A Teacher . . .
· Learns your goals and respects their importance.
· Conducts research on subject matter, to remain current on topic advancements.
· Determines and supports the purpose of instructions, methods and assignments.
· Anticipates roadblocks that cause struggles in learning and memory.
· Identifies and strengthens your academic traits.
· Helps you see how close (or far) your learning style is from how a textbook is written and how the classroom teacher lectures, holds discussions, and writes and grades assignments.
A Professional Teacher . . .
· Is prepared to lead every lesson in an effective direction.
· Dedicated years to succeed, overcome challenges, and work up to the level of a professional.
· Teaches in a studio with a resource library, lighting, file-sharing, and electronic writing pad.
· Develops study methods and tests their effectiveness by observing student performance.
· Is available to consult with teachers, deans, educational therapists and psychologists.
· Collaborates with regional experts in related academic services including college admissions, entrance exams, foreign language speaking, art, vocational training, and internships.
A Private Professional Teacher . . .
· Conducts lessons in a private studio without outside noise and interruptions.
· Treats academic progress and your family’s personal/payment information with confidentiality.
No information is shared with anyone else without your express permission.
· Communicates with respect by being honest about how your skill level matches the difficulty of a subject or assignment, and frankly spelling out the work needed to meet your goals.
· Gives a student advance notice of observations that will be shared with the student’s parents.
Jeff’s Path to Being a Private Professional Teacher
Jeff was a high achiever in all academic subjects through high school but encountered difficulty in college science and math courses and law school. It is common for science students to need 5 years of lectures and labs, as Jeff did to earn a B.S. in Kinesiology at UCLA. He earned his first “A” at the beginning of year four and subsequently earned all A’s. Jeff took a 3-year break to teach high school Physiology and Biology, where he realized he enjoyed teaching and students responded positively. He became a tutor to earn money during law school. Succeeding in law school required Jeff to develop techniques for reading comprehension, memory and writing. Jeff made dozens of flow-charts and thousands of flash cards to study for the California Bar Exam, which he passed on his first take. After serving two years as a law clerk to a bankruptcy judge, Jeff opened a private teaching practice.
In Jeff’s 35 years as a high-school teacher, tutor, private teacher and law-student mentor, he has taught more than 1,000 students, held countless parent conferences, gained expertise in numerous subjects and developed many study methods with a proven record of improved student performance. Jeff is proud that he was the primary teacher to many students who were not in daily-school or who needed to repeat a course; he helped students earn more than 125 semesters of high-school credit. Imagine the relief felt by parents who knew that studying with Jeff meant their children would graduate high school in a much better place to succeed in college or in the career path the student desired.
As a law clerk in the bankruptcy court, Jeff has finely honed his skills at careful reading, clear writing, meaningful analysis, and high-level attention to details and pattern recognition. Referrals from parents and education professionals are the basis of Jeff’s clientele, including several students who have Asperger’s Syndrome and are highly intelligent and knowledgeable, but have trouble putting their thoughts on paper. Jeff’s brother Duke had Asperger’s and Jeff was Duke’s primary caretaker during 2009 when Duke lived with brain cancer. The experience taught Jeff many lessons about how people learn and communicate. During 2009 and subsequent years of personal recovery and attending to other projects, Jeff limited his clientele to one or two students per year who needed focused attention to finish high-school or dig out of a “bad-grades” situation.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created a significant need for high-quality virtual teaching – including meeting in groups with students or parents. To address this need, Jeff set up a professional virtual teaching studio to successfully provide services for you and your family.
What makes a good private professional teacher?
How did Jeff become a good one?