I'm really excited to be working with Varsity Tutoring. Teaching has always been a passion of mine. From TAing as an undergraduate, to coaching ultimate frisbee at the college level, to simply working with classmates to help them understand tough material, I appreciate working with other people to help them achieve their goals.
I am working as a tutor part-time while I prepare to enter a masters degree program in Urban Planning at UCLA in the fall of 2016. I will be in the Baltimore area until early August, at which point I will move to Los Angeles. Tutoring struck me as an exciting and enriching way to support myself while getting to meet and work with some great people.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland-Baltimore County - Bachelors, Philosophy
GRE Verbal: 170
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What is your teaching philosophy?
I never want to teach a concept by simply explaining the problem start to finish. Especially when tutoring, students know the material but might have trouble applying what they know to the problem at hand. I like to ask slightly leading questions so that the student can come to the solution on her or her own.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A first session is the time when I work to learn what the student needs. Everyone picks up some concepts easily and struggles with other. Since students know best what they need to work on, I ask them to show me examples of problems they have trouble with so that we can draw up a plan to address whatever gaps they have in their understanding of the subject material.