I'm a recent grad from Northwestern (B.A. in Theatre and Economics) who loves teaching and learning. I love helping other people achieve their goals and helping students find ways to be their best selves. Excited to meet and work with Chicagoland's students!
Northwestern University - Bachelors, Economics/Theatre
ACT Composite: 35
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 35
ACT Reading: 35
ACT Science: 36
College Level American Literature
High School Accounting
High School Business
High School Economics
High School English
High School Level American Literature
Study Skills and Organization
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I like to discuss the idea of intent. An author doesn't write for the sake of writing, just as a scientist doesn't build graphs for the sake of building a graph. These are tools that people are using to communicate something underneath. Once we reframe to focus on intent, interpreting information becomes a lot more engaging.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I identify where the student is a rock star. These areas are like little lighthouses on tests. When test panic sets in, my students always know what type of problems they can go to get a confidence boost. I'm also a big believer in habit. If my students are developing strong study habits and rituals, they don't have to walk into a test and hope for the best, they know exactly what they are doing and can do it fearlessly.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
If a student is struggling, I ask them to walk me through the fundamentals of the problem. A lot of times, this helps me find holes from when they first learned a topic in the classroom. We also talk about learning styles, strategies that have helped them in the past, and what they are looking to get out of tutoring.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
When working problems, I always try to talk less than my students. This helps me pick up on cues as to what they are asking for in terms of help.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I'm a huge fan of pen/paper. This helps me build creative exercises that fit the student's needs. For example, I just did a session where I had my student speed-draw all the imagery in an ACT reading passage. I also love recommending books/articles for outside reading (not specifically test prep, but challenging, engaging texts).