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Brian H.

Rutherford, NJ

$70/hour

Over 30 years of teaching English, writing, and test prep

$70/Hour


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About Brian

I have taught English for 34 years, 33 of them at a high school in Old Tappan. After over thirty years of teaching English, I have recently retired.

Primarily, I was a teacher of honors junior English (British Literature), senior AP Literature, and Asian Literature, I have tutored SAT I for nearly 30 years and have seen it go through various changes; I’ve tutored SAT II and ACT for many years as well. I have also tutored many students who needed help with their school assignments.

As a freelance writer, I have also been published in a number of periodicals including The New York Times, Working Mother and New Jersey Monthly, and I've also written three non-fiction books for teenagers.

A writer of creative nonfiction myself, I’ve also done a lot of work with all sorts of personal essays, especially college essays. Having studied essay writing at the New School and NYU, I’ve always had a special interest in the personal essay. And over the years, a number of my students have won prizes for academic and personal essays on which I coached them. I’m also the father of two boys who graduated high school and applied to colleges, so I know the whole process from both sides.

Outside of my regular teaching job, I have not only tutored but taught a number of SAT classes over the years. I have also taught an essay contest class in an after-school hagwon in Bergen County, in which my students have won statewide honors for their writing. Because of my experience as a freelance writer, I have a very fine appreciation for the editor/writer relationship.

Please get in touch with me if you need help in test preparation, school coursework, or writing.
I have taught English for 34 years, 33 of them at a high school in Old Tappan. After over thirty years of teaching English, I have recently retired.

Primarily, I was a teacher of honors junior English (British Literature), senior AP Literature, and Asian Literature, I have tutored SAT I for nearly 30 years and have seen it go through
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Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

I can offer discounts if I can book two nearby clients back-to-back, or for tutoring two students at a time. Please contact me to discuss the possibilities.

Travel Radius
Travels within 7 miles of Rutherford, NJ 07070
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, Common Core,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
European History, Geography, Religion,
Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

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.

ACT English

I have tutored ACT English for over 10 years.

Common Core

I have taught English for 34 years, 33 of them at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan. In recent years, I attended a number of professional development workshops on the Common Core. In some of these workshops, we developed lesson plans to teach Common Core skills. I have also worked with high school juniors to prepare them to take the PARCC test.

ESL/ESOL

I have been teaching and tutoring English language learners for many years. My teacher training at U. C. Berkeley began with a stint as a student teacher of an ESL class. Currently, I am a part time teacher at a Korean after-school enrichment academy where recent immigrants go to improve their English.

Religion

In my teaching of English, I have taught sections of the Bible as well as Biblical allusions, and I have taught the about the theological underpinnings in many works of English Literature. In my teaching of Asian Literature, I have taught units on Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. I have also taught Greek and Norse mythology in connection to English literature.

SAT Reading

I have tutored SAT Reading since the 1980s and taught the official SAT class at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan for 8 years.

SAT Writing

I have been teaching SAT writing since before it was part of the SAT I, when it was a separate SAT II test. I have tutored students in SAT writing and also have taught it for years in my junior honors English classes. I also taught SAT Reading and Writing for eight years in a night class sponsored by my school district. Students have reported significant gains in their SAT scores after having taken my class or being tutored by me.

World History

I have taught history in conjunction with literature for many years over my 34-year career, with an emphasis on ancient Greek history, British and northern European history, and East Asian history.

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

I can offer discounts if I can book two nearby clients back-to-back, or for tutoring two students at a time. Please contact me to discuss the possibilities.

Travel policy

Brian will travel within 7 miles of Rutherford, NJ 07070.