I have tutored many students privately during my years living in the New York/New Jersey/Conn Tri-State area. I find that often the best method for tutoring after assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the student, is a form of Socratic method such as the method used in most Law Schools.
As a tactic and approach, Socratic questioning is a highly disciplined process. The Socratic questioner acts as the logical equivalent of the inner critical voice which the mind develops when it develops critical thinking abilities. The contributions from students are like so many thoughts in the mind. All of the thoughts must be dealt with and they must be dealt with carefully and fairly. By following up all answers with further questions, and by selecting questions which advance the discussion, the Socratic questioner forces the student to think in a disciplined, intellectually responsible manner, while yet continually aiding the students by posing facilitating questions.
When teaching History for example, I concentrate on an analysis and discussion of an historic event as well as the date, place and actors.
When tutoring languages, such as French and/or Spanish I engage the student in conversation in the foreign language and encourage that the entire tutoring session be done (as soon as possible)in the new language. I find that this stimulates the mind and programs the subconscious mind to begin to think and reason in the new language. Some students have even reported to me that they had begun to dream in the new language. Being fluent in four languages myself, I appreciate that it is vital to be totally immersed psychologically in the language to the point where it no longer seems new.
I am a retired Defense lawyer, formerly with the Legal aid Society, The Queens DA's office as well as private practice in New Jersey and New York. I have also taught and tutored privately for 30 years.
I look forward to the opportunity to teach you. Also, unless you have time limitations, my hours have 75 minutes. This insures that we make up for any minutes we might have lost.
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