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Esther

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I'm currently a Junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and a 2014 graduate of Phillips Academy. As a product of great tutoring myself, I focus on being patient, flexible, and kind with all of my students. Outside of my academics, I'm a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and am heavily involved in student theatre, usually directing 2 productions each year. Dogs of any and every breed, iced coffee, and spending time in NYC are a few of my favorite things!

Esther’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Pennsylvania - Current Undergrad, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2170

SAT Verbal: 720

SAT Writing: 780

Hobbies

Theatre

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

American Sign Language

Audition Prep

College Application Essays

College English

Economics

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Writing

Languages

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Philosophical Ethics

Pre-Algebra

Psychology

Public Speaking

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social Sciences

SSAT Prep

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

In and outside of tutoring, I focus on kindness and patience. I believe that any student, when treated with respect and allowed to learn at his or her own pace, can learn and feel confident in any subject.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In my first session with a student, I would focus on pinpointing where exactly problems exist, whether that is in the actual material, in study skills, in testing techniques, or in workload.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by focusing on providing them with useful, repeatable, and simple problem-solving and studying skills rather than simply answers.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I'll help my students stay motivated by setting and holding them accountable to specific goals to meet between sessions, and by checking their understanding frequently throughout each session.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

First, I would go through each step or piece of the concept to pinpoint where the confusion comes from. If the student cannot understand the concept as I've presented it, I'll find an alternative example or technique for explaining it.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I believe note-taking skills are an essential part of mastering reading comprehension. I help students develop a shorthand annotation style that works for them and can help them organize their thoughts in the context of a standardized test or a larger writing assignment.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

When I first start working with a student, I've found it very helpful to have them try a challenging problem or two on their own before offering my help. This allows me to gauge their skill level and learning style, and it puts us on the same page about what they need to learn.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I think it is important to celebrate a student's success when he or she completes a frustrating assignment or problem and then try to replicate that success many times to inspire confidence and, hopefully, enthusiasm.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

After going over a problem step by step and in detail, I usually ask the student to both repeat the steps back to me and try a similar problem on his or her own.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Once I've finished developing a certain skill with a student, I have the student spend some time applying that skill to many different problems or assignments. Practicing repeatable success helps build confidence in students.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

When I first meet with a student, I often ask them to try a few problems on their own in addition to discussing their weaknesses with them. This not only helps me gauge their learning needs but also their learning style and their overall confidence in the subject area.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Depending on a student's speed of comprehension, confidence level, and attention span, I adjust how often and how intensely I check for understanding and how many times I review the steps for each problem.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I typically use a shared notebook for jotting down work, a notebook or laptop for the student to take notes on the lesson, and my own laptop in case I need to look anything up quickly.