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Sarah

"Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going" - Rita Mae Brown, Starting from Scratch: A Different Kind of Writer's Manual

I believe that above all else, language is the key to understanding our vast and ever-changing world. If I could have any superpower, it would be the ability to speak every one of our planet's languages.

I am a student at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, majoring in French and minoring in English. Upon completing my bachelors degree, I intend to pursue a masters degree in French-English translation. I have a passion for languages and the crucial role they play in our world, and I am endlessly looking for more opportunities to learn. I am inspired to tutor because I value education as one of the greatest opportunities a person can be given, and I love seeing the ideas and ambitions of language students. My favorite subject to tutor is French, as the language is incredibly dear to my heart. The French language has so much history and rich culture, and it is easy to be inspired by its beauty. In my spare hours I enjoy immersing myself in the worlds of literature, exploring the real world around me, and creating art, food, and poetry.

Undergraduate Degree:

North Central College - Current Undergrad, French major, English minor

ACT English: 34

Expanding my personal library, studying language, exploring nature & civilization, cooking, baking, home decorating, discovering new coffees & teas, making art

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

AP French

British Literature

College English

College Level American Literature

Conversational French

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

French 1

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

HSPT Language Skills Prep

HSPT Reading Prep

Medieval Literature

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

World Literature

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that at the core of learning, there must be a passion, or at least a tiny spark that promises the possibility of a passion. In teaching, I attempt to find that spark within a student and transform it into a passion, using my own love for the subject as a springboard.

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

I would converse with them about what it is that inspires them, and tell them what inspires me. From there, once I know where the core of their motivations lie, I would begin our tutoring session, keeping both their practical educational needs and their personal goals in mind.

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

I would ask them to remember the excitement they originally had when they began the subject. I would then ask them to think about why the subject is important to them. From there, I would continue helping them to learn the material, only this time finding ways to relate it to their own life. I find that for myself and many others, reminding yourself of the motivation you had at the start of your learning process can reignite the desire to succeed.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent leader by encouraging him or her to pursue his or her ideas without fear of being wrong. I believe that confidence lies at the heart of independence, and once this is achieved, learning of any kind is possible.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

To help a student stay motivated, I would focus on their academic strengths as well as the importance of the subject matter in the real world in the hopes of showing them the relationship between the subject matter and their lives.

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

If a student struggles to learn a skill or concept, I make sure to focus closely on that specific area for as long as it takes. Because it can often take quite a while, I always make sure to encourage or praise the student each time he or she makes significant progress, because I believe that rewarding feedback leads to increased motivation, which leads ultimately to success.

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

To help a student improve their reading comprehension, I ensure that they read the text numerous times, breaking it into smaller chunks or defining tricky words if necessary. From there, I ask them specific questions for which the answers lie directly within the text. This allows them to learn the kinds of things to look for and remember in a text, especially if they will be tested on comprehension. I also believe that concentration and focus are crucial for full comprehension, so it is important to make sure that the student is fully engaged with the text before and while reading it.