Hello! I am a recent graduate from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Geology-Biology. I have been working with kids in a teaching environment since I was 14, when I worked as a teacher's aide at my local Hebrew School. In 2012, I spent the summer teaching teens how to live in the backcountry and repair trails in the White Mountains. I have been tutoring for the past year in English, writing, math from elementary through high school levels, standardized tests, and chemistry. I enjoy tutoring for the SAT and ACT the most; I feel like every problem is a puzzle and I love helping students learn how to work the puzzles themselves. My philosophy for tutoring is if one explanation doesn't work, try to explain in another way. I am a ubiquitously empathetic person, and it helps me approach problems and schoolwork through the students' perspective and find the best way to explain any given topic.
Brown University - BS, Geology-Biology
Elementary School Math
High School English
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening
What is your teaching philosophy?
If one explanation doesn't work, try to explain in another way. Everyone understands things in different ways- it's important to find a way that works for each individual.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Figure out the student's background in their subject.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teaching study skills is just as important as teaching information. It's important to help the student figure out what works for them and how to apply it outside of tutoring sessions.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The best way to motivate students is to show them how the information they are working on applies to their daily life, and give relatable examples.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Giving a question that forces them to apply the concept and making them answer similar and related conceptual questions on their own. I know it's important to make sure they can work through the problem, step by step, by themselves.