I am a graduate student, working towards my Master of Public Administration and Master of Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University. I recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago with degrees in International Studies and French.
I love learning, reading, and exploring the world around me through kayaking, skiing, hiking, and biking! I am also an avid opera fan and enjoy the fine arts in general. Languages and different cultures have always been a passion of mine, and I love to make connections from around the world in my learning and teaching. I enjoy tutoring French at all levels. Reading and writing are favorite pastimes of mine, and I was a student who actually thoroughly enjoyed taking the SAT, ACT, and PSAT reading/writing sections!
I have a passion for helping others find enjoyment in standardized test taking (no matter what it takes!) and securing the best strategies for their success. Editing is another 'hobby' of mine, and I am always eager to work through a paper with someone. My goal in a learning environment is to facilitate a patient but still energized atmosphere in regards to knowledge. I am looking forward to working with your student!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Loyola University-Chicago - Bachelor in Arts, International Studies and French; Minors in German, Arabic, African Studies
Languages, Travel, Skiing/Snowboarding, Kayaking, Singing/Dancing, Fine Arts, Opera, Theater, Current Events, Journalism, Literature, National/International Politics
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Writing
6th Grade Reading
6th Grade Writing
7th Grade Reading
7th Grade Writing
8th Grade Reading
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I maintain a calm and patient atmosphere at all times. Sometimes, just a step in another direction/topic works best at moment of challenge!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I work with them from all angles on mastering the skill or concept. I also find connections with them from other material in which they are already confident.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I love to break down the passage or selection. Little bits are far less overwhelming than larger selections!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Connecting to material already mastered! We always know more than we think.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Creativity aids in comprehension. For example, silly French sentences help vocabulary and grammatical concepts stick really well!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Real-life application ensures that a student truly understands. I also frequently have them teach it back to me. When the student can become the teacher, you know they have it!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I reaffirm the skills that they have mastered at the beginning of a lesson and also at the end, complementing the end of the lesson with the new concepts they have mastered!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I have them speak first about what they believe their needs are, and then I present a variety of activities to see where the remainder of the needs lie.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I experiment! I am consistently learning just as much as the student through my adapting tutoring styles.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I enjoy using a variety of passages that involve diverse topics for work on reading comprehension and writing. For language work, I love to use a multimedia approach as well (music, videos, etc.) to really demonstrate the breadth of the language.
What is your teaching philosophy?
We always know more than we think! I strive to find connections between material in which a student has immense confidence and the more challenging material. This facilitates patience and excitement in learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I get to know the student's interests outside of the topic. I want to be able to connect material to topics that are interesting and revitalizing for the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I firmly believe in thinking 'outside of the box.' Creative thinking ensures that a student cultivates original thinking in regards to general topics.