I have been a personal tutor since 2003, and I have experience teaching all levels from 1st grade through Graduate School. I began working with younger students while still in high school, and went on to work at the University of Texas Undergraduate Writing Center. Since then, I have worked with Austin students from LASA, Waldorf, AISD schools, Home School, Whole Life Learning Center, One Day Academy, etc. I work as a supplement to existing curriculums, as well as crafting curriculums for students who have difficulty in a traditional education environment. I am not dogmatic in my approach, except on the point that I believe attention is the most valuable currency. I adapt to each of my student's learning style and personality so that I can best serve them.
I love the feeling of making a breakthrough with a student. If we can reach a new level of understanding, develop confidence, or ace a test, I feel ecstatic! I believe that young people need to experience success so that they develop an appetite for it, and so that they can accept and appreciate the hard work that precedes any successful venture. I think that helping students become their best selves will play a part in making the world a better place.
I like how he is patient with my daughter and helps her out when she is doing a tough problem. I wouod recommend him to my friends and family.
Joshua is a fabulous person and tutor. He takes the time to get to know his students and connect with their interests and lives. This personal connection builds trust with the student and creates a calm, relaxing environment that is conducive to learning. He is patient and positive. He builds the student’s confidence, but also holds them accountable in achieving their personal best. Joshua recognizes and embraces that each student works at his or her own pace and in a unique way. Joshua works well with all ages. He knows how to connect with teens without being condescending. He speaks to the student in a respectful manner, this is very important to my teen. My daughter has been working with Joshua for over two years on a weekly basis. He has helped her mature and strengthen her writing skills and has helped her feel more compitent and confident in math. We are very grateful to have his help!
Good at explaining concepts in a relaxed atmosphere. Patient with younger children. Reliable and professional.
Joshua has been a gift for our son and our family! Our 9 year old son is a natural mover, explorer and story teller but he was not a big fan of sitting down to do math, reading or writing. Joshua helped turn that around for him by incorporating movement into the sessions when possible, making them engaging, personal and fun. Our son's confidence has grown tremendously and his associations with schoolwork are so much more positive. Our son looks forward to Joshua's visits and in his own words likes Joshua so much because "he makes things fun"!
I will typically speak with the parent or student (depending on the student's age) before a lesson to learn about their history, habits, and hangups around a subject. Upon first meeting in person, I will ask them about their school or their friends or their hobbies. My main goal is to create rapport from the start. From there, I will often have a few problems ready for a student to solve so that I can gauge their proficiency and automaticity of a concept. I will then ask them to teach me a concept. Old tests and homework are very helpful, especially on a first meeting.
I have been trained specifically as a tutor to work at the University of Texas Undergraduate Writing Center. The training consisted of a semseter-long course and internship detailing teaching and communication strategies. I also have over 15 years of tutoring experience to draw from, as well as familiarity with many curriculums and teachers in the Austin area.
My price is $60/hour, reduced to $50/hour when families purchase at least four lessons in advance.
I got started as a tutor in high school when my mother, an engineer and actual rocket scientist, began tutoring students in my school district. She gave me opportunities to teach my peers when her workload became to great.
I have worked with many types of students including:
All Ages and Most Subjects
I'm always so proud of my students when they achieve their goals. One of my recent students just graduated and got accepted into St. Edwards University. I was honored to help walk her through the school selection and application process--I even toured the University with her. I feel so thankful when I have an opportunity to make a difference in one of my student's lives.
Find a teacher who is capable of listening and being quiet. Their body language should show they are paying attention; their hips, shoulders, eyes and ears should be fixated on you. They should let you struggle a bit and find an answer for yourself rather than spoon-feeding you. They should support your developing mastery rather than show off their own.
Before asking for help:
Think back to other sections of your course, or even other courses you've taken--you might have the right skills at your disposal if you take the time to remember them.
Ask yourself: What is the next logical step?
If something is uncomfortable that can be changed with a simple request or a quick adjustment, make the change--you will be able to focus more clearly as a result.
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