Alan S. - Tutoring Solutions
Alan S. - Tutoring Solutions
It seems I've been interested in tutoring since I was in my early twenties when I first taught reading to a nine year-old boy who was struggling with reading. Even as an architect, I worked to teach the day-to-day work of architects to two summer interns from Wentworth Institute. When my son was in the fourth grade, I volunteered to teach both a bridge building workshop and one in which we built a model of our town which is now displayed at the Goffstown Historical Society. As I moved from the field of Architecture toward that of Special Education, it was with the hope that I would work with students to help them succeed and find joy in their learning. And this did happen, and was only limited by the amount of paperwork that went with teaching in the public school system. That's why I like tutoring so much; I don't have to spend any of my time filling out extensive forms and completing mandated paperwork for the state, and instead can focus on the needs of my students. Over the last two decades, I've tutored students in Biology, 6th-7th-8th-9th grade Math, Study Skills and test taking, in the writing of papers for college courses, and in reading and writing skills.
The State of New Hampshire has recognized me as "highly qualified" in Math. Additionally, when I worked in NH school districts, I helped students with their assignments in Algebra 1 and in Geometry, as well as in the maths preliminary to these disciplines.
As an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, I worked as a reporter for the school's daily newspaper, The Michigan Daily, and was recommended to pursue a Masters in Journalism. My training as a Special Educator and Reading Specialist in the Masters program (Summa Cum Laude) at Rivier College emphasized the importance of substantial vocabulary resources for good writing. In addition, my work in NH school districts exposed me to extensive teachings of proper English grammar. I've worked with many students in my teaching career to help them produce clear pieces of writing regardless of specific topics. Several of my own writings have been published. Finally, the State of New Hampshire has certified me in General Special Education and Learning Disabilities since 1996, and as a Reading Specialist since 2008.
I helped an incarcerated student in the Manchester prison prepare for his GED exams which he subsequently passed.
Even going as far back as my own grade school experience, I've had an abiding interest in all fields of social studies - history, philosophy, anthropology, economics, psychology, politics. My Bachelor degree from the University of Michigan is in Political Science with a minor in History. The history of western music was a second minor of mine at Michigan. My architectural studies at Illinois Institute of Technology, which eventually resulted in a degree in Architecture, introduced me to the history of architecture, painting, sculpture, and ceramics of many civilizations from their first evidences through modern times. All of these fields continue to be an ongoing interest of mine.
When I first work with a student, I usually use our first session together as a free assessment period in order to determine what the student's issues are with the material that is proving difficult, to evaluate the student's skills if necessary, and to find out what the student's learning style is. After each meeting, I provide a commentary on what work was covered and how the student responded. In New London, I find the places most conducive to quiet work are the libraries in town, Tracy Library and Colby-Sawyer Library, although I would consider other locations if necessary. On On Tuesdays, I am able to tutor in the general Hanover, NH, area.
If you contact me, I can answer any questions that may have occurred to you while reading this summary of my tutoring interests and experience. I look forward to hearing from you.