University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Philosophy)
University of Miami (PhD)
Hi, my name is Micah and I look forward to the opportunity of bringing my years of educational experience to your tutoring needs. But first, let me tell you a bit about myself. I have worked for many years with students from different age levels and across many different areas of interest. I completed my B.A. at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2007, where I graduated summa cum laude. During college, I worked as a writing tutor for students seeking to help with a variety of different kinds of assignments. After graduation, I worked to implement curricula of personal development and leadership training among both middle and high school students. More recently during my doctoral work at the University of Miami (where I graduated with honors), I spent four years designing and teaching my own classes, in addition to grading my students' assignments and meeting with those requiring individual attention outside of the classroom. This experience allows me to bring a unique set of skills to my tutoring.
I am very passionate about teaching, and love the experience of helping a student realize that he or she is capable of understanding what before was thought to be too difficult. I am whole-heartedly dedicated to the success of my students, and work tirelessly to present the material in the clearest possible way. Academic success does not come from rote memorization; it comes from understanding the concepts and being able to put things in one's own words. Towards this end, I strive to make sure that my students have mastered, and not merely memorized, the material. I arrive punctual and well-prepared for my sessions, and I ask for my students to do the same.
At the moment, I tutor primarily in middle and high school math, though I also have experience as a tutor for the ACT and have seen the improvement in test scores of several of my students. As one recent example, I was able to help one student raise her ACT score from a 21 to a 28. She now has the highest level of TOPS, and is eligible for a variety of honor's scholarships. Given my extensive specialization in research and writing, I am particularly qualified for helping students to develop these skills as well. Further, given my many years spent in academia as both a student and a teacher, I am well-placed to help students develop better study and test-taking skills. I look forward to the opportunity of working with you. Hi, my name is Micah and I look forward to the opportunity of bringing my years of educational experience to your tutoring needs. But first, let me tell you a bit about myself. I have worked for many years with students from different age levels and across many different areas of interest. I completed my B.A. at the University of Louisiana at
Micah tutored my son on the Math section for the ACT. My son scored a 16 and after having Micah's tutoring he scored a 21!! Micah is very patient and knows how to tutor. Very easy to get reach and flexible on tutoring times. Thanks Micah 5 Stars!!
After making a D on my first college algebra test, I decided that a tutor was needed. I went to a few tutors but none of them really worked for me until I went to Micah. He took his time with me. He went over the material beforehand to help me even more. He worked with me step by step until we got the problem solved. He was very nice, consistent, helpful, and always on time. I will be using his services again.
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I took a year of study on the Bible in high school, have read it myself for many years, and minored in the humanities in college, where I studied both the New and Old Testament.
I have taken one undergraduate and two graduate level classes in formal logic, as well as having taught my own class in logic at the university level. Teaching and grading the homework and exams from my own logic class provided ample opportunities to tutor students.
Good study skills are foundational to academic success. Unfortunately, many students have limited success because they never mastered these skills. Many students assume that they are either born intelligent, or not. They don't realize that intelligence must be earned with hard work. The following are general guidelines that I use and teach to my students. Regardless of the specific subject, a student can succeed in a course if they keep the following things in mind.
1) Consistency: Cramming is a bad way to approach the material. It is much more effective to spend 30 minutes every day studying algebra than to spend 5 hours once a week. This way your brain has time to organize the material in a meaningful way.
2) Take notes: writing is very important to the learning process because it requires the student to take what s/he has heard or read, process it, and put it in their own words. Translating information into your own words aids with mastery of the material. Additionally, note-taking provides a helpful study guide for upcoming exams.
3) Discipline: Academic success requires self-control, such as knowing when to turn the TV off and go study. It is often tempting to blame one's failures on lack of innate intelligence, rather than on a misguided work ethic. But with consistent hard work, it is possible to master even the most difficult material.