I am currently working toward completing my Masters degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics at Cal State Dominguez Hills. I hope to one day work with the military, designing and building prostheses for injured soldiers and veterans. I have always loved math and science and completed my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University in Chicago with a minor in Psychology. In my free time, I play rugby, do crossfit, and love watching movies. In the winter, I like to travel back home to New England to see my family and snowboard.
I have been tutoring since I was in high school, both privately and with tutoring companies. I have worked with all ages but have focused mostly on high school and college students for math and test prep including grade-school math, Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and SAT and ACT prep. Additionally, I was a substitute teacher for all grades and a teacher's aide for third grade. I am most comfortable and enjoy teaching math the most but am willing to help with any other subject as best I can.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Northwestern University - Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Degree: California State Dominguez Hills - Master of Science, Prosthetics and Orthotics
SAT Math: 800
SAT Writing: 710
Rugby, crossfit, snowboarding, photography, art, movies, baseball
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
When I am working with students, I hope to help them realize the strengths and capabilities that they may not know they have. I also want to learn with my students. I enjoy learning how they think and process problems to better help them as well as future students.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I like to get to know the student a little, focusing on their interests and where they feel their strengths and weaknesses are. I then like to have them to try to complete some sample problems on their own if they can, so I can see what they struggle with. Then, we walk through the problems again together.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think instilling confidence is very important when helping a student become an independent learner. I like to walk through problems with them so they have an example to look at and steps to follow. That way, they can use those tools to practice on their own and solve the problems independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would try to have the student set goals that we could track as we continue to meet. That way, we could compare their progress week to week as they move towards their goal. I'd show them how much they improved each week so they hopefully continue to want to improve.