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Michael

Hello and thank you for reading this statement. I have been a public school teacher for over 10 years. I was both an English teacher for middle and high school students, as well as a Resource teacher for students with learning issues. I have taught just about every grade level as a substitute and long-term substitute teacher as well.

I have also been an independent tutor for over 8 years in the areas of reading, writing, essay help, basic math and homework help.

I have worked with a wide variety of students and specialize in those who learn differently and/or who might be struggling in school. I find it challenging to break down and deliver material to each student in a way that they can understand and apply it. I find it rewarding when students succeed and that "light" goes off, telling me that I did my job. Most students find me humorous, personable and non-threatening.

My favorite subjects to tutor would be anything related to reading, literature, essay writing and editing, student organization, and homework help.

I am currently available 7 days a week. Anytime between the hours of 3 pm to 11 pm PST is ideal. I am also available both during the school year and in the summer.

I look forward to meeting with you and helping you succeed!

Undergraduate Degree:

 UCLA - Bachelors, Liberal Arts

Graduate Degree:

 CSUN - Masters, Teaching

Watching movies and YouTube videos, going out with friends, reading and quiet time alone...

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

College English

College Level American Literature

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Homework Support

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy of teaching is that anyone can learn in their own way. There is no such thing as an unteachable student. Since everyone learns differently, my job is to make sure I deliver the material in a way that each student can understand.

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

In a typical first session, I would want to find out what the tutoring goal is. This will help us both determine how much tutoring is needed and for how long. In addition, I will be looking for the student's learning style and any other cues that will better help me teach him or her.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by assessing how much he or she can do on his or her own--without my help--and by checking for understanding. In other words, ask the student to explain certain parts of the material or to complete certain tasks, etc. The amount of progress we make during each session will also serve as yardsticks with which to measure how independent they are on certain tasks.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

To keep students motivated, I would use a lot of praise and positive reinforcement. I would also continually show them their progress so they can see what they achieved.

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

I would try to teach the concept in a new way and/or try a different teaching method, like a video or other online demonstration.

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

If we are reading together, I would break down the information in simpler terms or terms they could better understand. I would also ask them to periodically put the information they just read in their own words so I can make sure they are really getting it.

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

I would encourage them not to stress over it, not to take potentially unfavorable results personally, and that if they put in the effort and stay positive, the results will eventually come.

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

I would constantly check for understanding and ask the student to repeat back to me (or to put in their own words) what they just learned.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate their current work, their ability level, and the amount and difficulty of work that is ahead of them.

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

Getting to know the student and how they work and learn, teaching at their speed, and breaking things down into manageable chunks.

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

Verbal praise, taking things slowly, making sure to celebrate small victories, and taking away any fear they may have by showing them small successes.

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

Breaking down material in a way they can understand, teaching a concept in a different way, or, if necessary, working at their pace.

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

Paper, pen, whiteboard, markers, calculator, dictionary (can be online or app-based), and the Internet.