I graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN with a B.A. in Psychology in Spanish. I then traveled in South America for about a year before attending law school in Tucson, AZ where I received my J.D. from the University of Arizona in May 2015. I graduated summa cum laude and was able to secure a judicial clerkship with the Arizona Supreme Court. A large part of my success academically has been the product of great tutors and mentors along the way, so I am excited about the opportunity to to tutor in a broad range of subjects. When I'm not working, I'm busy traveling and watching sports. I'm also a bit of an extreme sports fanatic. I look forward to working with you to help you achieve your academic goals!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Vanderbilt University - Bachelors, Psychology & Spanish
ACT English: 30
ACT Reading: 34
ACT Science: 32
SAT Verbal: 700
SAT Writing: 710
GRE Verbal: 162
Traveling, skydiving, scuba diving, reading, watching sports, and running.
CLEP American Government
CLEP American Literature
CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
CLEP Human Growth and Development
CLEP Introduction to Business Law
CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology
CLEP Introductory Psychology
CLEP Introductory Sociology
CLEP Social Sciences and History
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Science
ERB CPAA Prep
ERB CTP Prep
ERB WrAP Prep
GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment
Health Care Policy
High School Biology
High School Business
High School Economics
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Writing
Latin America History
Middle School Science
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
US Constitutional History
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Each individual has a unique learning style, so it's about finding what works best to achieve maximum results!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Lay out goals, determine how to reach them realistically and within the necessary time frame, and start to tackle the obstacles that are most bothersome and in the way of achieving those academic goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Model and teach good study habits and techniques. Self-motivation is key, but having productive tips is necessary to be a successful independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Acknowledge the smaller achievements along the way of progressing towards the greater goal, whether that be a raised test score, improved confidence in a certain subject area, etc.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Tackle the root of the issue. I'd determine, with the student's help, why it is that he or she is struggling, and then implement alternative and/or complementary methods to enable the student to comprehend the material.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Use metacognitive tactics. This is extremely helpful for those struggling with reading comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Determine what is his or her learning style, and exactly what it is that he or she hopes to attain from a tutoring experience.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Depending on the student's age, rewards can be a great incentive. But more importantly, remind them to keep in mind why it is that they want/need to do well in the subject. Alternative learning techniques to make the actual study process more "fun" can be helpful, too.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
It of course depends on the topic of study, but assessments/evaluations are extremely crucial to success. Not just to track the student's progress, but so he or she can understand what areas they need to improve upon.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Acknowledgment of "little" wins.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Past performance in the class, actually just asking the student what it is he or she feels has been effective in the past, and also just as importantly, what has not been an effective approach to learning for them in the past.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Recognizing what is and what is not working. Communication with the student to understand what it is they feel is missing, and what it is that they feel is working well for them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends, of course, but can include the student's coursework, materials here on the tutoring platform, online materials, helpful commercial study aides, etc.