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I'm an educator and writer living in NYC with a broad range of interests (history, animals, literature, travel, cooking....) I have a Masters in Museum Education and I've worked in various museums and schools with kids and adults of all ages, teaching art, history, English, math, you name it! I get genuinely excited when I learn something new and pass it on to other people, and I try to communicate and share some of my own excitement about learning when I work with students. If you think creatively, there are always new ways to approach a problem that has stumped you, or get yourself invested in a subject that doesn't seem interesting at first glance.

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Andrew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Bard College - Bachelors, Classical Studies

Graduate Degree: Bank Street College of Education - Masters, Museum Education

Hobbies

animals/pets, cooking, travel, history, reading and writing fiction

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

American Literature

AP Art History

AP World History

Art History

College Level American Literature

College World History

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

European History

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing

IB Extended Essay

IB Geography

IB World Religions

Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Public Speaking

Social studies

World History

World Religions

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Not everyone has the same skills and interests, but any subject can be made interesting to any person, if you find the right way of framing it to appeal to that specific learner.

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

Introduce ourselves, and I would ask them about their favorite and least favorite subjects. Knowing the areas they enjoy or excel in can help me leverage them in the areas in which they struggle. Then I would ask them to do something for practice so that I can assess their ability for myself (solve a problem, read a passage aloud, etc.).

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By encouraging them to voice their opinions and questions. If they want to know more about something, they should develop the habit of seeking knowledge out on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would try to be attentive to their needs (like when they need a break or when they just aren't getting something I'm explaining and I need to try a different approach). I also try to insert a bit of humor and fun into my teaching to make it more enjoyable.

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

Rethink my strategy for approaching that concept; if it's not working, we'll try something else. And try to appeal to that student's interests (for example, if they are trying to improve their writing, maybe they'll be more inspired if they get to choose the topic they write about).

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

Matching and other games are a good way to build comfort with higher-level vocabulary. Teaching common word endings and stems can also equip students to approach a word they've never seen before.

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

Just listening carefully to the student's needs and adjusting my own strategies as necessary to fit those needs, and trying to have a positive attitude and a good sense of humor in general.

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

Finding connections with a subject or hobby they enjoy.


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