I'm a soon to be graduate of Tufts University just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I study Computer Science and Drama, but while I'm not coding or acting I participate in loads of other activities including multiple sports, book clubs, board games, and more. I come from a family of educators (both my parents are teachers and I have uncles who have been deans and presidents of universities), and I love teaching and helping people learn as much as I can because I'm a lover of learning myself. I keep a very positive attitude in life and I promise to be adaptive to whatever forms of learning you like or work best for you, and if you don't know what those are, then I'll help you figure them out! Also, if you love making movie references and talking TV shows, then I'm definitely your guy.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Tufts University - Bachelors, Computer Science & Drama
ACT Math: 30
SAT Math: 700
All sports, acting, film, music, board games, video games
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to find the fun! If you like sports, then let's talk physics concepts in terms of basketball or soccer; if you love video games, then we can break down code and understand simple data structures that are used in your favorite first person shooters. Learning is all about finding your own personal "in" to the material and putting it in terms that you can relate with.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'd get to know them a little. I'd ask what their hobbies are and what subjects are their favorites. Then I'd start to talk about their learning styles and what they think works for them and what they struggle with. I'd tell them a little about my experience with tutoring and my educational background, and then we could dive into some introductory material to get our feet wet. I'm all about making the student feel comfortable in the first session so they can feel free to speak their mind and let loose their creativity in problem solving and analysis.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think becoming an independent learner is all about figuring out what you find most enjoyable with learning and how you can motivate yourself to want to learn. Sometimes that involves a strict schedule, sometimes that means a reward system, and sometimes it's totally different than both of those. The more you make learning enjoyable, though, the more likely you are to do it on your own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Everyone is motivated in different ways. Some people need reward systems, others just need help with perspective. Motivation is about setting achievable goals that help you work towards stretch goals. Find the areas of your life that you put a lot of stake in, and then try to spin that for learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, I would try to break the problem down into smaller chunks that the student can understand so they feel like they're making progress. I also would try to tackle the problem from another angle such as doing a physical experiment or model to engage a different part of the brain. The main thing is to make sure that the student feels like they are making progress and not getting discouraged.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First, I ask them what they remember from the passage to prove that they do remember things in general. Then I focus on how to recognize the main topics of a passage and give them cool techniques such as looking at subject sentences, concluding phrases, etc. Repeated practice on just trying to remember smaller passages also helps as you then work towards larger blocks of text.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Building trust and confidence between the tutor and the student is a must so that both feel comfortable in the work environment. Keeping things fun but focused is also of high importance so that the work doesn't become annoying or monotonous. Setting goals I always find to be very helpful as well so that students can really feel like they are accomplishing their tasks but also have something to work towards.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would first break down the problem into smaller sections that the student can tackle piece by piece. By managing these smaller chunks the student feels like they are consistently succeeding. I would also try to find subjects or hobbies that the student enjoys and relate the subject they are struggling with to that hobby. For example, if a student really likes baseball and the subject they were struggling with is physics, then I'd relate physics principles with baseball and provide problems that are baseball themed.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would make sure that the student is tested in multiple ways on the material so that they aren't just memorizing one format. I would also have them teach me the material and walk me through a problem. I would also make sure to come back to the material at a later time to make sure it wasn't a short-term memory deal.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Progress is the key. Make sure the student is making small successes in a subject so they can feel like they are improving. Small successes will lead to finishing an entire problem. I'd follow a similar structure with goal making. Have the student make small goals and a large goal so they can make tiny progress but constantly be working towards something.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I first ask the student what they think they need the most help with and keep that in mind while I work with them. I then would have them try out a couple of different problems and watch how they go about solving them and have them explain to me how they think the problem needs to be solved. From there I would try to identify if they struggle with concepts, simple human errors, or other factors.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I try to identify what my student's best method of working is (do they like to read, listen, work with their hands, etc.). I then try to explain concepts and work through problems in a style that they can easily relate with. It's always good to check in with the student consistently and make sure they are enjoying themselves and are agreeable to how we are working. Of course there are times when students need to be pushed out of their comfort zones, but that is handled with care and is done with very specific purpose.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I always use writing instruments and paper to draw or write out concepts. A computer is always handy to have to pull up images and have internet access to videos that can make things a little easier to understand. Certain subjects also call for different materials (such as math instruments or science tools).