Hello! I am a Varsity Tutor committed to giving you the service you need to excel in your classes, craft your college applications, or prepare for your college entrance exams! Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.
A bit about myself - I am a teacher by trade, currently serving as a physical science instructor at the high school level. As a Varsity Tutor, I've tutored people with various learning styles, ages 10 to 43.
I have experience working with learners with specific learn disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, Autism, ADD/ADHD, and visual perceptual disorders.
I have also tutored high level students enrolled in AP level courses, students preparing for standardized exams (i.e. SAT, ACT, AP Physics, AP Calculus, and more).
On my down time I enjoy creating fun memories with my fiance and our 10 year old fur baby, a lab/collie named Riley!
I look forward to helping you with your tutoring needs!
"Communicate your belief in the potential of others so powerfully that they feel inspired and compelled to see it within themselves" - Susan B. Anthony
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Dickinson College - Bachelors, Physics
Cycling, live theater, sustainability, education, social work, community service
Basic Computer Literacy
College Application Essays
College World History
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Physics
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student learns differently. As a tutor, is my job to pinpoint what teaching style is best suited for my client and adapt to their needs. I like obtaining feedback from my clients. If there is anything I can improve on as a tutor, I am happy to accommodate.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would focus goals. What is your reason for seeking a tutor? What do you hope to accomplish and how much time do we have to accomplish that goal together? After getting a good sense of what the student wishes to get out of our client-tutor relationship, we will conduct a diagnostic assessment to see what areas we need to allocate our time focus on. I am a firm believer in not wasting any time. I want every session to as helpful and rewarding as possible.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Learning material for a subject you don't enjoy can be very difficult. I want to make learning new subjects a less daunting task by making it relatable. If students are able to relate to their lessons, they will naturally begin to approach it with more enthusiasm and confidence.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would begin by assessing the relative difficulty of the concept they are struggling to grasp. If it's a fairly easy topic, I will walk through it step by step. If it is an advanced concept, the student must first understand the foundations before we can look at the "big picture". We'd go back to the fundamental "smaller concepts" that make up this advanced skill - and focus on how these small concepts build on each other.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Students struggling with reading comprehension need to practice reading challenging material outside of tutoring hours. Practice makes perfect, after all. This trains your mind to critically analyze texts that you don't necessarily find interesting. The unfortunate truth is, most questions on standardized tests in the reading section are built around stories/prompts that weren't meant to be "fun to read" per se.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Periodic diagnostic assessments are a good way to see if students are understanding the material. I'd be able to see what areas need work, and what areas the student is doing strongly in.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
You build a student's confidence in a subject by showing them that it doesn't require a special power to excel at it. It is important to recognize small achievements and celebrating big milestones.