I believe that every student can learn if the right approach is used. Finding the right buttons for the student to push is the real job of the tutor.
Undergraduate Degree: Richmond College - Bachelors, History
Graduate Degree: CUNY College of Staten Island - Masters, American Studies
Travel, writing short stories, and short non-fiction pieces.
College Level American History
College World History
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
High School World History
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is rather simple, but effective. I believe that students should not be spoon-fed information, but rather that they should be helped in discovering the knowledge on their own. Not only is this more interesting and exciting for them, it leads to a sense of 'ownership' of the lessons learned.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find out 'where the student is' and where he should be.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By suggesting short, related readings, films, and documentaries that address the subject.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Encouragement and discussion of related topics.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I try to determine if there is an underlying cause, e.g. dyslexia.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The discovery method in which the student feels as if he had input in reaching the right answer.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Short quizzes, no more than 5 q's.