Many years ago I earned a BFA as an undergraduate at NYU and a Marketing MBA from Hofstra University. Since then I have transformed from a student to an educator.
As an educator, I have been fortunate to have attained career leadership positions where I built organizational structure - which required the training and educating of personnel. Concurrently, I would also function as an adjunct professor where I taught media based courses.
Organizing thoughts and expressing them in writing is the single most important discipline a student can learn. It is a skill required across most academic subjects and it has a profound effect on individual evaluations throughout your career. While I mostly enjoy teaching history, media, the social sciences and English - learning the skill, craft and expression of writing is the best lesson plan.
As an avid runner (and now walker), I see learning as an athletic exercise. As such, the more you put into it, the better the results. Along the way, I strive to make every student reach their potential - while making the journey fun and productive.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Bachelors, Film/TV Production
Graduate Degree: Hofstra University - Masters, Marketing
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What is your teaching philosophy?
I try to make every student comfortable. It is very difficult to learn in a pressure-filled, uncomfortable environment.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Explore interests and try to determine potential and motivation.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independent learning comes with motivation. The key is to find what motivates a student and then try to teach learning techniques.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is often found through leadership and example.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try to find the root cause and the appropriate tools needed to overcome issues.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Patience and learning techniques.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Motivating a student comes in many forms. The most direct is to develop trust so that a student is comfortable with challenges.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Review and outside the box thinking are very helpful for recall and retention.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
This is an ongoing process. Needs change as lesson plans are developed and executed. I feel there is constant evaluation in the tutoring process.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Better understanding of the student's needs allows the educator to better adapt to their needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?