Looking for SUCCESS in making your writing better, in preparing your college essays, in understanding English composition and literature, or in preparing for standardized tests like SATs, the LSAT or Bar Exams? OK, when do we start working?
There are physical, mental, emotional and intellectual requirements for successfully navigating through the completion of a lengthy report, paper or speech or in the successful passing of any standardized test. The understanding of how these criteria interact and the understanding of their management during the process of preparation are the components that separate a mediocre performance on a report or test from a very good or even an exemplary one. I like to aim for very, very good and build toward exemplary.
Each student I have had the privilege of teaching generally has all of the elements necessary for achieving success in any academic goal. Most times, students don't realize they have these capabilities because they haven't been challenged to use the tools they possess.
One of the necessary attributes is for a student to have COURAGE. From the basic physical, mental, emotional and intellectual skills each student possesses, a confidence in using those skills comes from practice, no different than for basketball or mastering the violin. From confidence in their skills and after a few successes, courage comes to life for student that ultimately can lead to becoming a leader in academics, sports or as a leader of people.
Confident and courageous men and women can SYNTHESIZE, or create something completely new. I have had the privilege of watching students enter college with very little confidence, courage and little ability to synthesize but be there to witness when the "light" suddenly clicks on--that time when they have the power and ability to synthesize something very different, creative and new, thereby distinguishing their ideas from their classmates' and peers' thoughts.
Not every student can be persuaded that they have the keys to start up those engines and to overcome some basic human fears. Part of the whole process is cultivating the ability to accept success.
I would enjoy the opportunity to understand your immediate and long-term goals or those of your young students in the middle of their long learning curve. If you are looking for sensitive, thought provoking and challenging paths to learning and for key successes in academic achievements, small or large, I'm your guy.
Southwestern Law School
California State University - Long Beach