I am currently a 1L at the University of Colorado Law School, and will be transferring to UMKC Law in the fall. This summer I will be working as a legal intern with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Kansas City.
I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and received my undergraduate degree from Drury University in Springfield, MO. Before graduating I enlisted in the Navy where I spent 6 years working as an Arabic Language Analyst. During my time in the Navy I studied Arabic at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, where I obtained an Associate degree in Iraqi Arabic. After DLI I was stationed with the National Security Agency in Augusta, Georgia.
I finished my undergraduate degree while I was on active duty, often while working 50-60 hour weeks. I also studied for the LSAT exam during this time period. I understand the importance of studying effectively because everyone has responsibilities beyond test prep. I also know from experience that standardized test scores can improve significantly with the right approach.
Drury University - Bachelors, History
University of Colorado Law School - Current Grad Student, Law (JD)
College Level American History
High School Geography
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I feel it is important to individualize lessons to target the areas a student needs to work on. I also believe there is no substitute for working through as many practice tests and questions as possible, specifically for standardized tests.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I can explain from experience how crucial grades and test scores can be. A few points can be the difference between getting into the school you want or earning additional scholarship money. Work put in now will pay off in the long run.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
The best way to improve reading comprehension is to read. While it can be tiresome, reading as much as possible greatly improves comprehension.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Flashcards are an incredibly useful tool for making sure a student understands the material. If the student feels confident in a subject, I feel giving him/her questions they have not been exposed to can help determine whether they truly have a mastery of the subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Talking to a student is usually the best way to determine a student's needs. Additionally, when a student is having difficulties in a particular area, it is evident from their answers when working on problems. Paying attention to these details and making note of them is critical.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The tutoring website has excellent materials to use, specifically the flashcards and practice quizzes. I used a variety of LSAT study books when I was preparing, and pulling questions from them is also useful.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session should be a time to introduce myself and get acquainted with the student. It is important to determine what areas the student needs to be working on, and find out his/her preferred study methods. With LSAT prep it is also a good time to do some short diagnostic tests to see which areas need the most work.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Repetition is the key to learning; even when a student is having difficulties it is important to keep working through problems. When a student is struggling, however, a good tutor should approach the material in different ways to make the subject matter stick.