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Marko F.

Durham, NC

$45/hour

Creative-thoughtful tutor with degrees from Stanford and Berkeley

In-person lessons
300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/11/15
5.0 average from 102 ratings
Very Knowledgeable & Patient Tutor
— Lahoucine, Cary, NC on 8/21/17

$45/Hour


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Stanford
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stanford school of education
Master's
UC Berkeley Law School
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Education

Stanford (history)

stanford school of education (Master's)

UC Berkeley Law School (J.D.)

About Marko

I have a varied career background that includes 4 years as a public school teacher and 20 years in education related work as an attorney, education reform specialist, and as a researcher. I enjoy working directly with students and tailoring the sessions to the student's individual needs and learning style.

I've also published 30 short stories and am currently working on a book.
I have a varied career background that includes 4 years as a public school teacher and 20 years in education related work as an attorney, education reform specialist, and as a researcher. I enjoy working directly with students and tailoring the sessions to the student's individual needs and learning style.

I've also published 30 short
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Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Durham, NC 27713
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very Knowledgeable & Patient Tutor"

- Lahoucine, Cary, NC on 8/21/17

"Very patient as a tutor. Makes excellent suggestions."

- Richard, Durham, NC on 4/23/17

"Great teacher"

- Hyun, Chapel Hill, NC on 6/26/16

"Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor"

- Sunil, Durham, NC on 9/14/15

"Engaging teaching style and very patient with student"

- Jay, Cary, NC on 7/21/15

"Public speaking"

- Lin, Raleigh, NC on 2/16/15
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Elementary Math, GMAT, GRE, Prealgebra, SAT Math
Science:
PSAT
English:
ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, Career Development, GMAT, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading, Writing
History:
American History,
European History, Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math, Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL,
GMAT, GRE, Law, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Chess

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.

American History

I taught US History at both the high school and middle school level in public schools and have a bachelor's degree in history and a masters in education from Stanford with a social studies emphasis. In addition, I'm an attorney and have a strong background in constitutional history.

I use a variety of resources, visual, musical, and personal to help students understand American history as something that impacts their lives on a daily basis. I also use primary sources from ordinary people like letters, journals, and account books to help convey the impact of events on ordinary people.

Chess

I played chess competitively in high school at the local and national level. I have a background as school teacher and worked in special education. I've taught chess for a number of years to children and beginners, both as an introduction to critical/strategic thinking and as a bridge to socialization for the disabled. I primarily use Capablanca's principles of the game which he turned into a book in the 1920's which I still consider the best articulated guide for moving from knowing how the pieces moves to thinking about tactics and style.

ESL/ESOL

I worked as an ESL consultant helping schools assess their limited English speaking students, but more significantly I grew up in California in a community of immigrants from China.

Over the years, I noticed that there were a number of members of that community who were very successful despite the fact that that their English skills were still developing. It was my first lesson in the fact that being an effective communicator isn't always about the words or fluency with words.

We communicate with more than the words we speak. It's how we say them and when that makes the deeper impression. As an ESL teacher, I emphasize both the rules of English and the rules of communicating well in American culture.

Social Studies

I have a Masters in Education from the Stanford School of Education's STEP program with a single subject specialty in social studies. I am currently teaching Civics at a small private school in Durham. I have a credential from the state of California to teach social studies at the secondary level and I also am a member of the California Bar.

I have a flexible approach to tutoring the subject. Sometimes, the student needs to improve his/her knowledge base about geography, the history of different regions or eras, the Constitution, etc. In that case, we review key facts, make connections/analogies, and develop a narrative about the topic.

More frequently, the student needs help with writing essays or papers. In those instances, we work on learning to support conclusions with evidence, writing clearly, and being persuasive.

Writing

I specialize in helping writing students develop and strengthen their 'voice' as the key to wirting with clarity and precision.

I've published dozens of fiction and non-fiction stories over the years and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times. In addition to teaching language arts, I've written and edited for both George Lucas and the U.S. Department of education. I also have a masters in education from Stanford.

Stanford
history
stanford school of education
Master's
UC Berkeley Law School
J.D.

Education

Stanford (history)

stanford school of education (Master's)

UC Berkeley Law School (J.D.)

Very Knowledgeable & Patient Tutor

We were looking at improving high school student's ACT reading scores and comfort with test answer strategies. Marko did an excellent job spotting student's weaknesses and targeted those with specific valuable advises. In addition, Marko followed up with an excellent summary of the class describing the interaction, approach and summarized the specific recommendations. We'll definitely ask Marko a

— Lahoucine, Cary, NC on 8/21/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Marko will travel within 40 miles of Durham, NC 27713.