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Thomas

Hi, my name is Thomas. I am a writer and a new attorney starting my own law practice. I like to play soccer and halo, and also like to read.

I have solid experience in SAT, PSAT, and LSAT, having taught myself in these areas and boosted my scores on these tests through my efforts.

I have great teaching abilities to help you achieve your goals on these tests and in many other subjects.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Southern California - B.A., Anthropology

Graduate Degree:

 Western State College of Law at Argosy University - J.D., N/A

SAT Composite: 2250

SAT Math: 760

SAT Verbal: 800

LSAT: 166

soccer; halo; reading

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary Algebra

Fiction Writing

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

High School

High School English

High School Writing

Homeschool

College Math

Intermediate Algebra

Short Novel

World Literature

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to help students achieve the goals they set for themselves in the subject areas I tutor them in. I work on explaining the material, and also giving them strategies and tools to attain their goals.

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

I would first want to find out what the student is looking to achieve, and then assess where he is currently and figure out what methods would best help the student to get to where he wants to be.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can teach him the tools and methodologies to learn well on his own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would remind a student of his goals, what he's working for, and how happy he will be to accomplish his goals.

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

I would figure out exactly what part of the concept he is having trouble with and explain that part to him in an easy to understand way.

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

I would show the student how fun the subject can be and how useful it can be in his life; also, I would remind him how good it will feel to get an A in the class.

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

Start with little things, and then build to big.

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

Generally, I have students do practice reading comprehension questions and give them feedback on their process. Then, I explain to them the way to go about solving the questions.

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

I find the diagnostic test to be a great help because it helps show where the student is before even getting started, showing where his strengths and weaknesses are, so I can plan the sessions accordingly.

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

To make sure the student understands the material, I use a combination of practice problems and asking the student to explain the material in question.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

With a diagnostic test, and also by asking the student what his or her strengths and weaknesses are.

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

I focus where a student needs more help, or where added focus will produce the greatest increase in score on a given test.

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

Typically, I use a test preparation book.