My name is Gregory Pisacane, and I am passionate about improving reading comprehension, writing capabilities, and literary appreciation for every student. I graduated from the University of San Diego with an English degree in 2013, and for the past three years I have worked for a software company as a Marketing Content Writer and Editor. At USD, I took enough English classes to almost double major in the subject, so that should elucidate my interest in this topic. I've been reading since before I can remember, and I love to help others improve their writing.
From my Sophomore to my Senior year in college, I worked in the Writing Center on our campus, assisting a diverse student body in improving their writing. I served as Senior Tutor for my final year at the Center, running day to day operations and taking on greater responsibilities as a tutor. I've worked with students from every academic discipline under the sun, and I truly love to improve writing through editing and education.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of San Diego - Bachelors, English
SAT Composite: 1950
Reading, Painting, Playing Games, Knitting, Collecting
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Introduction to Fiction
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in communicating with the student to determine the best course of action for a tutoring session, and whenever possible, tailoring my approach to fit the needs of the unique needs of the individual.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would begin by asking the student to talk me through their assignment and their background and familiarity with the topic at hand. I might explain my own background and familiarity where applicable, or ask probing questions to get a better sense of the topic if unfamiliar. I would then ask the student to walk me through some of the course materials and plan out what our work in future sessions might look like.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By demonstrating to a student how to critically analyze the source material, encouraging them to look for particular patterns and informational clues, and prompting them to attempt these practices on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By encouraging them to reach for predetermined goals and milestones, by catering lesson plans and tutoring sessions to their particular interests, and by fostering an atmosphere of positivity around academic learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Reinforcement is always an important factor in improving any skill or concept learning, but brute force is not the way to go. Critically thinking about the particular difficulty, and considering the unique needs of the student, is the best way to put together a plan for overcoming a learning obstacle.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would work with a student to explain the signposts I look for when reading any work, and practice uncovering those themes and points of interest in reading sections worked on in our sessions. As with most endeavors, reading comprehension can be improved with practice and patience.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Discussing goals and desires for a tutoring session is often the best place to start with a new student, as well as a conversation to uncover where a student stands in regards to the source material they will be working with. Assessing their familiarity with their subject and ascertaining what they want to get out of tutoring sessions is a great place to start.