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Naftali

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I am an undergraduate junior at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. I am getting a Bachelor of the Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing with an emphasis on Screenwriting and a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Studies. I have tutored and taught for Kaplan Test Prep in the past. While I tutor a broad range of subjects, I am most passionate about English and Writing. In my experience, there is no best approach for how to tutor students. Every student is different and should be taught in a way that helps them better understand both the subject matter in front of them and themselves as a student. I believe that the healthy combination of creativity and patience can lead to the solution of almost any problem in life. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (graphic and classic) novels, practicing yoga, writing scripts, going to movie theaters, and aimlessly browsing through Netflix.

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Naftali’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Current Undergrad, Dramatic Writing

Test Scores

ACT English: 30

ACT Math: 34

ACT Reading: 33

SAT Math: 740

SAT Writing: 730

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 720

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 720

Hobbies

writings, watching movies, reading graphic novels, exploring museums, biking, practicing yoga, hiking, and discovering new cafes.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

College English

College Essays

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction

Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support

HSPT Prep

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

Other

Persuasive Writing

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking

Reading

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Shakespeare

Short Novel

SHSAT Prep

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Summer

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that each student requires a different approach. No method will cover all students. I try my best to be a chameleon, constantly changing my teaching style to fit my current student.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I will start off with an informal conversation in order to ease the student into a comfortable learning environment while getting to know the student. Then we will go over the general material and figure out what we specifically have to focus on in future sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I ask as many questions as possible in order for my student's experience with me to not be a lecture, but instead a workshop. That way, they will be constantly involved and teaching themselves.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

If a student is struggling with a subject, I will motivate them with positive encouragement and give them praise when they overcome obstacles, no matter how minor they may seem.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I will try to break down the concept into smaller, easier, parts for the student to understand slowly. The key is patience and creativity.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I try to help them "actively" read. I will instruct them to take notes, and underline as they go through a passage so that they're forced to pay attention to important details and think critically about the material in front of them.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Making sure a student is actively involved in the tutoring process by constantly asking them meaningful and appropriately challenging questions has always worked for me.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would try to help them approach it a different way than they had been looking at it before, and then gradually ease them into the subject matter until they're fully comfortable with it.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would give them practice tests and ask them questions that I had not asked them before to see if they understand the subject as a whole and not just the questions we practiced.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Through positive reinforcement and patient practice.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I give them a small practice quiz and see how they performed. Afterwards, I will ask them about their process for each question to see where their strengths and weaknesses lie.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I try to see how they learn and then teach them in the way that suits them the best.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use pens, pencils, paper, calculators, and practice test prep books.


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