I come from northern China so I speak standard Mandarin. I have a Bachelor degree from Peking University, Beijing, and a MBA from the University of New Mexico. With my in-depth understanding of the culture and language of both countries, I will be a more effective tutor for you. I have passion for languages learning, not only through many years of my own experience, but also through tutoring others. Before coming to the US, I managed an ELS school and also taught English there. During my 20 years in the US, besides working full-time as an biomedical researcher, I have tutored English and Chinese to my family, friends and new immigrants. I believe that a language is inseparable from its culture and an increased understanding of a culture can greatly enhance the enjoyment of learning the language. As your tutor, I will understand your needs and work together with you to achieve your goals.
Peking University - Bachelors, Medicinal Chemistry
University of New Mexico-Main Campus - Masters, Business Administration
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
To understand the client's needs and work together to clarify goals.
What is your teaching philosophy?
The client's needs come first.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Chinese Mandarin shares some common language patterns with English and certainly also has her own unique language patterns. I will help the clients to recognize these patterns so that they could use them as a tool for independent learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Learning Mandarin is also about learning Chinese culture. Through the context of the cultureニ_s songs, stories, videos, etc., the language will come alive and will be interesting.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I'd make an association with English for a better understanding and then motivate the student to practice.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will help the students to learn more words - the structure of a character gives clue of its meaning. I will also help the students to understand the sentence structures and further, the writing formats.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
To keep the student's goals in mind and to understand his/her learning style.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Making the subject more concrete through real life experiences.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Practice builds the technique.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Being supportive. I am on the same journey as my client.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
To truly understand where my student at now and where he/she want to go.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on the student's needs.