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The University of Texas (GOV and ANT)
The University of Houston (J.D.)
Hey there! My name is Vincent Patrick, and I am a proud graduate of University of Texas. I am somewhat multilingual, however, I only speak/write English and Spanish fluently. I recently moved to Houston for law school, which I will be starting next Fall. While I double-majored in Government and Sociology due to my law school plans, my proficiency extends far beyond those subjects.
For the past several years, I have been helping students achieve their academic goals through my unorthodox approach to tutoring. I feel that the more relaxed a student is, the more likely they are to take in information in a manner that makes recalling it for an exam much easier. For example, if a student is constantly hammered with information in a systematically strict environment, that information will likely be associated with stress and anxiety, which is one of the reasons many students go into an exam with that mindset. It is a widely accepted concept that high stress situations are not conducive to the accurate recalling of information, as evidenced by the evolution of interrogation tactics in United States.
I've studied the works of several behavioral psychologists and analysts (Paul Ekman, B.F. Skinner, Albert Bandura, Joe Navarro, Don Tennant, etc.) and internalized many of their respective concepts and theories on learning and used them to formulate my own approach . With those principles in mind, my approach requires the establishment of a good rapport with my students that allows for a comfortable exchange of information and ideas. While I can be stern and serious when the need arises, I have always been a child at heart (immature, as my mother calls it) and that allows me to see eye to eye with students of any age.
Are you a struggling student (grades 7-12) who can't quite get a grasp on one of the following subjects: Social Studies (middle school); English (middle school); English 1-4 (reg./pre-AP/AP); U.S. History (reg./AP); U.S. Government (reg./AP); Spanish; Sociology/Psychology (depending on your school's current curriculum)?
Are you a high school student who is looking to take an AP exams in any of the applicable aforementioned subjects (I scored a 4 on every AP exam except English 4, which I scored a 5 on)? Are you a college bound high school student who is nervous about the SAT and/or wants help from someone who received a decent score (2110/2400 - CR:720; Wr:760; Ma:630) and will help you mitigate that stress?
Are you a college undergraduate who is falling behind in a course or two (all basic 1st year courses covered, SPN included) and/or needs someone to teach them how to manage their time and school work appropriately? Are you a college upperclassman who is falling behind in any LA subject, namely Government/Pol.Sci./Sociology courses. I'm also very well versed in Greek Mythology (4.0 in my classics courses). Lastly, are you a college student thinking about going to law school or taking the LSAT? In addition to helping you decide whether this is the write path for you, I can also teach you exactly how to prepare for the LSAT (I scored a 167 on my first run without the aid of any preparatory courses).
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you have come to the right person.
As far as my hourly rate goes, it is more than negotiable; I hate placing an exact price on the help I provide. While the site required a minimum hourly wage, I base my compensation on how well a student learns under my tutelage. I will never charge for a service that I feel was not adequately provided, which is why your feedback is very important. If, for some reason, you feel that I have been derelict in my duties in any way, shape, or form, I take full financial responsibility, insomuch as the services you were charged for are concerned.
If you need help with anything other than what I mentioned, I've been told I have a very effective way of teaching and passing on my knowledge, so I am confident in my ability to help you excel in any course I am familiar with. Also, I'm somewhat of a genius, although not technically, according to standard IQ charts (141 is still good right? Anyone? No? okay...moving on). All jokes aside, "being smart" has nothing to do with IQ scores or how many states you can name in one minute. It has everything to do with your willingness to learn and your ability to listen and/or observe. In other words, I don't want you to perceive your intelligence as being contingent upon a score.
While I'm certain that I can help you raise your scores, I also hope to elevate your level of comprehension in regards to your own intelligence. My goal is to leave you with a mindset that allows you to see those scores simply as numbers that reinforce your confidence in your abilities, rather than have you base that confidence on them. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to working with you. Hey there! My name is Vincent Patrick, and I am a proud graduate of University of Texas. I am somewhat multilingual, however, I only speak/write English and Spanish fluently. I recently moved to Houston for … Read more
My rates for test prep (LSAT/GRE) are significantly higher ($~70) than the listed default, however ALL prices are negotiable. Money should never interfere with one's goals, academic or otherwise.
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In addition to my extensive love affair with Greek mythology films, novels, and plays, I have also taken several courses on the subject matter at The University of Texas. I never received lower than a B+ on any assignment in these courses, which fell under our "classics" category, and I received an A in every one of them. I wish there was an exam on this website that I can take to show just how much I love this subject!
Aside from the fact that I graduated from The University of Texas as a government and sociology major, I have been working in the criminal justice field for the past 5 years. In Austin, I worked with two different law firms (corporate and criminal) and in Houston, I currently work at a family and immigration firm.
I am fluent in Spanish. It was actually my first language, a fact that is hard for some to believe after conversing with me for any amount of time. I taught myself English by watching daytime soap operas and cartoons, hilariously enough.
The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exam is the most basic of standardized tests administered for grades 9-11. Insomuch as I have managed to receive immaculate scores on every standardized test I've ever taken (TAAS, TAKS, SAT, LSAT).
I have a very extensive vocabulary and, in addition to that, I know how to relay that vocabulary so that others learn it.
I am an accomplished writer/author with an extensive background in reading and writing. In addition to my academic writing credentials, I'm also a fairly successful columnist, blogger, and (barring any unforeseen complications) by December of this year, a published author. Suffice to say, my passion for the subject has helped me realize my potential and surpass my goals, both academically and professionally.
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