As the child of educators and a member of a big family, learning new things and then passing down that knowledge has been a way of life for me. My older siblings would teach me new concepts and I'd share concepts I'd mastered with my younger siblings (all under the "professional supervision" of our parents of course).
I began working with peers when I was 13 and continued throughout high school. My "professional" tutoring career began in college at NYU. I was an America Reads/America Counts tutor working directly with students and their homeroom teachers to identify and rectify learning issues before they seriously impacted a students progress.
After college I worked as a personal math and English tutor for the Department of Education. My students ranged in age from 8-19, I specialized in SAT English prep. Most recently I was a Computer Instructor/Multi-media Instructor for the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club. There I instructed ages 6-18 in basic computer literacy and helped them produce work for the national Boys and Girls Club Digital Arts Festival. We created short films, clay animation, music, and digital collage that won 5 first place national awards. It remains one of the most rewarding experiences I have had to date.
My motto when it comes to learning is: There are no stupid questions! I look forward to embarking on this learning odyssey with you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Bachelors, Film/TV production and Irish Studies
Graduate Degree: New York University - PHD, Film/TV production
SAT Verbal: 790
Fitness and nutrition
AP Art History
AP US History
College Level American History
High School English
High School Level American History
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Ask them what their interests are as a way to engage them and better understand their learning style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Through linking the subject to outside interests and goals.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By setting specific goals.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try a different approach.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Have them relate the story to something in their own experience.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Listening to their approach before offering corrections/suggestions.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I use art and multimedia to make subjects more interactive.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I usually ask the student to explain concepts to me as though they were teaching it to someone with no knowledge of the subject.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By giving them positive reinforcement.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By listening to their explanations and reviewing past assignments.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I am trained as an artist, so I'm always looking for creative approaches to problem solving.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Visual aids on the computer and on paper.
What is your teaching philosophy?
There are no stupid questions.