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Andrew B.

Experienced College Writing Instructor & English Tutor

Experienced College Writing Instructor & English Tutor

$50/hour

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Hello! I've recently moved to the Seattle area after finishing my Master's at the University of Connecticut, where I taught the first-year writing seminar (ENGL 1010), focusing on how to read complex texts and write college essays. Prior to that, I worked as a tutor for several years, focusing mainly on English reading and writing, and I also spent a year teaching ESL in the public schools in Japan. I'm primarily looking to tutor students who want to work on their writing, whether that's for...

Hello! I've recently moved to the Seattle area after finishing my Master's at the University of Connecticut, where I taught the first-year writing seminar (ENGL 1010), focusing on how to read complex texts and write college essays. Prior to that, I worked as a tutor for several years, focusing mainly on English reading and writing, and I also spent a year teaching ESL in the public schools in Japan. I'm primarily looking to tutor students who want to work on their writing, whether that's for a class or for a college application essay. I'm also happy to help students with English literature, ESL, history, or government studies.

I have always loved seeing others learn, and helping them along that road. As early as 9th grade, I took my passion for geography and taught a small group of homeschooled 1st-graders a brief introductory course in it. In Boy Scouts I frequently occupied mentorship roles, teaching skills to the newer recruits, and as soon as I arrived at college I organized and coached a small debate club of middle and high school students. After college I was talked into tutoring English by an older friend who had been tutoring professionally for quite a few years, and I quickly grew to love it. After a couple of years of tutoring part-time, I spent one year teaching English as a second language in Japan's public school system, before returning and working again as a tutor, this time for C2 Education. After that, I spent two years earning my MA in Medieval Studies (a combination of English, History, and Language studies) at UConn, which I have just completed.

I've worked with a wide range of students with all different kinds of learning goals, so I'm extremely adaptable and try to approach each student on their own terms. In the past, I've worked with elementary, middle, and high school students, taught college students, and even helped adult ESL learners practice their conversational English. I've tutored students individually, in small groups of up to three, and I've also taught classes to students k-college. Sometimes this has involved helping a student with reading for school; sometimes it involves working closely with them to develop their writing skills; sometimes I help them develop better study habits and organization, or plan for an upcoming test.

If I had to single out any particular strengths, I would say that I have a great deal of practice giving detailed feedback on student writing, both from my work at UConn (which involved a great deal of essay grading) as well as from work I did previously as a partner in a small editing start-up. Besides that, I always make a point of understand each student's particular motivation, getting to know them, and being a patient teacher. To the extent that I do have a particular style, I strive to be Socratic and ask the student questions to prompt their own ingenuity, rather than simply explaining everything up front.

Before attending UConn, I earned my Bachelor's degree at Arizona State University, where I majored in both English Literature and in Political Science, with a focus on International Politics. What this meant in practice was that I spent a great deal of time learning about both history and government, and while my tutoring has mostly focused on English, I have also worked with students on AP US and World History. Besides this, history and government remain abiding passions for me, and all of the humanities and social sciences are inextricably linked; I often find that my historical knowledge becomes relevant when teaching English.

If you've read this far, thank you for your interest! Please don't hesitate to contact me with any preliminary questions. I'm generally happy to meet and discuss possible tutoring strategies, and I'm also happy to provide you with my resume and references at your request. Thanks!


Education

Arizona State University
English, Poli. Sci.
University of Connecticut
Masters

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $50
  • Travel policy: Within 40 miles of Renton, WA 98059
  • Lesson cancellation: 4 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL

Elementary Education

Reading

English

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing

History

American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science, World History

Homeschool

English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing

Language

ESL/ESOL

Most Popular

English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, Writing

Other

ESL/ESOL, Geography, Government & Politics

Summer

ESL/ESOL, Reading, Writing

Test Preparation

ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

$50/hour

Andrew B.

$50/hour

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