I agree with Henry Adams, who said, paraphrasing, that a teacher affects eternity because he can never tell where his influence stops. I have found that to be true from the statements of former students who have so stated. It's a gratifying feeling to see former students become successful, accomplished adults.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Eastern Illinois University - Bachelors, History
Graduate Degree: Florida International University - Masters, Social Studies Education
Graduate Degree: University of Miami - PHD, Law
ACCUPLACER Language Use
Ancient and Medieval Heritage
AP US History
CLEP American Government
CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
CLEP Introduction to Business Law
CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology
CLEP Introductory Sociology
CLEP Social Sciences and History
CLEP Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
CLEP Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present
College Level American History
College Political Science
College World History
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GED Social Studies
High School Business
High School Economics
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Political Science
High School World History
High School Writing
HSPT Language Skills
Intellectual Property Law
ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning
ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning
ISEE-Upper Level Verbal Reasoning
Latin America History
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
PCAT Verbal Ability
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
US Constitutional History
What is your teaching philosophy?
I use an interdisciplinary approach employing critical thinking skills.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Try to make the student comfortable and willing to talk, to determine his/her needs, and to assess the extent of any deficiencies.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Encourage the student to conduct his/her own research, and inquiry in order to satisfy curiosity.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Praise, praise, praise!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try a different approach; not all methods work with all students.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Determine, if possible, the reasons for the struggle. Is it cognitive, a short attention span, a physical issue?
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Help the student comfortable with me, as well as willing to be open and communicative. Engaging the student to determine their interests and building on that is also helpful.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Determine ways to make the subject relevant to the student's life now or in the future. I hated math, probably because I was not shown its relevance to my life (although I discovered the relevance later in life and now I love it).
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Rather than simply employ rote recitation, I would have the student explain the whys and hows of the material in the form of an oral explanation, or in a Socratic-style Q and A.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Continual praise to show that the student is mastering it, as well as positive feedback.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
This can be done via administration of pretests.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I alter my approach and presentation depending on the student's level, whether AP or remedial, or in between.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
That depends on the subject; for social studies, I use maps, photographs, YouTube videos, recordings, and other multimedia.