I am a sophomore student at Occidental College working towards a bachelor's degree with a major in Critical Theory and Social Justice along with a double minor in Literature and Education. I have always loved to read and write; in high school, I was the copy editor of our school newspaper, a featured writer in several literary magazines, and an avid English student. My experience tutoring began in middle school and has continued all through high school until today, ranging from test prep to essay writing to algebra. I have worked with ESL students, students with learning disabilities, and students of all ages. I currently live with my sister in Los Angeles and enjoy making art and food in my free time.
Occidental College - Bachelors, Undeclared
SAT Composite: 2240
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 780
AP English Language: 4
AP European History: 4
SAT Subject Test in Literature: 770
AP Art History: 4
AP Psychology: 5
PSAT Verbal: 73
PSAT Math: 72
PSAT Writing Skills: 70
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
ACT Aspire Prep
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that teaching should be about open, honest communication and trust between the teacher and student so that both parties can better learn and understand each other. Many students have negative memories associated with education because they felt judged in a value based on their ability to perform in school, lowering their self-esteem. Others feel that they were unable to learn and express themselves creatively with the assignments given to them by their teachers. However, both of these can be remedied if the teacher truly understands the student and alters the curriculum to directly respond to that student's needs.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first talk to the student about their own concerns about the material and their experiences with previous teachers/tutors to better understand their approach to learning. Then I would start trying some assessment problems/questions with the student to gauge both their skill level and comfort. The first session is a vital one to build trust between the student and tutor so that the student will allow the me to push them past their learning comfort zone.