"Ari's skills go beyond the academic: he weaves philosophy and current events into the lessons and closely follows what else is going on in the student's life. He tutors the whole student.”
-Becky • Parent
"Over my 7 years working with Ari, I learned that I could approach him about anything, be it school, life decisions, or personal problems. In all those areas, I felt that Ari wanted to help me because he genuinely cared about me, not just because it was his job.”
-Stefano • Santa Clara
A Holistic Approach:
Most tutors focus exclusively on raising grades and test scores. For many students, however, higher grades are only part of the answer. As an example, an apathetic student with higher grades is usually just as apathetic. For those students suffering from stress, distraction, indifference, or destructive behavior, a more comprehensive approach can be enormously helpful. To support these students, and also those simply seeking more depth and relevance from their education, I offer a suite of powerful, holistic tools that improve their lives both in and beyond the classroom.
Unrivalled academic support
Over eighteen years experience tutoring every subject
No need for multiple tutors for different subjects
Special expertise working with learning differences
An Integrated Perspective
Offering students a unified web of ideas, rather than disconnected facts
Drawing connections between concepts, making learning more relevant and engaging
Helping students discover their unique gifts and personal passions
Giving students a head-start towards the life of their dreams
Connecting schoolwork to those interests to make learning matter
Supporting students to make healthy, life-affirming choices both in and out of school
Making space for and enriching the inner lives of young people
Being a trusted ally on teenagers' sometimes challenging journey of self-discovery
Custom-built, curiosity-driven curricula based on a student's particular interests
Cross-disciplinary explorations that demonstrate the connections between academic subjects
For some students, and especially those that are over-committed, this enrichment can happen within a normal tutoring session. I always make sure that we have at least ten minutes at the end of a lesson to discuss subjects that are of particular interest to my student.
For students with more time, I offer sessions that are completely focused on igniting and pursuing their fascination. In the past, I have worked with students whose curiosity propelled them to dive into one particular subject, such as architecture, web design, or photography. In other cases, I have helped students design a cross-disciplinary curriculum organized around a theme of particular interest to them. Over the years, I’ve worked with students who chose to explore topics as diverse as ‘money’, ‘love’, ‘fossil fuels’, and ‘stars’. This approach of creating curricula organized by theme rather than segregated subject matter provides students with a far richer perspective on their world than the traditional high school class. To learn more about this approach, click here.
Merging creative self-expression with technological skill-building and analytic rigor
Offering practical, marketable skills students can use to thrive in the new digital economy
Thankfully, young people have absolutely no trouble appreciating the relevance (both personal and professional) of these skills, and so they LOVE learning them. For many, it's a powerful antidote to the pulling-teeth experience they so often have in school. Additionally, this area of study is so broad that each child can find his/her own particular passion/area of expertise. In the past, I've helped students learn about topics as different as: Website Design, Blog Writing, 2D and 3D Animation, Object-Oriented Programming, Video Production, Photography, Game Design, Digital Painting, and Special Effects Production.