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I am a current Masters Candidate at Columbia University, Teachers College in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I have been tutoring math, English, test prep, and foreign languages for over ten years.

I graduated with honors from Barnard College with a degree in Political Economy. During college, I also studied Spanish literature, Hindi, and Urdu, and received the prestigious Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for Urdu study in Lucknow, India. During that time, I taught SAT critical reading and writing at East Harlem Tutorial, raising average scores by over 200 points for her students. I was then hired by the Spanish government to teach English language through content classes in trilingual Catalan focused elementary and high schools. While in Spain, I also developed and taught curriculum for private children and adult classes. I then became head soft-skills trainer and curriculum developer for Anudip Foundation in Calcutta, a non-government organization aimed at teaching technology and language skills to rural Bengalis. I have been tutoring pre-numeracy through Algebra in New York for the last year, while studying communication sciences and disorder.

I believe is giving students the tools to find answers to problems independently, and making the underlying logic of the problem clear. Watching students gain understanding of new concepts and break down barriers in the academic careers is the true joy I find in teaching.

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Suzanne’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Barnard College - Bachelors, Economics

Graduate Degree: Teachers College at Columbia University - Current Grad Student, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hobbies

learning languages, yoga, knitting, hiking, musical theater


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teach students how to attack problems, and the logic behind the problems, so they can learn to answer independently.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Scaffolding is key to independent learning. Tutors need to ask strategic questions to help students internalize the logic of the question. The most important point is to facilitate the student talking more than the tutor.


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