I'm a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Anthropology. I like the flexibility my degree gives me, as I believe a successful Anthropologist should be able to multitask as a linguist, historian, artist, biographer, ethnographer, botanist, biologist, mathematician, psychologist, and adventurer. I am a native speaker of English and take on writing and editing work in English. I can speak, read, and write French at an intermediate level and love tutoring in language! I think it's especially fun to work with children who are studying French because they are fast learners and like to be creative with their new words.
I am a huge history buff and love to share my excitement with others. My specialties in history are Modern European History, United States History, and the History of Catholicism and the Papacy.
I have a lifelong passion for reading and writing and pride myself on being able to communicate even the trickiest of grammar rules in a way that students can understand.
I am comfortable working with students of any age, from toddler to adult. I value getting to know my students and their learning and socialization styles so that I can help them get the most out of their tutoring sessions. I want to help you or your child feel the same sense of excitement towards learning that I have!
In my free time, I like to play video games, paint, cook, do free-hand embroidery, and work in my garden. I have a small dog and a large cat who I love to play with! My favorite books are the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and Echo by Francesca Lia Block.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The Ohio State University - Bachelors, Anthropology
Anthropology, history, literature, painting, gardening, museums, sewing, cooking, video games, table-top games
College Level American History
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that it's important to really get to know my students and how they feel most comfortable learning. I want to create a space where students feel free to ask questions or admit that they need more help with something. There is nothing better than that moment where it all clicks and a student gains a sense of excitement and accomplishment in their studies!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I'd like to get to know my student, their learning style, and their interests in and outside of academics. If a parent or guardian has any concerns, these are important to me, too. After introducing ourselves, I'll probably ask a few questions or have the student complete some exercises which help me to gauge their level of comprehension in a subject.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Tutoring shouldn't just be about the time that I spend with the student, but also the study habits that they develop and carry over into the rest of their life. Routine is very important to me, so I will always do some warm-up and cool-down exercises to get the brain working! I hope to help your student develop healthy study habits like eliminating distractions and recognizing personal progress and challenges. If there is a question I can't answer, I will research it with the student, and I hope that this attitude encourages them to explore any questions they might have in future.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Studying with a tutor can be intimidating, but also very rewarding. I will do my best to maintain the student's sense of accomplishment, even when they feel stumped. It is important to praise hard work and a sense of determination. Progress does not go unnoticed, and depending on the subject of study-- and with parent's permission and coordination-- I feel that rewards like an academically relevant book, tasty snack, or a trip to the museum make a great impact. I hope that my hands-on and creative tutoring style is enough to keep students looking forward to the next lesson!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When information doesn't "stick," I like to change the presentation. Not everyone learns in the same way, so it's important to be flexible with teaching style. For example, when a student struggles with grammar mechanics, I find that reading out loud can really help to strengthen that internal voice a writer develops. Listen to the pause, the full stop, and the question. If a piece of writing doesn't sound right when read out loud, what changes can we make for it to sound better? I really value the input of students and welcome their advice as to how I can help them overcome difficulties. If we need to take a five-minute break and change our approach to the subject, we can do that! Students don't learn as well when they're frustrated, so let's break that vicious cycle of frustration and study troubles!