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Philip U.

Big Indian, NY

$30/hour

An English tutor with a knack for essays and literary criticism

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Full Sail University
Creative Writing

Education

Full Sail University (Creative Writing)

About Philip

My name is Philip, and I know all about how a little bit of extra help can turn a student's academic career around. When I was in 3rd grade, I had problems learning the rules of writing. I just couldn't understand how much space I was supposed to put in between words, why I couldn't make some words bigger than others, and why I wasn't supposed to quadruple space my journal entries (I had seen a double-spaced document and thought it looked nice). Thus, I was instructed to visit an in-school tutor several times a week. Luckily, that in-school tutor was a great one. She taught me not only the rules that I was disregarding, but why they were important. She taught me the ways in which they help a writer clearly communicate his or her ideas. Finally, she taught me how accomplished academic success can make you feel when she took me aside and told me that I no longer needed her help.

In the years since that day, I have (in my opinion) proven that my tutor's faith in me was not misplaced. I have excelled in a wide variety of English classes, accepted the Gail Godwin Honorary Award Scholarship for "an outstanding student pursuing an interest in literature," and written an essay on international relations that I was invited to present at the 2011 Beacon Conference. Also, in what is, to date, my proudest moment, I graduated from Full Sail University's Creative Writing for Entertainment BFA program as valedictorian of my class in November of 2013. And I never could have done any of that if it weren't for the kind and patient assistance of my first tutor.

Now that I've graduated college, I want to begin my professional career by returning the favor that helped me excel. I want to help students of all ages learn how to clearly communicate their ideas. I will help them write essays, analyze literature for metaphors and symbolism, and teach them how to write in an academic voice. I intend to tutor students using the tutoring method that worked for me: simple, short exercises combined with detailed feedback. If a student has an essay to write, I'll ask them to come up with a short, succinct thesis. I'll then go over it with them until it fully and accurately represents the essay's point. After that, I'll have them write a paragraph of their essay and rework it until said paragraph shows off all the student's knowledge and insight.

I am a hard worker who won't waste you or your student's time. Nevertheless, while I will push my students to do their best, I will do whatever I can to ensure that they don't feel intimidated or stressed out. For, in my experience, a calm, relaxed learning environment is one of the biggest keys to success. Thank you for reading; I look forward to hearing from you and your student!
My name is Philip, and I know all about how a little bit of extra help can turn a student's academic career around. When I was in 3rd grade, I had problems learning the rules of writing. I just couldn't understand how much space I was supposed to put in between words, why I couldn't make some words bigger than others, and why I wasn't supposed to Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Big Indian, NY 12410
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), Geometry, Prealgebra
Science:
Biology
Language:
Reading,
Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th), Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills, Writing
Business:
Writing

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.

English

I have received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University. In addition, I wrote an essay on international relations that I was invited to present at the 2011 Beacon Conference. Naturally, attaining these achievements required a strong command of the English language. And I feel that I can help a student gain a similar command of the language. For I, as a student of English for over 15 years, have learned a great deal about several different teaching styles (and how they can assist my students)!

European History

As I studied for my Associates in Liberal Arts, I received an "A" in four separate history courses. These history courses were "Western Civilization 1," "Western Civilization 2," "Modern Europe," and "Medieval Europe." As you might have guessed, these courses gave me a solid understanding of the history of Europe. That being said, I will require you to give me some information on what period a student is studying before my meeting with him or her. As my classes taught me very well, "European History" is a extremely broad (but exciting) category of study.

Literature

Throughout my college career, I excelled in a wide variety of literature courses. From poetry to songs to short stories to novels, I have deconstructed and examined it all for metaphors, symbolism, and allegory. While I don't know everything about literary criticism, I know how to read a book and uncover its different layers of meaning. And I feel confident that I could teach a student my tricks and techniques.

The courses I excelled in include "The Short Story," "The Modern Novel," "English Literature 2," and "Literary Criticism and Analytical Thinking." The former three were courses were taken at SUNY Ulster. The final course was taken at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.

Reading

During my high school career, I took a proficiency exam that ranked my reading comprehension ability. According to the exam's results, I was in the top 2% of readers who attended American high schools. Later, during my college career, I excelled in English courses that required a great deal of reading comprehension. These courses included "The Short Story," "English Literature 2," "Literary Criticism and Analytical Thinking," and "The Modern Novel."

I feel that I can help students improve their own reading comprehension abilities because I intimately understand the reading comprehension process. I know that to truly comprehend a document, you need to examine its organization closely and mentally "boil down" complex pieces of information. Thus, I know exactly what I need to teach students in order to help them learn how to read better.

Spelling

When I was in 4th grade, I took third place in a school-wide spelling bee. Moreover, as I studied creative writing for entertainment at Full Sail University, I had to make extensive use of a large vocabulary. But I don't just believe that I can teach students to spell because I can spell. I believe I can teach students to spell because I know how to memorize words and the rules that apply to them. And I can teach kids how to do that.

Writing

I have received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University. In addition, I wrote "America's Future in a Flat World," an essay on international relations that I was invited to present at the 2011 Beacon Conference. Finally, I have written professionally. Indeed, I sold a comedic, pop-culture article to major entertainment website Cracked.com.

Full Sail University
Creative Writing

Education

Full Sail University (Creative Writing)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Philip will travel within 30 miles of Big Indian, NY 12410.