I am currently a senior at Appalachian State University. I am triple-majoring in English: Professional Writing, French and Francophone Studies, and Political Science. I have worked as both an editor and a writer, and I love helping students better understand the English language. I have been studying French for 9 years, I spent a semester abroad in Angers, France, and I have worked as a French tutor for university students. I hope to be able to help students better comprehend their own language skills.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Appalachian State University - Bachelors, English: Professional Writing, French, and Political Science
Hiking, Reading, Painting, Wire wrapping, Playing with animals
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in listening to students' needs and discerning the best way to teach them based on their needs. Every single student is different; therefore, every single lesson should be tailored to each individual student. I strive to make learning easy, fun, and effective for students!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would try to learn more about the student's learning strengths and weaknesses. Then, I would attempt to figure out what exactly he/she is struggling with in the topic I am tutoring. I would try to work with him or her for the first session based off of these strengths and weaknesses, but for the following session, I would make sure to have a more personalized tutoring plan for the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The best way to become an autonomous learner is by learning how to make a plan that works best for your learning strengths and weaknesses. By discerning the easiest way for a student to learn, I can begin to help the student understand the best way to create a learning plan for him/herself.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It's important for students to motivate themselves. The easiest way to help them motivate themselves is to making learning fun and relevant to their lives. When it comes to my students that I would be tutoring in English, I would find out what they want to do after high school or college and explain how English, writing, and reading are relevant to those career paths. In addition, I would try to create activities that are interesting to the students. As for my French students, learning languages is very fun as many teachers utilize games and videos to help students understand the language. Because of my semester in France, I learned a lot about French culture and pop culture that can be useful and fun for students learning the language.