My teaching Approach:
I believe that the best learning happens when students are able to connect what they're studying to personal interests. Like the progressive educator Charles Pierce, I believe that curiosity is the natural motor for discovery and retention in all aspects of life, and learning is all about figuring out how to capture and direct the impulse of curiosity in the right ways.
As a tutor, I try to individually tailor my methods to each student's particular strengths and interests, regardless of the subject, in an attempt to make learning as natural and enjoyable as possible. I believe that self-generated, hands-on and applied learning is the most effective kind, and, though it is different with every student, I encourage this approach as much as possible. Whether your needs are in Calculus
, SAT prep
or the Viola, I would be happy and excited to develop and enact a tutoring strategy that is specifically designed to help you meet your personal goals.
Here are the subjects I am qualified to teach:
AP testing (Chemistry
, Calculus, US Government, Biology
and US History
Theater (Acting and Directing)FilmEnglish grammar
and writingUS History
My tutoring methods and policies:
I like to come up with activities and games that strengthen the student's memory and comprehension while making learning accessible, natural and enjoyable. I assign projects and homework, but I try very hard to make sure these assignments are natural extensions of the student's work and interest as part of my mission to deemphasize external assessment and evaluation in favor of promoting internal motivation and maintaining a positive environment.
I very much encourage parent and student input as a valuable part of my tutoring process, and both are always free to text or call me with any comments or concerns.
It is also important to me that students feel comfortable in the tutoring environment, and I am very willing to travel to students' homes for lessons. However, I am open to other possibilities as well, if deemed appropriate. This is an arrangement I am willing to work out individually with each client.
My own educational background:
After having graduated from two of the most highly-ranked liberal arts colleges in the country (Swarthmore often ranked number 3 and Haverford often number 8) within the top 10% of my class, I feel uniquely prepared to tutor a very wide range of subjects. Though my major was in Theater (Acting and Directing), my minor was in Film and my concentration was in Gender Studies, I also have a keen interest in Math and Chemistry and took a good number of challenging courses outside of my major while in college, including Advanced Calculus II, Psychology, several advanced independent studies in Chemistry, and an advanced Chemistry course at Germany's acclaimed Humboldt University of Berlin. I spent about 6 months as an exchange student in Germany, and am fluent in that language
As a High School student, I myself scored 5's on the AP Chemistry
, Biology, Calculus, and US Government exams, a perfect 800 on the Math section of the SAT's
as well as two near-perfect scores in Reading
and Writing, and so am familiar with the format of these tests and understand the kind of studying required to achieve a score that reflects the student's fullest potential. I also graduated as salutatorian of my High School with a 4.0 that reflected advanced courses in all core subjects, making me prepared to tackle the kind of subject variety demanded by the GRE's.
I have had 2 years of experience as a day camp counselor working with children ages 6-12, and have functioned as an acting teacher for several students that I have directed in theater projects. I have also given German lessons to several fellow students while in college. I also feel that my experience as a theater director (having directed 6 shows to date) has given me the tools needed to lead and teach others in an effective and engaging manner.
My musical credentials:
I have been studying and playing the viola for almost 14 years. Most recently, I participated in both Haverford's and Swarthmore's Chamber Music
programs and performed as principal violist in the Haverford/Bryn Mawr Bi-College Orchestra. I have also successfully auditioned into the Humboldt Philharmonic and have performed with the Hershey Symphony. As a High School student, I auditioned into Allegretto, Lancaster's youth chamber orchestra, as well as the District 7 Orchestra 3 years in a row.