Are you looking for a tutor who can not only improve your child's grades but also improve their character and behavior? Then you're looking at the perfect tutor for your child.
With over 6 years of experience, I have mastered the art of managing children: mixing in the perfect blend of being nice and caring, yet hard and strict when needed.
The best part about tutoring is definitely seeing that you are making a difference in the students' lives: not only seeing them doing something that they were not able to do just 20 minutes ago, but also being a mentor and role model. Private tutoring is also rewarding because you get to analyze a student's personality and skill sets, in order to figure out a unique, personalized plan of action to get them advancing academically.
I am able to dumb down math concepts to the most simple and basic terms, and turn it into the language of the student. I am good at providing examples and giving tricks and tips to understanding and solving the problem quicker and more efficiently. Simplicity & Efficiency are my 2 keys to success.
English has always come naturally for me and was always my best subject. This is probably due to the fact that I used to read 20+ books a week growing up.
English can be a difficult subject to teach, because it requires a more deep analysis of the student's capabilities and flaws, and is not as simple as seeing if the student can solve a problem. It requires the teacher/tutor to show the student how to THINK versus how to DO.
Contact me if you want a friendly tutor who cares about your children, but at the same time knows how to lay down the law and get your children working hard.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Hunter College - Current Undergrad, Computer Science
SAT Verbal: 700
Sports (Basketball, Baseball), Psychology, Religion, Weightlifting, Reading
Elementary School Math
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
A quote, which is commonly attributed to Albert Einstein, goes, "If you can't explain something to a 6 year old, then you don't actually understand it yourself."
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the person and his strengths and weaknesses as a student. Get to know what he/she likes to do for fun.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By motivating them to go back and look at the question again; to show them that they themselves have the capabilities to help themselves, and to decipher how to solve problems themselves. I would also ask them questions and tell them stories which motivate them to try and understand the world better.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think learning becomes fun when you are able to be successful at it; suddenly doing things you weren't able to do before. I think the best motivation is to prove to them that they themselves are capable and smart.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would stop what we were doing and completely start the lesson from scratch; explaining it in a different way this time.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would encourage them to pay attention to every word in the sentence because each word has value; otherwise, the author wouldn't have used it.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Strategies which I have found successful are to first show the students a couple of examples on how to do the problem. Then I like to watch the students try it themselves. If an when they are successful, then I give them a larger number of problems for them to finish up alone.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Encourage them to be strong and courageous and fight through the struggles. I would also motivate them by downplaying how hard the subject is, and persuading them in believing that they are smart enough to get the job done.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
One technique I like to use is mixing in a lot of different types of problems.