I always enjoyed school. I think I wanted to understand the world, but I also wanted to see what I could figure out on my own, so challenging myself was never a problem. I didn't do well when I felt like I was always trying to measure up to other students or external expectations - every time I studied for a test or wrote a paper, I would only begin to make real progress once I stopped worrying about the expectations and started to engage with the material. I think I always ended up helping other students and eventually becoming a teaching assistant and tutor because my willingness to engage is infectious. I also find that I can explain concepts in a number of different ways, allowing me to tailor my approach to individual students and help them understand things they’ve previously struggled with. I’m interested in how people learn, so my first approach to every student is to understand how they are approaching a problem and tailor my teaching to their strengths, weaknesses, and interests. My experience writing research papers, expository essays, and personal essays and editing other peoples’ work makes me an exceptional tutor for writing. I have edited, proofread and work-shopped so many pieces of writing from the 4th grade level to professional journalism writing that I have seen it all. I also excelled in Math and Science while in school because the way the systems worked interested me, and I have a strong sense of logic that enabled me to figure out how to solve problems in unconventional ways.
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelors, Urban Studies/Architecture
Graduate Degree: CUNY Hunter College - Masters, Fine Art
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1510
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 770
SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 790
SAT Subject Test in Literature: 780
SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 780
Photography, Art Galleries, Design, Magazines and Journalism, Bikes, Urban History, Architecture
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
History of Architecture
Urban Design and Development
What is your teaching philosophy?
The best way to learn something is to find a way to be interested in it. I always got my best grades when I found a way to care about what I was studying, to challenge myself to solve a problem, or to play a game that would get me through memorization. My philosophy is that everyone can become engaged and enjoy learning, and finding out how to tap into that motivation is the first step in preparing a plan to work with a student one on one to achieve their goals.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, I would ask why they or their parents are seeking tutoring for a particular subject. Do they struggle with it and need strategies to improve? Or do they need someone to keep them on track and provide feedback as they work through assignments as usual? And most importantly, how can we make the work feel challenging, interesting, and worthwhile? I might also assess a previous paper, test, or assignment to help me answer these questions with the student.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think the most important part of keeping a frustrated or bored student motivated is to stay confident, interested and unfazed yourself. Setting attainable goals is also a great way to give students a sense of accomplishment and progress.