In May 2015, I graduated with my master's in public administration. I currently work for a non-profit organization, and helping people makes me feel good. I am an employment coach, and I help job seekers with their resumes and cover letters. I also facilitate workshops, and I refer clients for educational opportunities and job placement. I am very patient with my clients, and I am a very patient tutor!
I have experience tutoring students from the ages of 4-50. I have taught students one-on-one, and I have also taught in a classroom setting at the Chinese Community Center. I am a native Chinese speaker with no accent, so I am pretty confident teaching Chinese, and my teaching experience backs that up. Mandarin Chinese is becoming really popular now, and China is a great market for a variety of fields! I'd love to help you learn Mandarin Chinese.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Shanghai Normal University - Bachelors, Tourism Management
Graduate Degree: Illinois Institute of Technology - Masters, Public Administration
Travel, food, gym, music, beach
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is having fun! You cannot learn a new language without enjoying it. I will try creative ways to make you pronounce and enjoy learning a new language as a hobby, not just a typical lesson.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Brief introduction of myself, the language itself, and try to pick a Chinese name for my student. Ask them what topics they want to learn.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Give them homework to do after every class. Practice, practice and practice. Every time before a new class, I want them to tell me what is their progress compared to last time.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Some if sentences: If you know this, you could... If you know that, you could...
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Take it slow, learn basic things first, and make foundations. Don’t rush things. Be relax and try new ways.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Read more, timing! Practice makes perfect!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
To help them really enjoy the class will be really successful. If they don’t enjoy the class, they won’t like to try.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Since I am teaching Chinese, I would recommend them to watch some Chinese cartoons and movies to get interest. We'll learn some fun Chinese cultures too!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Let them "teach" me.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Encourage them more, let them know they are always keeping making progress.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Ask them and evaluate them.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will always ask my students what topics they are interested in and what topics will be useful for them. And I will prepare everything they need for them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Some materials from online, and some materials they think they are interesting and I prepare myself.