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Carson

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I have extensive experience teaching the English language and am TOEFL certified. I took a year of Mandarin Chinese and have traveled all over Asia to further my understanding of Chinese culture. I was also in the Middle East for a year travel throughout the Arab world which was a life changing experience. I received my B.A. from the University of Michigan and pursued a Master’s Degree in political science. I am particularly interested in start-up culture and entrepreneurship at a grassroots level - I believe Michigan is the perfect place for this exploration. I love to figure out what really drives my students and tailor English in an innovative pursuit to guide them towards a fulfilling life. In my free time I enjoy writing, recording music and travel. I plan on going the extra mile for my students because I genuinely care about their personal success/development and contributions to making our world more connected through language.

Carson’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Bachelor in Arts, International Relations

Graduate Degree: Tel Aviv University - Master of Arts, Political Science and Government

Hobbies

Traveling, Sports, Public Speaking, & Family

Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

Arabic

College English

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

High School English

Languages

Logic Pro Software

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Music Recording

Other

Personal Finance

Phonics

Public Speaking

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My goal is to tailor teaching to benefit students at a fundamental level that can apply to their lives outside of the classroom in a real-world application. I want to make my students engaged with the content and assist them to become better people in the developmental process, while acquiring the useful skills to utilize in future endeavors.

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

I like to figure out what motivates my students and how I can morph my classroom around their dreams and philosophies. I think that finding their purpose is important in starting out - that way there is true, deep, identity-level change for the better.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I generally provide incentives and remind them of the untapped potential that they possess. This can sometimes be in the form of showing them how self study can benefit their lives and the setbacks of remaining sedentary.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Positive reinforcement is a really important key in keeping students motivated, and I strongly believe creating a positive expectation for them to live up to is the most motivating aspect - someone truly excited about their vision and willing to help them get there.

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

It depends on the situations - I would utilize different approaches, because trying the same thing over and over again can insult the student's intelligence. If I feel I am beating a dead horse, I will issue the hard part for homework at the end and move on with the lesson.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Reframing is a huge part in reading comprehension. That way the story can be told in a different way but touch upon the same key concepts. Also, Cicero's memory strategies help a lot in terms of memorizing portions of the text through memory palaces.

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

Working as a team and building the student's trust. I want them to know that I'm reliable, interested and am on board with their goals in life.

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

Creativity can definitely be useful with fun activities that are abstract and out of the box. I believe that the first meeting sets the tone for the rest of the lessons - everyone has something they are passionate about, and finding out what that is can be extremely important.

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

Demonstration and having them explain the exercises in their own words if they can. Review portions are essential to reinforce the learning procedures.

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

Giving genuine, positive encouragement and showing them that you believe in them goes a long way. Some people fake it - if you truly believe in someone, it can be very powerful for a student's confidence and change their lives.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

This comes with experience - there is an intuitive evaluation based on feel from a teacher's experience, and I like to ask the student what they think they need help with. The student knows their strengths and weaknesses just as much as the teacher if they are self-aware.

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

Break down skill sets into categories and rate the student's strengths. After this, focus more time to the weaker areas and less time to the strengths.

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

It depends on the age of my students - for kids, I like to use a lot of props such as stuffed animals, vivid pictures, goofy materials, etc. For older students, I like to show pictures and give aspirations for future development through well-being.