I am a student at Stanford University, pursuing my Bachelors in Psychology. Ultimately, I hope to receive a Ph.D. and study how young children learn languages. In the past, I've worked with students of all ages as young as age four through high school. I tutor a variety of subjects but I particularly like Math and languages. I've had a lifelong love of learning, and want to share this with others. I believe every student can fall in love with learning and be successful academically, and beyond, if we just meet them where they are!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Stanford University - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology
Reading, photography, playing with my puppy, running, rowing
Elementary School Math
High School Geography
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I try to get to know the student a little bit. It's important to me to know what their interests are, what they like and don't like about school, and what their goal is in working with me. After creating a plan for our time together, we'll get started working on that right away.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe the most important part of helping a student to become an independent learner is helping them to enjoy learning. I can provide strategies for picking out the important information, reading for comprehension, and tricks for memorizing and integrating new information. However, I believe making learning into something a student enjoys maximizes the benefits of any learning tools I provide.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It's hard for anyone to stay motivated when faced with a large or long-term task. That's why, in working with my students, we create several small goals we feel confident we can achieve along the way. I structure my sessions so that the student has as many opportunities to be right as possible.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student has difficulty with a concept, I tend to get creative with my teaching methodology. This is where knowing my student comes into play. If, for example, a student is having trouble using yards as a measurement in math and I know that student loves football, I'll try to teach it using football as an example. I draw on what a student already knows in order to help them learn new concepts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
The first thing I do with a student struggling with reading comprehension is to slow down. Many times, a student doesn't enjoy what he or she is required to read and tries to get the assignment done as fast as possible. As a result, the student can't make sense of what he or she read. After, I'll have the student go through and identify words or particular parts he or she didn't understand and we'll work together to create meaning. I also like to have students put in their own words what we're reading; I find that that helps them to remember content much better.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
During sessions, I try to frame things so that the student has every opportunity to succeed. These little successes can boost confidence quite a lot. I make sure our sessions are a safe space where the student doesn't need to be embarrassed about struggling or getting an answer wrong. Additionally, I like to help them with at least part of their homework so that they can go to class the next day confident that they are able to provide a correct answer.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
When I need to make sure a student understands what we went over, I have us switch roles. The student becomes the teacher and gets to explain the concept to me. It's a great way for both the student and me to gauge their understanding. Teaching a concept to someone else helps students remember it that much better.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Oftentimes, parents have an idea of what their student needs, but I also like to listen to the student. In our first session, I'll ask the student how they feel they are doing in school, what areas they feel good about and where they want help, as well as what they are hoping I can provide for them. At various points during our sessions, I will reassess the student's needs and tweak our goals accordingly.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe the most successful students are the ones who enjoy learning. I also believe that every student can find an area that they are passionate about. Therefore, I do my best to make learning as fun as I can by incorporating their interests into our sessions, and I show students how they can love learning on their own.