I hold a M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, and a dual B.A. from Mercyhurst University in Political Science and Sociology. I specialized in Global Health/Human Security, and conflict management/resolution. I worked as a tutor for over 6 years, with a range of individuals from high school students to working adults.
I traveled a lot growing up; I am French, studied in Germany, played sports in England, and graduated high school in Canada are some examples. Fluent in French and English, I also have a working knowledge of Spanish (lived in Spain for a while)... I love traveling.
I love to cook, play the saxophone (and rugby). I am genuine and know that studying can be hard at times!
Undergraduate Degree: Mercyhurst College - Bachelors, Political Science, Sociology
Graduate Degree: Seton Hall University - Masters, Diplomacy and International Relations
Cooking, traveling, and sports
AP French Language and Culture
College World History
High School Geography
High School World History
What is your teaching philosophy?
Everyone learns differently through his/her own tricks and shortcuts. To know your student's personality can be the key to helping them relate to a subject or the material at hand.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Break the ice/ Establish a comfort, learning the environment and learning about the student and his/her expectations. Test current knowledge and establish the course for the next session.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Relate to his anxiety and reorient his concerns toward a solution, rather than freezing up.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
To reach him and make him understand the importance of learning the material and beyond.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would repeat the material through different angles of teaching.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would take apart the reading and talk about small sections of it.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
To relate on a personal level, which helps establish a trust and a desire to work.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Engage with the student and make the subject seem interesting, and make him/her believe that it is enjoyable when done in a particular way.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Short quizzes in the following session.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Make him understand that it is acceptable to struggle, but that all struggles can be surpassed.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Through discussion and short exercises.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By assessing the evolution of results, and different ways that are more effective for retention.