I have spent my career teaching ESL across the world and creating textbooks for SAT/ACT prep.
I have taught English in 7 countries and created materials for schools in 6. I am a dynamic, passionate, and successful teacher. I have helped so many students reach their communication goals and I can help you too.
I scored a 1530/1600 on the SAT, with a perfect 800 in verbal. I now write the books that others study from! The books and materials I have written have been used in classrooms all across the country. Why just study from a book when you can study with the people who write them?
My lessons are always:
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Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Bachelors, English, Theater
SAT Composite: 1530
SAT Math: 730
SAT Verbal: 800
Dance, theater, singing, languages, The Big Bang Theory, traveling, exercise, shopping
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Each student is an individual and must be taught that way. Also, you learn best when you're smiling and having fun!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would learn everything I can about what they know, what they want to learn, and their specific goals. Then I would start right away to help them move towards those goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independent learners, above all else, are motivated. I would help a student remain motivated by focusing on his/her goals. I would also help him/her outline a study plan with built-in rewards to encourage adhering to it!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is all about keeping your goals in mind and believing in yourself. You need both or you can't remain motivated. I can help a student set attainable goals and remind him/her of his/her own power and potential!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would present it a different way. There are so many ways to understand each concept. Maybe we could use a visual or a real-life example. I would also set the concept aside and come back to it when the student is ready. It's important to examine that the student understands any necessary concepts leading up to the one in question.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Students struggle with reading comprehension for so many different reasons, so there are a multitude of ways to help them. Perhaps their minds drift off and they get distracted. A good solution to this is to follow the lines with your pencil. Perhaps they get stuck on hard words - I would tell them to circle the words and just skip over them. There are so many examples -- too many to list here!!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
You must establish trust and respect immediately. I like to be quite friendly with my students, because I find it helps them be more comfortable and learn better. But they need to respect me and my knowledge. This combination is a great mix that is bound for success.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I like to remind students to think about what ELSE they can use this skill for. If it's sentence structure, they will want to be strong in this area when they apply to graduate school like they've always dreamed. If it's reading, they will need to be able to speed read business magazines when they own their own company. It's important to tie it back to their dreams.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Test, test, test! The best test of comprehension is whether or not a student can teach something back to you.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
The best way to build confidence is to get a student small pieces so they can witness their own success. Eventually, they'll be able to succeed at more and more at once.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
A student's needs become glaringly obvious to an experienced teacher without much effort. Diagnostic tests are always good, but watching how a student approaches a task can be just as telling.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
How can you NOT adapt to your student's needs??? Every student learns differently, and a tutor needs to be completely in tune with that. Visual, auditory, kinesthetic...these are just some of the ways students might learn.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Books, copies, listening tracks, music, newspaper clippings, videos...