I am a graduate of Rice University where I majored in English and Philosophy. I am currently in the middle of my law school application process and will be matriculating in Fall 2017. My areas of academic focus have been English literature and writing, Philosophy, Logic, and Latin.
I have been a peer tutor throughout my academic career and am excited to work with students through this platform. I have experience with subject tutoring, standardized test preparation (SSAT, ISEE, SAT, and subject tests), ESL students, and students with learning challenges. I usually find that encouragement and confidence building are just as critical to the process of addressing knowledge gaps as the acquisition of the information itself. I look forward to helping my students both learn the skills they will need to succeed and gain a staunch belief that they will.
When not tutoring, I enjoy reading, horseback riding, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with my dog, Layla.
I look forward to helping you achieve your academic goals!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rice University - Bachelors, English and Philosophy
SAT Composite: 2280
SAT Math: 720
SAT Verbal: 760
SAT Writing: 800
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 690
Reading, horseback riding, skiing, tennis, and hiking
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Introduction to Poetry
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Test in Latin
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy involves isolating problem areas early. When a student says "I can't understand this poem," or "this problem does not make sense to me," it is my job to ask the right questions in order to identify why. That precise identification of the problem eliminates any aggrandizing of the issue. At that point, we can work through the issue and move onto new topics.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I think it is really important for me to get to know the student. I would use the time to learn about their strengths and weakness, personality, and learning style so I can tailor my approach to best meet their needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think a two-pronged approach works best for gaining independence. First, we build the concrete skills and tools for the student to gain confidence in his or her area of difficulty. There is no independence without confidence. Once the skill-set is there, we work on repetition and positive reinforcement until they know they can tackle any problem or passage a test or teacher might send their way.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is contagious. I help my students stay motivated by bringing positive energy and creativity to every session. I will always point out marginal improvement so a student never feels that their progress has stagnated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would talk to them until we can tease out the real underlying issue. When smart students have difficulty acquiring a concept, it is usually because they had some small misunderstanding that got buried under layers of incorrect answers, negative results, and discouragement. Once we peel back those layers to get at the root of the actual problem, fixing it is usually not as daunting as students or parents think it is.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is everybody's least favorite test section. Even for an English and Philosophy major like me, the reading comprehension sections of both the LSAT and SAT were challenging. Our entire academic lives we are taught to interpret text, but reading comprehension pushes that already difficult task a bit further. The challenge lies in understanding how a test writer would interpret a passage. I like to make sure two bases are covered: (1) can the student understand the passage and any key connections or inferences, and (2) can the student understand the difference between the "right answer" and the "most reasonable answer." Once the answer to both of those questions is "yes," the section becomes far easier.