I attained my B.A. in 2013 from Northwestern University, where I double-majored in Economics and German. Throughout my high school senior year I was a peer tutor, committing an hour every day before school to helping my classmates with math and other subjects. At Northwestern I was also a tutor as part of the Undergraduate Economics Society, during which time I advised two underclassmen on career planning and academic matters. In addition, I spent two years as a work-study at Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search, where I helped match gifted students with the correct talent development programs and also proctored tests.
I love picking things apart and helping people understand things step by step –- and I've always been good at doing so -- because that is how I learn myself. I understand the need for patience, repetition, and a solid foundation to excel in any subject. I am passionate about economics and German, so especially love tutoring those subjects, but am qualified across various subjects.
Outside of tutoring, I work for a startup website connecting gifted college students with entry-level jobs, which I find extremely interesting and rewarding. I enjoy traveling, skiing, guitar, and animals.
Northwestern University - BA, Economics, German
What is your teaching philosophy?
Patience, repetition, and a solid foundation are necessary to fully grasp new concepts.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would start by finding out where they are currently at in their understanding of the subject, introduce the next step to them, and have them do practice problems to build their confidence and demonstrate their ability to move forward in the subject.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It's important to teach a student how to identify specifically what it is that is holding them back in a particular subject. When they learn to do this, they can start to look back and fill in any gaps in their understanding on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would make sure they have plenty of practice problems to demonstrate that they are capable of applying what they learn.