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$20/h
1st lesson free!
Verified profile and diploma
Response Time 24h
Lessons offered by Craig
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Reading
  • Literature
  • Creative writing
  • Essay writing
  • Test Prep
Levels
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • College
  • Adult Education

Hone your writing (and refine your thinking) with published St Joe writer

Methodology

Reading maketh a full man;
conference a ready man;
and writing an exact man.

--Sir Francis Bacon, the father of modern science

I believe Sir Francis was right (and for women, too!). Becoming a better writer means becoming a better thinker because writing down our thoughts forces us to think clearly.

That's why, strange as it may sound, you can learn to think better--a skill that will benefit you the rest of your life.

In my class, we will use the Socratic method to "ask our way" into a concept--a concept originating with the student. Then the student will be tasked with clearly expressing the concept using the written word in such a way that the concept is completely comprehensible.

Through this process, the student will understand the great advantage of exactness in one's thinking over the sloppy abstractions of imprecise thinking, how to achieve that exactness, and how to recognize it (or the lack of it) in the writing of others.

While this class is very adult-level, even a fourth-grader will gain life-long skills in this class by learning to express the concepts of a ten-year-old exactly.

I find the look on a student's face who suddenly "gets it" to be exhilarating; exhilarating it is for the student, too, whose thoughts suddenly crystallize.

Background

I am a writer, a playwright, an essayist, and an online content creator. I have four years of private tutoring or classroom teaching experience--both here in the US and abroad.

I love to teach and it shows in my students' results. Few things have been more rewarding than watching Ricky, a dispirited 8th grader from Santa Fe, New Mexico, who was on the verge of being held back a year, go from failing in the 8th grade to a B average in the 9th grade under my tutelage.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $20/h

Details

One-on-One
$20 / hour

Group
$10 / hour

Lessons offered by Craig
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Reading
  • Literature
  • Creative writing
  • Essay writing
  • Test Prep
Levels
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • College
  • Adult Education

Craig's resume

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts
with a double major in Western Philosophy and
Mathematics and a minor in Foreign Languages
(Ancient Greek and French)

New York University—two years
St Johns College (Santa Fe)—four years


WORK HISTORY

New York City
entrepreneur
restaurateur
nonprofit political advocacy

Shanxi
English teacher

Beijing
English teacher

Washington, DC
nonprofit political advocacy
web design
mosaicist

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