Born and raised in New York City, I have always had a deep passion for the humanities. I graduated from Oberlin College this May with a B.A. in History and Minors in Politics and French.
From a young age I have been deeply interested in history -- particularly the Medieval and Early Modern periods, French language and culture, political theory, and geography. I also follow international events very closely. I see these subjects as different facets of the great story of human history. It is impossible to truly understand the modern world without a grasp of centuries of history as well as the political theories that inform our view of society. Furthermore the history of a culture is written in its language. Without a knowledge of geography there is no way to contextualize any of this.
I want to become a tutor because I wish to spread my knowledge and passion of these subjects to other people. I would love the opportunity to show others why these topics, which people sometimes disregard or are bored by, are in fact fascinating, dramatic and beautiful.
Undergraduate Degree: Oberlin College - Bachelors, History
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1440
SAT Verbal: 780
International affairs, medieval history, alternative/experimental music, cycling, jogging, cooking.
Ancient and Medieval Heritage
College Level American History
College Political Science
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would introduce myself and explain who I am and what my interests are. Then I would try to understand the student, where he or she might be coming from, and where their learning problems lie.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would encourage them to study on their own by going over good techniques to do so. Also, during tutoring sessions, I would make sure the student finds their own answers, rather than me giving them the answers.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe that positive encouragement, as well as contextualizing why we are studying this subject, is the best way to help someone stay motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would explain the skill or concept in a totally different way. For instance, stressing the drama and personalities associated with European history, rather than rote memorization of facts.