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Natalie

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I'm a recent Cornell graduate who is passion about personalized education. I studied English and Film, with a lot of everything else thrown in!

As someone who's been stuck in classes that didn't do anything for me, I value the fact that everyone learns differently, and that variety and context, though integral to an engaged learning experience, are often lacking in traditional classrooms. I have remote teaching experience, so I'm looking forward to tutoring a wide variety of students online!

Natalie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Cornell University - Bachelors, English

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 34

ACT Math: 33

ACT Reading: 32

ACT Science: 32

SAT Composite: 2310

SAT Math: 720

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 790

AP Biology: 5

AP Calculus AB: 5

AP Calculus BC: 5

AP Physics B: 4

AP English Literature: 5

AP English Language: 5

AP US History: 5

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 760

SAT Subject Test in Physics: 720

AP Macroeconomics: 5

AP U.S. Government & Politics: 5

AP Art History: 5

Hobbies

Swing dancing, baking and cooking new things, watching great films and reading great books, writing fiction and creative nonfiction, and hanging out with any cat I can find

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT English

ACT Reading

Adult Literacy

Advanced Placement Prep

American Literature

AP English Language and Composition

British Literature

College English

College Essays

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Conversational German

Creative Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

German

German 1

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Homework Support

Introduction to Fiction

Languages

Literature

Other

Persuasive Writing

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Reading

Short Novel

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy revolves around the individual. That's why I love one-on-one tutoring - everybody learns differently, and needs different things to help them reach their goals. I believe in taking the time to figure out what each of my students need, and then doing my best to provide that for them!

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

It's important to get to know the student as a person. I would try to have a conversation about their interests, their goals (academic and otherwise), and their frustrations. That way I would be better equipped to help them whatever the focus of that first session might be. I would ask them what they feel they're doing well in, and why, so that we could use that reasoning together to improve their skills elsewhere.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

A student becomes an independent learner when they get excited about learning - more than improving test scores, I think of that as my job - getting students excited to be studying these things.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation is all about keeping your goals at the forefront of your mind. Whether it's a distant or more abstract goal, like acceptance to a certain college, or it's a simple desire to get a better grade on an essay, I'll be sure my students remember why they wanted to work with me.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I'm not afraid to explain things in a million different ways. I love it when students challenge me to think in new ways! Tutoring like this goes both ways. And I always emphasize staying calm. If a student is getting upset, or frustrated, that's when it's time to take a break to chat about something related to their goals, or work on a different aspect of the subject for a bit.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

It's important to find the root of the comprehension problem. Are they reading a passage too quickly? Is their vocabulary lacking? I would probe until I understood why a student was having difficulty before I tried to help them improve.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

It's easier for everyone if we both treat each other with respect, and that means we need to see each other as people. It is integral to my teaching process to get to know my students, and let them get to know me, so that it never feels as if we're just two test-driven robots going back and forth.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would show them a new angle, teach them something new about that subject - whether it's a cool application of a concept, or some historical background that might not be in a textbook.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Testing is important for evaluating comprehension, but if the subject allows it, I prefer to have a conversation with my student, where I ask some open-ended questions about the material and we go from there. If a student can speak comfortably about a subject, I know they're doing well.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Testing is also helpful here! If a student is feeling unprepared and I can give them a few quick quizzes that they ace, that can do wonders for confidence. It's always great to prove to a student how awesome they are!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Well, to begin with, I ask them! If applicable, I might ask a parent or other informed third party, but it's important to understand what the student believes they need to work on, regardless. I also want to evaluate the student's previous work, and talk through it with them to see if they recognize their mistakes or any areas they think they could improve upon.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Some students thrive on tests, and others freeze at the sight of multiple choice. Regardless of the subject, I am always willing to adjust my evaluation methods to favor the ones that let my student thrive. In general, I am committed to keeping an open mind - everyone learns differently!

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I prefer to keep things as varied as possible - visuals if possible, maybe even videos! Some practice problems thrown in, but never a big chunk at once. And plenty of conversation and joking in between!