I am a rising freshman at Yale University where I plan on studying both Computer Science and Political Science. In high school, I really loved the ability to study many different areas in depth. I realize that it is tough to excel in all of these areas, but being able to understand and learn them helped me get the most out of my high school experience. I have a strong interest in math and science and really enjoy getting students excited about these subjects! Some of my favorite subjects to tutor are the SAT/PSAT (all sections), the ACT, and math including calculus and the subject tests.
I enjoy tutoring because I love working with students and seeing other people reach their goals. I don't believe in memorizing facts and figures, but rather helping students learn that they can develop their problem-solving skills to approach any problem with a strong mindset.
Besides spending time tutoring, I love to play squash and go running. I also really enjoy photography and eating. I'm also an Eagle Scout, and I frequently go hiking and camping. In general, I love staying active!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Yale University - Bachelors, Computer Science and Political Science
SAT Composite: 2400
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 800
Photography, Squash, Hiking & Camping
AP Computer Science
AP Computer Science A
AP US History
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe the best way to teach is through your own discovery. I think students should have a nibble to chew on to find their own way based on that. That's when the best true learning happens.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We would go through a set of problems you're having trouble to identify together exactly what parts are truly difficult. Assignments and concepts seem difficult until you deconstruct them and find out they're not so bad after all.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching the necessary problem solving skills that will allow them to approach anything in a similar fashion. The number one way to become an independent learner is not being scared to tackle difficult things you haven't seen before.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Consistently becoming better and accomplishing things you once thought impossible is the best way to stay motivated. We'd tackle problems together, and you'd become empowered with newfound abilities and skills.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try different methods of teaching. I firmly believe that there are many different ways to learn a skill or concept, so we would work together until the student can figure it out.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is about learning HOW to find the answer. All of the information is right there in front of you, so the way to succeed is to practice being aware of what's on the page and to put yourself in the shoes of the test maker.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most successful strategy is an action-oriented approach where we actually do the problems, identify the blocks and difficulties, and begin to tackle them head on.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
The student needs to find where they can succeed within the given subject. Positive reinforcement combined with a sense of accomplishment once they learn certain skills and concepts can help get them engaged.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask them to explain the concept back to me, and pretend like they are teaching me. Teaching something is the best way to test how well you know it.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive encouragement and breaking down problems into easy steps are the best ways to build a student's confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
A student can tell me what they think their needs are. This is usually a pretty good starting point. From there, you can observe how they tackle problems placed in front of them.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If a student is not understanding a concept, repeating the same thing probably won't help. Different ways of wording and different problems are ways I would adapt my tutoring a student's needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Paper and pencil. I would bring problem sets for them to work on between tutoring sessions as well.