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I am a native Texan now living in NYC. I just finished my Master's degree, and I love food, reading, and travel. I've been working and volunteering as a tutor since my high school days, and I am eager to provide advanced-level assistance to you! I'm a friendly, approachable person who maintains a professional but fun learning atmosphere. And, most importantly, we get hard work done!

I believe I can provide tremendous assistance tutoring everything from ACT prep to Shakespeare and existential philosophy. My learning background is diverse, and my objective-based tutoring style is sure to lead to success. When we tackle problems, we are learning the how? and why?, not just the what? I aim to develop skills that the student can carry forward in his or her academic life, and my measured goal-setting will help student and tutor remain highly-motivated and see their efforts pay off significantly.

Feel free to contact me at any time! I'm truly passionate about tutoring, and cannot wait to get started with you. I can guarantee a hard-working, experienced tutor who will do everything he can to fulfill your academic needs.

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Dakota’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Vanderbilt University - Bachelor in Arts, Philosophy

Graduate Degree: New York Film Academy - Master of Fine Arts, Screenwriting

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 36

ACT Math: 31

ACT Reading: 32

ACT Science: 31

Hobbies

Film, literature, travel, cooking.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT English

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

Arithmetic

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

College World History

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Ethics

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

High School

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing

History

IB Extended Essay

IB Film

IB Film HL

IB Global Politics

IB Global Politics SL

IB History

IB History HL

IB History SL

IB Language A: Language and Literature

IB Language A: Language and Literature HL

IB Language A: Language and Literature SL

IB Language A: Literature

IB Language A: Literature HL

IB Literature and Performance

IB Literature and Performance SL

IB Philosophy

IB Philosophy HL

IB Philosophy SL

Intermediate Algebra

College Math

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

Law

Math

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Persuasive Writing

Philosophy

Poetry Writing

Political Science

Pre-Algebra

Reading

Shakespeare

Short Novel

Social Sciences

Social Studies

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Technical Writing

Technology and Computer Science

US History

Vocabulary

World Civilization

World History

World Literature

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that a positive attitude and an objective-based approach can make tackling even the most difficult problems more manageable. We will look to not just answer one question, but to understand the underlying concept the question is hoping for us to employ and then apply a relevant strategy for success.

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

We might outline goals, struggles, strengths, and expectations, along with some friendly get to know you time and some hard work! I aim to create a friendly, open atmosphere, but also one in which we improve as learners.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

My objective-based approach to learning is helpful in developing skills to not just answer questions, but to also understand them - and this is a strategy that makes for optimal independent learners.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation can be fueled by clear and approachable goals, and as long as we keep our desired long-term outcomes in mind, the hard work becomes worth it and rewarding.

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

I would maintain a positive attitude while also seeking to understand the root of the difficulty. As a result, I will aim to explain the concept from the ground up, or change approaches to a teaching style that better suits the student.

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

There are a number of strategies that help with reading comprehension (e.g., reading the questions before the passage) but there are also valuable skills in understanding reading and question procedures that I can help with that provide universal comprehension skills.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Trust, friendliness, and passion are paramount, but we also benefit if we share an idea of what success looks like and how to get there.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Most subjects can become imminently fascinating as long as the student understands how they relate to their real life. I hope to share new teaching styles that make potentially dense material fresh and revitalized.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I think that a student truly understands material when they can subsequently take conceptual learning and apply it to a different but similar set of problems. I hope to ensure student success even when the tutor is not there to assist.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Confidence is largely a byproduct of understanding and success. By building skills and knowledge from the ground up, tackling the easier problems not only helps feel energized and capable, it also enhances abilities to complete more advanced problems that come later.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

A student's needs are based largely on goals, expectations, and evaluations of parents, teachers, or anyone else close to the student. Additionally, any part of the learning that they feel unclear on, should be addressed as a need for approaching in a different way.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I have a solid enough grasp on the material to alter my teaching approach based on the needs and learning style of the student. From basic-concept-learning to expert-level-refreshing, I am happy to provide any service the student requires or might benefit from.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

From textbooks to real-world examples, I am eager to present material in a way the student understands and relates to, even adjusting my approach on the fly, if necessary. I'm here to help!


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