I enjoy working with people and helping them understand things they didn't understand before. I like to make learning fun and enjoyable, while maintaining my professional composure. When students see their scores and understanding increase after working with me it makes me smile. I enjoy seeing the faces of students who "get it" after I have a tutoring session with them. Seeing that light bulb go off makes my day.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: SUNY at Stony Brook - Bachelors, Economics
Graduate Degree: NYUPolytechnic University - Masters, Telecommunictions Management
I love to read, watch TV (ID network and cable news). I love animals. We have two dogs and two cats in our home. I also enjoy crafts to relax.
Elementary School English
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School Economics
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in teaching a student the best way they can learn. Some students like verbal explanations. Others like to read their information. Some like to take notes while doing either. And some like to do all - listen, read and write. I adapt to the student's style.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We would get to know each other a little. I want to know about their school, their teachers, and their family so I can fit in with their learning experience. Then I would give them a quiz on the subject area they are coming to me for and go over the quiz and let them know what I areas I will concentrate on. Then I will give them a brief introduction to those areas.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would have the student learn the processes I use in learning so they can apply them to their studies.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I always give a student a lot of praise. I never get angry at a student's performance. I like to encourage learning and be there when a student feels he needs me.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would give the student additional problems to work on in that area and go over better ways to learn that skill or concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I show them how to break apart paragraphs into pieces and how to understand each part of the paragraph. Then, when they put the paragraph together, it will make more sense.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I like to learn about the student. I want to know what he likes to do in his spare time and share with him what I do. I want to learn about his family and see if he feels they are helping or hindering his learning process. Then I listen to what the student feels is holding him back from acquiring the knowledge he needs to do well in school.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to make the learning experience fun and not boring. I would do exercises at the same time as the student so he sees that I am participating the same way he is. I would also tell him what I like about the subject and see if that will get him more excited about it.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would give the student exercises to do and, after checking them over, I would explain why he got certain answers wrong and go over an explanation of that material again. Then I would give him some more practice exercises and repeat the process.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I always praise a student, even when he just makes a slight improvement. I try to make learning the subject fun.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I speak with the student about what he feels his needs are and see if they match what I have been already told. Then I would give him a quiz on the material he says he has problems with, as well as some material he is doing well in so he doesn't get totally discouraged.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring style to a student's learning style. I also make sure that I am 100% proficient in the areas that the student needs help in.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use the workbooks suggested by my tutoring company, as well as the student's current books and exams they have taken in school.