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Chris

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I am a tutor based in the West Philadelphia area who specializes in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Music. I work with students of all ages and am happy to help any student improve their skills in and understanding of these fantastic subjects.

Teaching runs in my family and has always been a major passion of mine. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help my students realize their goals and smash through their expectations of what they thought possible.

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in English (with a concentration in Creative Writing) from the University of Pennsylvania. I have been tutoring students since high school, with my first experience being part of a music-mentorship program that allowed me to provide drum lessons for disadvantaged youth. While in college, I continued to tutor students as part of a local outreach program. More recently, I have served as a substitute teacher for charter schools in the Philadelphia region. Through the years, I have tutored students both in group settings and on an individualized basis.

I offer help in a wide-variety of different subjects. My specialty is English. I can help any student improve their Grammar, Writing Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Phonics and Spelling. Additionally, I can proofread essays and edit papers.
There are also other subjects in which I am versed and enjoy teaching, including Mathematics, Spanish, History/Social Studies, test preparation, study skills, public speaking, and college preparation. If you need tutoring in a subject not listed above, just ask; 9 times out of 10, we’ll be able to work something out.

Music is also something I truly enjoy, and I love to offer music lessons for students. I can teach students how to play the drums, as well as the guitar and bass for beginner students. I am also proud to say that I am an avid musician in the local Philadelphia scene. Whether you’re a beginner or just looking to improve your skills, I am an excellent music tutor for you or your child.

My favorite aspect of tutoring is having the ability to help my students improve their skills and gain confidence. I consider myself both patient and easy to talk to, and I greatly enjoy making strong personal connections with my students. My goal has always been to leave students in a place of better understanding so that they may continue to build on what they have learned. As a tutor, I always go the extra mile to achieve the desired outcome. While I take my job seriously, I operate under a long-forgotten ideal: learning is fun. Through the years, I have received thanks and praise from students, parents, and faculty members alike; I work hard to keep that trend going.

Chris’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Pennsylvania - Bachelors, English

Hobbies

Music, Skateboarding, Politics, Boxing, Billiards, Photography, Ceramics

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Writing

Arithmetic

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Conversational Spanish

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English Grammar and Syntax

Environmental Science

Essay Editing

European History

High School English

Homework Support

Literature

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Phonics

Pre-Algebra

Public Speaking

Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Verbal

Social studies

Spanish

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

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

Our first session would consist of us getting to know each other. I want to know what you're studying, what aspects of the course material you need help with, and your academic goals. Of equal importance, I want to get to know who you are as a person: where your interests outside of the classroom lie, what drives you forward, and what you enjoy doing with your free time.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Growing up in a family of educators, I have always deeply valued the importance of education and access to education. I imagine the classroom as a space that fosters inquisitiveness and creativity, where students are challenged academically as they are nurtured, where they are encouraged to take intellectual risks and to think about the relevance of what they're learning inside to their lives outside. Where they are forging connections between things that might seem disparate and disconnected, to read closely and attentively, thinking beyond the page to the world around them, and imparting upon them the importance of education and how it empowers them to change the world.