University of Nevada (English and History)
Washington State University Pullman (Master's)
Washington State University -Pullman (PhD)
I have an extensive background in all areas of English composition and literature as well as the humanities, which includes history, philosophy, and culture through the arts. I have taught these subjects at the college level for over 20 years, and I know how to help students work through difficulties and frustrations. I am experienced with matching different teaching methods to a full spectrum of learning styles to find the best approach for each student. Awards for outstanding teaching and students support demonstrate that I have been successful in reaching students and guiding them toward success. I have also taught various aspects of cultural/gender studies through the social sciences, so I am able to assist students in multiple and often overlapping areas of their course work.
I realize many of you are also looking for assistance in exam preparation, both for college entrance and in pursuit of advanced degrees. I can work with you to develop a strategy for success in the verbal areas of the SAT (Reading and Writing), the ACT (English and Writing), and the GRE (Verbal and Essay portions). My own scores on these exams placed me above the 95th percentile in each, and in the 99th percentile twice. With my foundations in logic and analysis—and having received high scores on numerous recent practice exams (along with an earlier version of the real thing in my 20s)—I can assist with LSAT preparation as well. While there are numerous forms of assistance and practice available for each of these exams, virtually none can directly critique practice work and personalize an approach for surmounting areas of difficulty or maximizing the skills you bring to the table. Consider whether a personal (or small group) tutor would be your best option.
I believe that a tutoring relationship should be mutual, and along with providing progress reports for students, I will ask for periodic reviews of our process and evaluations from the student perspective. I appreciate the need for flexibility, and while I have a 24-hour cancellation policy, I am willing to arrange make-up sessions. I offer a free initial one-hour consultation as well. We will establish a clear plan and time line before starting a first session. My rates are negotiable for small group tutorials.
My students have gone on to excel at such institutions as Columbia, Berkley, UW, and Notre Dame. Many have written me during and upon completion of their studies, recently, for example, one in his second year at law school, thanking me for the contributions I made to their educational achievements. I look forward to working with you to realize your own educational goals.
As a final note, I also have extensive credentials in the theater arts and film, and am prepared to assist you as an acting or auditioning coach in all non-musical areas.
I have an extensive background in all areas of English composition and literature as well as the humanities, which includes history, philosophy, and culture through the arts. I have taught these subjects at the college level for over 20 years, and I know how to help students work through difficulties and frustrations. I am experienced with
I am willing to negotiate group rates or lower rates for less time-intensive tutorial needs or hardship cases. Please feel free to contact me with inquiries.
We met with John a few times. My son really enjoyed working with him. I would recommend him to anyone willing and ready to learn.
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As an undergraduate in English Literature and European History, I have extensive exposure to the textual canon typically referred to as the western classics. This background was buffered my course work in graduate school, which included a course in medieval Arthurian lit and a teaching assistantship in western humanities. These credentials were considered solid enough that I was awarded a humanities classics course at Washington State University even while pursuing my doctorate in American Studies.
As a Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies Professor at Whatcom Community College, I have expanded this base to include many non-western classics, including the Ramayana, the Confucian Analects, the Tao Te-Ching, the Popol Vuh, and a broad variety of indigenous Native American epic tales and fragments.
Having returned to college in my late 20s and earned a 4.0 for my last 90 credits in a new degree, I had to become a self-taught expert in regard to study skills, and frequently found myself in a position of assisting fellow students to comprehend and complete requirements in a broad array of subject matter. I have more formal credentials as well. I tutored functionally illiterate adults as a volunteer, requiring that I develop a variety of study methods to help facilitate learning for extremely diverse individuals with little familiarity in formal curriculum and how to navigate it successfully. In a separate arena, I served as training NCO for my section in the Nevada Air National Guard, in an area whose applications closely paralleled college-level assessment practices.
My most extensive experience in developing and implementing study skills curriculum derives from 15 years in a tenured professorship at a Community College. Along with developing learning style-specific practices to assist my regularly enrolled, degree-seeking students, I mentored dozens of Learning Contracts, independent study courses that entailed creating individual curriculum and success strategies for each student.
More recently, I have been coaching 4th-7th graders at my son's school in preparation for the annual Math Olympiad, requiring that I provide fun and effective study techniques for participants to grow and excel in material that is supplemental to the regular lessons and requirements.