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I became interested in tutoring after I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). I wanted to move to Las Vegas, Nevada after I graduated and I decided to take advantage of the opportunity I had to work with Varsity Tutors. I graduated with a double major in Communication and Philosophy with an emphasis on Applied Ethics. Ever since I started my Communication program at UMD, I have been fascinated by the importance and influence of effective communication both through interpersonal interactions and through writing. In addition, I've gained an interest in public speaking and learning how to do it effectively since it is such a big challenge.

When it comes to tutoring others, I know it is paramount to recognize each individual's personal strengths and background knowledge in order to most effectively help them advance. Because of this, I find it important to cultivate and develop these personal strengths to help bring it out in their projects. This is what I keep in mind when trying to teach material to someone. My favorite areas to tutor in are Writing, Public Speaking, and Philosophy because I think these areas of study can help people develop themselves in to become a well rounded citizen.

Outside of Academia, I am interested in exercising, music, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. When it comes to physical exercise, I keep things diverse depending on what I feel I need work in. In addition, I enjoy yoga to help maintain balance and keep a level state-of-mind. I enjoy listening to a variety of music from virtually all genres and I collect vinyl records and enjoy listening to them in my free time. When it comes to jiu-jitsu, I am still very much a beginner and I have only taken a few months of classes but I have enjoyed every single one. I am new to the area and have yet to join a local gym but am eager to get started again.

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James’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota-Duluth - Bachelor in Arts, Communication, General

Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota-Duluth - Bachelor in Arts, Philosophy


Hiking, Listening to Music, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Reading, Yoga, Exercising

Tutoring Subjects


Essay Editing

High School English

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Philosophical Ethics

Public Speaking

Social Sciences


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