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Christina

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I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with students of all ages and backgrounds as a tutor. I have various tutoring experiences from tutoring college level athletes in Chemistry and Kinesiology, to teaching and tutoring Medical Terminology to high school students. My true passion for education and working with students one-on-one developed when I was serving as an Education Volunteer in the Peace Corps and had the opportunity to teach and tutor math, French and health sciences to elementary, middle and high school students. To be able to follow my students for the 2 years of my service and to see their growth and improvement was incredibly rewarding. I myself am a student again, working towards my doctorate in Physical Therapy at Boston University. But I miss the connections I had to my students in Burkina Faso and I am excited about the opportunity to work with students locally to help each student achieve his or her full potential. With my graduate level coursework in Physical Therapy and my years of experience teaching an tutoring math and French at various levels, I am excited to work with diverse students in varying subjects and grade levels.

Christina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Massachusetts Amherst - Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology

Graduate Degree: Boston University - Unknown, Physical Therapy

Test Scores

GRE Verbal: 160

Hobbies

dance, theater, fitness, travel, languages

Tutoring Subjects

Anatomy

Anatomy & Physiology

Conversational French

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

Languages

Physiology

Science

Summer


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that the best teaching and learning takes place when the teaching style both matches the student's preferred learning style and begins to challenge the student to excel in different learning environments as well.

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

I always begin my sessions learning more about my student's self-identified goals, strengths, weaknesses, skills and hobbies, and getting to know their personalities. This way I can begin to build rapport with my students while getting a feel for which teaching and learning styles and activities may work best for them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe that helping a student to identify and maximize the skills they already have that help them learn independently is crucial. Then, utilizing their strengths as a student and learner, I help them to identify other strategies they could use to improve upon their skills as an independent learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Staying motivated can be very tough! I believe that finding ways to help the student relate the subject matter at hand to their interests and skills can really help increase and maintain motivation. I also believe that creating individualized lesson plans that are interesting and engaging for each student can help them stay motivated and engaged.