Mentor of the Month: Kristin P.

Kristin P. With a degree in Multidisciplinary Studies in Business Communications, Kristin P. is well-versed in connecting prior knowledge to new information to learn and retain as much as possible. “Anytime you can connect something you are learning to something you already know, you will remember it better. The multidisciplinary studies program taught me how to connect concepts from different disciplines and adapt them to new situations, which is definitely a handy skill to have.”

This skill definitely comes in handy for Kristin when it comes to tutoring and mentoring at! Kristin has been a Tutor and Mentor for a little over a year and a half in various subjects such as English, Essay Writing, Career Help, Social Studies, Elementary Math, Science, Earth Science, Mid-Level Math and Algebra. Learn more about Kristin in her Q&A below!

Where are you from?

My husband and I are from West Virginia, but we are living in Virginia right now while he attends law school. One more year to go, and then we’ll see where the wind [read: job market] takes us!

What’s your favorite part of tutoring?

Anytime you can connect something you are learning to something you already know, you will remember it better. You will also be better equipped to apply that knowledge to future endeavors. For instance, a lot of history classes boil down to memorizing names and dates. In college, I had a great teacher who showed us connections between what people thought and how they acted, so that we learned not only what happened but why. Suddenly, historical events looked more like a logical progression of ideas than an arbitrary list of dates. I found it much easier to reason my way through test questions. My favorite part of tutoring and mentoring is helping others make those same kinds of connections.

What’s your best study tip?

My best tip for students or anyone would be to know yourself. Some people are more efficient when they tackle the toughest project first. Others need the morale boost that comes from completing a task quickly before they move on to something strenuous. You have to know yourself well enough to know what works for you. The important thing is to be honest with yourself. Know your strengths and weaknesses, and plan accordingly. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to learning, so the best thing you can do for yourself is learn what works for you and what doesn’t.


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