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James C.

Web Development tutor, 19 years exp; Dutch tutor; Prize-winning writer

Web Development tutor, 19 years exp; Dutch tutor; Prize-winning writer

$58/hour

  • 743 hours tutoring

About James


Bio

I am a full-stack LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) developer with 19 years' experience. I also have a passion for language and taught my first English as a Second Language Lessons at age 15. I have been tutoring English for 7 years and web development and web design for 3 years.

My teaching style reduces learning anxiety and programming anxiety, and helps students with long-term working memory so they keep what they learn, rather than forgetting it after the exam. I have glowing student...

I am a full-stack LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) developer with 19 years' experience. I also have a passion for language and taught my first English as a Second Language Lessons at age 15. I have been tutoring English for 7 years and web development and web design for 3 years.

My teaching style reduces learning anxiety and programming anxiety, and helps students with long-term working memory so they keep what they learn, rather than forgetting it after the exam. I have glowing student reviews with the two other companies I teach with, showing my teaching style works well.

I also teach Dutch, having lived in Flanders for 20 years. After many conversations with Dutch students, Dutch linguists, and Dutch teachers, I have found a way of teaching Dutch that helps students truly love the Dutch language, learning deeper and more effectively. I am in the process of working on a web application to help people learn Dutch together with the author of a Dutch textbook which uses a similar approach.

And I teach writing / academics / research as well; I am hugely passionate about research as I am a researcher myself, using what I learn to develop new learning methodologies.

I help students as young as 15 learn to become self-teaching in basic grammar so we have time to deal with more advanced, difficult issues of writing like organization and development. I can help you with MLA, APA, and other types of formatting, but I will help you become independent so we can go on to make you the best writer you can be - with the hard work of brainstorming for essays, finding good sources supporting your thesis statement and getting your thesis statement in the best possible shape based on the sources available to you. I use the method of the Harvard Writing Lab, which has been shown to be the very best for helping people improve their writing. Through the years I have improved it with and emphasis on a love of language and specific techniques for relieving anxiety, helping focus, and keeping what you learn in long-term working memo


Education

Wheaton College
English Literature
Catholic University of Leuven
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $58
  • Rate details: Discount available if you agree to regular weekly lessons (ask): Regularity is key to good learning, and my best learners see me weekly.
  • Lesson cancellation: 36 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 2/8/2020

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

I have had to do a lot of graphics work in my 18 years as a web developer, and have designed many sites and quite a few logos on my own as needed with GIMP. I've also helped one advanced graphics major in art school with her graphic design, and she loved it. If you want graphics as part of a general web design package I can certainly help you; it usually helps to stay with the same tutor. But if you only want to learn graphics, and have no needs for web design or web development, I would advise a graphics professional; I am extremely good with GIMP, but am not as good as many professionals, and I don't teach Photoshop, InDesign, or 3-D graphics like Blender.

Computer

CSS,

CSS

CSS fascinated me from the first moment I began developing websites in 2001. Much has changed with CSS3, but I can help you with the "bare essentials" of CSS which tend to get people exceedingly frustrated: floats, widths, positioning issues, and lay-over (z-index) problems, as mostly "old-school" developers can - patiently helping you through the complex and frustrating stuff step-by-step, helping you gain solidity in your knowledge and practice, and keeping you from wanting to pull out all your hair. But I can teach you the CSS3 "blinky fun stuff" emphasized in many web development classes today: keyframes, animations, glowy stuff with box-shadow, etc. etc.. My eighteen years of experience in actual development and two in tutoring will help soothe your nerves and get you on track toward becoming a great designer and developer. I have also helped one graphics major with graphics and design, so I can help you with the aesthetic side of CSS as well; and I have earned many superlative reviews from the two other companies I work with for my teaching students web design and css.
Graphic Design,

Graphic Design

I have had to do a lot of graphics work in my 18 years as a web developer, and have designed many sites and quite a few logos on my own as needed with GIMP. I've also helped one advanced graphics major in art school with her graphic design, and she loved it. If you want graphics as part of a general web design package I can certainly help you; it usually helps to stay with the same tutor. But if you only want to learn graphics, and have no needs for web design or web development, I would advise a graphics professional; I am extremely good with GIMP, but am not as good as many professionals, and I don't teach Photoshop, InDesign, or 3-D graphics like Blender.
HTML,

HTML

I have 18 years as a full-stack LAMP developer and two years experience teaching HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, and MySQL. My reviews for teaching web development with the two other companies I work with are consistently superb, students highly enthusiastic. I teach so you REMEMBER what you learn, in a way that relieves programming anxiety.
JavaScript,

JavaScript

I am a full-stack web developer, and can teach you basic to intermediate client-side javascript and jQuery. If you have javascript needs which are highly advanced in the object-oriented part of javascript or need to do server-side javascript, I would refer you to someone who is either a front-end web developer or a good Node.js person. Honesty is important in tech business - I am full-stack and PHP, and for this sort of thing you would want either a front-end person or a node.js full stack person. But my teaching technique is excellent enough that quite a few beg me to continue them teaching them things that really aren't my specialty - since I teach patiently, helping with anxiety, and they actually LEARN and remember.
JQuery,

JQuery

I have been developing with jQuery for more than 10 years. I am an intermediate user as a full-stack web developer, not an advanced jQuery programmer like a front-end developer. My expertise can help you through rather advanced web development classes; but for the most advanced jQuery programming, like for programming complicated jQuery extensions, you would do better with a front-end developer.
PHP,

PHP

PHP LOVELINESS!! I've found a way of teaching PHP and web development that really astounds ME in how effective it is - students REALLY LEARNING web development, fairly quickly too, rather than just doing exercises / taking tests, and then - forgetting. I can help YOU truly become a great developer. Not just a grade-getter or test-passer. I have 3 applications that will get you really LOVING PHP and web development. I just wrote a letter of recommendation for one of my students who really amazed me with his progress in our sessions, after only 4 months of tutoring. I'm one of the top PHP tutors on this platform in terms of hours taught PHP (third last time I checked), and one of the very top on another huge tutoring platform for positive PHP reviews.
Web Design

Web Design

As a full-stack web developer for 18 years, I have been responsible for the design of many sites from the bottom up, including the initial graphic mock-ups and site architecture plans. I can help you think out the basic site requirements, keeping in mind principles of information architecture and UI-X. I tutor GIMP if you need graphics; I do not tutor specific wireframe products or "prefab" tools like Dreamweaver, I will help you jump directly into HTML so you don't feel you even need Dreamweaver.

Corporate Training

Dutch,

Dutch

I have been teaching Dutch for about three years now and LOVE teaching Dutch! I have discovered a way of teaching the language that my students LOVE and helps them learn to love the Dutch language as well. It may well be one of the BEST ways for learning to actually become fluent in Dutch, short of actually travelling to the Netherlands. I am currently creating an app and discussing it with the author of the Dutch book I use for online classes. What she and I have in common is: a love of learning approach. It is not "technical" like most Dutch learning text books, and helps INSPIRE students with a deeper love of the language, so learning it comes more easily and naturally. This works especially well for the Dutch language, given certain linguistic characteristics, and how close it actually is to the English language. ASK about rate reductions for students of Dutch!! I often give Dutch students a lower rate than my other students, since I love teaching Dutch so very much. If you are strapped for cash you can also ask about the possibility of joining other Dutch students on Wyzant's platform for group classes; group class tuition is a fraction of the normal rate. I learned to speak Dutch fluently in the 20+ years I lived in Flanders, and many Belgians thought I was lying when I told them I was American and not Dutch. I was able to learn to speak fluently with a near-native accent, and I can teach you to do the same. I am able to teach my students in a way that helps them get the language into Long-Term Working Memory - so they don't forget quickly, but rather keep what they learn. I am a fluent Dutch speaker and good general language teacher. I'm happy to show you the amazing book I use in a free, no-strings attached screen-share consultation session. You get a free digital copy if you decide to study with me; I have a special arrangement with the publisher. You will also hear how my approach to pronunciation is so good in getting you speaking Dutch without an accent, and learning in a way that is anxiety-fre
HTML,

HTML

I have 18 years as a full-stack LAMP developer and two years experience teaching HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, and MySQL. My reviews for teaching web development with the two other companies I work with are consistently superb, students highly enthusiastic. I teach so you REMEMBER what you learn, in a way that relieves programming anxiety.
Web Design

Web Design

As a full-stack web developer for 18 years, I have been responsible for the design of many sites from the bottom up, including the initial graphic mock-ups and site architecture plans. I can help you think out the basic site requirements, keeping in mind principles of information architecture and UI-X. I tutor GIMP if you need graphics; I do not tutor specific wireframe products or "prefab" tools like Dreamweaver, I will help you jump directly into HTML so you don't feel you even need Dreamweaver.

English

Writing

Writing

I have helped students with academic writing and research for decades. I have developed a coaching technique based on the Harvard Writing Lab's Write / Review / Revise cycle, improved with ways of removing writing anxiety and helping long-term working memory based on scientific work in neurology and the principle of subsidiary focal integration and awareness. My students concur that it works very well, and they leave me glowing testimonials.

History

Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

I did coursework in both Old Testament and New Testament as an undergraduate at Wheaton College. I also have done extensive study in hermeneutics, with a full class on Hans-Georg Gadamer's work Truth and Method from hermeneutics expert Dr. Bruce Benson. My knowledge of hermeneutics has helped me lead three highly successful Bible studies, one which went on for nine years; in each of these, my goal has been not only to help the group become active Bible readers, but also to lead Bible studies themselves. One of my Bible study students is now a Christian author and speaker.
Philosophy

Philosophy

I have a BA in philosophy from Wheaton College (cum laude) and an MA from the Catholic University of Louvain in Leuven, Belgium (magna cum laude). I continue to do research in philosophy and love helping especially those students whose subject matter intersects with the areas I'm working in.

Homeschool

Dutch,

Dutch

I have been teaching Dutch for about three years now and LOVE teaching Dutch! I have discovered a way of teaching the language that my students LOVE and helps them learn to love the Dutch language as well. It may well be one of the BEST ways for learning to actually become fluent in Dutch, short of actually travelling to the Netherlands. I am currently creating an app and discussing it with the author of the Dutch book I use for online classes. What she and I have in common is: a love of learning approach. It is not "technical" like most Dutch learning text books, and helps INSPIRE students with a deeper love of the language, so learning it comes more easily and naturally. This works especially well for the Dutch language, given certain linguistic characteristics, and how close it actually is to the English language. ASK about rate reductions for students of Dutch!! I often give Dutch students a lower rate than my other students, since I love teaching Dutch so very much. If you are strapped for cash you can also ask about the possibility of joining other Dutch students on Wyzant's platform for group classes; group class tuition is a fraction of the normal rate. I learned to speak Dutch fluently in the 20+ years I lived in Flanders, and many Belgians thought I was lying when I told them I was American and not Dutch. I was able to learn to speak fluently with a near-native accent, and I can teach you to do the same. I am able to teach my students in a way that helps them get the language into Long-Term Working Memory - so they don't forget quickly, but rather keep what they learn. I am a fluent Dutch speaker and good general language teacher. I'm happy to show you the amazing book I use in a free, no-strings attached screen-share consultation session. You get a free digital copy if you decide to study with me; I have a special arrangement with the publisher. You will also hear how my approach to pronunciation is so good in getting you speaking Dutch without an accent, and learning in a way that is anxiety-fre
Writing

Writing

I have helped students with academic writing and research for decades. I have developed a coaching technique based on the Harvard Writing Lab's Write / Review / Revise cycle, improved with ways of removing writing anxiety and helping long-term working memory based on scientific work in neurology and the principle of subsidiary focal integration and awareness. My students concur that it works very well, and they leave me glowing testimonials.

Language

Dutch

Dutch

I have been teaching Dutch for about three years now and LOVE teaching Dutch! I have discovered a way of teaching the language that my students LOVE and helps them learn to love the Dutch language as well. It may well be one of the BEST ways for learning to actually become fluent in Dutch, short of actually travelling to the Netherlands. I am currently creating an app and discussing it with the author of the Dutch book I use for online classes. What she and I have in common is: a love of learning approach. It is not "technical" like most Dutch learning text books, and helps INSPIRE students with a deeper love of the language, so learning it comes more easily and naturally. This works especially well for the Dutch language, given certain linguistic characteristics, and how close it actually is to the English language. ASK about rate reductions for students of Dutch!! I often give Dutch students a lower rate than my other students, since I love teaching Dutch so very much. If you are strapped for cash you can also ask about the possibility of joining other Dutch students on Wyzant's platform for group classes; group class tuition is a fraction of the normal rate. I learned to speak Dutch fluently in the 20+ years I lived in Flanders, and many Belgians thought I was lying when I told them I was American and not Dutch. I was able to learn to speak fluently with a near-native accent, and I can teach you to do the same. I am able to teach my students in a way that helps them get the language into Long-Term Working Memory - so they don't forget quickly, but rather keep what they learn. I am a fluent Dutch speaker and good general language teacher. I'm happy to show you the amazing book I use in a free, no-strings attached screen-share consultation session. You get a free digital copy if you decide to study with me; I have a special arrangement with the publisher. You will also hear how my approach to pronunciation is so good in getting you speaking Dutch without an accent, and learning in a way that is anxiety-fre

Most Popular

Writing

Writing

I have helped students with academic writing and research for decades. I have developed a coaching technique based on the Harvard Writing Lab's Write / Review / Revise cycle, improved with ways of removing writing anxiety and helping long-term working memory based on scientific work in neurology and the principle of subsidiary focal integration and awareness. My students concur that it works very well, and they leave me glowing testimonials.

Other

Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

I did coursework in both Old Testament and New Testament as an undergraduate at Wheaton College. I also have done extensive study in hermeneutics, with a full class on Hans-Georg Gadamer's work Truth and Method from hermeneutics expert Dr. Bruce Benson. My knowledge of hermeneutics has helped me lead three highly successful Bible studies, one which went on for nine years; in each of these, my goal has been not only to help the group become active Bible readers, but also to lead Bible studies themselves. One of my Bible study students is now a Christian author and speaker.
Philosophy

Philosophy

I have a BA in philosophy from Wheaton College (cum laude) and an MA from the Catholic University of Louvain in Leuven, Belgium (magna cum laude). I continue to do research in philosophy and love helping especially those students whose subject matter intersects with the areas I'm working in.

Science

Philosophy

Philosophy

I have a BA in philosophy from Wheaton College (cum laude) and an MA from the Catholic University of Louvain in Leuven, Belgium (magna cum laude). I continue to do research in philosophy and love helping especially those students whose subject matter intersects with the areas I'm working in.

Summer

Writing

Writing

I have helped students with academic writing and research for decades. I have developed a coaching technique based on the Harvard Writing Lab's Write / Review / Revise cycle, improved with ways of removing writing anxiety and helping long-term working memory based on scientific work in neurology and the principle of subsidiary focal integration and awareness. My students concur that it works very well, and they leave me glowing testimonials.

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James has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 3 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Knowledgeable and patient tutor

James was instrumental in helping me navigate as a novice through an online web design class I needed for my Cybersecurity degree program. He was very encouraging and good at explaining the concepts I needed without talking down. Much appreciated!

Leslie , 5 lessons with James

Knowledgeable, fun, invested in your learning

James is am excellent php tutor. He really knows his stuff and has methods that allow students to really get a handle on the material! He’s friendly and open to questions, comments and concerns and answers them thoroughly.

Candace, 3 lessons with James

Great innovative style

James C. Really has a unique way of teaching Dutch that connects the dots more than other ways of learning a language. He is interesting and engaging, stimulating your mind in a fun way that facilitates learning.

Stephanie, 7 lessons with James

Amazing!

James is very knowledgeable and patient when it comes to teaching. I enjoy my sessions with him because I am actually learning and he approaches problems in a way that is understandable to me. He actually cares about your progress in projects. I myself have struggled with the anxiety and I have learned how to be a bit more patient through his lessons. If you want to truly learn go to him because he is passionate about his work.

Jasmine, 5 lessons with James

Good Teacher

James had good advice on how to approach the interface I am working with! He shared some excellent ideas and suggestions on how to move forward to learn about the program.

Mitch, 1 lesson with James

Starting To Get It

With James' knowledge and enthusiasm for the Dutch language and the special learning application that he has created, I am excited to continue with the tutoring. I am confident real progress will be achieved - looking forward to the next session.

Albert N, 3 lessons with James

Great Tutor!

James C. has been an excellent tutor so far and has helped me excel my knowledge within PHP, JS, and all areas of life! Really recommend!

Jack, 14 lessons with James

Fun and thorough tutor

James is very knowledgeable about HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and provides not only helpful instruction, but helpful resources and links to guide you along the way. James enables you to understand what it is you’re doing and also the why behind everything, which is important when it comes to programming. James has no problem breaking down methods and processes in a way that makes it simple for beginners. I will definitely be reaching out for future sessions!

Charlie, 6 lessons with James

Knowledgeable, empathetic and patient tutor.

He showed me how to use the functions of Beaver Builder WordPress Builder software. James showed me how to see the coding of my website using Beaver Builder and how I can change it if I choose to do so. He explained to me what languages I need to learn (php, html, css, etc.) in order to change my website with coding and explained to me how learning these languages would not only help me with my web design but are very marketable languages for web designers. He is a good teacher because he wants to know your existing knowledge or skill set so he knows where he needs to pick up teaching you at. My time with him was well spent. Judith Lubana

Judy, 3 lessons with James
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