I was definitely one of those students who struggled with tremendous anxiety, and found myself dreading (and avoiding) any type of group review sessions. They scared me- I constantly feared trying to answer questions in front of everyone, the process of another student trying to explain things to me, and my difficulty communicating that most of the time, the explanation only confused me more. It wasn't until I discovered that a good friend of mine could be easily bribed with baked goods, was able to follow my often chaotic train of thought, and was willing to provide the one-on-one attention that I really needed.
That attention, and the techniques she taught me, have allowed me to graduate from New College of Florida with a B.A. In economics,and a B.A. In international studies. I wrote and defended my undergraduate thesis in 2010. The thesis itself focused on the relationships between post-conflict economic reconstruction and restorative justice, with a case study of Rwanda. While at New College, I also trained to become a sexual assault counselor, a guardian ad litem, and worked with the Fresh Air Fund by running one of their summer writing programs for children with disabilities and behavioral problems. I then attended Northeastern University School of Law, from which I graduated this May, and took the MA bar. My internships included working in the public sector, focusing heavily on criminal law. I helped modify mandatory first year courses as a research assistant, and led small classes of 1Ls as they worked on putting their evolving skills into practice by working with different social justice organizations. I also served on the Admissions Committee for the 2013-2014 incoming class.
My own experiences in trying to get tutoring and academic help are really what inspires me to work with children who need and want special attention. I understand that everyone learns differently, and that if you're not willing to create individual plans for each student, you may not be helping your client the most. Students are clients. They may not always pay the bills, or be looking for help on their own, but I believe a tutor's role is to help every child to reach their full potential- not to run through concepts, ignoring your students, and waiting to get paid. Learning to work with my own ADHD, anxiety, and depression hasn't been easy, but with the help of invested individuals and tutors, I've learned to embrace my unique way of thinking and succeeded more than I would have imagined.
I believe in working with students to find what works for them, and to develop those skills so that they can learn study habits to help in all subjects. In the past, I've been able to work with students who find more comfort when they are able to draw things out, are able to create their own pneumonic devices, learn from card or board games, love flash cards and outlines - personally I'm a student who finds flow charts and hand-writing outlines, and have been known to use my favorite songs to remind me of different concepts. I like to have students fill out a brief questionnaire, so I have an idea of what approaches might work best. I also like to have an initial meeting, free of charge, where parents and students are able to decide if I'm the right tutor for their needs. I have an 18 hour cancellation policy, although I understand things come up unexpectedly, and will offer a make-up session.
In terms of location, I again like to leave final say up to you and your child. I am able to work with students at Northeastern Law, in their study rooms and library. I am also able to work at other libraries, at your home (although I do ask that if you prefer this idea, that we work in a common area of the home), cafés or coffee shops, and, if appropriate, at a public park or other outdoor location.
I look forward to meeting with you, and developing a personalized tutoring approach that fits!
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