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Every student has within himself or herself the ability to receive 'perfect' scores on any test! I truly believe, after being a highly effective and certified public and private educator for many years, that all students--if given the opportunity to know, process, and internalize that intelligence is acquired and grown (and never simple inert or static)--that miracles are truly possible: college acceptance, 'perfect' SAT/ACT scores, exemplary letters of intent, et cetera...

If this sounds hyperbolic or grandiose, all I can say is, "good!" You have every right to think and indeed feel this way; however, give me the opportunity to change your minds, hearts, and hands into something truly exceptional, i.e., conduits through which exceptional academic and personal abilities showcase what you know to be your very best. You can do it, and with your dedication and my guidance, you can and will proverbially "light this world on fire" with your intelligence and wonderful abilities to become local leaders, academicians, lawyers, doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, etc., in your communities. You can and will get there, but please remember that it all begins with YOU, one step at a time.

Let the journey begin, and may you choose the road or path less traveled...the path of excellence and academic perfection.

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Sean’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelors, Philosophy and Ethics

Graduate Degree: Gonzaga University - Masters, Communications

Graduate Degree: Grand Canyon University - PHD, Psychology (Cognition and Instruction)

State Certified Teacher

Hobbies

Reading literature (both classical and contemporary); Scuba Diving; Hiking; Watching Documentaries; Spending Time with Family.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL Prep

ACT English

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

Advanced Placement Prep

Advertising

AIMS Prep

American Literature

Ancient and Medieval Heritage

AP

Applied Mathematics

Arithmetic

ASPIRE English

ASPIRE Reading

ASVAB Prep

BASIC

British Literature

CHSPE Prep

Civics

Classics

CLEP American Literature

CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Composition

CLEP English Literature

CLEP Human Growth and Development

CLEP Humanities

CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Introductory Sociology

Clinical Psychiatry

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

College World History

Comparative Literature

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

DAT Reading Comprehension

Digital Media

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Ethics

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

Gifted

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT Integrated Reasoning

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Subject Test in Psychology

GRE Subject Tests

GRE Verbal

Handwriting

High School

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing

History

Homeschool

Homework Support

Honors

HSPT Language Skills Prep

HSPT Reading Prep

HSPT Verbal Prep

Human Development

Human Resources

IB

IB Classical Languages

IB Classical Languages HL

IB Classical Languages SL

IB Extended Essay

IB Language A: Language and Literature

IB Language A: Language and Literature HL

IB Language A: Language and Literature SL

IB Language A: Literature

IB Language A: Literature HL

IB Language A: Literature SL

IB Language ab initio

IB Language ab initio SL

IB Language B

IB Language B HL

IB Language B SL

IB Literature and Performance

IB Literature and Performance SL

IB Philosophy

IB Philosophy HL

IB Philosophy SL

IB Psychology

IB Psychology HL

IB Psychology SL

IB Theory of Knowledge

IB World Religions

IB World Religions SL

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

ISAT Prep

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

Journalism

Languages

Legal Writing

LSAT Essay Section

Math

Medical Ethics

Medical Terminology

Medieval Literature

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

OAT Reading Comprehension

Other

PCAT Reading Comprehension

PCAT Verbal Ability

PCAT Writing

Persuasive Writing

Philosophy

Phonics

Poetry Writing

Pre-Algebra

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

Psychology

Public Speaking

Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Shakespeare

Short Novel

Singing

Social Sciences

Sociology

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Technical Writing

Test Prep

The Modern World

TOEFL Prep

Vocabulary

Voice

World Civilization

World History

World Literature

World Religions

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My pedagogical philosophy: Dr. Maria Montessori's principle of intrinsic engagement through academic subjects and content, which is (gasp!) interesting and directly relatable or relevant to the individual student's abilities and future goals.

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

In our first session, I would like to get to know their hearts, i.e., what truly inspires them, gets them up in the morning, makes them excited to learn, etc. Without this essential and necessary piece, tutoring is simply practice without a practical connection to real life.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Students become independent learners when they: one, enjoy spending time with their tutor through fun and humorous activities; two, enjoy the material they're working-with, with relevant content that the student chooses.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Students continue to stay motivated through a consistent work schedule. When energy or motivation wanes, this is typically due to the natural effects of fatigue. So, there's no shame in taking breaks in order to re-energize, reinvent, and take care of oneself!

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

If a student is having difficulty understanding an essential concept or skill, here is the process I would follow: stop; slow-down; enrich the lesson with the same skill or concept to be learned, but with different examples that are more interesting or engaging.

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

From our understanding of reading and brain theory, "whole-sight" reading is never effective and often leads to lapses in understanding. On the other hand, what is most effective is educational prosody (that is, hearing the words and their intonations, sounds, rhythms, inflections, stresses, etc., from me first), as well as an enriched, phonetic-based approach to correct pronunciation, spelling, and comprehension.

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

In working with any student, what I have found to be most effective is getting to know them first. This includes their aspirations and goals in life. Students are more likely to be successful when they know their teachers are interested, not only in their academics but also with them as human beings. As humans, we have interests! Thus, reading and writing about what makes us--that is--the student "tick," or stay motivated, is also key.

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

If a student is struggling, I love to help them by engaging them in an interest or potential interest area of their choice. Much like reading, we choose books whose very content appeals to us. Why should tutoring be any different? :)

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

The key term here is: enrichment. Enrichment means adding value to hard to understand content through easy to understand, pragmatic examples. In education, this process is also known as "scaffolding." Thus, scaffolding through practical, everyday or directly 'life-applicable' lessons is key to understanding the material.

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

Little-by-little, I build confidence through a process of initially focusing on those areas in most need of improvement. Once improvement is met, we celebrate together in recognition of a new skill, idea, talent, or ability learned that can never be taken away! Education perdures, and as my father says, "an education is something nobody can ever take away from you. "

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I primarily let students tell me what they'd like to accomplish. From there, I'll assess their academic abilities through an initial assessment of their choice, with an eye upon (of course) those skills needing enrichment and practice.

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

Much like my lessons in class, if something isn't working or resonating with the student, what's wrong with changing directions a bit? In other words, I adapt my tutoring in-line with what the student understands in order to challenge the student appropriately with a subset of questions and practice problems that accomplish the same objectives but through various routes. Much like the metaphor of heading to Disneyland, we're all driving different cars, but in the end, we're all getting there (i.e., the academic objective[s]) in our own unique ways.

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

Aside from common, grade-level curricular material, I will also employ creative, lateral and analytical thinking tools (many of which are digital), Library databases, and a plethora of other scholarly materials meant to "raise" the proverbial bar of a student's academic potential to their level of satisfaction.


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