I am an experienced teacher and tutor in varied disciplines-- music, reading, writing, math, French-- with students ranging from underprivileged preschoolers in rural Tennessee to Houston high schoolers to adults. I never received less than a perfect score on the SAT or PSAT verbal tests, in two sittings of each test. As a musician, clarity of communication (via clear, logical syntax and rhetoric) is paramount to my teaching which makes me particularly effective for students working to internalize the mechanics of language.
I love helping young people learn and strengthen their skills.
Education & Certification
Graduate Degree: Boston University - Unknown, Violin performance
Graduate Degree: Rice University - Masters, Violin performance
Music of the 17th and 18th centuries; cultural history; politics; urban farming
AP Music Theory
College Level American History
High School Business
High School English
High School Level American History
IB Music HL
IB Music SL
What is your teaching philosophy?
I tutor subjects which interest me greatly, and pulling the student into the fascination of the material is my first approach when teaching. Depending on what the student is ready for, I either provide structure and tools for learning basic concepts, or ask many questions in order to raise the level of the student's independent work.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When starting with a student, small victories lay the groundwork for a productive relationship. The student needs to experience overcoming an obstacle or learning a new skill with the tutor early on; this builds the trust, which is integral to longer-term work.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By any means necessary!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Repeated quizzing, alternating between harder and easier questions about it; asking the student to explain a concept to me as if I was learning it for the first time.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Honest positive reinforcement, and making sure they really do have the tools underpin that confidence.