I grew up in New York but fled to sunnier California where I graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Philosophy. While at Pomona I served as editor-in-chief of our college newspaper after having previously held various other editorial positions. I worked with students one-on-one to improve their writing and research abilities, but I was also able to teach skills ranging from graphic deign to business management. Previously I had tutored middle-school students in all of their classes, from math to history. Perhaps my favorite experience teaching came during my time as a rock-climbing instructor. Rock climbing is a true passion of mine, and helping people succeed in such a challenging environment and seeing them really start to believe in themselves was a truly special experience. I am focused now on tutoring students in academic subjects or in preparation for standardized tests. I love writing and working with students on their own craft. I also am excited to help students develop their reading abilities, whether a student is analyzing a classic novel or trying to parse historical texts. I have excelled at math throughout my life as well and would love to help others reach their potential in a variety of math subjects, from geometry to pre-calculus. I believe tutoring is not about lecturing your students. It is about helping someone grow, guiding them as their own effort and intelligence lead them to the answers. A successful tutor instills confidence so that a person believes in their abilities to overcome struggles in all walks of life. Outside of the classroom my main hobbies are sports, both outdoors sports like backpacking and rock climbing and traditional ones like baseball and football. Effort and perseverance in the face of difficulty are the hallmark of a great athlete, and I will try to bring that same energy to every student I work with.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Pomona College - Bachelor in Arts, Philosophy
SAT Composite: 2290
SAT Math: 760
SAT Verbal: 760
SAT Writing: 770
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800
SAT Subject Test in Literature: 750
SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 730
Rock Climbing, Journalism, Baseball, Backpacking
AP US History
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
High School English
High School Level American History
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My goal is help students reach a point where they no longer need my assistance. I always focus on teaching the fundamentals of whatever subject my student is studying so that they start to see why we do things a certain way instead of just learning the way to do them. That way, they can start to anticipate approaches to novel questions and see for themselves how to find an answer. When a student sees a type of question they have never seen before, and is able to use the fundamentals of that subject to figure out the proper technique on their own, I know I have done my job.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Before I give any advice on how to answer a question, I always want to see how the student approaches the question to understand where they are coming from, to see their strengths and weaknesses. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. You can learn so much about a student's needs and learning style by simply watching and listening.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students become independent when they understand the most basic parts of whatever subject they are studying. Everything builds on the thing that came before it, and once students start to see that structure for themselves they can independently tackle all sorts of questions, even ones they have never seen before.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would go to the most basic elements of the concept we were are working on, and build up from there until the problem areas are identified and dealt with.