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Alistair M.

Lynchburg, VA

$45/hour

Helping you: listen, learn, and discern for success in education.

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Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Theology
Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
Master's
Liberty University (PhD Theology & Apologetics)
Enrolled

Education

Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL (Theology)

Beeson Divinity School, Samford University (Master's)

Liberty University (PhD Theology & Apologetics) (Enrolled)

About Alistair

Originally born in Scotland, I have lived in the U.S. since 1989. I have a background in the Arts and began my film work as a professional Special Makeup Effects artist at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios, England (1987/88) with Bob Keen - who worked on Jabba the Hutt (Star Wars). I specialize in both foam latex and silicone prosthetic makeup. My theological training started in 1987, and I am currently a PhD student in Theology and Apologetics - Biblical Studies/Cognates (Languages). I also work with ancient Greek manuscripts as a volunteer with the International Greek New Testament Project and love to work with the Old and New Testament biblical texts, helping students understand their importance for modern practical life.

In my academic career I have tutored students in Greek (u'grad) and Hebrew; (grad). Since 2005 I have taught Online courses for a university in Virginia, and also developed courses for both u'grad and grad school. Most recently, my teaching foci since 2012 has been Humanities and Informational Technology.

What I love most about tutoring is being able to listen carefully to a student's needs, and help the student grow in personal confidence and self-understanding. And most of all: the use of humor in learning is important!

I would be happy to hear from students who may be struggling in "making connections" in any of the above subjects mentioned. Please feel free to contact me and let's see how you can improve your overall confidence, which translates into improved grades!
Originally born in Scotland, I have lived in the U.S. since 1989. I have a background in the Arts and began my film work as a professional Special Makeup Effects artist at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios, England (1987/88) with Bob Keen - who worked on Jabba the Hutt (Star Wars). I specialize in both foam latex and silicone prosthetic makeup. My Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 35 miles of Lynchburg, VA 24501
Background Check: Passed
Music:
Piano
Art:
Film
English:
Bible Studies,
English
Language:
Greek,
Hebrew

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.

Bible Studies

I have been actively reading and studying the Bible since 1987. My academic studies began in 1988, and have secured a BA in Theology/Bible/Languages; a Masters of Divinity (M.Div) - Theology/Biblical Studies/Languages, and at the PhD level (Theology & Apologetics - Biblical Studies/Languages). Having completed all required coursework, I am currently researching toward my dissertation (summer, 2016). I specialize in helping students understand the importance of prayer, and the role of the imagination in the learning process. This assists in developing an overall confidence in both personal and academic pursuits.

Film

I have had a passion for film since a young boy in Scotland. With a desire to be a Special Makeup Artist, I began working in a local children's pantomine. I began doing professional Special Makeup at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios, England (1987/88), as a Foam Latex technician. Coming to the U.S. I pursued academics, and then took up working in silicone prosthetics in 2006 (Pilgrims Progress), then working on independent film projects. I have also been invited to speak to Theater students at Liberty University. Until Spring-end 2015, I served as an Adjunct Instructor for incoming students in residential courses. I have taught Online courses since 2005, during which time I taught online film course (CINE340) for a semester, whose concentration was on the theological, philosophical and ethical issues dealt with in film. On average I watch between 150-200 films a year, and like teaching students the intellectual and social implications of film upon the prevailing culture. Since movies are the most important vehicle for "truth" in our time, the phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan stands true: "The medium is the message."

Greek

I studied Koine (Middle) Greek for 2 years (4 semesters) at Moody Bible Institute; then in graduate school, sat an exam to bypass two semesters, thereby, going straight into third semester Greek exegesis. I have used biblical Greek for my own personal daily spiritual nourishment, and now at the PhD level, use Greek in each course of academic study. I use biblical software programs for research (Accordance 10 and BibleWorks 10), and serve as a volunteer for the International Greek New Testament Project (www.igntp.org), under the supervision of Dr. Bruce Morrill (Greek manuscript expert, Kansas State University). This work entails learning scribal habits and indexing ancient manuscripts (digitized and held at the University of Muenster, Germany).

Hebrew

I first began the study of Classical (biblical) Hebrew in 1993, then officially took it up in concentrated academic study in graduate school (2 semesters in two long months!). During this time I tutored two other students at the same time. One student went from a D in the first semester (month) to a B+ in the second and final semester. Then, finally, Hebrew exegesis in the third semester. At the PhD level, I continue the reading and translation of Hebrew for doctoral papers, and for my own personal enrichment.

Piano

I started playing piano at age 3, and formal lessons from 6 through 18. In 1977 (age 11) I received a Distinction Award for Performance in Pianoforte by The Royal Schools of Music, London. Each Grade level required study in ear training: sight reading and sight singing.
I continued my own musical direction playing in local bands. Following the period between 1972-1987, I have served in local churches playing on worship teams throughout the years, the longest period from 2001-2007. My preference would be in tutoring students at the basic to intermediate levels (including theory).

Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Theology
Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
Master's
Liberty University (PhD Theology & Apologetics)
Enrolled

Education

Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL (Theology)

Beeson Divinity School, Samford University (Master's)

Liberty University (PhD Theology & Apologetics) (Enrolled)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alistair will travel within 35 miles of Lynchburg, VA 24501.