As an undergraduate at the University of Evansville, I studied Creative Writing and Physics. I have always loved math and writing, and chose my majors to match my interests. I graduated with a BFA in creative writing and a BS in physics with a math minor. I decided to continue my education by entering a PhD program in physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Unfortunately, I realized that science research is not the career for me, and I graduated with an MS in physics and decided to pursue a doctorate in English instead. I am currently working on a DA in English at St. John's University, where I focus on science in 19th and early 20th century literature. Along the way, I have earned an MA in English.
I have been tutoring since high school. My first experiences were working with elementary-aged students with all-around homework help, helping a French student staying in the US for the summer start to learn English, and helping a fellow classmate with physics. As an undergraduate, I continued to tutor physics and math, and had my first SAT student. I worked as an undergraduate and graduate TA for over four years, where I helped teach physics lectures and labs, as well as helped with grading. At St. John's University, I have taught an astronomy lecture, physics recitation, and physics lab as an adjunct instructor. Starting Fall 2014, I will be teaching an introductory literature course. In addition, I have worked at the University's writing center, where I helped students compose, organize, and revise college-level essays.
I am professionally trained to help students in grades K-8 with math and reading comprehension. I am also trained to teach and tutor SAT math, critical reading, and writing. I tutor a wide variety of math subjects, ranging from elementary school math to calculus. I also tutor physics, astronomy, English literature, and essay writing. My favorite subject to tutor is physics. After years of studying physics, and deciding that research was not what I wanted to do, teaching physics allows me to continue working with the math and physics that I loved as an undergraduate.
I believe that a large portion of success is confidence. It is necessary to build a strong foundation, in both math and reading, before diving into complex subjects, but if a student does not have confidence that they are capable of succeeding, they will likely continue to struggle. Because of this belief, my teaching philosophy is to build confidence while I tutor. My teaching methods are centered around helping students gain confidence in themselves as learners, and helping students find learning processes that work best for them. I frequently use leading questions that help students clear up their own confusion and answer their own questions.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Evansville - Bachelors, Physics, Creative Writing
Graduate Degree: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Master of Science, Physics
ACT English: 32
ACT Math: 30
ACT Reading: 30
SAT Math: 740
SAT Verbal: 700
SAT Writing: 740
High School English
High School Physics
SAT Subject Tests Prep