I'm the tutoring equivalent of a switch hitter. As an engineering major who switched over to theatre management, who then earned a graduate degree in public policy and community development finance, I feel comfortable teaching to both sides of the brain.
I've taught statistics and housing finance to graduate students who hadn't touched math since high school, and I've revised resumes and cover letters for many friends in multiple fields.
I understand that sometimes it takes math to understand the structure of an essay, that a story can lead the way to better math or standardized test skills, and that the most important gift I can give to a student is confidence.
University of Illinois (UIUC) - BFA, Stage Management
The New School - MS, Urban Public Policy
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe each student can find their way to success - the trick is finding the right path and combination of techniques to get there, and boosting confidence at every step.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, my goal is to determine the student's stumbling blocks, their strengths, their fears, and the end goal. Developing mutual trust and a plan for progress is very important in the early sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Encouraging independent learning requires boosting confidence and finding practice techniques that will keep the student engaged. It's also key to highlight *why* this particular subject is important, and how it will be useful to the student later in life.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask a student to explain the material back to me, in their own terms. I also like to watch a student work through a problem, showing all of the steps and explaining their reasoning as they go along.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Every step forward matters and deserves some recognition and praise.