Let's learn. The fact that you are actively looking for tutoring is the first wonderful sign that you are looking to set yourself up for success. Congratulations. I would be honored to be part of that process with you.
I'm approved for many levels of French tutoring--ecoutez, c'est parfait parce que j'adore cette langue. I took French 2-4 in high school (including AP French), minored in French at USC, and recently spent eight months living in the French countryside. I love the language and the culture, but understand the complexity and nuances of this beautiful language. Let's work on appreciating it together.
If I can be of assistance in your mission to improve this subject, please do not hesitate to let me know. I would love to see if we can work out a compatible schedule.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Southern California - Bachelors, Biological Sciences
reading, hiking, travel, coffee, singing (in the rain, only)
10th Grade Math
9th Grade Math
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics
SAT Subject Test in French
SAT Subject Test in French with Listening
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
To support my students in reaching their goals and realizing their potential. Success is addictive.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Assess where they are as compared to where they want to be, and create a plan together to reach that goal.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Provide them with the guidance/resources best suited to their interests. Help them see the big picture that we all sometimes forget when we are focused on one exam/subject.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Awareness of goals and progress, as well as areas of growth.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Determine the root of why this concept is particularly difficult, and try to find another way to present it/make it easier to relate to.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Practice, practice, practice. It takes time, but exposure is the best way to learn to read critically.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Being honest and supportive, and recognizing that commitment from both parties are necessary for a successful learning experience.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Again, thinking about the big picture, and why this subject is important to understand.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Checking for understanding is key--I would attempt to assess this knowledge in various ways (verbally, written, or by having the student do a sample teach to me).
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Success is such an addictive feeling, and a great motivator to keep working hard. I would let the student see their progress and keep in mind their goal. Building confidence is about recognizing that a student can reach their target, and recognizing that hard work and effort will (and has) paid off. For test-taking, the more practice you have, the more prepared and confident you will feel come test day.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I think communication is key. First and foremost, I think students know best what they need--reflecting on that is my first step. Beyond that, I would try to identify what styles of learning lead to the best content mastery in that particular student--how can I make the material relevant, or at least comprehensible, to a student (by relating it to things they do care about or can relate to)?
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
If the content is for a class, the student's textbook or syllabus is really useful. With prior knowledge of what should be covered, I can find sample problems/texts/exercises that can be worked through or discussed together during a tutoring session.