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Anthony P.

East Aurora, NY

$25/hr

Oxford-Educated English Teacher, Writer, and Social Scientist

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Impression after first lesson....Anthony is knowledgeable about SAT materials and strategies
— Tina, Collins, NY on 7/24/15

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University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Anthropology
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Master's
The University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
PhD

Education

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (Anthropology)

San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (Master's)

The University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom (PhD)

About Anthony

I'm strongly committed to the idea that how something is taught is just as important as what is taught. History is a fascinating subject, and so too is the English language, and my lively teaching style reflects this belief. Above all, I aim to inspire students to be as enthusiastic about learning as I am about teaching.

I recently received my PhD in anthropology from the University of Oxford, and I'm now back in the US pursuing a career as a social researcher, author, and teacher. Over the years, I've worked as an English and World History tutor for universities and private companies, as well as an assistant college teacher. I also specialize in SAT/ACT preparation, human geography and culture studies, and college admission essay writing. I've developed a range of valuable teaching techniques that combine conventional learning methods with memory-training strategies, including association exercises, visualization, and grounded learning. I've had great success teaching students in this fashion.

I believe that improving vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, and writing skills requires more than just rote memorization and repetition; they should also be explained in ways that foster an appreciation for the English language as the art of communication. I also believe that, whenever possible, the learning process should be grounded in the unique experiences and interests of the students themselves. For this reason, I work together with students to create a lesson plan that delivers what is required to succeed while at the same time making each lesson relevant and relatable to their particular interests, hobbies, and experiences.

I assign challenging homework every session that focuses on areas in need of improvement while also reinforcing each student's unique strengths. I also provide periodic progress reports and assessments to both students and parents.

I have a flexible schedule and offer competitive rates for sessions ranging from 1-3 hours. I'm available 7 days a week, and although I recommend meeting in a library or café, I'm happy to meet with students wherever is most convenient for them, including online via Skype.

I have a 24-hour cancellation policy, but I can always reschedule so please don't hesitate to ask should the need arise.

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to helping you achieve success in your studies!
I'm strongly committed to the idea that how something is taught is just as important as what is taught. History is a fascinating subject, and so too is the English language, Read more

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24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of East Aurora, NY 14052
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"Impression after first lesson....Anthony is knowledgeable about SAT materials and strategies"

- Tina, Collins, NY on 7/24/15
Science:
Anthropology
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English,
Reading,
SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT English

I have several years' experience tutoring ACT English and SAT Reading and Writing, as both a private instructor and college assistant. I've been continuously involved in reading and writing-intensive university coursework since 2001, and just recently received my PhD in anthropology: an accomplishment that depended heavily on the quality of my professional writing and the scope of my reading comprehension skills.

American History

I recently completed my doctoral dissertation on American urbanism, religion, and social organization for the University of Oxford. A large part of my research involved extensive coursework in the culture, history, and politics of the United States and Mexico. Over the years, I've also conducted smaller studies involving regional social issues and phenomena in the US, including urban subcultures, immigration, and social media. I have four years of experience tutoring American History to middle school, high school, and college students as well.

Anthropology

I hold a Bachelor's degree in anthropology/archaeology from the University at Buffalo, a Master's degree in cultural anthropology from San Diego State University, and a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Oxford. I recently completed several years of anthropological fieldwork in Mexico and the western United States, and my doctoral dissertation was published by Oxford in January 2015.

English

I'm a skilled grammarian and wordsmith with a passion for reading, writing, and the English language in general. I've had a long and productive academic career, during which time I wrote, revised, and edited dozens of professional essays, technical papers, and theses covering a range of writing styles and mediums. I've also been an avid reader my entire life. My reading interests and experience include academic texts and articles, non-fiction area and culture studies, philosophy, and science fiction. Early in my college career, I volunteered as an English and writing tutor, and I've been doing it ever since!

Geography

I have an encyclopedic knowledge of political and cultural geography. A lot of my downtime is spent navigating Google Earth and playing geography quizzes for fun. I can recall the names and locations of nearly any nation or territory on Earth from memory, as well as their capital cities, major demographics, and historical significance. I've traveled extensively, and gained considerable knowledge of world cultures and social history during my long academic career in anthropology, as both a student and a professional.

Grammar

A firm command of grammar is invaluable in nearly all types of written communication, from emailing and other forms of correspondence to job and college applications and essays; and it is, of course, crucial to succeeding in higher education. I recently completed my doctoral dissertation for the University of Oxford, which is regarded by most as both the epicenter of and central authority on the English language. Excelling in my rigorous studies, be it at Oxford or prior colleges and universities I attended, would have been impossible without a solid grasp of grammar rules and applications. It also involved extensive reading, critical thinking, and a lot of writing, and was perfected in large part based on my openness to criticism, suggestions, and corrections offered by teachers, professors, and advisors over the years. As a result, I hold myself to a high standard when it comes to writing, which translates to challenging but fair homework, lesson plans, and assessments for students.

Proofreading

I proofread everything, from text messages to news stories to roadside billboards and refrigerator notes. I do this because the last ten years of my life have been dominated by continuous academic study, including exhaustive reading and writing for dozens of university courses, projects, exams, and other assignments. I also worked for several years as an English tutor at the University of Oxford, where a large part of my time was spent not just proofreading student papers but ensuring that the students understood why the corrections were made. This is critical to learning because it gives students a set of rules that they can apply beyond the particular project at hand, and in doing so reinforce and bolster their own ability to proofread.

Reading

Reading, and in particular critical reading, is a vital part of anthropology and the social sciences: a field I have been involved in for over a decade, as both a student and a professional. I'm well versed in reading dense scientific and philosophical material, and have years of experience weighing the relative strengths and weaknesses of arguments made about a variety of topics and issues. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction and non-fiction, and consider my collection of books to be my prime asset. Reading should always involve a firm understanding of what is both explicitly said and tacitly implied; the spaces between the lines are just as important for an accurate and thorough reading of any written work, because the tone and mood of the author, as well as the social climate that existed at the time the work was written, is often not deliberately referenced. Such in-depth reading is vital in excelling in school and college assignments, and especially important for mastering the verbal and writing components of the SAT, ACT, and other types of standardized tests.

SAT Reading

I have several years of experience tutoring the reading/verbal section of the SAT and ACT. I also recently received my PhD in anthropology: a discipline that measures expertise in terms of aptitude for critical thinking, reading comprehension, and professional writing. All three are crucial to performing well on the reading and writing sections of the SAT, and I would not have gotten far in my studies without having a firm command of all of them.

SAT Writing

I write for a living. I've been continuously enrolled in university for over ten years, and just recently completing my doctoral dissertation (and PhD) for the University of Oxford. I studied anthropology, which relies as much on writing as it does on fieldwork. I also manage my own edublog, which employs several types of writing styles, including satire and first person perspective. SAT writing prompts often ask the student to develop a point of view on a selection of topics. I do this myself as both an academic and writer. My writing is nearly always structured around presenting or analyzing arguments and then providing a reasoned and informed stance on them. I also worked for two years at a tutoring center in San Diego, where I frequently assisted students in preparing for the essay writing portion of the SAT.

Social Studies

My background as an anthropologist makes me knowledgeable about a wide range of social forces and phenomena. I am strongest in cross-cultural studies and 19th-20th century U.S. and World History.

Vocabulary

Success in my academic career depended on a strong command of the English language. My readings and written works over the past decade were comprehensible only insofar as I was able to both digest and utilize a large vocabulary. Vocabulary is more than just knowing words; it's knowing exactly when and how to use them. Context is everything, especially in standardized testing where sentence completion tasks feature prominently. I have several years of experience tutoring the verbal/reading/writing sections of the SAT and ACT, and have had great success teaching recall-enhancing methods such as etymology and word stems, rather than simple rote memorization.

World History

I'm passionate about human history and fascinated by the interconnections between peoples, places, and events across all of recorded history. I began my academic career studying Mediterranean and Mesoamerican archaeology, and in later years shifted my focus to contemporary Latin American and U.S. history, especially in areas related to culture contact, colonialism, modernization, and the two World Wars. In my free time, I enjoy reading about a wide range of historical topics, including comparative mythology, science, philosophy, and language etymology. I possess an almost encyclopedic knowledge of geography as well, and former students have often commented on my lively teaching style and how it made them more excited about learning history.

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Anthropology
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Master's
The University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
PhD

Education

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (Anthropology)

San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (Master's)

The University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom (PhD)

Impression after first lesson....Anthony is knowledgeable about SAT materials and strategies — My daughter was a little uneasy at first about the whole process but Anthony made her feel comfortable. Although it was only the first session she feels that she has already learned from the time spent together. Looking forward to the next session. ...

— Tina, Collins, NY on 7/24/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $25.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Anthony will travel within 30 miles of East Aurora, NY 14052.

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