I'm a current graduate student and graduate teaching associate at The Ohio State University, where I've taught courses in rhetoric & composition, creative nonfiction, and creative writing across genres. I also have a B.A. from Wesleyan University in political science, with a focus on American government & politics. I have experience with the LSAT and the SAT, and am committed to helping students achieve their goals in the fields where they might be struggling.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wesleyan University - Bachelors, Political Science -- American Government & Politics
Graduate Degree: Ohio State University-Main Campus - Current Grad Student, English -- Creative Writing
SAT Composite: 2280
SAT Math: 750
SAT Verbal: 760
SAT Writing: 770
GRE Verbal: 162
Reading, writing, craft projects, spending time outdoors.
College Political Science
High School English
High School Political Science
High School Writing
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would talk to the student about what their goals are for the subject at hand. I think beginning with positive goals helps to encourage students and establish a rapport. From there, we would begin discussing what their challenges have been thus far, and how I can best help them to overcome those issues.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I'd encourage them to look at the concept or skill from several different approaches (not all students learn best from reading text; some students may prefer hearing information rephrased or drawing diagrams) and help them figure out which approach fits their learning style best.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Positive reinforcement and praise! A lot of students hear from instructors or other authority figures about the things they're doing wrong, which can be discouraging. Even a 'low' grade like a 60% means that you've done 60% of the task right, and that's a great place to start from. I also try to get to know the student, so when we talk, I can hopefully reference things related to their interests to help them understand relevant topics.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I've found that it's important after a conversation (or after they've done some reading or tasks) to have them discuss the subject in their own terms, without quoting from instructions or textbooks. This shows whether they've grasped the concepts, and is also useful for identifying areas where they still might be struggling.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It really depends on the subject, but I like to bring in outside artifacts and texts that might grab a student's attention. For example, when teaching rhetorical analysis, music videos are fantastic, because they're short clips with a lot of information that can be analyzed, and they tend to work well in showing students that everything in their world can be a target for rhetorical analysis.