Since 2005, Hannah has worked privately with elementary, middle school, high school, college, graduate, and professional students. While working on academic skills, students gain confidence in their abilities and feel more in charge of their education.
Hannah began tutoring Chemistry, Spanish, and essay writing when she herself was still a high school student. After graduating Cum Laude from The McDonogh School in Maryland, she moved up the Eastern seaboard to study English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Determined to become well-versed beyond the literary field, Hannah took several courses in Latin, Comparative Philosophy, Anthropology, and Film Studies. Feeling restless senior year, she began tutoring a bright but bored Brooklyn Tech senior, guiding a surprising upturn in his GPA, SAT scores, and drive to excel. After gaining admission to Oberlin, her student confided cooly, “You’re pretty good at this, you know.”
Her tutoring approach begins by tapping into a student’s overall sense of self, by exploring, say, a 7-yr old’s creative portrait of the solar system or a 17-yr old’s curiosity about documentary filmmaking. She uses her versatility of knowledge and life experience to the finest point, relating to a student first as a person, second as a pupil. Relating to students as a dynamic role-player with their best interest at heart, she eases their transition into the academic arena. Listening, liveliness, and an elephantine memory make up her tutoring toolbox. Her tutoring relationships always yield quantitative and qualitative gains with students developing scholastic stamina, physical and mental organizational skills, and self-confidence earned through overcoming obstacles. Her students often work harder than they are aware of because she maintains their respect, trust, and focus by perpetually motivating them through fun, dynamic sessions.
Though primarily a one-on-one tutor, Hannah can engage and command an entire classroom full of students. She’s taught months-long SAT courses for The Opportunity Network and Democracy Prep Charter School and Jeopardy-style AP World History and SHSAT group review. In June 2015, Johns Hopkins University invited her to address the nation’s elite high school basketball players about standardized testing and tackling the Common Application’s dreaded personal essay, which she inventively coined as “the perfect Instagram post”. There are few tests and academic subjects she hasn’t taught in her 15-year career. While her passion fuels her profession, the ultimate reward is vicarious—seeing students prove their potential by surpassing even their own expectations.
Columbia University in the City of New York
Very engaging and a tremendous help to my son. Thank you!