I believe that learning is one of the most enjoyable activities in life, and I love the process of helping students make a connection with the material they're studying.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: George Mason University - Bachelors, History
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College Level American History
College World History
GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment
GMAT Integrated Reasoning
High School Accounting
High School Level American History
High School World History
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every person is different, so I tailor my tutoring sessions to the strengths, weaknesses, and goals of each individual student. I believe that honesty and good communication are the keys to building the trust necessary to optimize our time together.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would begin by discussing the student's goals and getting as clear a picture as possible of their unique situation so that I can determine how best to be of use in achieving those goals. Then we would get to work and take it from there.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The key is to make sure the student understands that they are fully capable of grasping the material and that their success really is in their hands. It's also up to me to do what I can to help support their efforts and make sure we're getting the most out of our tutoring sessions.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
As I've mentioned before, good communication is key. I listen to students and seek to understand their goals and strengths, their mindset and their difficulties. I also work to let them know I'm there to help in whatever way I can.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Making a subject relatable can be extremely beneficial. For example, demonstrating how economics or history influences and affects their daily lives. This can make material in a textbook seem less esoteric and easier to comes to terms with.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Good communication combined with my own observations. Listening to what a student tells you about their situation is invaluable, but I also use my experience working with students of various ages and backgrounds to assess a student's needs and determine how I can best be of service.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I primarily use a student's own materials, i.e. textbooks, notes, etc. But, if need be, I am happy to supply additional resources in the form of books, online worksheets, and even devising my own sample questions. Whatever is necessary to optimize the learning environment.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
At times, using the Socratic method can be very helpful in evaluating a student's understanding of subject matter. In other words, asking questions to gauge a student's comprehension and grasp of the material and evaluate their ability to make connections independently and articulate their own thoughts on the matter.