I received a BA in Philosophy from Boston University and a JD from Columbia Law School. After my sophomore year at College I taught a history class in India. While studying for the LSAT I gave my friends informal tutoring sessions. I have tutored all multiple choice sections of the LSAT formally since July 2015.
The LSAT does not require a great deal of knowledge. It requires a solid understanding of a few basic principles of interpretation and reasoning. It also requires good methods for representing and applying those principles. I can help you solidify your understanding of those principles and hone your methods.
During sessions, I usually take an official test question as a point of departure. I stress the ways in which the question reflects general themes and the ways in which the methods used to solve the question can be applied to other questions. It is important to recognize patterns readily but to work out the solution with patience and caution.
My primary hobby is classical music. I taught myself to play the piano and to analyze musical scores. I also like to read about science and history. When I am too tired to do anything demanding, I like to watch TV shows, especially comedies like 'Veep' and 'Seinfeld.'
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Boston University - Bachelor in Arts, Philosophy
Graduate Degree: Columbia Law School - Juris Doctor, Law
Classical Music, literature, philosophy, television
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I focus on basics. Even when situations get more complex, I try to keep the student focused on basics. I also try to give the student a feel for the basics, drawing on examples that interest them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask them about their interests and the amount of preparation they have already done. Then I would go over the basics and make sure that they are solid.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I don't guide them any more than is strictly necessary. I let them do some work with minimal guidance. Sometimes I let them make mistakes. I usually guide them with questions, and I ask the students to be explicit about their reasoning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Students need to feel confident that they can master the material, but remain conscious of their problem spots. I promote confidence by reminding them of where they have improved and what they have done well. Also, I keep them from getting complacent by focusing on difficult areas.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I try to pinpoint the difficulty and use examples the student might find interesting.