B.A. Humanities, Marshall University
M.A. Latin, Marshall University
M.A. Classics, University of Washington
6 years tutoring and teaching Latin, Ancient Greek, English, essay writing, and SAT/ACT.
JB’s tutoring experience began at Marshall University, where he worked as a graduate assistant tutor for students with learning differences, including ADD, ADHD, dysgraphia, and dyslexia. Since then, he has gained several years of experience tutoring SAT/ACT, Latin, humanities, literature, and essay writing. JB has also edited hundreds of college application essays and worked with many students to achieve admission to universities and honors programs in the top 100 most competitive schools in the country.
JB received his M.A. in Classics from the University of Washington and M.A. in Latin from Marshall University, during which time he wrote and published a work on Neronian literature and presented a paper on Augustan elegy in a regional Classics conference. At the University of Washington he taught a course on the Latin and Greek roots of the English language. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Humanities with a focus in Classics from Marshall University, where he received the designation of Most Outstanding Humanities Student of 2009 and achieved the CAMWS Award for Classical Studies. As part of his graduate and undergraduate studies, he participated in archaeological digs in Rome, Italy and Tel Dor, Israel.
JB achieved membership in the National Society of High School Scholars and Who’s Who Among American High School Students. He represented his high school in statewide Math Bee competitions through junior high into his senior year. In a national fine arts competition during his senior year, he represented his state in the categories of biology and sculpture.
JB loves to put his students more at ease and build their confidence if they experience anxiety surrounding the test preparation process. He is able to non-judgmentally guide students through the steps needed to overcome weaknesses and achieve their potential. It is especially gratifying to him when he can teach a subject in a way that is more suited to the student’s particular learning style than how the student initially learned the subject in school.
- JB helped a student raise his ACT score by 12 points and achieve a perfect 36.
- He presented a paper on an Augustan elegiac poem at a regional Classics conference and published his master’s thesis on a Neronian epic poem.
- JB climbed the 1500 steps to the Dracula’s Poenari Castle in Romania.
- JB achieved a black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu and completed a 100-day iron palm regimen as part of his Wudang martial arts training.