Elizabeth Johnston

Tutor

Subjects

  • Academic Support
  • English
  • French
  • History- Euro
  • History- US
  • Writing

Tests

  • ACT
  • AP Exams
  • Subject Tests

Locations

  • Remote (Skype, Google Hangout, FaceTime, etc.)
  • Tenleytown, DC

Bio

Beth grew up in Northern Virginia and attended West Potomac High school, so DC is her home turf. After attending Harvard College, Beth studied at Yale Law School and earned an MFA in creative non-fiction from Bennington College. Beth began teaching while writing her master’s thesis and has taught at Harvard, Boston University, the University of Maryland, and George Washington University. She is interested in education at all levels, but especially in students in their final years of high school and beginning years of college. She relishes their creativity, energy, and enthusiasm.

Beth enjoys tutoring for the opportunity it provides to work closely with students and tailor instruction to their needs. Her interests include English and American literature and American history, and she has tutored all these subjects in addition to the SAT. Outside of work, she likes discovering new foods, books, and small towns with cute main streets.

Philosophy

Because the format of standardized tests is always the same, the work of a tutor involves helping students find the approach that is best for them. Teaching standardized tests actually highlights students’ individuality and makes me that much more attuned to a student’s particular strengths and weakness. I focus on forging a working connection with the student and fitting my approach to him or her. I also emphasize making learning memorable and accessible—say, linking a historical fact to the musical “Hamilton,” “The Sound of Music,” or whatever the student read in the paper that day. My favorite part of tutoring is watching students’ confidence grow as they realize that they can do this.