My name is Tom, and I have been tutoring students in various subjects for the past 5 years..The enjoyment I have experienced making school easier for struggling students is what inspired the founding of Tom James Tutoring.
I received my bachelor's degree in the biological sciences at Benedictine University. Sharing is something I have always enjoyed, and I discovered one of the best ways I can do so is through tutoring. My tutoring experiences began after I completed my first year of college. My mother, who was an elementary/high school math teacher, asked me to individually tutor one of her struggling math students. I had experienced academic challenges as well and was familiar with what it feels like to be the student that is falling behind. The boy absorbed the lessons I taught him better than his in-class lessons, and he was able to raise his scores two letter-grades before that semester ended.
During college, I also often found myself eager to help-out fellow college peers with coursework that I had already learned. It seemed like chemistry, math, and proofreading were the subjects students struggled with most. I am very good at creating visual and sequential learning patterns that enable students to understand and remember their coursework more easily.
I have served as a substitute teacher as well, for grades K-12, during the past 4 years. The opportunity to get to work with each age group, and be familiar with the academic challenges each modern-day student is facing, is what allows me to connect well with each student.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Benedictine University - Bachelors, Biology, General
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Elementary School Math
Elementary School Science
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
Middle School Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
To discover and bring out every student's learning talents.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce ourselves. Listen to the student express what they currently are struggling with and what they have tried thus far. Create an assessment and study-plan for that individual student and his/her special talents.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Assist them with practicing and reviewing the material they are struggling with. Identify for them the skills they have already learned how to utilize for each lesson topic, as well as suggest new techniques they could possibly incorporate into their current learning methods. Over time, assist the development of the student's confidence as they continue to discover their capabilities. Development of the student's confidence, along with a little guidance, will allow the student to become a better independent learner.