I have 15 years of experience teaching Chinese in public schools in both China and the States. My major was Chinese language and literature. In the States, I have worked with elementary school students from K1 through G6 for 6 years. At the meantime, I taught G7 students Chinese in a weekend Chinese school. I am very experienced working with students of all ages. I get along well with people naturally. I am a positive, caring, and easy-going person. I like to read, travel, play guitar and watch movies.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Listening, speaking, reading and writing will be practiced in every class.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself and get to know the student. Understand the student's expectation.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Encourage student practice as much as possible. I may assign an after-class worksheet.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Design the lesson plan to meet the student's need.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I strive to understand what the student struggling with about reading first. Then, I design a lesson plan specifically for that.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Find a connection and build up the trust.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Give the student a sense of control.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Set up a goal before each class, and review the goal after.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Make sure that the student knows about all progress he/she makes.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I'd set up an assessment.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Videos, songs, hand gestures, flash cards, body movements, and pair practice.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I work to understand the student's needs completely, and prepare properly.