I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Zoology. I began tutoring middle school students while attending college and have continued to tutor middle and high school students since graduating. I have a passion for math and science as well as a particular interest in reading and writing. I really enjoy tutoring and the unique sense of accomplishment that can be shared with a student while working through a problem and developing a stronger understanding for the subject matter at hand. Teaching runs in my family and my parents and older sister have instilled in me a desire to work in education and share my enthusiasm for learning with others. In my experience, each student has a slightly different learning style, so I always try to patiently employ any number of different tutoring strategies to create a personalized learning experience. Outside of the tutoring world, I am an avid runner currently in training preparation for the U.S. Olympic Trials for Track and Field next summer. I have a curiosity for the world around me and have traveled extensively over the years. I also love to play basketball and Frisbee and appreciate the peace that comes from getting involved in a good book.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelor of Science, Zoology
SAT Math: 750
SAT Writing: 700
Running, biking, basketball, reading
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Be prepared to try different strategies with different students. Maintain great communication and be enthusiastic!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Ask them what their strengths and weaknesses are and how they might go about solving a problem. Also find out what they would like to achieve in the session.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Help them learn the process or processes by which they can solve a problem so that they can use the process on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Continuous encouragement combined with stimulating challenges.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, be patient. Next, we could explore many different strategies to find a solution together, taking into account their strengths as a student.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Keeping the student involved in the entire process, from dissecting a question to working on a solution. Tutoring is wholly collaborative.