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I have lived and worked in the Stockton and Lodi area for my entire life. I like working with kids and enjoy helping them understand how what they learn in school applies to their lives. I also believe it is essential that today's kids learn the skills they need to make tomorrow's society great. I prefer to meet in person at the Troke Branch library in Stockton or use the online platform.

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Steven’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Liberty University - Bachelor in Arts, Elementary School Teaching


Backpacking, hiking, skiing

Tutoring Subjects


Elementary School Math

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


European History



High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School World History

High School Writing


Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing



Social studies

World History


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teach what people need to understand to improve their careers, their lives, and their society.

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

Ask what they are struggling with and what they hope to gain from having a tutor. Take notes on what skills they intend to acquire or improve.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teach them how to skim read for overall content, outline main points, and define key terms. Teach them methods to organize notes and how to schedule study time.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Remind them of their long-term goal, and encourage them to visualize the rewards of their hard work.

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

I would try a different approach. For example, if verbal directions were ineffective, I would provide a visual example.

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

One of the keys to effective reading comprehension is effectively recalling how information previously read relates to whatever is currently being read. I would encourage students to regularly pause and reflect on what they have just read before they continue reading more.

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

A personal yet brief introduction is essential. I have found that getting to know students personally by remembering their names helps to establish trust. Students seem more comfortable when they also know the basics of their teacher's background.

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

I would make my primary focus helping them to understand how the subject relates to real life. If it is a subject that is truly irrelevant to their daily life currently, I would encourage them to envision how it might be useful in their future.

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

I would use personal dialogue about the material.

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

Building confidence is usually as simple as ensuring that students actually fully comprehend a subject. Usually a lack of confidence is due to a lack of understanding. Asking a student to explain a topic; and then providing accurate feedback can be extremely helpful.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would evaluate a student's needs primarily by simply asking them what they were not confident with and working out practice problems with them.

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

I would listen to students responses carefully. If a student seemed to understand verbal directions well, I would depend primarily on talking them through their struggles. If they seemed to depend on illustrations I would use as many visual examples as necessary. All students need practice, but, for some, it might be simple repetition while others do better with a wide variety of approaches.

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

I would depend primarily on simple worksheets or online practice problems simply because those can usually be easily completed in a single session.

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