Bonjour or Buenos días
As a French native married to a Colombian, tutoring for me is a mean to share the two cultures I live in. It is not only about the grammar, the conjugation but also about...
...walking your imagination through a French boulangerie (bakery) at 10am on a Sunday in Paris and sharing with you 'la joie de vivre' and little bites of heaven.
...making you realize how salsa music and more can make you travel and understand how Spanish-speaking countries are a blend of colors and sounds of passion.
Tutoring for me is all about being able to adjust techniques and approaches to meet YOUR learning styles and teach with patience. I believe that the student-tutor relationship should be built on honesty, trust and support where the sharing of experiences and lessons learned goes a long-way in building your self-confidence.
I truly believe that the relationship should be seen by both parties as a partnership where you know I am there to work with you to supplement classroom and individual studies.
Ultimately, being a tutor is all about teaching you learning techniques and how to become a life-long independent learner.
A bientôt or hasta pronto ;)
Copenhagen Business Academy - AP Degree, Marketing Management
What is your teaching philosophy?
I view myself primarily as a facilitator of learning, rather than as an expert who simply delivers information to students. When planning a curriculum or interacting with students, I am always conscious of their different learning styles and rates, what they have already learned, and what they will need to learn in the future. Feedback from students has been vital to the process of growth.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
- Create the right environment and put the student at ease - Find out as much as I can about the student and his goal with working with a tutor - Understand its learning style - Prepare together a study plan that will be both fun and interesting - Make sure the student has homework to encourage him/her to prepare for the next session
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping the student become an independent learner requires focus on making sure that they: - set goals to keep motivation up and make sure to think about the desired outcome. - become active readers by making them pay close attention to the words and their meaning. - understand the importance of working on their own for long periods of time without seeking help for homework immediately. - when doing research, they try to draw from a variety of different sources. - are persistent - when a task is challenging, don't give up! Keep at it until you understand what you need to do, but remember to seek help when necessary - understand the power of discussions - If you want to expand an argument but are stuck for ideas, get a debate going with friends or peers. This could help you think about an element you hadn't considered before.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like to focus on different aspects: 1) Autonomy - by providing students with freedom of both cognitive and organizational choice. 2) Competence - by building and improving on ideas without using judgmental language and providing feedback. 3) Relatedness - by taking genuine interest in my students, acting friendly, and being flexible while keeping my focus on the learning prize, being positive and never giving up on my students. 4) Relevance - by making sure students find meaning in what they learn.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
It all starts with teaching optimism and the ability to overcome frustration. When a difficulty arises, I listen to the student's problem and try a multi-sensory approach with other teaching channels that might help the student look at the problem from a different angle.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I do my best to help them viewing the big picture and the power of summarizing little by little, whatever they are reading. Another approach is to help them connect with prior knowledge to create patterns.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would make sure to encourage open communication and free thinking, and recognize them for their contributions. It is also important to get them involved and offer incentives, as well as making sure to remain creative in the teaching methods. Drawing connections to real life can also be a great way to engage the student.