I am an undergraduate at Amherst College and I received my IB Diploma from the International Academy. I have been tutoring students in math, chemistry, ACT preparation, writing (including college application essays and IB Extended Essay), language arts, and cello performance since my first year of high school. In college, I work for Reader to Reader Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving literacy in low-income minority students from Western MA. My teaching style is patient and straightforward. I believe that all students are intelligent and many of them overthink material when taught in classrooms where their individual needs are not met. I utilize individualized, accessible, and example-based methods to help students achieve their learning goals. Education has been important to me for all of my life; it is how I empower myself to reach success, and I hope to pass that on to my students as my own mentors and tutors have done for me.
Amherst College - BA, Sociology
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 33
ACT Reading: 34
ACT Science: 32
10th Grade Math
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Math
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Writing
1st Grade Math
2nd Grade Math
3rd Grade Math
4th Grade Math
5th Grade Math
6th Grade Math
7th Grade Math
8th Grade Math
9th Grade Math
9th Grade Writing
College Application Essays
Elementary School Math
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Writing
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The goals of a first session with a student are to identify the student's learning style and determine the specific problem areas. That way, I can individualize my teaching to the student's goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In order to be an independent learner, a student must be able to use strategies specific to his or her learning style. As a tutor, it is my job to identify how my student can approach problems in a way that is universal so that the student can be an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keeping lessons engaging and rewarding will keep students motivated. I strive to show my students that their hard work will be rewarded through better grades and scores, in addition to being more knowledgeable about the topic.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty with a certain concept, we must work backwards to determine where the student begins to "get lost." That way, we can identify the problem and move forward.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
There are many strategies students can use to improve their reading comprehension, including marking the text with a highlighter, annotation, and reading actively. Reading comprehension is often a race against time, especially on standardized tests, so my students and I can work together to devise strategies that increase speed and understanding.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
My most successful strategy is to avoid using the same techniques with every student. Using practice problems and examples, I can identify which concepts students have problems with, and the methods through which we can work through those problems.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Connecting the topics we are learning to "real life" is very important when getting students excited and engaged. I strive to show my students that their hard work will be rewarding both in the classroom and outside of it.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I test my students by giving them problems to work through without my help. I also assign "challenge" problems to see whether the students can apply their knowledge to different types of questions.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is learning through experience. I believe that we can learn the most through our mistakes, so I assign practice problems and tasks, which we can use to identify weaknesses and practice tackling problems successfully.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Doing a type of problem just once is never enough. A student's confidence increases as he or she answers many variations of the type of question that has been giving him or her trouble. Practice makes perfect!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I test students before moving forward with teaching to identify exactly where their weaknesses lie. Then, I ask them to walk me through how they solve other problems, so that I can get a sense of their personal learning style.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
No two students are alike, so I make sure to educate myself on different types of strategies used to approach problems. Then, I ask my students to try out a few techniques, and adapt my teaching based on which techniques they find to be efficient.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
For ACT tutoring, I use ACT prep books. These contain a lot of practice tests. For other subjects, I stick with what the student has from his or her class, and provide additional materials as I see fit.