I love to read short stories and novels, and one day hope to write them as well. I have been writing since I was thirteen and enjoy it immensely; I hold a Prose writing workshop at Hunter's literary magazine every Thursday. I love to walk around the city, as well as the outer boroughs, and discover new places. I feel like there's too much in New York City to go to the same places all the time.
Music is implemented into my everyday life. I sing, frequent concerts, and listen to music daily. I go to other shows as well, such as stand-up comedy and plays. I attend concerts and shows in Hunter as well as in small places in the city and bigger venues. I studied Theatre in London this summer largely because we read and then saw 12 plays.
The "arts" and traveling are things I love to do and try to do often. I'm also open-minded to trying new things my friends introduce me to; there's always something to gain from learning from other people.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to adapt my teaching style to each student. Every person is different; every person learns differently. I'd listen to and respect the student's learning styles and personalities, and teach them in the way most applicable and easy for them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introductory conversation, getting an idea of the student's personality (at least as much as I can in the given time), making them feel comfortable with me, having them tell me their difficulties and telling them I'll help them as much and as best as I can.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would explain the importance of learning, and that knowledge is power. The more you learn, the more you know about the world. Learning can be exciting if you have the right attitude towards it. It's also not as difficult as we make it out to be.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would tell them how proud I am of their accomplishments, but more importantly of how they're trying. I would tell them that it feels good when you work on something for so long and then finally understand it, and that they should be proud of themselves. I'd also say that the more you work on something, the easier it becomes.