I am currently a law student at Emory University School of Law. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Political Science in 2014. I thoroughly enjoyed preparing for the LSAT and ultimately got a much better score on the actual test than I did on my first practice test, thanks to the strategies I learned and practiced. I enjoyed mastering the LSAT strategies and am anxious to help others do the same. From 2009-2011, I took a two-year hiatus from school to live in Barcelona, Spain, where I developed fluency in Spanish. I love the Spanish language and am excited to help others improve their understanding and fluency.
I met my wife at Brigham Young University. We have been married for three years and have a son who is 1 1/2 years old. My family is the joy of my life. I love spending my free time with them, especially doing outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, and camping.
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Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University-Provo - Bachelor in Arts, Political Science and Government
Graduate Degree: Emory University - Juris Doctor, Law
ACT Composite: 32
ACT English: 32
ACT Math: 32
ACT Science: 33
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe the best way to prepare for standardized tests is by doing practice problems. No amount of reading instructional books will make up for a lack of actual practice. Thus, I dedicate most of my tutoring sessions to working through practice problems with students and reviewing any problems that the students have done in between tutor sessions.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I try to understand the student's goals, and I also make clear my expectations. I typically have practice problems prepared, and based on the student's strengths/weaknesses during those practice problems, I know how to prepare for future sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
When working through practice problems, I expect students to speak their thoughts to me. I want to know why they did not choose certain answers and why they chose others. This forces the student to learn independently without relying on me for an immediate explanation.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Preparing for standardized tests is difficult and not always exciting. I expect students to take a practice test in between tutor sessions. At the very least, this motivates students to practice so that we have problems to review in our session. Usually when preparing for standardized tests, motivation comes as students see their own scores improving across multiple practice tests.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Sometimes a particular skill or concept can be explained in various ways, and a student just needs to hear it again in different terms. When students really struggle, I focus the majority of our practice problems on those particular challenging issues, and I work through several myself so that the student can see how it is done before trying on his own.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is a skill that is developed over a long period of reading and analyzing. In other words, it is a skill that students start developing as little children. Thus, there generally is not a lot of time to work on reading comprehension right before a standardized test. However, I help students understand what things they should be looking for as they read and encourage them to mark them so that they stay engaged in the reading passages.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Working through practice problems together has always been the most successful strategy in preparing for standardized tests.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I expect my students to take a practice test in between tutor sessions so that I can measure progress and evaluate which concepts are presenting the greatest challenge. During sessions, I give students the chance to explain how they reach their results on practice problems, which allows me to assess the students' understanding.