Guiding Light Tutoring

Guiding Light Tutoring

5.0 (5)
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1 employee
3 years in business

About this tutor

I'm an award-winning journalist and book author who helps my students quickly gain confidence as they acquire new skills. From little ones learning sight words and early teens improving their grades to high school juniors preparing college-application essays and Ph.D. candidates writing doctoral theses, I use patience and clear coaching to improve their work. The mother of a 7-year-old boy I tutor says, "He really flourishes with James' combination of gentle firmness and making learning fun. We can't imagine a better tutor." The mother of a young woman I helped with her college-application essays adds, "As an experienced journalist, he knows about content development, detailed editing, and the art of storytelling. We learned so much from James."

I was honored to receive the 2021 top award for column-writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. I am note the James Rosen who formerly worked for Fox News. My Wikipedia entry describes my background in greater detail:

 James Rosen (author) - Wikipedia

I love seeing the amazement and almost joy my students feel when they master the skills and techniques we work on together.  Especially for younger students, it's important to make the lessons enjoyable. Keeping my students engaged is the key to them learning! I use a combination of materials and methods to keep them engaged. My first task as a tutor is to learn what their interests are. One very successful method I use is asking them to write stories. WIth my gently probing guidance, even young students can write interesting narratives -- about their best friend or their sibling or their pet or a family vacation. It brings me great pleasure as they steadily realize that they have more to say than they'd thought. Reading, researching, and studying are easier after they're written even simple narratives.

A key difference between other tutors and me is my approach based on teaching reading, writing, and grammar as closely related activities that support one another. A 14-year-old boy I worked with for a year during the pandemic had been misdiagnosed as having learning disabilities. I soon determined that he was merely bored with his teachers, who were using conventional methods of rote learning. After discovering that he was a black belt in karate, I helped him complete a major project on martial arts. His research led him to learn about its different forms in China, Japan, Brazil, the Philippines, and other countries. Within a few months, he had raised his English grade from failing to B-plus. "Working patiently and creatively with my son, James helped him become a confident writer, more successful in math, and raise his grades considerably," his mother said. For older students, I've helped them raise their SAT/English scores by at least 100 points. Learning is a lifelong passion of mine, and it is deeply satisfying to fuel that passion in my students.

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Charlottesville, VA 22902
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5 Reviews

5.0

  • Diana Lloyd

    If you are looking for an outstanding writer and coach, James is your person. He dedicated countless hours and travel time to help my daughter develop and refine 6 essays for college admissions. As an experienced journalist he knows about content development, detailed editing, and the art of storytelling. We learned so much from James, I would highly recommend his services to anyone!

  • Aarav Bethi

    James worked with me to conceive and edit my college-application essays. He understands what colleges want. His tutoring definitely helped me get into Virginia Tech -- ahead of friends with better GPA's and SAT scores. I learned so much working with him, and I am now applying it in my college courses.

  • Joe Smart

    James was a fantastic sounding board for our high-school junior daughter. He helped her brainstorm ideas, develop a theme for her essays, and pushed her to do her very best in a manner that is warm and encouraging. He was a perfect fit for our daughter, and I can't recommend him enough."

  • Gloria Lee

    James tutored my 14-year-old son for six months last year. He showed great dedication in difficult circumstances during the pandemic, getting tested for COVID every month and driving an hour each way twice a week. Working patiently and creatively with my son, James helped him become a confident writer, more successful in math, and raise his grades considerably. I could not recommend James more highly."


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