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Jon S.

A different kind of Tutor (Socratic Methodoly)

Kennesaw, GA (30144)

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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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Jon’s subjects

Language:
History:
Art:
Art History, Drawing, Painting
Elementary Education:
Business:
Law
Test Preparation:
Sports/Recreation:
Tennis
Corporate Training:
Criminal Justice, French, Grammar, Law, Spanish

American History

My experience in teaching and tutoring American History goes as far back as 1979 when I began tutoring State University of NY student in the subject. Later I taught History at CW Post college on Long Island NY. I have also consistently worked with students preparing for college exams in this subject in NY and NJ. My approach has always been as follows: An examination of selected issues and topics in U.S. History from pre-colonial times to the Civil War as well as modern US History.It Includes study of U.S. Constitution and government. A study and review of the History of the United States from pre-Columbian times to the present with particular emphasis not just on dates, names and places but an analysis of the reasons such events took place and their consequences on social political and economic life.

Special attention is focused after evaluation on the student's weaknesses in the subject and care is taken to brings the student to view History not only as a series of separate events but a larger event with many interconnected parts.

Bar Exam

I am very qualified to tutor lawyer taking the bar exam. I took the Bar Exam in New York four times because I had failed it thrice. My approach in studying for it for the fourth administration of it was to reduce the entire list of 35 subject to a compressed number of Mnemonics and memorization mechanisms covering no more than ten index cards front and back. Secondly the best way to learn anything is to teach it to somebody else; I gathered a group of six students taking the bar for the first time and tutored them all successfully. Since I passed it in 1989, I made it a habit to continue to tutor younger lawyer every year using my short term memorization techniques. Every student I have ever tutored has passed the bar exam. I have tortured in this subject for 20 years.

Drawing

I have been drawing and painting all my life. I have studied under master artist Petion Savain as well as the Newark School of Fine Arts in New Jersey where I majored in anatomy, figurative and still life painting in acrylics. Today I am a selling and working artist.

English

I have more than 30 years experience teaching and tutoring student in English. I began in 1980 in NYC when I was still in college myself. Later I taught English in night school and continued with consistency to tutor and prepare students for various exams in English in New York as well as New Jersey. My method has been the following: From basic English skills to a critical analysis of diverse texts. Emphasis on analytic reading, writing and discussion, and on development of argumentative essays based on textual analysis, with attention to style, audience, and documentation. I believe it is important, especially in the case of exam preparation to write to the audience, meaning slant the text to fit the eventual reader, in many cases this is the professor or teacher grading the exam.

French

I was born and raised speaking French. It is my native language and as I expanded my own education, I continued to improve my knowledge of it and later devised a method of teaching it. I taught French for 25 years in NY and NJ. My method is the following: From basic conversational French to a review and expansion of French grammar with an emphasis on writing and conversation. Readings on language and culture included. Emphasis is placed on improving the student's areas of weakness and student is immersed as much as possible and encouraged to think and reason in French as a means of quickly achieving proficiency

Government & Politics

I have taught government and politics ever since 1980 when I acquired a taste for because I was so fascinated with Federalism which is at the root of the American system of Government. In fact my final paper was on this subject at the State University of New York. I continue to consider it my favorite subject and relish a chance to teach it. I provide a basic introduction to the structure and processes of American government and politics. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship between political culture, thought, institutions, and the debate over public policy, on student's area of weakness in the subject. Analysis is encouraged by way of conversations and discussions of different aspects of Government's inner workings and the relationships between the governments institutions

Grammar

I have 30 years experience teaching and tutoring grammar in NY and NJ. For many years I taught the basics of Grammar to new arrived immigrants and later to students at the High School and college levels. My own approach depends on students needs. The course of study can be basic or can be designed for students with knowledge of basic English grammar. I Introduce count/non-count nouns, basic modals, negatives, question forms, comparisons etc. I constantly evaluate the student's requirements as I tutor and zero in on the problem and solve it. I do test preparation as well as composition tutoring.

Law

Having graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree form St. John's University school of law, I am a trained Lawyer and have practiced Law for 21 years in New York and New Jersey before coming to live in Georgia. I have tutored first year Law student and have also taught Business Law at the college and High School level. My approach differs, depending on the student's requirements such as Bar Review, or Law School exam preparation. It can be a study of Legal institutions and processes in a business society; law as a system of social thought, behavior and conflict resolution.

Depending on students' needs the course can be tailored to Criminal Law, Business Law,or other areas such as Environmental, Family, Constitutional, Medical, Property etc.

LSAT

For 20 years, while I was practicing Law in NY and NJ I tutored students in what I call the art of the Law School Admission Test. They say this is an exam that no one can really prepare in conventional way. While that is in part true, I have found that it is very useful to familiarize the student with the different elements of it. I have approached it by showing a clear picture of the following:

1. Reading comprehension: Tests your level of understanding and application with respect to various reading samples.

2. Analytical reasoning: Tests your ability to follow a written description of various relationship structures and to answer questions based on those relationship structures. This is also referred to as the "games" section.

3. Logical reasoning (2 sections): Presents the participant with an argument. The participant must then either find the flaw in the argument or draw a conclusion from a valid argument.

4. Variable section: This section is a repeat of one of the aforementioned sections and does not count towards your LSAT exam score. It is merely a testing ground for the LSAT exam preparers. Unfortunately, it is impossible to determine which section is the variable section, so the participant must approach each section assuming it will affect the score.

I offer a review of these areas and guidance in preparation for each of the tested areas.

Painting

I have been trained as a painter from a young age. I attended Le College Des Arts Plastiques (College of Fine Arts ) in Port Au Prince Haiti and studied under the personal supervision of Master Haitian painter and co/founder of the school. Later in Newark New Jersey I attended the Newark School of Fine arts. My work hangs at the Museum of African American Arts in Hempstead, NY as well as many private collectors over 50 years. I have earned and been awarded many certificates and awards of recognition by the Government of Nassau County NY, copies of which I can produce on request.

Reading

For 20 years In New York I held night classes and tutoring sessions for students with problems involving basic reading skills in English as a second language, I concentrated on ways of increasing reading comprehension, reading speed and vocabulary for students who are not yet reading on the college level. The aim is to improve reading comprehension for educational needs in general, or to take the reading test to qualify for college.

Depending on a particular student's shortcomings, I can also assist in reading comprehension, speed reading, or spelling.

Spanish

Spanish is my other native language. I learned it at a very young age because I went to school as a pre-teenager in Puerto Rico. Later in New York I perfected my Spanish in college and tutored at the Berlitz School of languages. I have taught it with a variety of emphases. From basic conversational Spanish to a review and expansion of Spanish grammar with an emphasis on writing and conversation. Readings on language and culture can be included. Emphasis is placed on improving the student's areas of weakness and the student is immersed as much as possible and encouraged to think and reason in Spanish as a means of quickly achieving proficiency.

Vocabulary

I have taught and tutored vocabulary in New York and New Jersey for 25 years as various levels, with the attitude that words are peanuts in a world of elephants. They are all over the language and the trick is to find them and use them effectively. As a teacher my emphasis is on academic reading skills including vocabulary expansion. Students are encourage to find synonyms of words an study several new words per day and use them in conversation several times. I also encourage students to learn 5 new words every day and use them in communication twice each immediately. Special attention is placed on the roots of words, whether these roots be form the Latin, Greek, or Anglo Saxon idioms.

Writing

I have taught writing for many years in New York and many levels from elementary levels to the law School Legal Research and Writing. I have tutored students with basic writing skills in English as a second language, and I encourages work on paragraph structure through journals, letters, and basic paragraphs. In addition to paragraph development, I help the student work on sentence mechanics.

For upper-intermediate students I encourage learning to edit writing for correct English grammar, sentence structure, and expression. I place additional focus on sentence types, Adjectives and prepositions.

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Education

State University of NY, Empire State Colloge (Political Science)

St. John's University School of Law (J.D.)

Engaging, knowledgeable and very responsive. — My son has had 3 sessions with Jon so far and has really enjoyed each one. Jon relates the subject to things my son is interested in and has opened his mind to the possibility that he can succeed in learning a second language. Jon answers inquiries and requests for appointments very quickly and is always on time. He is knowledgeable in a wide variety of subjects I would not hesitate a moment in re ...

— Stacy from Acworth, GA on 9/25/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $100.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

I do an hour and a half for the price of one hour. for two people taking a lesson during the same hour and a half the second only pays half of $45.

Travel policy

Jon will travel within 20 miles of Kennesaw, GA 30144.

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