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Dan

When I work with students, the reward for myself is not only the student’s advancement of knowledge in a subject, but also the development of confidence in the generation that represents our future. Problems that I work on students with, regardless of the subject, symbolize nothing more than a barrier that needs overcoming with persistence, effort and dedication.

Having graduated from the University of Florida, and spent one year as a professional tutor at the Academic Learning Lab at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida, I have been blessed with endless opportunities to interact with, and be taught by educators with an understanding of the power that they posses. When thinking of these experiences in retrospect, it’s easy to see that the main focus of these educators was my personal development. For instance, an organic chemistry professor that I would regularly meet with personally at the University of Florida would discuss my personal habits and strategies during our conversations, and not the course material, allowing me to leave confident and able to prepare for the next obstacle that I would face in life - in this case, his test. My goal is to pass on this same confidence with every student that I work with.

My experience in professional tutoring includes working with elementary school students with documented educational disabilities - up to high school seniors in AP level science courses. I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Florida - BA, Business Administration

ACT Reading: 33

Reading, writing, and outdoor activities.

College Biology

College Physics

Comparative Literature

High School Biology

High School Physics

Honors Chemistry

What is your teaching philosophy?

The only way to truly learn anything is by doing.

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

The most important things: get to know the student, and build a comfortable relationship that allows for honesty from both sides.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Confidence, confidence and more confidence. Anything is possible with confidence. My aim is to not only teach students specific academic skills, but to help them develop a general confidence they can use for all challenges they face in future, academic or non-academic.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would discuss with them their struggles, and discuss how struggle is vital when improving oneself. No success can be obtained without struggle or overcoming new challenges.

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

I would analyze what previous covered material may have been overlooked that could prove to be responsible for the current complications. If everything up until the current predicament is understood, the next step is a breakdown of the skill or concept and a piece-by-piece approach to the task at hand, and not moving forward until the current step is understood.