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Will

I am an experienced tutor who is comfortable working with students of all ages, including adults. I led an after-school tutoring program for two years in Durham, NC, and have worked with ESL students as well as students with disabilities and IEPs. I am a friendly, knowledgeable tutor who wants the best for both students and parents.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Carleton College - Bachelors, English

SAT Math: 790

SAT Verbal: 720

SAT Writing: 710

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 750

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

I would get to know the student, evaluate their current abilities in the subjects at hand and devise a study strategy with them moving forward.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would teach them to trust themselves instead of looking to me for the answer. In order to help them trust themselves, we would go over concepts until they make complete sense and are like second nature to the student.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Long-term thinking can be difficult for those under 18 (especially teenagers). As a young adult who's been through the school system, I can use my story as motivation to help show them how they can reach their goals by working hard and learning as much as they can.

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

I would take a different approach instead of trying it the same way over and over again. For example, I might go back one step before the concept we're talking about to make sure the student understands where this new idea is coming from. I would also use analogies and real-life examples to make concepts clear.

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

We would practice reading comprehension on a micro level at first, summarizing phrases and sentences, then move up to paragraphs, pages and chapters. Each step along the way, I would make sure that they were retaining everything they'd learned so far and building up their ability.

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

I believe in making subjects relevant to the student's life; otherwise, school can seem unappealing and unimportant. I always use real-world examples when talking about science or math, and I would relate characters we read about in English class to people we might know in real life.

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

I would ask them to repeat back how they reached an answer or explain the concept in their own words. I would also keep a close eye on how much they're relying on me versus how much they're basing their learning on their own grasp of the material.

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

Start slow with the basics, then advance step by step, making sure to point out and praise when they've reached each next level of mastery.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate their needs using several strategies: what I see from their performance in school; what I hear from them (and their parents) personally; and, what I observe while we work together. From there, I devise a plan to help meet their scholastic needs.

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

I adapt my tutoring strategies to each tutee based on their needs and my abilities. I can be as hands-on or as hands-off as they need, and use my flexibility and adaptability to help them reach their goals.

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

In addition to the textbooks, notebooks, syllabi and other school materials I expect the student to bring, I use online resources and library books to support the student's learning.

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

I've found that starting slowly and establishing compatibility and connection with the student is important, as we both must learn to trust each other in order to work well together.