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Lisa

Hi there! I am an attorney with a true interest in helping students with writing, research and preparing for law school! I love helping students in grades 7 and improve their writing skills. Becoming a good writer sets students up for life!

Undergraduate Degree:

 Stonehill College - Bachelors, Biology

Graduate Degree:

 University of New Hampshire School of Law - Masters, Law

My family, watching the New England Patriots, playing sports, reading.

College Biology

High School Biology

High School English

High School Writing

Life Sciences

Middle School Writing

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe students must learn in ways best suited to them, but at the same time, be willing to put in the hard work. I will work with students to find out what works best for them, but I expect dedication and commitment.

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

I will ask the student questions to identify the areas he or she is struggling with so we know what we have to work on. I will also get to know the student so we can come up with a plan - together - on how best to learn the necessary material and skills.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe that a student's own accountability and responsibility are crucial in learning new material and skills. Impressing upon students that independent learning is key to a successful education should motivate them to try their hardest.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Practice one way, and then practice another way. I want the student to demonstrate to me that he or she knows the material, and it takes time and different methods to do this. We will do it!

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

Practice, practice, practice. Reading short passages and then discussing them together will help students understand what they are reading. Then we will work on longer passages.

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

Setting forth expectations up front, so that we are on the same page.

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

By presenting real-life examples of the difficult material. Also - explaining why it is important and why we need to study it. Positive feedback!

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

By giving assessments. Oral, written, whatever it takes so that the student can demonstrate to me that he or she gets the material. It does no one any good to spend time "learning" something only to not really understand it.

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

By setting milestones and showing the student just how far he or she has come. By giving assessments where the student can see just how much he or she knows.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By asking the student to take an inward look and determine his or her needs. By observing students so that I can determine what the needs are. By working together on difficult topics.

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

By coming up with a game plan - together. But also expecting a lot. I want my students to put in the work, and we will figure out a way to learn it together.

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

Books, the Internet, the student's school resources, the student's knowledge and my brain!