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Barrie-John M.

Kintnersville, PA


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Background check passed as of 10/13/14
4.9 average from 64 ratings
Prompt, professional and very knowledgeable.
— Jake, Sellersville, PA on 10/3/15

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Maynooth College
Delaware Valley College


Maynooth College

Delaware Valley College (EdD)

About Barrie-John

I am a certified English and ESL teacher. I have been employed as an SAT/ACT and writing tutor for more than four years, so I know all about the tests, their format, the types of questions to expect, what to and when to skip, and the short-cuts to do well.

Like most good teachers, I get results. A recent student of mine went from an 330 Reading score to a 550 Reading score. He not only scored above average, but also got his coveted college scholarship.

Unlike most teachers, I'm a published writer and an expert at spotting grammatical mistakes, a key part of standardized tests. I was a copy editor for many years, editing stories for accuracy and grammar. I continue to write for a local newspaper.

My own curriculum, taken from a variety of test preparation books, teaches students to actively read and know what to expect on reading passages. I will show your child not only what areas to focus on in long or double passages, but how to make correct inferences, determine the main idea and tone.

My curriculum, which includes tips and strategies, focuses only on what appears on the exam. I will not waste your time/ money with material your child already knows. Grammar sections test similar areas and follow certain patterns, and once students recognize the types of errors, their scores will go up dramatically.


I am a published writer and have tutored numerous students on college application essays as well as high school subject 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.

Regarding the SAT essay, I have a specific formula that will allow a student to maximize his or her score and still have enough time to revise. I will teach you time-saving test-taking methods and how to write concise and effective responses to exam questions.

Travel & Background

Traveling to your house or local library is not an issue. I have had students in Bucks, Montgomery, Northampton, Hunterdon and Warren counties, so I'm willing to go to locations in any of these areas.

I grew up in Ireland and have resided in Bucks County for 15 years.

I have the knowledge and the time to tutor your child, and I want your child to succeed in life. Why not choose me?
I am a certified English and ESL teacher. I have been employed as an SAT/ACT and Read more

3 hours notice required

$10 dollars off if I tutor you for more than four hours a week.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Kintnersville, PA 18930
Background Check: Passed

"Prompt, professional and very knowledgeable."

- Jake, Sellersville, PA on 10/3/15

"Mr. M is the man!!!"

- Karen, Stewartsville, NJ on 8/5/15

"Great tutor, very patient!"

- Paula, Phillipsburg, NJ on 4/13/15

"Very accomodating and great tutor"

- Michele, Flemington, NJ on 10/12/14

"Excellent Tutor with Great Strategies!"

- Taylor, Hatboro, PA on 6/8/14

"Wonderful SAT Reading and Writing Prep"

- Kelly, Bethlehem, PA on 9/28/13
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
ESL/ESOL, French
European History, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,

Approved subjects are in bold.

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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.

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.

Maynooth College
Delaware Valley College


Maynooth College

Delaware Valley College (EdD)

Prompt, professional and very knowledgeable. — Barrie-John did a great job. He was prompt, professional and very knowledgeable. He provided many great stategies for SAT test taking. I would give him 5 stars. ...

— Jake, Sellersville, PA on 10/3/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

$10 dollars off if I tutor you for more than four hours a week.

Travel policy

Barrie-John will travel within 30 miles of Kintnersville, PA 18930.