I moved to Colorado from New York eight years ago to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I earned my bachelor's degree in Mathematics. During my time at CU Boulder, I tutored students of all ages in both Math and Science. I spent one semester teaching fifth grade science at a local elementary school, and another semester tutoring students at an alternative high school in math. My favorite subject to tutor is math, because I enjoy sharing my passion for analytical thinking with others. I try to teach in a manner that allows students to truly comprehend the material. I believe that if I am able to provide all of the tools for the student to learn, they will succeed! I love to ski, hike, bike, and enjoy all of the outdoor activities that our beautiful state has to offer. Cooking is my passion, and I have spent many years working as an event manager at several restaurants in the area.
What is your teaching philosophy?
In order to be a successful teacher, you need to be adaptable, because not every student learns in the same manner.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them a little bit by asking questions about their interests and hobbies, and try to find out what exactly it is that they are having trouble with, so we can assess the issues accordingly.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In order to help a student become more independent, I like to give them as many tools as possible to reach important conclusions on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By showing their progress in a tangible way, it offers incentive to stay on track.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would approach it from a different angle.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would break the reading into smaller sections and dissect it piece by piece, so that it is not as overwhelming to review and remember.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find that by being open with the students and flexible to their preferred learning methods, I am able to reach them more successfully.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I like trying to make learning difficult tasks enjoyable. I find that being creative while lesson planning, for example making a game-like lesson, is often helpful.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Constantly using reviews and check-ups with the student ensures understanding and comprehension.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Helping the student see tangible results often helps to build their confidence in that particular subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Asking lots of open-ended questions is always a great way to evaluate the needs of each student.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By always having a backup plan, it is easy to adapt to the changing needs of the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I try to use similar materials to those used in the student's school in order to ensure continuity and retention.