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Jef B.

Spokane, WA

$40/hour

History, Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

In-person lessons

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Oglethope University

Education

Oglethope University

About Jef

I cannot recall a time in my life when I did not possess a deep respect for education. As a student I was fortunate to have had several excellent & inspiring educators who instilled in me both a love a learning for its own sake, & a desire to teach. It has taken me a long time, but I am finally in the process of becoming certified as a teacher.

When I was a student, & in a number of instances outside of school, I was frequently asked by friends & classmates for my assistance in their studies. I did so gladly, as it was both the right thing to do & a source of joy & fulfillment for myself. I found at a very young age that I was able to gain a better understanding of a subject when called on to help someone else comprehend the material. Over time, I came to believe that I also gained a deeper understanding of specific topics, because I was forced to approach the subject through another person's world-view.

Those areas of academia in which I excel include, but are not limited to, research, essays, research papers, speech preparation and delivery. Lessons would include guided research, short essays, and extensive discussions. I am willing to travel to students for lessons, but would prefer lessons to occur in a library, if possible, as it will assist in any necessary research.

My approach to tutoring has always been to first discover through informal questioning what specifically a student is struggling with, then to tailor the lessons to the individual. Role reversal--where I ask a student to explain the information as if they were teaching it--proves to be very effective. I have also found elaborative learning to be quite useful. Depending on the students need, lessons may involve tests, essays or research papers.

My fee is $40/per hour for lessons, but a lower rate may be agreed upon for online sessions.

I studied History at both Berry College--where I also minored in Theatre--& Oglethorpe University, where I received my BA. At both institutions I was an Honor student, finishing with a 3.4 GPA. At Berry College I had received the full tuition Presidential Scholarship for academic achievement. At Oglethorpe University I was invited to present a paper I had written for a history of cosmology class which examined the arguments of a non-Euclidean geometric structure of the universe as found in Edwin Abbot's book "Flatland" at an Honor's Symposium.

Those areas of academia in which I excel include, but are not limited to, History--European, World & American--literature, physical science, general research, essays, research papers, speech preparation and delivery. Please contact me if you would like to schedule a lesson.
I cannot recall a time in my life when I did not possess a deep respect for education. As a student I was fortunate to have had several excellent & inspiring educators who instilled in me both a love a learning for its own sake, & a desire to teach. It has taken me a long time, but I am finally in the process of becoming certified as a teacher. Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Spokane, WA 99206
In-person lessons
Science:
Physical Science
English:
Literature
History:
American History,
Classics, Religion, Social Studies, World History

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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American History

I have a BA degree in history

Physical Science

While my BA is in history, I have studied physics for most of my life. While in college, I was asked to present a paper at an honors symposium for my cosmology class.

Oglethope University

Education

Oglethope University

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jef will travel within 30 miles of Spokane, WA 99206.