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Kevin

I graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Medicine, Health & Society and History of Art. I then attended law school at the University of North Carolina School of Law where I received my Juris Doctor degree.

My greatest instructional strengths include test prep (ACT/SAT), critical reading, writing, biology, and Algebra I. I am quite comfortable in a myriad of other subjects as well.

My teaching style is best characterized as 'hands-on'. My goal is to enable the student to become confident with the material through practice and self-reinforcement. I serve to assist where needed using substantive knowledge and to motivate through patience and understanding.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Vanderbilt University - Bachelors, Double Major: Medicine Health and Society/History of Art

Graduate Degree:

 The University of North Carolina School of Law - PhD, Juris Doctor

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 32

ACT Math: 35

ACT Reading: 35

ACT Science: 31

SAT Math: 700

SAT Verbal: 690

SAT Writing: 700

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 740

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 710

Photography, Rock Climbing, Movies

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is best characterized as 'hands-on.' My goal is to enable the student to become confident with the material through practice and self-reinforcement. I serve to assist where needed using substantive knowledge and to motivate through patience and understanding.

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

The typical first session focuses on getting to know the student as a person first and student second. Fostering trust and understanding enables a better tutor-student relationship of mutual respect. Substantively, I do want to understand what the student's goals are and where he/she currently is with the material. In so doing, we can form a plan together to achieve those very goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By figuring out a student's goals and passions, we can together shape the tutoring experience as a means to achieve those ends. When a student is excited to accomplish a dream they have, they are more likely to independently improve themselves in furtherance of that dream.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

A student's difficulty in learning a skill or concept is never the fault of the student so much as it is the teacher's failure to impart the material in a way that the student can understand. While I would like to say I can always explain things in a number of alternative ways, it may be the case that--for that particular session--we focus on strengths. Prior to the next session, I like to return with a new lesson plan that teaches the skill in a different way. That said, the student would be given 'homework' to establish the necessary foundational knowledge required to grasp the skill at hand.

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

Reading comprehension centers around the student's ability to filter necessary and unnecessary information. Unfortunately, admissions tests and English courses tend to 'hide the ball' when asking questions related to reading comprehension. Thus, to improve a student's reading comprehension skills, emphasis would be placed on enhancing a student's focus and helping the student develop the experience necessary to filter out what is important and what isn't.