I tutor the LSAT because I know it's a hard test and I know what it's like to struggle with it. However I also understand the process necessary to produce better scores, and nothing is more satisfying to me than helping someone achieve what seemed impossible a few months ago.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Your score is a product of so many factors--your understanding of the material, your speed, even how accurately you bubble answers--but in the end it all comes down to whether you studied the test from every angle and put in the time necessary to get the results you want.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The most important part of understanding a student is knowing where they're at in terms of preparation. We'd talk about what they know about the test, whether they've studied at all before, and if they've ever taken a practice exam. What happens next really depends on what the student and I decide they should work on--be it fundamentals of a question type, drilling questions under time pressure, or using existing strategies to tackle advanced questions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The most important step for a student in becoming an independent learner is getting a foundational understanding of how to approach each question type. Once that's been laid, the student can drill and build on existing strategies, a process that will help them adapt to exotic or confusing questions on the actual test.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Set a goal, like getting into XYZ School of Law. Lay out how that needs to be accomplished and what score might be necessary. When things get tough, picture achieving that goal and understand that every extra minute studying gets them a little closer.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Identify why the student is struggling. Reduce the question to its most basic components, and have the student walk me through how they're approaching it. From there, find the tricky concept and talk it out with the student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension can be tough, but at the end of the day it's improving understanding of the passage and being able to read dense material quickly. If it's a particular type of reading question that's giving the student trouble, we'll work to better understand how to answer it.