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Erin

I am a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a BA in the teaching of French. I lived and studied abroad for one academic year in Montpellier, France where I attained native-like fluency as well as had the opportunity to travel around Europe. In fact, I have been to over 27 countries!

After graduating college, I moved to Los Angeles from Chicago to be a founding teacher of a charter high school near USC. I obtained my MA in Middle and Secondary Education, Curriculum and Instruction with an option in Language Arts and Reading from California State University, Los Angeles and will complete my Ed.D in Educational Leadership from UCLA in June 2015.

I have ten years experience teaching and tutoring middle and high school students. I have taught all levels of French, I-AP, as well as English 9 and 10, French film and art history, and SAT and AP prep courses. I also spent three years working for an SAT prep company as a lead instructor and site coordinator where I helped coach instructors how to use data analysis to help students improve their test scores.

I love teaching French, as well as helping students see connections across languages to improve their knowledge of all languages they speak. Reading and writing are also passions of mine, and one of my favorite things to tutor is writing, whether for an English class essay or a college personal statement. I have much experience helping students prepare for college admissions, and it is such an exciting time in their lives that I love to work with juniors and seniors helping them pave their future paths.

With the transition to Common Core Standards and having worked with many students who are English learners or reading below grade level, my tutoring style is focused on trying to expand students' critical thinking skills and be proactive in their own learning so that they continue using these skills in college and beyond.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, dancing/cheerleading, and traveling.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - BA in the teaching of French, French, Education

Graduate Degree:

 CSULA; UCLA - MA in Education; EdD in progress, Middle and Secondary Education; Educational Leadership

GRE Verbal: 161

Cheerleading, dance, reading, traveling

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Writing

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

Adult Literacy

AP French

CAHSEE ELA

CLEP French

College English

Conversational French

Flute

French 1

High School English

High School Writing

SAT Subject Test in French

SAT Subject Test in French with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

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

Get to know them, their likes/dislikes, preferred tutoring style, diagnostic assessments--either oral or written when appropriate, and make sure I understand the student's goals so we have benchmarks we know we are working towards and to check on progress.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By highlighting errors or areas for growth without correcting, and coaching the student through error identification, analysis, and helping them become more independent in modifying his/her own work.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By making short-term and long-term goals, reassessing to ensure benchmarks are measurable and achievable. I also believe in strong positive reinforcement and frequently pointing out student strengths and evidence of growth and improvement.

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

I would be sure to break it down into manageable chunks to make the content less overwhelming. I also try to find ways to relate difficult concepts to a student's interests or something they like and understand. Real-life applicability is very important, as is understanding why students need to know what they are learning.

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

Connecting with a student is key. Finding common interests or relating with them on some level helps establish a relationship and earns trust and likability. I also find it imperative to show a student you care and are dedicated to ensuring his/her success.

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

I believe in frequent checks for understanding, both formal and informal assessments, allowing a student to self-rate and reflect on their own comprehension of the material as well as demonstrate their knowledge in more traditional formats: quizzes, oral or written presentations, helping another student when appropriate or teaching me the material since being able to teach a concept is the highest form of comprehension.

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

Milestones are very important as is celebrating successes. Having manageable, realistic goals, and monitoring them with the student will help build confidence once they have some tangible evidence of growth.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Frequent open communication and the space for a student and parent(s) to voice any concerns, wishes, and needs.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe all students can learn; they just need the right teacher that addresses their individual learning styles and needs.

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

Model good reading; select texts just slightly above their current reading level that match their interest so they are motivated to want to read. Phonics instruction and books on tape are also beneficial for students struggling with reading comprehension.

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

Make sure to remind them how it can benefit them in "real life," and make frequent connections to their personal likes, interests, and goals for the future.

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

I find what works in terms of learning methods, visuals, technology use, and tailor my tutoring to fit their learning preferences.

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

Flashcards, computer programs or websites, worksheets, mini whiteboards, lots of visuals- i.e. index cards or notes, color coding with highlighters, colored pens, markers, etc.