I am a Rollins College graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a focus in Creative Writing and Music. I was both a French tutor and a Writing Consultant, and more recently, a Professional Document Reviewer at Rollins. As a native French woman who studied the French and American curriculum in conjunction from kindergarten to high school and obtaining my French Baccalaureate Diploma, I have learned over the years to vary my approach in teaching this difficult but beautiful language to students. When textbooks are too wordy, or the professor’s way of teaching doesn’t gel with a student, I can adapt myself to the student’s learning style whether visual or aural, and make the material easier and simpler to understand. I will push for discipline but also encourage even as we go through pesky conjugations and eluding direct objects.
The same concept applies to English: there’s a reason I majored in it; so much richness and knowledge can be unlocked with the right approach. A few key rules and methodology to keep in mind are the foundation to any tough essay or analysis of a text. There are no such things as stupid mistakes; it’s how we learn and usually, every student has a trend of them, and once they’re determined, they are easy to solve. I will help and push the student to do his/her best, creating a very interactive environment, till he/she doesn’t need the ‘master’ anymore. Nothing is impossible. When I’m not tutoring, I am writing stories or poems, composing music, playing piano, singing, drawing with charcoal, or taking walks in the twilight.
Sophie Paulette’s Qualifications
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rollins College - Bachelor in Arts, English
Writing fiction and poetry, drawing, playing piano, composing and orchestrating, singing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Practice and dedication makes perfect. There is no one way to teach a concept.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will sit down with the student and talk about their concerns, their goals for their sessions, and their study habits. Then, we can start working together on whatever they need.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By explaining concepts and helping them write notes they can work with. Then, I usually give them practice work to gauge their progress and help them achieve success on their own
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would encourage students whenever they understood a concept and apply their learnings to a problem. I would also point out to them what they still need to work on and how close they are to achieving an understanding.