I am a licensed attorney in Florida and a highly-experienced tutor, with over six years' experience teaching English, Literature, writing, and test-prep, and over two years' experience and 1500 hours teaching over 40 students LSAT, law school prep, and bar prep.
I scored in the 99th percentile on the LSAT after one month of self-study, and was a Soia Mentschikoff Scholar at the University of Miami School of Law, which I attended on a full academic scholarship.
After my 1L year, I was first in my class of over 400 students, having the only perfect 4.0 GPA. I graduated summa cum laude, and was nominated to the prestigious Order of the Coif upon graduation.
I passed both the Florida and Multistate Bar Exams after less than one month of self-preparation and practiced as a commercial litigator for three years before turning my attention to LSAT, law school, and Bar tutoring. I am currently developing my own LSAT prep materials, pre-law school prep courses, law school tutoring materials, and law school finals workshops.
I am dedicated to helping my students excel in every aspect of their education. I am passionate about learning and I love helping students learn how to learn. My students' success is my highest priority. I am available to tutor in all areas related to the study of law.
Happy studying :)
Undergraduate Degree: Florida International University - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: University of Miami School of Law - Masters, J.D.
I enjoy riddles and logic games, keeping up with Supreme Court cases, sporting events and movies, Amazon Prime, and blue Papermate pens :)
What is your teaching philosophy?
I excelled in law school because I could do one thing better than everyone else: I knew how to teach myself. The ability to self-teach effectively is the foundation of the highest levels of success. I am passionate about helping students develop the confidence and skills to take charge of their own education and break through their own self-imposed barriers to achieve excellence.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session is always about goals. Without a clear idea of where you want to go, you'll never get there. In our first session, we'll discuss your needs, concerns, and goals. Then, together, we'll come up with a clear, concrete plan of action to get you where you want to go.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
It's important for tutors to be flexible in their styles. I have worked with dozens of students, each with vastly different learning styles. What works for one student won't necessarily work for another. I pay close attention to my students' learning styles and I modify my teaching style to meet each of my student's needs. I explain difficult concepts in a number of different ways, using a variety of simple examples, to help students deepen their understanding of tough concepts. I also break down the hardest ideas into manageable chunks so students can move step-by-step to full comprehension of even the most complex concepts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
The foundation of strong reading comprehension is engagement with the text. Reading comprehension on the LSAT, for example, is one of the hardest areas to improve. However, most students see a big jump in their score once they learn how to maintain a strong engagement with the text. Developing and using a clear notation system is one of the best ways to maintain this engagement.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Clear goal setting is one of the most important predictors of successful tutoring. Once we clarify a student's goals, we'll come up with a concrete plan of attack, break it down into manageable steps, stick to our schedule, and assess the student's progress every step of the way. As students start to see their accomplishments and improvements, they become even more strongly motivated to continue moving forward.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Frequent assessments are one of the best ways of testing a student's mastery of material and concepts. I frequently pose questions to students relating to new concepts in order to test the limits and boundaries of their understanding, as well as to probe for areas of relative strength and weakness. We then develop strategies to capitalize on strengths and neutralize weaknesses.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence arises from mastery. It's vital for students to see and feel themselves progressing in understanding and mastery of their subject areas. Dividing learning goals into discrete tasks allows students to systematically develop necessary skills, which then become the foundation of new skills. Each successful acquisition of a new skill leads to stronger confidence in both the subject and in the student's ability to learn and grow.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I assess students' needs through an initial consultation, diagnostic testing prior to commencing tutoring, and frequent assessments throughout the tutoring relationship. For LSAT tutoring, for example, an initial diagnostic test helps to establish a baseline score, as well as revealing strengths and weaknesses.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
For LSAT tutoring I highly recommend prep texts, workbooks, and training books, but am comfortable with any LSAT prep materials. For law school and Bar prep, well as all other subjects, I will work with the student's materials. For essay writing, I focus heavily on organization and outlining.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
The best way to stay motivated is to see the progress you're making. By breaking down learning goals into manageable steps, students can develop skills and achieve goals more quickly. Moreover, each new success becomes a strong motivator for the next step.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
It is important for tutors to understand how each of their students learn. I pay close attention to each of my students' particular learning styles so I can present information in the most readily accessible way. I also use a lot of examples, ask a lot of questions, and implement techniques to maximize student engagement. This allows me to continually to assess my students' focus, understanding, and retention.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Ownership is key. So much of education today is passive. It is vital for students to take ownership of their own education and become active learners. One of the best ways of doing this to engage the student in goal setting at every level. I also emphasize self-expression and self-definition. I want each of my students to know themselves and how they learn. The ability to define and express oneself is at the foundation of self-confidence, which translates well to confidence in and ownership of one's own education.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It's important for students to own their learning goals and to see continual progress. Clear goals, clear steps, frequent assessments, and consistent mastery all contribute to high motivation.