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Michael

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I have a thirst for knowledge that I would like to share with others. Teaching and helping others is one of my passions. I like to use my knowledge and skills to assist those in their area of struggle.

Michael’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California State University of San Berdino - Bachelors, Theatre

Hobbies

Acting, video games, and paintball

Tutoring Subjects

African History

African-American History

Anthropology

Applied Mathematics

Audition Prep

Cell Biology

CLEP Prep

CLEP American Government

CLEP Biology

CLEP College Mathematics

CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present

CLEP Humanities

CLEP Natural Sciences

CLEP Social Sciences and History

CLEP Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

College Political Science

College World History

Creative Writing

English

Essay Editing

Evidence

Evolutionary Biology

Expository Writing

High School Political Science

High School World History

High School Writing

IB BIology

IB Mathematics

College Math

Law

Math

Middle School

Middle School Science

Music

Other

Plant Biology

Political Science

Public Speaking

Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

US Constitutional History

Vocal Training

Voice

World History

Writing


Q & A

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

Teach them at a level that they confidently feel they could teach it to someone else.

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

I would first determine what the student needs help with, and then figure out the best way to help the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Give them the confidence that is needed to be a leader, and advise them to just go for it.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Make whatever subject that I am teaching be as interesting as possible.

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

Approach the concept from a different angle, there are many ways to teach one concept. One is bound to work.

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

Have them really understand exactly what they are reading, and make sure they are not just glancing over it.

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

Be understanding, and approach a concept from as many angles as possible.

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

Make it more interesting by relating it to them.

What is your teaching philosophy?

There is always a new and exciting way to learn something, and I will find it.

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

Ask them to demonstrate their knowledge.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By asking for a demonstration of what they claim to know.

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

Figure out how to relate the subject to the individual student.

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

Anything at my disposal -- there is no "best" material when it comes to teaching someone; everyone is different.