I studied at New York University and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Drama, with a minor in music. I have worked as an editor for novelists, a tutor for young writers, and a music and drama teacher for students of all ages. I tutor creative writing, English, literature, music, piano, and public speaking!
The first thing I do when I sit down with new students is to find out a little about them: What are their interests? What do they already know? More often than not, we can make progress in leaps and bounds by connecting the problems they are trying to tackle with the things they are already passionate about! My tutoring philosophy is not 'repeat after me,' but rather, 'how can I work with you to find the way that this will make the most sense to you.' Not only is it easier that way, but it's also much more fun.
When I'm not tutoring, I work as a writer, composer, and actor. For example, I was recently the music assistant on the Broadway show 'The Visit'!
I love the subjects that I teach. Communication, wisdom, problem solving and fun are all at the core of language, literature, and music, and I feel so lucky that I get to share my enthusiasm for these subjects with my students!
Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Bachelors, Drama
Music, Theatre, Jazz, Composing, Old Movies
What is your teaching philosophy?
You know when you're having trouble learning a new concept, and your tutor just repeats the same explanation over and over again? That's the worst! And there's absolutely a better way. I love working with a student to look at a problem with fresh eyes to find an understanding of challenging material that makes sense to THEM.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I want to find out about you! What are you interested in? What's giving you trouble? How do you like to do your work? Let's come up with a plan of attack and then get to work!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The best way to become an independent learner is to develop some good study habits. Sometimes, it's as simple as making sure you have enough sharpened pencils. Sometimes, it means learning how not to freak out when you see that blank word document you need to fill with an essay!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Remember, all of these skills we learn were developed by real people trying to solve real problems. Essays were developed to change people's minds about important issues. Math was developed to build skyscrapers! History has helped leaders make decisions about the future of nations!