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I'm a current graduate student and graduate teaching associate at The Ohio State University, where I've taught courses in rhetoric & composition, creative nonfiction, and creative writing across genres. I also have a B.A. from Wesleyan University in political science, with a focus on American government & politics. I have experience with the LSAT and the SAT, and am committed to helping students achieve their goals in the fields where they might be struggling.

Cade’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Wesleyan University - Bachelors, Political Science -- American Government & Politics

Graduate Degree: Ohio State University-Main Campus - Current Grad Student, English -- Creative Writing

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2280

SAT Math: 750

SAT Verbal: 760

SAT Writing: 770

LSAT: 163

GRE Verbal: 162

Hobbies

Reading, writing, craft projects, spending time outdoors.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Political Science

English

Essay Editing

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Political Science

High School Writing

LSAT Analytical Reasoning

LSAT Essay Section

LSAT Logical Reasoning

Middle School Writing

Political Science

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social Sciences

Spelling Bee

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

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

In a first session, I would talk to the student about what their goals are for the subject at hand. I think beginning with positive goals helps to encourage students and establish a rapport. From there, we would begin discussing what their challenges have been thus far, and how I can best help them to overcome those issues.

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

I'd encourage them to look at the concept or skill from several different approaches (not all students learn best from reading text; some students may prefer hearing information rephrased or drawing diagrams) and help them figure out which approach fits their learning style best.

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

Positive reinforcement and praise! A lot of students hear from instructors or other authority figures about the things they're doing wrong, which can be discouraging. Even a 'low' grade like a 60% means that you've done 60% of the task right, and that's a great place to start from. I also try to get to know the student, so when we talk, I can hopefully reference things related to their interests to help them understand relevant topics.

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

I've found that it's important after a conversation (or after they've done some reading or tasks) to have them discuss the subject in their own terms, without quoting from instructions or textbooks. This shows whether they've grasped the concepts, and is also useful for identifying areas where they still might be struggling.

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

It really depends on the subject, but I like to bring in outside artifacts and texts that might grab a student's attention. For example, when teaching rhetorical analysis, music videos are fantastic, because they're short clips with a lot of information that can be analyzed, and they tend to work well in showing students that everything in their world can be a target for rhetorical analysis.