I began tutoring in college as a way to make a few extra dollars and quickly discovered that, not only did I like it, but I was good at it. I found I had a natural talent for teaching and helping students grow personally and academically. The most rewarding part of tutoring, for me, is watching a student transform from someone who would never pick up a book to an avid reader, or from someone who doesn't think they can write to a competent and expressive essayist.
In my work with major SAT prep companies, I've realized two things. The first is that SAT prep makes a huge difference in SAT scores. The second is that the tips and tricks major companies market as test prep are practically useless. That's why I teach my students a set of methods and principles designed to give them a holistic understanding of the test as well as a toolkit for each question category and section type. An analogy I often use with my students is that I give them the weapons they needs to slay the beast that is the SAT.
When I work with students outside of the SAT, I focus on not only on improving the student's GPA or report card, but on fostering a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the written word. Reading and writing are critical skills in the modern economy, and skill with the pen will get you far, regardless of the field you work in. I work with my students on all aspects of the writing process, from conception to conclusion, and all elements of reading, from comprehension to close textual analysis.
As a tutor, I'm energetic and enthusiastic. I know that each student learns differently, so I tailor my lesson plans to each student's individual strengths, weaknesses, needs and interests. I strongly believe that tutoring should be not only about improving grades but about improving the student's ability to learn for a lifetime to come.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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