"The strategies I learned from Ari have played a major role in my success as a college engineering student and while working in industry. He has been a huge help in guiding me in my career.”
-Gabe • Butte College
"Ari read who I was, and helped me according to my strengths and difficulties. He became a friend that helped me realize my potential in a world where I couldn't always see it."
-Anjelica • SF State
For students who are struggling in school (or in life more generally), the optimal solution often involves more than simply raising their test scores. To assist students in achieving their full potential, the MOST helpful thing is to light the flame of their inspiration, so that learning becomes a delight rather than a pointless obligation. The services described here have been developed, over two decades, to accomplish this goal. They can all be woven into academic tutoring sessions or explored independently.
Helping students to discover their personal dreams, and walk confidently (and efficiently) towards them.
Giving students a personal and persuasive reason to care about learning.
Connecting learning to those passions, to make education a joyful privilege rather than a meaningless chore.
What these students need is a reason to care about learning. In almost all cases, that reason is the deeply-felt understanding that learning can make their own personal dreams come true. For this to work, however, students must know what their personal dream is. Unfortunately, in the lives of most young people, there is no time or space to explore the question of what really inspires them, and how they might build a life around that inspiration. My life-coaching work addresses this profound need. For intelligent but apathetic students, this is enormously important and effective work; in fact, it's often the only thing that really works.
Helping young people to navigate the mine field of adolescence with awareness & self-confidence.
Being an ally, a compassionate advocate, a trusted adviser, and an unbiased outside perspective.
Assisting students in developing emotional intelligence, and a deeper knowledge of who they are and what they need to be happy and whole.
Empowering students to discover and pursue their own innate curiosity.
Allowing students' interests, rather than tests, to guide the learning process.
Assisting young people in developing expertise and mastery in subjects that actually matter to them.
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.
Integrating rigorous analytic thinking and creative self-expression.
Developing skills that are both personally empowering and also highly marketable.
Allowing young people to be creators of media content rather than passive consumers of it.
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.
All of these enrichment curricula can be offered both individually and to small groups, and both as set-length courses and as ongoing, open-ended explorations. In every case, we will begin by exploring what most inspires your child's natural curiosity. After that, we will create learning goals and commitments based on his/her schedule, needs, and desires.