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Tutor Spotlight: 5 Questions with Jeremy D.
Monday, November 17, 2014

Tutor Tango is excited to welcome the savvy and dynamic Jeremy D. to our online tutoring network.  Jeremy has over seven years of combined teaching and tutoring experience, and he holds a Masters in Education from the Harvard University, as well as an MS from NYU. He tutors a wide range of subjects, from Algebra and Art History to Music Theory and Spanish. He also knows his way around a standardized test or two, such as the ACT and SSAT.

We recently conducted an interview with Jeremy, and here are the highlights:

1. What inspired you to become an educator?

I felt I could help a very particular type of kid: the smart, occasionally misbehaving kid whose talents don't always get recognized; in other words, the type of kid I was.

2. What's the most unconventional or non-traditional tutoring method you've tried?

I've often relied on the principle that asking a kid to teach a concept helps that kid grasp it more deeply. Being a lover of music, I've had students use and create songs to help deepen their understanding of an academic challenge.

3. What books have inspired you to educate and learn?

I'm a lover of words, and any poets that use them creatively inspire me. For instance: Stephen Crane, Bob Dylan, e.e. cummings, Laurie Anderson, the Coen Brothers, Tupac Shakur, Mark Leyner, Amy Tan, Maureen Dowd, etc.

4. What advice do you have for high schoolers stressed out about the college application process?

Focus on one application at a time, set deadlines for yourself three weeks before actual deadlines, share your essays with supportive people who you trust to tell you the truth and not just say, "It's good."

5. You live in NYC. What do you love most about the city, and why?

I'm from Boston, and find Brooklyn to be the combination of big-city and small-town I was looking for. I want to know my neighbors. I taught in East Harlem for years, tutored in the East Village, and found them both to be exciting neighborhoods. I think the key to enjoying this gigantic, amazing place is to break it into small bits--little interactions with good people, and here is a place we can do that.

Thanks, Jeremy!  To sign up for help from Jeremy, click here.