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Keith

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I am really excited to be given the opportunity to tutor students. It was my first exposure to education (from the educator’s side) back when I was in college, working with students at a local high school. First with them, and also my friends, I noticed that I really enjoyed helping people understand something they were struggling with. That’s why I hope to tutor as many students as I can handle. The thing I enjoy most about teaching is the opportunity to help students learn. I enjoy knowledge, both the receiving and the giving thereof, and I’m looking forward to being able to help your student (or you yourself) grow in the field you are currently grappling with. I have been fortunate to do well in my own academic pursuits: earning a Bachelor's in International Affairs & History from Georegetown University and a Master's in Education from Valparaiso University. I have taught for four years in a few different departments, but mostly in the social studies. I offer tutoring in the social studies, mathematics, and Spanish as well as test prep for the SAT & GRE, both of which I have taken. I hope that we can move you forward in your academic endeavors. Outside of teaching, I enjoy reading, video games and aikido.

Keith’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Graduate Degree: Georgetown University - Unknown, International History

Graduate Degree: Valparaiso University - Masters in Education, Education

Test Scores

SAT Math: 770

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 730

GRE Verbal: 750

GRE Quantitative: 730

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 790

GRE Analytical Writing: 5.5

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 730

Hobbies

Reading, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Strategy Games, RPGs, Aikido, Piano, Teaching


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I always want to push my students to be better. Especially with tutoring, it is about learning what you, the student, can do, and working with you to increase your skills and be able to perform on a consistent basis.

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

The first session involves two things. The first is to establish a professional rapport, seeing that we can work together, and outlining the goals of your tutoring. The second part of the first session is establishing your baseline: where you are starting from and what we can do to help you improve.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

All learning is fundamentally an independent activity. Only a student can learn; all a teacher or tutor can do is help expose the student to new information, give them the tools to process that information, and remove roadblocks to their learning. I would take my experience as a teacher in the classroom to explain the concepts, and then guide my student through the practice problems to help them develop the confidence and mastery necessary to say that they have learned something.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

In my experience, true motivation isn't found in concrete rewards. Motivation is about establishing a goal that seems both reachable and challenging. The key to pushing a student is a combination of expectation and encouragement. I expect that students will work towards the goals that they have set for themselves, and I encourage them as they take steps towards those goals, or to get back on track if they miss a step. The key is to stay positive, forward-looking, and goal-oriented.

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

Work at it. Practice makes perfect for two reasons. If you've got the concept, practice helps reinforce it. But if you are struggling, practice helps isolate the skill or concept that is lacking. Once that has been identified, we can work on it. I can explain the skill, demonstrate it a few times, and then guide the student through practice problems until the difficult skill has been mastered. We would then return to it during the next few sessions to "bake it in."