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John D.

Portland, OR

$35/hour

Humanities, Social Sciences and Language Tutor

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Background check passed as of 7/10/14

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Porland State University
Russian Language
Univ. of Washington Jackson School of International Studies
Master's

Education

Porland State University (Russian Language)

Univ. of Washington Jackson School of International Studies (Master's)

About John

If you are looking for a tutor who will put as much emphasis on the process of learning as on the material to be learned, I bring to the task of tutoring an approach that seeks to foster in the student the development of techniques and habits that will be applied to any subject or situation, and will be used throughout a lifetime of learning. I want my students to understand why and how they are learning, not just the "what" of facts and figures. my experience specific to tutoring is limited to working as a tutor of English as a second language to immigrants and refugees, but my experience as a teacher in the classroom spans more than ten years at institutions of higher learning, including Portland State University, Linfield College and The Art Institute of Portland. My specialties are in the subjects of history, politics, international relations and Russian studies. With a B.A. in Russian language and literature, and an M.A. in International Studies, I am fluent in Russian, and in addition to tutoring I am currently pursuing a career as a translator of Russian to English.

For the study of social sciences I like to have students give written responses and/or engage in meaningful discussions of the subject at hand. For subjects like history and politics I like to encourage the student to find connections with what they are studying and what they already know, as well as with the world around them. I think it is important to try and draw lessons from any topic being learned that can help give it some importance. For students heading for college or university, I like to help them work on writing skills, like thesis development and expressing convincing arguments.

In addition to helping students to hone their study skills, and to find some interest, if not passion, for these subjects, I also bring an approach to test taking that should be very helpful. My own record on this count includes a perfect score on the verbal section of the GRE, and just recently an "Advanced High" score on a Russian reading proficiency exam, and a "Superior" score on an English writing proficiency exam.

With a wide range of knowledge on a variety of subjects in the social sciences and humanities, and experience with teaching and administration at institutions of higher learning, I can help guide any student to fuller learning, better study habits and techniques, and preparedness for their future education.
If you are looking for a tutor who will put as much emphasis on the process of learning as on the material to be learned, I bring to the task of tutoring an approach that seeks to foster in the student the development of techniques and habits that will be applied to any subject or situation, and will be used throughout a lifetime of learning. I Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Portland, OR 97211
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
HTML, Microsoft Word, Web Design
Language:
Reading, Russian,
Writing
History:
American History, Classics, European History, Geography, Political Science,
Social Studies,
World History, Writing
Special Needs:
Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Microsoft Word, 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.

Political Science

My knowledge and experience teaching political science is mainly focused on international politics. With a Masters Degree from the Jackson School of International Studies I went on to teach a class in U.S. Foreign Relations for eight years at Portland State University. I also taught a similar course at Linlfield College, as well as a course on International Relations theory. My studies in this area have included comparative politics and the political developments of post-colonial societies.

Russian

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Russian Language and Literature from Portland State University. I have this year earned a score of "Advanced High" in a reading Russian proficiency exam given by Language Testing International. While I have never tutored Russian, specifically, I have experience tutoring English-to-Russian speaking refugees as a volunteer in Portland and Philadelphia, and my language skills, in general, are superior. I regularly translate Russian to English, and chronicle my continued study of Russia and Russian language.

Social Studies

While I have no experience tutoring Social Studies specifically, my store of knowledge and experience teaching in the social sciences is vast. In the process of earning a BA in the Russian Language and Literature, and an MA in International Studies, I have studied history, politics, international relations, geography, literature, art and culture. My ongoing study of all things Russian includes Russian history, society, politics, culture and art. I have put this knowledge to use in teaching courses in the histories of Russia and of Central Asia, in foreign policy and in international relations theory.

Study Skills

My experiences as a student are indication of my own outstanding study skills, and my history of teaching at the college level has allowed me to help students understand the best approaches and techniques for studying, depending on their goals. Earning a BA with a 3.89 GPA,and an MA with a 3.85, are indicative of my abilities, and as an instructor I have learned how to coach students in their efforts to not only do well in classes, but to work toward long-term educational goals. The main things I emphasize in teaching study skills are identifying short-term and long-term goals, and practicing effective time-management. With this foundation, I can then help students focus on particular assignments test preparedness.

Writing

The credential that best attests to my knowledge of the craft of writing is a recently earned grade of "Superior" on an English writing proficiency exam given by Language Testing International. My understanding of what language does and how to use it is enhanced by my extensive study of a foreign languageā€”Russian. My current work as a translator of Russian to English gives me opportunities to improve both my Russian language skills and my English writing skills. Together with this I bring to students my experiences as a tutor of English to non-English speakers, and more than ten years teaching at PSU, Linfield College and the Art Institute of Portland.

Porland State University
Russian Language
Univ. of Washington Jackson School of International Studies
Master's

Education

Porland State University (Russian Language)

Univ. of Washington Jackson School of International Studies (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 30 miles of Portland, OR 97211.