Welcome to 2015. I'm excited about what the year ahead holds, and I hope you are, too.
Are you looking for help for your child or grandchild? Or are you looking for extra help for a student in your classroom? I provide education support for students, parents, and teachers. The support I provide goes beyond mere tutoring, far beyond what is commonly referred to as "homework support." I offer full-featured education support. Here are some of the common elements:
- Study Skills
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Logical Reasoning
Each student's needs are different, and I deal with each student's situation individually. Rather than merely tutoring my students in particular subjects to prepare for a test, to improve a grade, or to complete particular assignments, I dig in deep to understand what is holding the student back. Though this can be effective in short-term, emergency situations, it is also very effective in creating long-term change. What I do is often referred to as education consulting. In addition to the in-depth consulting for improving educational weaknesses, I also provide personal mentoring for students who need help beyond their specific education-related needs.
Examples of specific education needs some of my students may have:
- Test Prep (ACT
, and more)
- Overcoming ADD/ADHD
- Overcoming Dyslexia
- Grade analysis
- Study Skills analysis
planning, drafting, and revising
- Essay review and analysis
- College planning and applications
My services are not merely for those who feel they have deficiencies. I often work with students who simply desire to improve or even maximize their learning abilities. Here are just a few examples of learning courses I offer:
I also provide larger-scale services, such as
- Curriculum Design and Planning (for schools, teachers, and homeschools)
- School Format Transitions: Transitioning from conventional to home school; changing schools; changing degrees; becoming a self-educator.
- School Level Transitions: Pre-school to Elementary, Elementary to Middle, Middle to High, High to College and beyond
I can help students at all levels with their study skills, and analyzing a student's study skills always plays a role in my tutoring. At a basic level, it is the skill in studying that determines a student's success in studying. For the most part, better grades and better learning come with better studying. Often that simply means smarter studying.
Please note that there is no "magic" fix. For most students, it takes several weeks to begin to see significant improvement. For many students, it takes much longer. This depends partly on the age of the student and the strength of the habits we are working to change. I have been working with students at various levels for over twenty years, and I have been studying educational theory and practice longer than that. If you merely want a better test score next week, I can help with that, but note that that's like taking aspirin to mask the pain when real medical treatment is what you need. If I can see a simple or immediate fix, you may be sure I will tell you. I take what I do very seriously, and I have three very important personal policies related to this: (1) I don't continue working with students I'm not actually helping; (2) I don't continue working with students when they reach the point that they can do just as well on their own; and (3) I strive to always analyze, diagnose, and treat "educational maladies" with as much precision as possible, and recommend only "treatments" that I believe will be the most effective in eliminating the root problem as quickly and as completely as possible.
Finally, please keep in mind that I come at education from an "outside-the-box" perspective--and I don't say that lightly. I believe strongly that our educational system almost across the board--public, private, and parochial--is flawed at its foundation. I taught within the system, and I have actively chosen to withdraw. Though I teach ACT and SAT preparation
, I believe the ACT and SAT exams are inherently flawed. It is, in my opinion, shameful for institutions that claim to support higher learning to demand such flawed exams in order to enroll. I am very good at helping students make the most of their abilities and knowledge in taking the ACT and SAT exams, so I continue doing that because it's not their fault these institutions require the flawed tests. I don't judge those who choose to remain in the system, whether teachers, students, or parents. Just because I have chosen to withdraw from the system doesn't mean you should. Because of my position outside the system, however, I am uniquely positioned to help you and your student maximize your time within the system.
If you're interested in hearing more, I'll be happy to speak with you. The rates listed are for meeting at my location; the rate to meet at your location is higher. I do also offer course like those mentioned above, and I have monthly and yearly consulting packages, if you're interested in discussing one of those. If you're looking for tutoring that looks like what you're used to, you should probably find someone else to work with. If you want the same thing you're used to, I'm not your guy.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. Please be sure to read my Tutor Policies and the TutorFAQs on my blog. And don't hesitate to contact me for any reason.
If you think that I may be in a unique position to help your student and you simply cannot afford my rate, you may ask for special arrangements. I do, in very limited circumstances, offer "scholarships." If you really can afford my rates, please don't ask for special consideration.