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John

My goal is to educate in the subjects of history and English in order to develop a better understanding of the world and one's self.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Austin Community College District - Current Undergrad, History

American Literature

College English

College Level American Literature

College Political Science

College World History

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Political Science

High School World History

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

Philosophical Ethics

Political Science

Social Sciences

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

What is your teaching philosophy?

I hope to be able to connect abstract ideas to real-world problems and issues in order to make these ideas more relatable and surmountable.

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

I would do my best to get a feel for the student and what problems specifically the student has been having.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

A student becomes an independent learner by developing problem solving skills, and not by being led to the answers.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

In some subjects, it is possible to create an exciting narrative out of the material. In others, one may link the subject to real-world problems and issues.

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

I would try teaching in another way. Some learn by lecture, others by reading, and some by teaching the material back to the teacher.

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

I would focus on the overall tone of the material. Once you can glean what the material is trying to communicate generally, it is easier to determine the meaning of individual sentences.

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

Obviously, I must determine what their individual issues are with the material and, conversely, what aspect of the material comes easier to them. At times one may form a bridge between the two.

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

I take delight in the stories that can be told through academic subjects, whether they be about people, events, or places. I would hope to communicate these stories to the student.

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

I would ask the student to teach the material back to me. This will aid the student in his learning as well as allow me to gauge his level of comfort with it.

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

Start slow and easy. Begin with broad concepts, and gradually narrow down to more difficult and more rewarding concepts.