I love meeting new people, and am very friendly. I joke around with people, but also know when to be serious. I believe that incorporating humor into learning can make the experience much more enjoyable, and therefore more effective. It's easy to spark an interest when learning becomes fun!
I gained a lot of experience tutoring while in high school - from helping friends with homework to teaching workshops on SAT Math. I've noticed that a lot of students aren't struggling to understand a concept, but rather are struggling to understand how the concept is being presented. By contextualizing learning to REAL problems, I find it much easier to make students care about what they are learning.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Virginia-Main Campus - Bachelor of Science, Computer Science
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1570
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 750
SAT Writing: 780
Tennis, visual arts, piano, web design
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is really about not having a teaching philosophy. Every person is different, so applying the same philosophy to each person makes little sense. Rather, I strive to understand each person and tailor a teaching strategy to them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session is really about getting to know the student. I'd initially learn more about the student's interests and then move on to what problems they may be having. After I know a little about the student, I'd tell them a little about me and contextualize why tutoring is important and how it can help. By getting students pumped about learning, the process of teaching becomes easier and more fun.