My interest in education was piqued by a volunteer tutoring experience I had in college. I was tasked with helping a group of three Somali high school students memorize and evaluate the quadratic formula. The students' struggles with the material were amplified by a significant language barrier. However, after two hours of struggling with translators, all three students mastered the lesson. I was inspired by these young ladies, and they taught me the true meaning of dedication and perseverance that day. After graduating cum laude from Carleton College with distinction in Psychology and Educational Studies, I chose to pursue my interest in education further.
I spent the last year in Boston serving in a highly competitive urban education fellowship. I chose the Match Corps because the program afforded the opportunity to spend a lot of time (up to 70 hours a week!) tutoring individual at risk youth. At Match, I honed my professionalism and communication skills with by working closely with students and parents at all hours of the day and night. I also had the benefit of receiving constant feedback from school administrators on my implementation of educational best practices. Although I tutored Geometry and Algebra II full time last year, I also enjoy tutoring students in a wide range of subjects and disciplines. One of my favorite moments from last year was helping one of my students to refine a history paper that he was struggling to perfect for a Harvard Extension class (Even though I was his math tutor)!
I have spent a year perfecting my tutoring, and my thoughtful and effective questioning requires students to carry the brunt of the intellectual load. This "heavy lifting" by the student leads to greater mastery of topics and a more rewarding learning experience. I thrive on feedback, and am quick to adapt to any educational opportunity!
I am willing to travel to tutor students and have flexible scheduling. Contact me for a free consultation so as to ensure a great tutor/ student fit!
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