I graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & English. As an undergraduate, I worked at the peer-run writing center, where I provided writing assistance across disciplines, including the biological sciences. I am currently a Ph.D. student at ASU pursuing my doctorate in clinical psychology. While I tutor a broad range of subjects, I am most passionate about English/Literature, History and college admissions preparation. In my experience helping students work on written assignments, we always seem to have the most fun (with remarkable improvement) working on personal statements. I try to impart my love of learning to all of my students. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, running, and hiking.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Pomona College - Bachelors, Psychology & English
Graduate Degree: Arizona State University - PHD, Clinical Psychology
Hiking and anything outdoors
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in student-led learning. I try to help students access what they already know, as well as recognize and improve on the limits of their understanding, by asking questions and engaging students in reflective discourse.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, I would like the student to identify what he or she would like help with, as well as the feedback he or she has received from teachers. I would also like to assess the student's learning style in the first session.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By trying to make tutoring an enjoyable experience, as well as providing plenty of encouragement, I keep students motivated. I also try to teach stress management techniques and strategies for academic self-efficacy to keep students from feeling overwhelmed.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
By having students take charge of the tutoring session, I am able to ensure that the student understands the material. My tutoring style is to ask questions along each step of the problem-solving process in order to identify and improve on students' strengths and weaknesses.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By asking students questions, I have students demonstrate their own knowledge and understanding. This not only helps boost students' confidence, but also encourages them to independently solve problems.