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Christopher offers a discount of 25% on their first / introductory lesson!

History

Price Guide
Elementary $30.00
Secondary $35.00
College / University $40.00
Casual $40.00

Geography

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Elementary $30.00
Secondary $35.00
College / University $40.00
Casual $40.00

Business

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Secondary $35.00
College / University $40.00
Casual $40.00

Study Skills / Essay Writing

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Elementary $30.00
Secondary $35.00
College / University $40.00
Casual $40.00

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Personal Description:

Guitar: I play acoustic guitar. I particularly enjoy folk music and finger-picking, as well as classical rock like Led Zeppelin.

Health and Nutrition: I am an advocate for whole foods and healthy eating. I follow a fairly strict low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet. I am also an avid meditator and see mindfulness meditation in particular as an excellent way to enhance people's happiness and focus.

Fitness: I believe strongly in the importance of maintaining a healthy body. I enjoy HIIT weight lifting, usually upper-lower splits, supplemented with cardio.

Tutoring Experience:

I have an M.A. Thesis in Military History and a B.Ed. I have 6 years international teaching experience in England and China teaching humanities/social studies subjects and extended essays between Grades 4-12 in the IB Program (MYP and DP) and several Canadian provincial curricula.

I also have extensive experience with blended classrooms and using IT and e-learning management systems (e.g. Moodle, Memrise, etc.) to help improve student engagement and learning outside of the classroom. Furthermore, I have designed and led a course to develop student-teachers (Teacher Assistant Program) to develop high-achieving students to support student learning. This course involved teaching students about pedagogical approaches and student-led teaching sessions.

Previously, I worked for a year as an editor and ESL teacher in Vienna, Austria where I tutored individual students and adults in contextual learning (i.e. how to go shopping, how to order pizza). I worked as an editor for a local business magazine and assisted in editing several Master's and Ph.D. level papers for German-speaking students.

Tutoring Approach:

Establish Understanding: It's important to first establish an understanding with the student (and parents) about their expectations regarding where they are and what they hope to achieve. For example, I want to know what they struggle with and what they excel at in order to tailor my teaching to their needs; I would also like to know what the task expectations/rubric are and what instructions they've already been given. In this way, the tutor can create a road map for future success that is suited to the student.

Scaffold: I generally use a "universal design" approach to scaffolding tasks to make them more accessible. For example, everyone benefits from seeing real-world examples of what they're studying and visuals and templates can assist in providing context to a situation being examined. I also focus on actually doing the tasks myself, often by recording myself doing the process live to show how I would approach it. Otherwise, I also like using different templates to deconstruct a student's own response to highlight its discrete strengths and weaknesses.

Independent Work: After providing the scaffolding necessary to accomplish a task, the student must be given some form of independent task to confirm their ability to achieve independent of the tutor. Examples could include individual worksheets or (better) a rich writing task based on a simple prompt, to name a few.

Reflection: The ultimate goal of a tutor should be to develop student independence. Tutoring should be seen as a skill-building process; therefore, student's should be asked to reflect upon what they've learned and how far they've come and be encouraged to apply these newfound skills to their next task. For example, students could be asked to maintain a KWL (Know, Want, Learn) sheet to reflect upon their development over time and consider areas for further investigation.

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Native Language: English
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • University of Ottawa (2013) - B.Ed. - Junior/Intermediate (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • United TESOL (2012) - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certification (Other) (✔ On File)
  • University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (2011) - M.A. (Thesis) Military History (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • University of Western Ontario (2009) - B.A. (Honours) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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