My name is Joseph, but you can call me Joe for short. I am currently Music Education major at UNH Durham. Through my program, I am teaching instrumental lessons to students in the area. This semester is my first semester teaching in public school classrooms during the school day, but I have experience working in the classroom after school as part of SAT Prep, after school program, and summer class programs. My three years of experience working in SAT/Test Prep with established test prep companies have made me a highly qualified and experienced test prep instructor. Outside of test prep, I have a love for tutoring math and writing subjects, and I'm also an experienced piano instructor. If you like energetic tutors with passion and knowledge, and if you are specifically seeking SAT preparation, I am the tutor for you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of New Hampshire-Main Campus - Current Undergrad, Music Education
SAT Composite: 2160
SAT Math: 720
SAT Verbal: 720
SAT Writing: 720
Singing classically and playing many different instruments (Piano, Percussion, Woodwinds)
AP Music Theory
High School English
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
A teacher needs to be prepared to teach any student of any skill level. Accepting only students of a higher skill level does not create a teacher of a higher skill level. Furthermore, a teacher needs to be prepared to teach any type of learner. A good teacher is still learning new ways to teach the same topics.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First sessions involve setting goals and expectations, looking at a few problems the student has completed prior to the lesson, and covering basic material associated with the topic, i.e. test details or topic overview.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Providing students with the tools to understand problems and derive formulas is always better than teaching blind memorization. Sometimes it takes more time and effort to get through to a student this way, but it is always worth it.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keeping a student motivated is a matter of balancing their focus, keeping it somewhere between the things they want to do and the things they need to do.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Figure out why that same student has an easy time with another skill or concept. and find a way to connect them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Struggling with reading comprehension implies a broad range of potential underlying problems. The right answer could be anything from letting the student run around for ten minutes before sitting down to a serious discussion about emotional health.