I recently graduated with a 3.6 GPA from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, which is regarded as arguably the top communications program in the country. This comes after graduating from North Hunterdon High School with a 3.8 GPA and a 2140 composite SAT score. My best subject on the SAT was math, although I also scored highly on both the reading comprehension and writing sections. I also took the LSAT this year, scoring a 168 (96th percentile), which I actually found frustrating because it was lower than every single one of my practice tests (with my personal best being a 174). Because of this, I learned from my mistakes and am able to tutor both the subject matter of the LSAT as well as how to prepare for the test. I will be attending Vanderbilt Law School on a majority scholarship in the Fall. I have plenty of experience both in school and teaching friends and classmates material, as I tutored in college as well. I am a very friendly and outgoing person who likes to have fun, but also knows when to work and how to do so efficiently. I'm very excited aboutand grateful forthis opportunity to help others learn.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Syracuse University - Bachelors, Broadcast and Digital Journalism
Graduate Degree: Vanderbilt Law School - Current Grad Student, J.D. and M.S. in Finance
SAT Math: 760
Sports, writing, reading
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is often to find out how a student learns, how their teacher is attempting to convey the information, and then find the best way possible to teach them. Personally, I try to make learning humorous because I find it easier to retain information that way. However, I've also taught students who simply needed to focus and have every step broken down individually for them. My philosophy is to adapt as much as necessary.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session should be discussing how the student learns (if they know) and how their teacher is responding to that in the classroom. If the student cannot learn the information from their teacher, I need to help them in a different way.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I learned early in high school and college that learning is less about remembering information, and much more about learning to think. Teaching skills, rather than plain information, is the best way to prepare a student for both the subject they need tutoring in, as well as for future academic pursuits.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I've dealt with many frustrated people in both personal and professional settings. While this varies from person to person, the best way is often to make them feel good about themselves by showing them how much they've learn and how far they've come. From there, slowly building on that foundation helps them learn and gain confidence, which often inspires them to keep progressing.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
While there are several different methods for helping a student that need to be used in varying situations, one of the best is simply to have them start a problem on their own and go step by step. Once they run into a problem, it is important to help the student without actually doing the work for them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is something I struggled with myself, but I quickly turned it into one of my strengths. It is important to go over questions and show how passages make it clear that one answer is clearly better than the others. Oftentimes, this is due to precise wording. I learned many tips and tricks in this area that helped me overcome my issues and succeed. I am more than willing to pass on this information.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Many students who have difficulty learning struggle because they don't like or don't trust their teachers. It's important to me to get to know the student before trying to teach them. This personal connection not only helps me understand how they learn, but also helps the student trust me and be motivated to learn.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Most students struggle in subjects that they find boring or extremely difficult. Either way, it is important to teach them while keeping in mind that you have to make the subject interesting/funny or while showing that certain aspects of it aren't so complicated, slowly working up to harder concepts.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
One of the best techniques for simultaneously making sure a student understands material and also furthering that understanding is to have them teach it to you. If they can teach it to someone else, that means that they understand it completely.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Start with small, easier problems and slowly build their confidence. From there, progress to slightly more difficult concepts. Once you get to a point that they originally thought to be very difficult, show them their progress. That will certainly motivate them and help show them that the material is not beyond their grasp.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
While most tutors would ask the student what they think their weaknesses are, I would ask their strengths. I should already know the subjects they need help in because I'll be tutoring them. From there, I simply need to teach them by applying their strengths.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I want to get to know a student before I begin teaching them. From there, I can assess their strengths and weaknesses. I do my best to utilize those strengths and incorporate them into my teaching style.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I try to use the materials the student already has access to. However, if that is not possible, I have access to teaching materials at both high school and collegiate levels. I also have several books on the LSAT that I use.