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I am a graduate of American University's Psychology program as well as Interdisciplinary Studies in Political Science, International Relations and Religious Studies. I have lived throughout the North Shore all my life. Much like my studies, my interests run the gambit, from music and theater to hiking and biking, gaming and roleplaying to cooking and traveling. I love learning about new cultures or beliefs, and I hope to use my knowledge of the subject for conflict resolution and de-radicalization programs.

I have been working for over 8 years in education, most recently as a Teaching Assistant in a psychology/neurology class of 140+ freshmen. I have worked at school and camp programs with children of all ages. I first started tutoring juniors and seniors as a freshman in high school when Marblehead High School allowed me into the upperclassmen's Western Philosophy class; since then, I have tutored all major subjects and tests, as well as several specialties, from the elementary to the collegiate levels. I take a collaborative approach, working with the student and parent(s) to decide what methods of improvement will best work. I work hard to establish clear goals and expectations for students and parents by which they may motivate themselves and judge their performance.

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Ari’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: American University - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2000

SAT Math: 700

SAT Verbal: 690

GRE Verbal: 165

GRE Quantitative: 155

Hobbies

Biking, Hiking, Gaming, LARPing, Creative Writing, Reading, Singing, Acting, Learning about new languages and cultures

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Science

5th Grade

5th Grade Science

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Psychology

Arabic

Arithmetic

College Algebra

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

Geometry

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Subject Test in Psychology

GRE Subject Tests

GRE Verbal

High School

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

Homeschool

Honors

HSPT Prep

HSPT Language Skills Prep

HSPT Math Prep

HSPT Quantitative Prep

HSPT Reading Prep

HSPT Verbal Prep

Human Geography

Intermediate Algebra

ISAT Prep

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

Languages

Literature

Math

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

Persuasive Writing

Philosophy

Political Science

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Prep

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Mathematics

PSAT Writing Skills

Psychology

Public Speaking

Reading

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Vocabulary

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I take a collaborative approach, working with the student and parent(s) to decide what methods of improvement will best work. I work hard to establish clear goals and expectations for students and parents by which they may motivate themselves and judge their performance.

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

In a first session, I typically discuss strengths, weakness, goals and expectations with the student and their parents. I also often test the waters with the student regarding their learning style and current knowledge.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I try to encourage the student to develop positive, constructive habits for proactive organization, note taking, studying, writing and test taking.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I try to use positive reinforcement as well as to emphasize goal setting, orientation and completion.

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

I try to help the student see a skill or concept from multiple angles so that they can better grasp it. I emphasize the necessity of practice for mastery of a skill or concept.

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

I often work through passages with students segment by segment, theme by theme, plot point by plot point, etc. I try to demonstrate how or orient students in the direction to become a detective and connect all of the dots. I also emphasize that reading comprehension, like a 3-point throw or a ballet move, is a skill that requires practice, focus and patience.

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

Students generally respond well to a combination of honesty, positive reinforcement, demonstration, and Socratic appeals to their own insight or prior knowledge.

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

Breaking a difficult subject or concept into bite-size pieces helps increase the frequency of correct answers, which boosts confidence.

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

I test comprehension multiple times from multiple angles, e.g. vocabulary definition, use, antonyms, synonyms, etc. to prove comprehension of a word.

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

Honest, critical, yet constructive positive reinforcement often helps a student believe in their own abilities to master a subject or surpass a goalpost.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I regularly discuss a student's needs with the student and his/her parents. I also often share my own insights into the student's needs based on my own perspective from sessions and similar prior students.

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

My tutor approaches are not pure routine, but a constant adaptation to the needs of my student, based on my student's progress. I also check in regularly with my student to ask for their own personal assessment of the tutoring sessions.

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

I use a mix of online interface hand-drawn figures, PDF problem sets, video concept reviews, and books.


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