I tutor German as well as many fields of European History. I have over a year of experience as a tutor in German and I hope that my expertise can help students on the road to bettering themselves intellectually. I have been exposed to German for close to 9 years and have been to Germany numerous times. I have conversed with natives and spent a month in a German language school to hone my abilities. As far as history goes, I have graduated Cum Laude from Rollins College and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Society and have independently looked into periods of time on my own accord since before I can remember. I look forward to working with you!
Undergraduate Degree: Rollins College - Bachelor in Arts, History
I am a very avid gamer and I dabble in music. I have played the drums for about 12 years!
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is to never give the tutee the answer, but have them discover it for themselves. This promotes a feeling of genuine understanding, rather than simply remembering facts.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first sessions usually consist of a basic evaluation of a tutee's skill set. This allows me to gauge the strengths of the tutee in question, as well as determine what he or she would need assistance with.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Being an independent learner requires genuine interest in a subject. I try to offer cool and fascinating topics along with the finer details to make a well-rounded and personally enlightening experience.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by assisting them just enough so that they are not lost. If they do become lost or disinterested, I would recommend jumping to another topic and revisiting the uninteresting one later.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty with what I am teaching, I would have them ask me to slow down and go over the finer details so that the skill or concept is grasped on a broader level. Then, we would revisit the troubling parts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I try to be empathetic with students who are struggling with reading comprehension, as some concepts in history, and especially German, require thinking and reading with different mindsets.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most successful strategies I found when I started tutoring were those which focused on independent discovery rather than hand-holding. By trying to come to a bit of information organically, even with assistance, students retain much more information.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Usually when I tutored a student who was struggling in a subject, it was due to a lack of sufficient explanation during class or independent learning. My very first step would be to make sure the student fully understands the material. If it proves harder than that, I would open a dialogue as to why the student finds a particular part hard to grasp.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
My favorite technique when tutoring German is to create incredibly specific, on-the-fly exercises to target a small but integral part of the lesson that was difficult to understand.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would build a student's confidence by always starting with the subject they understand the most, and then visit progressively more difficult subjects while relating them to the subject the student has confidence in.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by paying attention to how well they grasp certain subjects, and then logically attempt to understand whether or not they would need assistance when developing upon a subject.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I try to understand how the student thinks in regards to how they process the information being given to them. With that, I attempt to tailor my lesson plans around how they go about solving particular problems within a given subject.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I typically utilize the student's current textbook if it is a subject that they are taking during school. Otherwise, specifically for German tutoring, I use an incredibly accurate online German/English dictionary.