Daniel Weiss

Academic Tutor

Often throughout my middle and high school journey, I found myself struggling to grasp academic concepts. On many occasions, I also had difficulty retaining the information I had previously learned if it failed to pique my interest. These challenges almost always vanished when I was provided one on one attention as opposed to a lecture in class. This type of attention came in the form of a student, teacher aide, or even the occasional YouTube video. I ultimately realized I could help others, just like I had been helped, to unlock their full capabilities.

I was born and raised right here in San Carlos, CA and attended Carlmont High School. After graduation decided I had seen too little of the world, and so I set off for Colorado to attend the University of Denver. After a brief pitstop as a business major, I changed course to major in psychology. I was fascinated by the endless social dynamics and theories. In psychology, much like tutoring, I found giving my undivided attention to a person in need to be incredibly rewarding.

I have always found myself to be intrigued by English language arts. From a young age, I thoroughly enjoyed reading fantasy and sci-fi novels recommended to me by my family. Whenever I needed time for myself, these novels offered unique worlds that I could immerse myself in. As I grew older, I also became passionate about writing as well.

When I was younger, I was often plagued by difficulties deciphering math problems. I was frustrated that, unlike with English, I was faced with equations that I had trouble solving. Gradually, my skills in math grew and so did my confidence. I later realized that I could help others who faced the same struggles I once did, and it was quite enjoyable! I loved seeing the gears turn in people’s heads and knowing I had made a light bulb moment happen for them.

Prior to arriving at AJ to tutor English language arts and mathematics, I worked in two separate high schools. The first high school was a small school of only 100 kids who were in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. During my time there, I worked as a paraprofessional to students on the autism spectrum and with students diagnosed with ADD. This experience helped me hone my ability to work one on one with a variety of individuals with different needs. It also heightened my appreciation for a teaching style strategically catered specifically to the individual.

Later, I worked for a time at a much larger high school as an apprentice math teacher. That high school gave me a more traditional experience working in a large classroom. It was there that I learned the art of flexibility. Many students would call on me for help at once, but I slowly learned to prioritize each person’s needs and provide one on one time to truly support them in the way they deserved.

My approach to tutoring could be described as one that provides students with a lot of autonomy. I allow them to choose whatever direction they see fit, within reason, as I carefully listen to their challenges and help them address their concerns on paper. My goal is to have each student leave a session with newfound assuredness that they have more mastery in a subject then when they walked in the door.

When I’m not tutoring, I can be found in the gym or on the tennis court.

Subjects Tutored:

Academic K-8
Academic Study Skills


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