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Nathan

I grew up in Ohio and I’ve been living in Los Angeles for nearly five years. I earned my B.A. in English from Ohio State University in 2006. I worked in the campus writing center there and I really enjoyed working one on one with a variety of students working on all types of writing projects. I’ve worked as a teacher’s aide in a charter high school, taught ESL in international language schools, and tutored students at Santa Monica College. My background and experience have prepared me for a wide variety of students working on English grammar and usage, as well as writing projects in any discipline.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Ohio State University-Main Campus - Bachelors, English

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What is your teaching philosophy?

I like to challenge my students to come up with their own solutions as much as possible. I try to empower students to find their voice and discover the power of their ideas.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The best thing a tutor can do for a student is show them how to find the answers for themselves. I will usually ask more questions than provide answers, as I want to show students that they already know all they need to complete most tasks.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

One key to motivation is having the ability to set the agenda. My students control what we need to work on. They set the priorities; I help them reach their goals.

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

I would try to establish a link between the subject matter at hand and a topic that the student IS interested in. Find the connection. Maybe there is a way to make it competitive?

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

I always use lots of examples. Usually the student can provide an example of her own. If the student's example is correct, I can tell she has understood.

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

No two students are the same, so I need to ask several questions to understand an individual's skill level and strengths and weaknesses. Whether they ask for something specific or I identify it, we quickly establish goals for the session. The approach I take will depend on the student's interests and abilities.