I am a current undergraduate student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, pursuing a double major in International Affairs and Business with minors in Spanish and Global Social Entrepreneurship. Before college, I attended the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, "one of sixteen public, residential high schools in the country specializing in the education of gifted and talented students who have an interest and aptitude for mathematics and science."
For the past two years, I've served as an Honors Mentor and Resident Assistant. Additionally, I've served over 400 hours of community service in that time; I've taught English in Nicaragua and Ecuador, worked with bilingual students at the Hurley K-8 school, and have done extensive work with America Scores, a development program for at-risk youth.
I'm most passionate about math (from elementary math to Algebra 2 mainly) and English (specifically grammar, mechanics, editing, etc.); thus, those are the subjects which I most frequently tutor. Having recently taken and done well on many standardized tests, I also enjoy helping students prepare for such exams as SAT, PSAT, ACT, etc.
Outside of academia, I spend the majority of my time attending musicals and concerts, running, and traveling the world (30 countries and counting!).
Undergraduate Degree: Northeastern University - Current Undergrad, International Affairs & Business
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 36
ACT Math: 36
ACT Reading: 33
ACT Science: 33
SAT Math: 740
SAT Writing: 800
Running, Movies, Musicals, Traveling
Elementary School Math
High School English
SAT Subject Tests Prep
What is your teaching philosophy?
As a teacher, it's my goal to ensure that the learning process is student focused. Instead of having students passively listening, I feel that students learn best when they are engaged, active, and a part of process. Being student focused means I'll do whatever is necessary to ensure I'm effective as can be. That may require me to utilize a different teaching style or approach a particular topic from a unique angle.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I believe it is key to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a student--both perceived and actual. I begin with a discussion of where the student would like to improve, what they're looking to gain, etc. Then, I believe it necessary to see at what level they are currently. For English, seeing a recent essay or writing sample is a great way to gauge their ability. For math, more than just a test, giving the student problems to work through and discussing them. Hearing the student's thought process and reasoning is more valuable than seeing they got the correct answer.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Every concept can be approached and/or explained a different way. If a student were struggling to grasp it one way, I'd show him/her another way. Some students are audible learners while others are more visual/logical/etc. I'd try to see which style of teaching worked best and frame my teaching around that.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I've found that the more a student improves in a subject, the more they're engaged and excited. Thus, I'd try to highlight the progress they've made and focus on maintaining a positive attitude. Comparing where they are now to when they started will help show how far along they've come.