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.
Undergraduate Degree: Union College - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: Boston University - Current Grad Student, Journalism
ACT English: 34
ACT Reading: 34
SAT Writing: 730
GRE Analytical Writing: 5
Journalism, reading, writing, editing, and succulents.
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.