Hi, my name is Thomas. I am a writer and a new attorney starting my own law practice. I like to play soccer and halo, and also like to read.
I have solid experience in SAT, PSAT, and LSAT, having taught myself in these areas and boosted my scores on these tests through my efforts.
I have great teaching abilities to help you achieve your goals on these tests and in many other subjects.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Southern California - Bachelor in Arts, Anthropology
Graduate Degree: Western State College of Law at Argosy University - Juris Doctor, N/A
SAT Composite: 2250
SAT Math: 760
SAT Verbal: 800
soccer; halo; reading
10th Grade Math
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
9th Grade Math
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics
High School English
High School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to help students achieve the goals they set for themselves in the subject areas I tutor them in. I work on explaining the material, and also giving them strategies and tools to attain their goals.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first want to find out what the student is looking to achieve, and then assess where he is currently and figure out what methods would best help the student to get to where he wants to be.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can teach him the tools and methodologies to learn well on his own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would remind a student of his goals, what he's working for, and how happy he will be to accomplish his goals.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would figure out exactly what part of the concept he is having trouble with and explain that part to him in an easy to understand way.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would show the student how fun the subject can be and how useful it can be in his life; also, I would remind him how good it will feel to get an A in the class.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Start with little things, and then build to big.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Generally, I have students do practice reading comprehension questions and give them feedback on their process. Then, I explain to them the way to go about solving the questions.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find the diagnostic test to be a great help because it helps show where the student is before even getting started, showing where his strengths and weaknesses are, so I can plan the sessions accordingly.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To make sure the student understands the material, I use a combination of practice problems and asking the student to explain the material in question.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
With a diagnostic test, and also by asking the student what his or her strengths and weaknesses are.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I focus where a student needs more help, or where added focus will produce the greatest increase in score on a given test.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Typically, I use a test preparation book.