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Robert

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Teaching others and spreading knowledge are personal passions of mine. With my background in academic writing, English, and linguistics, I am sure that I will be able to help you grasp any language concepts with which you are struggling.

By providing concise and clear examples, conversational learning techniques, and a generous helping of patience, I am confident that we can have an excellent and fruitful professional relationship.

Robert’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Ashford University - Current Undergrad, Applied Linguistics

Hobbies

Creative writing, woodworking, gaming

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

High School English

High School Writing

ISEE Prep

ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Writing

Languages

Linguistics

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My personal teaching philosophy is that every student learns differently. It is crucial to work with students using the methods and techniques that they find most effective in order to ensure academic success.

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

A typical first session would involve a detailed conversation with the prospective student in order to determine where they are in the subject matter, what they are struggling with, and what methods of education work best for them.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Encouragement and rewards are powerful motivators for every student, and I would employ a combination of tangible rewards and confidence building encouragement for progress.

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

When a student is struggling with a specific concept, it is more frequently the method of teaching or the nature of the examples given that are at the root of the problem. Since everyone learns differently, it is important to change tactics when such things occur, and to work hard to figure out what works best for that specific student.

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

The best way to build reading comprehension skills is to practice. A student might be less than enthusiastic about the material they are assigned to read, so finding engaging and interesting material to practice is key.

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

The most effective strategies I have found when I start working with a student are to spend some time discussing the subject matter with the student, so that I can assess what methods will be most useful, and what concepts need the most work.

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

Relatable, real-life examples of the importance of the subject are the most effective method I have found for engaging students. If the material seems abstract, like it will never matter, then it is difficult to hold interest.

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

Frequently, we are our own worst critic. Letting the student know that they are doing well and making progress is key to building confidence.

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

Typically, a laptop with an Internet connection, some reading materials, notebooks, and writing implements are my go-to materials.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By teaching a student effective study habits and increasing reading comprehension, a student can become a more independent learner.

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

Simply asking questions related to the concepts and having targeted conversations with the student are an excellent means to determine if they have absorbed the information.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

The best way to determine the needs of an individual student is to ask a series of targeted questions to gauge their current level of understanding and assess their needs.

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

Every student learns differently, and it is crucial to work with the student to figure out what method of learning works best for them. If they are more of a visual learner, then diagrams and visual examples will be employed. If they learn better from lecturing, then a lecturing style will be used, and so on.