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Sarah

I graduated in 2011 with degrees in French and Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. This is also where I began tutoring as part of a volunteer tutoring program at a local elementary school. I loved working one-on-one with the children, teaching them Reading, Spelling, or Math and watching their improvement week by week. But most of all, I loved seeing what a difference it makes to form a personal connection with each student, and this is why I have continued tutoring over the past several years. My passion for language has also combined perfectly with my passion for tutoring. When I studied abroad in Dijon, France, I taught English at a French preschool and also led English conversation classes with international students at my university. I also spent a year teaching English to students at a high school in France. Since then, I have had extensive experience tutoring French, most recently with private sessions in my Connecticut hometown.

My favorite subject to tutor is French, because I love to make grammar more fun by integrating my passion for French life, culture, and food. I also am available to tutor in English, Psychology, and test preparation. In any subject I tutor, I like to make sure students are not afraid of their subject matter and are enjoying themselves! My calm, patient, and compassionate nature makes it easy for my students to feel at ease and not to be intimidated by what they are learning. I also focus on my students’ learning styles so that each student can learn in the most productive and successful way possible. When I am not tutoring, I enjoy cooking, playing the piano, listening to music, trying new foods, traveling, and most of all spending time with my family and friends.

Undergraduate Degree:

 College of the Holy Cross - BA, French, Psychology

Graduate Degree:

 University of Wisconsin Madison - Masters, French Studies

SAT Composite: 1510

SAT Math: 730

SAT Verbal: 780

SAT Writing: 750

SAT Literature: 770

SAT U.S. History: 740

GRE Verbal Reasoning: 169

Language, music, cooking, food, travel

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In a typical first session with a student, I might get to know the student by asking more questions about his/her interests, goals, learning style, and what has and hasn't worked in the past. I would also tell the student a little bit more about myself and how I like to tutor. Then, depending on the student's needs, we would typically work through a few initial practice problems to get an idea of our starting point.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

In tutoring, I like to encourage a student to answer a question on his/her own before I jump in to answer it for them. If the student feels stuck, I like to guide them by asking them what they already know about this topic/question, or how we have worked through this type of problem in the past.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

French is one of my favorite subjects to teach, because there is so much more to French language and culture than the verb conjugations and grammar that most students dread! I help to get students excited by connecting language skills with the greater cultural context in which they exist. With literature or writing, this might involve finding a writing topic that the student is passionate about or a particular passage that the student connects to.