For the past year, I have been working in a high school coaching students on various aspects of the college application process, from personal statement writing to SAT prep. My mission is to break down problems in order to show my students that standardized tests are often quite learnable with some smart strategies and practice.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rhode Island School of Design - Bachelors, Film/Animation/Video
SAT Composite: 2290
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 800
Drawing, yoga, podcasts
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I look forward to one on one tutoring in particular because I can customize my approach to each particular student. Everyone truly has a different learning style, and I take a creative approach to helping students in the way that suits them best.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would have the student take some quick assessments to see where their strengths and weaknesses lie, then review the problems step by step. I would establish a clear timeline and realistic study schedule for them to maintain and create benchmarks where the student will take follow-up assessments to pinpoint areas of progress as well as roadblocks.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping the student establish their own study schedule is very important, as well as ensuring that they have access to the best tools to help them along the way. I would also encourage them to find engaging ways to exercise their skills in their down time, such as reading articles on topics of their own choosing.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
A teacher once told me that you should be excited if there's an area where you struggle, because it means there's more potential for growth. I really took that to heart and would urge my students to be motivated by their weaknesses.