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I've always had a huge passion for theatre, but even some of my friends don't know that I also love math, art history, and writing! I earned my BA at Boston College and my MFA at The Boston Conservatory. My masters program was a dual performance and teaching degree which provided a pedagogical point of view and the opportunity to be a teaching assistant. I tutor several math subjects, including geometry, algebra I and II, and SAT math. Math has always been one of my favorite subjects to study and tutor because I enjoy the satisfaction of tackling a challenging puzzle. I would say that as a teacher, I like to guide my students and let them draw their own conclusions whenever possible. I want a student to leave a tutoring session feeling like they can rely on their own instincts and abilities when working on their own. My hobbies include swimming, theatre, singing, kayaking, reading, drawing, walking dogs, and watching too much Netflix. I know what it's like to struggle in school, but I also know the power of finding an appreciation for even the most dreaded subjects. I'd love to help your child articulate their goals, identify the strengths they already possess, and conquer those academic obstacles they're facing.

Sarah’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Boston College - Bachelors, Theatre Arts

Graduate Degree: The Boston Conservatory - Masters, Musical Theatre

Test Scores

SAT Math: 750

AP Calculus AB: 4

AP Art History: 4

Hobbies

Swimming, drawing, reading, theatre, singing, watching Netflix, walking dogs, playing bejeweled

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Art History

Art History

College Algebra

Geometry

Homework Support

Math

Middle School Math

Music

Other

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

PSAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

Singing

Social studies

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in motivation, planning, and confidence: helping students articulate what they want, figuring out how to get there, and highlighting the strengths they already possess.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I'd like to find out why the student has started tutoring: what subjects and activities they love, what subjects they don't like as much, and which ones give them the hardest time. Depending on the subject, we'd cover a range of material or perhaps take a practice test so that I can assess their abilities more accurately.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Again, I believe it comes down to motivation and confidence. I'd try to help the student understand why the work matters to them personally and ensure that they have the confidence to work through any struggles they might have on their own. Since I know how busy students are, I also believe it's important to help them plan how to fit this work into their schedules so that it doesn't become an afterthought.