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Don

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I like to help people perform at a higher level. My job is to assist people to maximize their performance. I want to help you succeed!

I hold two Masters degrees and a Doctorate and three coaching certifications. I am an Adjunct Professor at two universities and eligible for a teaching certificate in my state.

I have worked with students from 1st grade through graduate school. Some of my students have been top performers such as Harvard graduates or people applying for Ph.D. programs. I have also worked with students with a variety of learning challenges including ADD/ADHD, ASD, OCD, PTSD, BPD traits, anxiety and learning disabilities.

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Don’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Florida Southern College - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree: Columbia Theological Seminary - PHD, Ministry (Human Learning Theory)

Hobbies

academics, sports, church, aviation, security, current events, family and more

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Science

GMAT

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT Integrated Reasoning

GMAT Quantitative

GMAT Verbal

Graduate Test Prep

GRE

GRE Subject Test in Psychology

GRE Subject Tests

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Reading

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

It is not about how much I know. Instead, it is about how much you learn and how much closer to your goals you become. I will work to find the approach that works best for you.

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

I want to get to know you and your goals. Please share with me what you want to accomplish, as well as any challenges to learning with which you may be dealing.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I do not want to "just give you the answer." I want to help you learn how to learn. I use a coaching approach so that you can do as much as you are currently capable of doing, and then I gently assist. I want you to be able to do more and more on your own and use me for even higher-level performance.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

If we are working towards your goals and you are receiving affirmation as you make progress, you are likely to remain motivated.

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

We break down the skill and find other approaches. There are multiple ways to look at a problem or challenge. It is true that there are some rules which need to be followed, but this does not mean that there is only one way to address a concept.

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

We use a variety of approaches. We try to find subject matter in which the student is interested. We do a read aloud, shared reading, choral reading, and we take time to summarize after each paragraph. We can also work on test-taking strategies so students have a consistent process they use for seeking answers.

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

As a certified coach, I work to understand the personality of the student, as well as their goals. Putting these two together can help us get off to a good start.

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

I am working with a student who is struggling in all of his courses. He really wants to play basketball for the high school; however, he needs to remain academically eligible. We are not setting a goal of "being a great student" but, instead, of "remaining eligible to play." Often, creativity can help people get engaged.


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