Combining a law school education with a career in the creative arts, I have seen firsthand that everyone has a different style of learning. Some students work best with charts and diagrams. Others may need to write outlines. Still others may gain a better understanding through flash cards and other learning tools.
By selecting me as a tutor, you'll get more than just a bunch of basic practice problems and rote writing exercises. Tutoring should not be a "one size fits all" approach. My goal is to work with you to create a personalized learning plan that acknowledges your strengths and puts them to use in helping you actually learn a subject, not just memorize it.
I am well-versed in a variety of subjects, with a specialty in writing and reading comprehension. I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you and further discuss how we can help you better understand your schoolwork.
Undergraduate Degree: SUNY at Albany - Bachelors, History
Graduate Degree: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law - PHD, Law
Reading, writing, woodworking, gaming
AP US History
College Level American History
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
What is your teaching philosophy?
Everyone learns differently. The first step in any successful tutoring relationship is getting to know the student and fully understand their strengths. Then, we can develop a plan that uses those strengths to build a deeper understanding in other areas as well.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session with a student is often dedicated to learning about the students themselves. In order to develop an effective plan, we need to work together to identify a student's strength and weaknesses, as well as determine what level of understanding they already have in the topic so we can begin building our foundation.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Answers shouldn't be marked simply correct or incorrect. It's important that a student understands exactly why a particular answer is right or wrong, so that they can then apply and expand upon that knowledge in future problems. That's what true independent learning is, not simple memorization.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It's important to not focus only on what a student doesn't understand, or what they get wrong. Success needs to be acknowledged at every step, even if they're small ones.