As an instructor, I pay special attention to students' learning styles and try to develop activities and lesson plans best suited for each student to maximize their learning outcomes. I have helped students with coursework ranging from preparation for AP exams to learning basic phonics skills. Specifically, I can help students with: AP US History, AP Environmental Science, AP Composition, AP Statistics, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, SAT and ACT preparation, and ESL/English language acquisition.
As a tutor I focus on developing student organization and interest. I usually recommend that my pupils keep an organized binder and adhere to a formal note taking method: Cornell, outlining, or mapping. In addition helping foster study habits, I try to use activities such as quiz-bowls or wikipedia races to break the monotony of conventional studying and further develop study skills.
Prior to joining the Varsity team, I worked as an AVID tutor in the Pomona Unified School District. I helped my students develop effective study skills, raise their grades, prepare for national standardized tests, and get into college.
I believe that every student should have access to the cultural and academic tools needed for success. I do my best to instill curiosity in my pupils, emphasize the value of public speaking, and explain the need for extra-curricular activities and involvement in the community. I see these three areas as important for fostering a love of learning and insuring long-term educational success.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Whitman College - Bachelors, Politics
SAT Verbal: 750
Ballroom Dance, Hiking
AP US History
College Political Science
High School Political Science
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I do my best to instill curiosity in my pupils, emphasize the value of public speaking, and explain the need for extra-curricular activities and involvement in the community. I see these three areas as important for fostering a love of learning and ensuring long-term educational success.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I always begin my first tutoring sessions with a casual introduction, the drafting of a code of conduct and a plan of action. Understanding my student's dreams is important to me because it helps me figure out how to motivate them and support them. I would then move on to the creation or evaluation of the student's binder to work out some basic organization guidelines and techniques to enrich future tutorial sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I focus on teaching practical skills that help students become well rounded learners. I instruct students on how to formulate good questions, and then try to guide them through their work using the Socratic method. If they need further context or information, I show them how to find and use suitable online or physical resources. Finally, I encourage my students to, also, practice the art of explaining their material in short speeches. This helps them develop speaking skills so that they can better ask questions to participate in class and even teach others.