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Kevin

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I first started tutoring at Portland High School when a student one grade below me needed help in both bass clarinet and Spanish; proficient in both areas, I decided to give it a shot. Soon thereafter, I discovered the fulfillment that comes with helping others obtain personal and academic success.
Upon starting college at the University of Southern California, I decided to combine my love for tutoring with my love for language to work for the National Language Institute as a One-on-One conversation partner for international students looking to improve their English skills.
As an artist, tutoring is an opportunity to explore characters and environments otherwise foreign to me; the relationships that I develop with other students enhance my understanding of the world we live in and the human beings that inhabit it. Through this outlook, I am constantly learning in tandem with my students.
The most important thing that I like to keep in mind as a tutor is the student's comfortability with learning and with the subject matter. A student has to want to learn in order to achieve success, and my job is to help the student invest interest in the material and to find a passion for learning.
I work as an actor, director, and writer in New York. The opportunity to educate, inspire, and entertain others through the theatre fills me with gratification. In addition to working with the theatrical artistic medium, I enjoy dabbling in painting, pottery, and poetry in my spare time. On weekends, I like to take a break from artistic endeavors to enjoy nature, family, and friends. The artistic lifestyle has engrained a tenacity within my spine. Rest assured, I will never give up on a student.
Hopefully I can help you achieve the success you are looking for.

Kevin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Southern California - Bachelors, Theatre

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 32

ACT English: 34

ACT Math: 36

ACT Reading: 36

ACT Science: 23

SAT Composite: 2060

SAT Math: 680

SAT Verbal: 630

SAT Writing: 750

Hobbies

Nature, Acting, Singing, Dogs, Tennis

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Writing

Biology

College Application Essays

Elementary School Science

English

Essay Editing

High School Biology

High School English

High School Writing

Languages

Math

Middle School

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Pre-Algebra

Public Speaking

SAT Prep

Science

Social Networking

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

The best way to teach is to figure out how the student learns. By remaining an adaptable and optimistic tutor, I may best allow myself to help students grow in their own, unique way.

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

A typical first session would include introductions, a general assessment of the student's current educational level and environment, and some healthy snacks.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Students can stay motivated by finding the intrinsic value that comes by way of academic and personal accomplishment; setting goals and achieving them step by step will keep students on the path to success.

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

Students who are struggling with reading comprehension should practice writing their own samples of text and reading them out loud to familiarize themselves with the patterns of speech associated with punctuation and syntax.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by ensuring that they understand my steps in tutoring so that eventually they can teach themselves what they are learning to guarantee mastery of the subject.

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

I have found that starting with a student requires a myriad of methods in order to discover how to best enable each student to get the most learning out of each tutoring session.

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

The key to helping a student get excited and engaged with a tough subject is to find what personally stimulates the student to want to know more about the subject. When you fuel the desire to learn for the sake of acquiring knowledge, improved test scores follow shortly thereafter.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Reverse tutoring, in which the student teaches me how to master the lesson, may be helpful to ensure that a student understands the material.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Building a student's confidence in a subject comes with setting short-term and long-term goals, and achieving them one by one.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I can evaluate a student's needs through a discussion of problem areas and reviewing a student's reports from school.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I adapt my tutoring to the student's needs by finding out how the student will best learn from me, and then building lesson plans around that style of learning whether it be lecture-based, visual-based, or any other method.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

The materials I use during a tutoring session are dependent on the student's needs and the subject. Materials may range from videos, worksheets, and diagrams, to real-life examples.