When I was young, I had a dream to be a successful businesswoman. Therefore, I accomplished my bachelor classes in International Business in China. However, my goal has changed to be a teacher since I found I have a talent being a tutor while studying at Queens College in Flushing, NY.
I have tutored in Mandarin to different age groups. Currently, I teach 5-12 grades Chinese at Livingston Chinese School in NJ. Honestly, I could always get some inspirations from those kids when I teach them Chinese. There is lots of enjoyable time between us. I love playing games. I also like yoga, traveling, cycling, and swimming. I enjoy making new friends.
During my tutoring sessions, I draw upon my various travels or language learning experiences to enrich my students' learning. At the same time, I like to pick new and interesting topics to cultivate curiosity in my students in according to my student's interests or demand. Depending on individual differences, I will choose different methods and styles to stimulate their curiosity. I would like to do my utmost to bring them all in conversation.
What is your teaching philosophy?
A year ago, I was working for a wholesale company with aimless and impassioned attitude. I just felt that I couldn't find myself at all and felt so frustrated repeating same-old things every day. For various reasons, I have made a big decision to change my life in America-- to become a teacher, a Chinese teacher. If you ask me why I want to change my career to be a teacher, there is only word I could say: "Love." I do love to be with kids, I love to see their unbelievable faces filled with curiosities, and I love to laugh, learn and grow with them together. At the present time, I am a part-time Mandarin teacher at the Husonway Immersion School and the Livingston Chinese School. At the same time, I meet some students online as a Chinese tutor. Teaching American students Chinese gives me a great deal of satisfaction on a day to day basis, as I feel I am positively impacting the lives of students, benefiting their education, and giving them the first hand knowledge of foreign culture which they may not have otherwise been exposed to. As everyone knows, mastering Chinese as a second language will give you a great benefit in your future career. Because a high proportion of people claim that Chinese is the most difficult language in the world, most of them have either been afraid of it or have given up without starting to learn it. As a native speaker, I obtained my bachelor's degree from Beijing Union University, Beijing, with all coursework accomplished in Chinese. I traveled to a lot of cities and towns, becoming deeply knowledgeable about Chinese dialogue, religions, foods, customs, civilization and culture. Therefore, I am competent to help students deepen their understanding of China and the Chinese language in America. I also believe that I can give great assistance in lesson and curriculum planning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I often do some fun activities with students in order to get to know their educational goals and find out what their levels are at, and then I will know how to deepen their learning.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The most important thing is that I will help them look for something that they are interested in learning, and lead them to go further via educational materials or tools, such as games, video, or other activities.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I work to arouse their curiosities through my teaching techniques and experiences.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will have enough patience to find out the reasons, and lead them to get to their way of learning.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will let them either to go lower-level reading, or to practice the reading skills to get the main point of the whole article without focusing on specific details at first.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The role play strategy.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would have them to watch fun videos, sing songs, or do other activities.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Making a conversation or writing a short story, their faces give you the answer.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Letting them talk and participate in the conversation.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Communicate with students and follow up after sessions.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will keep students engaged and motivated all the time through the topics that they're interested in.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Flashcards, videos, songs, and materials for different games or activities.