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I have wanted to be a teacher as long as I can remember. To this end, I have studied extensively in all my areas of interest, observed experienced professionals in a variety of contexts, and learned from my own experiences. I hold 2 degrees and will shortly receive a third: a BA in Music from Univ. of MD, a BA in History from Stony Brook Univ., and will receive my Masters of Arts in Teaching Social Studies from SBU in December.
In my time at school, I have taken upper level and graduate coursework in US, European, African, and South Asian History, as well as Historiography. These courses, as well as my study of the NY State curricula in Global and American History have made me more than familiar and comfortable with these courses and exams. My own experience as a reader and writer, as well as my extensive study of the SAT, have led to my success in tutoring students for this exam.
My study of teaching techniques and pedagogy, as well as my extensive observation of a diverse group of experienced professionals, has given me an array of tools and techniques to use with students. My own experience giving extra help to high school history students has also taught me a lot. Personally, I believe that a teacher should be the "guide on the side" rather than the "sage on a stage." A teacher should let students do the majority of the talking. I like to use questioning to steer students towards relevant details, themes, or narratives. Questioning is also important in challenging students to think deeper and look closer. I also believe that all students are different, and deserve an individualized approach. The importance of an initial diagnostic on the first meeting is of utmost importance in this respect.
Motivation and confidence are also incredibly important factors in learning. I try to build a positive and friendly rapport with students. I want to learn about the person that I am tutoring: their interests, hobbies, and goals. This helps me to make material relateable to them on an individual basis, and to help them hone the skills they need to meet their goals.
Overall, I see myself as a fun and dedicated tutor. I see it as my mission to help students improve their grades and scores, but more importantly, to help them develop skills and a love for learning that will serve them well beyond school.

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Benjamin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Stony Brook University - Bachelor in Arts, History

Graduate Degree: Stony Brook University - Current Grad Student, Social Studies Teacher Education

Hobbies

Music-Rock, roots, americana, jazz, classical, etc.

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

African History

African-American History

AP US History

Bass Guitar

CLEP Prep

CLEP American Government

CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present

CLEP Humanities

College Level American History

College World History

English

Essay Editing

European History

High School Level American History

High School Political Science

High School World History

Music

Political Science

PSAT Critical Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in World History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Social Sciences

Social Studies

Test Prep

World History


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