I'm an experienced spelling bee coach, with ten years of experience tutoring kids for success at the National Spelling Bee. I’ve tutored Anamika Veeramani (2010 NSB champion), Shruthika Padhy and Christopher Serrao (2019 NSB co-champions), Yolanda Ni (13th place, 2019), Cole Shafer-Ray (3rd place, 2015), Sreeniketh Vogoti (7th place, 2016; Alex Iyer (7th place, 2017), Shourav Dasari (3rd place, 2017), Rohan Rajeev (2nd place, 2017), and many more high-ranking spellers.
I take on a select number of elite spellers – spellers with a demonstrated record of achievement and exceptional promise – for regular one-on-one coaching. I also offer group lessons. Dependent on availability, I also offer one-off diagnostic sessions and more ad hoc tutoring arrangements.
I use Skype for tutoring, and each lesson is an hour. First, I start off with a diagnostic test to assess what languages the speller is best at and what languages s/he needs work on. I usually give an oral review of the speller’s performance, and I can also send an e-mail enumerating, in more detail, his/her strengths and weaknesses.
We then go through languages of origin systematically, spending most of the time on Greek, Latin, French, Italian, German, and Spanish (the languages which tend to come up most at the Bee) and using my book Words of Wisdom: Keys to Success in the Scripps National Spelling Bee as a textbook and guide. How much time we spend on each language depends on how strong the tutee is at each one. We will also work on vocabulary, with a strong emphasis on being able to logically induce definitions based on Greek and Latin roots. Please contact me if you are interested in tutoring. I look forward to hearing from you!