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My name is Ben O'Connell, and I am a student at Gonzaga University excited about tutoring students. I am available to tutor American History, AP US History prep, and Social Studies. I am looking forward to helping students understand concepts about a topic I find very interesting and exciting.
Some of my hobbies outside of tutoring include reading, watching sports, and listening to music. I live right by GU, and am always excited about Gonzaga Basketball.
I am looking forward to meeting with future students! I can be reached through my email oconnell.ben455@gmail.com and by phone at (206)383-7360.

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Ben’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Gonzaga University - Current Undergrad, Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Supply Chain Managament

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 31

ACT English: 34

ACT Reading: 32

ACT Science: 31


Watching sports, especially football, baseball and Gonzaga basketball. I also enjoy listening to and reading about music. I am also a big fan of podcasts, and enjoy listening to programs like Hardcore History, Lore, and This American Life.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Writing

9th Grade Writing

AP United States History

AP US History

College Level American History

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing


Social Studies

US History

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that the most important aspect of teaching is helping students learn not just by lecture but also through practice and self-discovery. Most subjects are just like playing a sport or instrument, the more one practices, the better one gets.

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

I would try to set up goals for not only the first tutoring session but also what they wish to achieve at the end of the year. This way both the student and I know exactly where they want to end up and what the student wishes to accomplish through the year.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe that the best way to help a student become an independent learner is to teach them how I would have gone about studying for a certain topic. Teaching is not simply about introducing and clarifying topics for students but also about helping students know how they can best teach themselves.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I believe that challenge helps to motivate a student. When a student is properly challenged to the extent that they can be without frustrating them, it keeps a student motivated and helps them focus on the goals they have set.

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