"Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach."
After several years of trying my hand at classroom teaching, I have found that navigating school bureaucracy and cookie-cutter curriculums are the largest impediments to teaching successfully and fully reaching students. So I decided to switch to one-on-one tutoring where I can tailor my lessons to individual students and give them a greater understanding of their course material. For the last four years it has been my pleasure to work through Varsity Tutors helping students from grades 6 through 12 and even college first years. And although one of my greatest strengths is teaching paper writing and literary analysis, I have found that my most sought after skill is teaching mathematics.
Math is a difficult subject for many, and I teach students that it is a language like any other and must be learned. However, many teachers can be too erudite in their explanations. Knowledge should not be esoteric, the secret domain of only the greatest minds. I am able to break down knowledge and lessons to their basic components, giving a firm understanding and foundation to students of all types so they fully understand the material and topics. I am able to use a variety of lesson materials, from textbooks, to internet videos, to specific conversations with the student.
Everyone learns differently, and I make it my business to find that style for each student. One of my greatest strengths as a tutor is my use of humor and sympathy to relax students and instill confidence. We all remember the awkwardness of being a teenager and the stress that school can place on us. I help alleviate that discomfort and make the student feel better about themselves in order to open their minds up to learning the material and improving their grades. I have been very successful in helping to raise a student's grades by at least 20 points, turning failing students into C and B students, and D and C students into B and A students.
Beyond just course material, I try to impart any wisdom about the schooling process, and teachers in general, to each student. Teenagers often feel as if they are left in the dark about the adult world. Sometimes they see us as another species. I converse with each student with the same amount of respect and understanding that I use when dealing with an adult. When they are being "spoken with" instead of "talked at," this makes the student more receptive to lessons. I also give them some understanding about teachers, how they are people just like them, with the same fears and foibles as anyone. I try to teach them the things I wish I knew when I was their age, yet had to take years to acquire the knowledge of. Letting the student into this wisdom helps them feel more relaxed and get a greater understanding of how to not only improve their grades, but improve their attitude about school in general. I teach them little tricks of organization, note taking, and even dealing with teachers who may have more difficult personalities. I give them information on the psychology of the classroom and subjects in general in order to open their minds up beyond rote material. This helps greatly with restoring a student's confidence and instilling a love of learning. If the student is not confident in his or herself, learning will be more difficult.
All the techniques and skills I utilize ensures that each student I work with will be comfortable and successful as long as they work hard and take my advice to heart.
As far as my personal credentials, I am a Magna cum Laude graduate of Boston University where I studied film and Shakespeare. I love to share my appreciation of movies and literature with others and have found knowledge of popular culture is a great bridge to students. Since I graduated, I found that one never stops learning, as I continue to read a variety of subjects from history and science, to mythology and philosophy.
I am a firm believer in using humor as a teaching aide. Too often, students take on an enormous amount of stress, and humor can help relax and stimulate people, keeping them refreshed. Education can be difficult, but it should be fun. I have tutored a variety of subjects including math, science, English literature and writing, and history. I have been successful in helping to improve the grades of students in subjects such as Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry. In addition, I have aided students in doing well in proficiency exams such as the ACT and SAT, as well as improving students' writing skills, note taking, and organization. I believe good grades are attainable by all. It comes down to identifying how each student learns and applying different techniques to each individual in order to maintain maximum understanding and retention. That is the strength of individual tutoring. That is the type of teaching that I love.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Boston University - Bachelor of Science, Film Studies
I am an avid reader of both fiction and non fiction as well as a big film buff. In my spare time I write fiction and occasionally pen film reviews for a website entitled Meetinthelobby.com. I watch baseball and hockey and am a huge fan of both sports. My all time favorite television shows are "The Twilight Zone," and "Mystery Science Theater 3000." Some of my favorite films include "Seven Samurai," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and "The Searchers."
Elementary School Math
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Physics
High School Writing
Middle School Writing