Frequently Asked Questions
Who are your typical clients?
Students from about grade five through graduate school as well as adult professionals.
Do you teach organization and study skills?
Yes. I specialize in helping people learn to learn. Though there are some general best practices for efficient studying, each learner is unique. I guide individuals in their development of concrete, practical strategies for maximizing their learning ability and for producing the kinds of work demanded in school or in the workplace.
Which academic subjects do you address?
I have been an English teacher and am skilled at teaching writing composition, literature, and grammar. (See the publications page of this site for a sampling my own published writing.)
I have been a math teacher and have developed a detailed system of strategies for learning arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability, statistics, and first-term calculus.
I have an extensive background in science and tutor students in physics and chemistry.
I also tutor in “reading” courses such as history and social studies.
Where do you meet with clients?
In my office in Alexandria, where I have immediately at hand the necessary tools and resources. I also have video-conferencing capability, though meeting in person is preferable.
What do you love most about your work?
I love to learn — and to help others to love to learn. I very much enjoy that moment in which the “light comes on” for a student or client.
What qualities do you bring to your work that most strongly enable you to help others learn to learn?
I have learned to overcome my own learning disabilities and AD/HD. So, not only do I have an intellectual understanding of the relevant issues from more than 20 years of experience as a professional in the field of special education — but I also look at LD/AD/HD in the mirror every day. These issues do not at all indicate an inability to learn, just a necessity to approach learning differently. In fact, a great number of truly brilliant people have faced, and very successfully managed, such cognitive issues.