For most of my tutoring, I take a conceptual approach. While I want to make sure that the students I tutor get good grades on their day-to-day assignments, my main concern is not with making sure they get the right answers to questions, but making sure they understand the why behind those answers. I want my students to understand the material - as any good tutor should. This means some of my tutoring sessions might involve me asking my students to explain how they got their answers, so that I can see where they might have wholes in their knowledge and help them to fill those wholes. For ACT- and SAT-prep, of course, my strategy is somewhat different. Yes, I do want students to understand the material, but a lot of preparing for the ACT and SAT means knowing the formats of the tests and developing good test-taking strategies - for ACT- and SAT-prep, I'll be focusing more on that. And for college-essay advice, my focus will be on helping an applicant pick a topic that will help them stand out, and writing on that topic in an elegant, engaging way that highlights their own uniqueness.
I'm excited at the prospect of tutoring students again. Having been fortunate enough to go from a 200-person public high school in rural Illinois, all the way to Yale University, I want to help other students with amazing potential (and all students do have that amazing potential) to reach their full potential. I want to help them achieve a great education now and go on to receive an amazing education at a top-tier university. I want to help them be as amazing as they can be.
Most of my experience in tutoring comes from tutoring my three younger siblings, who are 13, 15, and 16. While I was at Yale, I did a small amount of tutoring in underpriveleged public schools, and last year, as one of eight freshman counselors to 123 freshmen, and I commonly provided my freshmen feedback on their ideas for essays and their writing itself. (I was a Psychology major, so my freshmen most frequently came to me when they wanted feedback on a psychology paper.) Send me a line (or, you know, message) and let's see if I'm the right tutor for you!
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