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Alice

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As a tutor, I have found that every student has a unique style of learning, so careful listening is one of the most important steps towards effective teaching. In fact, I believe it is the responsibility of a good tutor to adapt every lesson to the individual needs and interests of her students. I am fortunate to have studied extensively within my chosen academic fields, but as a tutor, I have found that my most valuable skills are my ability to keep an open mind, to listen patiently, and to communicate clearly. It is my goal to empower students by teaching to their own personal strengths, thus fostering a love of learning that will carry them beyond our tutoring sessions and into the rest of their academic career.

A little bit about me: I graduated cum laude from Colby College in May 2015 with an honors degree in History. My coursework within my major was concentrated in both Middle Eastern and U.S. History. In my senior year at Colby, I wrote my thesis on imperialism in the Middle East during the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly focusing the First World War and its aftermath in the region. I received several competitive grants to conduct primary research in London and Oxford archives for this project, including the prestigious Goldfarb Center's student research fellowship. Once completed, my thesis was granted the award for the best senior essay in History that year. Additionally, I won Colby's annual prize for the best History student both my junior and senior year. I owe much of my academic success to my incomparable professors/mentors/advisors within the History Department, and now, as a tutor, I strive to provide the same level of enthusiastic support and encouragement to my own students.

Beyond my history studies, I spent a semester during college at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, allowing me to develop my deep understanding of both French language and culture. While on Colby's campus, I spent much of my spare time working as an assistant to one of my professors on his manuscript, as both an editor and a researcher. During my spare time, I sang in the chamber choir, cooked, wrote poetry, and read (too many favorite books to count, but right up there are Brideshead Revisited, Persuasion, and Love in the Time of Cholera). Since moving to New York, I've added yoga to my hobbies roster. Now, I work with several of the best-rated tutoring agencies in New York City - and I would be thrilled to work with you to unlock your full academic potential, and help to make learning the fun and empowering experience it should be!

Alice’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Colby College - Bachelors, History

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 750

SAT Writing: 780

Hobbies

cooking, poetry, history, hiking, yoga, tennis

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

History

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College World History

Conversational French

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

Government

High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History

Languages

Literature

Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in French

SAT Subject Test in French with Listening

SAT Subject Test in World History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Social studies

Test Prep

US History

World History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Tutoring is about understanding each student’s specific needs and learning style, and knowing how to help the student unlock his or her own potential. This, in my experience, has been my greatest asset when tutoring. I am lucky have studied my chosen fields extensively, but what has really helped my students (and me) grow has been my ability to listen carefully and communicate well, my easy patience, and my innate love of learning.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I like to spend at least part of a first session beginning to understand your learning style. I want to find out who you are as a student; what subjects you like, what you like about them, what some of your favorite classes have been and why, etc.