I am a credentialed teacher moving back into the world of research, but planning to continue teaching as a tutor. For me, education is vital not only for material success, but for personal growth. I strongly believe in the capacity of young people to become world leaders, problem solvers, and compassionate, informed citizens. I graduated from Williams College in 2008 with a degree in Biology. I have been teaching Biology, Honors Biology, and AP Environmental Science for five years. Teaching students and helping them reach their highest potential is important to me, and I do not want to leave that completely behind as I move into research.
I am a strong believer in test prep, and have prepared three cohorts of students for the AP Environmental Science exam. I have always offered individual and small group tutoring to my students after school. Prior to earning my credential, I worked with individuals and small groups of students as a Special Education paraprofessional in Claremont, CA. I also privately tutored high school students in Biology. In college, I taught a summer TOEFL course in Senegal to a group of motivated young women wanting to go to school in the United States. My teaching philosophy and pedagogical choices have always included study skills and test-taking strategies, which sometimes elude students who initially struggle in school.
Last summer, I taught an SAT prep course through the program CollegeSpring. I myself benefited from an SAT tutor in 2003, raising my own score by 100 points so that I could be accepted to rigorous colleges like Williams. I would love to give back by helping students accomplish their goals through individual tutoring.
Williams College - Bachelors, Biology
SAT Verbal: 740
GRE Verbal: 167
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every student learns differently. This means that if a student and I work together to figure out the best strategy for that student, any student can learn anything.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I typically begin by finding out about a student's prior experience in that subject or field. I ask about what has been covered in class so far, and what has been easy or difficult for that student. I like to know what a student's favorite or best subjects are, because this helps me know how a student learns and what they feel most comfortable doing. Finally, I will ask a student about their goals for tutoring in general, and for that session specifically. I always give a student a chance to ask questions about me.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I like to have students explain concepts back to me. Though many people feel awkward doing this initially, I find that most students learn something more completely if they can explain it to someone. I ensure that a student has set goals for the course, and has a calendar and an organizational strategy for their studying.