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Andreas

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I first started private tutoring at the age of 16 while attending high school at the Osaka International School in Japan. My father was an educational director at the time and got my “foot in the door” by organizing a few English tutoring lessons with local Japanese primary school students. During my time in Japan, I tutored primarily English for six years. I also worked at various private English schools as an English teacher, as well as both the Osaka International School and Osaka YMCA International School in other capacities. I am currently the site coordinator/director and lead teacher of an out of school care and recreation program at an elementary school that serves at-risk children. Living and teaching abroad in such international and worldly environments exposed me to people from all kinds of socio-economic backgrounds and cultures. It has allowed me to become much more of an understanding and tactful person, and as a result, I feel quite confident when tutoring subjects that I have the most experience with to individuals with various backgrounds. As nerdy as it sounds, I am an ardent student of English literature as I have always been fascinated by profound pieces and works. I am extremely passionate about communicating what I know about English and writing to others. I strive to have a positive impact on my students and aside from the fact that I greatly enjoy teaching, I believe it is one of the best ways to change our world for the good.
I attended the Osaka International School for 12 years and received IB certificates in select subjects. I attended Portland State University for one year before taking two gap years in order to establish my residency in Oregon. For the 2015/2016 school year, I attended Portland Community College and was on the President’s List all three terms with a 4.0 cumulative GPA. I am currently studying English and creative writing at Portland State University where I have a 3.7 cumulative GPA. I was also on the President’s List at Portland State University during my first term back.
I am a firm adherent of the Socratic method. The relationship that forms between teacher and student is absolutely crucial to the development of the student on so many different levels. A dialectical approach creates a cordial environment for the student that makes acquisition of knowledge far more enjoyable and accessible. I try to be fun, relaxed, considerate, and humorous, but I also make sure to listen carefully and be open-minded.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading science-fiction and fantasy to push my mind’s creativity, working on my novel, watching movies, cooking delicious foods, and playing fun strategy board games with friends.

Andreas’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Portland State University - Current Undergrad, English, Writing Minor

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 1670

SAT Math: 510

SAT Verbal: 560

SAT Writing: 520

Hobbies

Reading, writing fiction, watching good movies, playing video games, making and producing music, and cooking delicious food

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

College English

College Level American Literature

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Phonics

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am a firm adherent of the Socratic method. The relationship that forms between teacher and student is absolutely crucial to the development of the student on so many different levels. A dialectical approach creates a cordial environment for the student that makes acquisition of knowledge far more enjoyable and accessible. I try to be fun, relaxed, considerate, and humorous, but I also make sure to listen carefully and be open-minded.

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

I would take the time to properly introduce myself and to learn about the student’s personality, background, interests, and goals. Not that the entirety of the lesson has to be a meet and greet, but making sure that the student is comfortable with me and the material we will be covering is vital to the student’s success and desire to learn.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Sometimes taking a step back to reevaluate the lesson is a good thing. Changing my teaching style and methods to better match the student is something I feel obligated to do. Perhaps incremental instruction to gradually build up to more advanced materials is necessary. Even taking a short break to go over other things so that the student doesn't get too frustrated may benefit the flow of the lesson. When it comes down to it, a struggling student means that there may be a complication in the way that learning is taking place. I would do my utmost to identify the issue at hand and to work with the student in order to ensure their future success.