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Ben

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I worked for UCSB's CLAS (Campus Learning Assistance Services) as an ACE Tutor/Writing Lab Drop-in Tutor. I tutored university students of all ages, including graduate students. In the ACE program, worked with first-year EOP (Educational Opportunities Program) students to encourage them in their writing and develop their own voices within their composition. Also, I provided additional peer support during the revision process and helped students to focus on the importance of organization and structure within an essay.

When I was placed in the ACE program my first year of work, and I challenged first-year EOP (Educational Opportunities Program) students to develop their own voices within their composition. As a drop-in writing tutor, I provided constructive peer support during the revision process, drawing the students' attentions to the importance of structure and organization over grammar.

My philosophy on writing and improving writing is that it's a process. I can't stress that enough. Writing goes beyond just having correct grammar and the ability to utilize an exhaustive vocabulary; it is a way of solidifying your thoughts as a small contribution to the world of education and, perhaps, the world at large. I am willing to invest the amount of time needed to polishing developing writers and students so that they come away with more than just a corrected essay or some more grammar knowledge; I am seeking to help them hear their own voice in their writing and bring that with them to the next step in their careers.

I believe I'm uncommonly well-suited for being an English tutor because I've come from a place of not really being able to write. I got a C my first quarter of English in high school, and since then, I've averaged an A- in my college English courses. I have a personal investment in helping people with a desire to further their command of the language and a wish to hear their own voice come through in their writing, and I will help however I can to that end.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me!

Ben’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Barbara - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree: Biola University - Current Grad Student, Philosophy

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 32

ACT Science: 31

SAT Composite: 2240

SAT Math: 780

SAT Verbal: 730

SAT Writing: 730

Hobbies

Bouldering, basketball, coffee, writing poetry

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

American Literature

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Writing and Language

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy on writing and improving writing is that it's a process. I can't stress that enough. Writing goes beyond just having correct grammar and the ability to utilize an exhaustive vocabulary; it is a way of solidifying your thoughts as a small contribution to the world of education and, perhaps, the world at large. I am willing to invest the amount of time needed to polish developing writers and students so that they come away with more than just a corrected essay or some more grammar knowledge; I am seeking to help them hear their own voice in their writing and bring that with them to the next step in their careers.

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

I might get to know the student a little bit, gauge their interest in the subject, and determine how motivated the student is. I'd try to learn more about them apart from what they're studying to see what I could use as examples in our lesson.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think motivating the student to invest in what they're studying is the best way to encourage independent learning; beyond achieving this, it may not be useful for them beyond just the course they need help with, and my goal is to try and help build good habits for now and afterwards.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I'd offer them encouragement about their thoughts and also point back to their starting point to show them how far they've come.

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

I would try to ask them what they're finding difficult to understand, and then see if there's an alternative method of teaching the concept that caters more to their learning type.

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

I think the most helpful thing to do with reading comprehension is to have conversations with the student about it; encouraging the student to actively be able to summarize what they've read can help boost their discernment of main points in the text.

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

I've found that listening to their problems both academically and personally, which leads to establishing a trust, has developed the tutor-tutee relationship the best because they become more willing to cooperate and less hesitant to ask questions.

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

I would try to see if the subject had any bearing on something they're truly interested in, and then I would try to connect the two things so that they would see it from an alternate perspective - hopefully with more interest.

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

I would ask them to teach me the material; oftentimes, being able to teach a subject displays familiarity and thorough understanding of the concepts.

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

I would build a student's confidence in the subject by viewing it like learning a language; through frequent usage, the student will herself notice the improvements and progress in understanding.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs with direct communication. Establishing trust with the student is key for this, as it will influence how honest they are about where they're having difficulty understanding.

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

I adapt my tutoring to the student's needs based on a conscious awareness of what strategies work well and which ones seem to confuse her more.

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

I typically just use a paper and pencil during a tutoring session. Usually, I try not to touch anything, and guide them to manipulating the paper and pencil on their own to really appropriate the answers they're working through.