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Brian B.

Creative, friendly, licensed tutor: math, social science, test prep

Creative, friendly, licensed tutor: math, social science, test prep

$35/hour

  • 298 hours tutoring

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Hi! As a licensed teacher of math and history, I've been successfully tutoring students since 2005 in math, history, social sciences, test preparation (SAT/ ACT/ GRE/ GMAT), and writing. I teach classes at Our Lady of Grace Middle School and the Institute of Math & Computer Science.

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...

Hi! As a licensed teacher of math and history, I've been successfully tutoring students since 2005 in math, history, social sciences, test preparation (SAT/ ACT/ GRE/ GMAT), and writing. I teach classes at Our Lady of Grace Middle School and the Institute of Math & Computer Science.

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 $35/hour for in-person lessons in downtown Greensboro, or for online lessons. I'll ask for more if I need to drive beyond, proportional to the length of the drive. Discounts are available if the money's a genuine problem for you. Cheers!


Education

University of Iowa
Economics
University of Massachusetts at Boston
MEd

Policies


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Subjects

Business

Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I have a degree in Economics from the University of Iowa, with a 3.9 GPA in the field. I also try to keep up with current Economics research.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I have a degree in Economics from the University of Iowa, with a 3.9 GPA in the field. I also try to keep up with current Economics research.
Public Speaking,

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.
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

Computer

HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I have a degree in Economics from the University of Iowa, with a 3.9 GPA in the field. I also try to keep up with current Economics research.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I have a degree in Economics from the University of Iowa, with a 3.9 GPA in the field. I also try to keep up with current Economics research.
Public Speaking,

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.
Statistics,

Statistics

I’m a certified classroom math teacher (secondary school) with years of experience tutoring college students in stats as well. I spend a lot of time with stats in my dual roles as psychology student and geeky baseball fan.
Grammar, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I’m a certified mathematics teacher with a Master’s in Education. While my classroom experience skews older — teaching middle and high school, running test-prep classes for the SAT — I’ve years of one-on-one and small-group experiences with elementary math inspired by working with my own children and their classmates.
Reading,

Reading

While my teaching degree is in math and in history/ social studies, I have experience teaching reading on a volunteer basis in Montessori and regular classrooms, as well as teaching my own children.
Elementary Science, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

Aside from the years of experience I have as a tutor helping students write papers, I bring some extra qualifications. I've worked as a paid essay-writer myself for several web publications. I was an editor working with new writers at the late Epinions.com . Plus, for those students with standardized tests to prepare for, I've been trained by the Princeton Review to teach various test-specific forms of essays: the SAT, ACT, GRE, and several AP tests all require their own little sets of strengths.
Public Speaking,

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.
Reading,

Reading

While my teaching degree is in math and in history/ social studies, I have experience teaching reading on a volunteer basis in Montessori and regular classrooms, as well as teaching my own children.
Writing,

Writing

I’ve been a modestly-paid writer for several music / book / movie review websites over the years, and trained / edited new writers. I also regularly work with students in helping them write papers, usually (but not always) in social science classes for some reason.
Grammar, Proofreading, Spelling, Vocabulary

History

American History,

American History

I’ve earned a Master’s Degree and teaching license in history in Massachusetts and North Carolina. Although in practice I currently teach math, I’ve done long-term substituting in my original field, as well as one-on-one tutoring, and have at times been paid to review history books online.
Anthropology,

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.
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

I'm a nerdy, cheerfully enthusiastic reader of government/ policy/ politics news who also earned an M.Ed. in teaching Secondary Social Studies from U.Mass and taught history and politics in the Boston public schools (although back in 2003). I also scored 99th percentile on the GRE in Political Science, although again that comes with the qualification "Way back when it even existed". The bulk of my current teaching and tutoring is in mathematics, but I've taken government/ politics tutoring assignments where available, and helped students achieved A's. In particular, I used to work as an editor for the late online website Epinions, and am very good at helping students organizer research and term papers.
Music History,

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,

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.
Social Studies,

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.
World History,

World History

Master's Degree in Education with a focus on History. Many years of reading history for enjoyment.
European History, Geography, Philosophy

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught algebra 1 and 2, geometry, and trigonometry in classrooms. I've also made up lots of creative little lessons as a tutor, and learned good tricks from Montessori schools.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have experience teaching Algebra 2 and trigonometry -- including GRE classes at A&T, along with high school and middle school classroom math teaching, and a decade of tutoring.
English,

English

Aside from the years of experience I have as a tutor helping students write papers, I bring some extra qualifications. I've worked as a paid essay-writer myself for several web publications. I was an editor working with new writers at the late Epinions.com . Plus, for those students with standardized tests to prepare for, I've been trained by the Princeton Review to teach various test-specific forms of essays: the SAT, ACT, GRE, and several AP tests all require their own little sets of strengths.
Geometry,

Geometry

I teach geometry at Our Lady of Grace middle school (during years when OLG has a geometry class at all). I also have taught roughly a dozen test prep classes involving geometry -- GRE, SAT, ACT -- and achieved a perfect score on the GRE myself in May 2018. And, I've tutored geometry privately, including with WyzAnt, currently with a 5.0 average rating.
Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I have a degree in Economics from the University of Iowa, with a 3.9 GPA in the field. I also try to keep up with current Economics research.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I have a degree in Economics from the University of Iowa, with a 3.9 GPA in the field. I also try to keep up with current Economics research.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I’m a licensed secondary school math teacher, and have taught pre-algebra in classroom, tutoring, test-prep, and parenting contexts.
Reading,

Reading

While my teaching degree is in math and in history/ social studies, I have experience teaching reading on a volunteer basis in Montessori and regular classrooms, as well as teaching my own children.
Statistics,

Statistics

I’m a certified classroom math teacher (secondary school) with years of experience tutoring college students in stats as well. I spend a lot of time with stats in my dual roles as psychology student and geeky baseball fan.
Writing,

Writing

I’ve been a modestly-paid writer for several music / book / movie review websites over the years, and trained / edited new writers. I also regularly work with students in helping them write papers, usually (but not always) in social science classes for some reason.
Precalculus, Spelling

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught algebra 1 and 2, geometry, and trigonometry in classrooms. I've also made up lots of creative little lessons as a tutor, and learned good tricks from Montessori schools.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have experience teaching Algebra 2 and trigonometry -- including GRE classes at A&T, along with high school and middle school classroom math teaching, and a decade of tutoring.
Geometry,

Geometry

I teach geometry at Our Lady of Grace middle school (during years when OLG has a geometry class at all). I also have taught roughly a dozen test prep classes involving geometry -- GRE, SAT, ACT -- and achieved a perfect score on the GRE myself in May 2018. And, I've tutored geometry privately, including with WyzAnt, currently with a 5.0 average rating.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I’m a licensed secondary school math teacher, and have taught pre-algebra in classroom, tutoring, test-prep, and parenting contexts.
Probability,

Probability

I’m a certified high school math teacher with a perfect score on the math GREs. I’ve not only tutored probability and statistics since 2005, I use it in playing games, reading academic papers or baseball articles, and, sometimes, predicting / understanding the world around me.
Statistics,

Statistics

I’m a certified classroom math teacher (secondary school) with years of experience tutoring college students in stats as well. I spend a lot of time with stats in my dual roles as psychology student and geeky baseball fan.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

I'm a certified secondary-school math teacher who earned a perfect math score on the GRE.
Precalculus

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught algebra 1 and 2, geometry, and trigonometry in classrooms. I've also made up lots of creative little lessons as a tutor, and learned good tricks from Montessori schools.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have experience teaching Algebra 2 and trigonometry -- including GRE classes at A&T, along with high school and middle school classroom math teaching, and a decade of tutoring.
English,

English

Aside from the years of experience I have as a tutor helping students write papers, I bring some extra qualifications. I've worked as a paid essay-writer myself for several web publications. I was an editor working with new writers at the late Epinions.com . Plus, for those students with standardized tests to prepare for, I've been trained by the Princeton Review to teach various test-specific forms of essays: the SAT, ACT, GRE, and several AP tests all require their own little sets of strengths.
Geometry,

Geometry

I teach geometry at Our Lady of Grace middle school (during years when OLG has a geometry class at all). I also have taught roughly a dozen test prep classes involving geometry -- GRE, SAT, ACT -- and achieved a perfect score on the GRE myself in May 2018. And, I've tutored geometry privately, including with WyzAnt, currently with a 5.0 average rating.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I’m a licensed secondary school math teacher, and have taught pre-algebra in classroom, tutoring, test-prep, and parenting contexts.
Reading,

Reading

While my teaching degree is in math and in history/ social studies, I have experience teaching reading on a volunteer basis in Montessori and regular classrooms, as well as teaching my own children.
Statistics,

Statistics

I’m a certified classroom math teacher (secondary school) with years of experience tutoring college students in stats as well. I spend a lot of time with stats in my dual roles as psychology student and geeky baseball fan.
Writing,

Writing

I’ve been a modestly-paid writer for several music / book / movie review websites over the years, and trained / edited new writers. I also regularly work with students in helping them write papers, usually (but not always) in social science classes for some reason.
Precalculus

Music

Music History

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.

Other

Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

I'm a nerdy, cheerfully enthusiastic reader of government/ policy/ politics news who also earned an M.Ed. in teaching Secondary Social Studies from U.Mass and taught history and politics in the Boston public schools (although back in 2003). I also scored 99th percentile on the GRE in Political Science, although again that comes with the qualification "Way back when it even existed". The bulk of my current teaching and tutoring is in mathematics, but I've taken government/ politics tutoring assignments where available, and helped students achieved A's. In particular, I used to work as an editor for the late online website Epinions, and am very good at helping students organizer research and term papers.
Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I have a degree in Economics from the University of Iowa, with a 3.9 GPA in the field. I also try to keep up with current Economics research.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I have a degree in Economics from the University of Iowa, with a 3.9 GPA in the field. I also try to keep up with current Economics research.
Geography, Philosophy

Science

Anthropology,

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.
Psychology,

Psychology

I minored in psychology in college, took more psych classes en route to my teaching degree, and read widely in the subject from sheer curiosity. I am currently preparing to take the GRE psychology test so as to enter a Master's program in the subject.
Anatomy, Astronomy, Ecology, Philosophy

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught algebra 1 and 2, geometry, and trigonometry in classrooms. I've also made up lots of creative little lessons as a tutor, and learned good tricks from Montessori schools.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have experience teaching Algebra 2 and trigonometry -- including GRE classes at A&T, along with high school and middle school classroom math teaching, and a decade of tutoring.
Geometry,

Geometry

I teach geometry at Our Lady of Grace middle school (during years when OLG has a geometry class at all). I also have taught roughly a dozen test prep classes involving geometry -- GRE, SAT, ACT -- and achieved a perfect score on the GRE myself in May 2018. And, I've tutored geometry privately, including with WyzAnt, currently with a 5.0 average rating.
Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I have a degree in Economics from the University of Iowa, with a 3.9 GPA in the field. I also try to keep up with current Economics research.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I have a degree in Economics from the University of Iowa, with a 3.9 GPA in the field. I also try to keep up with current Economics research.
Reading,

Reading

While my teaching degree is in math and in history/ social studies, I have experience teaching reading on a volunteer basis in Montessori and regular classrooms, as well as teaching my own children.
Statistics,

Statistics

I’m a certified classroom math teacher (secondary school) with years of experience tutoring college students in stats as well. I spend a lot of time with stats in my dual roles as psychology student and geeky baseball fan.
Writing

Writing

I’ve been a modestly-paid writer for several music / book / movie review websites over the years, and trained / edited new writers. I also regularly work with students in helping them write papers, usually (but not always) in social science classes for some reason.

Examples of Expertise


Brian has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 9 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Patient, knowledgeable

Our first session with Brian was good. He kept my son engaged throughout. He came prepared with novel ideas for teaching him about civilizations. Thank you Brian.

Shirley, 1 lesson with Brian

Knowledgeable tutor

Currently helping with macroeconomics class! Looking forward to additional lessons to discuss supply and demand. I found his examples and real life examples very helpful.

Vida , 1 lesson with Brian

Provided a Great Foundation

Learned all of the specifics about Extemporaneous speaking. Very knowledgeable on the subject. Overall, great experience getting to work with Brian on speech and debate.

Chancharik, 2 lessons with Brian

Great teacher

Brian really helped break down the concepts and give me direct ways to fix my psychology essay. Highly recommend him for any help you are needing

Sydney, 1 lesson with Brian

Excellent tutor

Brian has really helped my son in Precalculus and in AP US History. He is flexible and easy to work with. He is very knowledgeable and qualified. I highly recommend him!

Suzanne , 7 lessons with Brian

Great GRE Tutor

In preparation for the General and Psychology GREs, Brian has been reviewing quantitative, verbal, and psychology concepts with me. The examples that he prepares prior to our meetings are great for jogging my memory, and he uses them to demonstrate key concepts that I will encounter on my tests. Brian is obviously very knowledgeable, which is shown by his ability to teach so many different subjects and also correctly answer the homework questions that stump me, even without previously seeing those questions. He teaches material in easily digestible ways and has lots of tips and tricks to help make these daunting tests a little easier.

Adriann, 11 lessons with Brian

Great Economic Tutor

Related to Economic, Brian helped me the understanding of basic principles of Economics and was very helpful in showing the economic related and the overall social studies. My son felt very helpful. I will recommend Brain. Thanks.

Thejas, 21 lessons with Brian

Knowledgeable & entertaining tutor

Brian worked with my son to prepare for an AP World History test. We are looking forward to future lessons to help my son organize the vast amount of events. My son said Brian is incredibly knowledgeable and brought an otherwise boring chapter to life, helping him connect historical events.

Christi, 2 lessons with Brian

fun guy who makes things easier to understand

I needed some tutoring to help study for my microeconomics finals. He helped me understand concepts that I had a difficult time with and know how to push me right the right way to find the proper answer to a problem. hes Very helpful and a chill and patient dude.

Sara, 2 lessons with Brian

Flexible, understanding and patient

Helped get me to come up with my own answers instead of feeding me everything. I liked how we were able to do the screen sharing feature effectively which was necessary for my assignment. Very honest and understanding about how much time to charge for. A real bargain!

Bentzy, 2 lessons with Brian
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