As a professional writer, I recognize the tremendous value of learning and understanding the fundamentals of effective communication at an early age -- whether that be in elementary, middle, or high school. I return to those basic lessons each time I sit down to write, and it's my hope that I can pass along some of these tools to others.
My tutoring practice is rooted in the belief that each and every student has unique challenges and goals, and that our curriculum and study methods must adapt as a result. It's my job to find a way for my students to connect with the material on a personal level, and in doing so, perhaps make learning a passion rather than a chore.
My strengths as a tutor lie in writing, critical thinking, and language, though I also have a passion for history and the social sciences.
Outside of tutoring, I enjoy gardening and all things science fiction. I'm currently based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wesleyan University - Bachelors, Film Studies
SAT Composite: 2310
SAT Math: 730
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 780
Writing, Film, Gardening
College Application Essays
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
College World History
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School World History
High School Writing
IB Global Politics
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Great teaching comes from understanding the unique goals and challenges of each student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Learn what they're passionate about!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Stay calm and friendly, and get to the root of their difficulty with the concept.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Encourage the student to solve problems on his or her own, and only step in if they are unable to do so.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I find that reading comprehension is most effectively addressed when the student can find something to read that he or she is genuinely interested in. In this way, we can make the educational process fun, rather than a mere chore.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I always begin by finding out what the student is interested in. What do they like to do for fun? What are their favorite subjects in school? What TV shows and movies do they love? If we can establish some kind of connection based on mutual interests, then I find the tutoring itself to proceed much more organically.