I'm a young New York City-based professional, and am originally from the Tri-State area. I earned my master's degree this past September in London, and my undergraduate BFA degree in Boston. I work in the arts here in New York, and have always let my love of literature and history inform the work I do. I have experience both tutoring and directing children and young adults - not just in things like homework help and the like, but in learning how to play the violin and in performing as a part of a musical. As you can imagine, my work experience is just as varied as this tutoring experience!
I'm excited to put my multi-discliplinary work and education experience to good use as a part of Varsity Tutors for this reason. My life as a student has brought me to the realization that finding out what sort of learner you are makes all the difference. A focus on building your learning toolkit makes you stronger than simply amassing answers to questions ever will. I'm here to help young adults find the personal and unique tools they can use to be lifelong learners, no matter what the circumstance.
Undergraduate Degree: Boston University - Bachelors, Theatre Arts - Acting (BFA degree)
Graduate Degree: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art - Masters, Classical Acting
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1440
SAT Writing: 720
AP English Literature: 5
AP US History: 5
AP European History: 5
AP Music Theory: 5
AP Psychology: 5
theatre (of really any kind), spending time by the ocean, spending time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Shakespeare, Irish poets and playwrights
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is always to have fun with it! Find the applications of whatever problem you're contending with in your own life and the real world, and then have fun solving the puzzle.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Before I do anything else, I'd get to know the student - and I'd make sure the student got to know me, too. I'm interested in communing with my students as an equal, person-to-person. If we start our work knowing and respecting each other in this way, we'll work as a team to get things done.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by giving them tools rather than answers. If I can help them build their problem-solving toolkit, no matter what the subject, they can feel confident they can contend with any question, even if I'm not with them in person!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Reminding them of their goals, be they short or long-term. I know for myself that keeping my eyes on the overarching goal I want to achieve keeps me moving, even when things are at their toughest. I'd make sure my student would always let their goals propel them forward.