I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Colorado College in 2014. I received a B.A. with distinction in Psychology. While at Colorado College, I spent two years working for the school's writing center as a peer tutor. I also spent a year as a First Year Experience mentor; in this role, I worked with an Introduction to Psychology class composed entirely of first year college students, helping them with writing, studying, and other aspects of adjusting to life in college. In high school, too, I enjoyed leading my peers in study groups for various classes, from English to History and so on.
Following my graduation, I spent a year working for the Psychology department as a Paraprofessional. I ran all of the Introduction to Psychology labs, helped with other labs and classes, and hosted writing workshops for both Introductory students and senior thesis students. I also worked for the Economics department as a tutor for a personal financial planning class. I led afternoon lab sessions and worked with students on developing their own personal financial plans as part of their final project.
I have a diverse skill set, and I am comfortable tutoring writing, English, Psychology, History, various sciences, the SAT, PSAT, and GRE. I also have experience working with students on college essays. I have always enjoyed tutoring these subjects, and I especially love working with students on writing because of the interesting stories everyone has to tell and the reward that comes from helping people unlock their potential to clearly and effectively express themselves. My teaching philosophy is simple: I believe tutoring should be entirely individualized. To that end, I strive to determine how a student learns best and teach accordingly.
Undergraduate Degree: Colorado College - Bachelors, Psychology
AP Biology: 5
GRE Verbal: 165
AP Calculus AB: 5
AP English Literature: 5
AP English Language: 5
AP US History: 5
AP European History: 4
GRE Analytical Writing: 5
AP Spanish Language: 5
AP U.S. Government & Politics: 5
AP Art History: 4
AP Spanish Literature: 4
When I'm not in the classroom or working one-on-one with students, I enjoy backpacking, reading, playing guitar, and shooting hoops with my recreational basketball team!
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teach to the individual, always. Moreover, learning should be fun, and I try and find a way to make my teaching reflect that belief.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I enjoy discussing and implementing different ways of studying and approaching assignments. I believe that trying out different ways of learning is the best route for figuring out what works best for the individual. Once people know how they learn, how they write, and how they study, they are well on their way to becoming independent learners and thinkers.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I love finding ways to relate subjects and assignments to the everyday world. If we can figure out how a subject is related to something you care about, the subject immediately becomes much more exciting!