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Harleen

I am a 2015 graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in English. I spent the last year traveling through more than a dozen countries across Asia and Latin America, as well as working in South Africa for a month on HIV/AIDS community education. I also taught English to children as young as 3 and adults in many countries across Asia, such as Sri Lanka and China.

I am currently working on PhD applications to Sociology and Social Policy programs and am passionate about increasing the education system for immigrant and underrepresented communities. As a tutor, I love to get to know my students and figure out together what works best for them. Some of my hobbies include reading and writing, singing, traveling, and trekking. I look forward to getting to know you and working your educational goals together!

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Michigan - Bachelors, English

GRE Verbal: 165

Writing, reading, singing, baking, traveling

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Writing

College Application Essays

College English

Conversational Spanish

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support

Other

Singing

Social Networking

Spanish 1

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Technology and Computer Science

Voice

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teaching is all about the students. I find that education is best when it is a two-way street, which is why it's important for me to get to know my students so I can find the learning strategies that best suit them and help them succeed.

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

I would start off by setting goals and creating a reasonable timeline for what the student hopes to achieve with our tutoring sessions. This will give us a good framework for our work together, and also give me time to get to know and understand my student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Creating tangible resources and ways to practice and engage with the material is a good way to ensure that the student does not need to be tutored forever, but can learn to teach oneself.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I believe that I can motivate my students by creating tangible goals and outcomes so they feel that they are actually accomplishing with their work and effort.

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

If a student is having difficulty, I would take a break from the subject material and chat with the student about what exactly is challenging them about the concept. Then, it would be important to take the concept from a different angle, perhaps using flashcards or a real life example, and then returning to practicing the concept.

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

In this case, we would address where the student is struggling in their comprehension; whether it has to do with vocabulary or general comprehension strategies. If it is the former, I would work with them to improve their vocabulary. In the latter, it would be important to understand how to read in order to answer questions. I would work with the student to show them the significant take-aways when reading, have them summarize their readings to me, and create storyboards for their reading so they can understand the overall picture.

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

It's important to get to know a student on a personal level. I start off with conversation and asking the student about themselves and what they hope to gain from tutoring. Making the student comfortable and open is the first priority and that will allow us to engage with the learning process further.

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

It would be important to create rewards for small successes, so that the student feels that they are achieving and gaining something from each step. Furthermore, I would find out the specific aspects of the difficulty so that we can use techniques that they enjoy from other subjects and apply them to the subject at hand.

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

In ensuring that a student has comprehended the material, I would have the student practice the method several times but also, before moving on, have them teach it back to me. I believe that being able to teach or explain a concept is the true indication of understanding material.

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

Through practice, particularly in a variety of techniques and methods of understanding, I believe I can help a student build confidence. The more ways you know something, the more comfortable you can feel with it.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Mainly through conversation with the student. I think education is a two-way street and it's up to the educator to address the student's needs. By discussing difficulties and challenges with each student, I am able to understand where their needs are and where we can excel together.

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

I prefer to use materials that the student uses, as that's what they are used to and comfortable with, and they can also access these materials on their own time. In general, I like using practice questions and creative activities that allow the student to engage with the material in a hands on way rather than just discuss it theoretically. Practice makes perfect!

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

As an educator, I know my primary purpose is to serve my student. By checking in frequently with the student, asking them where they would like to move next, how they are feeling about my teaching techniques, and keeping the conversation open, I hope to remain flexible to what works best for the student.