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I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree, double majoring in Political Science and Jewish Culture and Society. I am currently in the process of applying for a graduate degree, with an unknown concentration, but I aim to explore how our political culture and individual lives are shaped by ideas. I am originally from Chicago and have recently moved to Denver. In my own educational background, I attended both private and public schools, so I understand the unique challenges of each environment. I have experience in working with teens and pre-teens with special needs, so I am comfortable with the many challenges all kinds of students face. As both a high school and college student, I was active as a political leader, so I love writing and public speaking. These are both skills that I carried into my professional career, working in politics and state government. I believe every student has the potential to love learning, but is generally slowed down by the hectic demands of the classroom environment. If you work with me, I guarantee my utmost attention to your needs and success.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelors, Political Science and Jewish Culture and Society

Conversational in Hebrew, Reading, Writing, Music, Rock climbing, Biking, Cooking, Movies, Swimming, Legos

College English

College Level American History

College World History

Comparative Literature

Hebrew

High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History

US History

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teaching should be guided by a student's abilities and interests. A good teacher is not one who molds, but adapts to and guides a student based on these traits.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would focus on identifying a student's strengths and weaknesses and then creating a roadmap for us to follow together.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by connecting him or her with positive strategies that best suit his or her learning style.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation is all about internal interest and external feedback. I would strive to be honest with a student about what is and is not working, and reward any progress that is made.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

All knowledge is based on what we already know. I would work to break down a concept into its components and create digestible connections between these basic concepts.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Reading comprehension is all about how we connect with a given text. I would work with a student who is struggling to take each part of a text and break it down, outlining what makes sense and what does not. Then, we can connect the dots and create strategies for more success in the future.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Success in any skill is all about interest and engagement. I always work to make sure I establish a connection based on trust and mutual interest that will keep any student engaged because he or she knows I am invested in his or her success.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I always work to find connections between what is more attainable and what is more difficult. That is why my relationship with each student is paramount. The more I am invested in a given student, the more he or she trusts me and will help show me how I can illuminate a successful path.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would use a multifaceted approach to demonstrate understanding in a given subject. Not every student connects with the same strategies, and the more strategies a student can conquer, the deeper his or her understanding will become. For example, I would have a student explain to me in his or her own words, write a brief summary of a topic, and answer multiple-choice questions to gauge understanding.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Confidence is all about proving to yourself you are successful. I always strive to reward students for every step of progress made, while pushing them to go further. This back and forth creates the internal motivation and hunger for success that leads to greater confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Evaluating a student's needs is a process of direct feedback and external observation. For example, when dealing with a student in high school or younger, I strive to receive the individual perspectives of the student, parent, and teacher, in addition to my own observation of the problems at hand. None of these perspectives offers a complete picture, but work together to highlight ways we can be successful.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Each session I take as both an individual experience and part of a whole. I always look for feedback from students on what they enjoyed and found challenging. Communication is the key to any successful working relationship and provides a backbone for my process as a tutor.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

As often as possible I try to provide a variety of materials, including documents from a student's coursework, in addition to materials from the real world, and those I have prepared myself. This way, we can work together to see which materials drive the most success and make the student feel most comfortable in the learning process.