It's time to knock the SAT and those college essays out of the park! I'm fully confident I can take your academic ability to its greatest potential. The key is believing in the process and sticking to it. Imagine learning how to walk as a little child. You first took a few steps then fell down, but then you slowly allowed yourself to enjoy the process of learning how to walk. You practiced and practiced until you made real progress. Now, you could say you are an expert at it. My philosophy is the same, and it works for learning any new skill- from fingerpicking the guitar to writing an essay. If you believe in the process, you will not only reach your goal but you can also have a TON of fun along the way. I would love to share that journey with you.
While I specialize in the SAT and essay editing, I also have spent a considerable amount of time in the ESL field and gain tremendous satisfaction from seeing my ESL clients conquer their fears and achieve their goals in the English language.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Southern California - Bachelors, International Relations - Global Business
SAT Math: 800
SAT Writing: 770
Classic Rock, Billy Joel, Theatre and Film, Astronomy, NBA Basketball
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Process > Practice > Progress If you believe in the process, you can allow yourself to have a great time practicing. If you practice, you create giants leaps in your progress. In my opinion, this philosophy works for everything- from learning how to walk to learning Algebra.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I would first listen to the student's issues with the area of study. Finding out where the student feels least confident and the most confident is the backbone to creating fast progress. Then we would both dive right into the project or assignment that the student is currently working on. I understand that time is valuable, and want to make the most of it in every session.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Instead of giving the answer to the students, it's important for me to provide them with the tools they need to get to that place without my help. That's the end goal.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Each student is different, and every human being operates is different ways. Some enjoy steady rewards after targets are achieved, and some truly work best under the pressure of a deadline. I tried to find what excites the student about the work - even in the most boring assignment, I can guarantee there is something cool under the surface.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
1. Find out where your going 2. Break things in bite-size, understandable chunks 3. Work your way slowly to completion I will be there every step of the way.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is oftentimes a motivational issue. Students have the ABILITY to be terrific at it, but get distracted and bored. The main strategy is to spark someone's curiosity in the story by triggering their imagination. Another is to try a series of proven close reading strategies, and see what works best for the particular student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I believe in a thorough understanding of material. For example, with an Algebra student, when studying a concept, I will test his or her knowledge on the most difficult problem in the book. If the student conquers it, the student will gain tremendous confidence in that area, and will back themselves to push forward.