I am a senior at St. Olaf College and will graduate in May of 2016 with degrees in Economics & Psychology with a minor in Management. I have currently accepted a job serving as an investment management consultant in Boston, MA. I am passionate about teaching and enjoy helping students prepare and succeed in academics. I especially enjoy helping students study for standardized tests. A lot of high school is spent prepping for college and with proper instruction anyone can get into the college of their dreams. I believe that I can help students achieve their goals. In addition to standardized test preparation my passions lie in public speaking and management. Beyond academics I love traveling, cooking, reading, and scuba diving!
Saint Olaf College - Current Undergrad, Economics, Psychology
ACT Composite: 33
ACT English: 34
ACT Math: 32
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 30
SAT Composite: 2190
SAT Math: 700
SAT Verbal: 700
SAT Writing: 790
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that in order to be a successful tutor I have to find a way to motivate my students. They have to understand why studying is important, and I make sure to emphasize that. In addition, learning is a unique experience. Different students are motivated differently and learn in different ways, and I will be sure to use different methods to give your child a tailored learning experience.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, I'll get to know my student. The only way to learn successfully is by feeling comfortable, and that would be my first task. I will build a connection with my student, figure out why he or she needs tutoring, and I will identify what motivates my student so I can help them reach their full potential.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will help my students stay motivated by varying the way they learn. Focusing on memorization versus word problems or readings versus real world applications makes a significant difference. I will constantly ask for feedback, and if I notice a student's motivation has fallen I will communicate with them to figure out how to bring it back up.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Accountability is the key to independence. If a student is struggling with independent learning it's difficult to accomplish homework assignments. Self-study that is then verified by the tutor will help them become independent.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break down the concept into easy to understand parts. In addition, I would delve into what parts of the skill or concept the student has trouble with and see if there is an overarching theme across a variety of different skills that can be dealt with on a broader level.