About You

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

— Paulo Coelho

You may be looking to grow.

You may be ditching old myths.

You may feel unprepared or doubtful.

You may need only a little help, or a lot.

You may be looking to build confidence.

You may be seeking support and guidance.

You may be adjusting to a new routine or environment.

You may be approaching the next phase of your journey.

You may be unsure where to start, or how to reach the finish.

You may have everything you need within you to find success…

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Short-Term Goals

You have a fast-approaching due date. You need to be confident and prepared.

You aren’t sure where to start with your paper, studying, or reading. Or, you may need to practice your conversational English. You’re not sure you can meet your goals on your own.

What does ‘success’ even look like? What are the steps involved? What if you are missing some key details? What if you don’t have to do it alone?

You can rewrite your future at any moment. You can regain your motivation to overcome all of the obstacles that stand between you and your goal. 

You are curious and capable. You are motivated to meet the demands ahead of you and learn how to do so with joy.

A trustworthy professional can help you tap into your strengths.

Long-Term Goals

Your quality of life needs to improve. You want to change your everyday reality. You are finally attempting the thing that has always felt impossible. Now is the time to start your big journey

You are excited to put in the work and want to level up over the next few months or by this time next year. Maybe it will even take several years to reach your long-term goals.

While you might be looking for a challenge, you also want to be realistic. You are looking to go the distance, and not burn out in the first few laps.

You know that you will face difficult challenges along your path toward growth, so you need a steady and professional guide who respects your personal journey.

You know that there must be someone out there who can help you accomplish your goals. You have come to the right place.

Reach Your Goals

Whether your goals include tutoring, preparing a college essay, ESL development, test prep, or writing practice, we will adapt sessions to help you build confidence. We will work together to build a dynamic, challenging, and enjoyable routine at a pace that suits your needs.

Classes focus on engagement and we may use many learning tools in a given session. We will access a variety of online libraries and learning apps, using not only text, but also audio, video, or even images to keep you engaged.

Should you like, you will have access to specific growth data through the various digital learning apps we will use in class. Data like this can help you to track and reflect on your progress in real-time. 

We will always work together to ensure that class routines and structures are not only relevant to your goals but also enjoyable, effective, and invigorating.

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Where You Want to Grow

Accomplish your goals and find inner joy through learning with a professional and dynamic teacher who values your story

Sessions are open to students and professionals alike, from age 10 to adults


Short or long-term tutoring to develop confidence with reading comprehension, writing, speaking, and thinking.

History and English subject matter focus, including IB, AP, and other program-specific support.

College Essay Prep

Preparation for college and private school admissions application essays, as well as internship application essays. 

ESL Development

Short or long-term ESL lessons to build confidence in speaking, listening, reading comprehension, writing, and thinking in the English language.

Classes focus on discussions, vocabulary usage, and exploring cultural or communication differences between American English and the student’s native language and culture. 

Test Prep

Preparation for private, state, or national Essay Writing, Reading, or History tests.

We will focus on testing strategies, as well as how to think about relationships between ideas to help you select the best answers.

Writing Coaching

Explore inner worlds of creativity, share insights from your unique experiences, and get to know the storyteller within.

Whether you’re a young writer wanting to explore dreams of authorship, or an adult with a particular perspective about a topic of interest, there are worlds within you waiting to be seen.

Booking At Your Pace, and On Your Schedule

Book lessons that fit your needs and your calendar, either 50, 90, or 120 minutes once or several times per week.

If you are facing a large project or goal, you may want to book multiple longer sessions over several weeks. 

Longer sessions allow more time to warm up, ask questions, dig deeply into materials, practice activities, and review ideas or vocabulary.

Alternatively, you may prefer booking 50-minute sessions 1-3 times per week. Consistency and dedication will ensure that you get the most out of these shorter sessions.

We will collaborate together to determine the best class length and frequency to meet your goals.

Students are welcome to book multiple lessons back-to-back, weekly consistent sessions, or simply book as needed with just a few clicks!


I’m so glad we found Philip! My son has really improved with his planning, thinking, organizing, and writing since Philip started tutoring him. I would highly recommend this teacher to anyone who is looking for a tutor.

— PC Academics & Writing Test Prep & College Essay Prep client

“Mr. Canterbury is a student-centered instructor who sets high expectations. His students were always actively engaged in his classes. Mr. Canterbury proved very adept in the use of many online and digital learning tools, and he mentored other teachers on how to best fit them into academics.”

— Former classroom administrator

“Philip Canterbury is a driven, organized teacher who develops inspiring relationships with his students. Philip has the ability to connect with his students and his talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics, are both truly great.”

— Former classroom administrator

“Philip has taught me strategies for active learning and we’re modeling reading and thinking together. Plus, I have strategies now so that, whenever I get stuck, I feel more confident with how to go forward through obstacles. Philip’s modeling in the use of resources to make thinking and learning easier has really made a difference for me! Other teachers haven’t given me these kinds of tools, so I’ve been able to develop my own abilities and confidence with Philip’s guidance and approach to teaching.”

— PC Academics & Writing Tutoring client

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