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I am a graduate of Elmhurst College in Chicago, IL where I received Bachelor's degrees in History and Philosophy, while minoring in English Writing. I have studied twice abroad; one semester in County Galway, Ireland, while still in grade school and one semester at Oxford University, in the UK, during my third year of college.

In between, I traveled extensively throughout Europe and the continental United States. I have just under a decade of tutoring experience, mostly in private music lessons and essay writing. I gave trombone lessons in my home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was fortunate enough to be second chair in the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. While in college, I worked at our Learning and Writing Center where I helped students - tradition and non-traditional alike - improve their reading and writing skills. In my experience helping students improve their work, I find it important to emphasize the student's personal voice; for although theme, style and punctuation are paramount, be it Bach or Bronte, no one student has the same approach.

I also feel very strongly that a good education is a cornerstone of one's experience, that it can help shape our interests and passions in a way few other things can. Through my own education I was able to see the Seine at sunset and study under the brightest of our age at one of our planet's foremost and oldest universities. I wish nothing less for those I have the privilege to work with. When I'm not playing video games or reading Shakespeare to my cat, I enjoy cycling, adventure sports, and going to museums. I am also an avid amateur astronomer and I am planning on going to graduate school for the History of Science.

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Curtis’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Elmhurst College - Bachelor in Arts, History, Philosophy, English Writing


Reading, writing, video games, cycling, rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, sail-boating, etc.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature


AP English Literature and Composition


British Literature



CLEP American Literature

CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

CLEP English Literature

CLEP Humanities

College English

College Essays

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing


Expository Writing

Fiction Writing


High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

History of Architecture

History of Science

Human Geography

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry




Medieval Literature

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing


Persuasive Writing


Political Science

Public Speaking



Short Novel

Social Sciences

Social Studies


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep


World Literature


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