I enjoy working with various subjects and grade levels, and I’m excited to continue meeting new students! I have dual bachelor's degrees in chemistry and English from Vanderbilt University and I tutor grades 3-College.
I prioritize getting to know my students on a personal level — what they are drawn towards, what they enjoy doing outside of our sessions. As a creative writer, I was first drawn towards chemistry when someone quoted Carl Sagan to me, and I found the science to be incredibly poetic. I am committed to doing the same for my students; based on whatever their interests may be, there is a way to connect it to curricula. I am encouraging yet flexible; having tutored in a variety of subjects across a large range, I am able to reshape my approach to best fit a student’s learning style.
One school district allotted some of their students 20 free hours of tutoring over the summer. In particular, a fifth grader I worked with fell behind on math because he was incompatible with his teacher’s style. We completed a pre-assessment in our first session, and by the end of it, the student was frustrated with his inability to perform what the county expected of him. Over the course of our summer, I reinforced the foundations that he was expected to have “mastered” by this time, and every time I introduced a new topic, I framed it in terms of something he expressed proficiency in. By the time our sessions neared an end, he was notably excited about math and consistently asked for increased difficulty in the questions I presented. In such a contained time frame, I was thrilled that he would enter the new year with confidence.
I am very drawn towards nature — I was an Environmental Studies minor, and I enjoy hiking in the woods and being by the water. I am also a creative writer, and I have a deep appreciation for literature. After a several years’ hiatus from piano, I am finally returning to the instrument.