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Bill

Does your child need help with History homework? Confounded by politics, current events or geography? Do they struggle writing papers or reports? Then I'm the one to help your child. I'm a Licensed Social Studies teacher in the State of Massachusetts, and I'm here to help your child after the school bell rings, or anytime during the summer. In addition to a wide range of knowledge in history, civics, geography, and economics, I have the verbal and written language skills to improve any child's grade in English and Language Arts. I also have experience with younger children, as well as children with learning differences. As an instructor, I'm open, engaging, and friendly. However, I maintain an authoritative demeanor that will keep your child focused and on task.

Graduate Degree:

 Emerson College - BA, Audio/Radio

Undergraduate Degree:

 William Paterson University of New Jersey - BA, Hsitory

Music, Games, Film, Television

College English

College Geography

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that with a varied and flexible approach, any student can access and process information on an exceptional level. My methods are intended to enhance a student's critical thinking and executive function, while fostering their independence and sense of self.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

My first session is always about setting expectations for both the student and teacher, as well as determining the goals the parent or guardian has in mind. Next, I will make my recommendations as to how to proceed with our sessions, while incorporating specific feedback and concerns from both parent/guardian and student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

A student becomes an independent learner by being given a solid foundation for learning and retaining information. They should be provided with a series of techniques that suit their individual needs and skill-sets, so that the techniques they learn are useful, impactful, and permanent. When the student has this foundation, it can be replicated and applied to almost any subject matter. That way, you can impact a student's learning beyond an individual tutoring session.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation is achieved through positivity and enthusiasm. Also, you must be flexible, and respond to a student's dissatisfaction and disinterest with inquiry and analysis. By keeping communication open, frank, and honest, you prevent drastic dips in enthusiasm. Fatigue can set in for anyone, so by addressing and course correcting the fatigue immediately, you prevent sessions from going south, as well as fostering a trust between student and tutoring. If a student feels like they're being listened to and respected, they will be more responsive to your methods.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Reframing the material through a variety of activities is an excellent way to combat learning difficulties. New metaphors, examples, physical modeling, and reframing the information through a student's interest or hobby are all possible ways of breaking down learning barriers.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I tend to use an online resource that focuses exclusively on comprehension. It has a variety of articles and stories, each with a skill assessment at the end. It's a huge repository of reading comprehension material from k-12 and is easily transported from home to home.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Each student requires a unique approach based on their goals and needs. My most successful strategy is to listen to them.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I apply the subject matter to their daily lives, highlighting its overall importance to them. I'm always quick to praise success, and encourage them that they can accomplish what they previously thought to be impossible.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Written, Online, or Verbal assessments are all ways to determine understanding. In addition, having a student instruct you at the endpoint of a unit or lesson puts them in a position of empowerment and agency, which can be beneficial to their understanding and sense of self.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Praise and encouragement. Acknowledging progress whenever it's made, and reinforcing that even incremental success is a victory.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Evaluating a student's needs relies on self-assessment, parental feedback, and whatever subject-appropriate assessment methods are available.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Student and parent/guardian feedback is essential, as is constantly assessing and reassessing progress personally.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I usually resort to online materials and technology to deliver my tutoring sessions. They afford unparalleled flexibility, and engaging a student's technical literacy can provide them comfort and agency in tutoring sessions. Written materials, worksheets, and other graphic organizers can be utilized and developed as their needs arises.