One-on-one instruction is the best way to learn. When an experienced teacher can shape his or her methods to meet the needs of the individual student, everyone wins. The techniques I learned at The Princeton Review, combined with ongoing study of test questions over many years have been instrumental to my tutoring. Both have helped me show students how to find correct answers and avoid traps set on all standardized tests. During one-on-one tutoring, I help students understand how to solve each problem, and how to eliminate incorrect answer choices. I am one of a small number of tutors with actual experience tutoring the GRE and ALL areas of both the ACT and SAT. I am looking for students excited to improve their test scores, and to learn more in their fields of interest! I have extensive experience tutoring reading, English, and all areas of social studies. Because I have been in education for many years, I have helped students of all backgrounds and ability levels, and I know that I can help any student learn. Please contact me with any questions about tutoring, and I look forward to hearing from you!
I began tutoring in 1998, when I was hired by the Princeton Review. I have taught hundreds of students in all academic areas, and am currently a home-bound tutor for two local school districts. My specialties include helping students prepare for the SAT, ACT, and GRE, and improve their skills in mathematics, reading, English, and social studies.
I prefer tutoring students within a twenty-minute drive of my home in Geneva. For students farther away I must charge a small additional fee ($5-10 each way).
ADAM D. GIBBONS
Geneva, Kane County, Illinois
I love helping students succeed, and have been involved in the field of education since the late 1990s. I hold degrees from Northwestern University and Wake Forest University, and I am a former Princeton Review tutor. I specialize in test prep (particularly the ACT, SAT, and GRE) and in social studies, English, reading, and mathematics. I am also an award-winning published author of several non-fiction books, and give addresses on local history, and lead tours of architectural landmarks.
MASTER OF ARTS, WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
GPA 3.92/4.00. Fellowship in U. S. History. Thesis on Swedish settlement of colonial Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, 1640-1725. Worked as a circulation assistant at the Wake Forest University Library. As a graduate fellow, I tutored undergraduates in history, writing, math, and physics.
BACHELOR OF ARTS, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
GPA 3.56/4.00. Received several scholarships, including the Henry Crew Memorial Scholarship, an A. J. Jurek Memorial Legion Post award, a partial tuition grant, and a Wegmans Scholarship. Worked at the Main Library in Reference, Electronic Reference, and Periodicals. Graduated with a history major and physics minor (the only one in my graduating class), as well as a secondary teaching certificate.
FEBRUARY 2019 – PRESENT
PRIVATE TUTOR, TUTOR DOCTOR OF GENEVA
I provide one-to-one instruction for high school and college students in the Fox Valley who need academic assistance in one or more subject areas. My specialties are ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, English, reading, mathematics, and social studies. I communicate with students and parents, custom-tailor lessons to each student, and select and teach all relevant lessons.
JUNE 2016 – PRESENT
HOME-BOUND TUTOR, BATAVIA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT 101
Since the above-mentioned work is part-time and limited in duration, I serve as a home-bound tutor for the Batavia school district as well. Most students are out of school due to medical causes; the ultimate goal is to help them keep up with their academic work, and prepare to return to school full-time as soon as is practicable.
AUGUST 1999-MAY 2016
TEACHER, RIVERSIDE-BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 208
Responsible for planning and teaching curriculum for AP European History, AP United States History, Area Studies, Western Civilization, regular U. S. History classes; Created and graded assignments; Prepared lectures; Facilitated discussions and small group activities; Monitored student behavior; Scholastic Bowl Sponsor; Planned, ran eight European tours with students.
MAY 1996-AUGUST 2002
RESEARCH ASSISTANT/FACT-CHECKER, MCDOUGAL-LITTELL, INC.
Located and compiled historical material to be used for World History, U. S. History, Geography texts and ancillary teaching materials. Over ten projects researched. Worked with authors, editors. Reviewed and revised script treatments for American History Video Series; Performed in-depth historical studies; extensive fact-checking; edited material pre-publication.
DECEMBER 1997-JULY 1999
TUTOR, THE PRINCETON REVIEW
Taught mathematics, logic, reading, science, and writing for several exam formats, all levels. Tutored students individually, and in small groups. Fostered excellent score improvement for students of all backgrounds. Scored in top 2% nationally in GRE overall. Taught test-taking strategies. Top 5% scorer in several tested areas, including math, reading, science, and logic.
• Writing and editing (non-fiction)
• Tutoring mathematics (linear and plane geometry, algebra, trigonometry, precalculus)
• Test preparation and executive functioning
• Valid Illinois teaching license, grades 6-12
• Ability to explain difficult concepts clearly
• Former fact-checker for publishing company • Research (historic, local, genealogical)
• Tutoring social studies (AP European History, AP U. S. History, world history)
• Tutoring English (language and literature)
• Lecture on local history, architecture
• Have tutored students from middle school through post-graduate school in many areas
I spoke to the annual meeting of the membership of Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley in January 2019. I served on that group’s Board of Directors for over ten years and during that time I was involved in all areas related to historic preservation and education. I gave addresses to the attendees at the Star Awards Dinner for Preservation Partners in March 2016, 2017, and 2018, and will be honored at the 2019 dinner. I helped rewrite the bylaws for PPFV, and helped draft and revise the Employee Handbook. I facilitated acquisition of Pioneer Sholes School by PPFV, and interviewed and hired its new Executive Director, Kelsey Shipton. Several years ago, I was selected to serve on Documents Committee for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Geneva. I was a guide for the St. Charles Historic Trolley Tour from 2012-2015. I researched, planned, and conducted programs, bus tours, and numerous Treasures of the Tri-Cities events for PPFV from 2011 to 2017. My house was awarded an historic plaque by Kane County and was named a Kane County Historic Landmark in 2008. I was Secretary of the Lutheran Campus Ministry/ Metro Chicago Board from 2005-2009. am a Life Member of the Western New York Genealogical Society, and am a member of the Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and the Conservation Foundation. I am a former member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, of the Kane County Genealogical Society (for which organization I served as a Trustee), and the Sons of the American Revolution. I am interested in historic preservation and architecture, and in January 2019 I helped save the historic 1839 Miller-Gully House (Geneva, Illinois) from demolition.
• Gibbons, Adam D. Wasco, Illinois: A History. Geneva, IL: Old Adage Press, 2018.
• Gibbons, Adam D. An Illustrated History of Campton Township, Kane County, Illinois, vol. 2. Salem, MA: Higginson Book Company, 2017.
• Gibbons, Adam D. An Illustrated History of Campton Township, Kane County, Illinois, vol. 1. Salem, MA: Higginson Book Company, 2017.
• Gibbons, Adam D. The Founders and Early History of Geneva, Kane County, Illinois. Bradenton, FL: BookLocker, Inc., 2014.
• Received 2019 Star Award for passionate commitment to historic preservation and heritage education from Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley (March 2019)
• Wasco, Illinois: A History was chosen for inclusion in the new local authors’ section of Harvey’s Tales bookstore, Geneva, Illinois (February 2019)
• Selected as keynote speaker at Annual Meeting of Illinois State Questers – Geneva, IL (October 2018)
• Gave the public address when the Corron Farm of Campton Township was awarded its National Register of Historic Places plaque by the National Trust for Historic Preservation/ U. S. Department of the Interior (September 2018)
• Chosen as Dignitary and spoke to the Wessels-Sherman Law Group in St. Charles about the history of Campton Township (December 2017)
• Lectured on stone buildings in the Fox Valley as part of the “Conversations in the Studio” speakers series at the Nationally-Registered historic Schweikher House – Schaumburg, IL (May 2018)
• Spoke to the Geneva Lion’s Club about the history of Wasco – Geneva, IL (April 2018)
• Invited to speak at monthly meeting of Thornapple Questers – St. Charles, IL (August 2017)
• Given Lucinda Muirhead Corron Award for Historic Preservation by Corron Farm Preservation Society at their Annual Meeting – Wasco, IL (May 2017)
• Honored at Garfield Farm’s 29th Annual Awards Dinner for authorship of An Illustrated History of Campton Township. Received Historic Preservation Award – LaFox, IL (April 2017)
• Spoke about local history during Town & Country Public Library’s speakers’ series – Elburn, IL (March 2017)
• Elected President of the Board of Directors of Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley (2016)
• Author event held at Geneva Historical Society – Geneva, IL (2014)
• Co-recipient of Richard H. Dreihaus Historic Preservation Award for Advocacy – Chicago, IL (2013)
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