I am a graduate of Boston University having received a BA in Linguistics and Classics with a minor in Archaeology. I started tutoring during high school, helping people that were struggling to pass tests required to graduate from high school in Indiana. From this I learned the feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping people learn and achieve things they might not have been able to otherwise.
My academic content fields I tutor focus on history and grammar. I am a firm believer that the stories of humanity's past give us a better understanding of the modern world, and I hope to be able share share as many of these exciting stories as I can. I am also deeply involved in test prep tutoring. I have taken and tutored both the ACT and the SAT. I enjoy tutoring these tests because I get the opportunity to see students learn about the ways that they learn and take tests. Furthermore, it's very rewarding to see students get excited about their tangible score gains that come as a result of hard work. I aim to adapt my approaches to each student, but this always includes assessing strengths and weakness, teaching and reteaching content, creating a strong sense of test format and timing familiarity, and sharing tips, strategies, and short cuts. By combining these efforts with hard work, each of my students can walk into their tests with confidence that has been earned as a result of preparedness.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching baseball, and playing video games (especially games which have a historical setting as these are what triggered love of history).
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Boston University - Bachelors, Linguistics & Classics
ACT Composite: 32
ACT English: 30
ACT Math: 35
ACT Reading: 32
ACT Science: 32
SAT Math: 760
Theater, fantasy novels, video games, and history
High School Geography
High School Level American History
High School World History
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Engage and relate. Connect to students, and adapt lessons to their knowledge and interests.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Gauge the student's background knowledge to see what needs to be focused on. Also, talk to students about their interests so that I can highlight material that will engage them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would find out about their interests so I can teach the subject in a way that gets them interested. Also, I would highlight progress and accomplishments they have made in order to keep their confidence high.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Before I start talking about a particular topic with a student, I ask them to explain what they know about the topic. This not only helps me focus on what they don't know, but it also lets me build their confidence around what they already know.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I give the student a set of reading comprehension questions and ask them to narrate their train of thought as they attempt to answer the questions. As they do this, I ask them questions which will lead their thought process in the right direction and helps them get in the habit of focusing on the right things to answer the question on their own.