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Philip S.

White Plains, NY


English, Writing, and History Tutor

Background check passed as of 4/20/14
5.0 average from 76 ratings
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— Mary, Greenwich, CT on 5/17/16

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University of Pennsylvania
New York University


University of Pennsylvania

New York University (PhD)

About Philip

As a senior in high school, I tutored at my math teacher's request a Japanese male student in Geometry. He didn't know any English, but he was bright and used a Japanese-English dictionary when necessary, He consistently got high B's in his Geometry grades. As a Ph.D. candidate, I tutored students in Semitic languages (Arabic, Akkadian, Aramaic). I have also tutored Biblical Hebrew to interested students (in high school I also tutored Hebrew to Bar Mitzvah candidates). I also tutored writing to students interested in getting a GED at the Rochambeau School in White Plains.

My father was a rabbi, and he was an excellent teacher. I learned much from him. I attended a wonderful high school in which I had excellent teachers--I learned from them a great deal about teaching. It was called Horace Greeley and was listed as one of the ten best high schools in the country.

Although I had a brief stint at teaching at Hunter College in NYC and have taught Hebrew Bible to a class at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains (an Orthodox synagogue), I excel at one-on-one teaching. I am a very empathetic person, and I adjust my teaching to the level of the student, while attempting to challenge the student to improve at whatever the subject matter is. I am also flexible; if one method isn't working I try another method. For instance, I taught Biblical Hebrew to a student for three years. While I began teaching using exercises from a Biblical grammar book, the student didn't find this method congenial, so I switched to teaching simple passages from the Hebrew Bible itself. I spent three years with that particular student.

My significant other is an English tutor with thirteen years experience, which she has shared with me (she is a licensed teacher). I have learned a lot from her about tutoring, and from time to time I have also been able to assist her (when she needed help in math, for instance). Tutoring for me is a way to help people help themselves.
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Travels within 5 miles of White Plains, NY 10601
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"Patient and Caring"

- Mary, Greenwich, CT on 5/17/16
Bible Studies,
Vocabulary, Writing
American History,
European History,
Government & Politics, Religion,
World History
Elementary Education:

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American History

I have been a student of American history for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid I read and re-read a book that gave the biographies of all the presidents (going up to Lyndon Johnson). I have read dozens of books dealing with different facets of American history, from biographies of figures like Thomas Jefferson and Malcom X to one of Woodward's recent books on the Iraq war. In addition I have spent many hours viewing aspects of American history through the PBS series, "The American Experience," You will find in me an enthused and involved tutor of American history.

Bible Studies

I began studying the Bible in Hebrew in summer camp at the age of fourteen. In college, I spent a year abroad in Israel and studied Bible and Semitic languages in Hebrew at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Although I graduated from Penn, I began my undergraduate career at Princeton (it was at Hebrew University that I was advised to transfer to the University of Pennsylvania). I took a course in the Hebrew Bible (Second Isaiah) at the Princeton Theological Seminary. I went on to graduate from Penn in Jewish Studies. I then studied the Hebrew Bible and Semitic languages and literatures (plus Greek) at New York University, where I got my Ph.D.. I have also read most of the New Testament in Greek. My dissertation was published and I have had many publications on the Bible since.


I attended one of the best high schools in the country, Horace Greeley, when it was one of the ten top schools in the US ... I excelled in English there, and many years later, I am still in touch with one of my English teachers there. I got a 790 out of 800 on the English SAT. I studied at Ivy League schools, then got a doctorate at NYU. I have read Chaucer, Shakespeare, Tolstoy and Tolkien. I love the English language and I love English literature. To anyone who needs help in English language or literature, I can say; I'm the man.

European History

One of my favorite courses in high school was European History AP. Since then Europe has changed. Many countries have abandoned their own currencies, and have adopted the Euro. As the Greek debt crisis reveals, this was a serious mistake, as individual countries are no longer able to devalue their currencies as we have done in order to reduce or eliminate debt. I lived in England for four years and have traveled to Greece, Italy, Holland, and France. Europe is in my blood. European history is a journey I would be happy to take with any serious student.


I have studied Hebrew all my life, including a year in Israel where I learned to speak Hebrew. I learned also how to read Hebrew newspapers and books. I majored in Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. I have taught Hebrew in classes in summer camp, in Hebrew school, and as a tutor. I have read many Hebrew novels and have studied Hebrew literature from all periods. I have a Ph.D. in Bible and am expert in Biblical Hebrew, which I have also taught.


From childhood I have immersed myself in literature from Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories and novels to Jane Austin's wonderful novels about life and love in the early nineteenth century. I am a fan of Shakespeare and have read many of his plays, and I wrote on article on an online site about one of his sonnets. In college I studied European literature and have read selections from German, French, and Hebrew literature in the original tongues. As a tutor of literature, I bring to the table experience and enthusiasm that I hope to transmit to my students.


As a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, I have a deep interest in religion. I know a great deal about the various branches of Judaism, and I am well acquainted with Christianity. I have also read about and attended lectures on Buddhism. I have some general knowledge about other religions, such as Hinduism and Shintoism.


I started to write as a young child writing about the Knights of the Round Table. My father was a writer and a poet who was widely published in his day. When I wrote my dissertation in the field of Biblical Studies, I revised it and made it a work of art before I allowed it to be published. It appeared in the prestigious Brown Judaic Series in 1991. Since then I have contributed to four books and published dozens of articles, as well as a couple of short stories. I have tutored adults in writing who were interested in getting their GEDs. I love to write, and I love to help others to learn to write.

University of Pennsylvania
New York University


University of Pennsylvania

New York University (PhD)

Patient and Caring — Philip tutored our daughter for her Bat Mitzvah weekly for 3 years. He was very even-tempered and kind, perfect for her personality. When she started preparing with Cantor six months before the event, he was very complementary of her Hebrew skills. Our family highly recommends Philip as a Hebrew tutor. ...

— Mary, Greenwich, CT on 5/17/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Philip will travel within 5 miles of White Plains, NY 10601.