I have been told many times I have changed someone's life in a short period of time. If I set my mind to helping someone, I will do whatever it takes, even if it means reviewing past work and creating study aids. I have yet to work with a student who has not met his/her goals and said I was an outstanding teacher. I graduated summa cum laude from Harvard, was admitted early action, and was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. I graduated in the top 5% of my class, so I have a strong academic backgr... [more]
I have experience with college counseling when I tutored on the west coast; mainly students came to me who wanted to apply to Ivy League schools and needed help with their essays. As someone who was admitted to Harvard early action, I know I put together a strong application. I had excellent feedback on my editing and working with student's on their college applications. I am able to help with everything from the essay to planning out the number of applications and how to meet deadlines. I know how to help students achieve results, and many of the students I worked with credited me with helping them get in to the college of their choice, despite being told they had weaker test scores. Many students overlook the importance of short essays and telling their story, they rely instead on extra curriculars and test scores. I encourage honesty and modesty, and I love to help the individual represent his/her strong points. I am confident I am able to help students with a range of different kinds of applications and again meet the necessary deadlines. I love helping people achieve their goals, so helping with college counseling is a great experience.
My undergraduate degree from Harvard was in Biological Anthropology and Fine Arts. I completed all the required coursed in biological and social anthropology, with a straight A average. I am more than qualified to tutor and teach Anthropology, and I have done so with students in the CA area. My tutoring method in Anthropology mirrors my method in math and sciences----I try to look at where the student is having issues and problem solve from there. For some it relates to poor handle on the content and it requires teaching the material back. I find some learners who are not auditory will not absorb lectures well. With others it relates to a fundamental issue with how the individual approaches the discipline and a concept that he/she cannot excel. Whatever the reason, I will shift the way I teach back the subject and try to make it dynamic, fun and something the student can absorb. I will work on specific assignments, correct tests, summarize reading material, and look for any area where the student is not performing well and try to advance his/her work.
I started tutoring students with ADHD, dyslexia and medical illnesses that affected their performance (brain tumors) when I was at Harvard. I tutored for an agency in CA that sent me to all the special needs students. I have worked with special needs students in the Brookline public schools and LA private and public schools. My method is variable student to student, it's very individualized, but it is of great importance to focus on self esteem and be encouraging so that these students don't anticipate under performing or feel incapable of succeeding. I will employ a range of different techniques---index cards, speaking out each step of problem solving, fact checking, estimation, et al. I try to figure out if the student is a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner and adapt my cues accordingly. If a student has problems with memory and consistency, then repetition is key.