I am a student at Stanford University working on a joint major in English and Computer Science with a minor in Spanish. My favorite subjects are English, Spanish, and math. I love everything related to reading, writing, and grammar! During high school, I've edited dozens of essays per year for my peers and helped them to tune their writing abilities through informal writing workshops.
I've studied Spanish for 7 years and love everything about the language. I've received recognition for my skills through awards and publications, scored highly on the IB Spanish B HL exam, and used my skills in consistent work and communication with Spanish speakers through various activities, including as a translator for medical students. I served as an official tutor through my school for 4 years, working with students both high school age and middle school age with successful results. I also have helped my peers and students from age eleven with their math skills, particularly middle-school level math, pre-algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus. I have taken and aced math up to Calculus/Statistics through the IB program, and I scored highly on the IB Mathematics SL exam. I also teach piano, an activity I find to be a lot of fun and a great way for me to tune my teaching abilities.
What makes me most effective as a tutor is my ability to adapt to a student's needs and wants. I am innovative and creative, and I am very good at "reading "students and tailoring the lesson towards the individual. I love working with people, and I view tutoring as a symbiotic relationship: Every student offers a unique insight to me as much as I benefit them. I am very committed to my students, and I do not move on to new concepts until I am sure the student understands old ones.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Stanford University - Bachelors, CS+English
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 36
ACT Math: 32
ACT Reading: 35
ACT Science: 35
SAT Composite: 2160
SAT Math: 700
SAT Verbal: 730
SAT Writing: 730
Piano, Reading, Writing, English, Music, Baking
10th Grade Math
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Math
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Math
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
5th Grade Math
6th Grade Math
7th Grade Math
8th Grade Math
9th Grade Math
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
Elementary School Math
FCAT 2.0 Prep
High School English
High School Writing
IB Language A: Literature
IB Language A: Literature HL
IB Language A: Literature SL
IB Language B
IB Language B HL
IB Language B SL
IB Literature and Performance
IB Literature and Performance SL
Ruby on Rails
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to focus on the student's wants/needs.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would explore their areas of strength, areas of weakness, interests, and goals.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help them learn to "chunk" up passages and decipher the "big picture," guiding them through understanding how authors use sequences of small ideas to execute their main idea.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would help pinpoint the exact area of the concept wherein the problem lies, and I would explain the solution through various broken-down, memorable methods. I would pay attention to exactly what they are confused about and help them find their own way to remember the solution. I would practice the concept with them repeatedly until both of us feel confident that they know the concept.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would break areas of study into small, manageable bits, and then reward and encourage the student for accomplishing each bit.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Breaking up the material into small bits, focusing on mastering one area at a time, and consistent practice.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help them identify their own goals, both short-term and long-term, and help them in breaking the subject down so they can see feasible ways to achieve them. I would also try to tie the subject in with both real-world application and connections to any subjects of their interest.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would have them demonstrate going through the concept, with guidance and without. I would ask them, before moving on to a further related section, to explain the previous concept to me (ex: as I begin to teach factorization, I would ask them if they remember the FOIL process and whether they could explain it to me).
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I break the subject up into manageable chunks and offer rewards and encouragement for surpassing each chunk. I pay attention to any improvements they make in any skill or area and offer abundant praise when appropriate.