I am a graduating student from the University of Virginia, where I have been studying Economics and Politics in the Honors program as a Jefferson Scholar, a merit-based full scholarship. I absolutely love to teach and have spent much of my time in college teaching in various settings. Before getting into my qualifications, though, I think it's important to note one thing about my teaching style. I was never someone who simply "got" things in class. I often struggled to understand relatively simple concepts, especially when compared to my classmates, whether that was in test-taking or in any academic subject. So, I know what it's like to really wrestle with a subject, and I know what kind of assistance is helpful (and what kind of assistance/teaching is not). I think this--empathizing with a student and knowing the difference between good and bad help--is the most important quality of a good tutor. And just as importantly, I will work hard to tailor each tutoring session to the student's needs. I know that everyone's learning style is different, and I view it as my responsibility to cater to the student's strengths while addressing his/her weaknesses.
On experience (briefly): I was hired as a teaching assistant by my university's economics department (one of just a few undergraduates), and I also teach debate in local schools in Charlottesville. I enjoy working with students of all ages and have experience teaching students from the elementary school level to the college level. I've worked one-on-one both with friends and with my students on various subjects, including writing, economics, math, and standardized testing.
Some qualifications: I recently took the LSAT and scored a 180 after intensive independent study. I am very committed to helping other students increase their scores, as I fully understand the challenges of the test and I know that it can be frustrating not to see your score improve (I often felt that way myself!) The same is true of the SAT. I was not naturally good at test-taking, and so I am passionate about helping students who might be coming from that perspective. I also am excited to tutor in various academic subjects and to help students with college applications. I was accepted to various Ivy League schools before deciding to attend UVa and filled out many applications. As a debate coach, I am constantly editing and refining others' work.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Virginia-Main Campus - Current Undergrad, Politics Honors and Economics
SAT Composite: 2360
SAT Math: 780
SAT Verbal: 780
SAT Writing: 800
Trying new restaurants/food, traveling (I'm definitely a francophile!), figure skating, music (of all genres)
High School Business
High School Economics
High School English
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Above all, I believe that if I am to be a good teacher, I need to empathize with my students and seek to understand what they find challenging, what their goals are, and what they hope to get out of each session. I value tailoring each tutoring session to the student's needs. I know that everyone's learning style is different, and it is my responsibility to cater to the student's strengths while addressing his/her weaknesses.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session should focus on establishing goals for the next several weeks or months. I would focus on getting to know the student both as a person and as a student. For the latter, I might ask: what are your objectives in hiring a tutor? What is your learning style? Are there methods of study that you hate or love? And if there were time, I might plunge into some material.