Barrel Tutoring

Barrel Tutoring

5.0 (2)
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1 employee
1 years in business

About this tutor

My Bachelor's Degree (top 10% of my class) in philosophy means that I'm always willing to always answer the question "why?". In fact, I was so good at answering "why" questions that the University of Kansas' philosophy department awarded me their Warner Morse Prize for History of Philosophy with a cash prize (I was simply shocked that philosophers had money to spare). In college, I was a supplemental instructor for a political stats class (I have another degree in Political Science) that focused on group activities for learning. Additionally, I am a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves and I serve as an Engineering Officer. During my Engineering training, I served as my class's Academic Officer responsible for helping my struggling peers with their coursework (a role I took on despite not having a degree in Engineering). I have tutored for over 500 hours with 32 students (primarily for the SAT), and believe that knowledge is always worth pursuing. I have tutored math (up to calculus 1, including statistics, geometry, and algebra), grammar, critical reading, writing, and Spanish. 

When I first began tutoring students, I'll admit I had mixed feelings about it. However, this changed once I had a student look up at me from a reading passage and say "this could all be nonsense and I would have no way of knowing." At that moment I realized he was critically thinking and the impact I was having. I enjoy teaching students how to think rather than what to think, as that is a skill that lasts a lifetime. Although the thing I enjoy most is sparking a student's curiosity and seeing where it takes them. Answers to questions are rarely conclusive, and I love to motivate students to pursue these questions to their heart's content. 

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Arlington, VA 22201
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2 Reviews


  • Alec Trotman

    I worked with him for a couple weeks and he was always on time and prepared. He made sure I understood a concept before moving on, and once it clicked with me he made sure I could do all types of problems with the concept.

  • Alec Trotman

    He was quick to respond, polite, and helped me solve what I needed help with (functions).


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Discussing expectations, goals, and discussing what they hope to get out of tutoring. After that, I create an action plan to achieve those goals with a clear timeline established.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have tutored for 507 hours with 32 students (as of writing this) as an SAT tutor with a tutoring contractor, and have recently decided to venture out on my own. Prior to that, I was the academic officer in the Army for an Engineering unit and I helped teach a class on political statistics while in my bachelor's program. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Standard rate is $80/hour

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