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Elizabeth

My name is Elizabeth. I received a BA in French and a BMT of Music Therapy. I teach singing in Ponte Vedra and am loving it! Previously I worked in a traditional school setting-an elementary school-for the school year 2014-2015. Let me know if I can help you!

Undergraduate Degree:

 Georgia College & State University - Bachelors, French; Music Therapy

Reading. Writing. Cooking. Knitting. Singing. Playing violin, piano, guitar.

College English

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

Elementary School Math

French 1

High School English

Homework Support

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

What is your teaching philosophy?

Every person learns differently. The key to being successful in any subject is to find what works for you and build on what you already know.

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

I will ask the student where he/she perceives a need: what has worked, what does not work, or what is frustrating about the way he/she studies now. I want to know the student's methods and goals for studying.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Organization and recognition of patterns of success (x way worked really well for retention; z way was hard to stay focused; m way did not help me do well on the test) will set the student up for success long after their need for a tutor is done.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Try different approaches to studying; praise & recognition when something is done well; reminding of student's self-identified goals.

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

Approach the concept from another way, or use different analogies that resonate with the student. Ex: law of diminishing return in Economics explained with cookies-the 1st cookie tastes the most delicious, most amazing cookie ever. The second cookie eaten is perceived as very good. The third cookie is only fine. The fourth cookie is not really tasty. "Too much of a good thing".

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

Take turns reading aloud. example: When I read, what do you understand? When you read, what do you understand? Break down the components of the passage and look for key words. Build slowly on the small points to achieve an understanding of the whole.

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

Repetition & taking the time to make sure the question is understood before attempting to solve it. Many times, too quickly read leaves part of the question unknown.