The NTPA is proud to feature Dr. Paul Oberman of Oberman Tutoring as this week’s member spotlight.

Dr. Oberman has over 34 years of experience as a teacher, principal, and head of school. He holds a PhD in educational psychology. His deep understanding of math and the education process helps him foster a confident and curious approach to learning in students. Believing that all students can learn math, Dr. Oberman emphasizes the importance of having a caring, knowledgeable adult for guidance. His leadership stresses regular, detailed communication with parents, teachers, and students. Based in Atlanta, GA, Oberman Tutoring offers comprehensive services nationwide, including SAT/ACT prep, academic support, and executive functioning coaching.

Member: Dr. Paul Oberman
Business: Oberman Tutoring
Website: www.ObermanTutoring.com
Started: 2013

 

How has your background influenced your approach to test prep?

 

Because of my experience as a head of school, I know that communication is the key to ensuring that tutors and families are on the same page. This is why Oberman Tutoring communicates in detail after every tutoring session.

Because of my experience in the classroom, I know that a teacher needs multiple ways to connect with a student and to ensure that deep learning takes place. Therefore, we don’t stop at Oberman Tutoring until a student understands!

 

How do you incorporate feedback from students to enhance the learning experience?

 

We want students to be curious and ask questions. Often, those questions spur deeper learning, particularly because they represent an idea that the student has been mulling over. There are times when a student provides such an elegant solution that we adopt the method, making certain to name it after the student: The Flora Method, for example.

 

What are the most common misconceptions about test prep that you’d like to address with new clients?

 

One common misconception is that the whole process is miserable, and the only happy moment is when you finish. We are thrilled but not surprised when we hear that students enjoy learning with us and that they are excited to show off their learning in the classroom. Most times the concepts and strategies we teach in Oberman Tutoring test prep translate well to thoughtful consideration of ideas in the classroom as well.

 

Can you describe any collaborative projects or partnerships you’ve engaged in to advance your teaching techniques?

 

For the first time this summer, Oberman Tutoring offers a wide array of summer classes. In the same way that I used to encourage teachers to visit each other’s classes, our tutors are encouraged to watch each other’s classes to learn new ideas and methods. We are also collaborating on a few of our summer courses. Just as we expect our students to learn constantly, we expect the same from our tutors!

 

Can you recount a particularly memorable transformation you’ve witnessed in a student’s academic journey?

 

One student came to us at Oberman Tutoring struggling in pre-algebra and having scored in the 70s on his previous tests. After our first session together, his mom shared that he “was soooo happy. He felt such relief and was saying he wished we could do that every day.”

Another student came to us for SAT prep with modest expectations and not aiming for particularly competitive colleges. She worked incredibly hard and often exceeded our expectations. After scoring 1490, including a 770 in math, her entire outlook was transformed, and she began to consider colleges that could really challenge her. We can’t wait to see what she accomplishes in the years ahead!

 

What is something unique about you that your students might not know?

 

Most of my students don’t know that I perform open-mic stand-up comedy regularly and won third place in an amateur comedian contest in New York. It’s important to me to learn and take risks regularly so that I can ask my students the same questions. Sometimes, my jokes fail, and I try to learn from them, aiming to improve the joke or add it to the dustbin of jokes that didn’t cut it. But if I believe in the joke, I will try it at least 3 times before giving up!

 

 

Last Updated on June 8, 2024 by Marc Gray