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My specialty is Language Arts--reading, writing, organization, and public speaking. I also tutor students in elementary science, history, and mathematics.
My academic background is in Philosophy, in which I hold a Bachelors, Masters, and C.Phil degree. I have been an adjunct professor and lecturer in philosophy at three major colleges. I have also taught English composition and writing on the college level.
I have been a substitute teacher in K-12, and worked with both mainstream and special needs students. For the past couple of years, I have been tutoring students of all ages, from elementary school through the university level.
I am also a freelance writer, and my articles on numerous topics have been regularly published.
A successful relationship between student and teacher not only enables a student to better understand the material in the particular discipline for which the student is being tutored, but it should also instill a sense of confidence in the student that will help in all future endeavors.
My formal education is in the humanities, one of a group of academic disciplines to which history belongs.
While it is an important part of learning American history to come to know and remember the dates of historically important events in American history, it is also important to understand the nature and context of these events.
The best way for students to learn history and the context in which history moves over time is to not only to read about it, but to discuss it and write about it, all of which I would have a student do as part of my tutoring a student in any history course.
I have been a substitute teacher in K-12 and I also worked summers with special needs children. I hold a Master's in Philosophy and I was an adjunct professor and taught creative writing and numerous introductory level courses in my field, at three different universities.
Elementary school is the beginning of a student’s career and developing the right skills early is central to that success.
While students will study many different subjects during their years in school, there are two essential skills that must be part of any early curriculum; study skills and critical reasoning skills. Teaching these skills is central to my approach to tutoring a young elementary school child.
My approach is to help a student develop excellent study skills and critical reasoning skills along with tutoring in a particular subject. Study skills facilitate the ease of learning, comprehension and develop a disciplined approach to classwork that will service a student well not only in a particular subject but throughout his or her life.
Critical reasoning skills facilitate an approach to understanding and accessing information, which enables students to process and evaluate what they read and understand what is important. It also not only helps with the particular subject in which they are being tutored but it is an approach to reasoning and understanding that makes it easier for students to cross disciplines.
Ultimately, the success students have in school has a lot to do with their level of confidence and developing the right skills early in their school career has an enormous influence in their ability to develop self-confidence, which is an integral and indispensable part of success.
My approach to tutoring in English is to help students become familiar with grammatical categories, sentence structures, formal and colloquial usage. The student will increase his/her vocabulary base, which will increase self-confidence and s/he will develop a more sophisticated ability to communicate with the written and spoken word.
Logic, as I have taught it, is about acquiring reasoning skills. There is a formal component--deductive reasoning, which concerns validity and whether one argument logically follows from another. Inductive arguments are arguments that allow us to draw conclusions from the preponderance of evidence. Both forms are an essential part of developing critical reasoning skills.
Critical reasoning skills are indispensable for general understanding, doing research, and writing; especially position papers. So needless-to-say if a student wishes to excel with his/her written assignments, acquiring critical reasoning skills are very important.
Strong critical reasoning skills enable a student to easily bridge disciplines and will serve them well in life.
I might mention that the need for critical reasoning skills are embedded in formal reading and writing exams like the SAT.
My formal background is in philosophy. I hold a Masters degree in philosophy and have complete all the coursework and exams for a PhD. One of those well intended ABD's I guess. I have taught various courses in philosophy as adjunct professor and lecturer, at three different major colleges and universities.
I have spoken publicly in both my business career and academic careers. I presently work part-time as an academic instructional aid. During my years in graduate school, I was a substitute teacher for a couple of the local K-12 districts. Additionally, I was an adjunct professor and taught numerous introductory level courses in my field at three different universities.
Public speaking is largely a matter of preparation and self-confidence; qualities, which I believe I can help to convey to a student.
As you are probably aware, the SAT is a major component of a student’s college application.
The test has three sections; reading, writing, and math. The reading section tests a student’s ability to critically read and understand a passage. It also tests the student’s vocabulary and ability to complete sentences. The writing section tests a student’s ability to identify sentence errors, and the student’s ability to correct sentences, and paragraphs.
As a graduate student and freelance writer, I have learned to become a skillful writer with a thorough understanding of grammar. I have developed an extensive vocabulary, which is the direct result of my reading and writing--let us not forget the ubiquitous presence of a dictionary. My approach is holistic; I believe that developing strong reading comprehension skills improves vocabulary and overall communication skills, which ultimately leads to acquiring self-confidence. Believing that you can and will do well is a very large part of the battle.
As you are probably aware, the SAT is a major component of a student’s college application.
The test has three sections; reading, writing, and math. The reading section tests a student’s ability to critically read and understand a passage. It also tests the student’s vocabulary and ability to complete sentences.
The writing section tests a student’s ability to identify sentence errors, and the student’s ability to correct sentences, and paragraphs.
As a graduate student and freelance writer, I have learned to become a skillful writer with a thorough understanding of grammar. I have developed an extensive vocabulary, which is the direct result of my reading and writing and let us not forget the ubiquitous presence of a dictionary. My approach is holistic; I believe that developing strong reading comprehension skills improves vocabulary and overall communication skills, which ultimately leads to acquiring self-confidence. Believing that you can and will do well is a very large part of the battle.
Study skills are critical to success in school and they are not adequately taught early in student’s school career. This leaves students to fend for themselves until later in their school life when the skill is expected and that often puts the student in a difficult come from behind position.
These are skills that need to be taught, learned, and mastered early in a student’s school career. They are a significant and indispensible means to doing well, achieving good grades in school, and they will serve a person well in many endeavors throughout his/her life.
These skills teach a student how to begin to organize and concentrate on the taking in of new information and the retention of that information. They teach a student how to prioritize, how to read, and even what to read. Part of this process is effective note taking during class enabling the student to get a strong sense of what the teacher finds important, which makes studying easier and ultimately enhances a student’s test scores.
Essential to learning to study is the development of critical reasoning skills. Critical reasoning is an approach to understanding and accessing information, which enables students to process and evaluate what they read and understand what is important. I strongly believe critical reasoning skills facilitate the crossing of disciplines and make all subjects more approachable.
Study skills are, I would suggest, easily taught but only mastered through discipline and daily repetition and that helps facilitate, make easier, and more enjoyable a student’s classwork and homework.
Ultimately, developing strong study skills leads to self-confidence and believing in oneself. Believing that you have the skills to do well and developing the discipline to put them to good use is a significant step in achieving success
As a Language Arts specialist, I believe that a student develops a strong vocabulary by reading and writing. To develop a good vocabulary, a student must not only be able to understand words in context, but a student needs to have sufficient mastery of vocabulary so s/he can employ this knowledge in writing. There are additional benefits to developing a superior vocabulary, not the least of which is the ability to communicate well and command respect, as well as developing good spelling skills.
My formal education is in the humanities, one of a group of academic disciplines to which history belongs. In fact, I have studied and written about the ideas of important 17th & 18th century thinkers in my research as a graduate student.
While it is an important part of an world history course to know the dates of historically important events, it is also important to put events in context and understand the nature of interaction, if any, between historical events.
The best way for students to learn history and context is not only to read about it but to discuss it and write about it, which would be part of my tutoring a student in any history course.
Writing is a combination of research and composition. Composition entails putting the material researched into a coherent, cohesive, grammatically correct structure. The course is designed to teach a student to interactively learn to maximize his/her ability to do so quickly. Not to write quickly -- good writing requires outlines -- but to help organize the material, which requires drafts that need to be edited until the final version. Very importantly, the course should make it easier for students to retain what they have been taught. The student will learn to do research, understand grammatical categories, sentence structures, formal and colloquial usage, which will aid in the development of a vocabulary base. The combined knowledge coupled with an increased vocabulary base make it much easier for a student to master writing. The mastery of writing provides any person with a decided advantage; both with self-confidence and a more sophisticated ability to communicate with the written and spoken word. Frankly, teaching and writing about a particular subject are the two best ways to learn and to master the subject material.
California State University, Northridge (Philosophy)
State Unversity of New York at Albany (Master's)
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