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Harriet

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I am a graduate of St. Olaf College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Mathematics. Following my passion of teaching and working with students, I also studied to become licensed to teach math and physics. I have spent time working with students in St. Paul who are struggling to meet grade level standards, students who need an extra boost for an AP test, and I spent an entire semester at a school in India working with students in math, physics, and SAT prep. I really enjoy tutoring students through their preparation for standardized tests. AP, ACT, and SAT are tests where a quick understanding of the content is necessary, but students also need wise strategies for working under time pressure, narrowing down answers, and understanding what the questions are really saying. I value critical thinking as my philosophy of education, because students who have developed the ability to reason through new concepts and be confident in the conclusions they reach are not only well-prepared for tests, but also well-prepared for everything they encounter in life. When not tutoring, I spend my time reading a wide variety of books, knitting, running, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and hiking.

Harriet’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: St. Olaf College - Bachelors, Math and Physics

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 36

ACT Math: 30

ACT Reading: 36

ACT Science: 33

SAT Composite: 2190

SAT Math: 730

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Subject Test in World History: 740

SAT Subject Test in Physics: 750

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 800

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 710

Hobbies

Reading, Running, Knitting, Cooking, Hiking


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am convinced that teaching is about encouraging students to grow in their critical thinking skills. As a tutor, I help students become confident with the material, but at the same time, the real goal is for them to become confident in their own logical processing ability. This allows the student to approach new concepts and problems confidently on their own, since they have developed successful critical thinking skills.

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

In a first session, I will come prepared to discuss the range of the topic the student needs to review/learn. This means that I can diagnose the specific skills and understandings that the student needs to work on, so that the first session and all following sessions are focused on the needs of the student. I would also spend the time necessary to understand how the student feels about the subject, whether they are confident, engaged, confused, or apathetic, since each student would need a different approach to tutoring.