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I am a graduate of the University of Dallas, a liberal arts school where I received a Bachelor of Arts in English with a focus on philosophy and theater. Later, I received a Master of Arts in English from Saint Louis University where I concentrated in Medieval Literature. As a graduate teaching assistant, I taught freshman composition and literature survey courses while serving on staff at the Graduate Writing Center where I helped graduate students plan, develop, and improve their essays.

For a year after college, I worked as an intern and mentor at the Midtown Center in Chicago. Midtown sponsors supplementary after-school and summertime enrichment programs for kids that foster academic growth, character development, extra-curricular interests, and athletic sportsmanship. After grad school, I worked for three years as an instructor at the Heights School, a private independent preparatory school for boys outside of Washington DC. I taught tenth grade English, US History, and AP US Government the first two years, and then I transitioned during the third year to teach 3-5 grade math and art. After that, I moved back home to St. Louis where I spent the latest chapter of my career working for McGraw-Hill, a premier worldwide provider of educational products and services that shape learning in the digital age.

English is my area of expertise. I am an outstanding writer with a thorough command of English grammar, usage, vocabulary, and style. (I recently helped my mom write a book!) If you need help writing a paper, I'm your man. I also have experience and proficiency in: U.S. History and Government; World Literature; public speaking; algebra; logic; and standardized test prep.

At the beginning of a first teaching session, I like to get to know the student and obtain a sense of context by asking a few questions surrounding his/her desires, challenges, goals, etc. To me, a student is to be understood and respected as a person first and foremost. From there, my method is very practical. I try to meet students where they are and help them get to where they want to be.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve success in your studies!

P.S. Here are a few of my favorite hobbies, interests, and miscellaneous things: running; sports; fantasy baseball; computer programming; news & politics; art & theater; logic puzzles; board games, pop music, playing old school atari/nintendo games, funny t-shirts, fish & chips, and ice-cream sandwiches....I'll stop there since you probably have other things to do....

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Tom’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Dallas - Bachelor in Arts, English

Graduate Degree: Saint Louis University-Main Campus - Master of Arts, English


Running, Baseball, Computer Science, News & Politics, Art & Theater

Tutoring Subjects

Advanced Placement Prep

American Literature

AP Comparative Government and Politics

AP English Language and Composition

AP Human Geography

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP United States History

AP US Government

AP US History

British Literature

College English

College Essays

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

Expository Writing


Graduate Test Prep


GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Quantitative

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Level American Literature




Middle School Math

Public Speaking

Quantitative Reasoning



Short Novel

Social Studies

Study Skills and Organization


US History


World Religions


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