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Melissa

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An African man once said "If you want people to understand you, speak their language." I am fluent in 3 and a half languages. The reason why I say 3 and a half instead of 4 it is because the fourth one is not practiced as much as I would love to. Born and raised in Haiti (Central America), I automatically grew up bilingual speaking both Haitian Creole and French. At the age of 8 I was already proficient in English, by the age of 12 I was introduced to Spanish. In 2007, my family decided to move to America due to political problems. Adjusting to the American culture took me some time, but I quickly understood it because I already spoke the language. Foreigners I encountered throughout my path in life were always eager to speak to me because I understood them in a way that others did not simply because I spoke their language. The power of understanding someone else's language is amazing and can build lifetime relationships. I am here today to help you speak my language so you can understand me and my culture better.

Melissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Chestnut Hill College - Bachelor in Arts, French

Hobbies

Makeup, reading, adventurous trips

Tutoring Subjects

AP French

AP French Language and Culture

Conversational French

Conversational Spanish

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

Languages

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My conception of teaching is that any student can learn whatever they want if and only if they believe within themselves that they can and they will do it.

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

A typical first session with a student will be a brief introduction of myself and my passion for teaching. The student will also tell me about him/herself including why he/she wants to learn a different language.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The only way to help a student become a dependent learner is to have them use the good qualities they have in their studying. Also, help them discipline time management and teach them how to do all they can on their own free time in order to move forward.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I will help a student stay motivated by teaching them in a style that suites them and stimulates the brain. Visuals, songs, cards, movies, anything that can catch the student's attention.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

If a student has a hard time learning a concept, I will change the speed of my teaching and break down everything step by step. I will use a different approach.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

To help a student with reading comprehension, I will encourage them to continue reading on their own free time and have a dictionary handy to help them understand what they are reading.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

The most helpful strategy is hands-on materials. What I mean by that is to let the student help him/herself. For instance, doing a research project is helpful because people retain information more when they find it on their own.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I will help them engage by using an activity that they like and incorporating it into the lesson plan.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

To be sure that a student understands material, I'd quiz their understanding and knowledge. If the student knows the material, they will score very well in a quiz that is based on the lesson.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I will build a student's confidence by continuing to teach them and also starting every lesson with a pep talk, and with the testimony/story of someone who once did really well in the topic they are struggling with.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs by how well/poorly they do on assignments and by how long it takes them to answer certain questions based on a covered topic.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I adapt my tutoring to my student's needs simply by asking them the way for them to learn/understand a topic. I will pay attention to how interested they are in some activities versus others. The activity to which the student reacts most positively will be the teaching style to use to help the student excel.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

During tutoring sessions, I use anything that is helpful: flashcards, dry erase boards, YouTube videos, pen/pencils, paper, toys, books, stories, food, etc.