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Chizom

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As the son of two people born and raised in Nigeria, growing up in America gave me a unique outlook into both Nigerian culture and American culture, and in particularly, African-American culture. I knew that I was not quite the same as the majority of my peers, having been raised in a household with two immigrant parents that made a way for themselves with little assistance and many obstacles. I was privileged, more than I knew at the time. Towards the end of middle school I realized that I wanted to do something to really even the playing field. My interest in social equity grew in high school. During the summer after my freshman year of high school, my family took a trip to Nigeria to visit family where I encountered government corruption and a lack of amenities we take for granted in America.
I wanted to improve their lives and the main way I knew I could even have a chance to do so was through law. Knowing the law inside and out, then possibly forming new laws or changing old laws to improve the quality of life of people that I cared about was the path that made the most sense to me. Along with law came my interest in public policy and government. Public policy affected and continues to affect the lives of my old middle school friends and my people in Nigeria, touching on aspects of life ranging from education to infrastructure. My ultimate goal in life is to bring a positive change to the world, to the lives of people I know deserve better. Part of how I can make those changes now is through tutoring, helping others get a foot up by helping them through their education. I tutor reading, writing, and verbal test prep. As a law student, I have use critical reading skills constantly, and I have been trained to write academically.
Whether it is my old middle school peers, my family in Nigeria, or my students, I want to be able to make an impact on their lives. I may not be able to change the whole world, but I know I will certainly be able to change at least a few peoples’ worlds.

Chizom’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - Bachelors, Political Science and Government

Graduate Degree: Stetson University College of Law - Current Grad Student, JD

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 31

ACT English: 34

ACT Reading: 33

LSAT: 156

Hobbies

Music, basketball, food, manga, anime

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

2nd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Reading

5th Grade Reading

ACT Reading

Adult Literacy

College English

Elementary School Reading

English

Essay Editing

High School English

Homework Support

Phonics

Reading

Test Prep

Vocabulary


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in patience and building confidence in students. When one knows the material but is not sure of themselves, they may not be confident in the abilities they possess. I aim to bring out that confidence through encouragement and patience.

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

I would likely gauge what the student knows of the material he or she needs assistance with, then build from there.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Instilling the confidence in them so that after they leave the tutoring session, they will believe they can do the work/problems/assignments without me over their shoulder giving them assurance.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Show them the possibilities and opportunities that lie in wait when you have a good education. Good grades lead to a bevy of great things, but if a student has no idea what those great things are (or that good grades even lead to anything great), they will not have the motivation to get those good grades.

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

Try a different approach. If that approach doesn't work, try another approach. Also, I'd try to fully strengthen them in other areas. Personally, I had troubles with the Math and Science sections on the ACT. However, I worked hard on the English and Reading sections to bring up my composite score to the level I wanted.

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

Again, the answer is instilling self-confidence. A student struggling with reading comprehension may be embarrassed about it. Let them know that it is perfectly all right to struggle, that that is what learning is all about. The satisfaction of understanding after struggling is also very rewarding.