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I am presently a double major junior at UAlbany (English and World History), after completing two years at Suny Adirondack. Next semester I will be undertaking an independent study program, after being invited to do so by one of my professors. I plan to earn a master's degree in either of my majors and then go on to teach.

I believe everyone has the capability for writing well. What I hope to help people with, are their unique problems which inhibit them from being able to express themselves as well as they would like, taught in a manner catered to each student's style. Very rarely is the problem a misunderstanding of a specific text or prompt; though if it is, that's easily corrected.

Jonathan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: UAlbany - Current Undergrad, English & World History

Hobbies

I like to go for runs, explore natural environments, and work out. I also am vegan and will be volunteering at the Catskill Farm Animal Sanctuary once it reopens in 2017.

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

College English

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Science

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I seek to answer any questions and provide assistance in a manner which best suits a student's personal style, allowing them to achieve an understanding of whatever problems underlay their current situation. This helps students to avoid stumbling in the future, as they've learned tools to assist themselves, in a manner they distinctly understand and which isn't constrained to only a specific problem.

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

Become familiar with how the student best learns and what they have been struggling with, and then formulate a solution to overcome that.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By sparking independent investigation and the confidence in one's own positions and conclusions, as opposed to rote work.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Finding ways to allow the student to personally interact with and express their thoughts concerning the work.

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

Formulate a way forward which is uniquely tailored to how best the student learns, and then explain and demonstrate it in a manner which allows it to be better understood.

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

Start with identifying if the problem is related to smaller-scale problems such as word meanings/sentence structure, or if the problem is larger-scale and related to discerning the meaning of a text or assembling a mental conception of the entirety. Once the specific problem has been identified it can easily be worked on.

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

Understanding a student's unique needs and how their personality is best suited to learn. Discussion with them, getting to know them and their educational history, and what they think has been holding them back.

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

By spending some time illuminating a text's best features and how the individual can best relate to it. Then showing how every text and the ability to understand it allows the student the ability to express their own interpretation of a text, which is where they can derive enjoyment.

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

By describing and demonstrating a process I think they are best suited for such as reading, understanding, writing, and then asking them to demonstrate it on new problems.

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

Confidence naturally arises once a student starts to feel themselves growing and overcoming past impediments.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By speaking with them and seeing how they interacted with their past schoolwork, teachers, and the causes of the present problems.