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Tutor Spotlight: 5 Questions with Kevin T.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tutor Tango is excited to welcome the versatile and dynamic Kevin T. to our online tutoring network.  Kevin has been teaching and tutoring for the past four years, and he holds a BA from the City University of New York, as well as a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. He tutors a wide range of subjects, from Algebra and Geometry to English and Spanish, and he also has experience with test prep.

We recently talked to Kevin about his teaching and tutoring experiences, and here are the highlights:

1. What inspired you to become an educator?

When I became truly conscious of the education gap and the need for more effective solutions to help younger people to improve their lives, I decided to join the effort. I noticed the problem of students who wanted to learn more, but they suffered from inadequate educational structure in too many of their school districts. As a board member at one my children's high schools, I am even more dedicated to making sure that the students I tutor can receive the help that they need to get ahead and surpass some of the obstacles preventing them from the opportunities that they crave and deserve.

2. What qualities in a tutor do you think are most important?

I wholeheartedly believe that a tutor must be understanding of the student's individual needs and goals. In addition, a tutor must have a focus on ensuring that the student is going through the critical thinking and learning process with a guide, rather than a person who will essentially do the work for the student and hope that the student picks it up along the way. Tutors have to possess a solid understanding of alternative ways for students to experience that epiphany where their work starts to come together with their understanding.

3. What might students be surprised to learn about you?

Some students might be surprised to learn that I am a former DJ who used to play in clubs around the New York City area when I was younger. Now and for many years, I am still involved in the entertainment industry in different capacities.

4. If you could tutor only one subject, what would it be and why?

My favorite subject to tutor is mathematics. I love to show students different ways of arriving at the same result, conceptually and scientifically. When they often tell me that they wish their teacher had explained it the way I did and how well they understand the concept now, it is very gratifying for me to have helped them reach a higher level that aids their critical thinking in something that so often applies to their everyday life, even if they will not realize it until they experience adulthood and independence.

5. What's your favorite thing about NYC and why?

I love the diversity and constant energy of NYC. Here, we can encounter anyone from various walks of life and different cultures, which gives us access to a unique culture mix that helps us be able to function with the rest of the world population. The different foods, festivals, industries, and opportunity for advancement right here at home are extensive. New Yorkers have a lot of opportunities when they have access to the right guidance to help them take advantage of life in the City.