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All students face challenges. My favorite thing to do is meet students where they are and help them feel the glory of success. I know the joy of receiving individualized academic attention, and it’s my goal to pass that on to the students I tutor. I enjoy discovering each student’s learning style and developing an individual program to maximize learning. Everyone is able to learn. It is my job as a tutor to customize the to match the student’s learning style.

I have enjoyed tutoring my peers for many years, especially helping them with presentations and research in everything from Latin and math to science and literature. I am certified in a range of AP subjects, and I especially enjoy helping students learn fundamental study skills that can be applied to all subjects. The focus on study skills and test-taking strategies culminates in AP, ACT, and SAT preparation.

After being homeschooled in lower elementary grades, I attended St. Martin’s Episcopal School for middle and high school. I am now a rising sophomore at the University of Chicago and am pursuing a BS in biology. I have broad qualifications and interests in sciences as well as liberal arts. My two greatest passions are biology and British literature, with a side of European history and 2-D studio art and design. Because I have such a broad educational background, I can help students build connections within their own universe of knowledge.

I closely track each student’s performance to identify areas of strength to use as a framework for learning new material. I then teach my students not only the material they are struggling with but also how to critically answer similar questions. My goal is to help my students develop an integrated body of knowledge required to achieve their immediate and long-term goals.

When I’m not working, I spend time visiting art museums and creating my own sketches and paintings. My reading tastes range from British literature and true crime novels to osteology textbooks and biographies of Monet. I love exploring new cities and making new friends.

Undergraduate Degree:

University of Chicago - Current Undergrad, Biology, General

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 33

ACT Reading: 36

ACT Science: 35

SAT Composite: 2300

SAT Math: 710

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 790

AP Biology: 4

AP Latin: 4

AP English Literature: 5

AP English Language: 5

AP US History: 5

AP European History: 4

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 710

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 740

AP U.S. Government & Politics: 4

Reading, painting, and travel

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

AP US History

College Biology

College English

College World History

Comparative Literature

High School Biology

High School English

High School World History

Latin 1

Life Sciences

Other

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Verbal

Summer

US History

What is your teaching philosophy?

All students have the ability to succeed and deserve a tutor who will help them reach their goals. Tutoring provides the individual instruction that most students do not receive in a classroom setting. A successful tutoring experience can give students the confidence and skills they need to tackle future challenges.

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

I would ask to look at the student's past assessments to find patterns of strengths and weaknesses. Then, I would have the student take an assessment during the session so that I could observe their thought process and discuss it with them. Finally, I would prepare a program of study based on the results of the assessment and discussion with the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I teach all my students study skills and review methods so that they can gauge their own progress. I encourage them to notice patterns of success and failure and keep records of past assessments. Also, I show students how to identify and use quality study materials available outside the classroom.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I help them visualize their goal and identify milestones. I encourage students to articulate a reward system that they find meaningful and establish interim goals. I also engage the parents to recognize the student's effort and incremental successes.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

If a student is struggling to learn material, then I work with them to find a way of studying that meshes with their learning modality. For example, if the student has trouble following an oral presentation, I would present the same material in a sketch or diagram. Sometimes having the student speak out loud can help with long term storage of the information.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I have my students annotate the text and highlight important points as they read. During a session, I go through the text page by page with them and ask them to point out any words they struggled with and quotes they found interesting or important. I bring up any points that they missed and engage in discussion of the text.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I link the subject they are working on to something they know and enjoy. For example, if the student struggles with geometry, I might use examples from art or sports to illustrate geometric principles.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I assess the student using a three-pronged approach: an oral test, a written test, and an interactive game. This method provides holistic feedback beyond specific regurgitation of material.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I reward hard work and incremental gains. I keep the focus on improvement rather than mastery.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I spend time building a team spirit with my students so that they understand that we are working toward a common goal.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate the student's needs by reviewing past performances, assessing current strengths and weaknesses, and identifying dominant learning modality.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I have a flexible tutoring style that ranges from traditional oral instruction and drills to drawing diagrams, creating songs and other mnemonics, and designing interactive games. If one method does meet a student's learning needs, I try something else.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use traditional textbooks (the student's own as well as others from my personal library), online resources, custom-made games, and 3D materials, as warranted by course content and student's learning style.