It has been said that, If you can't explain something simply, you don't know it well enough. In my experience as a longtime student, I have found this quote to be accurate. My strength as a tutor is that I have the ability to break down complex ideas and language into as simple a package as possible. Both as a successful student and in teaching I have found myself to be adept at using this particular skill.
I graduated from Allegheny College with a BA in English and a minor in Economics. I have always enjoyed learning and have a passion for sharing my knowledge with others.
As an tutor, my favorite subjects to teach are Algebra and English. I consider those skills to be the building blocks of a solid academic foundation for High School and beyond. Outside of tutoring, I enjoy reading whenever possible, especially fantasy and science fiction novels. I also am an avid board game player, from Chess to Settlers of Catan.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Allegheny College - Bachelors, English
Reading, writing fiction and playing board games
College Application Essays
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
College Political Science
High School Business
High School Economics
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School Political Science
High School World History
High School Writing
Introduction to Fiction
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that students learn best when they are able to develop a rapport with their teacher. I strive to create that personal connection with every student I tutor.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student as best I can. Ask them questions about both their academic and non-academic interests to make them feel comfortable. I would then want to see them work through some practice work to judge their abilities firsthand.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would try to break down the concept into more basic components. Once those topics have been covered, only then return back to the originally difficult concept. Going at the student's pace is particularly important, as the goal is to provide permanent retention of the skill, not just surface level knowledge.