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Chris

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I am excited to use my wide range of knowledge to help students succeed in whatever academic endeavor they pursue. I have a great passion for learning, and relish the opportunity to use my enthusiasm to help students learn and grow as individuals. Tutoring is ideally suited to my strengths as a teacher. I thrive in an environment where I can build a connection with a student based on trust and mutual respect. I work hard to learn about my students' unique learning styles and personalities, and adapt my teaching methods to most effectively meet each student's individual needs. I look forward to the opportunity to make a positive impact on students' lives. I have previously worked as a reading tutor at a community center in East Harlem, New York. and also taught in the US Peace Corps.

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Chris’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Fordham University - Bachelor in Arts, International Studies

Graduate Degree: Johns Hopkins University - Master of Arts, International Relations

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 700

GRE Verbal: 640

Hobbies

Reading, writing and performing comedy, going to the movies, fishing, hiking, camping, bicycling, cooking new and delicious meals, traveling as much as possible.

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

AP United States History

AP US History

Arithmetic

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

European History

Geography

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

History

Literature

Math

Middle School Math

Pre-Algebra

Public Speaking

Reading

Social studies

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that it's essential to make a genuine connection with students; to listen and use their own unique perspective and learning style to build their skills and ensure success.

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

With a new student, I like to first get to know them and their interests, and then tell them something about myself so we build a connection. Then, when we discuss the subject at hand. I will listen carefully to figure out how the student learns and what he or she struggles with.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think it's essential to ask questions that make the student think critically and develop strategies that they can use on their own to solve problems.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would work hard to build a personal connection with the student, which will help me determine what motivates them. I would set goals that are attainable but also challenging, since having a goal fosters motivation.

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

I would break down the concept as much as possible and use visual aids that aid in comprehension. I would ask as many questions as possible to determine what is causing the difficulty, and then find a new way of tackling the subject matter.


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