My name is Briana and I am experienced in and passionate about helping students. I'm a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, where I earned my BA in Politics and Environmental Studies. I've also studied abroad for one year at Peking University in Beijing, China. I am bilingual in Chinese and English, and I am also proficient in Spanish and Portuguese. I'm patient, friendly and positive! I've tutored for seven years, helping students ranging from elementary school to post-grad. I can help in K-12 academic subject areas, various AP/IB subjects as well as SAT and GRE test prep. I especially love tutoring in Chinese and GRE. I believe that tutoring should meet the needs of the student, so I try to explain material in a way that is engaging and understandable to the particular student I am working with, taking into account their age, interests and familiarity with the material. I'm approachable and I have a great relationship with kids and adults alike.
Princeton University - Bachelors, Politics with certificate in Environmental Studies
SAT Composite: 2310
GRE Quantitative: 164
GRE Verbal: 170
AP Chinese Language and Culture
College Application Essays
College Level American History
College Political Science
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Writing
IB Visual Arts
Mandarin Chinese 4
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Test in Chinese with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching has to match the needs of the student! Always be flexible and patient to your student's needs and situations.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first get to know the student's needs, current knowledge and limitations in the subject area. Depending on the subject, this would be determined via conversation, writing samples, test scores and/or practice problems. After discussing with the student, we would lay out a list of priorities to focus on for our sessions. We would also work on a particular problem to get a sense of each other's working and learning methods, and I would adjust my teaching to best fit the needs and interests of the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would boost students' confidence in their own abilities. I would refrain from answering for students before they have had a chance to explore the problem for themselves. I would make sure that students are mastering specific concepts so that they continuously gain confidence and ease with a subject.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would make sure that the student sees how much he or she has progressed and improved. A list of accomplishments is helpful to show growth in an area and to spark a desire to continue getting better.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would present a similar problem to the student based on the one that he or she has just completed successfully. If the student is able to answer all or most questions of a similar type correctly, then it means that he or she is understanding the concepts presented.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I use whatever tools that are most helpful to the student. For example, I might help design flashcards for a student who learns through memorization and repetition. For a student who learns through analogy, I would come up with stories or easier but analogous concepts to point them to the right direction. For visual students, I might have them draw out a math problem, or create a map of an essay.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I normally use the subject textbook, the test prep guide book or the handouts that the student already has and is learning with. When a session is language based, we could use mainly conversation supplemented with scrap paper and notebooks.