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Josh

As a professional writer, I recognize the tremendous value of learning and understanding the fundamentals of effective communication at an early age -- whether that be in elementary, middle, or high school. I return to those basic lessons each time I sit down to write, and it's my hope that I can pass along some of these tools to others.

My tutoring practice is rooted in the belief that each and every student has unique challenges and goals, and that our curriculum and study methods must adapt as a result. It's my job to find a way for my students to connect with the material on a personal level, and in doing so, perhaps make learning a passion rather than a chore.

My strengths as a tutor lie in writing, critical thinking, and language, though I also have a passion for history and the social sciences.

Outside of tutoring, I enjoy gardening and all things science fiction. I'm currently based out of Los Angeles, CA.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Wesleyan University - Bachelors, Film Studies

SAT Composite: 2310

SAT Math: 730

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 780

Writing, Film, Gardening

American Literature

AP Research

College Application Essays

College English

College Geography

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

College World History

Elementary School

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing

IB Geography

IB Global Politics

IB History

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

What is your teaching philosophy?

Great teaching comes from understanding the unique goals and challenges of each student.

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

Learn what they're passionate about!

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Stay calm and friendly, and get to the root of their difficulty with the concept.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Encourage the student to solve problems on his or her own, and only step in if they are unable to do so.

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

I find that reading comprehension is most effectively addressed when the student can find something to read that he or she is genuinely interested in. In this way, we can make the educational process fun, rather than a mere chore.

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

I always begin by finding out what the student is interested in. What do they like to do for fun? What are their favorite subjects in school? What TV shows and movies do they love? If we can establish some kind of connection based on mutual interests, then I find the tutoring itself to proceed much more organically.