I have been tutoring diverse students in many capacities for over a decade now. Following a long line of educators and philosophers, I believe that a strong education is the backbone of a good life.
I am a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy and Ethics. Prior to graduating, I was awarded both the National Merit Scholarship and the locally prestigious Flinn Scholarship (together valued at over $100,000 in higher education grants).
Since graduating, I have worked for Pearson Education and the State of Arizona, and I served my community for a year with AmeriCorps via Public Allies Arizona and the United Way.
In subject matter I am exceptionally versatile, capable of serving as a single, long-term tutor for many students, from middle school to college, who regularly take a variety of courses requiring additional support.
I have developed a particular interest in serving college and some younger students. I have a great record accommodating students with learning differences/difficulties (LD), who require additional support to keep up with the number of reading and writing assignments in college. I regularly employ a very successful "tandem learning" strategy here: so long as I have some level of familiarity with the subject, I can digest readings and lecture notes prior to sessions and accompany my students through the course as a fellow, but much more experienced, learner. This is a rare skill and specialty among tutor.
My college-level expertise covers subjects including the social sciences, economics, psychology, history, philosophy and other humanities. In math, I can tutor in algebra, geometry, and some statistics. In the other sciences, I have experience with introductory college content in biology, ecology and geography, and a working knowledge of the basics in physics and chemistry.
I also tutor for all sections of many standardized exams (ACT, GRE, PSAT, GMAT, and several AP's). Relatively, I am strongest with the verbal and writing sections of grad school entrance exams. With quality materials and a student who already has some comfort with math, however, I am very comfortable tutoring quantitative sections as well.
In addition to course-specific help, I often assist students with planning and editing papers, conducting academic research, and preparing applications for admissions, scholarships, etc.. I also provide whatever level of coaching and advisement would be helpful to the student: study and testing skills, organization and time management, goal setting, extracurricular interests, work-school balance, basic technology training, and so on.
MORE ABOUT ME:
Beyond academics, I have interests in health and fitness (particularly swimming and weight-lifting), and also in epic fantasy and classic science fiction of whatever kind, from literature and movies to video games. I also love reading anything that makes me more conscious of the world and its workings. Lately, I've been trying to write more of my own content on a variety of topics.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelor of Science, Psychology
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1550
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 800
GRE Quantitative: 730
GRE Verbal: 710
SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1: 730
SAT Subject Test in Literature: 790
SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 730
Health, Movies, Video Games, Reading, Writing. Science fiction, fantasy, non-fiction. Psychology, Philosophy, Social Sciences, History, and other sources of big ideas for the country and humanity.
AP US History
College Level American History
College World History
GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment
GRE Subject Test in Psychology
GRE Subject Tests
High School Business
High School Economics
High School English
High School Level American History
High School World History
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that a tutor is a partner in learning, paired with students to support their success. I don't exactly think of myself as a "teacher," because teachers have additional classroom responsibilities that distract them from ensuring learning. To that end, I provide all around support, from academic content to study skills and college/grad school admissions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independent learning often relies on the quality of support materials the student has available. The worst is an unfriendly textbook, and the best is a self-composed study guide (or flash cards). Helping a student learn to prepare their first study aids so that they can make their own study materials will enable them to learn independently after our sessions.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Obviously, there are many ways to teach a skill or concept. In my experience, metaphors are an amazing learning tool with which to grasp difficult concepts, leveraging the power of the brain to deal with complexity through imaginative thinking. Skills are always gained through practice, but practice can be augmented through several techniques, such as visualization, comparison to skills already learned (and how much practice they took to master), and fostering a growth mindset and strengths-based perspective. Again, all of these techniques are brain-based, rooted in proven psychological principles.