I am a recent Stanford University graduate with an interest in the social sciences, language and writing! I received my BA in Psychology with Honors and Distinction and a minor in Modern Languages (Spanish and Italian). I love speaking both of these languages but also know how difficult it can be so I would love to work with students who not only want to know how to speak, read and write better but also want to build their confidence in conversing with native speakers :)
Before I became a psychology major, I was a communications major and completed multiple journalism internships in addition to writing and editing for my school's newspaper, The Stanford Daily. I would love to connect with students who are interested in any of these topics to share my knowledge and skills and ultimately be a mentor to young students who are interested in or are currently pursuing higher education. :)
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Stanford University - Bachelors, Psychology
ACT Composite: 30
ACT English: 30
ACT Math: 30
ACT Science: 31
SAT Composite: 2130
SAT Math: 720
SAT Verbal: 700
SAT Writing: 710
AP Calculus AB: 5
AP Physics B: 5
AP English Language: 5
AP US History: 5
AP World History: 4
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 690
SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 790
GRE Analytical Writing: 5
AP U.S. Government & Politics: 5
Learning new languages, traveling and cooking!
AP Italian Language and Culture
Basic Computer Literacy
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every student is unique, and comes with their own unique needs. It is important not only to teach students the skills they need to succeed, but also build their confidence and interest in the subjects that I teach.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session with a student, I would spend quite a bit of time finding and allowing the student to tell me where they feel they are at in their own learning progress, what they need from me, and what their goals are. I would also try to gauge what their strengths and weaknesses are so we can use their strengths to bolster the things they may need to improve.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It's important to not spend an entire session talking at a student. The session is for them, to give them to time to voice their concerns, in addition to sharing their ideas regarding their learning progress. In order for a student to become an independent learner, it is necessary to give them space during a session to show what they know.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It's important to scale up the challenge during a session. If a student is feeling comfortable with a certain topic, it might be best to give them a more advanced version of a topic. In this way, students can stay motivated while also growing their skills and abilities.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to gauge what exactly it is about that skill or concept that is giving them trouble. Unfortunately, students might not know what exactly is giving them trouble with a certain concept or skill, so it's best to try to suss each of these out individually to see what specifically is the source of their difficulty.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
All students have something they are excited about. It's important to gauge what angle is most exciting to them, and then you can use this as a tool to help increase their excitement for other subjects that may not be as interesting to them.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Building confidence in a subject that a student is struggling in is probably the most difficult thing to do. I find that an effective way to do this is to start students with easier examples, and then build up to more challenging examples across a number of sessions. Then, week by week, students can build their confidence until they feel confident enough to teach someone else the concept they are struggling with.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Evaluating a student's needs might be something that you can't directly ask a student because they might not know what their needs are! It's important to gauge, through different activities, what specifically they need help with.