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I have been passionate about different cultures and traveling. I myself learned different languages over years and know how challenging and fun it is to learn a new language. I have over four years of tutoring and teaching Japanese language experience. I also worked for Japanese governmental and government affiliate organizations, as well as international organization prior to this job. My teaching phirosophy is to adjust/cusomize each lesson based on students' needs, levels, and goals. I look forward to meeting with new students!

Mina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelors, International Relations - sociology

Graduate Degree: University of Southern California - Masters, Public Diplomacy


Enjoys traveling, is a human rights activist

Tutoring Subjects

IB Language B

IB Language B SL


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to adjust my teaching technique based on students' levels, needs, and goals, and design each session together with each student.

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

Speak with students and know their level. Then ask what they would like to achieve and how we can make every session better, with detailed suggestions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By practicing materials together, giving assignments, and sharing fun learning information.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Following up and giving interesting materials.

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

Depending on what they are having difficulties with, I will let my teaching strategy adjust accordingly. For instance, a student is having a difficulty pronouncing one word; I will keep repeating the word until he/she gets it, or try to teach a similar word in order for the student to be able to pronounce that.

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

Giving some time and advice on reading strategies.

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

Find some subject that interests the student, and add that in a lesson.

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

Questioning constantly but naturally.

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

Reviewing previous sessions.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I discuss it with them.

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

Have a serious discussion with each student.

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

What students want.