Johns Hopkins University (Philosophy)
Mass Maritime Academy (Other)
I'm interested in partnering with your middle or high school student to develop achievable goals and a concrete study plan to improve their performance in reading, vocabulary development, writing, and all levels of middle and high school mathematics. I can provide coaching for middle and high school level English, AP English and/or AP Calculus, SAT Math, Writing, and Reading/Vocabulary, and college essay writing. Having worked extensively with middle, high school, and aged students , I have insight into the stressors they deal with during their academic "careers".
Students of all ages, aptitudes and academic levels can become ensnared in negative belief patterns about their competence in a given subject area, and feel helpless to change their situation. This can make school work feel overwhelming and miserable- but it doesn't have to. My approach to tutoring centers on empowering students to identify their own anxieties and the behavioral consequences of those anxieties- such as avoidance and procrastination, "choking" on tests, or acting out- and to develop realistic and positive self expectations with regards to school work. In addition to my academic and professional qualifications (described below) I am friendly, calm and naturally relate to students of all ages without condescension.
I'm currently a student of Energy Systems Engineering at Mass Maritime Academy. Previously (2008-10) I worked as a Program Manager at StreetWise Partners in New York City, where I managed career coaching and vocational training programs for young adults and adults. During this time I also volunteered as a writing coach with College Summit. I have spent several summers over the past ten years teaching sailing to teens and adults, and worked for nearly five years (2010-2015) as professional yacht crew. I graduated with Honors from Johns Hopkins University in 2006 as a Philosophy major; my hobbies include sailing and bluegrass mandolin.
In high school, I was not a strong math student compared to other students in my class, and this led me to believe I lacked the aptitude for math. In college I studied philosophy, and I credit my training in formal logic with helping me shift gears when I returned to school last fall to begin my engineering degree. I am currently on track to maintain an A average in Calculus 2; I obtained an A in a five week Calculus course this winter, and prior to that obtained an A in College Algebra and Trigonometry through one month of self study. I'm frequently approached by other students for help in Calculus; they encouraged me to work as a math tutor.
I completed substantial English course work at Johns Hopkins University, which was a top tier English program at that time (and I'm sure continues to rank highly). I was a Philosophy student, which helped hone both my reading comprehension and expository writing. I completed graduate level course work and maintained an A-level GPA within my major; I graduated with honors.
The bottom line is that school work is work- it may not be on the top of your list, but it doesn't have to make you unhappy. We can work together to help you take back a feeling of control over the areas you're struggling with. And I look forward to hearing from you! I'm interested in partnering with your middle or high school student to develop achievable goals and a concrete study plan to improve their performance in reading, vocabulary development, writing, and all levels of middle and high school mathematics. I can provide coaching for middle and high school level English, AP English and/or AP Calculus,
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