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Saranya

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I started my teaching career as a Science Teacher right after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology. I moved on to teaching ESL to adults and earned my Master's Degree in English. I have four-plus years of teaching and training both adults and children, and am currently pursuing my Masters in Teaching. I enjoy tutoring students one-on-one as it lets me give undivided attention to my students and witness significant student growth. With my technology background and experience teaching multiple subjects to a wide range of students, my teaching style is versatile and flexible. I love bringing real world applications into my lessons, and also drawing connections across different subjects. I believe that memory retention is higher when students can relate to what they learn and apply it in their own lives. From my experience, I have learned that there are different kinds of learners, and to be effective you have to modify your teaching style according to the needs of your students. I see 'teaching' as 'knowledge sharing' and make an effort to get to know my students. With every teaching or tutoring assignment, I learn as much as I teach. This aspect of teaching is the most rewarding.

Saranya’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Susquehanna University - Bachelors, Information Technology

Graduate Degree: Marlboro College Graduate School - Masters, Elementary Education

Hobbies

Running, Cooking, Reading, Parenting


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I see ‘teaching’ as ‘knowledge sharing’ and make an effort to get to know my students. Including real life applications to lessons is important, as students learn better when they can relate to the lessons and find it useful to their present lives. I believe in reinventing your teaching style as per the needs of your students. It is crucial to know where your students stand and meet them at their level.

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

I will introduce myself, and ask the student to introduce himself/herself. I will ask questions to know more about the student's interests, both academically and otherwise. I would then ask about the areas of the student's strength and weakness. I will tell the students about my plan of how we learn the lesson; I will ask him/her for suggestions that would make the lesson work better. After coming up with a rough plan for the whole assignment, I would then start the day's lesson, preferably the one the student is most comfortable with. I will remember to appreciate the student for his/her efforts as we progress through the lesson.