I have a PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Psychology with a minor in History from Barnard College. I have experience teaching and tutoring undergraduate students and have volunteered as a high school math tutor. I have a strong interest in most academic subjects but I particularly enjoy tutoring math. I've made extensive use of statistics as part of my research on vision and attention so I'm in a good position to talk about how certain concepts are used in the real world. I'm also a huge bookworm and offer SAT Critical Reading prep as well as general tutoring for writing. My hobby is creative writing and I'm currently writing up parts of my dissertation for publication, so I can help with writing from literary analysis to history research papers to the writing aspect of lab reports. When I'm not reading or writing, I'm playing the hammered dulcimer and teaching myself to code in new languages.
When a student is struggling I'm always on the lookout for issues that don't have to do with the specific subject matter, such as test anxiety, a lack of organization, of a belief that the subject matter will not be useful later in life. When it comes to the actual material, I believe that there is almost always more than one way to approach a problem and that students should figure out what works best for them. I've studied learning and memory extensively, so I'm always ready to offer up advice. Not everyone learns the same way, and that's fine! While it's ideal for students to gain a deep understanding of the material, when it comes to standardized and multiple choice tests, test-taking strategies make a huge difference. I've used these strategies very successfully in the past.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Barnard College - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology
Graduate Degree: Johns Hopkins University - PHD, Psychological and Brain Sciences
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1450
SAT Verbal: 800
GRE Quantitative: 740
GRE Verbal: 640
folk music, creative writing, social dance, reading
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science