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I help students develop the tools they need to be effective self-motivated self-educators. I believe that learning is a life long collaborative practice, and that communicating complex ideas effectively is essential to being successful as a student and professional.

Elijah’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Antioch College - Bachelors, Self-Designed Major: Political Economy of Public Discourse


Film and photography, creative writing, soccer, space exploration, science fiction.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing


Essay Editing

High School English



Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Technical Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that every human being has a natural drive to learn, develop a deep understanding, and communicate that understanding to others. I work with people to become more effective self-educators and communicators.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

The first thing is just talking about the subject matter, what specifically the student wants to improve on, and what parts they feel the most confident in. Then I try to get an idea of what the student's learning style is when they have a strong internal motivation to learn. The goal is to develop learning strategies based on how the student absorbs information they care about.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Everyone is already an independent learner, whether it's about an academic subject, a sport they care about, or their friends' lives. As soon as you realize you're already learning all the time, applying that drive to academic subjects is just a matter of finding the right learning strategies for yourself and getting into a good routine where you feel like you're making progress.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I try to figure out exactly what the problem is by asking questions.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Reading a sentence out loud and rephrasing it are both strategies that have worked for me.