My name is Ben Krieger and my tutoring company is PolyArt Kids. I get results and connect with students of all ages, whether they need help with learning Algebra 2, ABBA covers, or ABCs. For academics, I particularly those who seem bored with the approach their school or previous tutors have taken. I teach to ensure that the student both understands and *enjoys* the subject we are working on. If they aren’t learning to love and engage with the material on their own, what’s the point? For prospective music students, I have been performing and recording as a songwriter and composer for over 20 years and love helping children and adults learn to play, write stronger songs, and perform with more confidence on stage.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
We talk on the phone for a 10-minute consultation and work out a time for an initial session.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
- Currently developing a Middle and High School Math Enrichment package for families who want to help their student succeed. - I facilitate a creative mathematics learning environment (PolyArt Kids) for children ages 5-9. - Founded and led Forest Kids NYC, a Central Park-based meetup for families with children ages 3 and up. - Founded and managed an arts cooperative, Green Arts, from 2013-2015. - Masters in Elementary Education from City College. - 15 years of experience tutoring children in both after school and home school settings, Grades K-6. - 5 additional years of experience teaching in the New York City Pubic Schools. - Familiar with NYC Dept. of Education home school requirements and documentation. - 3 years of experience as an adviser and adjunct professor for the New York Teaching Fellows program.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Pricing varies depending on the subject area.
How did you get started teaching?
I come from a family of educators who love working with children, so it can be argued that I got started by being born!
What types of students have you worked with?
Families with children in private, public, charter, and homeschool situations. I have also worked with aspiring guitarists and songwriters of all ages for over 10 years.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I worked with a student who was having difficulty navigating the math curriculum at Success Academy. I was able to provide them with the skills they needed to approach the work with more confidence and success.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Make sure that you are utilizing the school resources to their fullest extent. As a classroom teacher, I always helped students after school or directed the family to available resource centers at the school. Tutoring should compliment, not replace, school resources.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
See my answer for “advice” above.