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Joseph

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I love working with students and helping them achieve their goals. I have always loved helping my siblings and friends understand concepts they were confused with. I get a great sense of satisfaction from it. I graduated from Jacobs High School in the top 5% of my class and now I currently attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am working toward either a degree in engineering or a degree in business/economics. I edit essays and I tutor a wide range of middle school and high school math and english courses as well as ACT Mathematics and ACT English. Tutoring for the ACT courses are my favorite because I enjoy explaining test taking strategies and helping ACT scores improve. When I teach, I focus on simplifying what is extremely confusing and providing effective ways of remembering the steps involved. In my free time I like to stay active. I play pick-up basketball with friends, I love to snowboard in the winter, and I used to instruct martial arts classes.

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Joseph’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Current Undergrad, Undeclared

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 31

ACT English: 33

ACT Math: 33

ACT Reading: 31

ACT Science: 27

Hobbies

snowboarding, basketball, broom ball, video games, traveling

Tutoring Subjects

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I focus on simplifying questions that come off as confusing and full of fluff. Once you can see the key details, I provide strategies to apply to these questions in the future.

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

I would spend a good amount of time just getting to know my client. Once the client feels comfortable with me, I would talk for a while about their background in the subject and what has been troubling them most. Then I would set up a personal plan/schedule that would best help their needs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Rather than just spitting information at the student and telling them how to do every problem, I would act as if I was working with the student to solve every problem. I would give hints along the way, if needed, and provide separate examples. Once the student finishes the problem, I would provide a few other problems for them to try on their own.

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