I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Psychology. I am taking some time off to work, but I plan to return to school in the next few years to obtain a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology. While in college, I volunteered with the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, an organization that brings Penn students into Philly's inner city to tutor low-income middle school students. I found the experience deeply rewarding and my time with WPTP nurtured an interest in working with children professionally. I tutor a wide variety of subjects including English, writing, history, SAT Reading/Writing, French and more! My favorite subject to teach is history. The subject is often viewed by students as boring and unnecessary (along the lines of, "why should I learn something that happened already?"); in my view, history is alive and full of useful lessons that can be applied at the personal, national and societal levels, and I enjoy teaching this point of view to students, helping them to see history as a living, deeply relevant subject matter.
My teaching philosophy can be summed in three words: never sit still. I don't see learning as a static process, whereby a student studies for a test, passes it, then lets the information slip away. Rather, I believe the student should be truly hungry to absorb the material, to truly own it, then use that newfound knowledge as the jump-off point for even higher achievement. The student should never sit still in his/her academic achievements; rather he/she should always strive to improve and grow. It is my job to foster that hunger and to enable the student to progress at the right pace, to achieve his/her potential and then break the barrier even further!
My hobbies include reading science fiction/fantasy novels, writing short stories, and playing tennis. I'm also an on-and-off Celtics fan. I am excited to work with Varsity Tutors to help students maximize their potentials!
University of Pennsylvania - Bachelors, Psychology
SAT Composite: 2310
SAT Math: 770
SAT Verbal: 790
SAT Writing: 750
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 760
SAT Subject Test in French: 780
SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 800
SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 730
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