No more dreading that test or homework assignment! When I meet with you, my goal is to help you gain confidence, a deeper understanding of that subject you're struggling with, and insight into what sort of a thinker and learner you are.
I've been a teacher for eight years, so I have worked with students to help them through all sorts of challenging concepts. My teaching style is flexible: I have training in the Montessori style and plenty of experience prepping students for end-of-grade tests. I will work with you on specific test-related strategies if that's what you need, and I also use a variety of hands-on tools to make abstract concepts easier to comprehend.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Princeton University - Bachelors, East Asian Studies
Graduate Degree: Notre Dame of Maryland University - Masters, Secondary Mathematics Education
SAT Composite: 2390
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 790
SAT Writing: 800
GRE Verbal: 730
GRE Quantitative: 800
GRE Analytical Writing: 4
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High School English
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
"The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, 'The students are now working as if I did not exist.'" -- Maria Montessori.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'll sit down with you and ask what your biggest challenges are. We'll write down some goals that you hope to accomplish through tutoring, and then we'll dive right in!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Practice and observation! You'll know yourself better as I reflect back to you the patterns that I see. The more you understand about yourself as a learner, the more independent you will be.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
With lots of encouragement. It's also important to always go at the right speed. Too fast, and it's overwhelming. Too slow, and it's pointless.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, I'll talk through my thinking out loud using the method you learned in class, so you can understand the logic behind it. If that doesn't work, we'll use a different method or explanation that fits your learning style better.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Creating connections with the text and visualizing the subject matter are two important strategies that I practice with students. There are many more, and we will find the ones that work best for you!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The best strategy of all is getting to know each student well, and what his or her strengths and weaknesses are. The goal is to use your strengths to overcome your weaknesses.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Enthusiasm is contagious! I love all of the subjects I tutor, and I'm excited to pass enthusiasm on to you, as you see the fun in the subject you struggle in and experience success.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask you to perform the task yourself and think out loud as you do it. Even if you aren't able to finish the task, I can get a better idea of what strategies you are using. Depending on your goals, we might also circle back in later weeks to make sure you remember what you learned.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Practice is an excellent way to build confidence. Leveling up from easier to harder questions is a great way to see yourself grow.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Your feedback, together with results from tests and skill checks, will guide our time together. Is a particular way of doing something confusing to you? We'll try another way. Did you bomb your last test? Let's analyze it to pinpoint your best areas for improvement.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By observation and by listening to your feedback. There are as many teaching methods as there are students! I use a wide range of teaching strategies that I have learned by observing other teachers over the years.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Technology adds flexibility to my lessons. Often, there's a demo or interactive site online that can illustrate a point much better than I can with words. I favor teaching tools that allow students to understand new concepts through exploration.