I have many years of teaching and tutoring experience. I am friendly and patient, and my students consistently respond well. I have taught all ages, from 3 years old to 50 years old. I have taught kindergarten, grade school, high school, and college. Every student is different, and I will tailor my teaching methods to best help you learn and succeed!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: UNC-Chapel Hill - Bachelor in Arts, English and Religious Studies
Graduate Degree: University of Colorado-Boulder - Master of Arts, Religious Studies
playing the guitar, reading, watching sports, playing video games, basketball, football, religion, politics, animals, East Asian culture, traveling, camping.
AP Chinese Language and Culture
High School English
Mandarin Chinese 1
Mandarin Chinese 3
Mandarin Chinese 4
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student is unique, and everyone learns differently. My goal is to find the best way to connect with each student to ensure each student succeeds and builds confidence.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask you about your interests and what your goals are for our tutoring sessions. I also would want to see the course textbooks / study guides that you are using.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
We will discuss strategies for note-taking and tips for reading more quickly and picking up the key information. The goal is to build your skills and your confidence.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
We will establish your goals and your interests. We will keep an eye on your goals so you can see how you are improving. I will find ways to tie your interests into our tutoring so that you stay engaged and hopefully find it more interesting.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Patience is key. We will go slowly, covering the basics and building from there. You will succeed.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
We will discuss reading strategies. There are a lot of different ways to approach reading, and different students respond better to different strategies. Patience is important. Eventually, we will build your reading speed and your understanding.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Key strategies include getting to know you and what motivates you, establishing goals for our tutoring sessions, creating a schedule for what we will be covering in our sessions, and talking about strategies for you to help you study in between tutoring sessions.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
We would keep an eye on your progress toward your goals, and I would relate the material to your interests when possible. Also, I try to use a little bit of humor when possible.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
We would use practice exercises, and I would ask you to explain things back to me. For review, I will ask you questions about material we covered in previous meetings.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence is one of the most important indicators of success. Building your confidence is my goal. We will go slow in trouble areas. With patience, you will succeed.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Initially, I will ask you questions about your learning strengths and weaknesses as well as your goals. As we work together, I will take notes about your progress and let you know about any additional needs that I identify.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
We will first identify what your needs are. We will begin working on areas where you are strong to build your confidence. Then, we will focus on areas where you need to improve, moving slowly and logically. We will ask each other questions about the material, and once you have mastered the material, we will move on. You will succeed.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Whether in person or online, we will use your textbooks or study guides (depending on which classes or tests you are preparing for). In person, I always use a pen and paper. You should also bring a pen and paper as well as a laptop if possible. Online, we will use a webcam and type to chat. It is important that we can see each other, but we also need to be able to write as well. I will also have a pen and paper for when illustrations are useful. You should also have a pen and paper.