Hi! I'm Sarah and I've been tutoring English
for about two years now. I've had a wide variety of students, from high school, to graduate school, to the faculty here at Rutgers. I have an individual relationship with each student and keep track of our progress and goals in order to make sure we are learning as much as possible. I'm willing to teach anyone who is willing to work with me.
My approach to learning is: if it's drudgery, you're not doing it right (although there is usually a little boredom involved, sometimes). But especially with language
, the subject matter can always be personalized to the needs of the student. This means different teaching techniques, depending on the student. Sometimes, hands-on is the best way (in this case, conversation or writing
), while others do better with exercises, or a mix of both. Over time, we'll find the method that best suits you. With one 15-year-old student of mine, I've focused on baseball vocabulary
to get him interested in Spanish. I believe that this approach works best because with the right motivation, learning is so much easier!
I am absolutely willing to work with people with disabilities. I am currently working with a student with an unspecified learning disability, which is going very well. But to be honest, my experience is limited, so most of what I have to offer is compassion, respect, and patience. However, I am 100% willing to learn if you are willing to teach me!
As for credentials, I recently graduated from Rutgers with a BA in Spanish and an English-Spanish Translation and Interpreting Certificate. This field involves writing and parsing words in both English and Spanish everyday. In regards to my English writing achievements, I was recently published in an undergraduate research journal at Rutgers, and earned an award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Writing. This comes after 5 writing-intensive courses beyond the writing and papers otherwise required in my other classes. Happily, I've only received 2 B grades in the past 2 years (so, almost all A's!); I believe this largely comes from a close attention to detail and a solid work ethic.