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Tutor Spotlight: 5 Questions with Bridget G.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tutor Tango is excited to welcome the highly-talented and charismatic Bridget G. to our online tutoring network.  Bridget has ten years of tutoring experience, ten years of teaching experience, and she holds an MA in English Education from the City College of New York. She tutors English (writing and reading), psychology, and the verbal and writing sections of a wide range of standardized tests, including the ACT and SAT. 

We recently sat down with Bridget (via cyberspace, to be specific), and asked her a few questions.  Here are the highlights:

1. What inspired you to become an educator?

I moved to NYC when I was 25, looking for adventure and fulfillment. While riding the NYC subway, there were these blazing black and white ads touting the new Teaching Fellows program. It was a well-placed advertisement, with heart-warming anecdotes, and I felt like they were speaking directly to me. It was kind of a moment of clarity, when I just knew what I needed to -- and should be doing. It was one of the best decisions of my life.

2. What's the most unconventional or teaching method you've relied on as a tutor?

I asked students to keep a journal for a semester, expressing their connections with the nightly readings. The connections could be in any format: drawing, poetry, stream-of-consciousness, really, anything. They were not allowed to have their names anywhere in the journal, just a number that only I knew. At the end of the semester, I heaped all the journals in a pile and asked everyone to chose a different journal. They took these journals and used them to write a short story about the person who wrote it. It never failed to inspire the students to create some of their very best creative writing. It’s total freedom, both in writing the journal, and the short story.

3. What book or books have influenced the passion you have for your areas of expertise?

As an English teacher, there is an endless list of novels that inspire me, from Dostoevsky to Murakami. But, I can say that one book that changed my perspective on education and inspired my Master’s thesis, was John Berger’s Ways of Seeing. The book focuses on how we look at art and interpret the world around us. It never ceases to show me new ways of seeing, and inspire me to help students discover their own perspective.

4. Most of our tutors have expertise in multiple subjects. If you had to tutor only one subject, what would it be and why?

Though I like many different subjects, my favorite has to be English. It has always been my favorite, and I can’t remember a time when I was not completely in love with reading and writing. Just writing about it being my favorite makes me excited and I think that comes across in my teaching and tutoring.

5. What's your favorite place on earth? Why?

I cannot say that there is one particular place that is my favorite, though all my favorite places have something in common. There is a peacefulness, sometimes urban, sometimes natural, that makes me feel centered and focused on what is important in life. Maybe it’s Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, sometimes it’s on the train tracks outside of Copsa Mica, Romania, but lately it’s riding my bike down the canal in Ottawa, Ontario.