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Qualifications & Experience

I am a JD and an MA who has taught English, Social Studies, and test prep to middle-schoolers in both a special-education and non-special education context. I have experience with college students and adult learners as well, conducting prep courses for the GRE and LSAT. I specialize in writing assistance and test prep (specifically SAT, GRE, and LSAT), but am also available for other subjects.

I have a collaborative teaching style that places the students' needs front and center. We work together in three stages:

First, we set our goal. It is crucial that everybody is on the same page at the beginning.

Second, we plan what steps we will take to meet that goal. Planning helps focus attention, and avoids wasting time (and your money!) on activities that will not meet that goal.

Third, we execute! Both the student and I will work together so that we are constantly moving toward the goal.

I have a knack for making the boring captivating, and for boiling down complex tasks and ideas into something more manageable. My process (and the students' effort!) has helped people get into their dream schools, moved children from self-contained classrooms to general education, and increased students' confidence in difficult subjects.

Let's work together!

-Calvin

Education

2017

University of Georgia

Law

2014

University of Maryland - College Park

English Language and Literature

2010

Wheaton College

English and Political Science

Awards & Honors

2013

Kinnaird Prize for Best Master's Essay

2017

Shelly Knox Award for Outstanding Public-Interest Student

Subjects

Test Preparation

College Counseling GRE LSAT

English

English (K-8) High School Level English College Level English Essay Writing Proofreading

Social Studies

Criminal Justice

Calvin ’s Rating

5.0
5.0
Articulation
5.0
Proficiency
5.0
Punctuality

Reviews

Ian M.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

I took the GRE three times before I met Calvin, and I felt like there was no more space for improvement. Calvin's style, which helped me to break down a daunting test into bite-sized pieces, helped me gain the skills I needed, and the confidence use them on test day.

8 months ago

Clara Y.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

Calvin worked with my middle-school aged son for six weeks, helping him with his reading comprehension and writing. Initially, my son was in a self-contained classroom environment. After consistent work with Calvin, my son is now in a general education classroom, and is much happier. Thank you Calvin!

8 months ago

Clara Y.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

Calvin worked with my middle-school aged son for six weeks, helping him with his reading comprehension and writing. Initially, my son was in a self-contained classroom environment. After consistent work with Calvin, my son is now in a general education classroom, and is much happier. Thank you Calvin!

8 months ago

Allan G.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

Calvin worked with me from start to finished to get me ready for the LSAT. Now, I am admitted to school that initially seemed to be a pipe dream! I never felt like I was wasting my time. We were always moving forward.

9 months ago