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Web Development tutor, 20 years exp; Dutch tutor; Prize-winning writer
James C.

1,014 hours tutoring

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Web Development tutor, 20 years exp; Dutch tutor; Prize-winning writer
Web Development tutor, 20 years exp; Dutch tutor; Prize-winning writer
James C.

1,014 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

1,014 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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
Philosophy and English Literature
Catholic University of Leuven
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $48
  • Rate details: Discount available for weekly lessons (ask): Regularity is key to good learning, and my best learners see me weekly. $20 cancellation/postponement fee.
  • 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, up through object oriented MVC. I have 3 applications that will get you really LOVING PHP and web development. One of my students got a full time job in development in London after only about 4 months with me. 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. If you are skeptical don't be afraid to ASK ;)
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.

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HTML 5

Was very helpful and talked through HTML with me to make me better understand. He got me through all my lessons and explained every aspect of each lesson. He’s a great HTML tutor.

Margaret, 3 lessons with James

Best teacher ever!!

Knowledge, patient, problem solver, pleasant and great teacher. Recommend to all beginners to intermediate students. Get solid coding skills and foundations.

Amir, 19 lessons with James

Knowledgeable, highly intelligent and very helpful tutor

James taught me the basics of html and how html interacts with Javascript. We were able to successfully work through a Functions Lab I was having trouble with. James is great with his students and has a gracious and wonderful spirit when it comes to helping people. James is highly recommended for those of you who care to actually learn what programming is all about.

Paul, 3 lessons with James

James is one of a kind teacher!

Prepare your stuff and submit questions before the lesson, and he'll answer all of your questions. I'm learning PHP from scratch him.

Amir, 19 lessons with James

Expert

James has helped me with a very difficult class in PHP. He has been willing to adapt to my learning style, thorough in his instruction and encouraging. I am grateful for what I have learned from him.

Sherri, 12 lessons with James

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

James did a great job of explaining CSS style. He did a great job of putting the information in context- providing the "big picture" of various concepts. He is well-versed in this subject area.

Monica, 2 lessons with James

Super knowledgeable and a great teacher!

James helped me with a JavaScript script function that I was just not getting and within about 15mins he got me to understand it perfectly. He’s also a really great resource for Dev soft skills and industry standards of communication too!

Yesenia, 1 lesson with James

Knowledgeable and patient tutor!

James helped me with my first coding boot camp project the DAY before it was due. I had starter code in my JavaScript file, and James walked me through each piece of code, explaining things in ways I actually understood. I am so thankful he assisted me with my project from start to finish! After meeting with James, I realized I knew more about JavaScript than I thought. I am more confident and less anxious about coding for now. Looking forward to future sessions!

Kristina, 4 lessons with James

Very Knowledgeable and Patient.

Two lessons in and I'm understanding the material. I was so overwhelmed and it's making sense. He makes it easy to learn and interesting. Looking forward to my next lesson.

Kelly, 9 lessons with James
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