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I'm a retired teacher, but since I love teaching English and history, I'm staying engaged with students through one-on-one tutoring. I got my high school diploma from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA; my BA in Fine Arts from New College of Florida (the honors college of Florida's state universities) in Sarasota, Fl; and two masters in the Humanities from Saint John's College in Santa Fe, NM. Both colleges emphasized self-directed learning, collaboration, Socratic seminars, great books, intensive study and writing, and this has informed my own teaching style. I have taught as an English and history teacher in all types of schools: private, public, charter, and online. I have worked as a private tutor for English, drawing, and SAT Prep. I've worked with and tutored all kinds of high school students: ESL, ESS, at-risk, and dual enrollment in community college classes.

I have a great passion for my subjects and a strong desire to communicate that to others. I strive to meet students where they are at, getting a sense of their strengths, challenges, and interest in the material so that our time together is as rewarding, interesting, and fun as possible. I see myself more as a coach or mentor rather than a teacher since no true learning can occur without mutual respect. My main focus is always to foster a genuine understanding, even an appreciation, of the subject. When students create their own meaning and insight, that's theirs forever. As a consequence, recalling facts and organizing information, which has to be done, becomes much easier. As a rule of thumb, my lessons begin with Socratic questions and speculative or analogical thinking to develop critical thinking and effective communication skills before going into the factual or technical sides of the subject matter after which students can demonstrate they've mastered the concepts needed to succeed on a test or essay. If a student is earnest, I will always go the extra mile for him or her.

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Martin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: New College of Florida - Bachelor in Arts, Studio Arts

Graduate Degree: Saint Johns College - Master of Arts, Humanities


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Tutoring Subjects


ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills

ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning



ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing


Adult Literacy

African History

African-American History

American Literature

Ancient and Medieval Heritage

AP Art History

AP European History

AP Studio Art: Drawing

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP US History

AP World History

Arrangement and Composition


Art History

British Literature


CLEP American Government

CLEP American Literature

CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

CLEP College Composition

CLEP English Literature

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

CLEP Humanities

CLEP Social Sciences and History

CLEP Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

CLEP Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

College English

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

College World History


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

GED Prep

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Social Studies

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing



PSAT Critical Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in United States History

SAT Subject Test in World History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Social Studies

Test Prep

World History

World Religions


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