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All through my life, I've helped a lot of people learn and I continue to do so. I have been tutoring and helping my peers learn since when I was a senior in high school, as an AS/A Levels student, and as a college student. I served as a tutor, teaching assistant, and peer leader during my entire academic experience.

I have led, taught, and coached different learners and students of different ages and educational levels to help them attain their various educational goals. I have tutored students in Public Speaking, ESL/ESOL, TOEFL, Writing, Communication Theories, Research Methods, Literature etc. I enjoy seeing learners and students I help achieve their educational and personal goals. I believe in teaching with patience and also in the saying that the "sky should be my stepping stone rather than my limit;" I take this philosophy with me everywhere I go even the classroom. In my experience, most students have distinct learning styles and identities so I strive to be innovative and adapt the subject to their individual learning style. It's very fulfilling when I see students I tutor, succeed or pass their exams. My teaching style and pedagogy is primarily learner centered.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, listening to podcasts, writing, and reading. I also love politics. I'm looking forward to working with you to help you achieve your academic goals.

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Rodney’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Eastern Illinois University - Bachelors, Corporate Communication


Currency Collecting, cooking, podcasts, wing chun

Tutoring Subjects


ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills


African History

College Application Essays

College English

Creative Writing

Elementary School Reading



Essay Editing

Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Writing


Public Speaking

Social Studies

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep


World Civilization


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is primarily learner-centered. I believe people learn at different paces, so I adapt my pedagogy to their needs.

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

I usually get to know the student and learn their expectations, determine their knowledge, and collaborate on a plan of action.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Personalizing instruction and also providing a student perspective helps. I've also learned that sequencing instruction and encouraging critical-thinking promotes independent learning.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Offering varied experiences, rewards, and a change of scenery often helps students stay motivated. Praising effort rather than intelligence also helps.

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