my true specialty-areas. I relish the effort to help students improve not just a score or a grade, not just a piece of information or bit of knowledge, but to help them improve their ability to gain and maintain scores and grades, information and knowledge. That's what the teaching process is all about: Helping students learn how to learn for themselves.
The SAT is one of my specialties. I have been working with students to prepare for the SAT and similar tests for nearly 10 years. I am capable of helping your student in all areas of the SAT. If you would like help preparing for just the Math portion of the test, I can help you or your student with that, or I can help you prepare for the entire test.
The SAT is one of my specialties. I have been working with students to prepare for the SAT and similar tests for nearly 10 years. I am capable of helping your student in all areas of the SAT. If you would like help preparing for just the Reading portion of the test, I can help you or your student with that, or I can help you prepare for the entire test.
The SAT is one of my specialties. I have been working with students to prepare for the SAT and similar tests for nearly 10 years. I am capable of helping your student in all areas of the SAT. If you would like help preparing for just the Writing portion of the test, I can help you or your student with that, or I can help you prepare for the entire test.
Ultimately, education is a learning endeavor, not a teaching endeavor. Students must be ready, willing, and able to learn. If they are not, good teaching will do nothing for them. Studying the “right” subjects will do nothing for them. The only thing that will help them is to apply themselves to what they are studying. Or to put it another way: They must study. The word student itself implies personal initiative in the education process. Not all people who attend school are students, strictly speaking. Some of them might better be called “attendees.” They come to class, but little more. The role of the teacher in education is to understand, communicate, motivate, facilitate, and inspire. It begins with understanding. The teacher enters the classroom full of students, some eager, some not. He must first take in and understand the members of his class. The old adage applies here as well as anywhere: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” The teacher who never understands his or her students will never truly be able to teach them. The sooner the teacher understands each student, the sooner each student will begin to learn, and therefore, the more and better each will learn. A large part of understanding students is being able to see where they are in their understanding of the subject at hand.
As a teacher and tutor, my goal when teaching study skills is to help students in three fundamental areas, based on (1) their current level of ability and (2) their current need. The three areas are (a) Reading, (b) Reasoning, and (c) Rendering. These three areas can collectively be called studying, and each of the three areas has techniques associated with it that, when learned and applied properly, make the whole of studying more effective. The three areas are, of course, overlapping and recursive processes. We go through each of them again and again throughout a course of study. My study skills course is in three sections, one related to each of the three areas of study skills. The first includes reading comprehension, speed reading, note taking, organization, filing, outlining, and review. The second helps students think more clearly, more effectively, and ultimately, more productively. It combines an overview of the principles of effective thought with real-world applications that students can use in everyday life. The workshop will include elements of decision-making, logical analysis, effective memorization, improved reading comprehension, and more. The third guides students through the entire writing process and helps them gain the skills necessary to write just about anything. Understanding and mastering the writing process is an important element for success in any school subject. Classes will include the three elements of the writing process, research sources and methods, how to read better in order to write better, editing and rewriting, writing for fun, the importance of taking breaks, and more.