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Joel

I am an experienced teacher, coach and tutor with a passion for helping students improve through better understanding the material, reading between the lines of the test questions, and mastering the tactics and strategies particular to each test that will lead to the best possible score.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Louisville - Bachelors, Philosophy

Graduate Degree:

 University of Louisville - Masters, MBA

GMAT: 710

Entrepreneurship, Politics, Martial Arts, Hiking, Kayaking

AP US Government

ASVAB Prep

Business

CLEP Principles of Marketing

College Business

College Economics

Ethics

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT Integrated Reasoning

GMAT Verbal

High School Business

High School Economics

Homework Support

Macroeconomics

Marketing

Social Sciences

Study Skills and Organization

What is your teaching philosophy?

I apply the Socratic method to all learning situations. I assess where a student is, and ask the right questions to facilitate the next step.

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

Assess goals, discuss previous results, dive into self-described trouble spots, and create a plan for success.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The greatest challenge in cultivating an independent learner is instilling a desire to learn. Incremental accomplishments, recognized improvements, and reinforcement of positive change are the surest ways to create that desire.

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

My job is to uncover how the student is currently thinking about the skill or concept, identify the challenge, and reteach it in a way that better fits with the student's current thinking.

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

Asking the right questions and listening to understand how s/he thinks, then crafting lessons and strategies to develop from that starting point.

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

Small wins add up. A focus on learning bite-sized pieces of challenging subjects and experiencing incremental gains is a sure way to create engagement.