Kid Archimedes, Inc.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I want to know each student's strengths and weaknesses, interests, challenges met and overcome . . . much more than merely the letter grade s/he is getting in each subject at school. I want to help students with the content they don't understand (typically by building a better or missing foundation) and also set them up to succeed on their own, once tutoring is done. This may involve work in the areas of motivation, organization, study habits, note-taking, mindset shift . . . good tutoring is so much more than teaching content from a book or preparing a student for a particular test. My motto would be: Build a strong foundation first so the rest (all the learning that is to come) is on a firm footing.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have taught in the classroom (gr. 4 & 5 mostly) in private schools from Boston to Providence to Brazil to San Fran to Miami. I have worked with 175+ students in my private tutoring practice.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My hourly rate is for an hour of tutoring in your home. This rate is negotiable based on the following considerations: how long each session will be, how many sessions are envisioned per week, if more than one student in the family needs tutoring and the length/duration of travel to and from your home.
How did you get started teaching?
Before I graduated law school in the Boston area I knew I wanted to teach. I'd already spent some time as a Big Brother and youth sports coach and heard from parents who knew me that teaching (they could tell) was my true calling.
What types of students have you worked with?
Each year as a classroom teacher I worked with a diverse group of learners, girls and boys, in terms of learning achievement and learning style, including students who struggled with attention and behavior issues, as well as those who would be called "gifted." I have a soft spot for those who struggle. My goal in all of my teaching and tutoring is to make learning enjoyable and "doable." No student of mine leaves my classroom with an "I can't" attitude. I teach students what it means to have a "growth mindset."