I am a recent Princeton graduate, living in the Princeton area, with several years of experience tutoring students in a variety of contexts. I have always loved learning and helping other people learn; finding ways to help others overcome their personal academic hurdles is extremely rewarding to me.
Throughout my time in college, I pushed myself to go beyond the familiar and comfortable â€“ by immersing myself in Arabic, taking courses in everything from the history of western thought to game theory to computer science, and studying abroad for a year at Oxford, where I adapted to the tutorial system and excelled on final exams meant to be taken after three years of preparation.
Each of these experiences demanded a unique approach, but together, they led me to become aware of the fundamental skills and strategies that are crucial to succeed in learning any unfamiliar material: giving information no more or less attention than its importance merits, locating it within a larger context, and connecting it to what one already knows. As a tutor, I enjoy passing these lessons on to students and strive to make my tutees not just better test takers, but better students and better learners.
While teaching Arabic through Princetonâ€™s Residential College Peer Tutoring Program, I worked with students who were having problems in introductory classes. To get them back on track, I identified the source of their difficulties. This required me to listen carefully and ask the right questions, but that was not always enough. Because students are often unaware of their misunderstandings, I also took a more active approach, asking them to walk me through their approach to a difficult exercise step-by-step. This process allowed me to tailor lessons to each studentâ€™s individual needs â€“ something I also did on a larger scale when I was the sole instructor for a young beginning Arabic student during my senior year. As a rule, I bring the same attentive, personalized approach to every meeting with a student.