I am currently an English PhD student at the University of Florida. I graduated from Northeastern University in May, 2015 and 2017, earning a BA in English Language and Literature, and a minor in Cinema Studies, as well as an MA in English. At Northeastern, I worked in the University Writing Center, tutoring undergraduate and graduate level students, helping them to improve their writing ability in both the short and long term with individual papers and overall writing skills. At the Writing Center, I worked extensively with ESL students, as well as other students with various levels of proficiency with English. I'm passionate about all of the subjects that I tutor in - including writing, literature, and film analysis, as they've all been a part of my own work as a student. In my spare time, I watch as many films as I possibly can, play video games and guitar, and follow Boston sports teams.
Undergraduate Degree: Northeastern University - Bachelor in Arts, English
GRE Verbal: 157
Playing acoustic guitar, watching and studying tons of films, writing short fiction stories, working with others on their writing, and watching the Boston sports teams!
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School English
Middle School Writing
Technology and Coding
What is your teaching philosophy?
I think that it's essential to establish a productive, relaxed environment for students in a one-on-one structure. From there, we can begin working to create the friction necessary for learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I establish a comfortable and professional tone, and begin in general terms in order to identify the more specific areas that need concentration. Usually, the next appointment is when we begin making great strides, after the student has had time to digest the first session.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The most important part of tutoring, in my opinion, is not teaching knowledge but rather how to practice. In helping a student learn how to practice material and identify what methods are typically most effective for him or her, I am confident that the student becomes more independent.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation becomes far easier when a student has full understanding of assignments, frequent or prior methodology they can call upon, and an awareness that tasks can only be accomplished one at a time. I make it one of my goals that the student gains these three elements during the sessions.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I have often worked with students of varying backgrounds and cultures, and understand that certain boundaries arise when attempting to grasp concepts. I frequently take a step back when a student is struggling to better identify where the struggle is occurring, and relate the issue to something the student might better understand.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is often a tricky skill to acquire; it takes patience and diligence. I work with a student to identify the level of reading he or she currently occupies, and attempt to reconcile that with the level he or she desires. This reconciliation takes place through repetition and various practice techniques.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
One of the most successful strategies I've employed is to realize that each student is different. Once you can identify which students work at which rates and in what stages each student may be, the process is more manageable.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
It can be difficult to get a student engaged in the material. I often begin with making sure they are engaged in the process of tutoring itself, and the relationship between tutor and student. Having conversations with students to learn about their interests and hobbies is exponentially beneficial; they can help establish the relationship above, and provide an outlet for comparisons for subjects a student is struggling to grasp.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Making comparisons to a student's interests is a great way of making sure the student understands a concept of a theoretical level. Another great way is to simply rehash elements of the session. This takes place during the middle of the session to make sure the student isn't dragging at the end, as well as at the beginning of the next session.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence is not built overnight. It's most often a lengthy process whereby a student can digest the items he or she has learned after each session. If the tutor makes a point of going over prior lessons and promoting understanding the material rather than simple regurgitation, the student's confidence level will be bolstered in time.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Evaluating a student's needs is crucial in the first and/or second appointment. Depending on the subject and area of study, there are various exercises that can help illuminate problem areas, even when perhaps the student is not aware of them.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Each student is different. This fact is maybe the most important concept in tutoring. Exercises that have worked previously may not work as well for others, but I always work first on identifying the nature of the student's needs so that the exercises I choose fit.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I typically use previous student work (essays, resumes, assignments, etc.), as well as online resources I choose that can be adapted to exercises that can help in improving academic skills.