Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Northwestern University - Bachelors, English and Legal Studies
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe a student first needs to learn abstract concepts, apply those concepts to real questions, and then solidify the concepts through practice.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A first session would involve tackling some of the abstract concepts that are essential to succeeding on the LSAT, and then applying these concepts to areas where the student struggles.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I teach the concepts and tactics so a student can apply them outside of the tutoring session.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I email my students asking for progress reports, and tell them to email me with any questions or concerns.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would find different examples and ways to explain the concept, and then go over practice problems to help show how the concept is applied, and what it looks like on an actual question.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I tell them to slow down first and foremost. It is better to understand the passage than to get through it quickly and then have to look back at it multiple times. I tell students to focus on the author's attitude towards the subject, the main point of the passage, and any distinctions that are made.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Teaching abstract concepts, showing how they are applied in an actual question, and then guiding the student through a similar question, letting them make their own inferences and mistakes.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would change the way I explain the question. Every student is different, and some really need visual stimuli, while others are more auditory. Furthermore, some students need a lot of instruction, while others learn best by trying on their own and learning from their own mistakes.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
First, I always check to make sure the student grasps the concept before moving onto the next concept. Beyond that, however, I think the most effective way to ensure that a student understands the concept is to explain it a different way if the first way is unsatisfactory, and to give concrete examples.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
We attack one question type at a time until the student has a good grasp of it. Once a student feels comfortable with that question, their confidence goes up, as they realize with enough practice they can get any type of question.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
A lot of the time I evaluate a student's needs by asking them what they've been struggling with and what they want to go over. I also am able to see where a student's strengths and weaknesses lie based on their performance on practice tests.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Each student is unique and requires a different approach. One of the first things I do as a tutor is to learn how the student likes to study, and how to best communicate new information. I adapt to the needs of each individual student by learning about the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use a mixture of slides that I have made before the lesson, practice problems from the tutoring company, and examples from other sources that I have made accessible to the student.