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Dylan

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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.

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Dylan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Fordham College at Lincoln Center - Bachelor in Arts, Theatre Performance in Romance Languages

Test Scores

ACT English: 34

ACT Reading: 32

SAT Verbal: 740

SAT Writing: 710

Hobbies

Acting, Translation, Drawing, Painting, World Travel

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

Advanced Placement Prep

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

AP French Language and Culture

AP Spanish Language & Culture

AP United States History

AP US History

College English

College Level American History

College World History

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

Conversational Spanish

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

European History

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History

History

Languages

Literature

Other

Phonics

Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in French

SAT Subject Test in French with Listening

SAT Subject Test in Spanish

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Shakespeare

Social studies

Spanish

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

World History

Writing


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.


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