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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.

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Mark’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

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.

Tutoring Subjects


College English

College Geography

College Level American History

College World History


Essay Editing

European History

GED Prep


High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School World History


Human Geography



Social Studies

Test Prep

US History

World History


Q & A

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.

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