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Sarah Brooke

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I graduated with honors from New York University with a B.F.A. in Drama. While at NYU, I took a variety of classes to satisfy my degree, from Astronomy to Greek Mythology, because I love learning. By extension, I love teaching because I enjoy helping others become passionate about knowledge. I have been a gymnastics coach, a camp counselor, and a tutor, teaching sports, arts and crafts, and school subjects to children of all ages. My favorite subjects to tutor are English and Spanish, because I love helping people to express themselves. Reading and Writing are such important tools to have in life, so I take my job as an English tutor very seriously. My goal is to not only help a student acquire the necessary skills needed to succeed, but to enjoy doing so. This is also why I tutor children of all ages in standardized test preparation. I know tests are a formidable challenge to many people, but I believe that they can be fun if a student feels prepared and confident. In my mind, a test is an opportunity to display hard work and knowledge, not something to be feared. My tutoring style is very focused, fun, and relaxed. I believe students do best when in a calm, encouraging atmosphere. I never stray from the task at hand, but I do introduce a certain level of silliness and play in my teaching. I think this makes a student more open to learning and more available to growth in a subject. My theater background has helped me learn a variety of memorization techniques that I look forward to sharing with my students. I understand that different people learn in different ways, so I always cater my tutoring to a student's personality, preferences, and needs. I enjoy getting to know a student, discovering the ways in which they learn best, and crafting a tutoring approach specifically for them. Besides teaching, I enjoy playing soccer, acting in films, singing and dancing, and, of course, reading and writing.

Sarah Brooke’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drama

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2220

SAT Math: 700

SAT Verbal: 720

SAT Writing: 800

SAT Literature: 710

Hobbies

Acting, Singing, Dancing, Writing, Reading, Soccer, Gymnastics

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

AP Spanish Language & Culture

Arithmetic

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Fiction Writing

Gifted

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

HSPT Prep

HSPT Language Skills Prep

HSPT Math Prep

HSPT Quantitative Prep

HSPT Reading Prep

HSPT Verbal Prep

Intermediate Algebra

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

Languages

Literature

Math

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

Persuasive Writing

Poetry Writing

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking

Quantitative Reasoning

Reading

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Subject Test in Spanish

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Shakespeare

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Summer

Test Prep

Vocabulary

Writing


Q & A

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

First, I would ask the student what his or her goals are for our sessions. Then, I would ask which areas the student feels strongest in, and which they are having trouble with. We'll discuss materials, and I can recommend prep books or websites for practice outside of tutoring. Then, I will go over the test or subject in general to gauge how familiar my student already is with the format. Finally, we focus on one difficult concept and work on that for the remainder of the time. At the end of my sessions, I assign homework for our next meeting and confirm our schedule moving forward.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I always encourage my students to talk to me about their anxieties, passions, and goals. I firmly believe that my student is the most accurate judge of performance and usually knows what they excel at, and what they need more guidance with. Once we've talked about goals, I help students make a study schedule to help meet these goals efficiently, easily, and confidently. I usually ask a student a question before I volunteer an answer, always giving them the opportunity to figure it out first. I encourage my students to ask for help when they're stuck, but always advocate problem-solving over automatically explaining the answer. This way, I guide my students toward the answer so they are learning how to problem solve.