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Frank

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B.S. University of Wisconsin.
Retired Physician Assistant after a 25 year career in medicine
Tutoring HS math and science, playing mandolin and singing are my favorite hobbies!
Do you remember the excitement you had when some cool subject clicked with you? Our job will be to find that "aha" understanding within your current assignments. Be ready for some serious effort but we will still have fun along the way.

Frank’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: UW Madison - Bachelors, Physician Assistant Studies

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 30

ACT English: 26

ACT Math: 32

ACT Science: 33

Hobbies

musicianship: mandolin, voice, bass, fiddle

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Anatomy & Physiology

Biology

High School Biology

Math

Science


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Warmth and respect encourages a student to get results while working hard.

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

Introductions, including hobbies. Exchange of contact info. Set goals, review textbooks, assignments, and course schedule. Ask for a self-assessment from the student. Set an assignment for the next tutoring session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By prompting the student to explain solution strategies for assignments.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I give incremental feedback for progress made and successes. I give warm regards and give motivation for the student's success.

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

I'd explore alternate contexts, learning resources, and strategies that match the student.

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

I model engagement and flexible learning strategies. I emphasize a relaxed attitude during challenges.

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

I prompt the student to paraphrase text and give explanations of example problems.

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

With incremental positive reinforcement. I show confidence in the student.