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I feel that every student has a ton of potential for success that just needs to be unlocked. I make this my goal as a tutor by approaching each subject and concept from myriad directions, ensuring that I find a successful teaching method for each individual. As part of this process, I also focus on teaching skills that will help the student self-teach more easily, helping to create more educational independence in the future.

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Alex’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Loyola University-Chicago - Bachelors, Environmental Science

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 36

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 33

ACT Science: 32

SAT Composite: 2160

SAT Math: 720

SAT Verbal: 720

SAT Writing: 720

GMAT: 720

LSAT: 174

Hobbies

Reading, board games, travel, and camping

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Agricultural Science

American Literature

AP English Language and Composition

AP Environmental Science

AP World History

Arithmetic

College Application Essays

College English

College Essays

College Level American Literature

College Political Science

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

Ecology

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Environmental Science

Essay Editing

Ethics

Gifted

GMAT

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT Integrated Reasoning

GMAT Quantitative

GMAT Verbal

Graduate Test Prep

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Political Science

High School Writing

Homework Support

College Math

Languages

Law

Literature

LSAT

LSAT Analytical Reasoning

LSAT Essay Section

LSAT Logical Reasoning

LSAT Reading Comprehension

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Philosophical Ethics

Philosophy

Political Science

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Prep

Public Speaking

Reading

Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Spelling Bee

Statics

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

World Literature

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I feel that every student has a ton of potential for success that just needs to be unlocked. I make this my goal as a tutor by approaching each subject and concept from myriad directions, ensuring that I find a successful teaching method for each individual. As part of this process, I also focus on teaching skills that will help the student self-teach more easily, helping to create more educational independence in the future.

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

In a first session, I like to hear about not only the subject and any specific difficult areas, but also about what the student likes. By determining what subjects or hobbies a student enjoys, I can help to approach the difficulties they're having from the most successful direction.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I really focus on ensuring that I am teaching skills rather than just facts. So, even while I'm teaching how to answer a specific type of problem, I'm also teaching the student how to figure out how to solve future problems on their own, so as to become a more independent learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

In order to increase motivation, I like to give positive feedback based on successful learning. So, when a student successfully grasps a concept, I give them positive feedback, which motivates them to grasp further concepts.

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

For one thing, I find that ensuring that the reading material is interesting to the student is of utmost importance. This is one of the best ways to motivate a struggling reader to work harder, and most often creates impressive results. In addition, providing positive feedback for things that are going well is essential to ensuring that students don't get too frustrated and want to give up.

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

I think that the most successful strategy, especially when starting with a new student, is to determine what the student does like to do. For example, if they're struggling with chemistry but really enjoy biology, explaining how the two are related can help inspire interest and effort in what has been a difficult subject.

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

I like to help relate subjects to something a student is already interested in and passionate about. For example, if a student loves football, making math questions or readings about football can help to foster a love for another subject that was difficult or boring before.

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

I like to have a student teach the subject back to me after I feel that they have a solid understanding. If they can successfully teach it in a way that someone new to the concept could understand, then I know that they have a very solid grasp on the material.

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

If a student has a long string of difficult questions or wrong answers, I like to take a step back to things that I know they already understand well. Practicing on easier problems helps to build confidence and has the added benefit of building understanding on basic concepts.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I like to evaluate what a student needs by watching them attempt the subject that they need help with. Whether that's taking a practice test, doing a few homework problems, or reading a passage, watching how they approach it and where they end up at the end of a question or a time limit helps me to understand what I can do that will best help them achieve their goals.

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

Once I've observed the way a student normally approaches a subject or question, I plan an individual plan of attack that I think will work well for that student. However, I never hesitate to change this plan based on how well it works or how a student responds. If there are certain parts of it that work, then we focus on those and stop using methods that don't work as well for the individual.

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

I like to use the material that the student already has, supplementing as necessary. For example, if a student has homework or study guides from a teacher, I find that these are usually the most helpful, since it's already in the format they are used to seeing and will continue to see in class. For test prep and for additional practice problems, I find that there are a ton of great resources provided by the tutoring company and for free online.


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