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Erin

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I began tutoring other students in 6th grade, as part of the Jr. National Honor Society. I continued tutoring throughout all of middle and high school, graduating in 2012 and heading to college. In college, I volunteered to tutor local elementary school students in the afternoons for one term and was later selected to serve as a lab assistant in an introduction to computer science class at my undergraduate institution. I was recently selected to serve as a teacher's assistant for an introduction to communication class during my first semester of graduate school.

I received my Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., in June 2016. I also minored in computer science. I graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors and was elected to Union's chapters of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Tau Delta. I will be attending Boston University's College of Communication in the fall to pursue my Master of Science in Journalism.

Outside of tutoring and school, I enjoy listening to NPR (#careergoals), reading (anything and everything!), and traveling. My most recent big trip was to the Caribbean, but I also travel within the Northeast a fair amount; I just got back from a week in New Hampshire and Boston. Before the Caribbean, I spent three weeks in London as part of a short study abroad program focused on theater.

Erin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Union College - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree: Boston University - Current Grad Student, Journalism

Test Scores

ACT English: 34

ACT Reading: 34

SAT Writing: 730

GRE Analytical Writing: 5

Hobbies

Journalism, reading, writing, editing, and succulents.

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

GRE Analytical Writing

High School English

Java

Literature

PSAT Critical Reading

Python

Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Technology and Computer Science

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My approach to student education requires achieving a comprehensive understanding of each student's needs to establish a plan of action to meet those needs. One-on-one work emphasizing areas where an individual student sees the greatest weaknesses is essential to improving student performance.

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

In a typical first session with a student, I would go over areas where the student feels they perform the worst, and why. I would ask for recent grades or test scores and a comprehensive breakdown of instructor feedback, or examination feedback to understand more completely how I could best help the student. If the student had specific questions already, I would certainly address them in the first session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Students can be aided in independent learning by teaching concepts in a way that is applicable to multiple test-taking or classroom situations the student may encounter, rather than teaching a student to answer only one, highly specific question. For example, teaching the principles of writing a good essay is more important to a student's overall education and ability to achieve success in the future than is teaching a student exactly what points to include in an essay on George Washington.