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I am absorbed in the world of literature. My experience in literary analysis and creative writing has led me to pursue a career in education. I started my own non-profit English tutoring and help system for K-12 students. For over 4 years I have built a professional staff that has edited hundreds of papers and tutored dozens of students. In addition to being the chief tutor for my organization, I have also taught competitive math at Hyde Middle School as a teacher assistant and taught beginning band music to students at Lincoln Elementary School. I had a rigorous academic history as a student at Monta Vista High School and took independent courses at both De Anza College and Brigham Young University. I am currently an undergraduate studying English at Emory College of Emory University.

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Brian’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Emory University - Current Undergrad, English

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 30

ACT Reading: 34

ACT Science: 35

SAT Composite: 2190

SAT Math: 710

SAT Verbal: 760

SAT Writing: 720

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800

SAT Subject Test in Physics: 780

SAT Subject Test in Chinese with Listenng: 790


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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

It is a teacher's job to foster delight in learning, awareness of self, and commitment to personal improvement.

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

It is important to build a bond of trust so that the student is comfortable asking for clarification. The first sessions will contribute to that end, as well as pointing out specific troubles the student is having.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Study habits form from repetition and enjoyment. Helping a student develop self-awareness and understanding will ultimately result in an independent learner and thinker.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Reasonable, reachable, short-term goals will help the student stay focused and committed to their learning.

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

Present the material in a different way. Students will vary in how they understand the material. It is important to recognize their style of learning and work with it.

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

Students who have trouble with reading comprehension should be given shorter passages and work through them sentence by sentence with a teacher.

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

A combination of visual and auditory learning yields the best results for most students. The key is to get them to participate and ask questions.

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

Connect the subject to something they find engaging. If students can relate something academic to something they enjoy, they will show much more interest in the subject.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

While assessments can be useful, it is important for students to write out answers in short answer form to showcase their understanding.

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