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Martha

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Since undergrad, I've tutored various subjects to peers. Since finishing university and graduate school, I've continued to tutor students, one-on-one in various topics. All in all, I've moonlighted as a tutor for roughly 7 years. In that time, I helped students achieve academic success in topics related to my own background and work experiences, and other general topics.

Outside of tutoring, I'm a Freelance Researcher & Writer on climate change, conflict, development, and resources. I've worked for clients ranging from the World Bank to small NGOs like Oil Change International and NRGI. I also run my own not for profit, Impact Human.

Outside of my professional work, I enjoy film photography and regularly print images in the darkroom. It's a lost art, but it's a great creative outlet! When I'm not photographing things, I'm usually found reading, wandering NYC, or planning my next international trip somewhere off the beaten path.

Martha’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Bachelors, BA International Relations: Comparative Politics

Graduate Degree: London School of Economics Political Science LSE - Masters, MSc Comparative Politics (Conflict Studies)

Hobbies

film photography, traveling, writing, and politics

Tutoring Subjects

History

College English

College Level American History

College Political Science

College World History

English

English Grammar and Syntax

European History

French

French 1

French 2

Geography

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School Political Science

High School Writing

Languages

Other

Political Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

World Religions

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teach through example, learn through example.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Get to know my student as a person first, including their outside interests. Have a conversation about the problems they are having, and start teaching.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Give them the tools to find the answers themselves.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Make learning fun!

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I break down the skill or problem, to see what is the specific hurdle we need to overcome.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Start paragraph by paragraph, and help students become analytical readers.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Ask the student questions to understand what is holding them back, and progress from there. No two students are alike.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Try to relate the problem / subject with their interests and aspirations, and make it relatable for them.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Provide the student with the tools to answer the question, and have them explain to me the context of the material.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Start with what the student knows and instill confidence, rather than with what the student is struggling with directly. Often, material in a course is related. Being confident in a past assignment can help a student excel in future ones.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I try to gain a rapport with my students, and have open communication on their needs. While tutoring, you also notice needs that the student may not realize they have.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Pen, paper, and course materials (if applicable).

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

No two students have the same needs. It's important to cater your sessions to each student's learning style, and their own unique challenges with topics.