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Jonathan

Just like a sports coach, I provide strategies and options to handle situations instead of promoting ONE model to win. If you’re struggling to get your thoughts across, let me help you become a better speaker!

Undergraduate Degree:

University of Central Arkansas - Bachelors, Public Relations

Fitness, Guitar, Street Fighter

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

Assess personal goals and previous methods of study.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I want my clients to get outside of the academic bubble. I take a real, practical approach, with a coaching mindset. Let's work on multiple strategies to win.

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

Change the environment and learning method. If we're primarily sitting, let's get up and walk around. If you've been sitting there and listening, let's turn things tangible. Let's put something in your hands (i.e. a frying pan when learning how to cook) and make you a more active participant.

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

I want to embed my clients with the right kind of foundation. For instance, those who are afraid of public speaking might think the end goal is to have ZERO fear. But let's be honest; I still get nerves from time to time. A "zero" target isn't realistic and only sets you up for failure. To build proper confidence, you need the right kind of markers and the right kind of goals.

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

I try to keep things realistic as possible. In school, everything is taught as necessary and sacred. Real life doesn't work that way. By pointing out what doesn't actually translate into the "real world", I build better rapport with my clients. This causes a more streamlined learning experience.

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

Notepads and Post-It notes. Sometimes we use our smartphones for voice journaling, but I like to keep things very low tech.