I am a graduate of Cornell University with a history in tutoring and experiential education. My major was Agricultural Sciences and my minor was Gender Studies. At Cornell, I volunteered with the campus farmers' market, on the Cornell dining committee, and was the Director of Education for my sorority, Alpha Phi.
I ran a day camp focused on outdoor education in the summer of 2011. I have worked abroad in France, Italy, Switzerland and Southeast Asia as a nanny and tutor. I work by encouraging and empowering students to use the building blocks they already feel confident in to develop and master new skills in academia and test prep.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Cornell University - Bachelors, Agriculture Science
ACT Composite: 31
SAT Composite: 2070
SAT Math: 710
SAT Verbal: 710
cooking, baking, bicycling, gardening and reading.
High School Biology
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with a student I like to spend time on a needs assessment to fully understand the scope of the student's academic needs. I also like to spend some time in the first session just getting to know the student so that we have an underlying base of trust and respect.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Small, achievable goals set weekly, in addition to tests and assessments in the student's class, in addition to praise to build confidence.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Look at the skill or concept from another viewpoint or through a different lens. If describing it one way isn't working, I work with the student to find out which way they learn best, and then frame the subject matter that way.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By making the subject relevant to the student's interests. Whether it's applying math to a hockey game or biology to an amusement park.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Having a student explain the material in his or her own words, and having them complete extra practice problems shows me that the student fully understands the course material.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is focused on building confidence in students in their skills and knowledge so that they perform as their best selves on tests, assignments, and in the classroom.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Breaking down the material to its basics is most helpful for me when working with a new student. This allows me to see where the student is struggling and which concepts they have already grasped.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student is different. I adapt my style to the student’s needs by meeting them where they are. Where they are both in their understanding of the material, and their confidence in the subject. I then work with the student to figure out how they best learn and use different, unique methods to get the lessons across depending on how they digest material.