James D.

San Marcos, TX


Comfortable learning atmosphere for ESL, taught in Japan/Korea/TSU

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Background check passed as of 11/23/12

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Texas Tech University
Psychology, English
Texas State University


Texas Tech University (Psychology, English)

Texas State University (Master's)

About James

Hi, I'm currently an ESL tutor and writing teacher at Texas State while working on an MFA in poetry. I have a BA in English and Psychology with over 4 years of teaching experience. I was in the military for 5 years and taught in South Korea for 3 years at an English Academy and 1 year of private teaching a middle school and high school student. Moreover, I taught 3 Brazilian and 1 Spanish student for 4 months. It was very rewarding and fun to teach them reading comprehension, phonics, American culture, essay writing, and grammar. If they did well I would take them to a movie, dinner, or gaming place.

Even though I've been back in America for over 2 years, they still contact me and I contact them to check up on them and their families.

I had to have a tutor in math when I was in middle school so I know what it's like for the student. Furthermore, with tutoring experience and a caring attitude I can provide a good teacher to student bond for a better learning environment because I know that if the student doesn't like the teacher or detects impatience then they will not learn as well.

My main strength as a tutor is my ability to assess a student's learning style and adjust my teaching style to suit his/her needs. The most rewarding aspect of tutoring is witnessing my students' growth, helping them build their skills, confidence, and knowing that I played a role in their success. Moreover, I also enjoy and appreciate students for their own unique perception.

I look forward to meeting and getting to know you.

Thank you for the opportunity to get to know you and teach you.
Hi, I'm currently an ESL tutor and writing teacher at Texas State while working on an MFA in poetry. I have a BA in English and Read more

2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of San Marcos, TX 78666
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Bible Studies, English,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Public Speaking
Elementary (K-6th), English,
Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

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I played chess competitively in High School and in college. I played in numerous USCF (United States Chess Federation) tournaments with a rating of 1750. The average is 1200. I even created an opening chess strategy similar to the Bishop's opening because my style is aggressive.


I'm a published poet and a teacher with a double BA in Psychology and English. Currently enrolled in graduate school for an MFA. I can help with grammar, essay writing, phonics, reading comprehension, poetry, creative writing, and technical writing.


I was an ESL teacher and a tutor of 5 students in Korea for 3 years.


I have a BA in Psychology.


I have several poems published, enrolled in graduate school for an MFA in Creative Writing with a focus on Poetry. Taught essay and creative writing to high school students in Korea.

Texas Tech University
Psychology, English
Texas State University


Texas Tech University (Psychology, English)

Texas State University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

James will travel within 40 miles of San Marcos, TX 78666.

Background Check Status for James D.

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