Over the last five years, I have helped students develop the requisite skills, strategies, and confidence to overcome whatever difficulty faces them. My years of experience have left me with a deep conviction that empathy is a key characteristic in an effective tutor. I never forget that as a tutor, I enter a student's life at an especially fraught time. My student's and I work together to figure out what tools they need to succeed. Whether for standardized tests or academic subjects, I look forward to helping you or someone you care about reach their potential.
For my own academic history, I scored in the 99th percentile on all three sections of the SAT, as well as attaining a score of 5 on the AP Statistics, US Government, US History, and English Literature and Composition exams. I completed my BA in Government in December after having served as a Research Apprentice with the Quantitative Analysis Center, and my thesis utilizing a range of novel econometrics to isolate the effect of public financing of elections on legislator ideology has been awarded Honors.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wesleyan University - Bachelors, Government
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1520
SAT Math: 720
SAT Verbal: 750
SAT Writing: 740
Statistics, soccer, cooking (specifically dishes that are incredibly complicated and way beyond my level of expertise)
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
Empathy is the most important quality a tutor can have.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I always start with a discussion of what my student is hoping to achieve, and where they stand at that moment. If we are doing standardized test prep, the student will then take a diagnostic test.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Showing a student that they have the capacity to succeed is their first step on the path.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Reminding them of the relationship between their short-term and long-term goals. For instance, a student may not be motivated to do their best on a particular homework assignment. But when reminded of their plan to boost their GPA before applying to college, a student will be more likely to focus.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Setting clear, measurable goals that my students are genuinely invested in achieving.