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Benjamin

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Having trouble with English? I'm here to help! I understand that every student is different, and that we do not all learn the same way. I seek to adapt to you.
English is a difficult language to master, and I look forward to applying my knowledge and skill to improving your writing or reading.
I earned my Bachelor's Degree from Allegheny College in 2006, and my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from George Mason University in 2013. I am currently teaching College Composition classes at the Northern Virginia Community College, and would work best with Middle or High School students.

Benjamin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Allegheny College - Bachelor in Arts, English

Graduate Degree: George Mason University - Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 1360

SAT Math: 710

SAT Verbal: 750

Hobbies

poetry, comic books, art, knitting

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

Other

Public Speaking

Summer

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that learning happens when we are truly interested in the subject, and I strive to find ways to make writing exciting and accessible to my students by having them write about the things that they care about. The skills and tools obtained from doing so can then be applied to any other writing they need to do, and will be retained because they have positive memories associated with them.

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

First sessions are typically spent getting to know my students not only as students, but also as people. By understanding not only what a student needs to focus on, but also how they learn best and what their individual interests and personalities are, I can better tailor future sessions to their specific needs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Too much of school is spent being told what to think, and not enough is spent on the really important lesson: how to think. As a consequence, students are often frustrated by writing assignments because they are being asked to express their own ideas and opinions rather than simply regurgitate an answer they've been given in class already. This kind of learning does not prepare students for future classes, or for life outside the classroom. By focusing on identifying and understanding the individual student's learning style, not only can I better help them to learn, but I can better help them understand how they learn and equip them with strategies that they can use outside of our sessions to better grasp concepts they struggle with.