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Barrie John M.

Getting Results at a Reasonable Rate

Getting Results at a Reasonable Rate

$49/hour

  • 2,472 hours tutoring

About Barrie John


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Want to boost your scores to get into the college of your choice? Need a professional writer who can improve your writing? I can help with that. I have been an SAT/ACT/SSAT/SHSAT/GMAT/AP English and general English tutor for 11 years. I rank in the Top 10 percent of tutors because I not only explain incorrect answers but also teach students how to really make sense of a passage and grasp those tricky, nitpicky writing section questions. I provide tips, effective answer elimination strategies,...

Want to boost your scores to get into the college of your choice? Need a professional writer who can improve your writing? I can help with that. I have been an SAT/ACT/SSAT/SHSAT/GMAT/AP English and general English tutor for 11 years. I rank in the Top 10 percent of tutors because I not only explain incorrect answers but also teach students how to really make sense of a passage and grasp those tricky, nitpicky writing section questions. I provide tips, effective answer elimination strategies, and general passage-specific strategies to save time and get that top score.

Like most good teachers, I get results. A recent student got a 1580 on the November SAT and credited my strategies. Here is a quote from a parent: "For Reading/writing he got 750 which is 100 points more than his September score. We are sure you coaching played a major part in his improvement." Another student not only scored above average, but also got his coveted college scholarship. A middle school student went from failing English to earning a B. One of my writing students, Emily, got second place in the 2020 Duke University TIP writing contest.

I will show your child not only what key areas to focus on but also how to manage his/her time effectively in a timed test, how to make correct inferences, how to find the main point or evidence quickly, and how to eliminate answer choices in a short amount of time using my proven, effective elimination strategies.

Writing
Unlike most teachers, I'm a published writer and an expert at spotting grammatical mistakes and ensuring clarity and cohesion, all key parts of effective writing.
I have tutored numerous students on college application essays as well as general essays. I do not write the essay for your child; rather, I give him or her the tools to write a successful and meaningful essay.

Travel & Background
State certified teacher in English, ESL and Social Studies.
Professional freelance writer and editor.


Education

Maynooth University
English
Delaware Valley University
EdD

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $49
  • Rate details: $5 dollars off if I tutor two students or more in a session.
  • Lesson cancellation: 3 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 12/23/2016

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GMAT

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

English can be a complex language. I will break it down for you in simple terms with easy-to-follow rules and strategies based on my years of teaching. I provide all the materials , and I will get to you that next level where you feel comfortable reading and writing. Qualifications: State certified ESOL teacher. I have been a long-term ESOL teacher at the high school and elementary level.
GMAT, Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Reading,

Reading

I am a certified English teacher and writer who provides late elementary, middle and high-school students with the tools, texts and strategies to improve their comprehension on a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts based on their reading level. My techniques will enable them to understand key ideas and better prepare them for the SAT and college-level courses. Materials: I provide all the reading materials. I use skill-specific passages as well as passages that test students on a wide range of reading skills from vocabulary-in- context to inferences to purpose. Qualifications: Certified Teacher in English Language Arts and ESL.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am an experienced certified English and Social Studies teacher. I have taught students how to take effective notes, differentiating between essential and nonessential information. I have also given lessons on how to mentally prepare for a quiz or test. In addition, I teach test prep, which covers reading strategies, effective writing, and dealing with deadlines.
Grammar, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I have taught the English Section for six years, offering tips, strategies to score well.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have taught the Reading Section for six years, offering tips, strategies to score well.
English,

English

Effective readers make effective writers. I provide students with the tools, texts and strategies to improve their reading comprehension on a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts. I use my decades of writing and editing experience to show students and adults how to recognize grammar mistakes, improve their sentences and paragraphs, and ultimately produce a cohesive, organized and engaging essay or report.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

English can be a complex language. I will break it down for you in simple terms with easy-to-follow rules and strategies based on my years of teaching. I provide all the materials , and I will get to you that next level where you feel comfortable reading and writing. Qualifications: State certified ESOL teacher. I have been a long-term ESOL teacher at the high school and elementary level.
Reading,

Reading

I am a certified English teacher and writer who provides late elementary, middle and high-school students with the tools, texts and strategies to improve their comprehension on a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts based on their reading level. My techniques will enable them to understand key ideas and better prepare them for the SAT and college-level courses. Materials: I provide all the reading materials. I use skill-specific passages as well as passages that test students on a wide range of reading skills from vocabulary-in- context to inferences to purpose. Qualifications: Certified Teacher in English Language Arts and ESL.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have taught the SAT Reading Section for 11 years, showing students how to really read a passage and providing answer elimination strategies and additional tips based on my study of the test.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I am a published writer, editor and certified teacher helping people of all ages become more confident writers. I have assisted students with school and college application essays, and adults with anything from advertising copy to workplace reports. I don't write the essay but instead give students the tools to become better writers by teaching what I have learned my 25 years as a writer and editor. You can count on this writer for effective writing!
Writing,

Writing

I am a professional writer and teacher who helps people of all ages become better writers. I have assisted students with school and college application essays, and adults with anything from advertising copy to workplace reports. I don't write the essay but instead give my students the tools to become better writers by teaching what I have learned my 25 years as a writer and editor. You can count on this writer for effective writing!
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Vocabulary

History

Social Studies,

Social Studies

I am certified to teach social studies grades 7-12 in Pennsylsvania. I taught both 7th grade (world cultures) and 8th grade (American history) for a year in the Philadelphia School District, developing plans for both subjects and assessing students on topics covered. I believe students should be able to accurately interpret maps as well as graphics. My other goal for students is to be able to think critically about current events and draw parallels with past historical periods.
European History

Homeschool

English,

English

Effective readers make effective writers. I provide students with the tools, texts and strategies to improve their reading comprehension on a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts. I use my decades of writing and editing experience to show students and adults how to recognize grammar mistakes, improve their sentences and paragraphs, and ultimately produce a cohesive, organized and engaging essay or report.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

English can be a complex language. I will break it down for you in simple terms with easy-to-follow rules and strategies based on my years of teaching. I provide all the materials , and I will get to you that next level where you feel comfortable reading and writing. Qualifications: State certified ESOL teacher. I have been a long-term ESOL teacher at the high school and elementary level.
Reading,

Reading

I am a certified English teacher and writer who provides late elementary, middle and high-school students with the tools, texts and strategies to improve their comprehension on a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts based on their reading level. My techniques will enable them to understand key ideas and better prepare them for the SAT and college-level courses. Materials: I provide all the reading materials. I use skill-specific passages as well as passages that test students on a wide range of reading skills from vocabulary-in- context to inferences to purpose. Qualifications: Certified Teacher in English Language Arts and ESL.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have taught the SAT Reading Section for 11 years, showing students how to really read a passage and providing answer elimination strategies and additional tips based on my study of the test.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am an experienced certified English and Social Studies teacher. I have taught students how to take effective notes, differentiating between essential and nonessential information. I have also given lessons on how to mentally prepare for a quiz or test. In addition, I teach test prep, which covers reading strategies, effective writing, and dealing with deadlines.
Writing

Writing

I am a professional writer and teacher who helps people of all ages become better writers. I have assisted students with school and college application essays, and adults with anything from advertising copy to workplace reports. I don't write the essay but instead give my students the tools to become better writers by teaching what I have learned my 25 years as a writer and editor. You can count on this writer for effective writing!

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

English can be a complex language. I will break it down for you in simple terms with easy-to-follow rules and strategies based on my years of teaching. I provide all the materials , and I will get to you that next level where you feel comfortable reading and writing. Qualifications: State certified ESOL teacher. I have been a long-term ESOL teacher at the high school and elementary level.

Most Popular

English,

English

Effective readers make effective writers. I provide students with the tools, texts and strategies to improve their reading comprehension on a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts. I use my decades of writing and editing experience to show students and adults how to recognize grammar mistakes, improve their sentences and paragraphs, and ultimately produce a cohesive, organized and engaging essay or report.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

English can be a complex language. I will break it down for you in simple terms with easy-to-follow rules and strategies based on my years of teaching. I provide all the materials , and I will get to you that next level where you feel comfortable reading and writing. Qualifications: State certified ESOL teacher. I have been a long-term ESOL teacher at the high school and elementary level.
Reading,

Reading

I am a certified English teacher and writer who provides late elementary, middle and high-school students with the tools, texts and strategies to improve their comprehension on a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts based on their reading level. My techniques will enable them to understand key ideas and better prepare them for the SAT and college-level courses. Materials: I provide all the reading materials. I use skill-specific passages as well as passages that test students on a wide range of reading skills from vocabulary-in- context to inferences to purpose. Qualifications: Certified Teacher in English Language Arts and ESL.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am an experienced certified English and Social Studies teacher. I have taught students how to take effective notes, differentiating between essential and nonessential information. I have also given lessons on how to mentally prepare for a quiz or test. In addition, I teach test prep, which covers reading strategies, effective writing, and dealing with deadlines.
Writing

Writing

I am a professional writer and teacher who helps people of all ages become better writers. I have assisted students with school and college application essays, and adults with anything from advertising copy to workplace reports. I don't write the essay but instead give my students the tools to become better writers by teaching what I have learned my 25 years as a writer and editor. You can count on this writer for effective writing!

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

English can be a complex language. I will break it down for you in simple terms with easy-to-follow rules and strategies based on my years of teaching. I provide all the materials , and I will get to you that next level where you feel comfortable reading and writing. Qualifications: State certified ESOL teacher. I have been a long-term ESOL teacher at the high school and elementary level.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I am an experienced certified English and Social Studies teacher. I have taught students how to take effective notes, differentiating between essential and nonessential information. I have also given lessons on how to mentally prepare for a quiz or test. In addition, I teach test prep, which covers reading strategies, effective writing, and dealing with deadlines.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I am an experienced certified English and Social Studies teacher. I have taught students how to take effective notes, differentiating between essential and nonessential information. I have also given lessons on how to mentally prepare for a quiz or test. In addition, I teach test prep, which covers reading strategies, effective writing, and dealing with deadlines.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

English can be a complex language. I will break it down for you in simple terms with easy-to-follow rules and strategies based on my years of teaching. I provide all the materials , and I will get to you that next level where you feel comfortable reading and writing. Qualifications: State certified ESOL teacher. I have been a long-term ESOL teacher at the high school and elementary level.
Reading,

Reading

I am a certified English teacher and writer who provides late elementary, middle and high-school students with the tools, texts and strategies to improve their comprehension on a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts based on their reading level. My techniques will enable them to understand key ideas and better prepare them for the SAT and college-level courses. Materials: I provide all the reading materials. I use skill-specific passages as well as passages that test students on a wide range of reading skills from vocabulary-in- context to inferences to purpose. Qualifications: Certified Teacher in English Language Arts and ESL.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am an experienced certified English and Social Studies teacher. I have taught students how to take effective notes, differentiating between essential and nonessential information. I have also given lessons on how to mentally prepare for a quiz or test. In addition, I teach test prep, which covers reading strategies, effective writing, and dealing with deadlines.
Writing

Writing

I am a professional writer and teacher who helps people of all ages become better writers. I have assisted students with school and college application essays, and adults with anything from advertising copy to workplace reports. I don't write the essay but instead give my students the tools to become better writers by teaching what I have learned my 25 years as a writer and editor. You can count on this writer for effective writing!

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I have taught the English Section for six years, offering tips, strategies to score well.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have taught the Reading Section for six years, offering tips, strategies to score well.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have taught the SAT Reading Section for 11 years, showing students how to really read a passage and providing answer elimination strategies and additional tips based on my study of the test.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I am a published writer, editor and certified teacher helping people of all ages become more confident writers. I have assisted students with school and college application essays, and adults with anything from advertising copy to workplace reports. I don't write the essay but instead give students the tools to become better writers by teaching what I have learned my 25 years as a writer and editor. You can count on this writer for effective writing!
GMAT

Examples of Expertise


Barrie John has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 14 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (915 ratings)
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Reviews

Systematic and Detailed approach

Barrie John has a very systematic and detailed approach of coaching my daughter. He breaks down by different areas and helps improve in each of the areas individually. He provides excellent strategies that is very helpful in cracking the SAT english test. I am very happy with the coaching and the approach.

SOWMYA, 8 lessons with Barrie John

Experienced reading tutor

My son has taken two lessons from Tutor Barrie-John. I’m impressed by his professional teaching experience. At the first two lessons, he evaluated my son’s reading level and decided will challenge him with more advanced level and longer essays. I truly believe he will be helpful!

Kevin , 6 lessons with Barrie John

Knowledgeable and dedicated tutor

My daughter has had SAT reading classes with Barrie for several weeks now. She enjoys his classes and feels she is gradually improving her skills and score. I found Barrie very organized. He always sends assignments a few days before the class, has never missed or rescheduled any class and, most importantly, sends a detailed summary of the class afterwards highlighting what they did during the class, what she is strong and where she still needs improvement. Very well structured approach. Shows to me he takes his work seriously.

Ricardo, 13 lessons with Barrie John

A Good Teach Who Knows Where the Kid Needs to Improve

Barrie has pin-pointed my daughter's problems in reading from the very first session. He has focused on the these problems in the following sessions. Now she is making progress in those area. Barrie is always prepared with materials for her reading level and always give her appropriate amount of homework.

Xiaofei, 5 lessons with Barrie John

Very kind and helpful!

Barrie-John was very efficient during classes and proved to be a very effective teacher as I improved greatly in the reading section of the SAT! Barrie-John also administers homework for his students which was a great way to ensure that I would get practice between classes.

Tomas, 7 lessons with Barrie John

Great tutor

Barrie is awesome. He helped 2 of my sons - both very different type of learners with ACT reading. He worked with each at their level and took them up to the next level.

R, 59 lessons with Barrie John

A 5-Star Tutor!

I feel obligated to provide my feedback of Mr. Barrie’s tutoring in hope to assist others in their decision making when they are searching for an English tutor. My child started with Mr. Barrie for a weekly class of SAT reading/writing about 3 months agao. Each session, Mr. Barrie would leave some assignments and my son usually would score 3, or 4 out of 10 the first month. I believed that an inch progress in liberal art would take years practice. Mr. Barrie shortened the length of my estimation. I’ve witnessed the increase of the trend that an inch or two go every few sessions. Till today, my child could score 8, 9/10 for some sections, and 4-7/10 for some others. I didn’t think I would see anything grader than 5 until next year for the best result. From the class summary, I can read Mr. Barrie’s strategies and technical approaches, and I was reminded where his student was still struggling, and I can even anticipate what Mr. Barrie would do in the next session. I wish I had found Mr. Barrie when my child was at the age of “easy seedling”. Even though he doesn’t have a best starter to work with, Mr. Barrie patiently carries on his tough task for a better result each session. Let me give you an example how Mr. Barrie influences his student. My son said something very quickly to me in English which I am not very good at. I questioned:”what are you talking about? You don’t like what?” He replied:”OK, when I say Season 4, what connection you make? A show, right? “ he continued “ when I say Shin Tokinno … is that English?” “No, it sounds Japanese.” I answered studiously. “So, what i just said is …?” He was trying to induce an answer. I eagerly filled the blank”You don’t like the 4th season of the whatever name of that Japanese show.” I feel as if I just finished a class with Mr. Barrie myself!😂😂

Sally, 25 lessons with Barrie John

A very knowledgeable tutor - experience matters!

After our first session, it is evident that Barrie-John has many years of experience successfully prepping students for the English/Reading portions of the SAT. We are very glad we found him and look forward to working with him.

Luis, 9 lessons with Barrie John

Experienced and responsible tutor

It was great to have Barrie help my son to go over the PSAT reading strategy. Barrie provided the reading test material before the class so my son was able to take time and prepare. Over the session, Barrie walked through all the materials he sent earlier with my son to identify the gaps and lay out the strategies. The class was very helpful and effective.

Kim, 1 lesson with Barrie John

Great Tutor !

Barry-John is extremely talented tutor who worked with my son on SAT preparation. He instilled my son with a great deal of confidence in his own ability and had a lot of handy, common-sense strategies for using his time more effectively. Barry-John has a thorough understanding of the test and how to approach various types of questions without over-complicating things. My son felt much more prepared going into the test and thanks to him. I highly recommend Barry as a tutor for anyone taking the SAT, especially if you have been unsatisfied with major test prep providers like Kaplan and want a more individualized experience. With his guidance my son scored 760 score in SAT Reading and writing.

Deepak, 22 lessons with Barrie John
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