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James

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I have 22 years of experience teaching test prep. Thousands of test takers have learned how to take the Verbal sections of the GRE, GMAT, SAT and gone on for graduate and undergraduate studies in accredited US universities and colleges. I also have extensive experience tutoring for ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT.

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James’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Osmania University - Bachelors, English Literature

Graduate Degree: Osmania University - Masters, English Literature

Hobbies

Reading and Critical Thinking

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Writing

AP English Language and Composition

Creative Writing

English

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT Verbal

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Verbal

HSPT Prep

HSPT Language Skills Prep

HSPT Math Prep

HSPT Quantitative Prep

HSPT Reading Prep

HSPT Verbal Prep

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

Other

Phonics

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

SHSAT Prep

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Upper Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep


Q & A

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

Go over, if necessary, the material with the student.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Everybody must be helped to realize his or her full potential.

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

Go over the test structure and try to give confidence to the student that he or she can do it.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By empowering the student with strategies and insights.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By making them aware that the tests are highly standardized, and once it is known how they are constructed, they are some of the easiest to deal with.

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

Start with the basics, identify where the problem is, and find a means to overcome the block.

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

Reading comprehension passages are constructed according to certain logic and rules, and once known, these help make it easier for the student to deal with this part of the test.

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

A diagnostic test, a personal plan for each student based on his or her strengths and weaknesses, insights into the tests, and the transition to a mindset of a problem solver.

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

Analyze or break down the problem subject into its components and deal with them individually. Find out where the difficulty is and give the student the means to overcome the problems.

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

Every standardized test at its basis has reasoning and logic. This idea, once understood and applied by the student, will give him great confidence in dealing with the test.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Maintaining a constant focus on how the student is coming along will throw light on the student's needs.

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

One must be able to adapt to the different needs of individual students by accepting that each student is different and requires special attention.

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

Books and handouts.


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