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Valentina

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In June 2013, I completed my Master's Degree Programme in Linguistics and Web Technology at Philipps University Marburg, Germany. My course focuses on English Linguistics and applied Computer Science. More specifically, it involves a deep investigation in the areas of English Linguistics combined to the use of web development software and the application of modern technology for linguistics research and distance learning purposes.

My experience includes working as a trainer at the Northern Caribbean University of Mandeville, Jamaica. This was a good chance to discover my pleasure for teaching, as well to feel the great reward in helping people learning. I become aware of the responsibility of transmitting knowledge and meeting needs and expectations of learners of different age and socio-cultural background. In addition, I conducted a master research thesis on modern teaching methods and educational psychology as well. Therefore, I had the chance to develop a deep understanding of several strategies and techniques for enhancing student's motivation and combine both pleasure and effective knowledge acquisition. I firmly believe that education should be open and accessible to everyone and that it should be a pleasant, rewarding and interesting experience. Moreover, I have been tutoring students learning Italian as a second language, as well as English for one year. I am most passionate about the Italian literature, although I enjoy reading any novel. In my spare time, I love attending art exhibitions, especially those related to classical paintings, as well as I am very keen on practicing sports including running and swimming.


Valentina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Naples L'Orientale - Bachelors, Languages and Literature

Graduate Degree: Philipps University Marburg, Germany - Masters, Linguistics and Web Technology (MA)

Hobbies

running and swimming

Tutoring Subjects

Conversational Italian

Italian

Languages


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Learning is a delightful, interesting and useful experience!

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

Understanding learning objectives and assessing the level of knowledge.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Providing resources for where to find reliable information.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Providing topics that are related to real life situations.

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

Provide additional examples related to his fields of interest, and suggest strategies to memorize concepts.

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

Creating visual images to make the topic more alive.

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

Involve the students in producing notes and explaining them to a virtual audience.

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

Showing that any subject, with the help of colors, pictures, and real life connections, can be easy and fun.

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

I would ask them to present the material to me by means of graphic supports.

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

With a great deal of practice.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Discussing his study objectives and understanding his background knowledge.

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

I provide content in small, distinct steps according to the level of my student.

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

Colors, pictures, PowerPoint presentations.