I am a recent graduate of DePaul University. I studied chemistry for two years, but ultimately graduated with a degree in history. I have 2 years of state legislature experience, and recently took the LSAT on which I received a score in the top 5%. I have accepted over $100,000 in Scholarships from Washington University in St. Louis and will be starting in the fall.
I am passionate about Crossfit, homebrewing, and I like to backpack on my weekends off.
I look forward to helping you achieve your educational goals!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: DePaul University - Bachelors, History
Reading, Hiking, Crossfit, Homebrewing, Walking my dog.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The key to mastering anything is repetition, and to achieve that, the subject matter needs to be thoughtful and personalized to keep the student interested enough to perform those necessary repetitions.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Discuss goals and give the student a diagnostic.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
With positive encouragement, and creating an energizing feeling around the subject to the point where doing it excites them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Create a metric in which they can explicitly view their own progress.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Ask them to describe the way people have tried to explain the skill or concept to them. Doing this in and of itself could help them understand, and would also give me a good idea of what hasn't worked so I could find a different approach.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Find things for them to read that they find interesting. Doing is the key to improving reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Asking them their specific goals, and their study habits. This allows me to tailor something more specific, depending on the person.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Find somewhere that the subject overlaps with something they already enjoy, and be as excited as possible about it myself. Enthusiasm is contagious.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use consistent benchmarks to every so often test the students improvement. For example, if I was tutoring someone on the LSAT, I would have them do a timed practice exam once a week, or every two weeks.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By being positive regarding their thought process and using benchmarks to demonstrate their progression towards mastery.