I believe that it is important for people to continue learning and gaining new knowledge and skills throughout their entire lives. I also understand that all students are different and respond well to various types of education. It is important as an educator to recognize these differences and adapt one's teaching methods. I have worked with students of all ages in the United States, Russia, and Morocco. I love learning and teaching, and I hope to spread this to others.
While in University, I tutored underprivileged children in New Orleans helping them read and prepare them for standardized tests. For two summers, I also worked as a camp counselor for orphans in Russia. After graduating from Tulane University with a degree in History, I joined the Peace Corps and served as a youth development volunteer in a rural village in Morocco for 27 months. After returning to America, I worked in a French immersion school for the Petite Section (3-4 year old children), and I currently work at a Montessori school. I am half French and was lucky to grow up bilingual. I understand the importance of education and the opportunities that come with being multi-lingual.
I have worked with youth of all ages as well as adults helping them with English and French tutoring. Because of my different experiences with varying ages and levels, I have grown to appreciate tutoring and understand how to tailor lesson plans and sessions to different people.
In my free time, I enjoy doing yoga, dancing, exploring the outdoors and going to the beach.
Tulane University - Bachelors, History
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every person is entitled to a great education. Everyone learns differently and excels in different subjects. It is important for teachers to recognize these differences and offer many learning opportunities so that all may succeed.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I think it is important to establish a sense of trust with each student. If a student does not trust their teacher, and if a teacher does not trust their student, little knowledge can be acquired. During a first session, I believe that it is important for introductions to be made. I also think that doing an assessment of the student's level is important, so that I may plan lessons accordingly. In addition, gaining an understanding for what the student is looking for from their teacher is also very important.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping a student become an independent learner can be done through boosting their confidence. When students trust their teachers and themselves, they are able to gain confidence to go off on their own and learn independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keeping goals and varying lessons is a great way to keep students motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Offering varying ways of grasping a new concept or skill is a way that can help a student try to understand in a different way.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
It is important that students practice reading comprehension through so many different methods. Reading comprehension goes beyond merely reading. Students must do activities around the readings. Writing, reading out loud, summarizing, and creating their own stories based on a reading are great ways to help students who are struggling with reading comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When starting work with a student, establishing a strong and trusting relationship is very important. From this bond, a student feels confident in themselves to learn, and their interests and motivation to acquire new skills and knowledge is also increased.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Often students are not excited about subjects, which causes them to struggle. It is important to find an aspect of a subject that is appealing to students and they can apply to their own life. If they are able to understand the importance of the subject and how it can apply to their own lives, they will gain motivation.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I enjoy having students summarize material in their own words, so that I understand if they truly comprehend the material. I also think that projects and different activities are techniques that can be used to be sure that a student understands the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
If a student has goals that they can reach, they will gain confidence in a subject through small gains and successes.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Every student is different, so evaluating a student's needs can vary. Asking a student what they feel they need and then observing it is vital to evaluating a student's needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
It is important as a tutor to understand that you must adapt to the student rather than the student adapting to the tutor. This ensures that the student's needs are met.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Depending on the subject and age group of the student, different materials can be used. I think having materials other than paper and pencil offers more visuals for students to more easily interpret concepts and skills.