I am a graduate of Princeton University, where I earned a bachelor's degree in economics. My work experience includes 5+ years as an investment analyst at a private wealth management firm and 18 months at a digital media start-up. I first began tutoring in high school and have successfully helped many middle school and high school students improve their grades and/or prepare for standardized tests.
While I'm comfortable teaching in many subject areas, my specialty is standardized test preparation. In addition to having a strong understanding of the subject matter covered on these exams, test-taking strategy is a strength of mine, including time management and general multiple choice strategy. I was a National Merit Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction in high school and I enjoy helping others perform to the best of their ability on these sometimes stressful exams.
As a tutor, I strive to keep students engaged by employing a more hands-on approach to learning. I aim to minimize time spent "lecturing" and instead focus on working together with students to solve problems. I've found tutoring sessions to be most productive when students remain actively involved in the learning process.
I played soccer through college and remain an avid sports fan. In my free time I enjoy reading, swimming, and playing basketball.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Princeton University - Bachelors, Economics
ACT with Writing Prep
AP US History
College Level American History
High School Business
High School Economics
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Tests Prep
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I always begin a first session with a new student with a discussion of goals. Most students seeking a tutor have a specific purpose in mind (i.e. improving grades in a class, preparing for an upcoming exam, developing a better understanding of a concept) and it's important that both the student and tutor develop a plan specifically designed to achieve this goal. Next, I evaluate the student's current level of knowledge in the subject, by reviewing academic history, previous test scores, and grades; sometimes I'll use diagnostic tests to aid with this assessment. Then, the student and I will work together to formulate the best plan for achieving their goals. Once we're in agreement on the best path forward, we'll begin implementing our plan.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I believe sample questions are the best way to ensure a student is fully comprehending covered material. My sessions always incorporate applying newly learned topics to answering example questions; if a student struggles to correctly answer these questions, it's a sign that further review on the topic is necessary.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I employ a "building blocks" approach to develop a student's confidence in a subject. Students have much greater success with new topics when they feel they have mastered the basics. I find this especially helpful in mathematics; the best way to help a student gain confidence in advanced algebra is to ensure they have a strong foundation in basic algebra.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I begin my assessment of a student's needs by reviewing academic history (classes they have taken, grades they received, previous test scores). Sometimes I'll have them complete diagnostic subject tests. I've found the most valuable component of my evaluation to be in-depth discussion with the student; no one knows a student's needs better than the student himself/herself.