For the past fifteen years I have been functioning as a private tutor in the New York area. I have developed a talent for helping individuals master difficult concepts related to Math and English. I am a graduate of Columbia University where I earned my BA and MA in Philosophy. I enjoy teaching students who are preparing for the GMAT Exam. In my spare time I am passionate about reading modern philosophy, writing poetry, playing soccer, swimming, and running.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelor in Arts, Philosophy
Graduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Master of Arts, Philosophy
Running, Mathematical Reasoning, and Philosophy
What is your teaching philosophy?
I am flexible about the content you wish to cover during the sessions, and I am patient when you are confused by the solution to a challenging question.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will listen to the student's perspective on the GMAT and tailor a lesson around that perspective.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will often ask a student to explain a correct answer choice in order to develop his or her reasoning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will share my story of exam preparation, and explain how I maintained my motivation.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will work with the student, and I will aim to understand their weaknesses and strengthens.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will share my tips in increasing reading speed, and in outlining the content of the passage.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The key strategy is to understand the nature and scope of the question.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I use humor and insight to increase student interaction. I do not lecture, and I engage in a dialogue.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I often ask a student to explain why he or she chose the correct answer.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would vary the difficulty of the problems to match the student's current ability level.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I listen to their study experiences carefully. I then propose a plan of action.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I encourage them to take practice tests to learn their weaknesses. Then I focus on those areas.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use the GMAT prep books. I also use other free resources that are available on the Internet.