I recently graduated from Yale with a B.A. in English (concentration in creative writing). I tutored throughout high school and college, and I especially love helping students with reading, writing, editing, and grammar. I tutor a broad range of subjects, including Spanish, French, History, SAT verbal, SAT subject tests, and English. I'm happy to work with students at all levels, from elementary school Language Arts to AP-level classes. As a tutor, I'm patient, energetic, and sensitive to students' needs and interests. Learning is one of life's most rewarding endeavors, and I seek to share my love of learning with students. In my spare time, I love to read, write, run, and explore new places.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Yale University - Bachelors, English
Reading, writing, hiking, running, baking
AP US History
College Level American History
High School English
High School Level American History
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning should be fun and stimulating. By tailoring my teaching to students' existing interests, I help them appreciate and excel at subjects they might otherwise find boring or frustrating. I believe patience, persistence, and enthusiasm are great tools for teaching and learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, we'd look over the material the student wanted to review. We'd talk about what questions they might have, what they found difficult, etc. Then, we'd focus on specific questions and try to make difficult parts clearer by collaboratively brainstorming solutions. In any first session, I'd spend time getting to know the student: favorite subjects, least favorites, their general interests and areas of difficulty, etc.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By asking them questions to help them figure out tough problems by themselves, rather than just giving them the answer. Interactive learning and learning by doing are key ways to build independent learners.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I always keep an upbeat, energetic, and patient attitude. I also try to link material that a student might find "boring" to their existing interests. For example, if a student doesn't love learning about grammar but loves sports, I might come up with practice grammar exercises that are sports-themed. That way we can chat about the students' interests while helping the student learn.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
We would walk through the problem step-by-step, discuss what they're finding difficult, and break the concept into smaller, more understandable pieces. We might look at real-world applications of the concept or skill. As always, practice makes perfect: I would be patient and work with the student until they understood the concept or grasped the skill.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Read together, and pause often to summarize/discuss what we've read, make flashcards with difficult words, take notes while reading, draw pictures or maps while reading to visualize what's happening, highlight important parts of the text, and have the student write brief summaries of the text.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Linking school subjects with students' real-world interests, listening closely to students, walking through a difficult problem and then having the student do a similar problem on their own, keeping a positive attitude, encouraging independent learning in the student, and taking notes during tutoring.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Link the material to something they ARE excited about! For example, if a student has trouble with reading comprehension but loves to act, turn a difficult scene from a book into a skit. If a student hates grammar but loves sports, use sports-themed practice sentences. If a student is struggling with French grammar, use fun learning tools like a French film or song to demonstrate the correct usage of a particular structure.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Making sure they can solve the problem on their own, using steps we've gone over, having them summarize what we've learned, having them explain the concept back to me, and having them complete a small project about the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Keeping an encouraging attitude while correcting errors, developing strategies for approaching difficult problems/concepts in the future, and taking notes so they can review what they've learned.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Discuss areas of difficulty in class or with homework (ask the student what they're having trouble with); provide sample questions in order to do a brief written assessment.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Listen carefully, talk to the student to get to know their learning style, and observe the different strategies to which the student best responds.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Notebook, pen, flashcards, sample questions.