As a college student, I definitely know how it feels to struggle with coursework. However, I also know that feeling of triumph when I finally understand a problem makes all the hard work worth it. I love helping fellow students learn, and eventually reach that triumphant feeling, too. My tutoring experience spans a pretty wide range: from working at a local Kumon Learning Center where I helped kids between 4 and 18 years old with math and reading assignments, to dedicating two hours a week to tutoring a student with Asperger's in physics and chemistry for two years. In all of my experiences, I've seen amazing amounts of progress, and I've enjoyed the friendships I made along the way. Ultimately, I'm here to help you ace that test, pass this class, and most importantly, learn.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Bachelors, Chemistry
ACT Composite: 35
ACT English: 36
ACT Math: 36
ACT Reading: 35
ACT Science: 33
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1550
SAT Math: 740
SAT Verbal: 730
SAT Writing: 800
I love good food and music, dabble in yoga, and spend my free time outdoors and with friends.
What is your teaching philosophy?
It's important to put learning first. If all we worry about are the grades, we'll never truly try to understand.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I'd work with my student to identify the major problems they're having. Then, I'd help my student set up a plan to achieve their goal: getting a good grade in the class, getting a good score on a test, making measurable progress.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Learning is driven by asking questions, and I'm not here to give students the answers. I think that independence is gained when students understand how to get the answers, and that's where I come in.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Taking small steps to achieve small successes is the key to staying motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Working through practice problems always helps, and a creative and clear explanation can be essential to understanding, too.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would address reading comprehension by having the student boil it down to the basics: who, what, where, when, how, and why.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
After identifying what the student is struggling with, I like to jump right into practice problems. I find that the best strategy is to ask the student specific questions to get them to think critically about a problem.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I had the worst time when I first started taking economics in high school. It just wasn't a subject I was naturally good at, or excited about. But eventually, I had to learn it, and the trick that worked best for me was making up funny mnemonic devices. Econ turned out to be not so bad, after all.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would switch places with the student and ask them to teach me. The best way to check if you really understand something is to simply teach it to someone else!