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I don't think writing has to be some chore or some pointless obstacle to just get done. Writing is simply figuring out the best, potentially even most entertaining way to get whatever weird thoughts are bouncing around in your brain to bounce around in my brain. Things like grammar and word choice and the parts of a sentence are just puzzle pieces that we'll work on learning how to fit in the right order so that your weird thoughts can be understood in the easiest way to someone else. It's all a big puzzle, and puzzles are a lot more fun than "writing".

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Alex’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: DePaul University - Bachelors, Digital Cinema

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 32

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 31

ACT Reading: 34

ACT Science: 30


Improv comedy, stand-up comedy, going to the gym, hiking, Twitter, all you can eat buffets

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My job as a tutor is to learn the best I can from my students so they can learn the best they can from me.

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

I'd definitely set aside at least some time to get to know them, the circumstances in their life, and their skills and weaknesses before delving into the nuts and bolts of what it is we need to accomplish.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Provide easily replicable strategies they can use on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Periodic social media breaks and plenty of jokes to make swallowing the pill a bit easier.

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

I like to employ personal anecdotes and analogies -- I've found some combination of these has done the trick in most circumstances.

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

Read it out loud. Even if you have to whisper.

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

Reading out loud and pretending like you just emerged from living under a rock and have no idea about anything relating to the main topic.

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

Humor, humor, humor. Taking your own initial shortcomings with a dose of humor can really help put things in perspective.

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