I am a law student at Columbia Law School. I love conversing with interesting students and learning from them. That's why I love being a tutor! I graduated from the University of Chicago in 2015 with degrees in Economics and Political Science. I spent most of 2015-2016 travelling around the world. I have been to over twenty countries and four continents. My goal is to visit as many as I can! I am willing to tutor a variety of subjects to a variety of students. This includes test prep for both ACT/SAT and LSAT!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Chicago - Bachelors, Economics, Political Science
Graduate Degree: Columbia Law School - Current Grad Student, J.D.
Reading, Travel, Golf, International Politics, Philosophy
AP US History
College Level American History
High School Business
High School Economics
High School Level American History
Mandarin Chinese 1
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I encourage my students to ask questions and engage in discussion. Not only will they learn from me, but I will learn from them their learning style and insights. Talking is key to learning especially in subjects like English and Social Studies.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Gauge their interests and strengths and weaknesses. Obviously we will need to tackle all areas but getting a good sense of what type of learner they are will be crucial to future success.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Find subjects that they are interested in. I have learned from experience that the best students in each subject are those often most interested in that subject. Obviously other subjects need not be neglected but being personally motivated requires interest. I hope to help all my students be interested in all subjects that I teach.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I am a strong believer in positive reinforcement. There is no need to admonish or pressure students if their results are coming back positive. It is much easier to keep a good student on track than it is to push a bad student on track. If you are with Varsity Tutors you are probably at least personally motivated, so my job is easy from there on out!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Ask them questions as to why they find it difficult. There are more than a few ways to learn a subject and I will try to find more ways to bring the knowledge to them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I find the biggest struggle with reading comprehension is the type of passages that are being read. Often they are boring, but that doesn't need to be the case. There are ways to make boring passages engaging and thoughtful, such as pointing out interesting excerpts and overall conclusions that blend into everyday life.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Discussion, find out their interests, what type of subjects they find fascinating, what makes them ask questions. Asking questions is the key to learning and the more questions from them, the better the teacher I become.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I always try to connect subjects to real life. If a student is struggling in math, we can put away the pen and paper and look for real-world applications of math to the areas they are struggling in. The same applies to English and Social Studies, not all subjects are compelling and I understand that. Being able to understand their real-life effects and consequences may motivate students to achieve more.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I do believe in testing/quizzing students. But there are a variety of ways to test that material, from pencil/paper tests to oral exams. Being able to talk intelligently about a subject is just as good as being able to answer a multiple choice question. Essay writing is also crucial.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Building confidence comes at one's own pace. Eventually I would ask my students to explain the subject to me. Being able to teach a subject to others is key to mastering a subject. Confidence comes from being able to speak concisely and directly about a subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
The obvious ones are there in that they would ask me if they need help. But I would also try to be in tune with how familiar they are with the subjects I am teaching them. It is not difficult to spot frustration.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Again this comes back to a discourse with the student. If they are inattentive, there are always other methods of teaching to make the subject more engaging. If they are struggling with a subject they are interested in, then the issue is not motivation but something else. It is a constant give and take.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pencil/paper, books, I also think the internet is a great tool to use especially in the modern world. I have no problem with looking up interesting facts or methods from Google.