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Clinton

I have been a volunteer tutor and tennis and life skills instructor for the past 10 years. I have worked youth and adult of all ages and have achieved success with every age group I have worked with. I love sharing my knowledge with people in a fun and engaging way. I love explaining topics through a variety of interactive and interesting methods. My favorite thing about tutoring is helping people understand why what they are learning is important. Once you know why you learn something you are much more inclined to focus and challenge yourself with it. I believe education is vital in the world today but more importantly having a desire and wanting to learn is significantly more important. I make it my goal to encourage students to become independent learners.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Current Undergrad, Biology

Undergraduate Degree:

 Albany Medical College - PHD, Molecular and Cellular Physiology

Tennis, Reading, Basketball, Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Sports and Movies

10th Grade

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

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3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

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6th Grade

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6th Grade Reading

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7th Grade

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8th Grade

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8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

AP US History

Cell Biology

College Biology

College English

College Level American History

Developmental Biology

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

Evolution

General Biology

High School

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing

Intermediate Algebra

College Math

Life Sciences

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

US History

World Literature

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe the best way to teach is to make the subject fun and simple. I like to incorporate a wide variety of activities diagrams and videos to further elaborate on complex topics. At the end of the day I want the students have fun learning the subject, so when they go to test they do not fear and they succeed confidently.

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

Depending on the subject I would have a small assessment or a brief conversation with the student to grasp his or her level of comprehension of the given topic. After I would go right into assisting the student on his or her various weaknesses.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The best way to help a student become independent is to help them motivate themselves and build their confidence in a given student. If I can help a student enjoy a subject they would more likely go and practice that subject once they get home.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I think the best way to motivate is through setting realistic goals and positive encouragement. I also believe celebrating significant successes is key to the long-standing morale of a student.

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

I would try multiple ways to address a specific difficulty depending on his or her style of learning. Whether it be visual, verbal or hands on, I will introduce my students to various styles of learning and understanding.

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

I would address reading comprehension issues by helping them break down the sentence and work with what they know, rather than telling them what they do not know. I would then fill in blanks that they are unable to understand. Reading comprehension is tricky depending on the subject. If it is a math word problem, I would help students isolate the math from the words. If it is with a history, biology or English class, I would focus on the understanding of the language and vocabulary used.

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

I have learned that the quicker you can make a student comfortable with working with you and with the specific subject, goals are much more easily achieved. Often times students are afraid of a subject or are proud to ask for help, but once you make them feel comfortable and in a judgement free zone I think they respond well and work hard, not just for themselves but also the positive encouragement a tutor can provide along the way.

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

I would try to relate the topic or subject to something they love or something that excited them. I love tennis, so I liked relating all the subjects that I learned to tennis.

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

I would use engaging assessments to be sure that the student has understood the material. I would also have the student "mock teach" me. If they teach it to me back, then I know I have succeeded in helping them master the topic.

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

I would build a student's confidence by helping them achieve easy "wins." I would start off with simpler question types, then progressively make them more difficult, but in between these intervals of difficulty I would insert questions of easier difficulty to maintain morale.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs through prior assessments as well as my own personal assessments. The most important evaluation tool is speaking with the student and getting a feel for their determination and dedication for success. If they want to be better they will become better. Success is 100% effort.

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

I adapt to the student’s needs in a wide variety of ways. If they are visual learners, I would present them with more pictures and interactive activities. If they are more auditory, I would explain topics clearly and concisely.

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

I use a wide variety of props depending on the subject. I cater these props to that of the likes of the student. For example a student liked bugs, so we used toy bugs to work on some math concepts.