I am a 30-year-old father and husband who loves to teach! Starting as a boy, my entire life I have enjoyed learning something new. My interests are in history, politics, and foreign languages. As an adult, I have been connected in some form or another to helping others expand their boundaries and knowledge. I have taught as a private tutor, and as a teacher in a classroom, in a manner that is always fun and engaging.
If you are struggling with your schoolwork, I would love to help you. I have several years experience with both classroom teaching and tutoring. Together, we can meet whatever goals you set for yourself!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelors, Russian Language and Civilization
Graduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Masters, Russian Area Studies
ACT Composite: 31
Reading, music, exercise, nutritious eating, baking, and chess
College Level American History
High School English
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
A teacher is there to facilitate the acquisition of new knowledge. Learning new things is exciting, and it's the teacher's job to make that the case for the student!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, I need to know exactly what is giving the student difficulty. Then, I ask what the student's goal is. Third, I ask the student how best she or he learns. All this information helps me tailor our time to meet the individual student's needs. After that, it's time to get to work!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Learning is sometimes hard! But like anything else in life, the things most worth doing are difficult. Progress may be slow, but eventually I have confidence that my students can achieve their goals!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Different people learn in different ways. Some people like worksheets; others like to communicate verbally. No matter the student's style, I find what works best for her or him individually and run with that!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Finding what the author's message is can be hard sometimes. By breaking down long, complex passages into smaller pieces and focusing on them individually, the larger picture will come into focus!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When I work with students, it's all about them. What are they trying to achieve? What learning style works best for them? My first few sessions are in part about learning about my student - past academic successes, what interests them, what their goals are - so I can best give them what they need to succeed!
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Any subject can be made interesting if it's personalized! Trying to make it emotionally and intellectually engaging for the student is key in helping them overcome the struggles they have with the material.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Albert Einstein said, "You don't know something until you can explain it to your grandmother." When students use their own words to explain to me a concept accurately, then I know they've got it!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
In order to build confidence, it helps to see progress. Helping a student experience that progress can have a snowball effect; even small progress can build confidence, which can lead to improvement and more progress!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Knowing my student's needs is essential to being able to help them. I ask the student directly what they think they need and start there. If I later see they are struggling with something they may not even be aware of, I shift focus to that.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I have a variety of methods, depending on the subject at hand. I also have lots of material available to me, much of it customizable to the student's needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
This depends on the subject. Reading texts can help immensely with foreign languages. Worksheets are usually good, as well. But for me, it depends on what will help the student the most!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I want my students to learn to rely on themselves. I believe they have everything they need to succeed already; they just may need a little help in seeing this. I hope to help them unlock and apply the skills they have, and help them cultivate new ones!