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I have tutored extensively, in a range of subjects. I work well with students with learning disabilities, and I have yet to work with a student that didn't tell me he/she felt a vast improvement in performance, confidence, and understanding of the subject. I always go above and beyond. My goal is first and foremost to find out why the student is not grasping the subject, then to adapt my teaching methods to the individual. I am an Ivy League graduate, and graduated in the top of my class. I don't feel this means I am a good teacher--however I am able to handle more advanced material, if necessary. I again have worked with a range of students, issues, and in a range of subjects. I had one family block out all my available hours for several years so that I could work exclusively for that one family---I think this speaks to my effectiveness as a tutor.
I started tutoring students with ADHD, dyslexia and medical illnesses that affected their performance (brain tumors) when I was at Harvard. I tutored for an agency in CA that sent me to all the special needs students. I have worked with special needs students in the Brookline public schools and LA private and public schools. My method is variable student to student, it's very individualized, but it is of great importance to focus on self esteem and be encouraging so that these students don't anticipate under performing or feel incapable of succeeding. I will employ a range of different techniques---index cards, speaking out each step of problem solving, fact checking, estimation, et al. I try to figure out if the student is a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner and adapt my cues accordingly. If a student has problems with memory and consistency, then repetition is key.
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