I'm a great tutor because I'm a great listener. As much as I respect and implement tried and trusted teaching models for foreign languages, I know that students have different brains that respond to different methods, and I see the tutoring session as a unique opportunity to use that to optimize the student's learning process. I incorporate music and film when I know it can expand the technical into the real. This allows the student to attach schoolwork to real life as it is experienced by native speakers of the target language.
In all English and History-related subjects, I use my knowledge and deep love for world history and literature to encourage focused research. I couple this with contextual information. Again, if a student can learn the greater importance of an event or of an author's main argument and styles, they learn more than basic information to repeat in a test: they begin to master the information and better savor the world around them.
For students learning to read and write better, I believe it's all about structure. There are simple constructs of idea, speaker, and audience that must be conveyed in an essay. An author utilizes these same focal points to craft a powerful written work. When an assignment comes along, the anxiety to perform that it creates can nullify the student's mastery of these three basic ideas that will make for a great essay when used correctly. My job as a tutor is to teach that structure and allow the student to see how easy it can be to efficiently put their thoughts on paper.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Fordham College at Lincoln Center - Bachelor in Arts, Theatre Performance in Romance Languages
ACT English: 34
ACT Reading: 32
SAT Verbal: 740
SAT Writing: 710
Acting, Translation, Drawing, Painting, World Travel
AP US History
College Level American History
College World History
High School English
High School Level American History
High School World History
SAT Subject Test in French
SAT Subject Test in French with Listening
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that no student is the same, and each one should receive a method of learning targeted to their personal needs and skills. As a result, I must be equally on the ball and ready to listen and adapt to the unique concerns of every student. And I should be excited to find solutions.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask the student how comfortable they feel with the target material. It is especially important for me to know what needs they have that are not being addressed in the classroom. This is where I can fill in the blanks the teacher does not have the time to address. That knowledge will help me create a concise plan to help the student master the given material in the time we have together.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A main cause for learning dependency stems from a lack of specificity in planning. The student does not have either a schedule for studying, or a concise understanding of the material, or (most likely) has a tremendous amount of other activities that make focusing on one class tremendously difficult to figure out on their own. As a tutor, I can develop a study strategy reliant on a time structure so that the student knows they have so much information to learn in a limited amount of time. It also means that after that time, they can move on to the other subjects that demand their attention. This endeavor is meant to clarify what "doing one's best" really means. The student will learn to identify what they need to do, devote specific attention to it, and then be able to move on to another subject with equal focus. The feeling of accomplishment breeds confidence, which is key to effective independent learning.