I have been formally trained in Mathematics and Biostatistics during my undergraduate and graduate school education. I have taken and excelled in mathematics courses up to the Ph.D. level. I have a strong passion for helping my students solidify their foundation in both theoretical and applied mathematics. I have a tutored for 10+ years, and worked as a teaching assistant at the graduate-level for 2+ years. I strive to adapt my teaching to each person's learning style, and I ensure that the learning environment cultivated is a safe space, where questions are greatly encouraged. I have been able to help dozens of students not only succeed in the short-term, by acing an exam or getting a good grade in a course, but I've been able to support countless individuals build a great knowledge base and confidence in successfully tackling their future math endeavors.
I really love that feeling when the light bulb goes off for the student. Math can be an intimidating subject for a lot of people, and I really enjoy being able to break it down into digestible pieces of information so it is not that overwhelming. Helping my students tackle that fear/uneasiness, build their confidence, and reach their full potential (in Math) is extremely rewarding :). Thanks for your consideration!
Sessions with Sarah were very helpful. She was able to tutor me to an understanding of complex and confusing topics in Statistics and Calculus which helped me succeed in these courses that I would have otherwise struggled in. Thank you!
sarah is the BESTTTT!!!!!!!! i was having trouble in my algebra 2 course (math is definitely not my favorite subject) but sarah was able to make it easy to understand. without her i definitely would have failed, but i passed with a B+, even after doing poorly on a couple of quizzes. sarah was my biggest cheerleader and her constant encouragement really helped when i was feeling discouraged. no one is as committed to helping her students succeed as she is.
I hired Sarah to help me with a graduate statistics course. I was having a lot of difficulty with the material and thanks to her I got an A in the course. Sarah is very patient and knowledgable and I would highly recommend her as a tutor.
First, I like to have a meeting with the student and/or parent to get to know them, learn what their objectives are for our sessions, and understand the high-level strengths and areas of needed improvement for the student. If the areas of needed improvement are not obvious to the parent or student, I may ask to see previous homework assignment/tests, or give a quick assessment to get a baseline of some areas of improvement our lessons should focus on. In the past , I've also virtually met with the teacher and parent to get a better understanding of areas our lessons should focus on.
After it is determined what we should work on, I like to start the lesson with a quick review of what we are working on and why it is important. Afterwards, I normally demonstrate a few examples and answer questions along the way. If the student already has a decent understanding of the material, then I may look at a recent homework assignments (on the same material) and focus on the questions that were answered incorrectly. Once we are able to address those misconceptions, we would do some exercises together to solidfy their understanding.
I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Kean University, and a Master's degree in Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University. I completed a year of full and part-time student teaching, and passed all of my praxis exams for NJ. I also had the privledge of being a graduate-level teaching assistant for more than 2 years at Johns Hopkins, as well a tutor for more than 10 years.
I have worked with a variety of different students, including those in primary/secondary school, as well as undergraduate and graduate-level college students.
One of my most rewarding experiences has been tutoring combat veterans that have returned to college to start or continue their education. Some of my veteran students have been away from math for over a decade so at times there was a very large learning curve. Together we worked through it taking it one day at a time, and the foundation and concidence they built during our lessons helped them to succeed in their course work :).
Communication is key to a successful tutoring experience. My biggest piece of advice would be to choose a tutor you feel comfortable asking any math question to. All questions are great questions, and one of the best ways to develop mastery in a topic is to eliminate the unceratinty surrounding the topic. Asking yourself and others questions that test to your understanding makes successfully learning possible.
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