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If you want to improve your test scores, come up with effective solutions for exam anxiety, and learn as much as possible, I will do everything I can to make sure you are successful in your chosen subject.

I started my career as a media writer, and have been lucky to work all over the world for large and small companies, developing their brand images and creating successful projects. I began tutoring 4 years ago when I decided to become a certified ESL teacher. My experience with the English language has become a cornerstone of every learning experience. If you are studying for history, science, or language exams, a good background in basic and advanced English skills will be an asset that you use every day.

I believe in working closely with each student to find out what type of learner they are, and tailoring each session to their unique abilities and challenges.

I am a native New Yorker, and working in France, Spain, Sweden, and England has only increased my sense of humor and positive attitude when it comes to helping anyone achieve their goals.

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Joseph’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Marymount Manhattan College - Bachelors, English

Hobbies

Fitness, Ballet, Running, Swimming, Reading, Animal Rescue

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

GED Prep

High School English

High School Level American History

History

Homework Support

Literature

Math

Middle School Science

Other

Public Speaking

Reading

REGENTS Prep

Science

Social Studies

Special Education

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep

Writing

Q & A

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

Everything starts with a conversation. What are the student's goals and aspirations? Is there a particular career path or college on the horizon? What are the unique pressures faced by the student? After we identify goals and obstacles, we can come up with a plan that will be effective.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I keep in touch via email and text with my students between sessions to check in on assignments, and provide background as needed.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I remind all of my students that if you have a good attitude and positive outlook, ANYTHING is possible.

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

CHANGE! Keep working on different solutions until the student has their well-deserved "a-ha" moment.

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

This varies by individual student. If it's phonics related, go over international phonetic alphabet. If it's retention, come up with devices that work for understanding.

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

Develop short and long-term goals.

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

I always bring in materials from the outside world. Having trouble with reading comprehension? Let's grab a copy of today's Wall Street Journal, and choose a story that is related to the student's area of study.

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

We call it ICQ's, which stands for "Information checking questions."

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

I create a positive environment and make sure the student knows that I believe that he/she can tackle anything.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Constant, ongoing assessment and updates to their family members where necessary.

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

I am constantly looking for ways that are unique learning solutions for each student.

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

Everything and anything! Video, audio, and text from apps and iPads. Newspapers, magazines, books, photographs, flash cards, cereal boxes, nail polish. You name it, I have probably used it.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Be open to unorthodox methods. Each student has individual strengths and challenges. Find them!

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