I'm a recent graduate of Yale University, where I majored in American Studies. I'm passionate about education and have over five years of experience teaching and tutoring. Most recently, I worked as a program leader on an international youth exchange. Currently, I am a fellow at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in the office of communications, where I get to share subjects I love with thousands of visitors every year. I am very familiar with standardized test prep and the college application process, and am comfortable tailoring lessons to a variety of learning styles. I'm excited to work with you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Yale University - Bachelors, Undecided
ACT Composite: 36
ACT English: 36
ACT Math: 34
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 36
SAT Composite: 2360
SAT Math: 780
SAT Verbal: 790
SAT Writing: 790
Running, painting, reading, biking, swimming, baking
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I think learning should be made as fun and interesting, as it can be for every student. I don't remember any of the history facts that I had to memorize in 6th grade, for example, but I'll never forget the Japanese warlords game that my teacher created to help us learn about the Samurai, or the acronym we used to memorize the Iroquois nations.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I think the first session should be primarily about getting to know the student and assessing their needs, so that they are comfortable asking me for help with things they don't quite understand, and I'm able to tailor future lessons to them more exactly.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A lot of being an independent learner comes from good study and organizational skills. One of the most important parts of succeeding in school is allocating your time well. This assignment will take x amount of time, this one I can do quickly, and these are the things that are most important for right now. It's also important to learn when to work through something on your own and when to ask for help, whether from a parent, teacher, or classmate. A student won't always have a tutor on hand to help them, so they have to learn to work through problems on their own or use the people around them as a resource.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
When I have trouble staying motivated, I like to reward myself with short breaks. Fifteen pages of reading, and then I can watch a YouTube video, or 5 math problems and I get to eat a chocolate bar. It also helps to intersperse easy or quick assignments with more difficult ones so that I don't get burnt out. When tutoring, I find that the most important thing is just getting the work started, because once you procrastinate for 5 minutes, it's easy to procrastinate another 20.