I come to tutoring via a broad range of experiences, all of which contribute to my success as a tutor. I have practiced law, taught high school social studies and French, taught English as a Second Language at a community college and community center, tutored a young thespian who rehearsed during normal school hours, tutored dozens of students in grades 9-12 as part of my employment at a non-profit educational organization and tutored several young people in Spanish. I have been highly active in education for the better part of the last twenty (20) years, from working closely with my own two sons when they were learning to read and write to having the experiences listed above.
First and foremost I make a connection with the person I am tutoring. I am genuinely interested in meeting a broad range of people and enjoy conversing with others. From the youngest to the oldest, from the outgoing to the reserved, from the eccentric to the more conventional, I am accepting of and truly interested in others.
Of equal importance is the fact that I have an excellent educational foundation that enables me to be a very knowledgeable and competent tutor. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College, receiving a B.A. in anthropology and French. I then received my J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Later, I received my Pennsylvania teacher certification from Swarthmore College to teach social studies, French and Spanish.
I know how to study for and to successfully pass standardized tests. In addition to taking the SAT and LSAT, I passed three bar examinations, two that were among the most difficult in the country, on my first try. I say this to say that I know how to have a challenging educational goal, devise a plan to succeed at that goal and take the steps necessary to achieve that goal. I am energized by educational challenges, love to learn and receive great satisfaction from helping others achieve their educational goals.
Finally, I am a relaxed tutor that helps her students to relax. I have found this to be very important. It is not by tensing up and gritting one's teeth that one achieves optimal results. This type of composure does not free the student to be all that he or she can be. Hard work and smart work are of critical importance. There is no magic involved. At the same time, we know from a number of disciplines and extraordinary examples that being anxious, unreasonably nervous and downright tense does not make one's hard work the most effective. I am naturally driven to work hard at a task before me.
In closing, I draw from a number of experiences to inform how I relate to and connect with a student. My accomplishments demonstrate that I have learned what it means to work diligently and efficiently. Whatever your educational goal may be, it will be my task to help you achieve specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely results with respect to that goal.
I look forward to meeting you. Let the fun begin!
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