I am passionate about helping my students be the best they can be. Whether it's a subject in school, a college entrance exam, or a class assignment, I strive to ensure my students perform to the highest standard. I have been tutoring in one form or another for over thirteen years, and bring a wide array of experience to the table. I have a BA in Political Science and a JD, so I'm very familiar with a variety of subjects, and recognize that everyone learns a little bit differently.
I'm also a big geek, so you can expect a wide variety of metaphors and teaching strategies, from sports to comic books to video games and anything in between. The goal is learning; the road there takes many forms.
Rutgers College - Bachelors, Political Science
Florida Coastal School of Law - PhD, Law
High School English
What is your teaching philosophy?
If it's not working, try something else.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know each other, and try to assess the student's strengths and weaknesses to form a strategic plan to maximize our time together.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I try to keep things fun - nobody enjoys drills. Once learning becomes a grind, the brain turns off, and nothing productive occurs.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Often if something seems 'impossible to learn', there is a piece missing - either an underlying concept or some other fundamental piece of knowledge. Generally, stepping back and going over the basics will allow us to push past an obstacle.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Almost anything can be made more interesting if it can be related to something the student already enjoys. Weaving together a 'boring' subject with a hobby or favorite activity tends to make it much easier to stay focused.