I recently received my M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado in Boulder, where I spent two years working as a teaching assistant in addition to my own studies. I studied English, Italian, and Japanese languages and literature, and taught classes in the Humanities and French and Italian departments.
Prior to that, I received my B.A. in Comparative Literature from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. While at Clark I also completed undergraduate and graduate-level coursework in Education, which included a great deal of hands-on teaching and tutoring experience outside of the classroom. I worked with elementary, middle and high school students in after-school programs focused on improving their English language skills as well as their study skills. I taught SAT prep with a non-profit organization for two years, planning and teaching lessons to small groups of students on a weekly basis to help them master the skills needed to achieve high scores on the Verbal and Analytical Writing sections of the SAT. In addition I completed a year-long student teaching practicum in conjunction with my Education studies, in which I taught three classes of 12th grade English for the duration of the school year under a senior teacher???s supervision.
I believe in helping students learn by making their lessons relevant and meaningful and incorporating a variety of materials and techniques to suit their individual learning style. I value reading and writing above all and believe these skills are key to succeeding in various other areas in school and in life.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Clark University - Bachelor in Arts, Comparative Literature
GRE Verbal: 165
Writing, reading, travelling
AP Italian Language and Culture
AP US History
College Level American History
College World History
High School English
High School Level American History
High School World History
SAT Subject Test in Italian
SAT Subject Test in Italian with Listening
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in helping students learn by making their lessons relevant and meaningful, and by incorporating a variety of materials and techniques to suit their individual learning style. I value reading and writing above all and believe these skills are key to succeeding in various other areas in school and in life.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'd spend time getting to know them, their learning style, their interests and their needs. I'd also spend time letting them get to know and feel comfortable around me.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching them the skills and strategies they need to stay motivated and on top of things, as well as helping them find a passion for their work.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By showing them the relevance or significance of the material, and what they have to gain by mastering it.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Continue to work with them on it, and get down to the root of the problem. What makes this particular thing difficult, and what can we do about it?