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Korama

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The value of education was imparted upon me by my parents at a very young age; it stuck.

I started my tutoring journey in high school as a senior. I realized that when I peer edited my classmates' work, it got better and I enjoyed it. At Brown University, as a theatre major, I turned my passion for education to arts mentorship. I also did work in Providence public schools, helping to implement ArtsLiteracy teaching methods in classrooms.

I have always had a passion for words, and the wonderful world of grammar. My love of structure makes me an excellent essay tutor, while my love of creative writing helps bring the essays I help students write to life. You can't have fundamentals without having a little fun.

Upon graduation, I started working in the nonprofit sector, with a specific emphasis on youth and education. I worked as a subject tutor for high school students in underserved Los Angeles areas through Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, while also working as a standardized testing tutor in the Claremont, CA area.

I am thrilled to join the Varsity Tutors team, and I can't wait to build a strong educational connection with the students that Varsity serves.

Korama’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Brown University - Bachelors, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Test Scores

ACT English: 34

ACT Reading: 31

SAT Verbal: 690

SAT Writing: 750

Hobbies

Theatre, Dance, Music, Fitness (HIIT training and cycling), Trivia (Jeopardy-style), Baking

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

American Literature

AP English Language and Composition

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that teaching is never a "one size fits all" practice. Every teaching encounter should ideally be tailored to the student's needs, strengths, and goals.

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

In a first session with a student, I would discuss goals and make sure that we are working toward realistic but still challenging targets. I would also work with the student to find out strengths and areas that could benefit from some additional growth. After that, I'd start working on content with the student - sample questions, outlines, essay writing, etc.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Becoming an independent learner is all about critical thinking. As an instructor, my job is not to encourage memorization of how to do things, but to encourage a critical thought process that leads students to the right solutions. That means working through a problem with students, letting them make mistakes and then showing them the steps to not make the mistakes again.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation is difficult for a lot of young people. I believe positive verbal reinforcement is a very helpful tool. You can't just tell students "You're wrong" when they get things wrong. You also have to tell them "You're right. That was a tough one. You're doing very well." And "That's not quite right, but that's a common mistake. You had a great start, let's work on the end steps." I also use stickers. They're fun.