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Todd S.

Philadelphia, PA

$40/hr

Experienced, Friendly Tutor -- specializing in tutoring adults

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Experienced, Friendly Tutor -- specializing in tutoring adults

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Hi there.

First thing you need to know: I love learning and helping people.

I have more than 15 years of experience as a teacher, tutor, adult education program manager and tutor trainer. My specialty is adult basic education (adult literacy, basic and high school math, all GED subjects, college readiness) but I also love working with kids and teens. I earned my Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts at St. John's College and I've studied adult learning at Teachers College, Columbia University. So yes, I've got plenty of practical experience and formal training in educating.

But what I've also got is heart.. empathy... and understanding.

I believe that learning is about the whole person. The important thing to me is seeing how what you learn helps you grow. Even if you are struggling with a difficult and dreaded subject, I try to show how you can be successful and feel good about your learning. My favorite moments are when I am helping someone who has been feeling stuck discover a new way to understand. The light bulb goes on. The frustration lifts. A smile comes back. That feeling is the reason I teach.

My approach is relaxed, but not slack. I like to have fun with learning, but I also recognize the importance of meeting goals and getting results. My students tell me I'm able to explain things well. I'm also good at helping people examine their study habits and suggesting ways to improve them. With me, it's not so much about cramming information into your memory. My tutoring is more about the process. I know how it feels to be discouraged academically and I know what it takes to get good at learning.

I'm also flexible. I've mastered the basics in a lot of subjects from reading and writing to science and math. I have done plenty of test prep (mostly GED, but also SAT, ACT, and GRE) though I prefer to make it about more than just passing the test. I know how important it is to achieve success on tests and in grades, but real learning is so much more than just a passing score or a report card. So whatever subject you need help with, I will always take a personal approach with your longterm goals in mind.

Just so you know, my hourly rate is negotiable to a degree. Travel time will make a difference, however.

Thanks for reading this. Good luck, and if you are ready to get the learning process started, I hope I'll hear from you.

Todd

Testimonials

"Very patient!"

- Evelyn, Philadelphia, PA on 9/29/12

"Excellent tutor and communicator"

- Rachel, Philadelphia, PA on 9/7/12
Math:
Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Philosophy, Physical Science, Psychology
History:
American History, Classics, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Music:
Music Theory
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Phonics
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ASVAB, GED,
GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

GED

The GED is a four-part test that adults (18 and above) can take to be awarded a high school equivalency diploma.

I've been teaching classes to help adults prepare for the GED since 2005. I know what the test looks like, what it takes to pass, and how to maximize your scores on the different subject exams. Taken as a whole, it basically tests you on your reading and problem solving abilities. It does require knowledge of basic and high school math (including some algebra and simple geometry) and there are short essay sections on three of the tests. I've seen that students usually need the most help in these areas, so over the years I have developed a wide range of lessons and activities in math and writing.

My experience teaching GED classes and my familiarity with all the subject areas it covers are my qualifications for tutoring students looking to take the test. But it's my approach that makes the difference. I start where you are at by using simple assessment tools. I then help you develop a personalized learning plan that will get you ready in the time frame we decide on. I use targeted lessons, practice tests, and straightforward materials. Lastly I cover specific techniques in preparation for the test itself and reducing the stress and anxiety it often produces. By the time you go to take the test, you will feel more confident and capable of doing your best.

Taking the GED is not as easy as it might sound, but with the right guidance and support, it can be a great learning experience that will propel you to the next step in your educational journey. I've helped many people reach their goal of passing the tests and then go on to better jobs, training programs, and college.

One more thing: I am now developing an accelerated study program to help students complete the 2014 version of the GED test which is now offered only as a computer based exam. My approach emphasizes using mobile and internet based technology. If you feel you're not sure you're ready to take the GED on a computer, I am ready to guide you through what you need to learn to get you comfortable with the technology in a short amount of time.

Study Skills

Study skills are the work habits a student needs to succeed in school. They include organization, time management, project planning, note taking and test preparation. Effective reading and writing are very closely connected to study skills as well. I think study skills also include dealing with low motivation and discouragement. The ability to relate to others, especially teachers and fellow students, also affects one's ability to study effectively.

In my 15 years of experience as a teacher and tutor, I've always made learning about study skills a part of my courses or lessons. My knowledge of study skills comes from classes and workshops I've taken in school and throughout my career as an educator. I've also developed my own strategies for becoming a more successful learner based on the ideas of multiple intelligences and individual learning styles. When I was a program manager for an adult education program, I even worked on a curriculum for our teachers and tutors to use with their students to develop good study habits. I've also learned quite a bit from teaching about how best to promote those habits and help learners recognize and change negative behaviors in their learning.

Here is some of what I've learned: To teach someone study skills, it is necessary above all to create conditions for practice. Tutors need to be able to explain and then model effective behaviors and assist learners in the process of forming new habits by providing appropriate feedback. Just reading about what you need to do is not the same as putting positive behaviors into practice. It takes time for new habits to take root and become part of an established routine. The tutor's role is to facilitate the process as a coach would, mixing advice with support, and allowing the learner to gradually become an independent actor, capable of managing her behaviors on her own.

St. John's College
Liberal Arts
Teachers College, Columbia University
Enrolled

Education

St. John's College (Liberal Arts)

Teachers College, Columbia University (Enrolled)

Very patient! — I really felt good about the choice I made to have Todd be my tutor, Todd was on time very patient he also wrote things down on our first session to better understand me so he can focus on what I really need to learn, "I like that no wasted time!" I'm really looking forward to our next scheduled session. Thanks Wyzant for helping me get started with a kind knowledgeable tutor. ...

— Evelyn, Philadelphia, PA on 9/29/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

***I can be flexible with my rate depending on individual needs and travel time!

Travel policy

Todd will travel within 10 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19125.


About Todd

Hi there.

First thing you need to know: I love learning and helping people.

I have more than 15 years of experience as a teacher, tutor, adult education program manager and tutor trainer. My specialty is adult basic education (adult literacy, basic and high school math, all GED subjects, college readiness) but I also love working with kids and teens. I earned my Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts at St. John's College and I've studied adult learning at Teachers College, Columbia University. So yes, I've got plenty of practical experience and formal training in educating.

But what I've also got is heart.. empathy... and understanding.

I believe that learning is about the whole person. The important thing to me is seeing how what you learn helps you grow. Even if you are struggling with a difficult and dreaded subject, I try to show how you can be successful and feel good about your learning. My favorite moments are when I am helping someone who has been feeling stuck discover a new way to understand. The light bulb goes on. The frustration lifts. A smile comes back. That feeling is the reason I teach.

My approach is relaxed, but not slack. I like to have fun with learning, but I also recognize the importance of meeting goals and getting results. My students tell me I'm able to explain things well. I'm also good at helping people examine their study habits and suggesting ways to improve them. With me, it's not so much about cramming information into your memory. My tutoring is more about the process. I know how it feels to be discouraged academically and I know what it takes to get good at learning.

I'm also flexible. I've mastered the basics in a lot of subjects from reading and writing to science and math. I have done plenty of test prep (mostly GED, but also SAT, ACT, and GRE) though I prefer to make it about more than just passing the test. I know how important it is to achieve success on tests and in grades, but real learning is so much more than just a passing score or a report card. So whatever subject you need help with, I will always take a personal approach with your longterm goals in mind.

Just so you know, my hourly rate is negotiable to a degree. Travel time will make a difference, however.

Thanks for reading this. Good luck, and if you are ready to get the learning process started, I hope I'll hear from you.

Todd

Testimonials

"Very patient!"

- Evelyn, Philadelphia, PA on 9/29/12

"Excellent tutor and communicator"

- Rachel, Philadelphia, PA on 9/7/12
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Education

St. John's College
Liberal Arts
Teachers College, Columbia University
Enrolled

Education

St. John's College (Liberal Arts)

Teachers College, Columbia University (Enrolled)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
8 hours notice required

***I can be flexible with my rate depending on individual needs and travel time!

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19125

Todd’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Philosophy, Physical Science, Psychology
History:
American History, Classics, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Music:
Music Theory
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Phonics
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ASVAB, GED,
GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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