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Eric

I've been teaching students my entire adult life. In the past year, I've helped over 50 students significantly raise their SAT/ACT scores. Not only do I care deeply about the subjects, but I try to develop a strong relationship with my students. I believe that students do best when they know their teachers are just as invested in their academic success as they are.

I made a perfect math score on the SAT when I was in high school and performed very well in advanced mathematics. I teach math as I would teach cooking—to focus on one step of the recipe at a time. The steps are easy, and if you take it slowly, you can make anything no matter how complicated.

If I hadn't become an English major, one of the sciences would've been my second choice. I have a deep appreciation for the way science informs the way the world around us works. For the ACT in particular, I help my students develop an understanding of "scientific thinking" rather than memorizing scientific facts. I teach this section as a "non-fiction reading section" for those more comfortable with English.

My passion for teaching English comes from having struggled with the subject myself as a student. I challenged myself by majoring in English at Emory University. I bring a deep knowledge of how tests are designed while working as a curriculum developer for English topics. Often, my students greatest score increases are in reading and writing.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Emory University - Bachelors, English

SAT Math: 800

SAT Verbal: 720

Piano, Web Design, Cooking

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am dedicated to helping my students achieve their academic goals efficiently, by providing a personally tailored program for each individual based on his or her skill level and aspirations, and by using the tutoring approach that works best for him or her. I will guide you on your journey to academic excellence. I understand that learning requires more than teaching. As such, I abide by an educational philosophy known as the Empathic Model. This means I believe teaching is more than the transmission of knowledge; it's a social process of relationship building and emotional support. Beyond memorizing formulas and rules, I teach students to take initiative over their own educational future, to become their own biggest cheerleaders, and to recognize their true potential. I don't focus on lecturing on formulas and grammar rules, assigning hundreds of pages of boring text, or solving hundreds of mindless practice problems. Instead, I use an approach called Targeted Learning. Here's how it works: First, I meet with the student to understand their goals. Whether it is getting a perfect SAT score to get into that dream school, acing the final exam, or learning French so that you can make the most of your dream European vacation, I want to understand your aspirations and goals so that I can begin designing a personalized program to take you from where you are to where you want to go. The next step in my approach is identifying your strengths and weaknesses. Depending on your personal goals, I may ask you to take a diagnostic practice test, provide your official score reports and grades, or tell me about the concepts you have the most trouble understanding. I will then provide you with a set of targeted resources to help you get started. I know that there are way too many resources out there, with thousands of websites and books available with no guarantee of their efficacy and of how they will fit your approach and your learning style. Next, I help you practice the types of problems that will help you achieve the best results. Not only will I show you the best methods to solving these problems, but I will also present strategies that will help you save time, increase accuracy, and achieve your goals! If you are missing a core concept or I feel that you could benefit from a complementary strategy such as speed reading, time management, anxiety reduction, or memorization, I will dedicate entire classes to help you gain these skills. As I progress, I continue to refine and tailor my strategies to fit your evolving set of skills. Throughout the process, I customize my strategies to best fit your schedules and availabilities, and will help you schedule your time with us as well as your time away from us so that you can benefit from my instruction outside of my tutoring sessions. I understand that you have other obligations and responsibilities and will find a way to help you learn stress-free at your own pace. Finally, I help you get ready for game day! For example, I will help you to prepare for actual tests by having you take several real practice exams in specific conditions to build your confidence and make you feel comfortable with the exam. Throughout the process, I will monitor your progress and track it to help you understand how far you have come and how close you are to your goal.

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

First, I meet with the student to understand their goals. Whether it is getting a perfect SAT score to get into that dream school, acing the final exam, or learning French so that you can make the most of your dream European vacation, I want to understand your aspirations and goals so that I can begin designing a personalized program to take you from where you are to where you want to go. The next step in my approach is identifying your strengths and weaknesses. Depending on your personal goals, I may ask you to take a diagnostic practice test, provide your official score reports and grades, or tell me about the concepts you have the most trouble understanding. I will then provide you with a set of targeted resources to help you get started. I know that there are way too many resources out there, with thousands of websites and books available with no guarantee of their efficacy and of how they will fit your approach and your learning style.