I am excited to become a tutor with Varsity Tutors because I have a deep passion for learning and the journey of thinking. My obsession is philosophy, which as a kind of over-arching discipline concerning the knowledge of what is, disperses me into many of the various subjects within which the joy of thinking can inhabit. I am excited to work with students and learn from them and see the ways in which their thinking can develop, as well as help them acquire the skills to succeed in their courses.
In my free time, I enjoy playing music (piano, guitar bass), as well as reading poetry and watching films.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Yale University - Bachelors, Philosophy
10th Grade Math
9th Grade Math
AP US History
College Level American History
College World History
Drum and Percussion
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
High School World History
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
To help students create and think for themselves, such that the knowledge sticks with them. To help them see the meaning and practicality of learning and the joy and confidence it can bring.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them, what they are interested in, etc. Ask them about how they feel about the various subjects and courses. Identify areas of difficulty and success.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching them particular learning tools and methods and helping them practice and refine such tools.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By helping them to see the importance and meaning of the things they are learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Teach them strategies for overcoming confusion. Catering explanations to the student's particular propensities and style of learning.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Identify tactics, such as key words, overall structure, tonality.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Asking them questions, drawing diagrams, and making an outline of general lesson plan.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Show them relevance to life; boost their confidence.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Quizzes; varying kinds of questions.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Show them the ways in which they are constantly improving.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Learn from experience which sorts of questions and techniques work and how they relate to the student's particular confusions/learning style.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Handouts, outlines, diagrams, lesson plans.