University of Chicago (Political Science)
I have developed the right set of skills for training others. It started as a junior in high school, when I encountered some phenomenal teachers, and had the opportunity to mimic their practices when tutoring younger teammates and students. I was inspired by these great teachers. I continue to be motivated by the satisfaction of seeing students succeed.
Over the last 7 years, I have tutored 3rd graders, college juniors, and levels in between. In high school, I tutored through the National Honor Society, as well as sports teams. At the University of Chicago I tutored younger team mates. Every summer vacation I tutored as an informal, one-man business. Since graduating I have worked with students through WyzAnt.
ACT: I have had the privilege of prepping many students for the ACT. My goal for each student is an improvement of 4 points. With timing, planning, and practice, this is typical. I give students a specific plan for each part of the test, as well as specific drills they can do independently. I teach them the most useful knowledge for each part of the test. I make them apply this knowledge thoroughly. I assign them additional practice to do between lessons, which we review at the beginning of next lesson. I am also sure to give my students the tools for independent practice and improvement if they wish to go the extra mile. Occasionally I see a 5 point improvement. The best improvement I have seen is 7 points; that particular student trained thoroughly and intensely. I gave her the tools, and she used the techniques to their full potential.
Math: I can explain math in plain direct language. This is why several parents have kept me on board with their students for longer than a year. I have worked with students ranging from 5th grade math to calculus. I often work with students for a short intense period of time for them to catch up with their class. Afterwards, several parents have asked me to return once a week or once every two weeks to keep their student ahead.
Physics: I've had several physics students, ranging from essential physics to AP physics. My interactions with them range from a short burst of catch up, to preparing for a final exam, to a long term plan of staying ahead.
SAT: Michigan schools are switching their focus from ACT to SAT. Preparing for the SAT is much like preparing for the ACT in that it is a predictable and standardized test. This means that one can improve their score by focusing on timing, intelligent guessing, and specific question types. What is different is specific content. I train my SAT students in much the same way I train my ACT students, the difference being specific question types and timings.
With each student, I begin by breaking down concepts into simpler and more specific ideas until I find something they already understand and feel confident with. From there, I gradually add levels of complexity, testing and reinforcing the student at each step. Slowly but surely, the student gains the skill sets necessary in the subject. They finish with a comprehensive understanding and confidence with the course material. I originally used this approach for teaching mathematics, but it has proved applicable to other disciplines.
A calm, quiet environment is most conducive to learning. I am willing to work at a student's home, a local library, or coffee shop. The Trenton Veterans Memorial Library has worked very well.
I hold myself to a high standard. It is my responsibility to demonstrate that I am worth one's time and money. If the student or parent is not satisfied, then I do not bill them.
I look forward to hearing from you and empowering your child to succeed! Dear parent,
I have developed the right set of skills for training others. It started as a junior in high school, when I encountered some phenomenal teachers, and had the opportunity to mimic their practices when tutoring younger teammates and students. I was inspired by these great teachers. I continue to be motivated by the
Jeff worked on my Honors Pre-Calculus with me, he is amazing. He worked through trig problems with me until I was able to understand them and do them effortlessly. I wish my teacher could explain like he does. All I can say is Wow, he is fantastic.
He also stayed over the lesson time. He went way beyond my expectations, and I have recommended to others.
Jeff has turtored our son for both the ACT and the SAT. Jeff put in the extra mile to ensure our son was prepared, this included practice tests to understand where there were opportunities for improvement. He is also very flexible and really works with the students well. Definitely would recommend Jeff as a tutor.
Jeff is one of those gifted talents who can break down problems into the simplest form for any type of learner. He has yet to be stumped by any of my questions. He is very personable and makes MATH fun again! It's almost impossible to find someone who is outgoing and fun that can handle such complicated maths.
My daughter did extremely well on her first ACT after Jeff had spent time tutoring her. we are hoping to jump to the three points on the next ACT
Jeff has assigned homework, has a plan for development and learning, and placed responsibility on my son to schedule sessions. Off to a great start.
My daughter said he did a great job reviewing SAT. He gave her really good advice. She is still taking lessons.
Jordan would never pass math this year without you. Thank you for going the extra mile to help him learn to do algebra 2.
Jeff was patient, knowledgeable. He was professional yet relatable to my 17 old senior. He stayed longer then the scheduled time to make sure my son was confident enough for a quiz he had for the next day. He genuinely cares that his students succeed.
Jeff is a great role model for student athletes. He inspires young men in sports to maintain academic performance while balancing athletic involvement .
Jeff is very patient and knowledgeable. He truly cares if students are learning and wants to be sure concepts are understood before moving on. No rushing here. He doesn't watch the clock and say times up. He will stay longer for a session to ensure the learning took place. Excellent teacher. So pleased we found such a great resource for summer math tutoring.
Jeff taught me chemistry. He is well organized and gave me a review assignment to get started. I will meet with him again in the near future.
So far Jeff has identified my son's weakness. His knowledge base has no issue, his issues are all about test anxiety. I am confident that the tutoring will be focused on timing and strategy taking the ACT test and hope for his success.
This young man is a blessing to our son. He is so patient, smart, funny, interesting, and a joy to be around. My son was not very excited about having a tutor, and now he can't wait till next Thursday. Our son's words "he's a great teacher." Jeff makes learning fun and breaks the lessons down so you get it. It is so nice to know that you have a good role model for your son and also a wonderful instructor. Also good to know that if you are struggling with a certain subject or area in a subject, you have someone to go to. Thank you Jeff.
Jeff continues to do a great job instructing and teaching. He makes learning fun and interesting. His passion for learning is contagious.
So far Jeff has been AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME! He is so patient, gifted, caring, smart, and funny. He is really boosting my daughter's confidence and helping her succeed in Pre-Calc. We will continue to use Jeff as a tutor AND recommend him to anyone that needs a tutor. I am so happy we found Jeff to work with her.
Thank you Jeff and WyzAnt!
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I took one year of Arabic at the University of Chicago. It was divided into three 10 week classes. The Fall class met 4 times a week for 50 minutes. The Winter and Spring classes met 3 times a week for about 80 minutes. I learned the alphabet, pronunciation, grammar, and rudimentary vocabulary.
I've trained several students for the GED since graduating from the University of Chicago in 2014. I've done this for about 2 years now. I've also trained students for the ACT and SAT. I prepare students for standardized tests 6-7 days a week.
I have a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago. I took small discussion based classes with the prominent I.R. theorists John Mearsheimer and Charles Lipson. My thesis was on Machiavelli and my adviser was Nathan Tarcov. I also took several large lecture based classes in political science.