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Jeremy

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I am a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory and Syracuse University with degrees in music, English and journalism. I have been a teacher, a peer tutor, an essay grader, a TA, a writer, a coach, an editor, and more, and I enjoy working one-on-one with students and developing strong relationships, whether short or long term. I tutor a range of subjects but am most passionate about reading, writing and literatureI have had demonstrable success in helping students to boost their standardized test scores in these areas. Any student can master any subject; it's often just a matter of finding the right motivation. Outside of my teaching pursuits, I enjoy freelance writing, biking, hitting the gym, taking in concerts and traipsing around museums on the weekends.

Jeremy’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Oberlin College - Bachelors, Major

Graduate Degree: Syracuse University - Masters, Journalism

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 31

ACT English: 35

ACT Reading: 34

GRE Verbal: 164

GRE Analytical Writing: 5

Hobbies

Music, writing, reading, biking, teaching, editing, fitness,

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep

ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

AP Music Theory

Arrangement and Composition

Bass Clarinet

Business

Clarinet

Classics

CLEP Prep

CLEP American Literature

CLEP College Composition

CLEP English Literature

CLEP Humanities

College English

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Digital Media

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Journalism

Marketing

Medieval Literature

Middle School Writing

Music

Music Theory

Other

Piano

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking

Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social studies

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

World Literature

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Setting clearly defined goals is important in any tutoring relationship. Slowly getting a student's input on what those goals should be and accomplishing them helps increase independence. Once the student has experienced the satisfaction of completing said goals, encouraging him/her to take ownership of setting and accomplishing those goals will move them towards autonomy.

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

Slow down, identify where the problem is (whether fundamental or specific to the skill we're working on), and drill until there's comfort and some level of mastery. Be sure to review in following weeks.

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

I always start by identifying goals, learning strategies, strengths and weaknesses. There's always a bit of trial and error in the beginning to discover what sort of rapport is most effective, but this doesn't take long.

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

Obviously, when there's success! Positive reinforcement is huge with a difficult subject. I'd break the subject into small, manageable challenges and tackle them one by one, with plenty of encouragement and positive feedback. If someone feels like they're making progress, it's much easier to feel good and excited about working on something.

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

I always ask "does that make sense?" after explaining a concept, and I've generally tried to make the student feel as comfortable as possible so that they're ok with saying "no." Of course, this doesn't always work.. sometimes people think they've got it and still don't. If I know someone's struggling with a concept, I'll make a note to review and retest in subsequent session until there's demonstrable mastery.

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

Breaking the subject into manageable pieces and encouraging the student as they master those pieces, no matter how small. For example, if someone's struggling with grammar, I've at times had to go all the way back to explaining a verb or a noun - the fundamentals really. It's rarely the student's fault if they haven't learned something yet, so letting them know that's ok and tackling things in stages with positive reinforcement is the way to go.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

A mixture of diagnostic questions and tests, and just asking the student what they struggle most with and what they're most confident with. Generally they know where they need the most help.

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

I've found that tutoring is mainly just being willing to meet the student where they are at in the learning process with a subject. Not making assumptions about what they should or shouldn't know, or how fast they should learn. Some students respond better to a friendlier, "we're in this together" rapport, while others respond better to a firmer, more formal teacher/student relationship. This usually only takes about a session to figure out.

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

I mostly tutor reading and English and standardized tests. I try to start with whatever the student provides, especially for reading and English. For tests, I start with the source material and then move to the tutoring company's practice problems when these are exhausted.