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Benjamin R.

Salem, MA

$50/hour

Harvard grad, high school science teacher w/ 5+ yrs experience

$50/Hour


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Harvard College
Biology
Simmons College
MEd

Education

Harvard College (Biology)

Simmons College (MEd)

About Benjamin

As a teacher, the most rewarding thing I can do each and every day is to help students overcome their tendency to shut down when faced with overwhelming academic challenges. I have had a diverse array of students in my time as a teacher, but what I have found is that no matter the type of student, whether ELL, high achieving, those with IEPs, or average, there will come a time when all students are faced with great academic challenge. I have seen these significant challenges lead to stress, dread and an inability to make progress, especially when students have convinced themselves that they just CAN'T.

During my five plus years as a teacher, I have had a lot of experience devising different ways to build or rebuild students academic self-confidence by designing lessons that are appropriate for their needs as individuals. I know how to identify and meet students where they currently are in understanding and how to use what they do know to make meaningful connections to new or challenging content. In my time working with such a variety of different students I have amassed a large collection of specific learning strategies that I often demonstrate for students to give them another tool to use when trying to remember new ideas.

In the sciences students are often tasked with remembering new terms and abstract ideas, as well as unique problem solving strategies that are always being applied in new ways. In addition to raw information, it is always my goal to teach specific learning strategies, whether targeting vocabulary, writing or problem solving, so that students gain a collection of tools that they can use independently to more confidently and quickly understand content.

Much of my effort as a teacher goes into finding what works for my students and providing lessons that are tailored to their many different learning styles. In my current classes, I use guided note taking, carefully selected readings, coloring and labeling of figures, writing prompts, hands-on modeling, lab activities, and demonstrations in partnership with technology to retain my students' interest and keep them engaged. My experience has showed me that when one of these different teaching tools works with a particular student, and I have the opportunity to chat with that student one on one to answer questions without the attention of the entire class directed at him or her, more progress can be made in ten minutes than was made the previous two weeks. Knowing this, I am very excited about the possibility of working with students individually as a tutor.

My own educational background includes an undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard in 2009 and a Masters in Teaching from Simmons College in 2011. I have taught biology, DNA Science, chemistry, forensics, environmental science and anatomy and physiology classes at the high school level, and would be eager to help any student improve their achievement in these subjects.

As a tutor, my first priorities would be to build a positive working relationship with the student, determine the learning style or preferences of the student, and allow the student to build confidence by mastering the basics. Then, we would tackle the weekly challenges, topics, tests and projects as they occur, while also strengthening study habits and other helpful learning skills or techniques.
As a teacher, the most rewarding thing I can do each and every day is to help students overcome their tendency to shut down when faced with overwhelming academic challenges. I have had a diverse array of students in my time as a teacher, but what I have found is that no matter the type of student, whether ELL, high achieving, those with IEPs, or Read more

Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Salem, MA 01970
Science:
Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Genetics, Nutrition

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Harvard College
Biology
Simmons College
MEd

Education

Harvard College (Biology)

Simmons College (MEd)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Benjamin will travel within 10 miles of Salem, MA 01970.