My name is Brian and I am a self-proclaimed (although others would not shy from weighing in) LSAT and Law School Nerd! In addition to the LSAT, I love to do and read philosophy. I enjoy everything Harry Potter and I am still waiting for my Hogwarts letter. If this was not nerdy enough, I play League of Legends on my free time. I am also an avid photographer and sports fan. I played football in high school and still play football any chance I get with friends.
I value the LSAT for its intrinsic educational value, but I also acknowledge its instrumental value and have seen first-hand the doors that have flung open because of it, thus I can appreciate the importance of doing well on this exam. As such, I look forward to working with anyone willing to put in the time it takes to crush this test!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Florida International University - Bachelors, Philosophy
Photography, Film Making, Video Games, Philosophy,
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I love to cater to the particular student's needs. It is extremely hard to try and fit each student's particular learning style into a cookie-cutter mold. For this reason, I think the best strides I have seen my students make occur once we cater to their strengths and weaknesses.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I love to start with a diagnostic exam or at least a few sections right after introducing myself and how I like to teach. I think once we have a baseline to compare progress against we can become motivated to keep reaching new highs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Intrinsic motivation is key! Helping the student become intrinsically motivated would pay huge dividends in the long run! The LSAT is very learnable, and, once you develop a strong motivation for beating the test, there is no stopping to what you can do.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Reminding a student of the doors the LSAT can open for them can be very helpful. I like to remind students that each question has the potential to really set them apart from the competition.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would make the concept relatable. As social humans, we have a natural tendency to associate certain abstract concepts with real concrete facts in our daily lives. If I can help bridge that connection then we are on our way to learning!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is one of the hardest sections on the LSAT because they are testing a very particular type of reading. The best way to work with reading comprehension, besides increasing the volume of reading we do at home, would be to look at the "skeleton" of what is being tested. More often than not we can train ourselves to read for structure as opposed to content.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I think we are able to build up great initial energy when the student sees that this is actually something that can be learned.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
The motivation for people who fall in love with the challenge of the LSAT seems to be more intrinsic, academic, or just personal goals. The LSAT, for most people, only has instrumental value. Helping a student see that the LSAT has the ability to open doors in their future, with just a little bit of work, tends to motivate students.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Timing practice sections is one of the best tools to check if a student truly grasps the material. Having to time each question, and then giving an account of why one chose an answer, really helps solidify learned concepts and highlight weaker understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Timed section practices help a student feel confident in their timing and understanding of a concept.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Doing practice tests throughout the training process, under real testing conditions, will help a student get a feel for "the real thing". This will also test if the concepts are being executed properly.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Catering to the student's feedback and performance helps me gauge areas that need work, and methods that work and do not work.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use LSAT prep material so that everything we learn correlates well with the real test.