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James W.

Competent, Engaging Tutor in History, English and Math

Competent, Engaging Tutor in History, English and Math

$40/hour

  • 376 hours tutoring

  • Bethlehem, PA 18018

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About James


Bio

I am an encourager by nature, so being a tutor allows me to do what I do best. I have experience teaching in public and private schools, in addition to my extensive tutoring background; but I enjoy being able to give individual instruction that is tailored to the specific needs, personality, and learning style of the student. I am a parent myself and I have also worked with youth groups for many years, so there is a comfort level with teens ---I don't find them strange, intimidating, or una...

I am an encourager by nature, so being a tutor allows me to do what I do best. I have experience teaching in public and private schools, in addition to my extensive tutoring background; but I enjoy being able to give individual instruction that is tailored to the specific needs, personality, and learning style of the student. I am a parent myself and I have also worked with youth groups for many years, so there is a comfort level with teens ---I don't find them strange, intimidating, or unapproachable. They recognize my genuine interest in them as individuals and we usually develop a good rapport. This is even more important in a tutoring setting than in a classroom. I like to make an overall plan that includes realistic, measurable goals. I use a variety of approaches, adapting as I get to know my pupil. I learn the interests of the student and find ways to work it into the learning process. Sometimes it's easy and sometimes not, but students always appreciate the effort to make the material relevant and appealing. I am always open to input and feedback from parents, guardians, and students to help make the process as productive as possible. I am passionate about the subjects I teach, and Students tell me that it helps them to also enjoy the material; enthusiasm is contagious! My goal is for students to master the material, but also to learn to think for themselves and to believe in themselves!


Education

St. Bonaventure U.
English

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Bethlehem, PA 18018
  • Lesson cancellation: 4 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/14/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

My experience includes negotiating defense contracts for the U.S. Army; functioning as a classroom teacher; and being a pastor, preaching and teaching to various audiences. I have also taught Speech classes in high school.

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar may not seem very interesting, but it can make a huge difference in the quality of your writing. You will sound smarter, more convincing, and people will take your written words more seriously. You'll be surprised at what a big difference a few learned skills can make!
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

My experience includes negotiating defense contracts for the U.S. Army; functioning as a classroom teacher; and being a pastor, preaching and teaching to various audiences. I have also taught Speech classes in high school.
Proofreading

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar may not seem very interesting, but it can make a huge difference in the quality of your writing. You will sound smarter, more convincing, and people will take your written words more seriously. You'll be surprised at what a big difference a few learned skills can make!
Reading,

Reading

By middle school, many students (particularly boys) believe that they aren't capable of reading well. I work hard to help each student believe in themselves and to understand that they just need a little help to catch up. My approach is very flexible, allowing for individual personalities and strengths.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Study Skills are important in order to succeed in school at any level. As a classroom teacher at the middle school and high school level, I have always worked to improve these skills with my students. Note-taking, keeping track of assignments, and organizing papers are just some aspects that help in the classroom. At home a student needs to learn good study habits, proper use of time and resources, etc. These learned skills are essential to success in school and life.
Vocabulary

English

English,

English

As a certified English teacher, I taught English to Middle School and High School students in MA and PA. I have also had success tutoring this subject. In general, I focus on reading comprehension and writing skills. We can work on the literature they are currently studying or other more appealing reading, when appropriate and possible. I have some basic strategies that students can use to help them across a wide range of reading and writing assessments. I also work on test-taking skills, a particular area of expertise that I love to share.
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar may not seem very interesting, but it can make a huge difference in the quality of your writing. You will sound smarter, more convincing, and people will take your written words more seriously. You'll be surprised at what a big difference a few learned skills can make!
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

My experience includes negotiating defense contracts for the U.S. Army; functioning as a classroom teacher; and being a pastor, preaching and teaching to various audiences. I have also taught Speech classes in high school.
Reading,

Reading

By middle school, many students (particularly boys) believe that they aren't capable of reading well. I work hard to help each student believe in themselves and to understand that they just need a little help to catch up. My approach is very flexible, allowing for individual personalities and strengths.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

We will use exceptional SAT helps such as books, websites, and previous tests. I always devote time to test-taking skills and mental approach, as well. This can improve scores dramatically.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I teach simple strategies that can greatly improve writing grades. Grasping a few clear techniques can enhance confidence and lead to better results. I also focus on meeting the expectations of the 'reader'.
Writing,

Writing

Most students lack some basic tools that could help them be more confident, competent writers. My goal is to help them gain confidence in a few important skills. This makes a big difference now, and it sets the stage for greater gains later.
ACT English, ACT Reading, Literature, Proofreading, Vocabulary

History

Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

I am a pastor and ordained minister with a Bible School diploma in addition to my BA in English. I have studied the Bible for years. I have also taught Bible at the high school level.
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

As a certified History teacher, I taught classes specifically about Government and politics, including AP U.S. History. I love the subject, and my enthusiasm and ability to make the subjects relevant to young people has led to positive results in my classes. I have many students tell me that they never cared about government or politics until my class, but now they are involved and talk about it to their friends. I know my material, I enjoy students as people, and I work hard to make it interesting.
Social Studies,

Social Studies

I was certified in MA for 7-12 History, which incorporates a lot of what is called 'Social Studies.' I have taught all high school history courses, including AP courses and am well-versed in all aspects of Social Studies content. I especially enjoy showing students how relevant this subject is to their lives and to understanding today's world.
American History, European History, World History

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Although my teaching certification is in English, I have always excelled at and enjoyed Math; consequently, I have done a lot of Math tutoring over the years. I especially enjoy helping students to think logically and without fear about Math. I find that most students have decided that they are not capable of doing Math; once I help them see that they really can do it, we are on our way. I like to employ analogies and multiple approaches to problems until we find one that clicks with the student. I am patient and encouraging, but insist on work!
English,

English

As a certified English teacher, I taught English to Middle School and High School students in MA and PA. I have also had success tutoring this subject. In general, I focus on reading comprehension and writing skills. We can work on the literature they are currently studying or other more appealing reading, when appropriate and possible. I have some basic strategies that students can use to help them across a wide range of reading and writing assessments. I also work on test-taking skills, a particular area of expertise that I love to share.
Geometry,

Geometry

I enjoy math myself, which helps my students relax and enjoy it, too. I am always aware that every student is a unique individual, and I try to unlock the key to each one's particular way of thinking and learning. Most students who struggle with geometry think it's over their head. I help build confidence and try to make it understandable. One of my goals is for the student to feel smarter and more confident when I am through with them!
Reading,

Reading

By middle school, many students (particularly boys) believe that they aren't capable of reading well. I work hard to help each student believe in themselves and to understand that they just need a little help to catch up. My approach is very flexible, allowing for individual personalities and strengths.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Attitude is everything when taking the SAT. So we work a lot on building confidence. I certainly will spend time on the various Math areas, concentrating on the weaknesses of the student. But another key aspect of maximizing your score is mastering a few test-taking strategies. My goal is for each student to show up on test day knowing that they will do well.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

We will use exceptional SAT helps such as books, websites, and previous tests. I always devote time to test-taking skills and mental approach, as well. This can improve scores dramatically.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Study Skills are important in order to succeed in school at any level. As a classroom teacher at the middle school and high school level, I have always worked to improve these skills with my students. Note-taking, keeping track of assignments, and organizing papers are just some aspects that help in the classroom. At home a student needs to learn good study habits, proper use of time and resources, etc. These learned skills are essential to success in school and life.
Writing

Writing

Most students lack some basic tools that could help them be more confident, competent writers. My goal is to help them gain confidence in a few important skills. This makes a big difference now, and it sets the stage for greater gains later.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Although my teaching certification is in English, I have always excelled at and enjoyed Math; consequently, I have done a lot of Math tutoring over the years. I especially enjoy helping students to think logically and without fear about Math. I find that most students have decided that they are not capable of doing Math; once I help them see that they really can do it, we are on our way. I like to employ analogies and multiple approaches to problems until we find one that clicks with the student. I am patient and encouraging, but insist on work!
Geometry,

Geometry

I enjoy math myself, which helps my students relax and enjoy it, too. I am always aware that every student is a unique individual, and I try to unlock the key to each one's particular way of thinking and learning. Most students who struggle with geometry think it's over their head. I help build confidence and try to make it understandable. One of my goals is for the student to feel smarter and more confident when I am through with them!
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

I have tutored Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and SAT Math for years. My SAT Math scores were in the 700s, although I went on to major in English. I am usually able to help students gain confidence and knowledge, and the two go hand-in-hand. My current tutoring in SAT prep has me right on top of this subject.
SAT Math

SAT Math

Attitude is everything when taking the SAT. So we work a lot on building confidence. I certainly will spend time on the various Math areas, concentrating on the weaknesses of the student. But another key aspect of maximizing your score is mastering a few test-taking strategies. My goal is for each student to show up on test day knowing that they will do well.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Although my teaching certification is in English, I have always excelled at and enjoyed Math; consequently, I have done a lot of Math tutoring over the years. I especially enjoy helping students to think logically and without fear about Math. I find that most students have decided that they are not capable of doing Math; once I help them see that they really can do it, we are on our way. I like to employ analogies and multiple approaches to problems until we find one that clicks with the student. I am patient and encouraging, but insist on work!
English,

English

As a certified English teacher, I taught English to Middle School and High School students in MA and PA. I have also had success tutoring this subject. In general, I focus on reading comprehension and writing skills. We can work on the literature they are currently studying or other more appealing reading, when appropriate and possible. I have some basic strategies that students can use to help them across a wide range of reading and writing assessments. I also work on test-taking skills, a particular area of expertise that I love to share.
Geometry,

Geometry

I enjoy math myself, which helps my students relax and enjoy it, too. I am always aware that every student is a unique individual, and I try to unlock the key to each one's particular way of thinking and learning. Most students who struggle with geometry think it's over their head. I help build confidence and try to make it understandable. One of my goals is for the student to feel smarter and more confident when I am through with them!
Reading,

Reading

By middle school, many students (particularly boys) believe that they aren't capable of reading well. I work hard to help each student believe in themselves and to understand that they just need a little help to catch up. My approach is very flexible, allowing for individual personalities and strengths.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Study Skills are important in order to succeed in school at any level. As a classroom teacher at the middle school and high school level, I have always worked to improve these skills with my students. Note-taking, keeping track of assignments, and organizing papers are just some aspects that help in the classroom. At home a student needs to learn good study habits, proper use of time and resources, etc. These learned skills are essential to success in school and life.
Writing

Writing

Most students lack some basic tools that could help them be more confident, competent writers. My goal is to help them gain confidence in a few important skills. This makes a big difference now, and it sets the stage for greater gains later.

Other

Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

I am a pastor and ordained minister with a Bible School diploma in addition to my BA in English. I have studied the Bible for years. I have also taught Bible at the high school level.
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

As a certified History teacher, I taught classes specifically about Government and politics, including AP U.S. History. I love the subject, and my enthusiasm and ability to make the subjects relevant to young people has led to positive results in my classes. I have many students tell me that they never cared about government or politics until my class, but now they are involved and talk about it to their friends. I know my material, I enjoy students as people, and I work hard to make it interesting.
Study Skills

Study Skills

Study Skills are important in order to succeed in school at any level. As a classroom teacher at the middle school and high school level, I have always worked to improve these skills with my students. Note-taking, keeping track of assignments, and organizing papers are just some aspects that help in the classroom. At home a student needs to learn good study habits, proper use of time and resources, etc. These learned skills are essential to success in school and life.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

Study Skills are important in order to succeed in school at any level. As a classroom teacher at the middle school and high school level, I have always worked to improve these skills with my students. Note-taking, keeping track of assignments, and organizing papers are just some aspects that help in the classroom. At home a student needs to learn good study habits, proper use of time and resources, etc. These learned skills are essential to success in school and life.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Although my teaching certification is in English, I have always excelled at and enjoyed Math; consequently, I have done a lot of Math tutoring over the years. I especially enjoy helping students to think logically and without fear about Math. I find that most students have decided that they are not capable of doing Math; once I help them see that they really can do it, we are on our way. I like to employ analogies and multiple approaches to problems until we find one that clicks with the student. I am patient and encouraging, but insist on work!
Geometry,

Geometry

I enjoy math myself, which helps my students relax and enjoy it, too. I am always aware that every student is a unique individual, and I try to unlock the key to each one's particular way of thinking and learning. Most students who struggle with geometry think it's over their head. I help build confidence and try to make it understandable. One of my goals is for the student to feel smarter and more confident when I am through with them!
Reading,

Reading

By middle school, many students (particularly boys) believe that they aren't capable of reading well. I work hard to help each student believe in themselves and to understand that they just need a little help to catch up. My approach is very flexible, allowing for individual personalities and strengths.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Attitude is everything when taking the SAT. So we work a lot on building confidence. I certainly will spend time on the various Math areas, concentrating on the weaknesses of the student. But another key aspect of maximizing your score is mastering a few test-taking strategies. My goal is for each student to show up on test day knowing that they will do well.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Study Skills are important in order to succeed in school at any level. As a classroom teacher at the middle school and high school level, I have always worked to improve these skills with my students. Note-taking, keeping track of assignments, and organizing papers are just some aspects that help in the classroom. At home a student needs to learn good study habits, proper use of time and resources, etc. These learned skills are essential to success in school and life.
Writing,

Writing

Most students lack some basic tools that could help them be more confident, competent writers. My goal is to help them gain confidence in a few important skills. This makes a big difference now, and it sets the stage for greater gains later.
GED

Test Preparation

Praxis,

Praxis

I am a fantastic test-taker, receiving Certificates of Excellence in my subject areas of the PRAXIS. I have been certified in two subjects and I tutor many subjects across a broad range of disciplines. Student scores on standardized tests have improved greatly after I showed them test-taking techniques and strategies that work on any test. I have also worked unofficially with colleagues to help them pass their PRAXIS exams. I know I can help anyone be prepared to be confident and competent as they go to take their tests.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Attitude is everything when taking the SAT. So we work a lot on building confidence. I certainly will spend time on the various Math areas, concentrating on the weaknesses of the student. But another key aspect of maximizing your score is mastering a few test-taking strategies. My goal is for each student to show up on test day knowing that they will do well.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

We will use exceptional SAT helps such as books, websites, and previous tests. I always devote time to test-taking skills and mental approach, as well. This can improve scores dramatically.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I teach simple strategies that can greatly improve writing grades. Grasping a few clear techniques can enhance confidence and lead to better results. I also focus on meeting the expectations of the 'reader'.
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Excellent Tutor! SAT & college essay

My daughter's Critical Reading/writing scores increased 200/100 points after spending just a few hours with Jim. He was very accommodating with scheduling sessions around her busy schedule. I was so glad that we contacted him again to look over her college essays. She had a few different rough drafts on different topics, and getting that outside assistance was priceless. He really was able to connect with my daughter, and she learned a lot from Jim.

Abigail, 4 lessons with James

Patient tutor

Jim understood my son right away and was extremely patient with him. My son felt very comfortable with him and worked very well for Jim.

Shreyas , 3 lessons with James

Great tutor

Incredibly helpful tutor with a wide variety of knowledge at his disposal. He has been an absolute help to my child with his confidence in taking the SATs. We're very happy for his assistance and could not possibly ask for anyone better.

Svetlana, 27 lessons with James

Great Tutor

James is a very patient tutor. He knows how to engage the student to want to learn and absorb the information.

Millicent, 17 lessons with James

Excellent Tutor

I have never been comfortable with public speaking, and have successfully avoided these situations until recently. I found myself agreeing to give a presentation for a large group of colleagues at a local hospital. Once I agreed, the nerves and then the panic set in. I decided to hire James from WyzAnt to help not only with the presentation itself, but to help me deal with these awful fears. I met James at his house and we went over my presentation page by page. I learned so much in that hour!! James taught me about pacing, what to do if I lost my place, how to view the audience, and how to use my notes more effectively. During my presentation one week later I was nervous, but I was excited too since I had James’ voice in my head. I knew I had a solution for any problem that might arise. The presentation went well! I know I could not have had that level of success without the tutoring and support from James. He was instrumental in my success, and I plan to see him again for help with my next speaking adventure.

Teresa, 1 lesson with James

Great Fit!

This is the first time my son Josh has ever had a tutor. I worried that he might not benefit, but I knew he needed some help focusing and learning new skills. James has been a GREAT FIT! He took the time to get to know my son, not only to figure out how to help him academically, but also to earn his respect and trust. Building that relationship was critical. My son actually looks forward to studying with James and they have an amazing rapport. I've seen an improvement in his overall attitude toward school work and studying. I hope the hard work is evident when he takes the upcoming SAT's. Thank you, James.

Joshua, 47 lessons with James

Excellent Tutor

James was a huge help in a number of ways during my last semester at college. He was extremely easy to get in touch with and always made time for our appointments when ever I needed help. He went above and beyond to get to know me, where I was at with my work, as well as understanding my personal way of learning, which made it a lot easier for us to accomplish everything we took on. James is extremely intelligent, and in the rare scenario he doesn't exactly know the information, he makes it his duty to return to our next lesson as a professional on the issue. Overall, James was a pleasure to work with and truly made a difference in the way I learned and significantly improved my grades in the class. Highly recommended!!!

Derek, 8 lessons with James

Great tutor

Jim advised my daughter on proper study techniques for taking the SAT. Her scores improved greatly .She is receiving merit based scholarships from numerous colleges. Well worth the money.

Lisa, 3 lessons with James

Really connected with my son.

James was a great tutor for my young teen. He was encouraging and engaging. He helped my son improve his writing in just a few sessions. I would recommend him and plan on using his tutoring again this summer.

LISA, 5 lessons with James

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