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Zachary

I graduated in 2015 from the University of Michigan with a BA in Psychology. I am currently working on my first novel! As a recent graduate, I know well that academics can be difficult—but also that success is possible and rewarding. I have experience with students of all ages and find working with each age group to present its own challenges and joys. The last three summers, I worked through Rochester Community Schools Summer Music Theatre, teaching students all about acting—from stage directions, to thinking about how to study and memorize lines in a script, to creating believable, psychologically round characters. One of my favorite parts about being a tutor is helping a student find confidence and realize that they can do things they never thought they could. I specialize in ACT prep and subjects within the humanities and social sciences, including Spanish, history, English, social studies, and more. In addition, I’m confident in teaching various levels of math and science. I’ve learned though working with many students that each individual learns differently, and one of my greatest strengths as a tutor is tailoring my teaching style to best fit each student. It gives me satisfaction to help others find success and learn about themselves in the process.

Undergraduate Degree:

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Bachelors, Psychology

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 34

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 35

ACT Science: 32

Music, Writing

College English

College Geography

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

Homework Support

Other

Social Sciences

Spanish 1

What is your teaching philosophy?

My experiences have taught me to tailor my instructional methods to each student, because each student is unique and learns differently. Some are visual learners, and learn well with diagrams and illustrations; others like to understand the larger concepts and frameworks behind the things they are learning so they can more easily incorporate new facts. I am experienced with these styles of learning and more, and actively adjust the way I tutor to find a way that the student will learn best. I also think that helping a student find confidence is one of the best ways to help them.

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

The first thing I want to do is get to know a student and help them be comfortable with me. I'm not here to judge them or make them feel inadequate--I want to help them however I can. Getting to know a student also helps me figure out how to help them learn best. Then, we'll dive into the subject and see where a student is at and see if we can't find some progress, even on the first day, to help them feel confident and hopeful.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By trying to instill in them an interest in learning. We all have subjects that bore us to tears, and others that we really enjoy. But I think there's parts of every subject that each of us can connect with. Math may seem boring to lots of people, but what it allows us to do and figure out is pretty cool. It can be applied from anything from sports to space travel. Also, I think giving a student confidence and helping them feel capable helps them want to learn. No one wants to spend any time doing anything they feel incompetent at. I want to help students find that it's much less about their inherent abilities, but about how much they're willing to work that matters.