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I graduated from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine) cum laude with a Double Major in English (bringing in a 5 English AP) and Romance languages (inc. a Jr. Yr in Paris, studying at the Sorbonne). I scored a 5 (Native Speaker) in French in the Foreign Service Exam.
I then spent 3 yrs in francophone W. Africa w/ The Peace Corps and afterwards attended the NW JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management, receiving an MBA while working full-time as a financial analyst at Beatrice Foods. I subsequently honed my expertise in International Finance by working for several large Chicago-based multinational firms, inc. Baxter and The Quaker Oats Co. In addition to further perfecting my French, my business travels gave me a working knowledge of Spanish, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese. Later, I became a partner/portfolio manager in ICAP, covering the Int'l Consumer Staples sector, and retired when our firm was bought out by a large E Coast Insurance company. Post-retirement, I attended CLC, where I earned (cum Laude) a Certificate in Teaching / Tutoring in TESOL (ESL).
I have been fortunate in my education and career and I enjoy sharing by tutoring a wide range of subject areas including World History, English Composition, ESL and French language and Culture.
I enjoy getting to know my students and helping them discover their optimal learning style. To do so, I tailor my teaching style and methods to each individual student. The beauty of 1-on-1 tutoring is being able to offer this unique tailor-made service.
We are all lifetime learners and I find that each tutoring session offers a rewarding opportunity in reciprocal learning.

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John’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Bowdoin College - Bachelors, Double Major - English & Romance Languages Cum Laude

Graduate Degree: Northwestern University - Masters, MBA


Beekeeping; Boating; Fly Fishing; Golf and Theatre

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Writing


Adult Literacy


African History

African-American History

American Literature


AP Research

AP Seminar

AP World History


British Literature



CLEP American Government

CLEP American Literature

CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

CLEP College Composition

CLEP College Composition Modular

CLEP English Literature

CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present

CLEP Humanities

CLEP Principles of Marketing

CLEP Spanish

CLEP Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

CLEP Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

College Economics

Comparative Literature

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep


Contemporary Architecture

Conversational Spanish


Creative Writing





Essay Editing


Expository Writing



French 1

French 2

French 3

GED Prep

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

High School Economics

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Political Science

High School Writing

History of Architecture

Human Resources

IB Business & Management

IB Classical Languages

IB Economics

IB Extended Essay

IB Geography

IB Global Politics

IB Language ab initio

IB Literature and Performance

IB Philosophy

IB Social and Cultural Anthropology

IB Theory of Knowledge

IB World Religions

International Business

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry



Latin America History





Medieval Literature


Personal Finance

Philosophical Ethics



Political Science


Public Speaking


Social Networking

Social Sciences

Social studies


Technical Writing

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

US Constitutional History

World Civilization

World Literature

World Religions


Q & A

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