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I began teaching/tutoring students in English and social studies in the US, Thailand and China six years ago. I have a BS in Education from the University of Missouri and am licensed to teach secondary social studies in Missouri, Colorado and California. I have taught American and world history, political science and other social studies subjects. I have been awarded a Recognition of Excellence: Social Studies Content Knowledge by the Educational Testing Service. I also hold an International TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) certificate. Besides teaching all English skills, I specialize in written communications and test prep: SAT/TOEFL/IELTS. Lastly, I am a certified yoga instructor.

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Michael’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Missouri - Bachelors, Education


Traveling, bicycling, skiing, yoga, continuing my education.

Tutoring Subjects


AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP US History

College English

College Level American History



Essay Editing


High School English

High School Level American History

High School Political Science

High School Writing


Middle School Reading


Political Science


Social Sciences

Social Studies


Q & A

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

These are established when we establish the overall goals.

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

By structuring the lesson to meet them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By encouraging, complementing, and challenging the student, and then rewarding goals when achieved.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Try different methods, different examples, and different situations. Simplify the concept until understood, and then expand.

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

Begin by making sure the student understands the vocabulary in the lesson- the definition, pronunciation, and usage. Once that is achieved, link the words to explain a concept. Also, rewriting with different words can make it easier for the student to understand.

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

Being patient and flexible, having alternate plans, encouraging, complimenting and rewarding.

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

Be flexible, analyze why a method isn't working, offer multiple approaches, and encourage the student.

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

Ask questions, challenge the student to present material in another situation, write an essay about the material, and test them.

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

Encourage, compliment, and reward. Allow the student to own his learning environment and contribute to the process.

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

Texts, articles, slideshows, videos, examples - whatever works.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Learning must be a fun, enjoyable experience. Students should be allowed to set the agenda, the evaluation, and the goals.

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

Introduce myself. Answer any questions. Develop a verbal contract with the students - the curricula, schedule, and evaluation.

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