I am a graduate of Arizona State University in Tempe where I studied film production and business. Since graduating in 2010, I have lived in Los Angeles where I work in film production. I also love writing and making music. I spend my free time DJing and playing guitar. Originally from the Chicago area, I am a huge Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, and Cubs fan.
My tutoring experience began in Chicago while volunteering for 826CHI, a non for profit that paired kids with volunteers to help them with their creative writing work. After moving to Los Angeles, I picked up hours taking care of a kid for a great family. A huge part of my responsibilities included after school tutoring. I particularly love working on math problems because I enjoy the idea of breaking things down to their parts. Sometimes all it takes is strengthening the foundation in order to understand things better. Other subjects I love working on are reading and writing. I write everyday myself, and know that my passion for it came from the classes I took in grade school.
I'd describe myself as extremely patient and calm. I always keep a professional demeanor and I understand that everyone learns differently. I also understand that learning this can be frustrating but the reward comes from breaking through those barriers and being able to use that information to help you further. That's a bit about me. I hope I can help you out with whatever subject you want to work on and I look forward to hearing from you.
Arizona State University - B.S., Film and Media Production
ACT Composite: 31
ACT English: 30
ACT Math: 33
ACT Reading: 32
What is your teaching philosophy?
Let students make mistakes, because the better they are at figuring out where the mistake came from, the better problem solver they will become.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I want to see the student's strengths, weaknesses, and learning style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Making learning fun will cause students to want to learn and to seek out subjects they are interested in.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is a struggle for many people, but formulating good study and work habits will cause students to push through the times when they are not feeling motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Breaking a skill down to its smallest parts can help the student see what aspect of it they are stuck on.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Sometimes just listening to them works the best. But for those who are more on the shy side, I try to pay attention to the points where it seems that their confidence is slipping.