Paul W.


Paul W.

Tutor

Dallas, TX 75229

Will travel 20 miles

$115 per hour.

4.75 126 ratings

Harvard Grad for Academic Tutoring and Test Prep

Hi! I'm Paul. I have been tutoring and teaching since I was in high school. I am very patient and never judgmental; I see my role as working with students to reduce stress, not increase it. I work with learners of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds. My past clients have ranged from those looking to score 2300+ on the SAT to those looking to pass their GED. Having lived in several different countries, I particularly enjoy working with international students, having been in similar circums... [more]


Algebra 1

Algebra has always been one of my strongest subjects. From elementary through high school, I won several math competitions in algebra and geometry. In teaching algebra, I approach the subject from multiple perspectives, to see which one helps the student understand the material the best.


Algebra 2

Algebra has always been one of my strongest subjects. From elementary through high school, I won several math competitions in various levels of algebra. In teaching algebra, I approach the subject from multiple perspectives, to see which one helps the student understand the material the best. Higher level algebra is a particularly fun subject for me, as it gets more conceptual and less mechanical than lower levels of math classes.


American History

I did extremely well in all of my history classes in secondary school, including American History, because I realized something important (which I help my students see now): History is not about memorizing what happened. It's about seeing the important connections of how events and trends lead to other events and trends, on down the line and up to the present day. The other thing that helps in history classes is writing clearly and logically, which I do and which I can help students do too.


Vocabulary


Grammar

I am an unabashed grammar nerd! (I actually read books on the finer points of English grammar and usage.) But I think one of my real strengths is having studied several other languages. This has, somewhat counterintuitively, made the rules of grammar in my first language clearer, by seeing how they are reflected in other languages, but also how they differ.


European History

Throughout high school and college, I had a keen interest in learning more about the world beyond the United States, and took a lot of courses on world history and various regional histories, including Europe. I like to help students see the big picture and put the material they are covering into a broader context to help make it more relevant and easier to understand and retain.


French

I have studied French for many years and now speak, read, and write it fluently. I lived in Paris for one year, and have worked in several Francophone countries over the years. I can help you make significant progress in your French studies, from the perspective of someone who has traveled the same path.


Geometry

Geometry has long been a strong subject for me. From elementary through high school, I won several math competitions in geometry. In teaching geometry, I approach the subject from multiple perspectives, to see which one helps the student understand the material the best. Some students really respond to visual representations of the material, while others have an easier time with formulas and algebraic expressions. I am comfortable presenting the material either way, according to what works best for the student.


Reading


Spanish

I have studied Spanish for many years and now speak, read, and write it fluently. I have lived and worked in several Spanish-speaking countries and for two years at the Inter-American Development Bank, a bilingual institution where meetings were routinely conducted in Spanish. I am familiar with many different accents from across the Spanish-speaking world. I can help you learn Spanish, from the perspective of someone who has been there myself.


Writing

I have worked with many students in high school and college to improve and refine their writing for course assignments, as well as college and great school applications. Good writing need not be fancy; it just needs to be a clear and precise communication. This clarity and precision of expression and of organization is what I help students achieve in their own writing.


Statistics

I have taken many semesters of statistics coursework at the graduate level. My way of explaining statistics tends more towards the intuitive and less towards the mathematical, although I can cover that too. So working with me can help you understand what the concepts mean; how they appear in actual data analysis; and you can use them in your own current schoolwork and future profession. This can complement the material you have covered in class, where the discussion often centers on how to calculate things.


English

I have helped many students improve and refining their writing, which obviously applies to most disciplines, but tends to be emphasized most in English classes. I also bring a somewhat more scientific perspective to literature analysis, in that I work with students to consistently find clear textual evidence for the ideas they are presenting. (And yes, I just split an infinitive. It's okay; I promise!)


ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL off and on over the course of several years. I lived for two years in Taiwan as a full-time English teacher, but I have taught courses and helped students learn English in multiple countries where I have spent time, as well as working with immigrants here in the U.S., which I thoroughly enjoy.


Government & Politics

My major in undergrad was officially titled International Politics, but throughout high school and college, I have taken many courses on U.S. government and political history, as well as courses on comparative government and political science theory more generally, with an international perspective.


SAT Math

I have taught SAT prep classes for Kaplan. I have scored 800 on the SAT Math section. I can walk you through all the material on this section step-by-step as well as give you strategies for managing the time to finish the section. I can also help you manage any test-taking anxiety so it does not get in your way.


World History

When I was in high school, I won an award for being the top history student in my class of over 500 students. I took several more world history classes in college and did quite well in them. But more than just helping my students memorize facts, I strive to help them think about their history coursework in a more integrated fashion, and work on building up the reading comprehension and writing skills that are necessary to succeed in this subject.


GRE

I have taught GRE classes and done one-on-one tutoring for Kaplan. I can help you master all the material the test covers as well as giving you strategies for managing your time during the exam to maximize your score. I can also help you with strategies for managing any test-taking anxiety you have, so it does not get in your way.


Proofreading

Proofreading is just one of those things I have always been innately good at. I am a huge grammar nerd and wordsmith. I will help you correct any errors that may be hiding in your writing. I can also discuss with you how to clarify your message in your writing, if that is desired. I have helped many students with high-stakes writing, such as applications to college and medical school.


GED

I have helped many students prepare for sections of the GED. I love working with students who feel like "the system" has let them down in some way, but who are nevertheless still working on their education. I am always patient and explore different ways of explaining concepts to find the one that makes the most sense to the student.


SAT Reading

I have taught SAT prep classes for Kaplan. I have scored 800 on the SAT Reading section. Reading on the SAT can feel a bit subjective at times, but I can show you the ways to see through the questions to know what the test makers are looking for. I can walk you through all the material on this section step-by-step as well as give you strategies for managing the time to finish the section. I can also help you manage any test-taking anxiety so it does not get in your way.


SAT Writing

I have taught SAT prep classes for Kaplan. I have scored 800 on the SAT Writing section. While this section can feel subjective, I can show the template for the essay that will get you a high score and review all the grammar rules the multiple choice sections cover. I will also give you strategies for managing the time to finish the section. I can also help you manage any test-taking anxiety so it does not get in your way.


TOEFL


Probability

Probability and Statistics are interwoven subjects, and I have taken many semesters of this coursework at the graduate level. My way of explaining probability tends more towards the intuitive and less towards the mathematical, although I can cover the math too. So I can help you understand what the concepts mean, how they appear in applied contexts, and how you can use them in your own current schoolwork and future profession. This can complement the material you have covered in class, where the discussion often centers on how to calculate things without a lot of attention on when or why you would ever want to do so.


PSAT

I have helped many students improve their PSAT scores, which can help qualify for National Merit scholarships, and is a good "dress rehearsal" for taking the SAT for college applications.


Macroeconomics

I have a Master's in economics and have completed all my Ph.D. coursework in economics as well. Needless to say, after many years of focusing on the subject and studying it in depth, I can help guide you in your studies of economics, be it at the high-school level or in your own Ph.D. coursework.


Microeconomics

I have a Master's in economics and have completed all my Ph.D. coursework in economics as well. Needless to say, after many years of focusing on the subject and studying it in depth, I can help guide you in your studies of economics, be it at the high-school level or in your own Ph.D. coursework.


Econometrics

I have taken over 6 semesters of econometrics courses at the Ph.D. level. My grades were consistently in the range of A- to A. I frequently helped my classmates complete their homework and prepare for exams.


STATA

During my two Master's studies in economics, STATA was our go-to program for statistical and econometric analysis. So I have spent years working with STATA, both for my academic work and in my professional work as an economist with the World Bank and other organizations.