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Paul

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I've loved history, literature, and writing my whole life. As a result I decided to become a history teacher while I was still in high school. I earned both my BA in history and my MA in teaching from Earlham College. In 2007, I began working at Sylvan Learning Center near my hometown (Bellevue, WA), eventually gaining seven years tutoring experience in a wide range of subject matters. I also teach online, instructing students in history and writing, and I am in my seventh year of classes.

As a result of these years of experience, I always focus on two areas: connecting well with the students via good listening and a good sense of humor, and connecting the students to the subject through flexibility, adaptability, and asking challenging, thought-provoking questions. I'm not interested in teaching students how to repeat information back to me; I want my students to truly understand crucial concepts and their importance to the broader subject and to daily life. A few other of my rules for teaching: one, be 100% patient; two, if something didn't work, try something else; three, always have something to write with.

When I'm not teaching, I generally spend most of my time reading and writing. I also enjoy running -- in high school I was a long-distance runner, and in college I ran for fun while also playing Ultimate Frisbee. While I read the news regularly, I also enjoy more entertaining material such as comics, SF/fantasy novels, and movies. In short, I am cheerfully geeky.

Paul’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Earlham College - Bachelor in Arts, History

Graduate Degree: Earlham College - Master of Arts, Teaching

Hobbies

When I'm not teaching, I generally spend most of my time reading and writing. I also enjoy running -- in high school I was a long-distance runner, and in college I ran for fun while also playing Ultimate Frisbee. While I read the news regularly, I also en

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

History

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History

College World History

Comparative Literature

English

Essay Editing

European History

Geography

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School World History

High School Writing

IB Extended Essay

IB Geography

IB Geography HL

IB Geography SL

IB Global Politics

IB Global Politics HL

IB Global Politics SL

IB History

IB History HL

IB History SL

Literature

Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social studies

Test Prep

World Civilization

World History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that all students can achieve the best possible results through a combination of dedication, flexibility, and good humor.