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Brian

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I have over 12 years of experience teaching a variety of English and Social Studies courses. I am a graduate from Penn State University. Whether you need help with writing a paper, studying vocabulary, or reading a story, I will be able to help you improve guaranteed. In addition to my teaching experience, I have tutored in the past, and I have worked with a variety of students. I can help a student either one-on-one or in a small group setting. I have the patience, experience, and knowledge to help you do better in school. In addition, I know what teachers ask for and look for; whether writing a paper or studying for a history test, I will be able to make sure you feel better and more confident in the class. I have the ability to help with remedial course work as well as, upper level English and History courses.

Brian’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Penn State University - Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education English

Graduate Degree: Saint Joseph's University - Master of Science, Educational Leadership

Hobbies

Outside of tutoring and teaching, I also enjoy going to the movies, sports, and traveling.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Writing

9th Grade Writing

American Literature

AP Human Geography

British Literature

College English

College Essays

College Level American Literature

College World History

Comparative Literature

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

Government

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing

Languages

Literature

Other

Psychology

Public Speaking

Reading

Social Sciences

Social studies

Sociology

Spanish 1

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

World History

World Literature

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is student-centered. I try to make sure that all students have a say in their education. It is very important for students to feel like they have a say in their education/learning.

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

For writing and reading, I always do an assessment to see what I need to work on. However, most of the time, students only want a specific thing done, or an assignment from class.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Showing them how to organize themselves and give them strategies to do things on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By using positive reinforcement and giving them feedback to continue to do well.

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

The best thing to do is to break it down into small steps/stages and PRACTICE!

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

The single most important strategy with reading is ACTIVE READING: note-taking, discussion, questions, etc. By doing these things, overall reading will improve.

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

Explain the strategy/skill. Practice the Skill. Practice. Practice. Assessment.

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

Using a variety of approaches to help a student read, or become a better writer.

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

English is one of the most fundamental skills that everyone must strive to learn. I would try to apply it and show them how important these skills are in English.

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

By making them feel comfortable and giving them positive feedback.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

During each session in the beginning, just take 2 minutes to see if he or she remembers what was covered.

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

Based on my first session, I can tell exactly what I need to do to help the needs of any student--particularly at the high school level.

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

I always bring my electronic devices to help them look up information.