Hi! I'm Adam. I'm a former public school teacher who's taught everything from 3 - 12th grade. I specialize in Math but I'm also very talented in the areas of science and language arts. My Dad was an engineer, and my Mom was an English teacher. They made sure I understood the world as well as possible. Please let me do the same for you!
When I'm not molding minds, I like to explore the world. Traveling has been a passion of mine since I was a child and I can't seem to get enough! I am an avid singer in the car and while jogging.
I'm an outgoing person who truly understands the struggles of our current education system. Please, let me help you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Washington State University - Bachelors, Mathematics
Hiking, singing, playing video games, watching the Hawks, jogging my dog, teaching!
Basic Computer Literacy
College Level American Literature
COMPASS Writing Skills
MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
Elementary School Writing
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Physics
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
Knowledge is the key to achieving your dreams! Everyone has their own hard battle in life. Learning shouldn't be one of those battles. There are ways of learning EVERYTHING! We don't judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree... But there's always a way to reach the top. Keep your mind open and your heart ready. The more you love the more you learn! Life is short, learning is not. I teach so that students enjoy their time and don't feel as though they're doing chores. Learning can and should be fun for everyone. Teamwork makes the dream work! Let me make learning easier but getting you excited about the world around you!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to get to know the person I am tutoring to ensure success. After introductions, I like to do a quick assessment depending on what subject or course I'm tutoring for. During the assessment, I like to discuss what goals we'd like to accomplish and the best way that you, as a student, will learn. Making sure to find out learning strategies early on is something I picked up as a teacher. Enjoying learning is a key part of success, and I try and make a fun first impression to get the ball rolling. :)
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
If you a give a man (or woman or anything in between) a fish, he will eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime. Learning how each one of us learns best is not always an easy task. I've learned to pay close attention as to how my students learn and grow. There are specific skill sets each one of us have, and it's important to hone in on what works best for each individual. Once we figure that out, learning is easy and fun.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
We've all hit bumps in the road. That's why most success comes from hardships. Relating to a student is extremely important. I use personal experiences and life lessons to turn my students down the most appropriate path. After everything I have tried and experienced in life, I am here today and proud of who I've become. Reminding students that their success can be completely up to them is something I pride myself for. Everyone has a chance to learn and succeed in life. They just sometimes need a bit of a nudge and a life lesson.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
By breaking down and analyzing key words and sentence structure, we can usually pull clues from context. Creating a discussion is best in this scenario. Speaking ideas out loud can often trigger understanding when it comes to reading. Having time to write down thoughts about a story or idea can really help some students grasp the underlying flow. Do a free write! Just write down thoughts and ideas for a few minutes without stopping. At the end, discuss what you wrote and see if it manages to spark some more understanding!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Working at the pace of the student initially is ideal. You don't want to rush someone through a problem they're having. For initial tutoring sessions, it's best to be an educational guide rather than a teacher. Teaching mini lessons comes later when an understanding has been built.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Being a former math teacher of grades 6-12, I'm a little biased when it comes to getting excited about math. Certain subjects seem to just come natural to all of us. While other ideas seem a little further out of reach. It's easy to be excited when you love something! My passion for the subjects I teach and tutor shines when I have a chance to tell my side of the story. MATH IS AMAZING! It's truly incredible that I could teach you to write an equation that would explain the trajectory of the water in a water fountain in your school. I miss teaching science; I really do. It's the study of what is happening to us and all around us perpetually. It's hard to not be excited for fun activities and outdoor experiments!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
There are various forms of assessments we learn to use as teachers. There are two main forms which are formative and summative. Formative assessments are small checks for understanding that are constantly happening during the learning process. Asking simple questions and reviewing material are forms of formative assessment. Summative assessments summarize what has happened as a whole. This usually happens at major turning points. When your teachers and professors tell you that they're giving you a test, it's a form of summative assessment. While I'm not a huge fan of tests, it's a part of life I've learned to master. Preparing for tests can be easy if you have the right tutor... Preferably me. :)
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Going through ideas that I know a student has mastered can be an awesome reminder of how easy it is to learn! Most people just assume they'll forget a lot of information they're given, especially if it's pertaining to a less than desirable subject. When you can break those assumptions and show someone they can recall information and techniques just by practice and interest, it's incredible.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Only the student can truly decide what they need to succeed. So a discussion initially and periodically throughout tutoring sessions is imperative. Talking about what a student needs is primary, but not the only evaluation necessary. As a teacher, I developed the needed skills to read a student's needs by using formative assessments and scaffolding techniques. This involves paying close attention to when and how problems arose during a student’s performance of work and appropriately intervening. Modeling is also important. I can show students the best way to go about a given problem by actually going through the process start to finish!