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Steven

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I am an attorney from Los Angeles, CA. Before law school I worked at Sony Studios as an editor for music videos and did some feature film work as well. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California in Irvine, CA. After graduating from UC Irvine, I obtained my law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA. Since graduation, I have been working at a small legal clinic in Los Angeles. In addition, I have gotten back into tutoring students, which is something I started doing while an undergraduate, assisting with LSAT preparation. While in law school I was assigned by the school to assist students who had fallen behind in classes so that they could catch up and graduate on time.

While I tutor a broad range of subjects, I am most passionate about English, law, psychology and assisting students with LSAT preparation. In addition to just helping with graduate school test preparation, I have also had success in assisting students with their undergraduate and graduate school applications and personal statements.

The reason I want to tutor students is because I am eternally grateful for all of the benefits my education has brought me. I had a lot of assistance while I was working my way through college and graduate school. I am hoping that I can make as much of a difference to my students as my teachers have for me. When I am not working at the clinic or tutoring, I enjoy reading mystery novels and science fiction, going to as many concerts as I have time for, performing stand-up at open-mic comedy clubs in Los Angeles, or just hanging out at the beach.

Steven’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology

Graduate Degree: California Western School of Law - PHD, Legal Studies

Hobbies

hockey, music, reading, painting, comedy, hiking, and other things defined as fun

Tutoring Subjects

Administrative Law

American Literature

Civics

Civil Procedure

College Essays

College Level American Literature

Constitutional Law

Contract Law

Criminal Law

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Ethics

Evidence

Family Law

Government

Graduate Test Prep

High School Level American Literature

Intellectual Property Law

Law

Legal Research

Legal Writing

LSAT Analytical Reasoning

LSAT Essay Section

LSAT Logical Reasoning

Other

Philosophical Ethics

Philosophy

Property Law

Psychology

Social Sciences

Social studies

Social Work

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Tort Law

US Constitutional History

Writing


Q & A

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

I typically start by asking students what they want to get out of our sessions. We would spend a little time learning about the style in which they learn as well. I have a lot of resources available through Varsity, so I want to ensure that I give each student everything I can that might be of help.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

In our sessions together, we will work as much on the subject matter as we do on strategy and developing how to study effectively in the future.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

When we study together, I tend to go in stages so that students get to solve problems using the skills they learn during each session. This gives them a sense of motivation.

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

I've had this issue come up every now and then. Typically, we need to just take a step back and look at how we get to that concept. I've found that doing this helps us get back on track and helps students learn strategies for when they get stuck in the future.

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

We work together during our session, and I encourage reading outside our tutoring by starting interesting stories and only letting the student find out the ending by looking it up themselves. I already know the ending, so it still works out for me.