My name is Gabe James, and I look forward to working with you either online or in person.
I have over ten years of teaching and tutoring experience in the United States, Europe and Japan.
I love learning about history, different cultures and foreign languages. In my free time, I like to listen to music, read, write, cook, garden, and lift weights.
I wish you the best of success with your studies.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Hawaii at Hilo - Bachelors, History
Graduate Degree: University of Hawaii at Manoa - Masters, History
music, reading/writing, gardening, hiking, gym, cooking
College Level American History
College World History
High School Level American History
High School World History
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I believe that all humans have the natural ability to be life-long learners and that everybody has the ability and potential to learn.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would help a student become an independent learner by helping him/her develop the necessary skills and acquire the necessary tools for independent learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student keep motivation by giving continuous feedback and reminding him/her of progress made in mastering a subject.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would first try to help the student understand the areas in which he/she has comprehension issues and would then take a step by step approach to help the student master the content at his/her pace.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would help the student learn useful techniques for improving reading comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I think that it is very important to first understand a student's learning needs, learning style, and hobbies/interests.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student become more excited/engaged with a subject by helping the student see and understand how that particular subject directly connects to his/her life and interests.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask the student frequent questions and use basic assessment tools to measure the student's comprehension.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would give the students continuous feedback, positive reinforcement, and praise.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would speak with the student directly about his/her learning challenges and give basic assessments/tests to measure comprehension.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I would do my best to understand and teach according to that student's particular learning style.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Materials used would depend on the age, level, and subject taught.