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Brad

My delivery as a tutor is conversational and relatable. My goal is not to bore the student but to find out what they love and how they learn and bring those together to tackle material in a personalized way a classroom can't achieve.

When I'm not tutoring I perform improv comedy with theaters in New York City and Brooklyn. I think it is important for a student to connect with their tutor and I bring a lot of energy to my sessions. I enjoy engaging students in the material they are learning. I like for all of my sessions to be meaningful, and give my students the opportunity to get the most out of what they are learning.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Arizona - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drama

SAT Math: 700

SAT Verbal: 730

Improv comedy, skateboarding, coffee

What is your teaching philosophy?

Fundamental understanding over repetition. Sure, doing problems over and over builds good muscle memory, but first a full understanding of how to perform the tasks of the test is essential.

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

After a little intro, I ask an example of each of the question types from the test. Based on the answers and level of understanding, we'll go from there.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Enable them to know where they are strong, and where they need work. Motivate progress in the areas where they need improvement and reward outside effort.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I keep my examples fun and relevant.

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

I explain from different angles and with different metaphors. Sometimes if a student is frustrated, taking a break from it and moving to another skill is the right move.

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

Break the passage down into smaller chunks. With blogs and social media, this generation reads more than any other. I try to make them see that reading is something that is comfortable.

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

Work from their understanding of the material.

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

Make it a fun challenge. Reward the smaller victories.

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

More complex examples, trick questions and repetition.

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

Into the tutoring, when a student considers something "easy," it means they are a level above they were before.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Paying close attention to where they make the error is key.

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

Each student learns differently. I enjoy finding and leveraging their skills.

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

Books and outside problems.