# Aaron

Certified Tutor

Aaron’s Qualifications

## Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Portland State University - Bachelors, Economics

Graduate Degree: Portland State University - Masters, Environmental and Resource Management

## Hobbies

Basketball, gardening, economics

## Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep

Adult Literacy

Applied Mathematics

Architecture

Art

Basic Computer Literacy

Business

Business Analytics

Business Calculus

Business Ethics

Business Statistics

CLEP Prep

CLEP Calculus

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

CLEP Precalculus

CLEP Principles of Macroeconomics

CLEP Principles of Microeconomics

College Accounting

College Business

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

Computer Programming

Cost Accounting

Cost Analysis

Discrete Math

Drawing

Ecology

Econometrics

Ethics

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

GRE Subject Tests

High School Accounting

High School Business

High School Economics

HSPT Language Skills Prep

HSPT Math Prep

HSPT Quantitative Prep

HTML

IB Mathematics

Intermediate Accounting

College Math

ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Writing

ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Writing

ISEE-Upper Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Upper Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Upper Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Writing

Law

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School

Non-Euclidean Geometry

Other

Painting

Personal Finance

Probability

Python

Social Networking

Social Sciences

Technology and Computer Science

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I review all the material that I cover with my students to ensure their comprehension. Sometimes I will test a student on material we covered out of the blue, changing questions slightly to ensure they are reviewing the material and not just memorizing answers.

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

During the first session, I gain an understanding of who the student is and what is bothering them. I ask questions to discover who they are, what motivates them, where they want to be in the future, and what roadblocks they foresee. Together we map out their goals and what subjects will be focused on during our tutoring sessions. I then gather as much material about the subjects causing trouble for the student, getting class syllabus, textbooks, problem sets, and exams. We then go over the material, and I analyze what the student is not understanding or where they are getting lost. I then begin tutoring and teaching; sometimes this is starting with the building blocks of the material, and sometimes it's covering something new. I then guide the student through the material from multiple angles, ensuring a thorough understanding of the subject matter.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I help a student become an independent learner by instilling in them the self-confidence that they can learn alone. I provide my students with homework, materials, and tools that allow them to practice, improve, and to, ultimately, succeed on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I continually provide positive feedback and helpful encouragement to keep the student focused and to instill a desire to master the subject matter.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I teach the skill or concept in several ways, bringing in real-world examples and approaching the subject from different perspectives. Utilizing my knowledge of the student, I take them step by step until they fully grasp every concept that needs to be understood.

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

Practice and encouragement. I recommend that students take their time. Take the time to make sure they understand each sentence, and sometimes each word, one at a time, and then to re-read the sentences for complete understanding.