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Nicholas

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Buoyant, intellectually curious, and passionate about learning and teaching. Masters from Oxford University, B. A. from Kenyon College. With every student, I strive to connect with them on both a personal and an academic level, thereby creating a mutually respectful relationship dynamic and a calming & constructive learning environment. As someone who struggled academically as a kid, I address any anxieties and insecurities with the utmost compassion and understanding and work with the student to overcome them. I am also available for college guidance counseling, college interview coaching, and Common Application essay editing based on experience working in the admissions office of one of the top small liberal arts schools in the country.

Hobbies include: reading, spending time with friends, travel, watching sports, theater/music, and playing video games.

Nicholas’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Kenyon College - Bachelors, Sociology

Graduate Degree: University of Oxford - Masters, Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Science

ACT Writing

History

Ancient and Medieval Heritage

Anthropology

AP Human Geography

AP United States History

AP US History

AP World History

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

English

Essay Editing

European History

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

Geography

Gifted

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

Homework Support

Languages

Literature

Other

Philosophy

Political Science

PSAT Writing Skills

Psychology

Public Speaking

Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in World History

SAT Writing and Language

Shakespeare

Social Sciences

Social studies

Sociology

Summer

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My pedagogical philosophy involves creating a calming and supportive environment for learning. I believe in explaining information in multiple ways, while calming students' anxieties and positively reinforcing successes. I yearn to instill a desire for learning within all of my students.

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

My goal in a first session with a student would be to get to know them on a personal level, not just an academic one. First I'd listen to their hobbies and form common ground. Then I would ask questions about what academic subjects they feel confident in and why, and what they find challenging about what they need tutoring in. Finally, I'd share with them my own academic challenges that I faced growing up (poor organization and note taking, dysgraphia, almost failing math in 6th grade) to hopefully further connect and establish common ground with the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

First I would gather what their interests are. Then I would relate overlapping skills/interests within academic subjects they like (if any). Then I would work with the student to find those qualities/attributes within the subject area that they need tutoring in, ultimately hoping to instill within them interest in that subject and why it is important to learn.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student stay motivated by taking short (5 minutes or less) breaks as necessary when focus wains, and pause to talk about their anxieties/insecurities when they feel discouraged or express self-doubt.

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

I would first listen to what they feel like they have difficulty with the most and why. Then I would acknowledge those difficulties and tell them that not understanding something is ok, it's a part of being human. Then I would ask them what they like about their hobbies/other subjects, and see if I can find a skill or concept that is transferable.

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

First I would determine whether the student struggles to understand the words, the sounds, or the concepts. If the problem is phonetic, I would address that problem by having them read one sentence out loud, or to their pet, or a print out of a character/person they like from a book/game/sports team if they don't feel comfortable reading to me or their parents yet. By saying something out loud you engage different parts of the brain than by reading it quietly. If they are not comfortable with public speaking, then I would encourage them to read the sentence to themselves in their head. If the problem is conceptual, I would define concepts in each individual sentence of a passage that they struggle with, hopefully building to a comprehensive understanding of the passage.

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

I think it's most important to build a personal, productive, and positive relationship with the student and work environment first. It is important to treat each other as individuals and partners in learning. Creating that space and relationship is important for any progress to be made. Then I would address what they like about learning in school or in their hobbies, and try to relate those skills/interests to the subject in question.

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

By first talking about the cool things that can be done with that subject. Then relate the subject areas, interests, and skills that they enjoy in their other academic subjects or hobbies and relate them to the subject in question.

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

I would work with them on a 2-3 questions, and then have them answer 1-2 questions on their own with me there encouraging them without answering the question for them.

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

In order to climb a mountain you need to take the first step. That first step can be understanding the concepts, or being able to answer a question with me, and finally being able to answer a question on their own. Then I would reflect with the student on their accomplishment and progress.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

First, I would first ascertain whether the problem area is conceptual or skills based. Next, I would determine how they learn best (visual, aural, verbal). Then, I would try to relate those concepts or skills to both the real world and their hobbies, or other academic subjects. Finally I'd return to the subject area in question and begin to make progress, calming and addressing anxieties/insecurities as we go.

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

By determining the individual student's learning preferences, interests (academic and personal), and abilities at a baseline level. Then I would work with the student to make an individual plan for progress and milestones.

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

I would use printouts online, utilize recording software as needed, their own textbooks, videos of what can be done with this subject or with those skills (real world applications).