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I am a doctoral candidate at Cornell University, and hold a Master of Philosophy degree in art history from Cambridge University (UK), and a magna cum laude bachelor's degree from Baruch College with a double major in Art History and English Literature . As you can probably infer, I love going to museums and reading. My goal is to become a professor in the history of art, spending the rest of my life teaching and writing books. During my time at Baruch College, I was a Research Assistant for an art history professor. I proctored and graded exams for a survey art history course. During college I was a Math, ESL, and SAT tutor for Collegiate Academy in Queens. I did private tutoring for ESL students and classes of about ten students for other subjects. Since graduating, I have worked in the art world to get experience before embarking on my graduate studies. I also worked in the Education Department of the School of the International Center of Photography as their Teaching Assistant Liaison. This experience confirmed my goals of becoming an educator. As our dean once said, a classroom is the only place that you can walk into, say the sky is purple, and do something productive with such an absurd idea.

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Ksenia’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Bernard M Baruch College - Bachelors, Art History and English Literature

Test Scores

GRE Quantitative: 166

GRE Verbal: 164

Hobbies

Reading, visiting museums, and hiking.

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

History

AP Art History

Art

College Algebra

College Application Essays

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

Creative Writing

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

Expository Writing

French

French 2

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Social Studies

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing

History of Architecture

Homework Support

Languages

Literature

Math

Microsoft Excel

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Pre-Algebra

Printmaking

PSAT Prep

Reading

Russian

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

US History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Progressive inquiry-based learning.

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

Map the student's goals and expectations for both of us. For test prep, I would make sure that the student is aware of the basic and logistical structure of the exam. For all other subjects I would ask about any methods, structures, and preferred methods at the student's school. Most importantly, we'd find out more about each other, so I can be more sensitive to anything that the student needs!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Find a structure and schedule that works best for the student. I do a lot of independent research. I became much more productive after I found the right environment and time frame for my work.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Being as encouraging as possible. We are both in it together!

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Take a step back. Next, find a new approach to the concept. It could mean examining the bigger picture or focusing on a small aspect of it. That part depends on the learning style of the student.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Break it down. Identify each clause, extract the idea behind it, and see how it relates to other clauses. Vocabulary exercises will not only give the student more confidence, but reinforce these exercises.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Structuring the lesson to be as interactive as possible. I want to hear the student as much as possible!

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

We would work on finding practical or personal connections to the work.


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