I am excited to get this opportunity to start teaching. I am currently enrolled at the University of Connecticut as an undergrad with majoring in history and economics as well as minoring in political science and international studies.
When I graduate I am looking to teach abroad because it combines my love of teaching with my love of travel. Because of this, I am excited to start tutoring through Varsity Tutors and start teaching some of the inordinate amount of material I have been learning over the past few years. Tutoring is a great job for me as it allows me to practice teaching real students while allowing me to make use of all my schooling.
I specialize in tutoring History and related subjects like geography and political science through high school. I also have a lot of experience tutoring high school students for their AP exams in select subjects. I am still in college however with a 3.9 GPA and fives on all four of my AP exams in high school. I firmly believe myself qualified to tutor anyone in my subjects of specialty. My inside knowledge of these exams informs me exactly how to take them and what you should know to receive that credit you have earned.
I like to take a holistic approach when learning or tutoring a subject. I believe it is more important for students to understand the larger concepts at work than it is for them to memorize every specific date and detail. If a student understands the broad strokes and themes present in the course, they will be able to adapt to the test and to questions they did not explicitly anticipate and memorize answers for. This is a key strategy for the AP tests which are too massive to simply memorize for.
I am generally available to tutor from 10am to 8pm every day and I can travel to students within reason or meet them online without issue. I look forward to helping you all with your learning.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Connecticut - Bachelors, History and Economics
SAT Verbal: 760
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I like to take a holistic approach to teaching, and make sure students understand the overarching themes and concepts so that they can adapt to any unanticipated problems. I don't believe in blind memorization.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I would do a number of practice problems to test the student and figure out what they are strong on and where they need help, so I don't end up repeating information they already know.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
There are study techniques that I like to teach to my students that can help, but really what helps them become independently successful is instilling, if not a love for, at least an appreciation for the subject area, so that they don't mind learning it on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Ideally, I would like to get students actually interested in the subject I am teaching them so they enjoy the process of learning. Now I know from personal experience (calculus) that this isn't always plausible, however by showing students study skills that make the process less arduous, it is possible to give students that extra motivation needed to keep going.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty with a specific concept, it is important to slow down and attack that skill from many different angles until it is fully understood. Skipping past one or two things early on will always come back to bite you later on.