University of Texas at Dallas (Literary Studies)
I am eager to be your English Language Arts tutor. I have 4 years of experience teaching 8th-12th grade English to a diversity of students who have come to my class with unique talents and specific needs. (Over the years, I have found that many of my students have shared interests with me, such as music--I am a passionate drummer--movies, art, and, of course, literature.) As I am a Texas teacher, my instruction has also involved ensuring that my students are successful on the STAAR exam.
It is important to me that you know that I am eager to work with students who may have learning difficulties, such as ADHD, autism, emotional and physical challenges, or even just communication issues with teachers. Being a former student who himself required additional resources to overcome challenges, I understand the reality that "learning" does not necessarily end when you exit the classroom.
My tutoring process is as follows: When we meet for tutoring, I will allow you sufficient time to explain to me your current assignments, including questions and points of confusion you have about them. Then, we will prioritize your assignment, deciding what areas we need to address first. To assist you in your work, I will bring my own resources with me, such as texts, worksheets for guided practice, or even digital media which may be helpful to increase your understanding of your assignment. I also believe that the best way to learn is to learn from a model; therefore, I will regularly model different skills for you. From there, I will help to guide you into beginning, or readdressing, your assignment. Ultimately, my goal is to gradually "step away" to allow you to work independently with success. Finally, I will review your work to ensure that you have mastered skills.
I look forward to being your tutor and helping you discover how awesome you really are!
Ben D. Dear Student,
I am eager to be your English Language Arts tutor. I have 4 years of experience teaching 8th-12th grade English to a diversity of students who have come to my class with unique talents and specific needs. (Over the years, I have found that many of my students have shared interests with me, such as music--I am a passionate
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Being diagnosed with ADHD myself in my later high school years, I am aware of many issues a student with such a condition may be challenged with throughout the school day. I am also personally familiar with several medications commonly prescribed to control the disorder, including their mental and physical effects. In my tutoring of an ADHD student, I would make sure that my lessons allowed some form of kinesthetic activity (i.e. providing the student regular opportunities to actively engage with materials, rather than expecting them to maintain a state of listening and absorbing information). Also, being aware that many ADHD students need extrasensory activity to maintain focus on a central event, I am open to allowing hyperactive students to be engaged in an ancillary motor activity (such as drawing or squeezing a stress ball) as I deliver instruction. Furthermore, I believe that providing frequent, short breaks helps an ADHD student to maintain concentration.
I have experience teaching students with various forms of autism. I am aware you may be extremely interested in a specific subject. I also understand that sometimes you can feel very emotional. I am patient with and understanding of both of these qualities. When working with you, I will do my best to bring in your own personal interests into learning material--I know that this will help you be more interested in the subject matter we are learning. I allowed one student in particular to write a procedural text on his favorite video game, Monster Hunter, in order to show understanding of text structure and transition words. Furthermore, I know that you may have your own special way of completing tasks or learning certain subjects. When working with you, I will ask you to explain to me how you believe you learn best, and we will shape your tutoring session from there. I am also willing to explain or illustrate concepts we are learning in as many different ways as possible. What is most important to me is that you feel free to express to me how I may teach you better, and what I could be doing differently to make our tutoring session that much more effective. I know that students like you are exceptionally intelligent, but that you each have your own special way of learning.
I have officially played drums for over 20 years. I received my first drum set for my bar mitzvah, and drumming has been my greatest passion ever since. I have played in about 10 bands throughout my lifetime; I even met my wife when she was recruited into one of my bands as a bassist. Though in my early drumming years I had taken some lessons, I am mostly self-taught. I consider myself a progressive rock drummer, though I enjoy playing jazz and metal rhythms as well.
Photography has been one of my hobbies since early high school, when I would take to the streets and alleyways with my grandfather's vintage Nikon automatic SLR camera. Later in high school, my best friend and I spent many hours taking photographs. During my first two years in college at the University of Arizona in Tucson, I was a photographer for the school's newspaper The Daily Wildcat. I am familiar with photographic processes and can teach an individual the basics of taking photographs, and even a few tricks.
Theatrics has been a great love of mine since my early adolescence. In fact, I often wonder why I did not go to school for acting. I began acting in Plano Children's Theater, and continued to act in many roles in high school for the Plano Sr. High Theater Department, as well as for the Oral Interpretation team. I would be effective at helping students discover acting roles, as well as suggest memorization techniques.