Bates College (English)
Dear Potential Student,
I have a very specific philosophy about tutoring (and for that matter, mentoring) students. Since my space is limited, I'll get straight to the chase. I believe that the tutor-student relationship should hinge upon connection. Age is relative. Although as we age we tend to accrue more wisdom, I have met some young people who have interpersonal capacities that transcend their years. In other words, just because someone is old or young does NOT mean they are wise or foolish, respectively. This philosophy is what I utilize to help my students feel the best they can when we tutor together. There are studies out there that have proven that positive emotion aids the learning process by stimulating creativity. That's my aim- to have each student feeling very good after my session with him or her. That dynamic underlies all of the material that I cover.
Now that you know my philosophy, I will tell you my credentials. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Bates College. I tutored elementary school students for three years while in college, and loved it. I worked primarily upon reading skills with my students, but I also fielded math questions when the teacher needed an extra pair of helping hands. After graduating college, I took a job as an SAT tutor with a local company. I have two years of experience working with high school students on improving their SAT scores. As part of that curriculum, I taught four separate iterations of the same seven week preparatory course. Classes were three hours long and were conducted weekly. My experience falls primarily in Math, English and Writing.
Alec Dear Potential Student,
I have a very specific philosophy about tutoring (and for that matter, mentoring) students. Since my space is limited, I'll get straight to the chase. I believe that the tutor-student relationship should hinge upon connection. Age is relative. Although as we age we tend to accrue more wisdom, I have met some
Alec is hands on with teaching, reading, and writing. He goes above and beyond when teaching you. He does not just read the book like other tutors, instead he provides his own examples and relates it to the student. Alec is a great tutor to have!
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.
I was a baseball player from my youth all the way up to high school, and I still practice my skills to keep them sharp. I began at tee ball at age five and voluntarily left the sport (did not get cut from any teams) when high school began. I made all star teams in my youth and was even a trusted starting pitcher, although my elbow growth plates may have taken a sullying for it. I could be an assistant coach with any dedication, and due to my passion for the sport and commitment throughout my whole life to it, I believe I could manage youngsters.
I worked with second graders as an America Reads/America Counts tutor through the Bates College Harward Center for three years. In that time, I was able to help several students academically and personally through my listening skills and expertise. My time working with elementary students was joyful, and I am willing to work with more young students.
I'm a publishing reader (intern) for Straus Literay, which is based in San Francisco. Straus also has a space in New York. As I mentioned for my Literature qualifications, I have a Bachelor's in English. I've also been published as a student writer for The Bates Student and Bates' student art publication, "Seed Magazine."
I have a Bachelor's degree in English from Bates College. A major part of getting that degree was reading books for classes. In addition, I was an honors English student through all my years in high school, which include two advanced placement courses that spanned my junior and senior years. On one of those AP tests, I received a score of 4, which qualified me for a college credit at Bates. I read actively and with commitment in my spare time; subjects span anywhere from historical fiction, literary fiction and fantasy, to psychology, nutrition, marketing and American culture.
This subject is pretty basic for me. Nearly every subject in academia necessitates reading. Since I've been to college and take an active interest in what it means to be a human being by exploring cutting edge research, reading has an integral place in my life.
I'm an SAT tutor for a local company. I've taught at least twenty students after classes are accounted for. Some students I've collaborated with over a period of months. Though my company is not very efficient at helping me quantify my effectiveness, every student whose scores I've compared against their previous levels has gone up significantly. My best students increase their scores by one hundred points in two subjects, with a third not far behind. An increase of two hundred points is obtainable.
I have always been a very efficient speller. The skill comes to me naturally, but of course it is augmented greatly with the utilization of lots of rote memorization. I also placed eighth in the city wide spelling bee in fifth grade.
I swam in high school, for all four of my years. My senior year I was the captain and the best swimmer on the team. In college I also swam for one year, before I voluntarily left the sport.
As an avid reader, I have always known on some level that vocabulary is best developed by simply following one's natural inclination in subject matter. The words we enjoy the most stick to our memories the best. This means that in order to get an expansive vocabulary, you need to read the subjects that interest you, by the authors you find most compelling. I'm not opposed to dictionary learning either, as long as it is done with the appropriate dose of complementary creativity.
I tallied my writings and came up with the following totals... Fifty poems, twenty-seven (published) newspaper articles and three complete short stories. This is as of this writing- I'm always modifying and upgrading, as well as producing new material.