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Shari

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I am currently a student at California State University of Northridge where I am pursuing film as a major. While I do tutor in a variety of subjects my favorites would have to be French and Dance. For the past three summers I have volunteered abroad in Costa Rica, Thailand and India helping children from elementary to high school. I absolutely love helping people because I love to see how each person is unique to themselves, solving problems in their own individual ways. In my free time I love reading, dancing and editing videos. My passions include playing all sorts of sports, traveling the world, learning as many languages as I can and dancing my heart out.

Shari’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Northridge - Current Undergrad, Undecided

Hobbies

Dancing, reading, editing and producing videos, learning new languages, traveling the world and writing stories.

Tutoring Subjects

Art

College English

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

English

Essay Editing

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

High School English

IB

IB Dance

IB Dance HL

IB Dance SL

IB Extended Essay

IB Language ab initio

IB Language ab initio SL

IB Language B

IB Language B SL

IB Theatre

IB Theatre HL

IB Theatre SL

IB Theory of Knowledge

Languages

Literature

Other

Social Sciences

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I think that every student is intelligent, and you just need to adhere to their learning style for them to succeed.

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

First and foremost, I would make sure to ask the student to explain to me what the ideal way in which they learn is so that I can cater to their specific learning style. Secondly, I would figure out what exactly the student's strengths are in the subject matter and what are their weaknesses so that I know which parts need to be worked on more.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I help them find the way in which they learn the best and show them how to use their specific learning style in studying for their subjects, so that it'll become second nature.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I will offer them short breaks during the sessions so that they do not feel overwhelmed by the subject matter.

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

I would switch to a different approach, because most likely the approach I had been using wasn't an approach that the student was comfortable with.

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

I go line by line with them and make sure that they have an understanding of everything the author is trying to imply; additionally, I would try to use real life examples so that the student could get a better understanding.

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

Getting to know a little more about them, such as what their strengths and weaknesses are in school, what type of learner they are, what they are passionate about, etc.

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

I would relate it to something they are passionate about or another subject matter that they are interested in.

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

I would give them another practice problem and see if they can show me step by step how to solve the problem.

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

I make sure to consistently encourage them that they are doing a good job and give them little "updates" in how they have been improving throughout the session.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I ask them questions about what frustrates them about the subject matter and what they like, and then I let them explain to me the problems in questions and tell me about how they've tried to go about it, so that I can help fix any errors.

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

If I see that the students are still struggling with one teaching style, I make sure to switch tactics and try a different approach, and I will keep doing that until we find a teaching style that the student succeeds most with.

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

I use any materials that the student is allowed to use in solving their problems, as well as any materials that the student is most comfortable using.