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In my experience, the best teachers help their students understand the principles behind the material and work from there. Any subject, from Latin to history to math, can be a grueling exercise in rote memorization, but that's not fun for anybody, so that's not how I teach. I try to de-mystify the subject from the outset, starting with acknowledging and building on what students already know - usually more than they think. I've studied a lot of languages (Spanish, Latin, French, Turkish, Attic Greek, Ancient Hebrew, and, of course, English) and I've learned that a lot of the principles of communication are universal. If you're reading this, you already know one language, so you've made the first step toward learning another! I'd love to help you go further. If it's English that's giving you trouble, I'd also be happy to be of assistance. I wrote over 150 pages of independent research in college and was an editor for multiple publications. Helping people improve their writing and make stronger arguments is something I really love.

Stephen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Princeton University - Bachelors, History

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2300

SAT Math: 710

SAT Verbal: 790

SAT Writing: 800

AP Calculus AB: 4

AP Latin: 5

AP English Literature: 5

AP English Language: 5

AP US History: 5

AP World History: 5

AP Art History: 5

AP U.S. Government & Politics: 5

AP Spanish Literature: 4

AP Spanish Language: 5

Hobbies

sports (baseball, soccer, all others), music, writing, reading, running

Tutoring Subjects

History

AP English Language and Composition

AP Latin

AP Spanish Language & Culture

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP United States History

AP US History

AP World History

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History

Conversational Spanish

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Foreign Language

Geography

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

Languages

Latin

Latin 1

Latin 2

Latin 3

Latin 4

PSAT Writing Skills

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Latin

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Social studies

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Students already know more than they might think. Learn the principles behind what you do know, and the stuff you don't know won't seem so scary.

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

Figure you what your objectives are and what you already know about the subject. Lay out some goals and get to know a little bit about each other.

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

Find new angles from which to approach the problem. Sometimes you can study something else that sheds new light on a problem area, or just get a feel for it by seeing it in context.

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

I remind them to try to explain what they're reading to themselves before looking at the explanations offered. It helps to hear it in your own words, then see which answer is the closest match.

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

Talk about why it's useful and why it's normal to have a hard time picking it up.

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

It helps to think about all the stuff you've already learned how to do. Instead of just revisiting old lessons or questions, try to come up with a way to solve a difficult problem using the skills you already have.

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

I don't keep grilling them on a concept they clearly already get (although review is crucial). Most importantly, I ask them!