I have a younger brother who I've helped with homework since I was in 7th grade. My parents could no longer do that math and science that he was doing in school, so I took their place and helped him. I've always had fun tutoring him by making up problems or turning things into games and I enjoyed watching him understand things and bring him good grades. I'm now in college and I want to continue tutoring with other kids and hopefully produce the same results.
I'm currently a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia working toward degrees in Earth Science and Russian. I tutor ACT (math, reading, english and science), high school and middle school writing and english, french and IB extended essay, as well as violin and viola. These are all subjects I have not only done well in in high school and college, but that I enjoy doing and teaching.
My teaching style is very visual. I usually have to see and write things in order to understand it and that's usually the approach I take with students. I'm very much for writing out every single step, even if it's obvious, because that's how I'm able to avoid silly mistakes.
Outside of school, I love running and traveling and playing music. I'm very good at sewing and have sewn a number of pieces of clothing that I wear frequently. I'm also a business manager for an all girls comedy sketch group at my college called Bloomers, which I enjoy a lot.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Pennsylvania - Current Undergrad, Biochemistry
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 36
ACT Math: 34
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 30
Running, reading, sewing, watching movies and playing in a band
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I am a visual learner, and I tend to teach that way, also. I like drawing things out and writing out every step of a problem. When teaching, I ask students to write out everything and walk me through their thought process that lead them to the answer they got. That helps me understand what they were thinking and doing to get there, and it also benefits the students to have to teach me what they were doing, because it really helps them internalize what they were doing to get problems right.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I always like to start with a plan. Once you have a plan, everything else falls into place. In the first session, I like to identify the subjects that the students have weaknesses in and why there is a weakness there. For example, if tutoring the ACT, I see the student has trouble with the reading section. I would try to find why they had a low score, whether it's running out of time or something else. I build a plan around those weaknesses and plan out tutoring sessions accordingly to work on those weaknesses.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like setting goals. Many small, achievable goals that add up and achieve a larger, overarching goal of higher grades and test scores. For example, start off with finishing half the section, and then set the bar higher and higher until the student is finishing the section with time to spare, while also getting most of the questions correct. I also like creating checklists, because it is very satisfying to cross something out that you've achieved.