Search

Stephen D.

Sammamish, WA

$50/hour

Science, History, Math, Literature, Biology, Art History

In-person lessons
5+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/19/15
5.0 average from 3 ratings

$50/Hour


Send a message explaining your needs and Stephen will reply soon.

Response time: 27 minutes

Contact Stephen

Univ of Utah
math physics science
MIT- Sloan School of Management
Graduate Coursework
Oxford Seminars
Graduate Coursework

Education

Univ of Utah (math physics science)

MIT- Sloan School of Management (Graduate Coursework)

Oxford Seminars (Graduate Coursework)

About Stephen

I am certified in Math/Physics/Science, however, I have taught Art History, European History, Astronomy, Social Science, Literature, Language Arts, Biology, Evolution/Paleoanthropology and Renaissance History.

I have also successfully tutored students who have ADHD, Autism, Bi-Polar disorders and acute oppositional disorders.

I make use of internet resources and have over 75 resources I have used with my tutoring to supplement class work.

If you need assistance in any of the subjects listed above I have the ability to quickly turn your grades around and take away that panic feeling of being lost or behind in class. I believe that learning isn't something that just happens to a student but requires you to not be afraid of asking questions and to have confidence in yourself. I have successfully instilled these qualities in every student I have tutored.

If you are feeling a bit helpless then give me call, and together we'll make your day a lot better.

Thanks
I am certified in Math/Physics/Science, however, I have taught Art History, European History, Astronomy, Social Science, Literature, Language Arts, Biology, Evolution/Paleoanthropology and Renaissance History.

I have also successfully tutored students who have ADHD, Autism, Bi-Polar disorders and acute oppositional disorders.
Read more

Policies
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Sammamish, WA 98074
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
Science:
Anthropology,
Astronomy, Biology
Art:
Art History
English:
Reading,
Writing
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
Anthropology,
Art History, European History, Social Studies,
Writing
Elementary Education:
ADHD,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ADHD

I taught at Fairfax Hospital in Juanita for 5 years which involved multiple cases of students in my class with ADD/ADHD and oppositional personalities.

The last 5 years I have been a tutor within the Special Services Dept. for the LWSD tutoring students with the same afflictions. I am usually assigned to students who have had unsuccessful tutoring sessions before and are difficult for school assigned special education teachers to work with.
I also work within the clinical and academic goals as outlined in the student's IEP and school team.

Anthropology

I have tutored several High School students in Biological Anthropology. These students were either tutored in the family home, the school or at the local library. I have 5 years experience and I have a vast library of supplemental materials which have proven to be of great interest to the students in supporting class lectures and text material.

I also have a very extensive collection of Internet resources. e.g. Smithsonian Institute, NOVA, National Center for Science Education, Natural History Museum, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to name a few.

I also make use of the literature and DVDs of which I have a fairly substantial library that I can also use to help supplement.

If there is no formal curriculum I have used my own which includes--

An overview of Anthropology, early theories,basic genetics, basis of heredity,
modern human variation, taxonomy, primate evolution and finally the development of humans.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I have successfully worked with students with autism both in the clinical hospital and general school district environments for the last 7 years. The ages of the students I have helped range from 8-17.

The majority of the students I have helped has been in the family's home. There are less distractions and it is more conducive to stay on a schedule of instruction. The home is usually their "comfort zone" and I do not want to introduce any changes which are not beneficial.

When I was teaching at the clinical hospital the facility was key access only and the classroom curriculum was individually tailored for each student and there was a 1-on-1 ratio of teacher to student. I was certified in First Aid and certified to physically restrain should the safety of the student or the safety others be in jeopardy. As you know those with autism typically exhibit self injury and aggression towards others. I also work with the student in improving verbal and non-verbal communication. While at the Lake Washington School District I tutored autistic students again in the home-- these students required me to be with them as they had presented unusual symptoms (usually aggressive behavior towards others) that prevented them from being in a regular special education class.

I concentrate on improving the student's communication skills, social skills as well as daily living skills. As they tend to be visual learners I use visual clues to direct learning and I ensure a smooth transition from activity to activity as a change in schedules can be very detrimental to progress.

A structured curriculum is always used and most always involves incorporating the student's IEP, Medical care team and the family. I practice manual guidance and make use of structured lists of activities, procedures and the times to start and when we will be done with each activity. I deliver rewards regularly. Activities are specific for each student depending on age and the seriousness of the impairment.

I also keep a data sheet of each activity and give a + or - as to its successful completion. The bigger the score the bigger the reward. Plus this allows for a quantitative way to show progress and to point out any areas which need to be re-taught. I also post a graph to plot the success based upon the data sheet.

All activities address problems in socialization and communication disorders.

Reading

I have successfully helped students with reading, comprehension and composition. I work with students from Middle School thru High School and I coordinate all assignments with the respective teachers.
I have found that a sound reading base results in better grades -- not only in Reading-- but in Math, Science, Social Studies, etc.

Finding material which is interesting to the student is key to a successful start. Building on a successful start greatly improves the chances for success.

Social Studies

My experiences with teaching/tutoring Social Science are at the Middle and High School level. The Lake Washington School District has selected the texts-- American History 2013 and World History 2013 from Pearson Publishing. These are excellent texts and have a high level of support via teacher interaction, DVDs, E-text and quiz/test materials and previewed websites. They also provide worksheets for note taking and review.

Those whom I have tutored need assistance in Social Studies as usually I have found them to be bored, unable to synthesize the material-- via note taking or summary-- and therefore fall behind in assignments which leads to poor test scores.

Therefore I have found it helpful to first review their study skills and to provide new mechanisms to stay current. These consist of improved listening and note taking abilities, increasing comprehension and being able to identify what is important.

I also increase their ability to simultaneously listen to a lecture and take notes.

I have a large library of supplemental resources and make use of the internet-- Annenberg Media, NOVA, History Channel, James Burke (BBC series and texts) and Jacob Bronowski(BBC series and texts) to name a few.

I work with them to read a passage then discuss what was said, the key points/ideas and what should be written down in their notebooks. The next session is a review of what was done in our previous session and to again discuss the assignment to test for retention and comprehension.

Study Skills

My qualifications include 5+ years working with students who need help with study skills and usually have at least one other clinical condition such as autism, ADD, etc. I use paper and electronic tools to help: MS Outlook to keep track of assignments and due dates as well as the Journal component. I use Cambridge Note taking strategies. I use MS One Note to build an all inclusive location for classes with tabs for each. We will also use Outlook again with the Tasks application to set a start date and a due date for all activities with alerts to make sure nothing is "lost."

Univ of Utah
math physics science
MIT- Sloan School of Management
Graduate Coursework
Oxford Seminars
Graduate Coursework

Education

Univ of Utah (math physics science)

MIT- Sloan School of Management (Graduate Coursework)

Oxford Seminars (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Travel policy

Stephen will travel within 10 miles of Sammamish, WA 98074.