I love tutoring because of the confidence it can bring to students when they realize it's not the material that they don't understand, but the way it's being taught to them. Having worked as a classroom tutor with America Reads, I saw how easily discouraged kids can be when they don't "get it" as quickly as some of their classmates. I have also seen exceptionally bright students become bored because they are not being challenged in the classroom. I believe that each child has his/her own learning style and moves at a different pace. That is why outside tutoring can make all the difference.
I graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in 2009, and then went on to earn a Master's degree from New York University in Museum Studies. My strengths lie in helping students to understand, interpret, and analyze material- which is the core of doing well in English, History, Art History, and basic science and math classes. Rather than focusing on memorization and regurgitation, which is what ends up happening in many classrooms, I feel that the purpose of school should be to teach children how to learn and discuss. During my time as an America Reads tutor, I also helped to prepare students for the ELA and Mathematics exams. I hope that by making the material accessible and thought-provoking, it will not only improve grades and test scores, but turn kids into lifelong learners.