I've been a classroom teacher for five years, and I love working with kids! I believe that a strong personal relationship is important for academic success, and I strive toward being a friendly, helpful teacher.
I majored in Japanese at Middlebury College, in Middlebury, VT and spent a year studying abroad in Kyoto. I taught high school Japanese of various levels for one year at Philips Academy in Andover, MA, and have taught Algebra 1 and Pre-Algebra for four years at the Red Cedar School in Bristol, VT.
In my free time I do Aikido, play the guitar, and develop video games.
Middlebury College - Bachelors, Japanese
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I like to be prepared with a wide range of activities with which to engage in the material.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in teaching students to ask the right questions about their material. If a student can understand the context of a question and connect it to larger themes, they are much more likely to understand the concept on a fundamental level. I believe in supportive, guided, questioning, and affirmation of success.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, I would spend some time getting to know them. I believe that incorporating a student's interests into their learning is an important way of making content relevant to them, and helps to establish a strong personal relationship. Then, I would ask the student to assess themselves in their subject area, and ask questions so that I can begin to assess the areas they need to work on. If we have time, we can then jump right into the content!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teaching a student to ask the right questions about material is a key to developing independent learning. In math, for example, an independent learner is able to ask themselves, "does my answer make sense?"