I have been tutoring since I was a freshman in college. My love of teaching began when I tutored a fellow dorm-mate in Biology 101, where I helped her gain confidence and conquer her fear of the sciences. This was the point in my life where I first experienced the gratification that comes from helping someone else succeed. Throughout my college career, I gained experience through volunteer and paid tutoring positions, in multiple cities on the east coast, with students of varying backgrounds.
After graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology, I spent a year substitute teaching during the day and tutoring Middle and High School students in the afternoons and on the weekends. I spent my evenings volunteering at the Boston Children's Hospital and my weekends teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and Sunday school at a local church. Since March 2014, I have been an SAT, ACT, and specific-subject tutor in Atlanta, GA. I'm excited to continue tutoring after my move to Cleveland, OH in June 2015!
I love to see the kids I tutor succeed! Outside of tutoring I work part-time as a Project Manager for a non-profit organization. I'm focused on organization, planning, and accomplishing tasks during the day. It's been amazing to bring that same organization into my tutoring sessions. I utilize planning and organization to help my students achieve their goals in the classroom and college preparation. My favorite tutoring subject is test prep. I love the style of the ACT and SAT: you are working towards a goal and you get quantifiable results.
I consider myself a very patient and caring person. This isn't "just a job" to me; I really want to see your children do their best! I try my best to make sure your child is invested and "checked-in" during our sessions. I assign homework (not too much!) and I expect it to be done. I like to laugh and consider myself pretty laid back. I strive to help your children understand they will get what they give out of this tutoring experience.
I've been fortunate to see many of my students earn high score increases since I began tutoring test prep. I'm thankful for parents and students who make a list of schools and know what score they are aiming for. I'm also willing to help you make that list and determine an ideal score increase goal.
When I'm not tutoring or working, I'm usually reading, writing, taking walks with my under-a-year old Labrador Retriever and husband, babysitting, or cooking.
University of Massachusetts-Boston - BS, Biology
ACT Composite: 35
ACT English: 34
ACT Math: 34
ACT Reading: 35
ACT Science: 35
Elementary School Math
High School Chemistry
Middle School Science
Study Skills and Organization
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would review the experience the student has had with the test, the likes and dislikes about the test (and in school), the goal score the student wants to achieve, and the test layout. I'd also talk about the strategy I'd like to cover during our sessions together, the layout of my sessions, and the importance of homework. We'd then begin working on one of the subjects they have trouble with (usually Math).
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive encouragement!! I think it's so important to be positive and upbeat, and I always let them know when they are doing something well.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try a different problem, use a different method, or try to explain the concept in a different way using different materials.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I express the importance of really focusing on the first and last paragraphs, active reading, and throw-away and evidence-based answers.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
When a student answers a question, I ask them to explain why they chose that answer and why the other answer choices were incorrect.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
ACT test prep books, questions from the learning tool website, and the Math book/Workbook on the online platform. I also have a prep book from a company I used to work for that I reference.