I was born in upstate New York.
I have lived and taught English in Japan twice for a total of 10 years, and spent 7 years teaching in Los Angeles. I have taught students from all over the world, including high school students, college students, and working professionals. It feels great to help people reach their goals using English, and to learn about other countries, customs and lifestyles.
When I'm not teaching, I like taking photographs and adding them to my website, playing guitar, and playing freestyle frisbee.
I hope to have a chance to help you with your English. In the mean time, live your life with passion, purpose and courage!
Colorado State University-Fort Collins - BS, Forestry Management
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would go back to the basics of that concept, and slowly move forward until we can identify the source of that difficulty.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Be positive, encouraging, and give personal examples of how I succeeded with a difficult moment in my life.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would show them the benefits of learning that subject, be it making international friends, learning a new culture, or attaining that special job.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
My techniques: review/role play/homework.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence in any activity is built through repetition and performance.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs at our first meeting. I ask them why they want to study the chosen field and what they expect to accomplish with it.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Adaptation is always necessary with each and every student. They all have unique situations and goals, so I need to ask at our first meeting what their needs are and how I can help them accomplish them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to use all media: Internet, texts, and supplemental materials I created.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to create a positive learning environment from the beginning. I keep the lesson upbeat and friendly yet productive, and I always tell the student, "Yes you CAN !"
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By assigning homework and asking the student to apply what we've learned in everyday situations.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The tutor's positive and supportive role in the student's lessons and progress provide motivation for the student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would tell them to focus on keywords and not on structure words. I would also have them read articles in their free time and summarize the main idea in their own words. In addition, I'd advise them to keep a vocabulary notebook of new words, creating categories and/or alphabetizing entries.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A typical first lesson is a time to "break the ice." I help the student to relax if they are apprehensive. I would then tell them that everything that they can do easily now began with a first step.