I am a sophomore attending Amherst College, double majoring in English and Psychology as well as following the Pre-med track. I am passionate about learning in all forms, and encompassing all subject matter; however, most of my expertise centers around English and writing as well as Spanish (elementary to intermediate) and test prep. I am a firm believer in many different study and learning habits as one tactic does not work for everyone.
When I am not studying or tutoring, I enjoy reading for leisure, and I am most likely to be found on the soccer field, in the dance studio, or in bed napping. I enjoy nerdy puns and crime shows and playing with my cats. My friends would describe me as personable, sarcastic, down to earth, and patient....and I'd like to think they're right.
Amherst College - Current Undergrad, Psychology, English, Pre-med
ACT Composite: 30
ACT English: 33
ACT Math: 30
ACT Reading: 31
What is your teaching philosophy?
There's no such thing as a bad or stupid question; if you have a question, ask it. The answer may help you not only with your immediate problem, but it may help in the future as well. All questions and concerns are equally important and deserve to be received with thoughtful responses.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know what they are most comfortable with, what gives them the most trouble, and what their study habits are so that I can work from the beginning and offer the most basic help before helping with the specifics.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Help them find a learning style and study method that works best for them so that they don't have to rely on someone else to be there with them through every assignment. Each student learns differently, and it's important to figure out how each person works.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Encourage them to keep with it and let them know that even though it may be hard in the beginning, it will get easier with practice. Eventually, they will be able to master their subject. Letting them know that you won't give up on them helps them to not give up on themselves.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Phrase the concept in a way that they would understand using analogies, metaphors, images, etc.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Break down the reading into sections and work on understanding and taking apart small sections at a time before looking at the big picture.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Letting them guide where the session goes. It's more helpful if they direct it because it teaches them to prioritize their work more efficiently.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Make a game out of it. Use fun metaphors or images to try to explain the subject in a way that doesn't feel like they're stuck doing work they hate.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Have them explain the material to me. Once a problem is worked through, I have them go through it again and explain how we got to the final answer to make sure that they fully understood the concepts and methods.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Have them do a brain dump. Before and after doing an assignment, I have them spew out any information they can remember related to the subject. This helps them realize that knowledge acquisition has been happening, and that they aren't as lost as they think they are