I graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry. I have spent my time since graduation working at the community center in Oberlin, tutoring children and adults, and working at a printmaking studio. I am comfortable tutoring multiple subjects, though I especially enjoy working with students on their science courses. Making sense of biology, chemistry, and physics ideas can be as gratifying as it can be helpful to students-- these subjects can be fascinating once they are demystified! I think tutoring is an excellent learning method. Articulating and explaining your reasoning to one person giving you all of your attention really contributes to a full understanding of the "how" and "why" of what you're working on. I wish that everyone had access to one-on-one discussion of those difficult topics, so I volunteer my time with free tutoring programs in my area. I also spend my time reading (especially poetry), printmaking, playing ultimate Frisbee, and drinking tea with friends.
Oberlin College - Bachelors, Biochemistry
Elementary School Math
High School Chemistry
What is your teaching philosophy?
Alone we know a little, together we know a lot! I am not a tutor whose aim is to get the student to the correct answer-- my aim is for the student to better their critical thinking and comprehension of the material. I ask lots of questions, and enthusiastically encourage the students for bringing their knowledge to the table and making educated guesses, or for using their resources to solve problems. Much of teaching in schools has to be centered around a "banking" education-- filling student's brains with information rather than encouraging critical thinking. Critical thinking will help them ace those tests, and also provide so much more to their life in the long run!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I always check in and try to get to know the student. Everyone I work with is an individual with particular experiences, and as a tutor I need to respect and work with what we've got. I like to know a student's interests, how they feel about school, what kinds of learning and teaching make them feel successful, and if any kind of teaching/learning experience has felt bad in the past. I also like to know what their organization strategies are, and if that is something they are interested in working on.