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Taylor

I am a recent graduate of the University of Rochester in upstate New York, with degrees in English Literature and French. I have experience tutoring students of all ages, from those who have just finished kindergarten all the way up to college students. I tutor in English (including reading for both younger and older students, essay prep including college essays, and editing), French of all levels, and test prep including SAT, PSAT, and AP tests in English and French. I believe that individualized teaching is most effective, and work to find methods that work best for each individual student. Some of my most rewarding teaching experiences have been young students learning to read, but also love to see a student who goes from struggling to success on their standardized tests. I believe that an education is one of the most influential things a person can possess, and am passionate about helping students succeed academically and helping them overcome frustration they may feel to begin to enjoy their education, too. Beyond academics, I passionately love to read, cook, and do yoga, which takes up much of my free time.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Rochester - BA, English Literature, French

SAT Verbal: 760

SAT Writing: 790

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 740

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1: 750

Reading, writing, yoga, cooking, television, and bike riding

College English

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

High School English

HSPT Reading Prep

Other

SAT Subject Test in French

SAT Subject Test in French with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Summer

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in communicating with students--and their parents--to best tailor teaching styles for each individual learner. Some students know what they need, while others don't. This means, as a tutor, I listen both to what the student is telling me and to what they aren't necessarily aware is a gap in their learning style, study habits, and knowledge to best help them fill the gap they long to overcome.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In a first session, I like to work diagnostically with a student. In the case of French, this may be holding a conversation or reviewing their past assignments (if they're studying in school as well). For test prep, reviewing a previously completed practice test to see a pattern in incorrect problems can help you to formulate a plan moving forward. For reading and writing skills, looking at writing samples and doing read-alouds with corresponding content questions at the appropriate level for a student can help indicate the best direction to take moving forward.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The ideal way to make a student become an independent learner is to find a way of thinking about their subject that makes them interested--and keeps that interest. This can be easiest in terms of reading and writing help--students who enjoy the books they read are far more likely to develop good reading habits than those who are prescribed certain books, and reading is the single most helpful habit in students' success throughout their school years. In other subjects, finding a way of thinking that makes sense to a student or an analogy that relates it to something they know or like can help push students to work independently and feel more confident in their studies.