I am a native French speaker and I hold a Master's degree in Management with Major in Accounting and Financial studies. I also have a strong background in life sciences and healthcare and I am currently working to gain a Master's degree in that area. My passion is in international languages. As far as I remember, I've always excelled in French and English and helped numerous people such as classmates, relatives and friends with their language skills. They actually enjoy my teaching style since I work with them on one to one basis. I've been very successful in motivating students to keep track of their goals. I used to be an ESL teacher for 2 years and familiar with all students levels; from Beginner to Advanced. Reading and Conversation are my favorites. I also like to focus on the culture which is an important step towards success. Coming from a faraway land myself, I understand all the challenges faced by International Students. It takes an extra amount a grit to be successful and with me you'll have all the necessary support and encouragement to achieve your goals. I like to adapt my teaching style according to the student's needs. My philosophy is to take one step at a time. Show confidence and master one area first before moving on to more difficult subjects. That's the basic principle of good stewardship and it works! Tutoring helps to keep my mind sharp and I enjoy it. Other than that, I love walking, reading, writing on my journal, going to the beach, swimming and dancing. I also enjoy social gatherings and small groups which is why in-person meetings work great! I'm looking forward to working with you and helping you achieve your goals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Centre National de Télé-Enseignement de Madagascar - Bachelors, Management
Graduate Degree: Centre National de Télé-Enseignement de Madagascar - Masters, Management
Tennis, Salsa dancing, Dancing, Hiking/Walking, Social gatherings, Volunteering, Community Group, movies, reading, Beauty/Fashion
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I orient my teaching style according to the student likes and dislikes. I can play games. I've been very successful in helping the most un-motivated student by walking with the person through their daily struggles with their grades. I'm an excellent coach and very gifted in encouraging people to have a "can-do" attitude.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Learn more about the student to establish a bond and estimate their progress and preferences.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Recommend learning materials with questions and answers in it.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Focus on the goal with gentle reminders.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will recommend not giving up. Difficulties can be related to many reasons (may relate to lack of concentration or a medical condition). I will usually suggest to get to the root of the problem first and what caused the problem. Once it is identified, it's easier to find solutions, establish a better learning strategy and work through the problem. I will also recommend seeking more help.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Start with easy reading first and help students be confident in that. Once they have found confidence, we can read difficult subjects.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Consistency, punctuality and establishing fun atmosphere.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Presenting the students with different options; once identified, stick with it and persevere.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I usually ask to repeat the instructions given on their own to see if they have understood.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Practice, practice and more practice. Learn from their mistakes.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Based on their weekly progress.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I'm very flexible and my method is pretty non-traditional, and I'm pretty good at adapting my teaching style to the student's needs. For example, if I see that a student is at his/her best in the afternoon, I will do my best to accommodate my schedule around that time.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Books and online tools.