I graduated from UC Berkeley in 1986 and Harvard Law School in 1989. I was in the 90th percentile on the LSAT, and although I studied hard in college and law school, I still found time to have a balanced life and enjoy the experience of being a student. Although they may feel like they are going to last forever, the school years quickly pass and most of life comes afterwards.
The year I spent abroad in Spain was one of the highlights of my college years, and there are few moments I cherish more than walking across the stage, receiving my law degree and then descending into the crowd and handing that degree to my mother, who supported and believed in me for so many years. We don’t work so hard just for ourselves. This is part of why I enjoy teaching so much.
Over the past 15 years or so, I have taught courses at Golden Gate University, the Monterey College of Law and San Francisco Law School, where I currently teach Corporations. I am proud to say that last year my students voted me Professor of the year. I believe that patience and real world examples are critical to effective teaching and student comprehension, and I try to provide them both.
On a personal note I love riding my motorcycle up the coast, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and playing the drums. I’ve also been fortunate to have run my marathon, made my short film and written one novel (I am working on a second). I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your academic goals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, Double Major: Spanish and Political Science
Graduate Degree: Harvard Law School - Masters, Law, JD [note, not a Masters but the field immediately below required a selection]
Motorcycling, writing, drums, filmmaking, and travel.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Patience and hard work are always rewarded.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them, their goals, strengths, and their desired areas of improvement.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
With support and development of study skills such as an active reading style that includes a dialogue with the text.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By understanding their goals and helping students reach them.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Start with the fundamentals and build from there.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Go paragraph by paragraph working on those skills.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Knowing their strengths and desired areas of improvement. Then, working on improving those desired areas.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By understanding their interest and encouraging them to take on the challenge.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Testing and a Socratic questioning approach.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By showing them how much they have improved.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By testing and getting to know them.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By determining which techniques they respond to and using those techniques where possible.