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Maria

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I am an anthropologist, artist, and have studied French since I was four years old. I have been teaching French and Spanish to multiple students since I was fourteen. I am passionate about teaching, and thus think of a classroom as a social and interactive place where every student learns in a different and special way. There is no better satisfaction than developing a student until they finally understand a topic that they previously found tedious. I am efficient, dynamic, and have a variety of teaching materials in order to help you!

Maria’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: french = peruvian high school - Bachelors, French

Graduate Degree: Pontificia universidad Catolica de Lima - Masters, Anthropology

Hobbies

Art, Anthropology, Pets, Outdoor Activities

Tutoring Subjects

Conversational French

Conversational Spanish

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

French

French 3

French 4

Homework Support

Languages

Other

Reading

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Summer


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Since I was a high school student at a French-Peruvian school, I worked with kids as a French and Spanish tutor. I' m a fine artist painter, and for me teaching is an art. I love inspiring learning, and I love the result. One of the best feelings you can feel is seeing your student motivated and enjoying your class and finally 'get it." Creative lessons plans, using art, music, and theatre in an interactive language class are what I consider my hallmarks.

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

I consider the first session with a student very important because it is your opportunity to earn his trust. As a language class I use a "Brise-glace"( breaking-ice) strategy to motivate the student to speak and to measure his level. It could be a little game about his presentation, his own description, and the greetings. I will prepare a quiz or assessment to measure accurately his level. Finally, I will discuss with my student his needs and expectations for the tutoring classes.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

It's very important to identify how the student learns. I will help him to develop study methods, strategies, and tips. This is one of the most important roles as a tutor.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

When your class is dynamic, the themes that you touch are from your audience's interest. They participate. They speak. They move, and you as a teacher are passionate and never boring. Your students are motivated.

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

I will try to explain the concept in a different manner since the beginning and practice with real life situations. I will help him to use the concept in a real life situation.

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

First, identify which kind of reading you have. Get the main idea of each paragraph. Get the meaning of an unknown word by the context. Get the meaning of an unknown word by suffix, prefix, or etymology. Figure out the conclusion, hypothesis, or thesis of the writer.

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

Breaking ice strategies Projects Theatre games and dramatizations Learn languages with art, music activities

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

Motivation is the key. They should to understand the importance of the subject. They have to use the concepts or language in real life situations.

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

Oral quizzes Written quizzes Next class reviews

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

I give to my students positive input: "you can be yourself!" Giving them positivity. Telling them that they are capable. Making them understand that is not difficult, it's easy but it demands effort.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Speak, observe and listen to them.

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

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

Images Flashcards Pictures Music Art material