While I have chosen a career path in entertainment, tutoring provides the opportunity to work in the important and under-valued sector of education. I am excited to share my education in English Literature/Comparative Mythology -- plus employment background in journalism, travel writing, and film -- with new students.
Vassar College - Bachelors, English
SAT Composite: 1490
Ancient and Medieval Heritage
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Poetry
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student is coming from a different place, so my approach is to listen. It is important to understand the student's style of communication, their strengths, and their challenges before moving forward.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In our first session, I would spend a few minutes getting to know the student. I would ask them about their experience and try to gauge their learning style. Following that, we would approach the material together.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learning by asking questions. The Socratic method is an excellent way to encourage a student to voice their opinion. It is a great way to guide them towards the right answer, while also having them discover it on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If a student had difficulty with a concept, I would step backwards until we found a point that they actually did understand. I would then guide them forward from that point, step by step, until they were able to grasp the difficult concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Sometimes, the only way to improve is to practice. I would encourage this student to practice reading on a regular basis. I would also encourage them to do free-writing exercises to stimulate their grasp of language.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that getting to know each other, and earning the student's trust is important at the beginning of the process. At the end of the day, a teacher is not only teaching the specific subject, but also, unconsciously leading by example.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
When a student is struggling with something, my first approach would be to disarm that feeling of struggle. To work from a place of frustration doesn't yield strong results for anyone. So, based on that student's personality, I would seek a way to engage with the material in a less intimidating way.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Free-writing is such a strong tool, because it pushes the student to actually "teach" the material by committing it to paper. Most of my exercises involve writing, and then discussing what the student wrote.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student's confidence by showing them marks of their own progress. A student should feel the satisfaction and confidence that is a result of actually improving.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by talking to their parents (if applicable) and by talking to the student.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring to the student most of all through communication. You notice very quickly the way a person communicates; whether they are quiet or verbose, want to lead or be lead. I would take my cue from the individual.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
A pencil and paper! These two items can be so powerful.