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Zhan

Learning a language should be fun and enjoyable. This should not only include learning how to speak, read, and write, but also ways of thinking, communicating and expressing oneself. Let the doors be open!

Undergraduate Degree:

 The New England Conservatory of Music - BM, Vocal Performance

Graduate Degree:

 The Central Academy of Drama - MA, Acting

Yoga, theater, music, film, travel

AP Chinese Language and Culture

Conversational Mandarin

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4

What is your teaching philosophy?

It will be based on the student's needs; each individual is unique and learns differently, and my teaching style changes from student to student. To listen more, to feel more and to respond to student's strength and weakness are my big focus; to find the "teacher" within themselves is my primary goal. I don't teach the subject; I teach the way to learn and to think.

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

Evaluation; play a few simple games to establish a communication and gain attention; to find out how he/she responds to different ways of learning; to find out what are their biggest needs and what are their long-term goals. Set up a plan for future sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I try to avoid giving or feeding them the answer directly. I encourage them to "find" the answers themselves. I ask lots of questions, and from their own answers, hopefully they will eventually develop the skill to solve the problems on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Make each session fun, sometimes through spontaneous learning games and tools; give necessary challenge when needed; most importantly, give meaning and hope to what they do!

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I try other ways; there must be a way to fit their needs and interests; I try to take a step back and give a little room and space for them to take a breath.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Use games and other learning devices of my own; use drawings and pictures to increase interest.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Games and fun exercises; some insights and fun facts to make them look forward to something new and adventurous.

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

Break it apart, use games and fun exercises; restart, and look for different approaches.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Dialogue, quizzes, Q & As and games.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Give encouragement; find what their strengths are and add more; find what their interests are and what they respond to the most.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Based on weekly reviews and quizzes in Q & A sessions.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Since tutoring is mostly one on one, it will be tailored towards each individual's needs and interests; see what they respond to the most.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Games of my own; my exercises and books; my learning rewards program.