I'm currently a graduate student at Boston University getting my master's in Mathematics Secondary Education. I did my undergrad at West Virginia University, where I majored in History and minored in German and Math.
I've had a passion for education since i graduated high school. During my gap semester, I worked alongside my high school statistics teacher in his math classrooms and fell in love! From there I tutored throughout college with a variety of organizations, working with at-risk high school students, university athletes, and students with disabilities.
I enjoy tutoring math courses the most. I struggled with math in high school and got lots of help. Once I did, my confidence and interest grew to the point I studied it in college. So it's really rewarding for me to help others grow in the subject as well. However, I also enjoy tutoring history, German, and test prep as well.
I believe in interactive education and hands-on experience, lots of doing and making. I also believe conversation reflects a deeper level of understanding of the material, so you can expect to be engaged in my sessions either by making or speaking.
I look forward to working with you and getting to know you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: West Virginia University - Bachelors, History
Graduate Degree: Boston University - Current Grad Student, Mathematics Secondary Education
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1440
SAT Writing: 730
GRE Quantitative: 160
GRE Verbal: 167
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What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in interactive education and hands-on experience -- lots of doing and making. I also believe conversation reflects a deeper level of understanding of the material, so you can expect to be engaged in my sessions either by making or speaking. I think success is determined by progress, and the ultimate goal is for the material to make sense to you in a way that is relevant to your life and doesn't hold you back. I believe everyone is capable of this given extended time and effort, and it's my job to help you get where you want to be!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to start with a survey to get to know you better as a learner, both in and out of the subject, and person. It helps with making materials and knowing where we stand. Also, I like to discuss goal setting as well as our expectations of each other so we're on the same page moving forward. From there, if there's time, we'll dive right into the material.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think by modelling good behaviors, looking up answers in the back of the book, checking reputable sources online, blocking out time to study, etc., and pointing my students in the direction of reputable resources, going through these behaviors together the first couple of times, it becomes second nature.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Returning to the goal set together at the beginning of our sessions is crucial; it helps a lot to remind students why we're doing what we're doing. Also, by getting to know them as a person, I can determine materials that will be engaging and help with those motivation gaps.