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Greg

I've been a classroom teacher for five years, and I love working with kids! I believe that a strong personal relationship is important for academic success, and I strive toward being a friendly, helpful teacher.

I majored in Japanese at Middlebury College, in Middlebury, VT and spent a year studying abroad in Kyoto. I taught high school Japanese of various levels for one year at Philips Academy in Andover, MA, and have taught Algebra 1 and Pre-Algebra for four years at the Red Cedar School in Bristol, VT.

In my free time I do Aikido, play the guitar, and develop video games.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Middlebury College - Bachelors, Japanese

Aikido, music, video game development.

Basic Computer Literacy

GRE

SAT Subject Test in Japanese with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Technology and Computer Science

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

I like to be prepared with a wide range of activities with which to engage in the material.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in teaching students to ask the right questions about their material. If a student can understand the context of a question and connect it to larger themes, they are much more likely to understand the concept on a fundamental level. I believe in supportive, guided, questioning, and affirmation of success.

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

First, I would spend some time getting to know them. I believe that incorporating a student's interests into their learning is an important way of making content relevant to them, and helps to establish a strong personal relationship. Then, I would ask the student to assess themselves in their subject area, and ask questions so that I can begin to assess the areas they need to work on. If we have time, we can then jump right into the content!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teaching a student to ask the right questions about material is a key to developing independent learning. In math, for example, an independent learner is able to ask themselves, "does my answer make sense?"