I am a Master's Degree student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and am dedicated to providing quality education that helps young people think critically and excel. I believe that all students are capable of doing well when given the right personal attention and if they are encouraged to think actively and critically rather than to memorize and struggle through their subjects.
In addition to a Master's in International Education Policy from Harvard (May 2016), I have a BA in International Relations from Tufts University (Magna Cum Laude Honors) and achieved a perfect score (800) in Critical Reading on the SAT. I have traveled extensively and am proficient in 5 languages: English, French, Hebrew, Arabic, and Hungarian. I have tutoring experience in English and Test Prep to middle and high school students, as well as teaching English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) to refugees who have been resettled in the Boston area. While for many people Test Prep is an onerous task, I really love teaching it- I enjoy making test prep fun for my students, and connecting what they learn for these tests to the types of thinking that will help them in their future academic careers, making it feel like a much more useful task. This makes it not only more likely that they will excel on the standardized tests, but that they will also see improvement in their overall academic work.
Tufts University - Bachelors, International Relations- Middle East
Harvard University - Current Grad Student, International Education Policy
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 760
GRE Verbal: 166
SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 750
SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 710
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students are capable of doing well when given the right personal attention and if they are encouraged to think actively and critically rather than to memorize and struggle through their subjects. I adjust my teaching style to meet individual needs, and make sure that I help students see connections between what they are learning in our sessions to the types of skills and thinking they will need later on in life, which helps the learning and motivational process. Finally, I believe that students learn best when they are having a good time, and so I make sure sessions are encouraging, constructive, and low-pressure, while helping students excel.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I believe that getting to know my students- their strengths, their struggles, but just as importantly their goals- is key to a successful tutoring relationship. I like to take some time talking to each one of my students, and then provide a practice test to get a sense of their strengths and weaknesses at the time. After they take the low-stakes test, we will go over the answers and I'll ask them how they felt about the various portions, to best assess their current standing.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think that helping a student become an independent learner is among my most important tasks as a tutor! My focus is always on critical thinking- helping students develop tools and patterns of thinking that they can apply widely by connecting the different types of work we do in sessions, by connecting the work to their own lives, and by connecting concepts to their future goals.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe that students stay motivated when they are having fun and can see their own progress. No one likes to sit through boring lessons (even if the subject is test prep!), and there's nothing more discouraging than thinking you aren't improving. I make sure that all lessons are enjoyable no matter what the subject, and that my students can see their own strengths as they progress.