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Brian B.

Greensboro, NC

$40/hour

Creative, friendly, licensed tutor: math, social science, writing

20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 3/21/16
4.9 average from 9 ratings
Linear Equations
— Jennifer, Zebulon, NC on 2/3/17

$40/Hour


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University of Iowa
Economics
University of Massachusetts at Boston
MEd

Education

University of Iowa (Economics)

University of Massachusetts at Boston (MEd)

About Brian

Hi! As a licensed teacher of math and history, I've been successfully tutoring students since 2005 in math, history, social sciences, test preparation, and writing. I also teach classes at Our Lady of Grace Middle School and the Princeton Review.

I'm excellent at approaches the schools rarely have time for. I'll help organize disconnected stuff-to-memorize into true stories. I'll help students connect those facts and skills to the real world. I'll help them understand why one thing is true when something else seems more intuitive -- or how experts decided a thing was true in the first place.

In math, I'll help a student understand why a formula works -- so that they can reconstruct the logic on the fly if, as so often happens, they forget the formula itself. I also have a talent for useful metaphors and analogies.

Sometimes I even help out memorization by making up silly songs or little stories, or making a game of it. On nice days I'll work with the student outside: a wide variety of research shows that people think better when they get more fresh air. I've been called "unusually perky and energetic for this job" -- by many people, but the man who picked that exact phrase had just met me and was rather skeptical. He's one of my most loyal customers now.

I charge $40/hour for most in-person lessons; I'll ask for more if I need to drive a long way. For online lessons I charge $30/hour. Discounts are available if the money's a genuine problem for you. Cheers!
Hi! As a licensed teacher of math and history, I've been successfully tutoring students since 2005 in math, history, social sciences, test preparation, and writing. I also teach classes at Our Lady of Grace Middle School and the Princeton Review.

I'm excellent at approaches the schools rarely have time for. I'll help organize
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Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Greensboro, NC 27406
Background Check: Passed

"Linear Equations"

- Jennifer, Zebulon, NC on 2/3/17

"Very Knowledgeable"

- Krissy, Kernersville, NC on 11/15/16
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Finite Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Anatomy, Anthropology,
Astronomy, Ecology, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology
Music:
Music History
English:
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
History:
American History, Anthropology,
European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Music History,
Political Science,
Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Economics, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

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.

Anthropology

I minored in anthropology at University of Iowa, earning a solid 3.4 GPA, and continue to read and sometimes tutor in the field. I combine a solid understanding of major topics in the field, a gift for summarizing research into memorable stories, and a ruthless willingness to borrow clever anthropology lesson plans from the Internet.

Music History

My father, a professional music editor, composer, and sheet music salesman, raised me on the history of Western Music. I learned music theory from my piano teachers, and I took (and received A's in) two music history classes in college.

I am a self-taught expert on more recent music (jazz, rock, hip-hop, Middle Eastern and African musics), with a useful musical vocabulary and a very diverse music collection. I've been paid to write music reviews for three different Internet publications.

Political Science

Way back in 1996 or so, when I was considering applying to Emerson's grad program in political science, I took the Political Science Graduate Record Exam (yes, it existed back then) and scored in the 99th percentile. I ended up getting a teaching degree instead, but have been something of a politics junkie, theory and research included, ever since.

Public Speaking

In high school, I twice qualified for the National Forensics League national tournament in Extemporanous Speaking, and collected a shelf of local Lincoln-Douglas Debate trophies. I've done classroom teaching -- never a full teaching job, but several long-term substitute jobs, and some test-prep classes with the Princeton Review. I have some recent training in acting, having starred in David Auburn's "Proof" under the tutelage of knowledgeable, patient drama majors half my age.

I don't think I've explicitly taught Rhetoric as Rhetoric before, but I've taught students to analyze and pick apart the rhetorical strategies used in essays (either for school or for the SAT). I would use that skill to help students polish their own methods.

Also, I perform regularly as a singer, and, you know, I'm not a very good singer. I'm a *very* good entertainer and speaker, and that (along with the quality of songs I choose) is why people enjoy my work. I wasn't born that way; I learned specific skills that I'm happy to teach.

Social Studies

I have a bachelor's degree in Economics with a minor in Anthropology, and a master's degree in Secondary Education with a specialty in History. I've worked as a long-term social studies substitute teacher in both the Boston (MA) and Guilford County (NC) School Districts. I also read widely in Psychology, Women's Studies, and Urban Studies, and my 9-year-old loves to look over maps (including atlases of world history) and talk history with me.

University of Iowa
Economics
University of Massachusetts at Boston
MEd

Education

University of Iowa (Economics)

University of Massachusetts at Boston (MEd)

Linear Equations

Brian is did an excellent job tutoring my daughter. He broke the problems down and was extremely patient with us as she went to the wrong location for tutoring.

— Jennifer, Zebulon, NC on 2/3/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Brian will travel within 25 miles of Greensboro, NC 27406.