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Brandon B.

Durham, NC

$25/hour

College Educated English Tutor Specializing in Essays and Test Prep

$25/Hour


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Virginia Commonwealth University
English
VCU Graduate School
Graduate Coursework

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University (English)

VCU Graduate School (Graduate Coursework)

About Brandon

I am an educator from Durham, North Carolina. I have studied at Virginia Commonwealth University to earn my Bachelors in English, minors in Creative Writing and African-American studies and attended graduate school to earn a Master of Teaching degree. I have spent much time around the Richmond, VA, area performing spoken word poetry and taking in the arts scene in the area developing a very diversified artistic and educational perspective. I pull from many different cultures and disciplines to teach content in the most effective manner. In the classroom I make use of music, graphic novels, manga/anime and other elements popular culture to teach conventional and contemporary curriculum to keep students entertained and engaged while teaching them the necessary content and skills. I have experience tutoring high school and adults on reading and VA SOL knowledge. While at VCU I created a poetry group, called Def Poets Society, and created and lead many creative writing workshops to teach and facilitate the growth of the writers of the group. I also have a passion for theatre and have been in many productions while at VCU. I have much to offer a student from basic punctuation and verb tense agreement knowledge, effective and fun fiction and poetry structure skills, to effective stage performance techniques. I am an educator from Durham, North Carolina. I have studied at Virginia Commonwealth University to earn my Bachelors in English, minors in Creative Writing and African-American studies and attended graduate school to earn a Master of Teaching degree. I have spent much time around the Richmond, VA, area performing spoken word poetry and taking in Read more

Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Durham, NC 27707
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra
Music:
Guitar, Salsa Dancing
Art:
Salsa Dancing
English:
ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, SAT Reading
Computer:
Microsoft Word
History:
American History, Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Salsa Dancing

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.

Public Speaking

I am a spoken word poet and trained actor. I know much about professional speaking, projection, and confidence/charisma building techniques. I have taught many students performance during creative writing/poetry workshops and have poetry students that I teach and coach online.

Reading

I use short, graspable (and sometimes visual) texts to teach students to summarize and practice sentence structure. This builds confidence and empowers the students to feel that the work is within their means. Focus is given to grammar and punctuation to help discern the meaning of sentences and how punctuation changes interpretations. Some freedom is given to the student in terms of their desired way of showing what they've learned. They are encouraged to express their learning in different mediums, but informed that effort and depth are the most important aspects of their work.

Virginia Commonwealth University
English
VCU Graduate School
Graduate Coursework

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University (English)

VCU Graduate School (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Brandon will travel within 20 miles of Durham, NC 27707.